Affirmation of the Month:
Bri Winton’s Tips & Tricks:
A Journey Through the Yamas:
Do Not Hoard (Aparigraha) - the 5th Yama
First and foremost this implies that we should be generous and giving with what we have for the benefit of ourselves and others...yes OURSELVES AND OTHERS.
Many people think that sharing is caring, which it is...however, when is the last time you shared and cared with yourself?
An easy way to help both you, and therefore those around you, is to take time each day for you. 5 minutes of breathing, or meditating, or even a few yoga poses can help set both you, and your interactions, for the day.
The real secret is that by doing all of this, we get to start sharing happiness with ourselves and everyone else! This is what makes our personal world peaceful, and hopefully the whole world too! In sharing what we have, we allow more of it around. The more we have around, the better everyone feels.
Smiles: spread that shit around. :)
Jeffrey Goldberg’s Practice Tip: Going Deeper into Savasana (Corpse Pose)
People often joke about savasana being our favorite pose because at heart we are couch potatoes. Beyond enjoying reclining, I especially enjoy the feeling of savasana at the end of a series of yoga poses. For those of you who are too restless to stay in savasana, I will explain why I love the pose.
After doing a well-rounded series of asana (poses), our prana is circulating powerfully throughout the body. This is the main effect of asana. That is why we may feel so restless that we have the urge to spring up and run from the yoga room. By remaining still and relaxing through this rush of energy, our nervous system will adapt and accept the energy rush. Just give it a little time each time we practice and eventually we can relax and begin to process this energy that has been aroused by the yoga poses.
Pratyahara is the sometimes forgotten 5th limb of yoga, known as “interiorization”, where we bring our focus to our inner being instead of the outer world. The best time to practice it is at the end of an asana series while in savasana (although eventually we may want to practice interiorization from the beginning of a yoga class; when we find that the pranayama and asana exercises were meant to maximize interiorization).
The cliche we often hear about savasana is that it is the most important pose where you process and accept the benefits of the poses. But what does that really mean?
The Yoga Masters taught that it is prana that creates the sense world, but by withdrawing our prana from the outer world, we are able to create the inner world. Exploring our inner world in savasana is the most enjoyable part of a yoga practice. Let us not deprive ourselves of this benefit of yoga.
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