Surrender- Ishvara Pranidhana

Spring Morning

Spring Morning

Ishvara Pranidhana

Last but not least of Patanjali's Niyamas is Ishvara Pranidhana; to surrender to God or maybe you call it your higher power, but it's knowing that there is a greater force in us working for the greater good of our well-being.  

It's surrendering to the present moment, letting go of the ego, and having trust in something greater than yourself that you are on the right path.  If you're like me I have the tendency to live in my head, over-thinking everything.   Well, over-thinking is not a place of surrender, it's a place of control; actually It's really out of control.  

The practice of savasana has taught me to surrender, observe that monkey mind, and come back to the breath over and over again.  It really is true that continual practice will begin to be a habit.  The habit is this:  training yourself to witness your thoughts and feel yourself in your body.  Soon enough you will not be controlled by whatever thought runs through your mind.  You will have surrendered to God's greater plan for you and have stopped fighting life, by just letting go.  

Let go, let God.


  • Have faith; that things will work out

  • During savasana take on that witness mind and practice letting go, not wanting to rush out of this pose

  • Stop over-thinking

  • Find your connection with God or your higher power

  • Take on your day with a spirit of offering instead of taking

  • Stay connected to love and openness no matter what life throws at you

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
— Lao Tzu
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