Practice Yoga in 2017

When most people think of yoga, they think of the postures people practice, such as warrior II, downward facing dog, triangle, etc.  These postures are called asana, and while certainly an important part of the practice of yoga, they are only one aspect.

Eight Limbs of Yoga

img_3302In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the eight limbs of yoga:  yamas (restraint), niyamas (observances), asana (posture), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focused concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (enlightenment). These eight limbs provide a guideline for living a purposeful life.

Heading into a new year, many people reflect on the previous year and resolve to grow in some way in the new year.  Practicing the eight limbs can further these goals.  In the coming weeks, each limb will be described in further detail to help you on your journey. In the meantime, visit Orange Moon Yoga, and practice various aspects of the eight limbs with our experienced instructors.

Finding Peace

balance-15712_640Yoga Sutra 1.33

In Yoga Sutra 1.33, Patanjali tells us how to find calm, even in the middle of chaos:

“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”

Peace during the Bustle

During the holidays, we often speak of peace; but peace seems at odds with the stress and busy schedules of the season. Obtaining peace seems like a very lofty, unattainable goal as we rush from task to task. But it’s not. By following the attitudes laid out in Sutra 1.33, we can find space even in the busiest of times.

Practicing for Peace

Try practicing friendless toward the next person who shares a smile with you, compassion toward someone who seems tired and downtrodden, delight toward the person who is giving selflessly, and disregard toward those who are malicious. By adopting these attributes, you will create space for your mind to remain calm and centered, even if your schedule is not.

And if you can create this space during the holiday season, you can create peace any time life seems more chaos than calm.

Have a peaceful holiday.



Why Orange Moon Yoga?

orange-1699182_640According to various schools of thought, chakras are energy centers located within the subtle body, meaning the non-physical or spiritual self. Most texts number the chakras at seven and associate them with various areas of the physical body.

The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is located in the lower abdomen and is associated with movement and feelings, including desire, pleasure, and sexuality. Its color is orange and its celestial body is the moon. “Like the moon’s pull on the tides, our desires and passions can move great oceans of energy. The moon rules the unconscious, the mysterious, the unseen, the dark, and the feminine. This gives the center a very distinct power of its own as we move from our depths outward to create change in the world.” [1]

Orange Moon Yoga was named for this complex and powerful second chakra. Many yoga practitioners come to yoga for the physical benefits associated with the postures. Starting their journeys, they don’t realize that there are often mental and spiritual benefits to be found as well. As they move along their paths, they begin to experience the feelings and pleasure that are associated with a consistent and grounded practice. Ultimately, the practice can move them to create change in their lives and communities. Like water, which is the second chakra’s element, students begin “to let go and create flow.”[2]

Come practice at Orange Moon Yoga today. Whether you are at the beginning of your journey or already creating flow, Orange Moon Yoga will provide the space for you to further your practice.

[1] Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System; Anodea Judith, 2002.

[2] Id.

Practicing Yoga in the OM

symbol-1537054_640Yoga classes often begin or end with the chanting of OM. OM is considered the cosmic sound vibration. It is not only the source of, but also includes, all other sounds and vibrations. OM is universal.

Similarly, yoga is for everyone.  It includes all people, regardless of beliefs or abilities. It can bring physical, mental, and spiritual development to anyone who devotes energy into establishing a consistent practice.

So what does it mean to “Practice in the OM”? It is a reminder that each one of us is a part of the universal vibrations that surround us. While it is very easy to lose sight of this in our busy everyday lives, we can allow ourselves to reconnect with these universal vibrations if we provide space for a consistent yoga practice.

That was why Orange Moon Yoga in Wimberley was created, to provide a welcoming space for all people, whether they are just starting a yoga practice or furthering an existing one. Its teachers have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds to assist students in grounding their practices and reaching their goals.  Check out Orange Moon’s classes and events and let us know how we can help you Practice in the OM.