Mantra Monday: “I Maintain Vitality.”

Brahmacharya, or chastity is the Yama I focused on last week.

Chastity is not a very popular notion. Many modern day yogis, myself included, might not be so keen to the idea of brahmacharya, if celibacy were a requirement for adhering to the yamas.

A more modern interpretation of brahmacharya is maintaining vitality or tempering excesses. Ancient yogis would practice chastity in order to have more energy to devote to yoga, meditation and raising the collective consciousness.

This idea makes a little more sense to me. I am definitely a person of excess and seem to completely throw myself obsessively into habits, both good and bad. Moderation, balance, a little of this and that has always been a problem for me. I ran a marathon before ever running a 5K or half-marathon. I have a real problem with eating till I feel like I am full, instead of satiated.

I do not maintain my vitality or energy very well. I go all in. This has not worked out that great for me. It leaves me feeling drained, spent and takes the joy out of previously enjoyable activities (like running).

Yoga has helped me become more aware of maintaining vitality and trying to practice moderation. I have been trying to temper my excesses and question my motivations before I throw myself into something.

I chose Child’s Pose or Balanasana to practice brahmacharya. This pose is calming and helps to re-regulate the breath. I often remind my students that this is a pose they can come to anytime during class, whether it is cued or not. This is a pose to find when you feel you have lost your breath, when you need to sit a pose out or when you simply need a moment of privacy.

I have been much better about being honest with myself in my yoga practice, and finding this pose when I am feeling overheated or overworked. However, I still need to work on finding the principles of this pose off of my mat. Can I take a moment to stop and re-connect with my breath before I make a decision? Can I pay more attention to my breath and body to maintain more vitality?

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Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better. Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer. Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006. Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book. Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

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Figured It Out Friday: Syncrinicity

When things are meant to happen, they just do.

Thursday night, I met three other contributors to the book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It at a book store in Pasadena California. It was my first opportunity to read my essay in front of a crowd. Here are some pictures from the event.

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The audience and reading space was small and intimate:

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…and my spiritual sisters (fellow contributors) were great!

Lisa Becker, Eduardo Martinez and Amy B Schur

Lisa Becker, Eduardo Martinez and Amy B Schur

Here are some other pictures from the night’s event.

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Free Book Give Away!! Signed Copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better. Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer. Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006. Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book. Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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Book Giveaway-Signed Copy of “Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It”

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert.  Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better.  Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer.  Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006.  Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book.  Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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