Yoga Principles

The fifth and final Niyama is Ishvara Pranidhana, commonly translated as “surrender” or “devotion to a higher power.” In essence, this means cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe and making each action an offering to something bigger than ourselves. This ‘something’ maybe your understanding of God, the Divine, or simply humanity. After all, we are, in fact, all one. Here are a few activities that give you an opportunity to practice Svadhyaya:


  • Begin your yoga practice with a dedication to all humankind to spread positive qualities like peace and calm.

  • Take in a Restorative Yoga practice and surrender into the passive relaxation and opening of the body.

  • Give up a fixed or rigid habit or belief and try something new instead. 

  • Dedicate a few hours a or your time (not your money) each month to a cause close to your heart: a food kitchen, river clean-up, or animal shelter.

  • From this day forward, do not waste away the moments of your life consumed with smallness, jealousy, greed and false notions of superiority.