As we approach the year’s tail end, I’m sending out a search party for those of you who are done with one-off yoga classes and ready to discover the Yoga path that’s all about committed, disciplined action and promises real progression!
Embrace Discipline, Awaken Vitality: Are You Ready for the Yoga path?
I’m not just talking to the yoga veterans; I’m talking to everyday folks who are eager to spark the flame of discipline, harness the power of their minds, and awaken that inner vitality that’s been quietly waiting. Those of you who’ve made promises to yourselves only to watch them slip away, it’s time for a change. Let’s break that pattern, or at least shake it up a bit!
Now, if I come across as a bit stern, that’s alright, because beneath it all, there’s a healthy dose of compassion deeply rooted in the yoga tradition. It’s the same kind of love that good mothers have to muster when they’re dishing out bitter medicine. I’m ready to be that firm guide on your journey.
But let’s get something straight: yoga, as it was originally intended, isn’t a leisurely stroll. It’s a transformative discipline that takes you on a profound journey of self-discovery through a powerful set of practices. It’s got accountability baked in, it’s got compassion woven through its fabric, and it’s got the promise of evolution built right in.
When taught the way it was meant to be taught, it works. But here’s the kicker: you’ve got to show up for those lessons. You’ve got to put in the effort, and you’ve got to take your “medicine.” So, roll out those yoga mats, grab a seat (even if it’s a tad uncomfortable), and let’s get to work. It’s time to take action, step out of the shadows, and dive headfirst into the yoga arena. That’s where life’s possibilities truly begin to unfold.
Remember, it’s not just about playing full-out in life; it’s about staying resilient through all its twists and turns. Because let’s face it, life has a knack for throwing curveballs. So, why not equip yourself with the skills to thrive through it all?
Kriya Yoga: Unveiling the ‘Yoga of Action’
This month, we’re diving deep into the heart of taking action, drawing inspiration from the ancient wisdom of Kriya Yoga and the profound concepts it encompasses.
Now, here’s the fantastic part: you don’t need to be a Sanskrit scholar to grasp these concepts. Our studio and online business, Ali and me, are here to make these teachings relatable, ensuring they not only enhance your practice but also transform your life.
Meet Sarah and David: Inspirational Yoga Stories
Let’s meet a couple of inspirational folks who’ve walked this path before you:
The Working Mum: Sarah, a whirlwind of a working mom, had always made promises to herself about her well-being but struggled to find the motivation. Then she discovered yoga, where the deeper practices worked their magic. She not only gained physical strength but also found the mental clarity she desperately needed to manage her chaotic schedule. Her journey transformed procrastination into dedication!
The Retiree: David, in his 60s and newly retired, felt like life was slipping through his fingers. So, he turned to yoga to keep himself active, primarily through the asana (posture) practice. Initially, he faced challenges that might have sent others packing, but he stuck with it, calmly determined. Over time, he witnessed his body transforming, his mind clearing, and his zest for life reigniting. David’s story shows how yoga and its principles can reignite the fire within, regardless of age.
Yoga Of Action
Now, let’s unveil the magic of Kriya Yoga, often referred to as the ‘Yoga of Action.’ It’s a path that propels you toward higher states of consciousness, or Samadhi, through consistent practice. It’s like a force of nature that sharpens your mental and physical faculties—something every one of us can benefit from.
According to the sage Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutra, Kriya Yoga is a blend of purification, self-inquiry, and devotion. These three techniques empower you to break free from the shackles of the lower mind and the obstacles that hold back your growth. Ultimately, they lead to a profound connection with your true self, and ultimately, what the yogis call Samadhi.
Now, I won’t sugarcoat it; Samadhi might sound a bit lofty, but the journey begins today, and trust me, there are monumental victories to celebrate along the way.
Incorporating Kriya Yoga: Your Four-Week Roadmap
So, how do we incorporate Kriya Yoga into our practice? Here’s a quick roadmap:
Week 1: Tapas – Igniting the Inner Fire We dive headfirst into the purification technique through Tapas, sparking the inner fire that propels us beyond the constraints of the lower mind, and instilling the discipline we need.
Week 2: Swadhyaya – Exploring Your Inner Landscape Next, we shift our focus to self-study with Swadhyaya, encouraging you to explore your inner world and get to know your unique tendencies.
Week 3: Ishvara Pranidhana – Bridging to Wisdom Week three shines a spotlight on Ishvara Pranidhana, the devotional aspect of Kriya Yoga. It’s the bridge that connects you with the wisdom of the universe.
Week 4: Culmination of Transformation – Finally, it all comes together in a comprehensive Kriya Yoga practice, weaving the threads of purification, self-study, and devotion from the preceding weeks into a powerful whole.
For those of you hungry for deeper insights, we’ve got a podcast where I delve into the heart of intentional practice and the profound wisdom of traditional teachings. Whether you’re just starting or reigniting your journey, we invite you to join us on this transformative path.
Take Action: Join Our Beginners’ Course on the Hatha Yoga Path
Now, here’s your call to action: it’s time to get yourself to a class. Our next beginners’ course kicks off on Friday, September 1st, at 6:45 pm, running for four weeks. This course will prep you for the first stage of the Hatha Yoga Path – Stage 1 Moon Practice.
You could also choose to dive straight into Stage 0 preparation practice, explore Restore or Strength. Just a word of caution: if you skip the prep, the journey might be a tad bumpier, but it’s all part of the adventure!