As I have shared in other posts, Yamas are the outer ethical codes and foundations of the eight limbs, made up of five Yamas: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, & Aparigraha.
♥️ Brahmacharya ♥️
(Care for Others... Including You)
Let's unpack this Yama...
Bring to mind someone who you care for deeply.
You might place your hand on your heart as you connect with them, in your mind's eye.
Recall a time when the two of your were together (whether in-person or over the phone).
How do you feel when you are together? What emotions arise? Sensations? Energy?
Now bring your attention onto yourself.
You may want to keep you hand on your heart
How do you care for your heart? You mind? Your body? Your spirit? What's your energy like, right now, as you care for yourself?
You might want to journal about this.
What can you do, starting today, to practice Brahmacharya?
It is essential that we care for ourselves because when our cups are full, we are best to care for others. From a trauma-informed lens, our yoga teacher trainings are dedicated to cultivating a meaningful practice of self-love. By learning to fill ourselves with self-compassion we then ripple the compassion onto those who trust us in their journeys.
I invite you to share this blog post with someone you care for deeply and let them know you've been thinking of them :)
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
I give thanks to my wise teacher Susanna Barkataki ✨
Dr. Melissa Jay
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Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis, person, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.