Yoga- Evolving with the times

Evolve- develop gradually.

Synonyms: develop, progress, make progress, advance, move forward, make headway,

mature, grow, open out, unfold, unroll, expand, enlarge, spread, extend

The only way to keep a culture alive is to keep practicing, otherwise it is lost and in order for a tradition to stay alive, it must adapt and evolve.  If you keep traditions as you see them they will eventually die out.

A sense of moving forwards, progressing, this is what most of us wish for.  Learning and growing.

‘Yoga attempts to create a state in which we are always present-really present in every action and every moment.  The advantage of attentiveness is that we perform each task better and at the same time are conscious of our actions.  The possibility of making mistakes becomes correspondingly smaller the more our attention develops.  When we are attentive to our actions we are not prisoners to our habits, we do not need to do something today simply because we did it yesterday.  Instead there is the possibility of considering our actions fresh and so avoiding thoughtless repetition.’ TKV Desikachar

 Yoga is a mindful practice that teaches us that if we can become aware, if we can align ourselves and connect to ourselves fully, we begin to recognise our true self.  We can know what it feels like to honour this true self and what it feels like to be unconnected or out of line with ourselves.  This feeling of being in sync, when you are aware of your thoughts and feelings, your physical sensations and movements, when you feel your breath in and out and you are connecting to creating a sense of harmony between it all. 

Yoga is giving us a practice and teaching where we can re-learn lost skills of listening to ourselves, when we can re-connect and re-align. 

‘Yoga is primarily a practice intended to make someone wiser, more able to understand things than they were before.’ TKS Desikchar

This does not mean we reach a perfected, pinnacle state for ever more and stop.  It is a continually, shifting, and evolving self-exploration, the person you were yesterday or last year or ten years ago is not the person you are today.  We are making efforts towards knowing our true self and expressing our true self, and developing a connection to the understanding that there is a power greater than ourselves.  (I see this simply in nature for example, I can understand and recognise there are forces in nature much greater than me as a human.)

There is a lot of literature throughout the years and years of Yogic texts that inspire me on these philosophical aspects of Yoga, that even as our times change, our problems differ, our societies concerns are varied, the yogic philosophies and teachings can still provide inspiration, reflection and even clarity on the way we choose to live now.

What does change however, as we gain more and more scientific knowledge, evidence, case studies and research, are the facts that we have acquired on our minds and our bodies.  How we can affect change, how problems are caused, how we treat problems or prevent them are continuously expanding in fields of science and medicine and psychology.  What may have been thought as best practice 100 years ago in medicine for example may be considered absolutely out of the question today. (eg electric shock therapy)

In Yoga, yes we connect to a sense of tuning in and listening to ourselves but sometimes what you think or believe may be ill informed, may be cross wired based on your previous experiences and what you have been told.  There is also the case of cognitive bias, where you want to believe something, or you believe something so strongly that you continually find ‘evidence’ to support your theories.

We cannot also stay stuck to the same thoughts, ways of seeing things, opinions and behaviours.  There has to be an allowable element of openness and discovery.

Yoga as a practice how it is taught today and how it is experienced has to evolve from how it was offered and taught hundreds to thousands of years ago.  This does not mean as a practice it has to change completely or just be given up, it simply means it evolves with the times.  What one person said was the exact way to do yoga thousands of years ago cannot always be substantiated in today’s world.

Yoga teachers for example cannot defend specific teachings with the argument with that is just how it is done.  We live in an age now with access to so much information, that as well as your own personal experience and practice there must be supporting facts and evidence to the benefit and reasoning behind your methods.

In Yoga, even though something like a ‘pose’ might feel good, there are still facts that you may not be aware of and you could be on the road to an injury.  You might believe one way to do a pose is the only way because that is how you have always done it and you simply did not realise or allow for other options.  Similarly, just because you read something or saw something online, does not make it true.  You might say what I was told for years, that I was ‘too flexible in my spine’ besides the fact this is simply wrong, it led me down a confused path in my body for a long time.

You might think as a teacher that certain poses are ‘unsafe’ but is that because it doesn’t feel good for you?  Is that because it has been scientifically proven on many bodies that we should not assume such a pose?  Is there a consideration for what bodies do in gymnastics or dance or martial arts or any sports, what is possible in those realms? 

You may think it seems necessary to modify a pose if someone is experiencing pain in a certain area, but does that mean the pose is the goal and that their pain area should not be addressed and healed?

‘Progress on the path of yoga means different things for different people.  We must not obstruct this progress by deliberately setting certain goals.’ TKS Desikchar

To move forward, Yoga teachers and the community and the individuals can learn so much from zooming out and looking at what we know and can learn from a broad view of current best practices and yes connecting to your own intuition and sense of what is right for your personal way of teaching or practicing.

If we do not evolve, all that we know as beneficial through Yoga, all that we have felt and experienced will die out.  Yoga does not have to be what it was 5000 years ago, but that does mean it has to be forgotten.  Yoga has to be what works for each individual today, and can be backed up and shown over and over again to work physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  

There has to be accountability on the part of teachers and on the individuals, continually questioning where are you going, why and how?  Evolving does not finish, there is no end goal.

 

What us 'adults' can learn from Teenagers:-)

Yoga for Schools, Dublin

This week I paid a visit to a school to teach a Yoga class to Transition Years.  Over the years teaching Yoga I have been to many schools and teaching teenagers is definitely a different game than teaching adults.

Friends often ask me now do I miss teaching in school (As I was a secondary school teacher), and to be honest the answer is multi layered.  There are aspects I miss and then, as I know in some capacity or another for my life I will always be a teacher it does not feel like I have lost anything.  I still get to teach and work in an area I love and I have brought all the skills and experiences I have had with me.  

Yoga for Schools, Dublin

I really enjoy teaching mainly adults now, however, there are some notable differences and what I feel is often over looked is what teenagers can actually teach us adults rather than the other way around.

Fresh Perspective

What I notice a lot with the groups I teach in schools is that they are not laden down by opinions or habits formed.  Sure, there are always exceptions and definitely I've had some groups or individuals who do have their own opinions! More often than not though, they have not experienced Yoga, they don't really have any thoughts on it and are open to the idea of something new.  It is refreshing to be around those with a clean slate and genuine curiosity.

Vulnerability

When trying something new, whenever I teach teenagers, the vulnerability in the room is so clear.  It may not be necessarily said but it can be felt.  I in no way see this as a bad thing and a lot of us adults could benefit from expressing our own vulnerabilities a bit more and spend less time trying to look like we have it all figured out, trying to cover up or deny our vulnerabilities.

Willingness to try

Even while vulnerable, even when faced with a new activity and a new teacher they may not have met before, most of the groups I encounter over time are willing to try and give things a go.

Joy

The other day with the group of transition years I taught some fun poses like splits, headstand and Crow pose and the pure joy some of the girls expressed at 'messing' around and just trying was so refreshing.  They were smiling and laughing and happy not just through achievements but through the process.

Honesty

In my experience, many of the teenagers I teach are not afraid to tell me what they think! I love this, if they don't like something, or think it is weird, they will tell me and even if it is not in words, the honesty in their faces and body language tells me I may need to explain something a bit more or go back a step or pivot.

Humility

Yoga for Schools, Dublin

The biggest lesson of all that I enjoy learning from teenagers is humility.  No matter how advanced I might become physically or in my teaching, no matter how many years I have been doing something, a group of teenagers have the ability to pull you up on everything and get you to reassess your methods.  They want to be seen, they want to learn, they want to get value from the session or class, they don't care how much I know or what I can do, it is about what I can help them do or feel.

Overall I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions but what can seem like a one way street of adults imparting knowledge or lessons to teenagers can actually be a two way process.  If we can keep as we get older some elements of our approaches when we were teenagers how would that help in taking up and learning new skills?  How would that help in our relationships and our life choices?  How would it help us stay fresh, young, open minded, willing and excited about our bodies, our lives and our experiences?  

A Big Virtual Hug to Yoga Teachers and Students:-)

Over the last month I have seen more than a few things online that have caused me to feel uncomfortable, no more than anyone else I'm sure! But what bothers me the most is not what is global or on everyone's mind and spoken about at dinner conversations over the past few weeks.....what effects me the most is things I can relate to right in my own life and the lives of others I am surrounded by all the time.

What I really feel uncomfortable with is ill speaking, is negative name calling, is unreflective and unhelpful comments, is statements that offer no lesson learnt or positive insight.

Over the past month I have come across more than a few threads on the Yoga scene that have involved conversations about 'what is bad about a yoga teacher or a yoga class, or what is annoying about yoga students?'

However inclusive these questions are intentioned to be, I'm not sure the results of what is said is that inclusive.

When I was growing up as the daughter of a teacher, I always felt really uncomfortable when kids at school would mock, make fun of or tell stories about teachers.  I felt uncomfortable because I would think, 'Oh god, what if kids are doing that about my Mum?' I felt a sense of shame and also protection.  Now as an adult and a teacher, I feel not so much shame, not so much a sense of protection but a sense of discomfort because I feel the conversations are not productive, they are not necessarily providing the best example and are not helping anyone learn.  I feel discomfort because I feel there is no inspiration or warmth that I can take away.  I feel discomfort because I feel for the teachers out there who are trying their best and turning up every day, for all the students who are also trying and want to be seen and valued and appreciated.

Everyone is allowed to have any conversation they wish and I acknowledge that some discomfort for me is also valuable and a teaching tool for my own growth.  What I do not think is valuable though is conversation at the expense of someone else who has feelings, who has a story, who is doing their thing and getting out there.  And what I think is lost is the real gold for all of us as teachers and students is that if you give an opinion, if you are mad or frustrated, upset, or angry, offer us an insight to what you think would help, offer us a way you think would be better, offer us some self reflection as to why you formed that opinion, offer us something to contemplate for ourselves, offer us a way you feel you can change the situation for the better.

Knowing a lot of teachers and having trained teachers, I know how much effort it takes for those individuals to train and show up everyday.  Likewise for all the students I meet, they all have their own things going on, they all want a safe space to go to, to enjoy themselves, to connect and feel good.  To all those teachers and students, here is a big virtual hug:-)  Here is an acknowledgement that yes, sometimes we do not always get it right, sometimes we do not please everyone, sometimes we say the wrong things at the wrong times, sometimes we are silly and make mistakes and forget.  

Sometimes we are all just HUMAN!

There is a false illusion online that all the happy people are all fit and perfect and strong, and in Yoga can do all these amazing physical poses...but it is an illusion.  Happiness does not come as a result of those things and certainly does not come form judging others or seeing others as less than or not good enough.

As teachers, as individuals in our families, in our communities and in Yoga, it is our duty to speak truthfully, to take time to reflect and share.  We do not need more opinions, we do not need more reactivity, we do not need more harsh comments.  We need compassion, acceptance, kindness and most of all a good example to show us how.

Take yourself a step higher, spread a message of value to us, and again...to everyone out there doing it, GO YOU! 

 

 

For those times when you want to Kick Yourself....

What happens in those times when you mess up, get it wrong, repeat the same old mistakes?

Have you ever felt regretful, unproud of your thoughts or actions?  I know I have! 

There are times when it can feel like no matter how much I learn and read, progress and develop that I'll repeat some old habit, some old thinking pattern and feel like Im never going to learn.

Thinking and related behaviours become habitual and like with any habit we want to change...it is hard!  We become addicted even though you might be unaware of it or not fully conscious of it. 

When we do become aware, we can vow to change our ways and adopt new habits and patterns.  All goes well and then Bam! We fall off the wagon and we feel like we've lost the fight.

I had an occasion recently where I just felt utterly hopeless at my improvement.  It was a day where it felt like I'm always going to resort back to a certain way of thinking and behaving because of my habits, how I grew up, the conditionings that I have taken on....but where would that leave me?  If I give in to my shame or guilt, or internal beating myself up, I certainly do not feel good about myself and no one else will benefit either.

So we notice, we observe, we take a step back and even smile- a bump in the road, a little receding in your progress and efforts, it is all ok.  How long would you say physically it has taken you to learn a specific new skill?  How often would you say you might fall out or stumble in a Yoga pose, or have to start walking on a run, take a break or turn back on a long hike?  We don't need to kick ourselves or beat ourselves up for these occurrences, we simply say, thats ok, I'll try again.  So it is the same with our mindset, our thinking and our behaviours.  We strive to be the best versions of ourselves, the versions we desire and feel true connection to and when we hit set backs and our own human foibles, we begin again.

'On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure.' Bhagavad Gita

Meditation with Elements Yoga

Meditation

Take a comfortable seat with an upright spine.  Sit on a cushion or against a wall if you need.  Set your timer for 4 minutes.

Soften your shoulders, your jaw and your breath.  Feel your spine lengthen and your sit bones ground down.

Bring your eyes softly closed.

Become aware of your breath, your inhale and your exhale. When you notice your mind wander or you begin to follow thoughts, bring your awareness back to your breath.

Begin to visualise a time where you have felt frustrated at yourself.  Notice your feelings and thoughts as a witness without judgement.  

Begin to visualise a warm light surrounding you and comforting you and we each breath you feel this warmth.

Bring your awareness then back to your great and repeat to yourself, 'I do the best that I can in any given moment.'

Once you hear your timer sound bring your awareness back to your body, notice your sit bones grounded and your spine lengthened and you can open your eyes.

Reflections

Following your meditation, journal about your visualisation, thoughts and feelings you observed.

Read back over your writing.

If you were listening to a friend tell you what you have wrote, what would you say to them to comfort them?  

How would you reassure and give them support?

Write down your thoughts and read them a loud to yourself.

Create a mantra for yourself for the next time you feel frustrated at yourself, the next time you feel disappointed or hopeless....have this mantra written somewhere you can see and remind yourself of it often and when you need.

 

 

Your journey to Intelligence-start with your body!

'It is difficult to speak of bodily intelligence in words.  It is much easier to experience it, to discover what it feels like.' Iyengar

Over last weekend I took part in 4 workshops in Dublin with an International Yoga teacher Dylan Werner.  I really enjoyed the weekend, I loved being a student, I loved meeting old and new faces, I loved being in the atmosphere of learning and of course moving!  

I took a lot from the weekend and enjoyed the perspective the teacher spun on a few topics and certain aspects of Yoga.

As I practice a lot of my Yoga on my own, its always nice to get some inspiration and motivation from watching others and getting fired up to try new variations and fun movements.  This is where my own intelligence of my abilities comes in and my own understanding of everything I have learnt to date.

This issue of intelligence came up a few times over the weekend, and the idea of using our own intelligence and discernment to discover what is right for ourselves.  Am I moving this way because it is good for me?  Do I have to do it this way just because someone said to?  Am I doing it this way because its a habit?  Am I doing it this way because its the only way I know?

In any community/group we are part of, it is absolutely up to each individual to take on their own journey of learning.  It is you who will have to feel your joints when they ache you will have to rehab an injury, you will feel how good it feels to be mobile and pain free.  You will feel the benefits to your body and mind if you move in the ways that serve you best.

Your physical journey is yours to take ownership of.  

I've been around the block enough and I have been part of enough teams/groups/communities to know that trends/fads/beliefs can be made by all of us.  I have friends who may not believe in the greatness Yoga can offer us because they have seem how it can cause problems physically in the ways certain methods and practices are being taught or understood.  But.....this is where we must look at ourselves as individuals.  It is not Yoga that is wrong, as much as it is not running's fault if someone pulls their hamstring or gets plantar fasciitis.  

 

It is not what you do but how you do it.

I obviously agree that we are affected by those around us and take on traits of the groups that we are part of but we must as a responsibility to ourselves and our health begin to use intelligence and discernment.  This physical body and all the conundrums it presents us with, all the perceived limitations, the break throughs, the disappointments and the successes- its our tool for managing ourselves, becoming more familiar, more fascinated, more accepting, respectful, more compassionate.

It really does not matter what method you choose to move or learn but that you empower yourself, that you become responsible, that you question what is presented to you, that you take what works and you let go of what doesn't.  In that way we can all become individuals within communities that can be strong on our own and then support and enjoy the company of those around us.

There is no right or wrong with any specific community or way of moving.  Certain things will click with you, will make you want more and others will not.  The strength of any community will depend on the validity and utilisation of its methods, it will depend on the questioning and awareness of each of its individuals.

Yes we must find good teachers and good coaches, but we must ask ourselves are we ready to be good students? Are we ready to develop our own intelligence?

Physical Homework!

If you practice Yoga or not here are some things that I noticed at the weekend that serve as an interesting homework project.....

-Can you move quietly? If you are in downward dog for example, can you step your foot forwards without a sound?  Can you step from standing into a lunge without a sound?

-Can you stand up without using your hands?

-Can you move into and out of a posture like Hanumanasana (splits) with control?

-Can you move from a posture like Pigeon pose from one side to the other without using your hands?

These issues are worth exploring in your own body.....where are the limitations, where does it feel good etc........The importance of the answers feels like it warrants another blog!

Relationships and What is happening right now?

When we so often get consumed in how we feel during particular situations or within our relationships with others, it is easy to lose sight of what is happening right at that particular time. We can become lost in our own perceptions, lost in our own thoughts and ways that we are used to feeling.

It is very easy now to get all sorts of information and advice.  There are endless opportunities for learning.  We receive all sorts of quotes, analogies, life lessons and often short tips on how to make the most of our lives.  What interests and fascinates me is the way in which we take this information in.  I feel that you can take in theory all day everyday, but unless you actually experience it, unless you feel the effects on your life and the lives of those around you, the information is somewhat redundant and inapplicable.

So how do we use it?  How do we apply it?  What we all want to know is how do we really make our lives better, run smoother and share more positive and beneficial relationships with others?....well at least thats what I have felt, maybe you already know the answers and need not read on!

So for this post think of it as a reflection on experiential learning to improve your response to and interaction in relationships and see what is happening right now.

Firstly....You cannot control anybody else EVER! You have no control over how they feel, how they react, how they choose to behave. How they interpret life and choose to be is entirely up to them.

Secondly...You cannot stop bad shit from occurring (excuse my french!) but it just does happen and that is life.  We are all human, we all make mistakes, no matter how much you try to perfect yourself and be the best, there are people in your life that you will meet that you will not click with, you may argue with, not see eye to eye, they may be unfair, you may be unfair.....it all just happens.

So what can you do?

Learn to deal with and learn from all the 'stuff' that has happened

That we have had a difficulty with a particular interaction or we feel betrayed/let down/hurt etc does not mean forever more we must shut ourselves off from these things, or never expecting any better.  What we can do is see these things for what they were and gain an understanding of the reality of what happened outside of just your own perspective.  You may feel unfairly treated by your parents for example, but look at it from the outside without emotion and think where they may have been coming from, or what may have been their reasoning or understanding at the time.  You may be able to look at situations and see how can I learn from this now in a positive way.  Sometimes people say things or act in a certain way, and sometimes it hurts or sticks but how you choose to move on is entirely up to you.

****Think of a time someone said something or behaved in a way that you felt hurt.  Think of 5 things that may have been going on for them at the time.  You may start to understand the situation and the other person a little differently.  we may not condone their actions but understanding them means less internalisation for you.

Start letting go of habitual patterns and reactions

Once we begin to understand others a bit better from the points above...you can then understand hat because one person may have acted a certain way, this does not now mean that everyone you interact with has the same agenda.  Within all your relationships the main common factor is you, so if you see patterns repeat themselves, most likely it is your response or interpretation that is the common denominator.

Question the reality of the situation you are in

Once you can understand how you tend to feel, or tend to react or respond, ask yourself then, what is actually happening right now?  If you can't see things from the other persons point of view, ask them.  Communicate.  Figure out what feelings you have because of this particular situation, and is it because of how you tend to feel or is it because of what is actually happening right now?

Reflecting on all the points I have written above, the most amazing part is the idea that you can start this all by yourself..what do I mean?  I mean that you can start looking at the relationship you have with yourself.  

Maybe take your body for example,

- you cannot control it, (e.g. we can work with our bodies/move etc but we cannot control ageing for example or genetics)

- bad shit will happen, (e.g. at some time or another you may get injured or feel set backs)

- you can learn from stuff that has happened in your body,

- you can start letting go of habitual patterns, ways that you see your body, ways that you feel about it, what you believe is impossible or unattainable or that you are not able to do.

- you can look at the reality of the situation that you are in, ask yourself what it is you want to do or achieve and then without emotion or attachment to the outcome, take the steps towards your goals.

Revelation!!!!  How we are with ourselves is how we can be with all our other relationships.  We can begin with ourselves, in our bodies and take all those lessons and moments of clarity out into the world.......Super!  This is what Yoga can do for us, or sports, or exercise, or movement in general.  Taking time to cultivate more positive interactions and grounds for growth and awareness.

We all have stories, we all tell them way too much!  We all began our stories in different ways, and our beginnings may have caused confusion or doubt or fears....but as you grow up, what you do with these stories is as I have said entirely up to you.  You can let go of and hold onto whatever it is you choose.  Growing up is as a result of becoming who you are now and taking what is now, rather than hanging on to what once was.

Start bringing awareness to the stories that you tell, the dramas that you get caught up in, the thoughts that meander, begin to see what is simply not useful to you anymore and not helping you in a positive way.

Then.....when we can let go of all the unhelpful stuff and embrace more of the positive, we may begin to see more positive in ourselves and others that we never saw before.....Happy days!

 

What's all this Yoga about and How did I start??!

A colleague of mine asked me to write up a few words during the week about how I first started Yoga.  As I wrote, it got me thinking about what Yoga means to me now and why I continue to practice.

Often people in my classes ask me the question, 'What is Yoga?' and its funny, the more I learn, the harder and harder it gets to answer the question in a concise way.  I begin to feel like Yoga means so many things, and different things on different days!

As I continue to learn and teach the stack of notebooks gets higher and higher!

As I continue to learn and teach the stack of notebooks gets higher and higher!

It has been the same to an extent with Climbing, when people would ask 'why do you climb?' and 'what does it mean to you?', the answer feels a little more difficult to source the longer I am involved in the activity.

Both Yoga and Climbing offer me so much in terms of overall happiness in my life and contentment.  The truth is, this joy can be found in many activities in your own life but for me the wonder of yoga is the non invasive way in which it allows you to open, heal, strengthen and relax your body and mind that means at any age one can experience a sense of health and peace in themselves.

Below is my story of how I began practicing and what Yoga means to me now.....

When I was a teenager, I found some of my Mums old books on Yoga and spent some time copying the postures and reading about the benefits and deciding on the ones that I thought would be best for me.

One of my first Yoga Books

One of my first Yoga Books

I first attended yoga with my friend in University, (at the time she was helping some students with a research project to discover if breathing practices such as those taught in yoga classes could increase her lung capacity and transfer to activities such as free diving.)

I cannot remember if I and any idea of what the class would be about or what would be involved and to be honest I can even remember what we did, I do remember lying on the ground though and hearing the music outside in the sports hall for aerobics and thinking I would have of preferred to be there!  As I was quite active in my college course, studying Physical Education and being involved in a number of sports, the idea of relaxing didn't quite come to me at first!

Some time after University when I moved to Dublin, I took a 6 week course of classes in UCD where I also trained for rock climbing at the time. I remember really enjoying the classes, the teacher was really nice and I felt really inspired and interested in trying out Yoga more. I began to feel the links between effective breathing and moving and allowing myself to feel a little more at ease with relaxing and not having to push all the time.

Following that course I spent a year travelling the world and tried more and more Yoga in India, Nepal, New Zealand and America. I tried varying styles, in very different settings, from Ashrams in the mountains to city studios.

When the practice on my own really began was during the summer of 2010, I spent the time in France with my now husband, he had given me a book by Godfrey Defraux and I spent time everyday, reading and practicing outdoors. I loved reading about the benefits and all the facets of Yoga as much as physically practicing.  The practice was providing a medium through which I could answer questions about myself, the world and how I understood myself within the world.

I undertook my teacher training then in 2010 in Dublin. The teacher training at the time suited me perfectly as I felt I was moving into a sense of my own practice and discovering what Yoga meant for me.  Since my original teacher training, I have travelled to India to complete a Diploma in Advanced Yogis Studies and have continued to study with national and international teachers.  The practice is always evolving for me and changes as I change.

I know now, more than ever what yoga means to me and what it meant for me when I first started. I have always been a thinker, mulling over situations in my head and trying to find my place as I grew up.

I find it hard to make decisions and often find it difficult to find clarity admits confusion. Yoga provided a medium for me to enjoy my body, to feel active in a calming and relaxing way and in that way to find moments of clarity, to find peace from thoughts, to gain a greater understanding of myself and of others. Yoga enabled me to feel more grounded, to accept my flaws, embrace my strengths and work on my weaknesses.

Yoga has given me a means to find a great sense of compassion and understanding for others, to find less at fault with myself and in turn those around me.  

The teachings of Yoga have served as a platform for me in the last number of years in which I can feel I can now move through with world with greater ease and contentment.

If I was asked to some up my practice in one word, I would say ‘Balance’.
Providing balance when you have a lot of energy, when you lack energy, when you feel weak, when you feel strong, when you feel happy or sad, insecure or confident, the practice can compliment and balance and enable one to move freely rather than spiral or burn out, to move with clarity rather than stumble off track. It can enable me to balance the use of my body in activities such as climbing and running and most importantly keeps the ego in check if it starts to control the show!

I certainly owe as much off the mat to Yoga as I do on the mat!
 

As I continue to learn, I always seek to find ways in which I can improve as a teacher and enable others to open up to all the beauty they hold within.

Namaste**

Learning in Headstand in the outdoors

Learning in Headstand in the outdoors