Thursday, 3 December 2015

Om Shanti peace peace peace

This evenings class was dedicated to peace, it often is because that's what we do as yogis isn't it? But here we are, yet again confronted with conflict in the world and all we want to do is get angry and frustrated and upset. Disappointed by our appointed heads of government seeking war and going against the wishes of people who want peace. Here we are again being sold fear.  I have a saying that I like to use a lot. Do what you always do and you get what you always have. Our yoga practice is all about relieving  tension and stress and moving towards peace and ease. We move between these opposite ends of the spectrum all day and everyday. Fear, anger, frustration, upset and disappointment are obstacles that stand in the way of moving, causing energy to be stagnant and tired and stuck.  Where is the love we ask? In the intro to the penguin version of the Bhagavad  Gita, Christopher Isherwood says love is the treasure found on the battle field. The Gita is a story of battle, Arjuna has to stand up and fight against everything and everyone that he has been taught to believe and  respect. At the beginning of the battle when he faces his enemy with only Krishna as his guide he falls and weeps and says he can not do it. Krishna says he has to, and so the story begins. We have to believe in peace and love in order to fight this battle. We yogis are life warriors going to battle wearing loose and comfortable clothing. As yogis we are taught to practice patience and cultivate ease therefore don't stop now. Don't let anger get in the way, fight with your heart. Feel the love.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The way of the yogi with help for Elvie – become a higher being

The way of the yogi with help for Elvie – become a higher being

So we all know about our pelvic floor muscles and like it or not we have to look after them. We are taught the exercises, but do we do them? More often than not we take ourselves for granted, that’s health and wellbeing along with much of life until life stops working for us. This can be through either injury, aging, or illness. With respect to the pelvic floor, we tend to take it seriously when pregnant and during the post-natal period or when we begin to suffer from incontinence. But there is another reason to learn about the benefits of strengthening the pelvic floor, one with physiological benefits. How about considering two words self and support, supporting our self.

As a yoga teacher and practitioner I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the correct use and constant holding of the pelvic floor muscles. I was once told “only let these muscles go when you are asleep”. It’s about holding ourselves, again another use of words to consider ‘holding our self’

Any sort of injury or pain will cause an emotionally instability leaving you feeling vulnerable. Injury and pain are both tiring and stressful. We cease to function efficiently, feel drained and often lack the emotional resources to support ourselves.

The Sanskrit word used for the area of the pelvic floor is called Mulha, it means root and we are encouraged to form a lock here and hold this area with awareness and strength. Yoga is an ancient practice and the exercises of lifting and relaxing these muscles are as much about meditation as the actual physical benefits.  The benefits of meditation are widely known and, calming the mind and learning to relax whilst being active is how yoga works. Often this is the hard bit for beginners and with respect to tightening muscles we often tense our mind with the thought process, resulting in holding our breath, overthinking and wondering if we are doing things correctly. When it comes to the pelvic floor we really don’t know if we are doing it correctly which is why Elvie is amazing and will change everything. It’s the exercise of drawing up of the pelvic floor muscles in order to support the abdominals with the desire to support our self. The abdomen is our centre and it is in this centre where we digest food, and often hold tension and stress. It is where we feel a flutter of butterflies when someone catches our fancy. It’s where we have a gut reaction. It also where we menstruate and hold our reproductive organs  and create sexual energy and of course hold a baby. Quite an amazing centre and one we need to look after. Therefore it makes total sense to engage with the pelvic floor in order to support ourselves.

Prevention against injury is an investment in ourselves and the vital importance of good support from correct use of the pelvic floor muscles should not be limited to women who have had children. It’s an investment in oneself for long term health and improved wellbeing. Elvie is an inspired and amazing device which everyone woman should give some attention to. It will enable them to be the inspired and amazing women they should be.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

DROP YOUR LOAD, the road to enlightenment.

I am still working with this idea of that some yogis doubt their ability to find enlightenment.

I thought about what enlightenment means and considered my answer to be "feeling lighter".

Therefore all we have to do is let go of the load. And there lies the problem. Many western yoga practices are purely physical and people focus on drinking the green drinks and repeating namaste without any guidance or encouragement to look inside ourselves.

What to do? Easy, stop and watch yourself, every action, every thought, read Patanjali and start with the Yamas and Niyamas. Guides to living well. Remember this on journey it is not about the clothes a that we wear but the actions that we take.

Tension is a heavy weight, we feel it in our body, often it's painful. Tension in our head is like an itch that you can't scratch, creating internal aggravation but it is also a heavy weight that we are carrying.

It's easy to say let it go, but it's a start, breathe and be easy with yourself, practice gratitude for the small things in life, take time to watch the clouds pass by and perhaps when one stops trying so hard to find enlightenment one finds that your are enlightened.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Yoga - who promised enlightenment?

Its a full moon this eve and today whilst reading my top Luna lady, Yasmin Boland @ I was shocked to read this statement form her.....

"Lately I've been reading a lot about disappointed yoginis (aka yoga girls) who are shocked to learn that doing their yoga practice, drinking green smoothies and saying "Namaste" a lot didn't bring them the promised enlightenment".

I have to agree with her when she says she is not surprised by this. A yoga practice is something that helps you to be better than you are. Who promised enlightenment?

I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and am fortunate to have taught  this since my daughter was born on 22 years ago. I spent an initial 8 years in teacher training, learning to be a better teacher and the rest of the time practicing at  being better at being myself through all of life's challenges rather than challenging myself  with a limited diet, a challenging asana practice, and repeating word that have no connection to the people that are around me. I live happily, most of the time and always remind myself that the Buddhists say 80% is perfect.

Practice postures, breathing and meditation, because it's a great thing to do but do notbe attached to this or seek special rewards. Isn't it about realising the difference these practices make us feel, happier, alive, vibrant and most importantly able to help others.

In recent years I have withdrawn from a so called yoga community as I felt little love from those who say namaste rather than hello you look great today or why so sad would you like a coffee and a chat.

Yoga is just a tool towards being better.

So this eve it's a full moon. Take a break today and step out with nature, breath and smile. It's that easy. Give gratitude for our time here, the moon time proves that there is constant change and its up to us to be part of that.