Pantajali yoga sutra's 1:2 says, "As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind."
Yesterday while at the sauna some one told me what happened at NY Port Authority and my mind quickly rushed to when 9/11 happened. On my previous job I worked 911 and was there right after it happened. There is a feeling that comes over you that many can relate to. I can also say some fear. It is true we cannot control all things that happens outside of us but we can sure work inward with our minds. As a #yogi I would not tell you that #fear does not creep in, however when it does; and you identify what is happening in your #Now pulling yourself in is important.
Today, if your mind runs wild from the news / people constantly talking about it find a quiet space to sit. Pay attention to your breath. Slowly take some deep inhalation s focusing on Inhaling peace and exhale. Long slow exhalations focusing on releasing fear, anger and confusion.
Breathe and try quieting the mind from #chitta (roaming mind stuff) and find/reconect with peace within.
A mantra I found helpful to recite I AM peace, I Am Love, I Am Love I AM Peace and so it is
Ohm, Ohm, Ohm.
Peace and love to the world
Sutra 4.11 : Since cause and effect, support and object are bound together, by their disappearance that also disappears.
“The vasanas are beginning less, but they come to an end when their cause or support disappears. Cause and effect are bound together. Similarly, the substratum and the object are bound together, so if one of the two disappears, the other one will also vanish. The cause of vasanas is the kleshas, namely, avidya, asmita, raga, dwesha, and abhinivesha. The effect is birth, experience and life. The substratum of all these experiences is the chitta. It is the substratum of vasanas, and the alambana, or basis of vasanas, are the objects of enjoyment. So the cause, the effect, the support and the object of vasanas go together to make them continuous throughout the cycle of rebirth.
If these four factors are removed, then naturally vasanas will also come to an end…” -FCOF, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Prana The Vital Life Force 🙏🏽
'When Prana moves, chitta (the mental force) moves. When prana is without movement, chitta is without movement.
By this (steadiness of prana) the yogi attains steadiness and should thus restrain the vayu (air)' Swami Muktibodhananda
Concentrate and become aware of your breath, One can really still the mind when your breath is under control 🙏🏽 Tonight 7:30pm Vinyasa @fitness33_adelaide Look forward to seeing you there 💛
Let's go deep. #yoga
Mana means mind and Manamaya (or Manomaya) kosha is the sheath responsible for processing #thoughts , feelings, mind and emotions. It is in direct control of the operation, through the prana, of the physical body and senses. Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati says of this #kosha : “It is like a supervisor in a factory, in that it gives instructions, but is not supposed to be the manager of the factory of life. Because of this, it naturally has doubts, and created illusions. When it receives clear instructions from the deeper level, it functions quite well. However, when it is clouded over by its #illusions , the deeper #wisdom is clouded over.” During meditation, we become aware of Manomaya kosha, we can then explore it, and then go inward, to and through the remaining two koshas. This is what we commonly call the “monkey mind” and it is through the lens of this dimension that we perceive the world and our likes and dislikes (#raga and #dvesha ) through the agency of our five senses.
Patajajali tells us in the yoga sutras: “Yogash #chitta vritti nirodhah. Tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam”. (“Yoga is the mastery of the activities of the mind-field. Then the seer rests in its true nature.”) The #Manomaya Kosha forms the mental body. The primary way to impact this kosha is through meditation. It is affected by the 5 kleshas as follows:
Avidya (Ignorance): When the Manamaya kosha or mental body has mistakenly identified the Atman with the thinking mind it is easy to get “stuck” in this sheath feeling like we’re abducted by our mind. In order to break this spell, practices like pranayama (breathing) and pratyahara (mental withdrawing of the senses), are quite efficient and effective.
Asmita (Ego): When the ego becomes aware of the Manamaya kosha and identifies with all the constant mental chatter, this becomes an obstacle to meditation, forbidding us to evolve to the point where we can work on the remaining two koshas.
Raga (Attachment): Thoughts animate the Manomaya kosha and pleasant thoughts inhibit deep meditation. Abhinivesha (Clinging to Life): This klesha increases our identification with our mental body, and this causes us to fear. #yogateacher
The things in life that bring you joy, cultivate those 🌱going to bed filled with gratitude tonight - to each person that showed up to make this experience all that it was, thank you 🙏✨
Sutra 4.9 : Because memory and impression are the same in form there is a sequence although they may be divided by class of birth, place and time.
जाति देश काल व्यवहितानामप्यान्तर्यां स्मृतिसंस्कारयोः एकरूपत्वात्
“When the jiva migrates from one body to another in countless births, there is continuity between the various births, and the memory and impressions of all the past births are also continued in this birth. This is because there is an uninterrupted sequence of one personality throughout these incarnations. The present birth is divided from the previous births insofar as it takes place in a different class of birth (jati), in a different place and at a different time, but the births are all of one single jiva.
After departing from the body, when reincarnation takes place in another body, the body, place and time cannot be the same. Moreover, the knowledge of the conscious mind does not link itself with any previous birth at all. It is very difficult to understand the sameness of the two births. This very important topic concerns the theory of transmigration of jivatma. Thus, the memory and impressions being the same in different incarnation, the difference in birth, place and time does not matter.” -FCOF, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Mind is the subtle form of this physical body. The physical body is the outward manifestation of the mind. So when the mind is rough, the body is rough too. As a man of rough appearance generally cannot invoke love and mercy of others, so a rough-minded man cannot invoke love and mercy of anybody. Mind very conspicuously reflects on the face its various states which a man of intelligence can very easily read. Face is an index of the mind, just as the tongue is an index of the stomach. The body follows the mind. If the mind thinks of falling from a height, the body prepares itself immediately and shows external signs. Fear, anxiety, grief, cheerfulness, hilarity, anger-all produce their various impressions on the face. #indexofmind#faceandbody#mindandsoul#expression#humanemotions#variousstatesofmind#mywriting#actorslife 🎬 #manylivesmanymasters#acknowledgement#manyogi#chitta#lettherebelight