As we enter the final month of 2016, a year we can all agree has brought tremendous loss and change, our focus at Supersoul is on setting a steadfast foundation in the here-and-now for the coming year. As injustice is more and more evident, aligning with truth is our collective calling, the necessary response in the face of an unbearable, unsustainable status quo.
So much of a yoga practice is a private, personal experience and dedication. As one's practice evolves, the results become increasingly evident and eventually force a rupture with the-way-things-were, so that we may embrace the-way-things-are, and live in line with the-way-things-must-be for the soul ever yearning for unity. Indeed, aligning with truth is a direct request of a steady yoga practice. As hidden pains, traumas, and dishonesty surfaces, we are faced with a choice: continue in ignorance and suffering, or make the seemingly difficult changes necessary to shed the too-tight skin for a brave new evolution.
Facebook feeds, news tickers, and first-hand accounts of the difficulties facing us can be entirely overwhelming. A yoga practice is a sanctuary, a place to derive steadiness, strength, courage, or just help keep the pieces together. Yogic teachings offer us ethical guidelines in the yamas (self-regulating behaviors) and niyamas (personal practices) to help foster the inner resilience and clarity needed for personal evolution. While they're all valuable and necessary, at certain times in our lives, certain principles will stand out.
- Ahimsa: nonviolence
- Satya: truthfulness
- Asteya: non-stealing
- Brahmacharya: non-excess (often interpreted as celibacy)
- Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.
- Saucha: purity
- Santosha: contentment
- Tapas: self-discipline, training your senses
- Svadhyaya: self-study, inner exploration
- Ishvara Pranidhana: surrender (to God)
How can we move forward in truthfulness at this time in history? After a trip to Standing Rock over Thanksgiving week, it's become more evident that a 'tribal' paradigm of living, that is; sharing our resources, relying on local neighbors instead of big-businesses, turning to nature and nurture instead of turning on the TV, and dedicating time to weekly prayer and ceremony is a more honest, aligned way of living that truly satisfies and sustains us.
Our big banks are tied up in the violence against humanity and voting with our dollars is another powerful way to stand by our truth. Take your business to local banks and credit unions, and then write a letter to your bank letting them know why! Here is a list of banks currently funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
This month, we focus on thoughtful, creative ways of aligning with truth. What are some ways this might express for you? Leave a comment below! We hope to serve you in your path to alignment and harmony. And as you practice on the mat, at home or at the studio, we hope that bringing this soulful alignment into your bones will further solidify your walk.
In truth and solidarity,
by Alexandra Moga