Be Present. Be Grounded.
We've been learning Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) in our Absolute Beginners Yoga Workshop.
Historically, the sequence may have evolved from honouring the sun (surya) as the source of light and energy for the world.
We can use our practice as a way of turning our focus to getting ourselves 'grounded' and 'present' when we are on our mats. Of course, this applies off our mats as well.
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Anyway, back to the subject of grounding.
We are all busy people. Some of us are raising a family or caring for an elderly parent (or both). Work pressure. Lack of work. Friendships to maintain and, if we're lucky, a social life, a love life. We have mortgages or rent to pay. We have Responsibilities (notice the capital R!). There's a lot of stuff going on in our lives.
We are lucky in this beautiful country of ours that most of us only have (what I like to remind myself of regularly) 'first world problems'. It is, however, very easy to let all of this stuff get on top of us. And it can be quite overwhelming at times.
Finding a way to get grounded, feel calm in the face of adversity ... cope ... can be a challenge. I invite you to use your yoga practice as a means to achieve this balance in life.
How many times have you noticed your mind wandering, perhaps whilst sitting in a work meeting , driving, or watching your child play sport, thinking about what you haven't done yet, what you should have done, what you're yet to do?
If you're lucky, you'll recognise that happening and bring your mind back to the present - the here and now - knowing that you can deal with these other things later. Most of us don't have that awareness yet. Instead, our worries manifest in a negative physical way - churning stomach, frown, hunched shoulder, headache. We basically feel like crap. And we might not even know why.
I'm suggesting to you that with a degree of 'mindfulness' - an awareness of where your head is at - can allow you to notice that your mind has wandered and give you the choice to bring it back ... to now ... to what is happening in this moment. But you need to be able to notice first.
When we are on our mats, we have the opportunity to begin to train our minds to focus on the present. Using our breath, we can start to narrow our thought patterns to concentrate on what is happening in our bodies, on our mats, right now. We can take a break from the rest of our lives … for a while.
We all need a break sometimes. A rest. A pause.
Find a way, make a choice, to turn your attention to what is happening right in front of you. Notice it. Celebrate it. Allow yourself to smile when you see something that warms your heart. Laugh out loud - even when you're alone. When you're favourite song comes on the radio ... dance!
Let's celebrate our lives each moment we live them.
"Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment." Rumi
Power Vinyasa Flow (Level 2)
We are having some fun in this class, offered twice each week (Tue 6.00pm and Thu 9.30am).
Our power vinyasa flow practice, based on the Ashtanga style, is a somewhat repetitive sequence. This can be comforting while we develop our strength and flexibility. But it doesn’t hurt to ‘mix it up’ a little occasionally. Often we get ‘stuck’ and it takes a new or modified pose to enable us to open up a little.
It has been a great week of seeing students choosing to take options, and choosing not to as well.
It is OUR YOGA … let’s make it appropriate for our own bodies and minds.
Our Yoga Kāpiti Community
Some of our students have experienced loss of family, injury, and ill health recently.
Remember that Yoga means union.
I hope that you can find some level of solace and comfort by being part of the Our Yoga Kāpiti community where we unite to practice together.
A little bit of musical joy for you (click picture below to go to YouTube).
In every class, whether Power Vinyasa Flow or Yin Yoga, bookings are made, and then cancellations come in at the last minute. That’s absolutely fine. And thank you to each of you who lets me know.
The Yin Yoga class is very popular. If we hadn’t had three cancellations earlier yesterday, I would have had to turn away the people who made last minute bookings.