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|Posted on 16 January, 2017 at 22:11||comments (0)|
Foodfor thought from my favourite author: Paulo Coelho ..
Happy week and remember:
It is always important to know when something has reached its end.
Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it;
what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.
Yogis see you on your mat for a powerful 6:30 Flow .Namaste
|Posted on 16 December, 2015 at 21:23||comments (0)|
|Posted on 6 December, 2015 at 21:25||comments (96)|
Each day is a little life , Every waling and rising a little better, Every fresh morning a little youth, Every going to rest and sleep a little death....Arthur Schophenahuer
|Posted on 4 October, 2015 at 19:50||comments (0)|
Because Yoga is rooted in Hindu mythology, I like to link stories about the Gods and Goddesses who gives us inspiration for our practice. Where I live in the North West Fall presents itself with showers, winds and then full on rain. It is not cold yet it is no longer warm, the sun has waned and the light has faded. The Goddess Durga is known to be the mother of the universe, she goes by many names and avatars. She has many arms to protect her devotees from all corners of the universe, and many weapons to call on each in itself symbolizes our abilities. She embodies both the male and female self (Shakti) she travels mightily on the back of a lion. Who would not want this powerful being to become the inspiration for a fiery Fall practice. As the days shorten and the nights become colder, as simple beings we crave hibernation, and begin to fold in onto ourselves. Using Durga as the inspiration we can learn that success is not certain (the symbol of the unopened lotus) and that knowledge is but applied perception (the sharpened sword) On our mats this fall these two simple bits of offerings can bring us to our mats humble and without expectation. Do not forget to smile. Namaste
|Posted on 4 October, 2015 at 19:16||comments (0)|
Did you miss the Blood Moon,? Well even if you did its effects on our being lives on for another week or so. As yogis we are apt to create intentions for our practice, based on how we feel at the time or a future expectation. The powerful moon dictates how we spend our nights preceding its might, as a full moon or recently as a blood mood. Either way we feel fiery and bold, restless and excited, sleep is just at our finger tips and hard to grasp. How do we use this, energy. Practice with many Salutations to the Moon, let your practice be warming and cooling at the same time. Chandrasana (the moon) can be cooling but many yogis feel warmed and stimulated, so intersperse your Moon Salutations with Balasana (child.s pose) Make a dance of your salutation. This restless energy will pass. do not let the opportunity to create something new and powerful slip away. welcome to the Fall...
|Posted on 14 September, 2015 at 17:53||comments (0)|
As a practitioner or a regular student of Pilates, always come with the conscious understanding that every movement in Pilates takes times. To create stability, and strength the student must be aware of the slightest movement which takes them out of alignment or plumb. There is always a visualization aspect, such as imagine there are weight tied to ankles or wrists, this imagery helps in a slower (not necessarily snails pace :)) more defined series of movements, In a beginners class patience above all is the key, body awareness the direction of your breath and integration of the fundamentals.. keep practicing
|Posted on 3 September, 2015 at 13:57||comments (603)|
Yin can ease a weary soul and set fire to a worn heart.It is a subtle form of yoga which takes you by surprise. It is amaizing what happens when we stop moving for 3 mins let alone five. Unwanted emotions may come up; anger, fear hate, love! yes ..surprising. In yin once you have allowed the stillness to happen, and the emotions to let loose, all that is left is that wonderful empty shell that is you. There is no need to fear this revelation. It is the perfect time to embrace the wonderful you, cry if you must, like the rolling of waves unto an empty shore, let your breath guide you, there is no shame to simply be you.
|Posted on 3 September, 2015 at 13:45||comments (578)|
As we spring into 'SPRING' it is hard to miss all the hustle and bustle in the Landscaping world, weeds out flowers in. Not bad. On your mat today think of removing weeds or or a certain stubbornness to your practice and grow flowers instead.. Vriksasana (tree pose) is a wonderfully fitting Asana. Begin in Tadasana (mountain pose) as you reach for the sky on the inhale do not forget that the earth beneath is there to support you. Bring your hands to your hips, turn your right knee out, BREATH. You can stay here or slide you foot up your calf.. BREATHE. You can stay here or grab your ankle and rest your foot on your inner left thigh.. BREATHE.Now for the FULL ASANA, extend your branches over head, options to take samastisti or chin mudra.. BREATHE Stay for five breaths if you can then switch sides. Take it all in and welcome to spring!!
|Posted on 30 March, 2015 at 14:28||comments (1)|
Oya the pagan Goddess of transformation..inspiration for a yoga practice comes from many places, a reminder that YOGA and its teachings are not a religious one. Some stories are simply that stories. Oya as she stands is an inspiration to allow change to happen naturally like spring, when seedlings and perennials push their way through the once frozen earth. she reminds us that death is natural, life is an evolution and change if we embrace it can be wonderful...Happy Monday everyone