Hello and Happy Monday,
It’s a new week and tomorrow we begin not just a new month, but also the Breathing Challenge. If you haven’t signed up, there is still time, we start tomorrow, October 1. The Breathing Challenge is 20 days long and is only 5 minutes of breathing. For those signed up, I will be sending out a link to our daily video calls. Calls will be at 4 pm (EST) and last between 5-10 min. If you cannot make the call, not to worry, the sessions will be recorded and sent to you after for you to access later that day. Sign up here, if you haven’t already.
For October, I will be focusing on pratyahara. Pratyahara means restraint or withdrawal of the senses. From Desikachar’s “The Heart of Yoga”; “The restraint of the senses occurs when the mind is able to remain in its chosen direction and the senses disregard the different objects around them and faithfully follow the direction of the mind.”
This is something that I believe takes a lot of consistent practice and very difficult to achieve when we still hold onto so much of our outward lives. There are four main forms of pratyahara and each has its own special methods.
What I am not capable of What I am capable of
pleasing everyone, having . speaking my truth, accepting
everyone like me that I will be misunderstood
changing the past consciouly creating my future
changing another person doing the work to heal myself
having all the answers being a life-long student
controlling what mastering what happens
happens around me within me
never being emtionally asking myself "why" am I triggered
triggered rather than reacting
In order for me to control my senses, to practice withdrawal or restraint, I need to remember ALL OF THIS. That my worth is not tied up in what others think of me. That even if I know something is true, it may not be to someone else. And somehow I will have to be ok with that.
To begin to practice pratyahara, we can start with breathing. Gaining control of our breath can be used as a gateway to our actions, our senses, and our mind. Yes, that my not so subtle push for the breathing challenge.
Have a great week,