The fourth of the ‘do’s’ or observances is SWADHYAYA, self-study. This is where you become a little detective! You work with self-awareness, watching how different foods affect your health, watching how different yoga practices affect your sense of well-being, and watching your behaviour to yourself and to others. This Niyama wakens you up to caring about your own development, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
However, it doesn’t stop there. It also reminds you to study the yoga philosophy and the great teachings like the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. We are always learning and all growth begins with ourselves, and our desire to self-improve.