Isvara Pranidhana (surrender)


Also spelled ‘Ishvara pranidhana’

Celebrate spiritual connection through surrender. Ishvara pranidhana, the last of the niyamas, means to surrender to god, or a higher power.  This type of surrender does not mean losing a battle or giving up in a negative sense. This is a surrender from the heart. It encompasses trust, devotion, and love for our Divine Source. It shifts our perspective and awakens us to our deep connection to God or ‘higher power’. 

To surrender is to let go of our expectations, habits, judgments, prejudices and criticisms. Surrendering says, “Thy will be done”, letting life unfold with gratitude. As we let go of our limiting perceptions, life flows with freshness and freedom.

Yoga Sutra 2.45: Perfection and liberation come from aligning one’ self with the highest intelligence. The powers of contemplation are attained through one’s relationship and devotion to God. 

Yoga sutra 1.27 tells us that the sound of Om (or Aum) represents Ishvara (our Divine Source). By chanting OM we dedicate our yoga practice. Shiva Rea explains, “Ishvara pranidhana is not about what your yoga can do for you, but about approaching your practice in the spirit of offering.”


surrenderWhen you surrender to what is
and so become fully present,
the past ceases to have any power.
The realm of being, which had been obscured by the mind, then opens up.
Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, 
An unfathomable sense of peace.
And within that peace, there is great joy.
And within that joy, there is love.
And at the innermost core, there is the sacred,
The immeasurable. That which cannot be named.
~Eckhart Tolle
What would happen if you let everything to be exactly as it is. ~Adyashanti