General ramblings of a wild mind, Yoga

Yoga isn’t just exercise

Yoga isn’t just an exercise regime that you do on your mat once a week, once a day or whenever you can. Yoga is a lifestyle science, it’s not a religion, it’s not about worshipping an almighty and repenting for sins, it’s not about doing things “right” or “wrong”. Yoga is a guidance of how to live a healthy life that leaves you more at peace with the world than when you started.

In the ancient texts enlightenment is talked about, this can sound very religious to some, out-there to others but for me I understand it as being at peace with all that is in yourself and around you.

Enlightenment to me is when you can truely love every part of yourself even the hard bits, where you understand fully who you are and have come to terms with this and where you are detached from the external wants, needs and desires that modern society places on you.

Yoga for many starts on the mat but what we learn on the mat or meditation cushion is then something we take into our everyday lives, and slowly through practice and patience our awareness shifts, our understanding alters and not only does our body become stronger more flexible and open but our mind let’s go of the things we try so desperately to hold onto, the patterns of behaviour and thoughts that we return to daily that don’t necessarily help us through life. And practice by practice breath by breath we return back to our true selves, the place where we realise we are all the same, the animals, the plants, the different humans on this earth and it is here that yoga becomes our lives.

This weekend take your yoga into your life, slow down, breathe, become aware of your surroundings, be present, give others your full attention, listen, let go of the commercial and reconnect with the natural, the humanness that’s around. Be a yogi.

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Have a beautiful bank holiday

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General ramblings of a wild mind, Yoga

M O V I N G S L O W L Y

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My illness has taught me to enjoy the slowness, to luxuriate in the space that slow brings.

Life so often is fast, and we get pulled into the thought that fast = good. Fast means we’re working harder, doing more and ultimately being better humans.

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But does fast really mean that? Or is it just the opposite, does fast actually mean we’re missing out, by packing more and more in we’re missing the beauty, the moments of utter magic, the chance to take it in, the chance to feel alive.

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How often I used to get to the end of the day and I’d done so much I felt I’d been productive but I couldn’t remember half of what I’d done, I’d done it with so much speed that I’d not been present.

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I know that when I slow things down on my mat it becomes harder, stronger, deeper and ultimately I can’t be anywhere else but here in the moment, breathing moving and feeling.

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Through this I’ve learnt that to slow life down, to spend time doing something and only put a few things on my to do list rather than 100 I can fully appreciate each moment, then I feel alive, then I feel I’ve lived. πŸ’–

General ramblings of a wild mind, Yoga

S O M E T I M E S I T S J U S T H A R D

Sometimes the lessons the universe send us are HARD, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine when your working with your deep inner self, life isn’t always easy even when you’re following the flow.

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Being connected with your true self is about listening and learning, and yes whilst we listen ugly stuff may come up, things we don’t like about ourselves or how we dealt with certain situations, but this is all the path, it’s about taking that on board and learning.

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Once you start to listen you start to tune in and you’re main effort is not to keep repeating the same patterns, so therefore as each cycle comes round, you learn a little more, life gets a little more bright

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But then there are the times where the big shifts happen, a fundamental reorganisation of your inner self, the times where you just cry and cry and have no idea why, where you are utterly exhausted and can’t seem to find that energy, where the universe feels like it’s sending you all hell of challenges and life feels hard, these are the times where the big stuff is happening and you have two choices, you can ignore it, stuff it back down, box it back up, sweep it under the carpet, bury your head in the sand and then wait for it to come again, and an even bigger wave next time, maybe one to knock you off your feet so much that there’s no way to ignore it any longer. OOORRRR you can release into it, believe that if you let go to it and nurture it you can find a path to the other side where life is lighter and brighter.

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Even though this doesn’t sound fun, even though this isn’t sweetness and sunshine, it’s all part of connecting deeper with who you are, releasing the old ancient baggage and coming up for air feeling fresher and stronger before, opening your self up is never easy, it’s sometimes really hard.

If the universe is sending you stuff and it’s big don’t hide away, allow yourself to listen, open your heart and mind and ride the wave. Because ultimately whatever is being sent your way is there to teach you and help you grow. Especially when it’s really hard.

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Ways to help yourself through, write 5 things you’re grateful for each morning and each night, allow yourself to visualise what your dreams are, see yourself on the other side living them, don’t beat yourself up or stifle your feelings, crying is a natural form of shedding and releasing, trying to “be fine” all the time is not a good place to be, be honest with yourself, what emotions are hanging around, what lessons are you learning, is it a repeating cycle getting stronger and stronger each time? What does the universe want you to shed?

Start seeing what is really there, and you will finally start to release it. There may be a few tears involved, some anger, but ultimately if you fully allow this to release it will be gone forever

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P R A T Y A H A R A

Drawing the senses inwards by bringing the attention towards our inner world

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Where does your attention go? Where do you wander too? The worries of what others think, the constant analysing of other people, other situations, watching the people around you, comparing yourself? Or are you a person who looks inwards? πŸ’–

Pratyahara is one of the eight limbs of yoga and is all about withdrawal of the senses. But in modern world this can start with where do we direct our energy of thoughts? Is it constantly outwards or do we give ourselves time and space to look inwards. πŸ’–

The constant bombardment of media, adverts, stories, even on this beautiful little box of an app can cause us to constantly compare, wasting precious energy on trying to be someone else, assessing what others are doing and trying to do that, but real happiness is found by going inwards, by withdrawing that attention from the external and using that energy to go inside. Gaining inside can be scary, there’s sometimes skeletons in those closets, but by truly looking inwards without judgement, with love and compassion we can really find our way back to our true self.

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Yoga, Yoga Sutras

Yoga Sutra 1.1

Atha Yogānuśānam

Atha – now….we begin, here it is or auspicious blessing

Yoga – harmony, balance, clarity, union, gathering, ability, altitude, joining, combination, application, deep meditation

Ānuśānam – instruction that has authority, instruction from experience, prescription, teaching transmitted from master to disciple through generations

Here it begins the authorative instruction of yoga

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With prayers for Devine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga

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This is where we begin the journey along the path of yoga that has been laid out by many before us

Patañjali introduces yoga in his first Sutra, by using the word atha he is bringing it to the present but also giving it a meaning that's deeper than the surface level by making it a blessing.
Anuśānam gives the sutras depth, it states that Patañjali did not make these up, or design yoga. He is mearly passing on the practice he has experienced within his lifetime and has been handed down through the ages by his teachers and the teachers that came before them.

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Be Here Now

BE HERE NOW
If there's nothing more than nature and animals teach me is to be present. Nothing in nature ever gets caught in the what ifs, the stories of the past or the worries of the future, nature and animals are all about the here and now
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Our monkey brain 🙈 likes to take us off on stories about what the futures going to be like, it does it so well that we find ourselves getting caught in it like we're actually really there. Sometimes this is lovely when we're imagining the good stuff, but more often than not it's a story of woe and worry, it's a story about how life's going to be hard and the journey more difficult, its worries about money, work or what people are going to say.
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How many times have you had to have an awkward conversation rehearsed it over and over again, imagined all the horrid things that could happen, worked yourself up about it and then when the ACTUAL REALITY came it was nothing like you'd thought?
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The energy that process extracts from you and the time taken being caught in this web of stories and made up worlds becomes exhausting. And all along your missing out on the actual world and actually living.
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Listen to what your projecting, how are you seeing the next few days, months and years panning out, is it all negative worries or positive reinforcements? Because whichever way round it is I can let you into natures little secret, YOU HAVE NO REAL IDEA WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN!!
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You can only know what's happening right here, right now, the rest is all a mystery.

So you have a choice, live in the maze of tails your monkey brain tells you, live in a state of worry about what may never happen OORRRR live in the moment, be present, enjoy what is right in front of you now, and if what is right in front of you now isn't so good don't get taken on a journey of how it's going to get worse. Be present because life is constantly changing and this too shall pass.
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And if you are going to project, jump forwards and make up stories. Make them good ones, make them full of your dreams and not your worries, because that's a far better place to live.
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BE HERE NOW
Happy Sunday beauties
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Yoga

What balance tells us

In yesterday's morning class @honeyandharvey we explored our balance,
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Balance practice on the mat is a reminder of how we are dealing with life away from the mat
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When our balance on the mat is out of whack it tends to be our balance in life is slightly or quite a lot out too
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Too many late nights working or playing with no sleep, taking on too much job stress, spending more time worrying about others and not thinking about your own well being, too much stress, not eating a balanced diet, all of this can effect our balance on the mat.
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I use balance not only as a strength practice but also as a daily checkin to see where I am in my life. Our monkey minds are very good at convincing us that our current way of living is just fine until we crash, but in a balance posture your body cannot lie.
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This also explains why somedays you're awesome at balancing and some you can barely lift off the floor
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Daily balance practice of something and then listening to what that balance practice has told you and trying to adjust life is how we use yoga in the modern world.
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Try cleaning your teeth whilst standing not tree or a different form of balance each morning, doing the washing up in another form at night, you don't need to get on your mat to check in, put your socks and shoes on standing up and if you wobble all over the place maybe checkin a bit deeper.
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Have a fun Friday people 🤸‍♀️
Please be sensible with your balances and don't risk lives doing them!!!!