Affirmation of the Month:
Bri Winton’s Practice Tips: Satya (Do not lie)
Being honest is an obvious step in becoming the best you, that you can be. HOWEVER, it's not always as easy as it sounds.
Many times our lies are also hidden from ourselves!
How to practice?
In your yoga class:
Are you pushing to your limit? Why? Is it because you can really do that pose? Because it is fun? Because it is helping you in some way?
Are you half-assing your practice? Always modifying, even when you can move forward?
Have an open conversation with yourself throughout the practice; no judgement allowed.
Then adjust your practice in a way that will most benefit your life!
In your life:
What are your goals? Why? Who gave them to you? Are they fun? Are they benefiting your life? Are they stressing you?
Then adjust accordingly (get more or less of the things in your life!)
Use your yoga practice to set your intention for your week to incorporate these ideas! Keep a journal to track your progress.
Jeffrey Goldberg’s Yoga Techniques: Introduction to Samyama
In the yoga classic Yoga Sutras of Patanjali “Samyama,” or yogic wisdom, is defined as the combination of the Sādhanās of Dhāraṇā (concentration), Dhyāna (meditation), and Samādhi (oneness). It is the art of focusing upon something until spiritual knowledge or Prajna (the Light of Knowledge) is revealed.
Dhāraṇā is total focus until the breath comes to a stop on the object of concentration (Bindu). Dhyāna is continuously settling upon the places where Dhāraṇā has been obtained. Samādhi is the merging of the meditator, the object of meditation, and the act of meditating.
"Fixing the consciousness on one point or region is concentration (dhāraṇā). A steady, continuous flow of attention directed towards the same point or region is meditation (dhyāna). When the object of meditation engulfs the meditator, appearing as the subject, self-awareness is lost. This is samādhi. These three together [dhāraṇā, dhyāna and samādhi] constitute integration or saṃyama. From mastery of saṃyama comes the light of awareness and insight. Samyama may be applied in various spheres to derive its usefulness. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 3.1 through 3.6 [emphasis added].
Once your prana is settled at Bindu (if you are able to perceive it, or else at the spiritual eye), you can focus your concentration utilizing the art of Samyama, and acquire a variety of so-called “yogic powers” and intuitive knowledge.
Samyama is practiced AFTER meditation, starting from the inner silence. It involves living a paradox in that we surrender our desires to our inner silence (the divine within us); and whatever we surrender comes back to us 1000-fold. It purifies and opens up our nervous system to the divine within us. Then an outpouring of divine magnetism will express itself from the merging of inner silence and ecstatic energy. There is abiding inner silence and there is an inner radiance---the movement outward as the flow of radiance seeks expression. We start to see the world as it is: an infinite flow of energy that is in a constant joyous dance having its source from within ourselves.
The basic technique of samyama and a variety of related techniques will be taught in our upcoming Advanced Yoga Online Training (STARTING THE WEEK OF JUNE 20th). Next month, we will explore a little more about this ancient yoga practice of stillness in motion.
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