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Understanding Sexual Energy

Updated: May 27, 2019

By: Jessica Jayne





Brahmacharya, one of the Yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path, is often translated into ‘chastity’, ‘non-excess’, or ‘abstinence’ in relation to sexual energy. The yogis understood that sexual energy is powerful beyond measure, and when used toward relationship with the Divine, one can achieve the highest potential of yogic power.

Though some traditional teachers will still use words such as ‘abstinence’ or ‘chastity’, more contemporary yoga teachers understand that these terms are not suitable for everyone who wishes to practice yoga. A