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Nischala Joy Devi translates the second book 44th verse of the yoga sutras on swadhaya as “Sacred study of the divine through scripture, nature and introspection (swadhaya) guides us to the Supreme Self.” Nicolai Bachman translates swadhaya this way, “by observing oneself in action we can connect with our higher truth.”
Today we will find focus through inner reflection. In our culture we overstuff our minds with information. It is my belief that at this time what we need is a deeper level of inner knowledge through self-reflection. Focus through inner reflection for me means coming to understand our physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies. Traditionally Nicolai Bachman points out that repeating a mantra was a tool to guide us inward to self-study, self-observation, in other words swadhaya.
With so many things in our lives pulling our attention up and out, from social media, our personal commitments, work, and social life, it takes a great deal of discipline and practice to turn our attention down and in for self-reflection. Having a daily reflective practices such as yoga, meditation and journaling, time and space to turn inwards allows you to connect with yourself on a regular basis.
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supported Bridge Pose or Salamba Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Supta Padangusthasana or Reclined Hand to Big Toe Pose, Mantra for self awareness, Standing Forward Folding Triangle or Parsvottanasana, Triangle or Trikonasana. Revolved Triangle or Parivrtta Trikonasana, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana or Wide Legged Seated Forward Fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Props Needed: Yoga Strap, Yoga Blocks, meditation cushion, chair or folded blanket
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy
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Question for the comments: How are you going to make space in your life for self-reflection this week?
If you would like more support for self reflection I would highly recommend our meditation group in our membership community. Biweekly, Michele, our meditation leader, shares with you her thoughts for self reflection and then we all support each other in our meditation based on that focus throughout the week. Often times Michele draws inspiration from our Namaste Yoga classes and asks us to go deeper in our meditations with the teachings that I offer here. Last week for example Michele expanded on the themes of simplicity and contentment from the focused living series.
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