Brahmacharya - I think it's fair to say the least popular of all the yamas and niyamas. Why so? Well, because this yama is often translated simply into celibacy and abstaining from sexual activity, including thoughts and fantasies. Say what?!
I know what you are probably thinking, "I just want to do some yoga, not become a monastic, celibate monk". I get ya! Me neither! But with all of these virtues or vows we are exploring, there is so much wisdom and important guidance when we really dive below the surface value of them and into their essence. So let's dive in.
First, let's look at the etymology of the word Brahmacharya.
Brahma or Brahman can be translated into : the creator, God, the ultimate teacher, absolute consciousness, ultimate reality, Truth
Charya ( carya) can be translated into flow, following, behaviour, engaging with, going towards, to conduct oneself as.
So in turn, perhaps we can understand Brahmacharya as the behaviours that lead to Brahman, or perhaps, controlling the flow of our energy t