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 [...]

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The Yoga of Awareness

Self Observation Part Two:   In June 2012, we continued to delve deeper into our practice of the Yoga of Awareness, exploring the more subtle aspects of self observation to heighten self perception. Our yoga practice doesn’t conclude with class, but continues as we aspire to be ‘yogic’ in daily life. We intend to LIVE yoga. We continue our journey with...   1. Awareness of Positive and Negative Attitudes The attitude with which we  approach life (other people, situations, experiences) shapes our outlook. Can we notice those moments of having a positive or negative attitude or outlook? By simply taking notice whether we have a positive or negative attitude towards our actions, other people, situations and even ourselves is a valuable learning tool towards better understanding ourselves and the inner workings of our mind. The more we can understand the inner workings of our mind, the easier it becomes in making healthy change. 2. Awareness of the Mind’s Activity Most of us have a sense of our daily [...]

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The Yoga of Awareness

Self Observation Part One: May 2012 was the introduction of one component of the yoga of awareness: Self Observation.   Each week, we explored a particular facet as a tool to heighten perception of ourselves.   1. Awareness of Physical Actions How often are we caught up in thought that our body moves automatically and without our conscious awareness? Choose one physical activity in daily life ~ standing, walking, grocery shopping, etc. and be consciously aware of the physical body in that activity. Notice your posture, how your body moves, how your weight is distributed and be fully aware of your physical actions. 2. Awareness of the Senses Smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. How often are we aware of our senses in the moment? Choose one physical activity in daily life ~ maybe it's brushing your teeth, washing the dishes or cooking a meal and be consciously aware and fully present with your senses in that activity. Make an ordinary experience extraordinary! 3. Awareness of Thoughts "We [...]

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