Hello, my name is Gloria Pytlak. Currently, I am a student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania studying for a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication and Marketing. I am forever grateful to the support of my family and friends. The love I have for my dog, Maggie Mae, is borderline ridiculous. On my spare time you can easily find me practicing yoga or cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins. My life ambitions scare the ever living out of me because I want them so dearly. Today, I am living in a place of optimism and determination wanting nothing more than to inspire and encourage others to embrace life to its fullest!
The thought of soon graduating college and waltzing straight into the real world is incredibly overwhelming. However, one thing is clear. I want to make people happy. I want to have the ability to encourage a person to grow. I knew yoga could captured this essence. Personally, yoga helped improve my health both mentally and physically as well as regain the overall happiness in life. Three years ago, my sister encouraged me to start practicing yoga. At the time I didn’t understand all the hype that surrounded yoga. However, to my sister’s satisfaction I reluctantly gave it a try. From that day on, I was hooked.
Explor-Niyama was born
As a style of yoga, Niyama emulates growing under positive environments. There are five levels of Niyama: purification, contentment, burning enthusiasm, self-study and celebration of spirit. Using these five practices of Niyama I decided it was the perfect foundation for a community.
- The first, purification, has a mental and physical attraction. This practice consciously works at maintaining a better state of mind to gain wisdom and bodily health.
- Second, contentment begins by accepting oneself and anything life may bring. The power of contentment becomes the same as forgiving oneself or becoming free of regret to create happiness.
- Third, burning enthusiasm comes from the motivation to better oneself. It is the ability to have determination and effort in order to complete a task.
- Fourth, self-study, arguably the most important, is simply the effort of discovering oneself through mind, body and soul.
- Lastly, celebration of spirit is the act of giving oneself to a higher purpose. Unfortunately, some may accompany celebration of spirit with hesitation. People connect this level with the necessity of religion, which is a misconception. Celebration of spirit, regardless of religion, is strictly about the opportunity of love.
Explor-Niyama is more than a place for yoga. The community will be built under the foundation of encouragement, challenging oneself to grow, and finding an unfailing happiness. One of the easiest things to do is giving someone a chance to smile, even if it’s just for a second. A person will smile after conquering a certain yoga pose that has alluded them for weeks. A person will smile when they hear their favorite song and become motivated through it. After a rough day, a person will need that ‘pick me up’ and Explor-Niyama will be there with a quote from Dr. Seuss just to help them smile.
“If you have a dream, don’t let anyone take it away”
– Selena Quintanilla Perez