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25.08.14

Can you make peace with your body and, love every part of who you are.

FOR MANY, THE JOURNEY TO LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR BODIES CAN BE A LIFELONG JOURNEY, AND ONE OFTEN UNFULFILLED. THIS BODY RELATIONSHIP IS THE SOURCE OF A CONSTANT STREAM OF ABUSIVE MESSAGES, SELF FLAGELLATION AND SELF TORMENT. IT WEAKENS OUR SPIRIT, AND IT IS UNNECESSARY. 

15.06.14

Don’t let yoga ruin your life

There is a quote from Ashtanga Yoga teacher David Swenson. “Don’t let yoga ruin your life”. And  there is a good chance it will eat away at the quality of it if you start attaching emotions to is such as guilt and allowing it to be a barometer of your self worth.  

12.12.13

Developing a home Ashtanga yoga practice

 

While we close over the Christmas new year, now is the perfect time to develop a home practice so that you can explore your relationship to your practice on a whole new level. Whilst it is reccomended learning new asana's in the Ashtanga System is best done under the guidance of a teacher, practising those you have learned on your own allows you time to explore and connect with your practice under your own inner guidance. So I thouhgt I would put togther a few tips on developing a sometimes elusive home practice to help students to continue on with what they have learned. 
2. If you do have the luxury of a spare room, spend sometime clearing away any clutter that may be housed within in it (that practice alone brings it's own benefits). Put items away in cupboards if possible, thing of the room as having a clean and clear energy. If you don't have a spare room, be creative about ways in which you may be able to reconfigure your bedroom, or loungeroom to allow enough space for you and your mat.
3. Think about the space or place where you practice as sacred. Perhpas bring in some objects that have meaning to you, such as some cyrstals, items of precious metal, or photos and quotes that you find inspiring. You may simply like to light a candle or stick or incecne to mark the symbolisim of ligting your inner light through your practice,a  practice such as this will allow you to more easily move into the present moment of stepping into your mat.
3. If you don't have one already, get yourself a yoga mat. If you have the budget spend a little on a hugh quality mat that will last you some years. This mat is like your friend whom once you unroll it who shows you an insight into yourself and your physical and mental state, perhaps you may like to treat is as a sacred item, maybe even give it a name! Anything that allows you to connect with the mat and ultimatley yourself.
1 Practically speaking,  if you are planning to practice first thing in the morning, try to be in bed before 10.00pm and set your your alarm just as you would for coming into the studio for practice. It helps to keep a consistant time to practice each day, that way your body starts to drive the action of practice on a sub-concious level, it knows that at 6.30am (or whenever is right for you) that that is the time for practice. It will help you to set the external conditions in place to make your practice happen. 
4. If you have small children or family members who are likely to wake up as you practuice, try to allow this to become a part of your practice. Instead of clinging tightly to going through your full practice for the day, perhpas enought time to do a round of the sun salutes is what your practice will be for the day. Sometime they bring up a mat along side me and join in with me, or just watch. Be present to what ever arises and try to not to get frustrated at having missued your full practuice. It's a gift to a child to show them a practice such as yoga, so all is as it should be. 
. For poses that you have dificultly getting into without the helpo of your teacher, do them as well as you can on your own, and stay connected to the breath, and explore how it feels on your own. You may find this time alone with your practice allowing the asana's to unfold organically may deliver some little insights and gifts that you didn't think possible. 
5. Finally remember to breathe, explore and enjoy YOUR practice. The conditions underwhich it is done may fluxuate but the eternally connection to self is the essence of why we practice, if you can connect to moments of that, and raise your concicousness, then your daily practice is complete. 
Happy practising. xx

While Soulshine is on break over the Christmas / New Year period, now is the perfect time to develop a home practice so that you can explore your relationship to your practice on a whole new level. Whilst it is reccommended learning new asana's in the Ashtanga system is best done under the guidance of a teacher, practising those you have learned on your own allows you time to explore and connect with your practice under your own inner guidance. So I thought I would put togther a few tips on developing a sometimes elusive home practice to help students to continue on with what they have learned. 

09.08.13

Apricot Coconut and Chia Muffins

Any given Friday afternoon, I find myself baking muffins with little miss 3.5 year old whilst Master 2 year old naps. It satiates the baking fun element for little miss, and provides us with healthy snacks throughout the weekend. The dried fruit component could just as easily be substituted for other types of dried fruit such as dates or figs, or perhaps even a mashed banana or two. The quantities are not set in stone, I usually just work with what I have in the pantry.

17.06.13

The journey of yoga for pregnancy

Prenatal yoga is becoming increasingly popular and there are many reasons why. Pregnancy is a time of great change for women - physical, emotional and mental changes take place more rapidly than at any other time in our lives. Yoga works on all of these levels to help us to adjust to these changes and take time in our busy lives to connect with the little miracle growing within us.

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