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The average day in a Yogi's life

Posted Jul 13 2010 11:00am
The article on sleep I posted yesterday stimulated some deep discussion here with Swamiji Vidyanand my teacher of Transformational Yoga. We entered into the daily routine of someone searching for self-realization, self-development or better known here in India simply as choosing the path of a Yogi.

The Yogis found that when you are aware of the subtleties of life not only do you become more fulfilled and blissful, but you begin living within a beautiful balance of mind, body, and soul – ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
Before I list the daily life path, it’s good to know the foundation of principles that has led to such actions… Self-realization and evolution of consciousness is driven by a great awareness of everything around you, a deep connection to your surroundings, people, nature and your environment. This connection and the melting into the surrounding life energy flow is known as environmental consciousness and allows for great harmony to invade your life, through intuition and a deep knowledge of everything around you.

 Waking (15 minutes)
Usually in the morning one wakes up in frustration, confusion, tiredness or even anger. Then moving directly to a TV, newspaper, bills, etc. which bombard you with negative stimulus. Following the path above brings your awareness within so that you are safe and not affected from the stimulus from found outside of you.
When you have completed the above it is a perfect time to enter meditation, Maha Bandha (a form of body/energy locking system for sexual, digestive and respiratory health), Nadi Shodana (a breathing pattern through your nostrils which balances out your system) and then Yoga Asana’s (yoga postures)

These actions simply associate pure wisdom with eating food, rather than ploughing thoughtlessly through the meal, bringing greater awareness to the moment and your actions.


Sleeping (Prepare 30 minutes prior to sleep – 1 hour is optimum)
Click here to follow the guidelines I recently wrote, though as a quick overview:

“Do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness. When you are eating, eat totally-chew totally, taste totally, smell totally. Touch your bread, feel the texture. Smell the bread, smell the flavour. Chew it, let it dissolve into your being, and remain conscious-and you are meditating. And then meditation is not separate from life. Whenever meditation is separate from life, something is wrong. It becomes life-negative. Then one starts thinking of going to a monastery or to a Himalayan cave. Then one wants to escape from life, because life seems to be a distraction from meditation. Life is not a distraction; life is an occasion for meditation.”
Zen Proverb

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