“Turn down the volume on your day.”
That’s how I start most of my Yoga classes when I teach.
It’s pretty much impossible in our world to turn everything off completely – even for an hour. But, turning down the volume a little, well, that’s a start. If only for that one hour of Yoga.
Turning down the volume is the Yogic path of Pratyahara.
To be Fancy Pants about it, the deal of Pratyahara is this – withdraw the senses inward. Close your eyes and look inside. Close your ears and listen to your breath. Close your touch and just feel the air on your skin.
Just find the quiet inside.
Clearing out the clutter in your brain for a few minutes each day can be as rewarding as cleaning all that forgotten junk out of your garage. (Some of the gunk in your brain can be covered with dust, grease, and mouse nests, too.)
That’s why I love this photo I took.
Hanging out at the batting cage, little kid in the center up there, shows his Pratyahara.
Hey, if the crack of the bat gets too loud, just cover your ears.
The batter in the cage is probably swinging away in his “zone”, oblivious to the rest of us, which is simply his Yoga and Pratyahara without all the Sanskrit.
(And, you thought I would never post about Yoga again!)