It's the holiday season and as good a time as any to talk about moderation. In today's world, excess and overindulging is everywhere, from how we eat to how we live in a material society where more is the norm. It has become "normal" to pack a day full of tasks, over extending ourselves physically and financially while neglecting our self-care. Commercialism and media selling to us everywhere!
Brahmacarya may be one of the simplest yamas to put into practice, but with the distractions of our world the most difficult to maintain. Yoga allows us to take time away from the distractions and check in with ourselves. Taking that personal inventory at the beginning of each practice acknowledging the distractions and setting the intention to come into a place of freedom from excess. In my classes we refer to this time as time with God. Thus the translation to "walk with God".
Freedom from excess. Freedom from distraction. Freedom from addiction. Freedom from fear. Equals Brahmacarya.
As we approach the Christmas Holiday, take time to really think about what you commit your time to daily and where you might separate from the world of excess. Do you spend time on your mat daily, in a class that is centered around your self discovery? Do you spend time in nature each day, in the world without the noise, just as created by God? Do you take time at all, to quiet your mind outside of sleep? All of these activities will help you to release the distractions of excess, coming into a place of complete acceptance and non-attachment.
Give yourself the gift of Brahmacarya this holiday season and cultivate new habits in moderation for the New Year.