If you are practicing Yoga on your own, you may wish to set aside a period of time after you have completed the active portion of your practice to rest in the spaciousness of your own being. Allowing you a dedicated period of time to meditate is one of the keys to establishing a regular meditation practice. If you meditate at approximately the same time everyday and in the same area of your home, the meditative energy will begin to build, and this energy will enable you to more easily dissolve into the light of Shiva residing in your own heart.
Introducing the Practice of Brahmacharya to your Yoga Class: The Regulation of Energy in Relationships
For example, it is possible that you may perceive his or her lack of effort as a rejection of your teaching ability. Nipping this negative mental loop in the bud will allow you to view your Yoga student in a more objective light and to offer suitable modifications, if necessary, tailored just for that student’s level of physical fitness and energy on that particular day. Where we put our energy and mental focus can affect the atmosphere that we create in our Yoga classes.
Although Brahmacharya usually refers to sexual abstinence, it can also refer more broadly to the conservation of one’s energy. Within this Yogic framework, the spiritual seeker is guided to focus all of his or her energy towards the ultimate goal of knowing God. By necessity, this entails letting go of thoughts, emotional states and actions that pull us away from the pulsation of divinity within our own beings. Negative thoughts and states of being dampen our energy, create physical tension and prevent us from feeling the bliss of being alive.