We often find our mind in a state of all-pointedness, focusing on countless different directions, distractions and thoughts. The yogis tell us that this state of all-pointedness scatters our awareness while dissipating and draining our energy. Conversely, creating a steady, one-pointed focus of our mind concentrates and conserves our energy and personal power. A fundamental teaching of yoga is the practice of cultivating one-pointedness (ekagrata), which in turn develops the focus and concentration needed for holding yoga poses and meditating for extended periods of time.
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Timothy Burgin is a Kripalu & Pranakriya trained yoga instructor living and teaching in Asheville, NC. Timothy has studied and taught many styles of yoga and has completed a 500-hour Advanced Pranakriya Yoga training. Timothy has been serving as the Executive Director of YogaBasics.com since 2000. He has authored two yoga books and has written over 500 articles on the practice and philosophy of yoga. Timothy is also the creator of Japa Mala Beads and has been designing and importing mala beads since 2004.
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New to Yoga?
To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page
In times of crisis, we often feel we don’t have the time or energy to practice, but those are precisely the times when the practice is most necessary. This is what we’ve been practicing for: the situations where the practice doesn’t come easily. When the winds of change reach hurricane force, our inner refuge of mindfulness, concentration, and discernment is the only thing that will keep us from getting blown away.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu