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Santosha (skt. संतोष saṃtoṣa, "contentment, satisfaction"[1]) is one of the niyamas of Yoga as listed by Patanjali.[2] Contentment is variously described, but can be thought of as not requiring more than you have to achieve contentment. It may be seen as renunciation of the need to acquire, and thereby elimination of want as an obstacle to mokṣa.

The alternate spelling samtosha is also seen.


  1. ^ Apte, Vaman Shivaram. "The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ Gerstein, Nancy (2008). "Niyamas". Guiding Yoga's Light: Lessons for Yoga Teachers (illustrated, revised ed.). Human Kinetics. p. 117. ISBN 9780736074285. Retrieved 2009-09-13.