Eight Limbs of Yoga: #HY8foldpath Day 6: Dharana
Guest Post by Charity Luyben, Honor Yoga Instructor.
Day 6 #HY8FOLDPATH Yoga Challenge – DHARANA or Concentration
CONCENTRATION is 6th in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The Yoga Sutras define concentration as “The binding of the mind to one object.” Once the five senses are trained to turn inward which is limb five, Pratyahara, the mind can limit its perception to the object only. Think of Concentration like drips of water. Every droplet represents a moment of pure uninterrupted concentration. The space between drops represents the gaps where thoughts enter the mind . With continued practice, the drops of water gradually increase, becoming a steady stream of concentration we call meditation (the 7th limb, the next day in our challenge!).
Today’s Practice Exercise: Find a quiet or even not so quiet place to sit and close your eyes. Concentrate on your breath entering and exiting through your nose. Concentrate on this and the quiet and stillness will come. As thoughts come, and they will, notice them but gently return your concentration back to the breath.