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In an effort to deepen my own practice, and to expand awareness in others, I've been offering a review of the 10 Living Principles of Yoga, as laid out by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, in my yoga classes. I explained to the yogi's, many of us have our first 'exposure' to a yoga practice through "Asana", sanskrit for posture practice. Without knowing it, we jump right into the THIRD LIMB, of an EIGHT LIMB path that is Yoga.
For some of us, our asana practice is enough, and for many of us, it is enough for awhile. But as our practice deepens, sometimes we feel as though something is missing, and we try to find it by doing MORE: more classes, more poses, more hours, more teachers. This feeling of being unsettled in our practice, may be our inner guides gentle way of nudging us to look beyond the postures to deepen our practice. The first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas (5 restraints) and Niyamas (5 observances) provide the foundation.
In this video, I review the meaning of the FOURTH YAMA: BRAHMACHARYA (Temperance). This yama requires us to look at the various areas and behaviors of our lives: the way we think, eat, socialize, love, spend our resources- and to find moderation in each of them. In our culture of MORE it requires us to ask ourselves: where am I expending too many resources, and where can I focus more, so that I feel energy and vitality in ALL that I do? As with each of the yamas, it requires us to follow our hearts and to find our Truth, which, at the end of the day, requires SURRENDER to a source higher and more wise than we.
I hope this video serves to deepen your awareness of your own practice both on and off the mat; please share any thoughts, experiences, or questions in the COMMENTS below!
The light within me looks to, and honors, the light within you; Namaste***