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…
Our theme for this week is flow! When the weather is cold, I find myself wanting to hibernate, but once I get on my mat (or in the aerial hammock) I want to move! Dynamic movements help to warm us up and wake us up when it’s cold and grey outside. The focus required to follow the movement of body and breath through a vinyasa sequence helps to keep the mind present. Movements that activate the core of the body can help digestion and immunity, heart opening and shoulder stretch movements aid the respiratory system and counter- act the cold wind (or computer) that makes our shoulders hunch. Movements that invert us send extra oxygenated blood to the brain, which can also help us feel clear headed and energised.
Be ready to flow in all my classes this week! I’ll be Friday morning 10-12 at Dance of Life as well as my usual Vinyasa Playlist class 7.15-8.45 on Thursday nights. Classes at Uni High (open to everyone) start up again for a new term, 7.15-8.15 Thursday morning.
I hope you flow through a wonderful week!
She Let Go
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Here’s to giving ourselves the gift of letting go…
There’s only one guru ~ you.
Author unknown. Thanks to Elizabeth at Ovarian Temple for sharing.
Our theme this week is the interplay between letting go and staying grounded and steady. How finding stability on a physical level allows us to let go mentally (and also to release habitual tightness held in other areas of the body). How letting go of the pressure and expectation we sometimes place upon ourselves, allows us to find new freedom on all levels of experience. We can feel this especially clearly in the aerial hammock- when we feel supported and secure within the fabric we’re able to let go and experience new dimensions of release- and enjoyment within each posture.
I’m teaching some extra classes at Dance of Life over the next few weeks, I’ll be there 10-12 Friday mornings until 18/7, and 7.30-9.15am on 11/7. As well as my usual Vinyasa Playlist class 7.15pm Thursday nights. All you can see and book all of the sessions at the Garden of Yoga studio here
Creative Fashionary sketches by Grace Ciao
Grace is a fashion illustrator from Singapore. She draws inspiration from everything around her. Her favourite materials are watercolours and flowers. Here are her amazing Fashionary sketches inspired by flowers!
holy shit this is incredible
Artist Arranges Rocks And Leaves Into Beautiful Geometric Land Art
Art by Dietmar Voorwold — Art Blog
Staying warm is our theme for this week! We’ll start with little flows of movement at the extremities of the body (fingers and toes), building to core strengthening sequences to fire up jathari Agni and warm us from within! We’ll progress to flowing vinyasa that move (and warm) the whole body, so you’ll finish class bathed in a warm glow!
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