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appreciate your friends and family’s wisdom. Know that with their support it may be easier to explore, recognise and have the faith and the strength to find your path in life. Your dharma. Your unique fingerprint which you are to place upon the amazing world we live in. Continue reading
Yogis insist that each person has a unique vocation, almost an internal fingerprint. Like a gift, a path, a duty, a possibility or a potential. As Krishna says in his teaching to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita ‘you cannot be anyone you want to be’. Just as we cannot change our fingerprint we cannot choose our gifts. This is dharma. Our unique individual path that we must discover. Then I just had to learn to be honest with myself as I explored my potential & discovered what my personal dharma may be. Continue reading
think that is one of the things yoga has taught me, the discipline of slowing down. To dawdle and meander and enjoy each moment. To have the discipline to maintain a practice and find time to pause in every day. Discipline…the mere notion of which often has negative connections. However the avoidance of self discipline is often taking you further from freedom, not closer. It is useful to remember that habits and structure are often established for good reasons!
I was reminded why i need the discipline of a regular practice. That for me, happiness is discipline and enough pauses to remind me that the happiness and peacefulness are always there just waiting for me to quieten down, to pause and to notice Continue reading
Yoga allows you to arrive on your mat exactly where you are in that moment. Not where you were yesterday or where you want to be, but with an acceptance of right here and right now. That is kind of what yoga is…creating a space for the moment to arise within you and be noticed.
Yoga teaches us that competition, with ourselves and with others,often has the opposite effect to that which we are striving for. As with trying to hard we are not able to let go. It is often the letting go of expectation and of trying into the acceptance of just being that allows us to really move forward in our yoga. Continue reading
Stephen Cope’s ‘Wisdom of Yoga’ touched and impressed me so much that I was inspired to give away a copy as a prize to help inspire another seeker on their journey.The characters in the book face the challenges of modern day society; addictions, family relationships, love, and the author has interwoven these with a fantastically simple analysis of the sutras. This allows even complicated yogic philosophies to be comprehensible. He analyses the individual’s stories, as they apply to particular emotions, behavior or mental states. He utilises them to illustrate concepts from the Yoga Sutra in a particularly thought provoking and inspiring way. Continue reading
Yoga provides us with these eye-opening realizations so often. Increasing evidence of the little ways in which we have changed. How things that would previously have been more aggravating to our inner calm now no longer provide more than a fleeting observation. They lessen in importance, as they are no longer the structure around which we base our identity.
To find contentment we need to look inward and introvert rather than looking outward and basing our identity upon extroversion…how we are placed in the world relative to others and how others may view us. In this life nothing is permanent except the existence of change. Hence to reduce the insecurity and unhappiness caused by loss or change we need to recognize and accept that which is inside ourselves. That which is unchanging. Continue reading
So I would recommend not relying on running continually in the red. However those times when sufficient sleep, regular meals and plenty of social time with friends and family are not feasible there are alternatives. Instead to know that maintaining a regular yoga practice will give you more efficiency and more longevity in your coping skills, as well as your day-to-day life, than you could ever have imagined. So now I can look forward to a smoothly running studio and a fantastic new kitchen knowing I can cope serenely with any small glips that do arise on route. Continue reading
It is not easy to smile through pain; it is easier to huddle inwards into a self-protective ball with the only external communication being negative. Lack of sleep and physical comfort are not conducive to coping with the stress of chronic pain. For me a few days pain (for I tell myself that is all this will be) may be a necessary evil to make me a better person, a kinder teacher and to make my smile strong enough to emerge through the clouds of pain. Or at least I hope so; from previous experience most negative situations may be pooh at the time but build mental muscles to help us cope in life. Pain, physical, mental and emotional are lessons in improving who we are. So heres to knowing that today may hurt but it will help improve my tomorrows! Even if my toes are slightly chipped I am trying not to let my smile be. Continue reading
Rather than the holiday I was thinking I needed..actually what I needed to do was to change my situation at home. I think this is often the case. That we run away on holiday to escape things that aren’t running how we want them at home or work. Then we come home from holiday feeling less rested as we walk back into the same situation we needed the holiday to escape from. Is it not better to examine the reasons you need to escape, to get away. Obviously a holiday or break can allow us the space to look at what we need to change. How we want to live. Maybe teaching us new skills, removing us from responsibilities we may have at home, or just giving us the physical or mental recharge to be able to return home and make changes. Is it not better to make your home & yourself, your refuge from the world rather than a brief break from a situation that isn’t how you want it. Continue reading