Our theme this week is Yin and Yang. We’ll be flowing between energising sequences to warm us up and settling into longer holds and deeper openings. We’ll also be exploring this energetic interplay in breath work.
Have a great week Yogis!
Good bye Mr Iyengar, thank you for the huge contribution that you have made to to the world of yoga knowledge, you have enriched the lives of so many people. I feel very honored that I got to meet you and go to your 89th birthday party.
"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union — the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions."
Your light will forever shine, and your words will ever echo in our lives. Namaste, Guru.
1918 - 2014
“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams
Our theme this week is integration, bringing what we learn on the mat out into the rest of our lives and exploring how dealing with challenges and sadness and celebrating the joy of life is also spiritual practice. In our yoga practice we have space to explore who we are on every level of being, and also, literally time to ourselves, where we get to pause, breathe, stretch, move and return to the world with a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of ourselves (and therefore others).
Sometimes movement and flow can be a way to integrate body, mind and breath, sometimes we need periods of quiet and stillness. Sometimes physical intensity can give us powerful insights (and practice) into how we deal with intensity in life and how strong we truly are. Sometimes we need to be reminded to be kind to ourselves in yoga, to help us practice self acceptance in life. Yoga comes in so many forms and flavours because we are all so unique (and alike at the same time) and we need different aspects of the practice at different times, and not just on our mats.
“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.”
~ Ganga White
Our theme this week is meditation!
We’ll explore moving meditation practices though the class, exploring which postures and practices help us personally move towards a more meditative state of mind, preparing for a longer meditation at the end of class.
If anyone would like a guided home meditation practice, I have a couple you can download here
Our theme for this week is shoulders. When I ask at the start of class if anyone has anything they want to work on, shoulders is often the answer, especially in my workplace classes. Many of the activities we do during the day result in neck and shoulder pain, especially if we spend a lot of time at a computer, although physical work can also be demanding - when I worked with organic fruit and vegetables my shoulders were tight from lifting heavy boxes and when I studied art I had sore shoulders from many hours making intricate drawings and sculptures. Most of us do things with our arms that can impact our shoulders- so they appreciate the stretch!
Many of us carry also carry emotional tension in our shoulders, summed up in phrases like ‘shouldering a heavy burden’ or ‘carrying the world on your shoulders’ and of course if we’re feeling tight and sore it will only exacerbate our stress. Tension in the shoulders can lead to head aches, back pain and referred pain down the arms. Energetically the arms, chest and shoulders relate to Anahata, the heart chakra, so we’ll be practicing with love, compassion and empathy as we work with this area.
As we move into inversions and deeper backbends, the arms and shoulders often form our foundation. So to perform this postures in a safe and beneficial way, shoulder alignment and stability is key, especially when we are putting weight on the neck. We’ll start our practice this week with simple shoulder stretches and strengthening postures, and move into the stronger postures with detailed awareness. In Vinyasa Playlist we’ll be using chairs as props to help with these openings.
If you have issues with your neck and shoulders, the aerial hammock can be amazing! It opens up new inversion and back bend possibilities, where the neck is completely free to release, and also support to explore handstand, headstand and shoulderstand with a much lighter load on the upper body, so you can really hone alignment and form. All class times at the Garden of Yoga studio are here.
Have a great week Yogis!
NeSpoon is a street artist from Warsaw, Poland. Her artistic focus is on the intricate patterns of lace, and breaking its granny stereotype by using it to beautify gritty urban spaces. NeSpoon calls her artistic approach the “jewellery of the public space”:
Jewellery makes people look pretty, my public jewellery has the same goal, make public places look better.
NeSpoon often uses the usual spray paint and stencils of enlarged lace patterns to produce her works on the street via
artist find at Lustik
I came out to my studio to practice, but it’s all looking so pretty after our photos yesterday I just want to take more pictures…
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