YOGA INTRODUCTION & HISTORY

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Harnessing Shiva’s Power: Merging into Light

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.

Introducing the Practice of Brahmacharya to your Yoga Class: Managing Energy in Everyday Life

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.

Introducing the Practice of Brahmacharya to your Yoga Class: Managing your Energy during Yoga Practice

By introducing your Yoga students to the concept of energy conservation or Brahamacharya during class, you will offer them a framework within which to determine the intensity level of their own practice. Supporting your students in determining their own level of asana practice is important because we may not always be aware of a particular student’s physical or emotional challenges, especially not on a daily basis. In the context if a Yoga class, supporting your students in the practice of Brahmacharya is critical.

Hypnotherapy & Yoga: Healing the Five Layers of Human Existence

Unwanted thoughts, behaviors, habits, feelings, phobias and situational reactions are programmed deep within the Manomaya Kosa (mental layer). This deep seeded programming creates inner conflicts and mental agitation that is harmful to overall health.

Using Viveka to Work with the Shreyas and Preyas

A keenly developed sense of viveka allows a Yoga practitioner to discern between the preyas and shreyas. In Yogic philosophy, the preyas refer to actions and thoughts that are enticing and pleasurable in the short term, but are harmful in the long run. Shreyas, on the other hand, are actions and thoughts that are filled with nobility and divinity. Some of the virtues of the shreyas are compassion, love, sacrifice, and dharmic livelihood. Shreyas enhance spiritual growth.

An Introduction to the Preyas

On a more internal note, it is also possible during Yoga practice to not apply yourself as vigorously as possible to the dharana, or one-pointed focus of the practice, by letting your mind wander during Yoga class. In the moment, this may feel more pleasurable than reigning in your "monkey mind" and focusing only on applying yourself to your practice. In the long run, your Yoga practice may not deepen as quickly and profoundly as it would have if you diligently applied yourself to the internal discipline of focusing on the asanas, and your work in the asanas, to the exclusion of other pleasurable thoughts.

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