I hear from you, my students, all the time that staying present, focused, feeling present in the moment, and trying to stay mindful are difficult for you. Many of you have told me that you having difficulty focusing and finding mental clarity. You would like to have more equanimity in your lives, reduce stress, and overcome the daily grind. For many of you this would mean putting your yoga practice before the other demands in your life. A lot of you have explained to me that finding time for yoga is a huge obstacle because you are overwhelmed by all your commitments. These are some of the many of the reasons why I have created the Focused Living Series.
Today we are focusing on the fourth yama, brahmacharya from Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. The yamas are wise characteristics that already exist within us. Through our practice of yoga, we come closer to knowing these qualities that are our True Nature.
Nischala Joy Devi translates Brahmacharya in chapter 2:38 as “Devoted to living a balanced and moderate life (Brahmacharya) the scope of one’s life force becomes boundless.” When we live a life of moderation and balance this brings focus to our lives. It also brings balance to our Divine and human nature.
It will come as no secret at this point that there are many things in our culture that deplete our vital energy. We are encouraged to do more and more, and live at a level of over activity and energy depletion.
We over spend our vital energy in many ways from overeating, watching too much t.v. too much computer work, too much time on social media, too much reading, too much physical exercise, sexual activity with no emotional connection, ongoing background noise from television or music or talking too much. All of these are energy liabilities.
Being stretched too thin, overworked and overwhelmed are signs that your vital energy are out of balance. It is a sign to bring your vital energy back into balance. You can pause and ask yourself, “Am I overextending myself?” “Am I investing my energy in the right activities?”
With Brahmacharya you are going to filter through many good possibilities of how you can spend your time and only choose ones that are great. Ask yourself What is the right thing for my energy? Why is this the right thing for my energy? Is this the right time for my energy? You get to make the choice of what will work for you.
Yoga Postures/Asanas: supta padangusthasana or hand to big toe pose, keyhole stretch or figure four pose, anjaneyasana or lunge pose, Kundalini Egg Beater to Recharge Yourself, Gyan Mudra, A Short and Sweet Kundalini Kriya to Get Your Energy Moving, Janu Sirsasana or Head Beyond Knee Pose, Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana or Revolved Head Beyond Knee Pose, Basic Spine Flex, Cross Crawl, Cat/Cow Pose or Marjaryasana, Child’s Pose or Balasana, Washing Machine, Shoulder Rolls, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Yoga Props: Yoga Strap, Meditation Cushion, Chair or Folded Blanket, bolster
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Today we focused on balanced energy. In our membership community we have several videos that will help you moderate your energy in whatever direction you want to go. For example, in our Postures and Pranayama section we have Kapalabhati Breath video which is better than a morning cup of coffee to get your energy moving.
Then we the yoga for winter series designed to restore balance to your energy in the winter months. These short classes are restorative, balance energy and even lift your energy when it tends to be low.
Sending you much love from beautiful British Columbia
May you experience the strength of our mountains
May you be as rooted as the trees in our forest
May your joy be as deep as our Pacific Ocean
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