September 18, 2012
What does this mean? Welp, the possibilities are endless, but we can view it as an opportunity to check in with our inner guidance, examining and re-balancing our path of practice.
So as you check in with your Yoga this month, I invite you to ask questions like:
What does “practicing” Yoga mean to me?
In what aspects do I feel my practice is thriving?
In what aspects do I feel my practice needs some attention?
Revisit the 8 limbs of Yoga, and notice if there are some areas that need a little love and nurturing. You have the power for checking in with your own practice at any time, but “National Yoga Month” is an excellent reminder to do just this! If you have any questions about these, ask your teacher for help better understanding.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
1.) Yamas (Universal Moralities)
– Non-violence, Truthfulness, Non-Stealing, Conservation, Non-Grasping
2.) Niyamas (Personal Observances)
– Purity, Contentment, Self-Discipline, Self-Study, Surrender/Celebration
3.) Asanas (Body Postures)
– Stimulating awareness of body/mind, clearing and re-centering prana movement within body vessel.
4.) Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
– Directing, aiding and controlling pranic movement.
5.) Pratyahara (Control of the Senses)
– Examining and prioritizing focus through innate direction (beyond the mind).
6.) Dharana (Concentration)
– Opening to higher Self (“the one who knows”) within and concentrating here.
7.) Dhyana (Devotion to the Universe/Divine)
– Surrendering to this Source, all daily action and thought is in the name of Divinity/Universe/Cosmos/God/Higher Self, etc.
8.) Samadhi (Union with Divine/Self realization)
– Recognizing your true Nature is not separate from Divinity, supreme bliss.
“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can’t see how it is.”
~ Ram Dass
“Peanut” Spring, 2012