Happy New Year Yogis
2017 is already set up to be a year of dramatic change. Not only will we be shifting gears in the geo-political arena, but we will also be seeing many shifts in our own personal space. And for most of us, change is something we tend to approach with trepidation. Its unsettling. We don’t know where we will be going and what it will look like. What we know, the current situation, while possibility uncomfortable and painful, is at least familiar. So how do we prepare ourselves to step into change with an open heart and internal vitality?
One way, is to take time to know what our own internal landscape looks like and feels like. Once we know where we are, it is easier to move forward. This is most easily accomplished through meditation. Taking time each day, to sit quietly with ourselves and simply observe. Its best to do this first thing in the morning, before the busyness of life takes over. But of course you can do it at any time. Just set a timer (I like to use the app Insight Meditation Timer) and sit. It doesn’t have to be for very long, 5-10 minutes will give you plenty of time to observe your breath, thoughts and feelings. Don’t make it complicated, just be with yourself as you would be if you were sitting listening to your best friend.
Sometimes, its hard to just sit. That’s where yoga comes in. Moving our bodies, stretching our muscles, aligning our spine; all of these help to make it easier to sit in comfort. Take your time, again it doesn’t have to be very long, to move, strengthen and flex your body. If you don’t have time to take a yoga class, there are a ton of options online. A few times a week, and you will feel amazing results.
Also, it is very helpful to challenge yourself. Do something you haven’t done before. Be it taking a class, volunteering for a cause about which you feel passionately, or pushing yourself in your yoga practice to explore a new pose or taking your postures a little further than you have done before.
I particularly like inversions. They really do turn your world upside down. Not only is there is that element of going upside down, but there is also the opportunity to see your world from a whole new perspective. Not to mention a moment or two of fear. Will I get this? Am I going to fall? And the moment of exultation. I did it! Maybe just a little bit, but I actually got a foot off the ground, or both feet, who knew?
So, whatever changes you may be facing, whatever challenges you are stepping into, I wish you ease and comfort as you approach them. Go gently on yourselves. Give your self time. Cut yourself some slack. And at the same time, believe in yourself and your ability to move through change with strength and flexibility and love.
I will be offering a workshop on Inversions at River Tree Yoga.
February 12th, 2:00-5:00pm
Class size is limited, so we will have plenty of space and time to explore, ask questions and move. The workshop will help you strengthen your inversion practice (headstands, handstands & arm balances) if you already have one, and help you get ready to start exploring inversions if you have never been upside down. Do sign up early if you are interested through the River Tree Yoga Website.
Also, many of you have been asking when will I ever start teaching on the West Side. Wait no longer, as I will be launching a Mid-Day Bliss class at BendnMove in West Seattle. This will be a gentle therapeutic yoga class appropriate for all ages and bodies.
12:00-1:15pm, Wednesdays, BendnMove
All my regular classes are back on schedule. Its good to be back.
See you on the mat or out & about.
Shalom & Namaste