Tools to Live Yoga!
Yoga is a life journey to personal mastery. Below are a few resources to get started on that journey and to continually return to as you progress – consistency is the key to results!
8 Limbs of Yoga
Yoga is more than simply a physical practice of poses! It is a comprehensive system that balances the mind, body, and spirit.
2. Niyamas- observances toward ourself
3. Asana- physical postures
4. Pratyahara- withdrawal of the senses
5. Pranayama – breathwork practices
6. Dharana- concentration
7. Dhyana- meditation
8. Samadhi – complete absorption
9 Emotions of Yoga
One of the first steps towards self-study (svadyaya) to gain more mastery over our life is to know what emotion we are feeling.
Adbhuta- curiosity, wonder
Karuna- sad, compassion
Raudra – anger
7 Habits of a Highly Effective Yogi
Developed by my teacher Padma Shakti, founder Rasa Yoga School, these 7 habits will help you start your day off with vigor, intention, and balance!
1. Water ritual
Every morning with awareness of the cleansing properties of water take several drinks of water immediately after your first aware breath or before getting out of bed.
2. 7 movements
Watch video below for a visual of each pose. Take 3 complete breaths for each posture.
- Baddha Konasana
- Shoulder Vinyasa
- Chakra Vakrasana
- Rabbit/Headstand or Headstand Prep
- Double Pigeon
- Spinal Twist
- Spinal roll to squat
3. Sit for 5 minutes
Practice naming your breath, more experienced students, emotions run through you.
4. Tongue scrape
The tongue is an important detoxification organ and also important for your first meal of the day.
5. Look outside – connect with the Earth and the Sky
Connect with the harmonious balance of nature and seek to live in rhythm with nature.
6. Addiction (have a plan)
Set the intention to let go of one addiction a day and have a plan to healthfully fill the space of the addiction.
7. Live gratefully
Be grateful you have a home, food and gas in your car: EVERYTHING IS A GIFT.
Gunas – 3 Attributes of Nature
Gunas represent attributes that are present in all aspects of nature (sattva, rajas, tamas). These energetic forces extend to how we mentally process thoughts (Manas Prakriti). Ayurveda yoga guides us to become self-aware of what guna we are leading with and how to shift to a more peaceful state.
Smooth wavelike pattern: peace, purity, light, harmony, balance, clarity
We aim to shift to and sustain a sattvic state with yoga practices.
Irregular, up and down pattern: activity, change, passion, outward expression
We need this active state at times when there is an urgent matter or action to tend to, but if sustained, it leads to suffering.
Flat line or downward moving pattern: dull, heavy, dark, inertial
We want to spend the least amount of time in this state. However, if we find ourselves here, it is a state of potential.
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