A Conscious Yoga Practice

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When you want to be beautiful, you do a conscious practice.  This is called Sadhana.  This is the secret to longevity and remaining youthful.

It didn’t take long, just 43 years 11 months and 22 days, to finally understand the importance of ‘feeling good’ before the sunrise.  They call it the Ambrosial Hours, when the first hint of dawn is seen in the east and those moments after sunset.  In yogic science they call this moment the ‘Amrit Vela’, or the ambrosial hours when the veil that separates night and day is at its thinnest.  We find perfect moments for reflection, asana, pranayama & meditation.  Who knows, perhaps experiencing the concept of just ‘being.’  Maybe a glimpse of what are true potential can be.

Very simply, our culture in the west is crisscrossed of mental
thought patterns each time we start our day.  People desperately are addicted more to Starbucks more than ever – (burning out our nervous system) instead of practicing asana, pranayama, kriyas & meditation.  Were living in a time where we need to learn how to bring our mind under control, bring the level of yourself to zero.

It occurred to me that I didn’t have a good experience yesterday, resulting in going to sleep late.  When I woke up at 7:00 a.m., I knew something didn’t feel right; the distractions around me and the sun light, I felt so lazy and unmotivated to practice.  I struggled.  In addition, my bowels weren’t right and I made bad choices when it comes to nutrition.  Yes, there are going to be days like this.  The good news is that we can minimize it or sustain it.

Once we become conscious of it, I know we can reference this moment as a motivational tactic to get up before sunrise (anywhere between 4 – 6:00 a.m.

Practicing with community at a yoga studio or at a gym doesn’t count.  It’s fun to practice with your ‘Kula’ – when the community practice is treated like a meal supplement, but shouldn’t be used as a replacement.

A practice before the sunrise puts us in our most vulnerable, most open and most human.  Our ordinary attitudes and filters soften, and then we have the chance to glimpse for a second to see more clearly.

How can we really love life if can’t embrace the moment of dawn and  sunset?  To see the glory of the painted clouds or the simple dimming  of light – a moment of ‘ostensible alone-ness’ when I seem to be the only one awake.

I find a sense of connection with all beings, a sense of togetherness at the deep soul levels, mostly hidden from our conscious perception.

Once your practice is done, your feeling more sensitive, joy and compassionate.  We call this “Sidhi”, that is called “power”.   From that comes the word “Sadhu” who has controlled himself through all aspects of life and that is what we call “Sadhana”.

 

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