The Yamas – Brahmacharya: The Teaching of Moderation

Brahmacharya Pratishthayam Virya Labhah – Yoga Sutra 2.38

The fifth teachings in the yamas is Brahmacharya – Moderation.

Moderation, and controlling your own energy.

Most people associate Brahmacharya with celibacy, reserving any sexual activities.  Controlling your sexual energy is important, but we humans have other desires which should be kept in moderation.  When we control the stimulates from the outside and turn our focus inward, letting go of our desires, our mind is said to be free.

In our modern world it is becoming harder and harder to control our own energy.  It’s too easy to be overloaded with information, sugar and alcohol.  By the time you realize, you might of drank the entire bottle of wine, eat cake every day, not eat enough nutrients (hello veggies!), watch TV for hours on end, overpack our schedules, and not get enough sleep.  When we lose control, we become inbalanced and we can’t be our best selves. In that sort of state, our minds cannot be calm.

At first, it’s super hard to control the stimulates, but we can control them little by little.  For example, if everytime you walk in front of a cake store, and you can never resist their delicious cakes.. Find a different route home.  Watch an hour less TV every day.  If you only have Sunday mornings free, spend the time to rejuvenate.  Meditate, take a walk, have a nice bubble bath.  Create time to look inward instead of focusing on what’s going out outside of you.  When you’re able to focus inward, your mind will become calmer, and you will feel happiness come from with in you.  It takes a lot of practice, I know, I’m working on it too! Let’s take one step at a time. 

Let me know what’s your one thing you would like to moderate in your life.  How would you moderate it? How will it make you feel when you take this stimulant out your life?

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Be Kind to Yourself

Most of us are our own worst critic.

We’re so hard on ourselves. Especially when learning new things.

When we were in school, we were all taught the same way, we all took the same test, and we got a grade on it. We try SO HARD to ‘get’ it, to understand. If we don’t get it the first time around, we feel reaaaally really bad about ourselves.

Remember the first time you stood on a yoga mat?

When you said wtf is a downdog!?

My body doesn’t bend that way!

You want me to WHAT!?

Yea, that feeling.

I remember my first class clearly.
The class started by doing the splits both ways to ‘warm up’, when my toes were so far away.

I never expected myself to do the splits both ways that day. I still don’t.

Did you nail the perfect alignment during downdog on your first try?

Did you only give yourself one chance to find your balance in headstand?

You probably gave yourself more than one try.

Sometimes it takes years to be able to do a pose.

Honestly, it took me 12 years from the first time I did yoga,
until I got myself comfortable in a headstand.

When it comes time to learn about yoga philosophy,
do you expect yourself to remember everything on your first try?

You give yourself more than one chance to get into a headstand,
but don’t give yourself more than one chance to understand philosophy.

This is what I always tell my students. We must be easy on ourselves.

It’s important that we are all good students, and want to learn things.

It’s equally important, to take our time.

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September 2016 Schedule

1Hello September!

My favourite month out of the whole year. My Birthday month :)

The days get a little cooler, and it feels so good to spend a lot of time outside.

This month’s schedule:

11:30-12:30 Yoga for Shoulders and Lower Back ♡
13:00-14:00 Gentle Vinyasa ♡♡

11:30-12:30 Stretch Yoga ♡♡♡
13:00-14:00 Breathing and Meditation ♡

I will be off on the following days:

September 20th Tuesday
11:30-12:30 Yoga for Shoulders and Lower Back ♡
13:00-14:00 Gentle Vinyasa ♡♡

September 22nd Thursday – National Holiday
11:30-12:30 Stretch Yoga ♡♡♡
13:00-14:00 Breathing and Meditation ♡

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Looking forward to seeing you there ♡