Outer Standards vs. Inner Needs
This 45 minute intermediate hatha yoga for energy class will teach you how to boost your energy. Yoga postures, pranayama or breath practices and mudras will help you get more energy. This week we will reflect on the tension between the outer standards being imposed on us and our inner needs. When we try to conform to outward standards and appearances we lose touch with our inner needs. During this class we will reflect on the inner needs of our physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies and how to nourish the energy reserves of our internal landscapes. I hope you enjoy these yoga postures, pranayama and mudras to gain more energy, lower your stress and anxiety and alleviate depression.
Our culture demands that we do more and that we do it quickly. Growth, expansion and accumulation are the names of the game. Especially at this time of year it can be difficult not to get caught up in the drive of hoarding consumer goods and products related to the season. Our jobs and our businesses asks us to achieve more and profit more. We are rushing from one task to another without reprieve. Our interior landscape is begging for rest, replenishment and nourishment.
Physically we may feel as though our bodies and nervous systems are buzzing, but they may be vibrating from caffeine, sugar, insomnia, anxiety, stress and information overload. Physically taking time to gather our energy back to ourselves and nourish our energy reserves can help to meet a deeper commitment to your highest Self.
Mentally, giving your mind a break from the constant influx of visual and sensory stimulation of our media saturated landscape in both public and private spheres is another way to nourish your energy. Taking the time to close your eyes, be in silence and connect with your breath through yoga or meditation nourishes your energy.
Emotionally, the ongoing challenges of our lives from our health challenges to our interpersonal relationships can drain our emotional energy reserves. Attending to the feelings that are present when you move your physical body through embodied practices such as yoga also start to nourish your energy reserves and connect with your emotional needs.
Our spirits are starved for attention in our culture that are for the most part divorced from ritual. Coming to your yoga mat is a ritual that brings embodied presence and nourishment to your physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual bodies. Taking the time to connect with your breath, sit in silence and be conscious of the movement of your body is another nourishing practice that allows you to turn inwards and connect with your inner needs.
Today’s question to answer in the comments is:
What inner needs were you able to connect with as a result of this practice?
What outer demands are you releasing as a result of this practice?
If you’ve resonated with any of these teachings or examples or if you want to have success in gathering your energy reserves, we have value added content on our membership site to support you and I invite you to become a part of our membership community.
Here are some of the value-added practices from our membership that I recommend for this week:
The Divine Nature of Your True Self
One of the Classes from the Bhagavad Gita series which focuses on this important philosophical text of yoga and connecting with your True Self
Letting Go Class from the Forgiveness Series so you can let go of External Demands.
A Meditation on Setting your intention for the day so you can stay connected to what is important for you:
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- value added content
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Props Needed: folded blanket, meditation cushion or chair,
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Knee Sways or Windshield Wipers, Figure Four, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Chair Pose/Utkatasana, Humble Warrior, Rabbit/Sasangasana, Puppy/Uttana Shishosana, Revolved Garland Pose/Parivrtta Malasana, Modified Tortoise Pose/Kurmasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
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