Brachmacharya is like moderation. Moderation is the practice of preserving your vital energy. It is to not deplete yourself by having too much or too little.
In the Tao, it is to be in harmony or to live in balance. It’s the Yin to your Yang energy.
Each body has different needs at different times and you have to adjust accordingly.
In Yoga, some may have heard it said that you should practice yoga everyday. I do recall Patanjali saying this in the Yogi Sutras HOWEVER because most of us who live in the West or in westernized cultures, the idea for many is that yoga is purly a physical practice and so they want to push their bodies to extremes believing that they are good Yogis because they practice every day.
What is missing is that Yoga is not only a physical practice. It is also a practice in self discipline and harmony. So discipline is having the will or the understanding of when to stop or start. This type of discipine cannot be forced and must come from yourself.
In the Upanishads, they speak of the order in which we do or become and in short, it is a person’s will that becomes above anything else. So real knowlege of yourself comes from the will of you or the soul of you.
I have said, as many have also said, that the hardest part of any jouney is in the first step. In your head it might feel like two voices going on. One that says go and the other that says I don’t want to. You might struggle because you know the way but you listen to the external voice not the inner voice. Believe it or not, the true voice in your head is the one you CANNOT hear. It doesn’t need to be heard because it is the hearing. It doesn’t need to be seen because it is what sees. It doesn’t need to be felt because it is what feels… So the will of you is like the source of all matter.
Therefore you can practice Yoga everyday in other ways. Taking a walk for mediative contemplation. You can practice self care like taking a bath or relaxing in the sun. You can read up on religions of the world or anything that really speaks to your Nature. You can even let loose and just go out and have fun being only mindful of the what your actions could become.
Some people find this part of their practice difficult. So if you feel meh. Take a moment to assest what you’ve been up to and take what you need because even THAT is an aspect of Yoga. Follow your truths accordingly but be honest with yourself. (satya)
#11 The Tao te Ching
“We join spokes together in a wheel but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house but it is the inner space that makes it liveable.
We work with being but non-being is what we use.”