Posts Tagged ‘eight limbs of yoga’

Dhyana-Perfect Contemplation

February 17, 2011

Dhyana focuses on Meditation. When one focuses their mind in concentration on an object the mind is changed into the shape of the object. Dhyana is the stage of meditative trainings that lead to Samadhi.

The goal of meditation is not unconsciousness or nothingness. It is heightened awareness and oneness with the universe. How do you tell the difference between concentration and meditation? If there is awareness of distraction, you are only concentrating and not meditating. The calm achieved in meditation spills over into all aspects of your life.

What is Meditation

  • Focused, concentrated awareness
  • Elimination of distractions
  • Setting mind upon one thing

A simple meditation
Sit in a comfortable position, either in a chair or on the floor, with your back and head straight.

Close your eyes.

Breathe through your nose.

Focus on your breath — cool air in, warm air out.

If the mind wanders, gently bring it back to the breath.

That’s it.

Start with a 5-10 minute meditation and work your way up to 15, 20, 30 minutes or more.

A variation that may make things a little easier at the beginning is to count your breaths. Count up to four and then repeat, over and over. You can add an “and” between counts to fill up the space between breaths. It goes like this: inhale (1) – exhale (and) – inhale (2) – exhale (and)…and so on up to four.

Notes:
There are various ways in which you can meditate. Some effective ways of meditation include meditating while breathing, walking, sleeping, cosmic, and even guided meditation

When you notice thoughts, gently let them go by returning your focus to the breath.

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Bramacharya- moderation in all things

October 26, 2009

Bramacharya- moderation in all things.  Refraining from allowing one activity overtake your whole life. The word is often used to refer to celibacy or denying pleasure, but this is only a small part of what Brahmacharya represents. The purpose of Bramachary is to keep you focused on your purpose in life, the things that instill a feeling of peace and contentment in you.  Brahmacharya can also mean conserving your life force.

Things you can try to practice Bramacharya

Don’t push yourself in yoga practice

Don’t overindulge in food

Try to control addictions

Try to be mindful and develop strength

Affirmation for Bramacharya

I am a spiritual being

I am moderate in my appetite

I am in perfect harmony and balance

I use my energy in divine service


Journal Writing Exercises:

How can you practice moderation in your everyday life?

In what ways are you excessive in mind, speech or body?

Examine a typical day in your life.

How do you use your energy?

How much time do you send on work, school, sleep, meditation, friends and family.

Is there any thing you would like to change?

Yoga Posture for Brahmacharya: Janu Shirshasana or head to knee posture

In this posture, you might go to a moderate expression of the posture instead of forcing the posture to have your head totally on your knee.

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