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Santosha – Written by Sophie Nusselder-

Unexelled happiness comes from the practise of contentment*

Santosha means ‘contentment’. It is a profound state of being that is worth pursuing. Cultivating contentment is a yoga practice. If you feel down or experience life as meaningless and sad, you can change that experience. I think the most powerful way to experience satisfaction is be grateful for everything you have. Being grateful for your health, your family and friends and the time and opportunity to do….. yoga!

Santosha, or true, full satisfaction, is an inner state that is not dependent on external circumstances. It is a state of mind that you can cultivate and develop. That is true yoga: to create conditions for a happy inner world through training of body, mind and energy. Yoga gives us the tools to overcome suffering. Practicing contentment frees us from the unnecessary suffering of always wanting things to be different, and instead fills us with gratitude and joy for all of life’s blessings.

*Source: Four chapters of freedom: Swami Satyananada Saraswati

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Sophie Nusselder

My name is Sophie Nusselder. I started practicing and teaching yoga in 2008 and knew I started travelling a path that would change my life. Ever since my childhood I remember having a natural desire for physical movement. Born and raised on the Dutch countryside I loved to bike and hike in nature. The awareness of the breath in yoga made me connect with deeper layers. A fortification of magic in life! To me yoga means aligning. Yoga and meditation are tools to remove that what blocks me and allow space – the space of pure presence. By constantly returning to this space I discover what truth is and what is not. It’s direct communication, which results in pure clarity, free feelings, liberation and creativity. I experience yoga as a feeding of my deepest yearning, it creates challenges to develop myself and it works as a support in my inner pursuits.

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