In Patanjali’s eight limbs of Yoga the yamas and niyamas - yoga's ethical and moral codes sometimes get lost among the asana. once we take on our physical yoga practice, we’re using, creating and directing powerful energy But we may missing important factors to finding our true yogic potential
strength, power, and transformation, on and off the mat
As we work close to the ground to focus on 1st chakra and incorporate twists to cleanse, detoxify, and flush the body we are starting with Saucha cleanliness - not only in our homes, yoga studios, bodies, diet, but especially our thoughts because ‘where attention goes, energy flows’
We each have a choice in how we act, and by directing our thoughts towards positivity, we can add positivity to our own lives and to the world around us. our minds are very powerful, and what we choose to do with them has the ability to make a big impact.
You have the power within your mind to think pure thoughts, and therefore influence more purity within and around you. An ‘impure’ thought might be judging someone else or yourself for not achieving a goal on or off your mat, or impurities might arise when we get angry, stressed, worried or fearful about a situation. Remember, that where attention goes, energy flows.
“When the body is cleansed, the mind purified and the senses controlled, joyful awareness, needed to realize the inner self, also comes.” –Yoga Sutras