We have explored the first four limbs of yoga... 1. Yamas (outer ethical codes) 2. Niyamas (the the inner, personal ethical practices) 3. Asana (postures) 4. Pranayama (breath control) & today we move to the 5th limb...
(Focus & Withdrawal of Senses)
Freeing the mind from the nervous system by shifting from our outer senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, & smelling) to our inner landscape of being.
Yep... This limb is far less tangible than other yoga practices like pranayama & asana.
Let's make it tangible!
Savasana (final resting pose)! Often savasana is the most challenging posture as it invites us to lay flat, still & to just be. When we give into this posture, our muscles relax, breath slows... supporting connection to deeper layers of ourselves. Yoga Nidra can support this deeply restorative experience too!
We are conditioned to do-do-do and think-think-think. Pratyahara is an essential yoga practice.
If you are following the @thenapministry you know they are preaching the good stuff... rest as radical resistance!
My intention is to unplug as often as possible and honour when it feels right to log-on. Social media can spark joy and keep us connected! That said, it also can lead to stimulation & information overload. I probably have a library worth of saved posts I want to return to, reflect on, with concepts & ideas I want to research... and for now, I will turn inward.
May we sit in candle light, watch the snow, be still & practice being.
How will you practice pratyahara?
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
Dr. Melissa Jay