In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna “Yoga is skill in action.” For the many of us who practice yoga asana, this may be experienced as the bringing of awareness into the actions of the physical body. While reconnecting the mind with the experience of the body is a great start, and a challenging accomplishment, it is only just the beginning. To truly deepen our experience of yoga and gracefully navigate our lives we must learn not only to be present in the moment, but how to move skillfully through the thoughts, emotions and attitudes that surface and block our dynamic energy and inhibit the realization of our potential.

In practical terms this means that rather then just being aware of our tendencies to become agitated, angry, nervous, anxious, over-excited, sad or blue we develop the tools to move these energies through us without getting thrown off our center, distracted, scattered or put down. Rather then simply reacting or responding to whatever life throws our way, we choose the quality of our experiences by what we bring to the moment – not what the moment brings to us.

There are many ways this can play out in our lives. For example, you might have a co-worker or family member who is often agitated and seems to have an uncanny ability to spread the irritation around, or maybe you know someone who is often negative and spending time with him or her pulls you down. It might be that your spouse or children are getting on your nerves or that every time you get in your car you feel an intense dislike for the drivers around you. These moments not only cause shifts in our emotional field, but they draw our energy and attention away from whatever it is we set out to do. Aside from trying to let go of these disturbances after the fact, there are simple but effective measures we can take to prevent ourselves from being thrown off center in the first place.

If you are at all curious how you can target or develop your home practice to balance your energy and remain steady through the whirl of life experiences and emotions, check out my Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop at Capitol Hill on Saturday morning, April 9th. We’ll be examining the 5 root causing of suffering according the Yoga Sutras, developing the Buddhist technique of Mindful Awareness to view our sufferings with neutrality and compassion and looking at the system of Ayurveda to assess which asana, pranayama and meditation techniques help us keep our cool when things get heated, which ones help us spark the fires of inspiration and energy when feeling low and how to prevent bouncing back and forth between the two.

Posted by: Jen Yaros

Yoga & Mindfulness for Emotional Balance
8 Limbs Capitol Hill
Saturday, April 9, 2011
10:00 – 12:30pm
$35 through April 4, $45 after


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