Thursday, July 24, 2014

TWISTING on a Rainy Day

Its now peaking winter in Sydney and with the cold of winter comes tightness of muscles and general flow in the body's movements. Its a hard time for those that suffer from respiratory issues and any other chronic diseases. I see this in my class rooms and can't stress enough that we must pay attention to our breath capacity and work with it, and support the body to open and breath mindfully. This doesn't mean we need to breathe extra, it just means to breathe to fullfil your lung capacity. 

A mindful breath can shift a lot of things in the psychology, physiology and biology reports logged in our energy body. For example, on a winter day like today, if your breath is already a little shallower than usual due to the tightness in the body and stooping posture, what other events might take place that increase your stress levels will only exacerbate the tightness and tension in your psycho-mento-physical bodies. This will result in a struggle-some day and tiredness throughout the day. Now its not possible to mindfully breathe every second of the day, however by just taking short intervals for a few mins during the day and tracking your breath capacity will allow the body to keep reporting to your brain where you're at inwardly. This will result in helping the nervous system out and also cultivate a sense of calm approaches throughout your day.

Practice a few spinal twists that help open your chest and lengthen your torso! like the one I am in here (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Half seated twist with legs crossed normally Or legs in Gomukhasana (knee pile pose) (which would also help release tension in the lower back and abductors). 
Ardha Matsyendrasana
Half Lord of the fish pose with legs in knee pile

If you are thinking "but I am at work and it will make me look silly" then do the twist on your chair. But don't rush through it. Take a few fulfilling breaths broadening the chest when turned to one side and do the same amount on the other side. Remember you are not meant to pull or push, you are to maintain a feeling of ease for the duration of the upper body twist. Best to pull naval in while in the pose, so breathing is localised through the ribcage. YUMMY!!! :) 

Other benefits of TWISTS include:
  • Increases the elasticity of the spine, tones the spinal nerves and improves the functioning of the spinal cord.
  • Relieves back pain and stiffness from between the vertebrae.
  • Useful for slipped disc.
  • Relieves tension that may have built up in the back from forward and back bending 
  • Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.
  • Loosens the hip joints, relieving stiffness.
  • Releases tension in the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck.
  • Increases purification of the blood as well as the internal organs.
  • Improves round shoulders.
But they are awesome to include in your daily routine because they feel good to the spine. 

Wishing you a wonderful wintry Friday ahead!

Ps. Our new timetable is up! Check into a restorative yoga class tonight in Harris Park. We have a guest teacher teaching. Book via the website / text.
0469906223 / www.sevayoga.com.au 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This weekend we got a Mood Lift!

So we had a great turn out on the 19th July at part 1 of the Mood & Energy Management workshop. Admittedly it was part 1 and most of the content taught were all about empowering everyone with the know how on how to be mindful. Being mindful in our daily activities like eating, exercising, sleeping and leisure helps us become powerful in the way we can remain in control of the energy we spend or keep. The workshop highlighted some active meditating, conscious movements and using aromatherapy to lift a particular mood and treat emotional blockage. The workshop was developed by myself alongside my colleagues Marie and Debra who are both also holistic healing arts practitioners such as Reiki, Reflexology, Massage Therapy. The afternoon was a success and we received awesome feedback prompting us to start working on the next part.

We are going to hold these workshops every 3 months and are looking forward to holding part 2 in October.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Love your practice and the journey!

There is no doubt that "life" for some of us tends to become and feel like a second entity when trying to spend time on our own. And for some it even feels like "life" can blow up if we came off watch, for even an hour.  But this constant feeling of "holding on" and "pressed for time" is a very big sign for stopping and dropping the bags to get yourself on your mat.

It is a sign that "life" has taken charge and you are its slave, when the truth is "Life" is within you and you are the master of "life" and the way it feels, looks, tastes, moves and sounds. Whenever "life" feels like it is separate to you and it doesn't want you to take time out for you, that is the very time you need to nurture and nourish your soul, and begin an audit! A Yogi's audit = Find out what in your life story is making you feel zapped for time, energy and your cool toward yourself.

Know that Life is not a second entity, it is your creation. Life as in life force is your creation as is life like the life story. While they are both similar sounding they each have a unique function. The life force is one we must create through mindfulness and activities which feed our mind and body the correct food to be the source of what we create. And a life story on the other hand is one that is a result of what quality of life force we have cultivated within.

Your life that you are living is a creation of your deepest desires, no matter where you are right now or how it might feel or look. It reflects to you what you are feeling, thinking and focusing on within. And through the act of regular practise you are culturing your body with intelligence via movement, breath work and also giving the mind a break from all the life stories that creates the "pressed" or "out of control" feeling.

Know that life starts to move, only when you place your loving attention on it. And starts to dance with you, when you engage with what grabs your attention. When you are engaging with your life stories, you are engaging through a space of a knowing, a knowing which is the intelligence of who you are right now. This practice of knowing yourself right now is called Yoga = union. Your intelligence of unity between your body, mind and breath.

This loving connection formed in your yoga practise, will show up a loving connection to your life story. Life will then willingly allow you more and more time for this romance between you and yourself in and out of class.

See you on the mat y'all!
We will send out an email on the weekend workshop this week to all attendees!!!
Can't wait to celebrate!


(These notes are shared from personal experience and notes taken on my journey)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 "Self-Care" Practices

The practise of Self-care is at the core of Seva Yoga's mission in the world and with the world.

In my opinion, a simple list of 5 practices which gives me the best experience of better health and sense of well being are:

1) Yoga     2) Meditation    3) Massage    4) High quality Natural Foods     5) Health Retreats

Self care is a holistic practise, which becomes a love affair with the sense of feeling a deep connection to who you are. Who you actually are, is actually constantly working toward remembering and emerging to be the clearest and brightest version of you; the authentic you. The unhidden and unlimited you. You are the brilliance of all the shiny things you see or seek. The path of self care cultivates a sense of deep and genuine care for this amazing life and time we are given to live on earth, which invokes the desire to see yourself move toward your highest purpose. That is to be your true brilliant, brightest self.

Self care, invokes inspired action and keeps you ignited for whatever else you may engage your life force in. The modalities and practices mentioned above all improve the ability of our minds and body to increase cell tissue vitality and that in turn changes and shifts our experience of life as a whole (world we live in and the world that resides within us).

This month, Seva Yoga is collaborating with two other Professionals in Massage and Aromatherapy to bring a wonderful 90 minute Workshop on the 19th July 2014. It will be held in Ropes Crossing from 1:30 to 3pm and we have prepared an amazing afternoon of activities that will empower you on the topic of "Mood & Energy Management".

Follow this link to Book your Ticket:
Mood & Energy Management Workshop Tickets