Breath = Life
As long as we are alive, we are breathing.
If we stop breathing, we die
As long as I can remember, I have been effected by the emotions and energy of the people around me. I easily become overwhelmed and need quiet time to myself. When I’m in the presence of someone who is sad, I start to feel sad as well. The same with any number of other emotions. I have high levels of empathy. Something I am only recently coming to terms with as I figure out how to manage and deal with this part of myself. Don’t get me wrong, it is a trait that can be very useful when I teach yoga and work individually with others, but it can also be difficult in daily living.
If we run around frantic all day it is inevitable that we crash at some stage. This may be the 3pm lethargy that leads to a coffee break. It may be the cold that hits hard and you can't get out of bed. It could look like the back injury that prevents you from moving much at all.
Restorative yoga and periods of rest throughout the day or the week can give you the peace to slow down. To not have to crash in order to reboot.
For us southern hemisphere folks, it’s now spring! Here in Sydney, the flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is slowly warming up. New green growth is showing up on the trees.
According to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, everything in the natural world is made up of a unique combination of 5 elements. Earth, water, fire, air and space (or ether).
Over the next few blog posts, I'll be offering yoga tools to help relieve stress and anxiety. My passion in teaching yoga is helping others find a sense of ease and relaxation in our busy world. I personally came to yoga for the same reason. It was a refuge from the chaos of New York City and my high pressured marketing job in television. Now, I rely on a few specific postures, movements, breathing, meditations and chanting while going through particularly stressful times in my life.
This 2 hour workshop is designed to bring yoga and it's mental/physical benefits to anyone and everyone. Chair yoga is a great way to practice with a little extra support if needed. You will leave with the tools to create a practice for yourself while sitting at your desk at work, on the sofa at home or even in an airplane seat!
And time stands still again as my watch stops dead for the 15th time this month. I would love more time, extended time, drawn out for ever like a lazy Saturday afternoon in summer when the sun is hot, the flies buzz and the only movement done is between the lounge chair and the lake. I feel I'm not sure how I got here. 32, now 33!
Just as there are always two sides to every story, two faces to every coin - there are two parts to every person. There is the face we put on for the world to see; the shiny, well polished and expertly crafted variation of you. On the flip side of that coin, there is the face, whether we know it or not, that comes through while practicing yoga; the more authentic variation of you.