Affirmation of the Month:
"I make people laugh wherever I go"
Bri Winton’s Tips & Tricks:
A Journey Through the Yamas:
- Brahmacharya (Be Pure)
So many times this is taken as “don’t be promiscuous”, but it extends far past our normal connotation of promiscuity.
The basic idea of brahmacharya is to control all physical impulses. Another way to think of this is to not let the 5 senses have control over you.
You have already begun to learn this in yoga! Every time you hold a pose longer than you thought you were capable of, when you let the sweat drip from your face rather than leave the pose to stop it, when you take each and every breath to calm the body.
And in the end, you will reach your purity, your brahmacharya!
Keep up the great work!
Jeffrey Goldberg’s Practice Tip: Introduction to Kriya Yoga
Our 200-hour yoga training includes the path of the Kriya Yoga Masters, and our advanced online training has a class on the techniques of Kriya Yoga itself. In this month’s Practice Tip, we will introduce you to what is Kriya Yoga.
As you may know, yoga practice includes eight “limbs” of practice, including yama (restraints), niyama (observances), pranayama (life-force control) and asana (perfect pose). Kriya Yoga includes those but concerns itself primarily with the higher four limbs: pratyahara (interiorization or cutting off of the senses), dharana (concentration at a single point or bindu), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (oneness with the Divine). It is an advanced series of meditation and pranayama techniques.
There are seven levels of Kriya. It requires mastery of one level before properly moving to the higher level. Most people never get beyond the first level because it requires dedicated and persistent practice to achieve mastery.
The techniques themselves work on bringing energy inward and upward towards Bindu, a point of concentration that exists in the inner world. The techniques work out the knots that block the free flow of energy up the spine, and to balance the prana and apana energies to cultivate a tranquil state. Among the goals of practice is to see the inner Light and hear the inner sound of Aum. This results in Self-realization.
If you make a donation in any amount to AngelHeal, you will get access to the Advanced Online Member Area with links to the live Kriya Yoga class and an archive of past classes. See below for the donation link.
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