Affirmation of the Month:
Bri Winton’s Tips & Tricks:
A Journey Through The Niyamas
Sauca (be pure)
Sauca refers to being pure in body and mind, inside and out. In our yoga poses we are working on all the above. We try to calm our mind so that we can stay in the poses, where we are obviously working the body. Each pose has an effect on our body outside as well as inside (our internal organs).
The big secret is to become conscious of everything you are doing, so that you may practice modesty in all things.
Keep up the great work!
Next step is to bring this into your daily life in how you eat, drink and breathe (yes, even breathe). Remember that modesty is key!
Jeffrey Goldberg’s Practice Tip: Yoga Meditation Gets You into the “Secret Place”
Last month, we discussed savasana (corpse pose) and pratyahara (interiorization) as a great benefit of yoga practice. This month we want to discuss some more this idea of taking a dip into the inner silence and the significance of going to that inner place.
In the Bible, the psalmists told of a secret place of safety and protection where we can go:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
Where is this secret place and how can we dwell or abide in it? Yoga answers this question, but this is not an intellectual exercise. You have to go within.
Although this is a deep subject that we cannot explain here in a few paragraphs, the Yoga Masters have said that Ultimate Reality (or God) is Sat Chit Ananda, and that this Reality can be found by every human being by simply going inside. The Sanskrit term “Sat” is translated as Being, Existence Life or Truth. “Chit” is Knowledge, Understanding, or Consciousness. The term “Ananda” refers to Happiness, Joy or Bliss. When we refer to interiorization and going into the inner silence, we are making reference to the inner state of humanity, which is none other than Sat Chit Ananda. People may pray to a God “out there” but they will only find Divinity deep within themselves. The inner core of our being is none other than Life, Consciousness and Bliss. The yoga techniques help us to find and get into this secret place of the most High.
The odd truth is that everyone is, in one way or another, seeking more life, more knowledge, and more joy in the outer world. The Yoga Masters not only teach us that we already possess what we are seeking, but that it is not found out there. We must go within in meditation, to be able to fully realize it in this life. When we shut off the thoughts in our mind, by dedicated and continuous practice of yoga meditation, what remains is the ocean of divine bliss known as Sat Chit Ananda.
When we do touch our inner Divinity in meditation, we come to realize that each and every other being and all human beings, share with us this great inner Light. They just don’t know it because it is covered up by the incessant chatter of the mind. But the truth is that all of us already abide within the secret place whether we know it or not. This leads to the realization that we are as one soul in many bodies and all are one with each other! Namaste! When we fully see this, then all the fussing and fighting, and competition with one another, that goes on in this world is revealed as being completely absurd. To compete and battle with one another is like the fingers of our hands fighting each other. Hostility becomes an absurd joke once we awaken to the truth that we are one.
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