Practicing Peace

Infertility ResourcesYoga
March 8, 2022


Last week, we introduced Samadhi — the eighth and final limb of yoga. In the traditional sense, this state is only achieved after achieving the two limbs before it, Dhyana and Dharana. Though, in a more contemporary sense, Samadhi is about finding peace — everlasting peace. Just like everything else in life, Samadhi can be achieved by finding balance — accepting the good and the bad. 

Give this exercise a try:

How did that go?

It’s a practice and may not come easy, and it’s meant to be practiced more than once. Revisit this practice as your life changes and moves. Notice if you had a desire to “change” something. Though the point isn’t to make a change, it’s to hold both the good and the bad. At the same time, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a change. 

The desire to change typically comes by going back to the first two limbs of yoga: Yamas and Niyamas. And the change typically is manifested when we practice the next two: Pranayama and Asana. The next three limbs — Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana — are used to help build that interoceptive awareness, which helps you reach the last limb — Samadhi.

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