In a yoga class, the practice of Yoga Mudra shifts focus from the outward body-centric movements to an inward experience of quiet space. You deepen this inner focus in the Yoga Nidra practice. For many, this may be a first glimpse of a non-enhanced selfie.
To cultivate pratyahara you can:
-Practice the pause a day before clicking “BUY” or a few hours before responding to a text/tweet/email, or a few minutes before ordering dessert.
– Practice keeping your gaze soft, thus adopting an attitude of receptivity instead of a narrow focus which makes you more critical.
-Use breath awareness as an early warning system to nip unwelcome emotions in the bud, by mindfully slowing and deepening your breath when you notice it become tight and shallow.
-Commit to gifting yourself a few minutes a day to sit in silence with your eyes closed, your breath deeply comfortable, and your thoughts positive.
Practicing pratyahara helps you to hear the whispering of your innate intelligence. The more trust you place on your internal guidance, the less external input is needed to feel satisfied in who you are.
Sandi Merrill is an everywoman who stumbled upon yoga 20+ years ago. After some “taste-testing,” she found joy in the Integral Yoga tradition. She is honored and blessed to be able to share the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. Yoga teacher training uplifted her life. Today, she is one of the lead trainers for the Integral Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training when she isn’t globetrotting with her newly retired hubby.