Santosha (san-TOE-shuh): Deep contentment with one’s current situation or state of being
Santosha is one of the principles of yogic practice, as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Specifically, it is one of the 5 Niyamas (practices dealing with our relation to self). It is the practice of accepting our present situation without resistance, of accepting our selves as we are, and the deep contentment or peace that results from that acceptance. This doesn’t mean that we should not want to change aspects of our selves or our lives; it means that our happiness doesn’t hinge on acquisition or accomplishment of those changes.
From an attitude of contentment, happiness is obtained.
~Yoga Sutras 2.42
Santosha is a foundational principle that can deeply impact our perspective on life, and, as a result, our experience of life. We all have the capacity to create contentment and joy as a regular state of being in our lives. Santosha Space is about empowering people to create that deep sense of joy, by teaching meditation and mindfulness practices.
My name is Sarah Johnston. I’m on a mission to help people create ease in their lives. It sounds simple, but many people don’t have tools with which they can do this for themselves.
I began regularly practicing meditation in 2012, and it has been a powerful, transformational force in my life, creating both stability and change as my life needs each. Through the ups and downs of the years between then and today, I have consistently experienced a deep sense of contentment, regardless of the circumstances and emotions of the moment. I want to share this simple, powerful practice with others.
If you follow my blog, you know that I left my career in software development and became licensed massage therapist in February of 2017. I was a recipient of massage for years, with a wonderful therapist in Louisiana. When I began practicing yoga in 2010, I was again the recipient of professional touch in the form of assists in a classroom setting. Because I didn’t expect this, I experienced it differently than I expected – I began to realize how much I craved physical contact with others, and how little our society allows for casual physical intimacy.
We are a society that lives in our heads (or devices) much more than our bodies; massage is one way to bring people back into their bodies. When we learn to live in our bodies, we learn to live in the present, and to love ourselves more gently and unconditionally.