Brahmacharya is the practice of non-excess, moderation, and right use of energy. It’s the practice of experiencing the pleasure, wonder, and the mystery of life without over-indulgence. Brahma is Sanskrit for God or creation. Charya translates to mean “one who is established in”. Brahmacharya can then be translated as “One who is established in the way of God or the creative force.” When you choose to look at yourself and your energy as sacred, the practice of moderation becomes easeful and an act of honoring the divine with yourself and others. Find ways to practice Brahmacharya that align with your needs. Record your answers to the questions below to...
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“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse, Siddhartha As we continue our year-long exploration of the yamas and niyamas, May brings us to the fourth yama: Brahmacharya, which has a range of interpretations ranging from celibacy to non-excess to walking with God. The concept of preserving vital energy for the purpose of realizing one’s highest potential, one’s divine nature, is a common thread among them all. In our busy modern lives, and particularly during this exciting, boisterous season of spring’s arrival, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the possibilities that lie...
Balance: A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. I hear the term balance often in my work as a PT and yoga instructor. “I don’t have good balance” a person may say while testing out Tree pose (vrksasana) or Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III). Or, “My neck pain is due to stress. I can’t balance work and my family.” The concept of balance evokes an image of steadiness. Smoothness. But what is balance, really? And how do we find it? A quick Google search of the word balance brought many definitions including “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct...
“The bounty of the earth is for the community, not the individual.” -Deborah Adele Humans unconsciously take from the earth. People buy more than they need and oftentimes, products have extra packaging which creates more waste. This waste ends up in landfills and outdoors, often containing materials that take a very long time to biodegrade. Corporations and governments take ownership of land and natural resources with a focus on creating wealth rather than supporting people and the natural world. These are gross examples of how humans steal from the earth, others, and themselves. Our language uses terminology like “I, me, mine” emphasizing possession. Modern humans claim ownership over land,...