The Yoga of Awareness

Self Observation

Part Three:


In August 2012, we continued our Yoga of Awareness practice and explored the more subtle aspects of self observation.

Our yoga practice continues as we aspire to be ‘yogic’ in daily life.



1. Boundaries ~ Promoting harmony or chaos?
Certain boundaries promote harmony and limit chaos ~ like, the dividing line down the middle of the road indicating which side to drive on – though not necessarily true in India. Notice the boundaries we set or don’t set ~ do they promote harmony or discord?

2. Self Critical vs. Self Acceptance
When we look at ourselves in the mirror and in life’s situations, what do we see? Is our self perception influenced by being overly self critical?

Notice if/when we are too self critical and mentally repeat, “I accept myself in this moment.” Shift self criticism to self acceptance.
When we gracefully acknowledge and accept ourselves in those moments of being overly self critical, we open ourselves towards a healthier way of being.

3.  Self Doubt vs. Self Assurance
Do we approach life’s situations with confidence and conviction or with uncertainty and self doubt? How does this confidence or doubt affect our daily life and current relationships?

Notice: are we approaching life with self confidence and certainty or with apprehension and trepidation? What is the result?

Just as our mind can create self-doubt, it also has to power to create self confidence. In moments of apprehension there is the opportunity to create a self assurance. Create a positive affirmation (sankalpa) to use in times of trepidation. When we repeat this sankalpa, we are reminded of our higher potential and true nature.

4.  Perfectionism
Do we want to be perfect or want other to be perfect? Do we want the perfect job? Do we desire our environment to be the perfect place?
In our practice of Yoga of Awareness, we focus to any tendencies we may have towards perfectionism.

In those moments of recognizing perfectionistic tendencies, contemplate: “What are my reasons in trying to be perfect? Where is this perfectionism coming from?”

We all want to do a good job, but continually striving to be perfect can lead to internal anguish and suffering. With whatever unfolds, just know that you are already perfect, just the way you are.

5.  Living Dharma
What is our higher purpose in life? Are we living our life according to our true nature? Is each day a reflection of our higher aspirations and goals?

Take the time to reflect on dharma. As we focus our attention to understanding our deeper purpose and on living our dharma, every moment of every day offers joy and happiness.

The Beatles summed it up nicely:
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy.

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time – It’s easy.

Hari Om Tat Sat!

Saraswati, Swami Vimalratna. Sullivan, Bernard. Yoga with Attitude. Sydney. Southwest Press. Practical Wellbeing. 2006.

© Copyright 2012 – All Elements Yoga – Gail Seckrettar

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