Doing Our Dharma
Updated: Sep 20
From your feelings you feel the beauty of existence of yourself.
How can yoga help us find our place in life?
Connecting to your intrinsic essence of being
Doing our dharma is doing our duty. Playing our part in the puzzle of life. What is your duty? Your piece of the puzzle? Your intrinsic essence of being?
Dharma is the first of the four building blocks that yoga philosophy is built upon, helping us to understand ourselves. These building blocks are known as bhavas, Sanskrit for attitude or feeling.
When we are in a quiet, centred and calm place, we are able to cultivate the bhava of dharma. Our intrinsic essence of being. As a fish is to swim, a human being is to grow, to develop, to evolve. Yoga says that this is our purpose in life, to engage in a higher order of exploration.
Cultivating contentment and happiness
We have many duties in the outside world, we wear many hats. We may be a mother or father, sister or brother, husband or wife, friend or colleague, and we spend a lot of our time caring for others. Yoga says we must focus on ourselves. On our bodies and our minds and to first cultivate contentment and happiness inside, before we can let it spread outside. Confidence and strength begin at the core and if our dharma is to grow, we can only grow from the inside.
Like a seed full of potential, nobody can grow for us and we can't grow for anybody else. When our potential has the energy, it will sprout, it will grow, it will bloom into life and from here it will bring joy to others simply from being true to itself. Nobody ever frowns at a flower. This happiness and contentment inside will naturally spread outside, to those closest to us, into our circle of people, into our communities, shining light on all corners of our lives.
What does this look like in our yoga practice?
In yoga, meditative asanas are dharma postures. They are commonly held for sustained periods of time and allow us to bring our attention inwards. Sit in an easy, comfortable meditative position. Take a few breaths and explore how you're feeling... inside. Your body, your mind, your intrinsic essence of being.
Cultivate the bhava of dharma often in your practice, and then watch as it grows into other areas of your life. But we have to keep coming back to it. It is not a constant, not a given, we have to keep checking in and coming back to ourselves, closing our eyes, and cultivating these feelings of duty, inviting and breathing into balance.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.