Thursday, 28 May 2015

Seatbelt Effect

We have all had this happen. You are in a car when the car stops and your seatbelt tightens and you go to loosen it but it just gets tighter. So you pull harder and faster and it gets tighter. So tight that you want to scream so you yank really hard and really fast while getting super frustrated!!! You know what I'm talking about right? I am often guilty of this.....

It is not until we stop resisting and soften that the seatbelt releases and we can stretch the strap away from us and have more space and freedom.

Like in life and also in our asana practice, sometimes the more we resist the tighter and harder things become. It's not until we stop, take a breath and soften that we are able to open up, create more space and invite freedom.

Maya Angelou said that "You can learn a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

I agree but would like to add........a stubborn seatbelt.

With Gratitude,

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Mala what?

Have you ever wondered what the heck a Mala is? You may have seen your yoga teacher or students in class wearing one. Well our friend Ashley Wray from Mala Collective is here to answer your questions. Check out this video below.......

Click HERE to get a special Mala just for you or someone special.

The team

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Lakota Prayer

I recently shared this prayer in my yoga class and had a few people join me in my love of these words. I wanted to share with you as I love this prayer and keep a copy close where I often come back to it.

Lakota Prayer

Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessing of my spirit.

Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.

With Gratitude,

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Through the breath

Below is a really well written passage from a powerful yoga teacher, Max Strom. He, as I do, know very closely the power of deep conscious breathing and it's ability to help us heal. I've attached a short video, teaching you how to practice Nadi Shodhana (Alternative nostril breathing). It's a powerful breath technique that helps balance out our nervous system. It's great to do any time of day, for any reason, for any and everyone. I hope that you will not only try it, but commit to it over the next month (or year), for really we see the greatest change with time and dedication.  

"A key principle of healing is to understand that we imprison emotions from our past in our body, our heartbreaks, trauma, and shame. Then we wait for a prince or maiden to rescue us from our self-built dungeon. Song after song has been written of this longing. Friends visit us at the barred door of the cell and give us some comfort, advice, and camaraderie, but they cannot release us. The key to the door is possessed by only one person, you. We are told this again and again but we do not believe it. This is why breath work is critical. Through breath work, your emotions can be lifted up above the horizon. Once above the horizon, you can see them and begin to understand and put your feelings into context. When you begin to understand your feelings, you cease to be afraid of them. Once unafraid, you begin to heal. Reconciling the past will free you to build a new future and to truly release old damaging relationships. This will open the door, finally, to new healthy relationships." 

With you on this path,
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