By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500
Among the many benefits of Yoga practice is empowerment. In Bhakti Yoga, and in other spiritual forms of Yogic methodology, empowerment is a ritual in which a Guru bestows an enlightened presence to bless the mind and soul (Jiva) of a devoted student. Sometimes, a deity is called upon to bless and nurture the devoted student throughout life. As a result of this blessing, the student becomes empowered to help and teach others.
This form of empowerment, from teacher to student, is still practiced in some parts of the world, but it is a real rarity in the west. So, how do you become empowered through Yoga training? It would be a big help to overcome your daily obstacles. You would never feel alone because you can draw on a powerful source for help.
One of the most powerful methods of empowerment is prayer. It does not matter what your religion is, prayers exist within all forms of religion. Whether you refer to God, Allah, Yahweh, Brahman, or another name, you will feel the gift of empowerment, as a result of prayer. You can pray anywhere and at any time.
Jnana is a method for improving through the pursuit of knowledge. Learning is also another path to empowerment. You can learn from many sources, with modern technology, but always take the time to observe others. Through this method you will see what works, and what does not; but always remain ethical in your behavior, actions, and your words.
Practice your natural talents to the best of your ability. You will find an art, craft, or skill, where your talents excel. When you are good at something, you should continue to pursue that direction. Your self-esteem will reach new heights, based upon your accomplishments, and you will find empowerment.
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