Tuesday, 14 June 2016

3 surprising lessons I’ve learnt from Hatha yoga.

Each day when I step onto my yoga mat to practice [ok, lets get real here some days it just doesn’t happen…but more of that later], I look forward to the physical stretch of my practice. I settle my breath and begin to steady my mind. These are perhaps the main reason’s I’ve stuck with my yoga practice the last 18 years. Through relocations and major life-changes the stretch, the breath, and the peace of mind have kept me coming back. But what I didn’t expect was the other lessons I’ve learnt stepping onto my mat as an eternal student and now as a teacher.

1. Patience. This is a big one. It might be as simple as finding ease in my forward bend, or as challenging as dropping back into upward facing bow pose, but I’ve learnt the only way to progress is by consistently sticking with the practice. It’s called a practice for just that reason; it’s about the journey, not the destination. My yoga is always changing, evolving, and I’ve learnt to not rush the process, but acknowledge that in order to grow and develop I just have to be consistent and show up, the rest will take care of itself.

2. The importance of listening to my body. Connecting to my body and really paying attention to it’s subtle signals is so important for me as I spend 99% of my time in my head. I’m a big worrier. A big over-thinker. Learning to tune into the intelligence of my body has been vital to developing my yoga practice. What’s great is this has also paid dividends in the rest of my life too, like cutting back on food and life-style choices that I knew didn’t make me feel great because I tuned into what my body was telling me.

3. Acceptance. Something I’m still working on [refer back to point 2], but learning to accept where I am today is a big lesson. Sometimes that means acknowledging that I don’t have time for yoga today, but I’ll do my best to get on the mat again tomorrow. Accepting that I’m not perfect and that that’s OK has perhaps been the biggest lesson for me, and one that I’m still working on every day through the stretch, the breath and the peace of mind of my yoga practice.

What surprising things have you learnt from your practice? x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A place to pause...

Where to start. I'll keep it short and sweet. This is where you'll find my thoughts, musings, ideas and hopefully some fun stuff too.

I love yoga, not just on the mat, but what it means for the rest of my life too. The breathe that carries me through stressful days at work, the stretch that eases my muscles after an energising run, the moment of gratitude at my son's kisses. For me yoga, like life, doesn't have to be serious. Yes, it is called a practice for a reason, and everyday I move on my mat, but it should also enhance all aspects of our lives. We should embrace it like we embrace the other things that bring us joy. So here you'll find pictures of what makes my life whole, the beauty, light and life in the simple details.

Hopefully just like my yoga practice this site will grow organically, spontaneously and always from my heart.

Thanks for joining me on this new journey.

Amy x