What does it mean to consecrate your yoga practice?

One of the most beautiful elements of Yoga is the way it unites all those who practice with themselves, one another, the earth we live on, and even the divine.

Divides between people are no longer present. Age, gender, race, and religion are not barriers, nor do they affect our yoga practice. When we stop focusing our attention on differences, we’re left with something simple, pure, and wonderful – the practice of Yoga.

Yoga and Avoiding Attachment

Yoga and the practice of Yoga must not be entangled in attachments.

You might be just as guilty as I am. “My practice,” “my style,” my space, “my journey,” are all phrases I’ve heard myself use over the years without giving it much thought.

Consecrating Yoga means that you give up your practice and dedicate it to something or someone greater than yourself.

Over the years, I have given my services to people when I felt there was a real need. However, this has never been a part of my regular practice. Not until a recent yoga training did I begin to consider consecration and devotion. I was introduced to the concept and taught how to incorporate it into my yoga practice.

What is consecration?

Literally, consecration means “associated with sacredness” and refers to a true and sincere dedication towards a purpose or service. Consecrations are usually religious but can be done by people, places, objects, or actions.

You can think of consecrations as an intention or dedication.

How do I consecrate my yoga practice?

There are many different ways to dedicate or consecrate a personal practice. (Or even a whole class for the teachers). No matter what religion or who you are, you can all offer the fruits of your practice.

As if you were about to meditate, find a comfortable position and sit down. Prepare yourself for Yoga by taking a few moments to relax and settle in. If you need to get into the moment, take a few deep breaths.

It is now time to give the practice your fullest sincerity. You can offer the training in your own words to your higher self or a higher consciousness.

If you don’t find this practice appealing, why not offer it to someone in need? It could be a friend, colleague, or even a whole nation. You decide.

Consecration can be as long or short as you want. You can say it to yourself or out loud if you’re alone. After you finish, take some deep breaths and cultivate gratitude. This is really as easy as it gets.

Give it a try. You have nothing to lose except a few minutes of your asana practice, pranayama, and meditation practice. You may feel more connected to your practice and surroundings.

It is a special gift to be able to practice with gratitude and devotion. This is something that is accessible to everyone. How do YOU consecrate your practice? Please share your thoughts!

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