Ksama Yama: 3 Life-Altering Reasons to Embody Patience

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There are 10 Yamas and 10 Niyamas - daily values and practices from ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts that help us reach our full potential in personal, spiritual, and professional growth, and liberate us from mental, spiritual, and physical suffering.  In ancient yogic and Buddhist philosophies, the value of Patience is taking a front row and must be practiced moment to moment to eliminate unnecessary suffering. Even though it's not the worst of our human qualities, and we tend to embrace our impatience, please consider these 3 life-changing benefits to truly cultivating the noble quality of Kṣamā. 

1. Create Less Harm.

When we are impatient we move fast, we injure our body, we drive over the speed limit, we react harshly - all of which are dangerous to ourselves, and even worse, may cause harm to others. Patience is ahimsa.

2.  Build Safely Functioning Relationships.

Patience helps us preserve and nurture all our relationships. When we aren’t acting out on the shortcomings of our loved ones, when we stay patient even if our expectations aren’t met - we give the space for our relationship to breathe, develop and bloom. 

3.  Achieve Your Dreams.

Often, when we are impatient to see the results as fast as we falsely desire, we sell out of the stock market, we quit our fitness dreams, music lessons, language school, education, relationships... you name it. Running Glow now for 11 years I've been so lucky to witness our members getting stronger and more graceful as they move from their 30s to 40s, from 50s to 60s and from 60s to 70s. Perseverance and a decade of regular yoga practice made them superhuman; by our regulars, I am inspired everyday! One of the best things I see is that our yogis seem to have an immense amount of positive energy, they keep climbing new heights in their lives with wisdom and gratitude. We shall erase the misbelief that fast and furious, bootcamps and races will bring us lasting satisfaction or lifelong vitality. The slow and steady does it. Life is a heck of a journey friends, and yoga gives us the attentiveness we need to master it.

Please, stop buying into a misbelief that tells you you need to 'go hard at workouts for the next few months' to achieve some superficial goal. Make mindful movement, strengthening, and yoga part of your weekly schedule, and a decade from now you will be 10 years older, healthier, and stronger!

Those are just 3 benefits I wanted to bring your attention to, but they are truly limitless. Simply knowing the gifts of patience is not enough - we have to practice it, learn it, make it an essential part of our nature by reflecting on it daily, asking ourselves: where could we be more patient today?  I am looking forward to seeing you in classes this month where all of our teachers will be giving you plenty of opportunities to apply patience in physical practice, as well as sharing different ways of applying patience into our life off the mat. 


Sending you love, patience, and health
Natasha & Glowing Teachers ❤️