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Spiritual Journey: Niyama - The Second Limb of Yoga

Niyamas - Personal Observances for Spiritual Growth
Saucha - purity, cleanliness
Santosha - contentment
Tapas - heat, intense practice that leads to transformation
Svadhyaya - study of the Self
Ishvarapranidhana - trust, confidence, love and faith in life's creative principles, surrender to or connection with a higher being
These are qualities that when cultivated even to a small degree can result in some increase in the level of harmony in our inner lives. Rather than being a list of criteria or rules, these are qualities that yoga enables us to be comfortable with, as we feel their benefits physically, psychologically and spiritually. Through their observation positive changes in our outer lives may naturally occur. However, in order to bring the ancient wisdom of the yoga sutras to life it is necessary to simultaneously be practicing the physical side of yoga.
See Asana - The Third Limb of Yoga

Upanishads - The Inner Self

"Smaller than a grain of rice,  smaller than a grain of barley, smaller than a mustard seed,  smaller than a grain of millet  is the Self. 

This is the Self dwelling in my heart,  greater than the earth, greater than the sky,  greater than all the worlds."
Selected From The Chandogya Upanishad