This month we take a look at concentration or Dhāraṇā. Dhāraṇā, the sixth limb of yoga, is “holding,” or concentration, and refers to the ability to focus exclusively on one object.
Dhāraṇā is translated as “collection or concentration of the mind”, or “the act of holding, bearing, wearing, supporting, maintaining, retaining, keeping back, a good memory”, or “firmness, steadfastness, …, certainty”
Some of the benefits of improved concentration are the ability to focus your mind, ability to choose your thoughts, peace of mind, better memory and inner strength.
Here are some ways you can improve your concentration;
Increase the strength of your focus gradually. Practice holding concentration on one object daily.
Build your willpower by practicing holding concentration everyday.
Practice mindfulness throughout the day.
Exercise (your body).
Read long stuff slowly.
Practice attentive listening
This month we take a look at posture. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define “asana” as “[a position that] is steady and comfortable”. The purpose of asana traditionally is to open the body so that we can sit in meditation for longer periods.
This month we look at how to deepen our posture practice through joyful discipline. To begin to have a well rounded posture practice we need to ensure 7 aspects. These aspects are traditional hatha postures. Exceptions to this are Yin practices.
A good seat is a start of a good practice. When we can sit with open hips and a strong core we can access more energy from our mediation. Here are some key pointers when finding your seat.
1. Be comfortable and alert: If you are to comfortable there is a chance you will fall asleep. If you are in pain you will not be able to find ease in the mind.
2. Lift your heart up
3. Tuck your chin in
4. Lift from the crown of the head
5. Soften the backs of the eyelids
We are in a place in time where the world is shifting into a new paradigm. The Paradigm we have all been training for. By training I mean doing the work, healing, practicing, reflecting, learning, connecting, servicing. Now the ego will fall to the ashes and spirit will rise from the ashes. This transformation is represented by the PHOENIX.
What does Phoenix symbolize?
It represents transformation, death, and rebirth in its fire. As a powerful spiritual totem, the phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. As both a fire and solar symbol, the phoenix animal guide is symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning.
For the past few years I have been uncertain on what the next steps for growth were for Inner Revolution and the community. As my spirit guides me towards running a sustainable, scalable, spiritual, service in a world that WAS full of Yang ,unsustainable egoic energy.
My mind bounced back and we tried a number of different things over the years;
from expanding for more healing rooms, online just like this with live stream but from the studio, expanding the current space when the office behind became available, other locations, even putting the studio up for sale. I could not figure out or feel confident with anything that had to do with the studio. It was like the universe kept blocking us from any of the options out there.
TODAY THIS FEELS SO RIGHT
More than ever this is the time to be transparent, open, collaborative and guided by our hearts. The ones who rise up together will support and uplift each at new levels not even imagined yet. This is what Echart Tolle describes as the new earth. We are so happy to be on this journey with you all.
The potential for this platform is huge. It is different then other online platforms as there is a very interactive piece that is missing from videos on demand. Our vision for this platform is sustainable, scalable, spiritual. We want to be transparent in all the work we do. This is a platform to help each other and become part of the solution. Inner Revolution virtual studio will be a profit share platform. The more we collaborate and work together the more profit we make. This is the beginning. This week has been navigating a new earth with our eyes closed.
Thank you all for your continued support of this spiritual yoga community.
My first day in Costa Rica has filled me with joy and compassion. I arrived and am staying with Brenna and her Partner Jorge and daughter Tashi, his mom, dad, brother and brothers wife. They all live in a small community outside of San Jose. They practice Tibetan Buddhism and Oscar, Jorge’s dad has been given the transmissions to teach these practices.
We started our day with a aloe vera drink to help our gut clean its lining then a few hours after we had a beautiful breakfast of fresh fruit, beans rice, avocado and home made tortillas. Then we went to walk abound the community connecting with the horses and nature. After that we had a asana practice in the dojo and then went to a community restaurant for supper. I had a papaya and water smoothie and rice, beans, avocado and chips. When we returned from dinner I was welcomed into and taught a ancient Tibetan practice called saloon. This practice helps you release the 3 poisons as they are known in Tibetan Buddhism. The 3 poisons are Anger, Attachment and Ignorance.
This month our off mat theme focuses on all aspects of love. There are 4 categories on love we are going to explore.
Self Love: Love we cultivate and curate for our self, body, mind and soul.
Partner Love: Love we share with an intimate partner. In this love we explore intimacy, attraction and connections that bring us closer together.
Friendship Love: This is the love we share with our kins and in our relationships.
Family Love: This is where we learned about love. How to give it and how to receive it. Love for family is a deeply intimate love that explores all aspects of the previous 3 types of love.
In our off mat exploration we will have the opportunity to explore where and what we have learned about love and opportunities to explore areas where we can cultivate more love in our life. In general, the more we love ourselves the more love we bring into our life. Love if given in abundance we can receive it in abundance.
When we cultivate more pure love we are working with the highest energy vibration. 528hz. This is a deeply healing vibration and can be used to heal ourselves as well as others. In the worksheet we will bring you into your relationship with love to help you deepen your connection to this healing energy.
Pura Vida: This means living your best life or simple life. I can see why this is the Costa Ricans main phrase. The country has designated blue zones. These blue zones are areas where people are living longer then ever before. They work, they move, they nourish. It seems that the earth provides for these people. Their government abolished their army to put more money into health care and education. So many things we can learn from this beautiful country and I am grateful to take in its teachings.
Turning in our checking in each day is a reflection practice. It is a great practice to help you understand where your energy is and then build a practice around where you are really not where you think you are. This practice teaches you how to learn more about yourself and give you permission to just breath, or move, or chant, or cry. Allowing whatever to move up to move out.
Stillness when you feel a low coming on is a great way to tap into your flow. In stillness you can ask your body what it needs? Allowing and giving yourself permission to rest is an honour. Turning inward everyday to check in.