Missed the last 2 of the challenge, but still am determined to finish it!
#Day4, #Brahmacharya.. according to Hindu tradition, this is the first ashram or stage in human life; the life of the celibate student.. in Yoga, this is the 4th Yama, and considered a "great vow". Though I knew this for years, I never began to try the practice until about August of last year.. I can't say that I have not failed at times throughout the year, but I can say I've been at it strong for the last 3 and a half months. And each time I do commit myself to it's practice, I feel as though I can push myself through many of the hardest poses, hence the reason I post this with the picture. Not only that though, I feel this practice changes your social interactions with the opposite sex as well! Full brahmacharya means to not even entertain sexual thoughts! In that respect, It changes the way you talk, act, and interact with others. Even practicing for a week, or two your perspective begins to change. It's all about conservation of energy, and not using it in a careless manner.
In Light on Yoga, B. K. S. Iyengar states, " According to Shankaracharya, a brahmachari is a man who is engrossed in the study of the Sacred Vedic lore, constantly moves in Brahman and knows that all exist in Brahman. In other words, one who sees Divinity in all is a Brahmachari. Patanjali, however, laysstress on continence of the body speech and mind. This does not mean the philosophy of yoga is meant only for celibates. Brahmacharya has little to do with the whether one is a bachelor or married and living the life of a householder. One has to translate the higher aspects of brahmacharya in one's daily living.
When one is established in brahmacharya, one develops a fund vitality and energy, a courageous mind and a powerful intellect so that one can fight any type of Injustice. The brahmachari will use the forces he generates wisely: he will utilize the physical ones for doing the work of the Lord, the mental for the spread of culture and the intellectual for the growth of spiritual life. Brahmacharya is the battery that Sparks the torch of wisdom." #Yama #padmasana #pincha #Ojas