Today marks a year since I started my Dharma Yoga teacher training. Today I'm reflecting on the words of my Guru to gain mindfulness.
1. Be receptive to the rhythm of life. You feel as though you are an individual wave, separate from the rest of the ocean of life, but you are actually part of everything. Be receptive and flow.
2. Cultivate compassion. Compassion is the ability to place yourself in others. The more you are able to do this, the more you will come to recognize sameness everywhere.
3. Use discrimination to try and make choices that will help you make positive progress forward in all areas of life. If you have to get up early tomorrow morning, is it wise to eat a big meal late the night before and get to bed after 1:00am in the morning? Try to make choices that make things easier for you and those around you where possible.
4. Acquire Self Knowledge. Study with a teacher, learn with a friend, take a class or read a book that will help you gain perspective on your place in the world and the purpose and meaning of life.
5. Constant practice is the key to success. That practice can be yoga, meditation, walking in the woods, swimming or just being kind to every person you meet. Try and do something for yourself and others each and every day.
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His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath. Just as japamala adorns the neck and a pushpamala adorns the gods, so too does this garland of yoga, when diligently practiced, adorn our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and ultimately, self-knowledge.
Symbolized by 2 triangles. One pointing up (representing the ascent of matter to meet the spirit) and one pointing down (representing descent of spirit in the body). This space is where the sacred marriage of mind and body occurs - at the spiritual heart, to the left of the physical heart.
Open the heart space and breathe deeply into the spiritual heart and mediated on compassion. Find your center and see yourself in everything.
You can only own your action, you cannot own the fruits of your action. Perform you duty as you should, everything is an offering. Your offerings may have the ability to move rivers.
Yoga without the Yamas is like spaghetti without the sauce.
Yoga is the means to the realization of one's true nature, the Universal Self. Dharma yoga follows the 8 limbs of yoga: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
Yama: ethical rules
Niyama: personal observances
Pranayama: control of the vital forces (breath)
Pratyahara: control of the senses
Dhyana: concentration without interruptions
Samadhi: complete absorption with the object of contemplation