Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - concentration

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - concentration'-on my YouTube Channel. 

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According to Patanjali concentration is the 'binding thought in one place'.  Concentration is the sixth limb of the eight limbs of yoga, dharana. The eight limbs of yoga are the guidelines that help you cultivate body, mind and spiritual awareness.  The purpose of concentration is to still the fluctuations of the mind.

For this week's video we will work towards half Moon Balance.  I have chosen to show you some ways of doing the pose that I don't do usually.  I show you a different way of using a wall as a 'comfort blanket' and whereas we usually come into the pose from Side Angle pose, in this week's video we come into the pose from Standing forward bend.  This is to get you to be totally present although balances do a good job of that anyway - if you are not present in a balance, you will fall out of it.  

Our meditation this week focuses on stilling the 'monkey mind' to help with concentration. You might also like to practice a candle meditation.  Please see my You Tube Channel 'Candle meditation to illuminate your inner wisdom' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_LBbXkBdm4


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