Friday, 28 October 2011

Note to self...

As the nights draw in, some days it’s hard to get on the mat. What I find even harder though (and always have) is the ability to sit down to meditate. It’s pretty crazy what your brain does if you sit and watch it for even a few minutes, not to mention how looooong those few minutes can be. I definitely know when I’m overstretching myself because being able to settle down to mediate is near impossible and definitely the first thing to get dropped off the to do list.

So that leads me to think it’s probably the thing I need to do most – you love asana so much though (says my inner dialogue) – which is true – and there’s so many other things to do (it continues). So why should I meditate? I have a solid practice and I feel like I’m a pretty nice person... most of the time. The thing is, when I do find the time to meditate, the world kind of expands for me. It’s weird, it’s like the to-do list is somewhat irrelevant and yet I manage everything with so much more style. Not that I really expect to “get” anything when I meditate, it’s just nice to notice what comes up. What I’m noticing right now is I need to get my butt on the cushion more often and make a bit of space for me.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Dancing Diwali

Yesterday’s workshop with Chris Chavez was super awesome and fun. There’s a whole load there on what he taught and why it was great but that’s for you to go and check out with him :). What I got from it is what I wanted to explore. There’s a lot around about having ideas, doing things and going somewhere. This happens so much that sometimes it’s easy to forget why we’re doing it in the first place.

That’s why it was so awesome to be guided by someone else, to put yourself in their hands, even just for a little bit, don’t worry, it’s not for ever, just so that you can refind yourself and your real mission. So it wasn’t just that I got to rock out and do yoga, it was that I got to rock out and do yoga with my friends, with candles and incense, in a sacred space and that makes it a little bit more special. I’m so grateful to be able to get on my mat every day (note: day 299 of #yoga365), it’s just that when you get to do it in a room with other amazing souls you get lifted up by their light and it becomes an effortless dance, like a flickering Diwali candle in the breeze.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Early Christmas presents!!!

Just a little summary of everything I know of going on in the community over the next couple of weeks, because it’s BUSY, with a capital B!!! Please chime in with anything else you know about!

Christmas has definitely come early which a whole host of yoga goodies... we’ve got Chris Chavez at Indaba on 26th October, RossRayburn (OMG!) 4-6th November, the Yoga Show (a veritable feast of yoga) and Bruce Bowditch and Claire Murphey’s Teacher Training part 1 in Chippenham, 16th-20th November. Some will be doing all (you know who you are!), some will be doing some, whatever you’re doing, I’ll see you there J

Locally the excitement is for our inaugural Lion’s cub practice on 11th November, which is a mass collaboration of amazingly beautiful souls. Will it be a backbend/hand balance or inversion/forward bend practice... vote by commenting below!

Don’t forget to check out my schedule and other teachers I often play with... and definitely don’t forget to sign up to my Facebook page to get properly hooked in.

Little teaser of a raw beginner’s course coming to Rickmansworth in 2012, if you’ve always wanted to try yoga but never knew how, sign up here...

Commercial break over and out, see you on the mat!!!