Yoga Benefits: Tapping into Intuition

For some of us the idea of spontaneity is a way of life, going with the flow, flitting from one thing to the next, and for others of us that is a scary prospect. One of the important things according to yogic philosophy is to determine where these impulses are coming from, and what might hold us back from following our deepest desires. 

In Rod Stryker’s The Four Desires, which we developed at a deeper level at our workshop/retreat, the concept of intuition is carefully explored. Without this connection to our own intuition, we struggle to see and know our own truth. As Rod Stryker explains, “Another Sanskrit word for this illuminated wisdom is dhi. Dhi is intrinsic awareness, what is sometimes called a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘knowingness’.” Out connection to dhi is developed through honing our own intuition, to listing to those inner beliefs and connections. 

The eight limbs of yoga all lead us to a space where our connection with dhi is unobstructed, and we are able to see and know all that we are. Rod Styker explains this value as “Dhi the knowingness that always understands what actions are going help you thrive and what actions are not.”

One of the key ways to strengthening our own intuitive space, is through meditation. In this space, one we are comfortable sitting in the space, we have the ability to note patterns of thought, and move through strong thoughts and emotions. Over the next year we will be working through a number of strategies to cultivate our own ability to connect with our own dhi. 

How does this connect to spontaneity? Well, glad you asked! When we are in touch with our intuitive space, we have the ability to set clearer boundaries, and follow a path that feeds us, rather than drains us. We have the ability to make choices that lead us in a direction that supports our purpose and vision for our future (whether that’s the day in front of us, or the next 5 years). If this topic interests you, pay attention for our next Four Desires workshop, it was eye OPENING for me (heart opening as well!)