Brahmacharya is about moderation. And with the holiday parties and gatherings, there are not many other times that this would be so difficult to practice. We are bound to over-indulge at least once during the season, whether it is food, beverage, or staying up too late. To practice Brahmacharya as self-care we can follow simple tips.
And don’t be hard on yourself if you “overdo” it. Treat it like you would your yoga practice. Observe what’s happening in the body, be present to sensations – including the sensations that show up in the form of thoughts. Notice what happens in the body when you stay up too late, eat too much, or drink too much; and use this information to guide your future choices. Brahmacharya doesn’t teach us to not do these things; it teaches us to enjoy our lives without going too far on either side of the midline, and it teaches us to observe what happens when we do.
So, enjoy that dinner party. Have that glass of wine. Eat the cake. Dance and laugh and enjoy! All with moderation, of course.
Would you like to read more about the Yamas and Niyamas? You can find more of Parvati’s wisdom in her book, Becoming Parvati: A Modern Exploration of the Yamas & Niyamas.