After the "hold" everyone had on classes and my decision to also go into "reflection" instead of "doing,"
I have decided that I may offer classes by donation from this site with a direct YouTube live link. (I just have to figure out how to do that!) Possibly later, we can zoom together ... or ...
There will be a bit of a delay yet. I am not offering yoga in person right now as I have some other things I am working on, where I chose to stay "spontaneously open," and where the "same-time, same-place" frame wasn't working. (What does one expect when time is collapsing. Ha ha!) Perhaps when spring arrives again ... Meanwhile though, I am keeping this site up with a few links and things to think about, that might help you right now.
And below is some of what I have had before, and parts updated.
Some support care workers have come because they had backs that were causing them a lot of pain. They were looking for ways too ease and strengthen areas of their own bodies, so they could keep helping others. They found ways too unravel, allowed the tension to leave and focused on themselves for a change. It's not selfish, it's necessary.
Yoga can be like walking in nature. There is that other rhythm — which I call nature — our hearts are naturally in sync with, and we can find it within at the end of a class as the pressures and stressors of daily living drop into the background and our being-ness comes forward.
Does your body need a change? Does your mind need to follow a different road with the breath? No longer following someone else's rhetoric but actually tuning into your own inner rhythm that is in sync with nature?
How is it that breath seems to unlock so much tension? In yoga, there are many breathing practices; some for getting more grounded in your body, for cooling you down in the heat of the summer, for warming up your digestive system so you digest better, and some too heat you in the winter. Yoga also helps to give us a feeling oof space by slowing down the thoughts, and this has feedback to the body. When we feel it is safe to relax, tension drops away. A new clarity begins to arise. A treasure.
If you are continually within an environment that makes you feel otherwise, perhaps it is time to look deeply at why? And are those "images" real that you are tuning into? Have they been given to you or are they yours?
Yoga is not about "performance" i.e. being good, being the best, giving your power to someone else so they can take it and use it on you." Competition or loss of personal power: There is enough of that external mantra already. And it is not who you are.
Hatha yoga is balance, not all hot, and not all stillness and cool. It is about awareness, alignment and is part of the unfolding into the wholeness of who you are.
Learn how yoga can support the body and settle the mind.
Here is an audio relaxation for you.
My favourite yoga quotes