The ideal Yoga practice is a delicate balance between science and art, creating a union between mind, body, and spirit. The practitioner uses the body and breath to nurture an awareness of individual and unified focus. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali describes the foundations and framework of Yoga philosophy from before 200 A.D. The sacred text offers a description of the innermost workings of the mind and provides an eight-part practice for controlling mental restlessness and cultivating unshakeable peace.
By introducing your Yoga students to the concept of energy conservation or Brahamacharya during class, you will offer them a framework within which to determine the intensity level of their own practice. Supporting your students in determining their own level of asana practice is important because we may not always be aware of a particular student’s physical or emotional challenges, especially not on a daily basis. In the context if a Yoga class, supporting your students in the practice of Brahmacharya is critical.
Within the Yoga Sutras, the practice of Dharana is the sixth limb of Ashtanga Yoga. The word “Dharana” itself means “unbending…
Asteya, the third of Patanjali’s ten ethics (see Yama #3) has to do with not taking, and not leaving someone or something, (or the self) less than whole. Taking can mean using someone’s idea and taking the credit for oneself; or mocking another’s religion leaving them to feel excluded. It could mean trying to show someone up; or taking a gift or something that has not been earned.