Purify. Cleanse. Manifest.
As we look forward into the New Year we often look for ways to reinvent ourselves. “This is the year that I get into shape” or “This is the year that I follow my dreams.”
To find this transformation in way that is truthful and authentic we must first look at the current situation. How are we currently treating our bodies? How are we currently communicating this transformation to others and to ourselves? What thoughts are consuming our minds and how do they serve this purpose?
Lets break this down into 3 simple areas to clean out and purify in order to manifest our dreams in 2018.
Purify the Body
The asanas, or physical yoga practice, purify the body through movements that increase the flow of circulation, oxygen and prana (life energy) to our muscles, organs and tissues. As we move and contort our bodies we are massaging the muscles and internal organs in a way that motivates any stagnant blood or energy resting in the body to move around and be excreted if unneeded. Haha. “Excreted if unneeded” I like that. Yoga practice aids in digestion. But what are we digesting? Take a look at your diet and see if you are supplying your body with clean nutrition. Finally the six kriyas in the panel to the left will aid in cleansing and purifying the body.
Purify the Speech
Purity of speech comes from being truthful and through the use of words that are not injurious, hurtful or distressing to others or ourselves. Here we get a bit more tricky . . . having a clean physical body through breathing exercises, yoga practice and eating a yogic diet is a bit straight forward. Monitoring our speech internally as well as externally can get to be a bit more demanding.
Begin with a one-day commitment to just listen to your external speech. What are you saying out loud to others? Your family, friends, coworkers, people in the street or store . . . how are you speaking to them? What are you saying? Are you communicating in a positive light? Are you being truthful? Are you authentic?
Then the next day, focus on your internal communication. What are you telling yourself? What language are you using? For example “I am exercising today.” verses “I will exercise today.” The former use of language makes a statement that is happening (truth) rather than giving you the option in the future for the action to happen or not to happen as in the second statement.
This exercise will help to bring awareness to our internal and external language which we can then begin to cleanse by using the language that is in alignment with our Truth.
Purify the Mind
Here is the icing on the cake. Cleansing our thoughts is truly the key to mastering purity and living a life of Truth. I offer you this poetic expression for purity of the mind.
“The mind may be likened to a garden, which can either be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. Gardeners cultivate their plot, growing fruits, flowers, and vegetables in it. At the same time, they also ensure that it remains free from weeds. Similarly, we must cultivate our own mind with rich and noble thoughts, while weeding out the negative and debilitating thoughts. If we allow resentful, hateful, blaming, unforgiving, critical, and condemning thoughts to reside in our mind, they will have a debilitating effect on our personality. We can never get a fair amount of constructive action out of the mind until we have learned to control it and keep it from becoming stimulated by anger, hatred, dislike, etc. These are the weeds that choke out the manifestation of divine grace within our hearts.”
Remember: Thoughts Become Things – whatever we spend our time and energy thinking about manifests in our being and materializes in our reality. So lets take some time this month and first create an awareness of our body, speech and thoughts and then use that awareness to purify ourselves.
Purity will align us in a way that our dreams become effortless to catch.
Once our immune system has identified and extracted a pathogen there are several ways to eliminate the toxin from our body, or detox. Shatkriya practices promote such elimination and lead to purification:
Neti – cleansing the sinus passages
Agni Sara – a breathing exercise to massage internal organs (see video)
Nauli – a more advanced version of intestinal massaging (see video)
Basti – this is the use of an enema or colonic to clean the lower intestines
Kapalabhati – “breath of fire” this is a rapid breathing technique using a forceful exhalation.
Trataka – a meditation technique used to cleanse the eyes, it involves staring at a single point such as a candle flame.
In addition to shatkriya practices, yoga asanas promote breathing, digestion, and perspiration which all help the body get rid of toxins.
Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana
(Revolved Hand-to-Foot Pose) is a standing balance with a strong twist. In this pose, the IT band receives a deep stretch, and the glutes and hamstrings are lengthened. The core and standing leg are worked strongly to keep the body stable, while the twist improves mobility in the spine and massages the abdominal organs, contributing to healthy digestion. All twisting poses are going to aid in the elimination process so this month we will focus on several variations of twisting.