Yoga Lesson: One-Pointedness

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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May we cultivate one-pointedness of mind to remain in the present moment and to contain and restrain the energies of the senses, intellect and emotions.

Quotes
On the plane of the “body,” asana is an ekagrata, a concentration on a single point; the body is “tensed,” concentrated in a single position….
One cannot obtain ekagrata if, for example, the body is in a tiring or even uncomfortable posture, or if the respiration is disorganized, unrhythmical..
 – Mircea Eliade

Those who aspire to the state of yoga should seek the Self in inner solitude through meditation. With body and mind controlled they should constantly practice one-pointedness, free from expectations and attachment to material possessions. – Bhagavad Gita

By practicing Ekagrata, one attains purity of body, purity of speech and purity of mind, which together constitute the supreme state of meditative absorption. – Master Sheng-Yen Lu

Practices
Internal Trataka, Dolphin, Eagle, Warrior III, Standing Splits, Tiptoe Pose, Hero.

Home Work
Observe your mental functioning throughout the day and choose to practice one-pointedness of mind whenever possible.
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