Yogic Philosophy

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.

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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