So, I’m not known for graceful transitions. Not only in asana practice, but just life in general. I usually jump from one thing to another, and often it is in a restless “what’s next” kind of fashion. I’ve never really noticed, although I’ve never really looked. I’ve just kept jumping frantically.
And then I started seeing the signs that I need to slow down. Seriously, life has been screaming at me: just stop. Slow down, you move too fast! You’ve got to make this moment last…
My first ‘sign’ was a few days ago Continue reading
Fight or flight. It’s something I struggle with, constantly. When things get intense, and I face a stressful situation or decision, I take flight. I hightail it out of there. I have a fear of failure, so I never take the risks. Ironic really, since fleeing from the situation and never taking a chance has a guaranteed 100% failure rate…
I’ve heard it’s not uncommon to become overwhelmed in Yoga Teacher Training; there are so many elements to yoga. For me, I think it has been the new knowledge and heightened understandings of the theory of yoga. Continue reading
Using a script as my guide, I relaxed into savasana by making myself aware of the position and heaviness of my body. This was our task for this module on Relaxation, to explore and reflect on a relaxation exercise, and I’m certainly not complaining!
I mindfully let each part of my body relax, and then I stayed in the position for a little over 10 minutes. This type of relaxation is not new to me –
It is widely-accepted that stress and tension can lead to health problems – high blood pressure and heart rate, high cortisol (stress hormone) levels, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, anxiety, depression, memory loss, irritability, confusion, abnormal weight flucuations, poor sleep, decreased libido, and poor concentration Continue reading
The Eight Limbs are like ‘guidelines’ for living; they set out the lifestlye of a Yogi. The Eight Limbs of Yoga details not only asana, pranayama and meditation practices, but also describes the intentions and behaviours that Yogi’s should enact when they are making choices. The Eight Limbs are not necessarily meant as a step-by-step sequence; none of the limbs are more important than any other, all elements should be practiced in order to achieve harmony and union with the divine. In recent times, focus has shifted to asana, or the physical poses, as ‘doing yoga’, however this is only one component of Yoga. Continue reading
I explored the concepts of Samsara and Nirvana this week – I had heard the terms before, when I was studying the beliefs and traditions of Buddhism. Continue reading
“Indifference to worldy enjoyments is very difficult to obtain, and equally difficult is the knowledge of the Realities to obtain. It is very difficult to get the condition of Samadhi, without the favour of a true guru.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ch 4:9
Most people don’t approach worldly enjoyments – wealth, possessions, status, power – without concern of indifference. We have an ego, and our ego has us seeing these things as ‘ours’ to have and possess. Most of us are attached to these things and we Continue reading