It’s really nice to find this article in the Metro today Get Yoga not flexible it’s so true that in Yoga class our competitive instinct rears it’s head sometimes! It doesn’t help when we see images or have a mental image of a hyper flexible gymnast making ‘Yoga’ poses that seem out of reach. To enjoy class more focus on tending to the inner world and not so much about what’s going on ‘out there’.
Disarming the ego is one the reasons I think it’s important to have fun in class and although it’s great to have concentrated ambitious peak moments it’s so important to remember that it’s the moment to moment experience that’s the thing! We may come to Yoga to find physical strength and flexibility but, it doesnt take long to realise that really what we are looking for is to feel comfort and ease in the body and in our minds.
Feel out a personal flow one that looks and feels unique to us and create a bespoke practice that suits our own body our own mind.
Keeping awareness of breath, releasing when we find we are holding our breath keeps us in the moment and waxes the way to finding our flow.
If you are in the area and fancy a blast of lovely Yoga classes I am running them as part of a retreat at Retreats For You in Sheepwash next week. You are welcome along for the bargain price of £15 for all 8 classes or £6 / 1 class if you’ve paid in advance xxx it’s possible that some of the timings may shift slightly so do get in touch beforehand to confirm 🧘🏻♀️🧘🏽♂️
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There are many benefits to having our yoga practice in the morning. Just as our evening practice helps us to let go of our day and eases us into a good nights sleep the morning practice helps us to set the tone for the rest of the day.
A practice in the morning helps us know our bodies better and understand if the food we ate the night before served us well! This in turn leads us to making healthier choices in our diets and regulate our weight.
Taking a morning yoga class helps to set up our mental state for the day, that satisfaction of having freed the body and focused the mind boosts us up a level to have the best day we possibly can. Carpe Diem!
Over the last few days I’ve been so interested in the relationship between the heartbeat, music and movement and have had a series of happy accidents on the theme!
Had a long chat with my mum who’s writing a children’s book, we spoke about the heartbeat and it’s relationship to language and specifically to iambic pentameter or hexameter e.g. Shakespeare’s ‘But soft! What light through yonder window breaks’ or the classic ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’ the opening lines to Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
Later that day I turned on the radio to catch some of a brilliant progamme called The Skipped Beat which was about just that!
The lub dub or heart beat rhythm has been used for ever to unite people through the arts. In sound relaxation it is used to settle the heart rate and pave the way for a relaxing sonic journey, straight from the heart.
I was reminded recently that this Youtube clip existed! Zumba was my passion for several years and this was the first dance I learnt! Dance for me has always been my release and what I love about Zumba that there is a structure but, you can express yourself and let loose. Tribal, wild and free! Click here for a quick Monday morning energy boost Beto stylee (or merely a good laugh at the crazy dancing) 🧚🏻♀️😘
It’s been over three years now since I came back from India after doing my teacher training in Mcleodganj nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It really was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever done. Exhausting at times, long hours sitting in the floor learning anatomy, philosophy, mantra, pranayama, medition and many other things (one of our lovely professor’s favourite sayings) 😀 I learnt so much about myself and my body, about Yoga and the history and culture of India. I also learnt a lot from my peers who came from all over the world, all different ages and cultures. It’s interesting how much there is to be learned from spending time with a group of people, just even the act of being together over time, discovering our patterns, strengths and weakness.
Looing back over some old pictures of my yoga teacher training makes me want to travel back to India soon to open out into the unknown again. Something I love about yoga it that it really is a never ending process of discovering ways to feel more comfortable and at ease in the body and mind, meet amazing folk and immerse in amazingly different cultures. Yoga really is the best, most fun and interesting travelling companion there is!