Wednesday, 27 August 2014

MY THANKS TO MR IYENGAR - a life of practice.

It's a week  now since Mr Iyengar passed away. I am still paying tribute to him with my students as they return to classes after the summer break. The more I think about him the more I realise that he has been the greatest influence in my life. I didn't take a lesson direct from him but my first teachers were Iyengar ones and his were the books that I studied from. Therefore I would say that his teachings are the reason that for the past 25 years I have been practicing yoga. If not a daily physical class or teaching then in my meditations. Everyday observing my thoughts, what I eat, what I say. Making an effort to be better than I was before. Yoga is a practice, it's a living experience and its something worth doing. It is so simple that it makes us laugh at ourselves for struggling so much when life can be easy. Mine is not a life that has been free from life stresses, quite the contrary. Yoga keeps me steady in an ever challenging existence . Big thanks to  Mr Iyengar and his teachers for their hard work for others.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

LIVING YOGA


LIVING YOGA
Lisa Askem is an urban yogi, keeping life real and inspired through her practice of yoga.

The difference between yoga and other exercise discipline's is that there is a philosophy that underpins our yoga practice. The philosophy is the foundation and is what works on and off the mat. It creates the stability that enables flexibility. Yoga after all is a balance of both mind and body, both are relevant.

Today I am dedicating my blog to time  - this moment is your life.

We all have the same amount of time. For each and everyone of us the minutes are the same. How do yours feel?

The time is always right, it's just that our thoughts influences the time that we are in. Where as the universe is consistent in providing all that us right for us. Is it time to get out of your head and into your life

To get the most out of our time try asking yourself  what are holding, tension, negativity,  fear, doubt. These states are limiting and create obstacles within ourself.  If we are to get positive energy flowing you need to create a clear space to dream within.

Our bodies and mind hold tension and pain, all we can be is aware of this and be sensitive to it. If something hurts, don't do it. Don't push beyond pain, cultivate patience and breath easily. Over time you will feel better. That time can be minutes or longer. Respect that which is difficult, there is a lesson to learn.  If you want to overcome the difficulty then seek to understand the source. Yoga is an opportunity for  self enquiry. A yoga practice is the ultimate detox, like fatty food sitting on our  hips, negativity sticks to our very being and makes us sluggish and tired, just the same as how junk food makes us feel.
If on the other hand  you are  full of love  and vitality, hold that space and know this energy is expansive. Use it wisely. If things aren't going so well, start to clear out. Its hard to let go even when we know we have to. Embrace positive change.

It's time to create something new.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

SPRING SUNDAY SALUTATIONS

By request I am running a monthy regular extened  Sunday afternoon yoga session 3-5.00, south wimbledon community centre. 13 April, 18 May, 8 June.
Stretch out yourself and your weekend. £20 pre booked, £25 drop in.
Book your place now and see you there.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Whatever the weather, commit to be better.

For those of us in London this wet Monday morning might not feel like  the best start to support our new year resolutions, but resolutions take commitment and effort. So don't wait for a better day, this is the best day to be the best that you can be. Personal change is a result of your own effort.

Yoga works, come to class to help support your self in your foundations for change.