By Keshava Betts
October 9, 2018

Many of us have practiced the energization exercises. We’ve all heard that they have profound benefits; they energize our body, harmonize our feeling nature, increase our willpower, help us to concentrate, and perhaps most importantly they teach us that our true nature is energy. But how many of us actually experience those benefits every time we practice? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel, through your own experience, a deepening understanding of all those qualities? Here are some simple ways you can tune into the power, and the joy, of the energization exercises.

Ask for the blessings and guidance of Yogananda:
  • Try praying to Yogananda, asking him to help you in the practice of the exercises. He called them, “One of the greatest gifts ever bestowed upon mankind.” Pray that he reveal to you their true nature.
  • As you practice, visualize Yogananda practicing them through you, as if he were inside you.
  • As you begin to feel the flow of energy in the body, try to feel that it is His energy animating your tension and relaxation.
  • If there are any exercises that you don’t fully understand, ask Yogananda to reveal their purpose to you.
  • Make the exercises an inward dance between yourself and Yogananda.
Get into the flow of energy and inspiration:
  • Energy is a flow, not a stagnant state. The secret of sustained energy is creating such a strong current, that like a mighty river, it carries you through your whole day, through every obstacle with a sense of joyful expansion!
  • Tune into the flow of energy by gracefully building tension and relaxation. Try to equally emphasize both elements.
  • Remember: Energy is limitless, boundless, omnipresent. All you need to do is open yourself to receive it.
Make every practice of energization your deepest one yet
  • Try to build a personal momentum with the energization exercises (and all yoga techniques).
  • Try to pick up where you left off, continually diving deeper into a particular element that is inspiring for you.
  • Through deeper, more concentrated, more sincere practice of the energization exercises, the Cosmic Intelligence will reveal to you wisdom. You will begin to know that you are not the body; you are cosmic energy!