As a Yoga studio, our job is to share our knowledge, experience and ideas about Yoga. Our hope is that you, our practitioners, will absorb what we share and, eventually, begin to do the same. There is a middle ground, though, for all of this. You see, we all have to practice and our practice is more than just what we do in the studio. It is the generalization of the skills we learn in class into our lives.
Have you felt the effects of your practice? To find Yoga is to find your Self. In order to get there, you have to restrain (Yamas) your wants and observe (Niyamas) your needs. The way you treat yourself should be reflected in how you treat others. And, if you see yourself as spiritual, holy, god-loved, etc. then you will see all others in this way.
Our Self is made up of many levels. The koshas are considered the layers of the Self. Manomaya is the layer within which the mind or manas and the emotions are prominent.
Our mind is constantly chattering away. It tells us our desires, needs, dislikes, etc. All of these things are directed by the ego. The ego places labels upon everything we experience. Our emotions are attached to these experiences and, through them, we develop samskaras or impressions.
Manomaya is the layer within that we must work the hardest to move beyond. If we can let go of our ego then our mind can quiet. If we can move beyond our emotions, we can view the world with less bias and judgement. Our practice is to let go of these things and become less attached to our self and that which lies outside of us.