Practicing Yoga returns me time and time again to a state of better balance, harmony and peace. Yet these benefits remain with me long after I’ve put my mat away. I know that my calm, my clarity of thought, of concentration and contentment which do not desert me at times of stress are anchored in Yoga. Hearing my Teen Yoga group compare how they have managed stress during the run up to their A-levels illustrates that since starting Yoga, they too have recognised their ‘reservoir of calm’.
Your internal reservoir of tranquillity...
A source of calm to draw upon as needed – what an amazing resource! Do you still recognize the calm, contented, comfortable in your own skin inner you?
Even fleeting glimpses of feeling ‘more you’ whilst relaxed on holiday, or how you feel whilst absorbed in creating: painting, playing music, gardening… lets you know that peace does lie within. Yoga practice nurtures this. It teaches us that we do have a place of calm within, however far away that may feel. Even just the knowledge of that can help during difficult times, when peace, contentment and the ability to relax feel distant.
‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10.) … Through Yoga practice we get to know our inner self, our essence, our spirit (whatever beliefs you may have.) Top up your reserves of inner calm and learn to draw upon them through regular Yoga practice. Whether you are feeling lethargic, hyperactive or somewhere between the two, allow yourself five to ten minutes of Yoga practice.
Be still – lie in relaxation pose, sit in Egyptian chair pose or stand in Mountain pose and notice what you feel you need. Relax your jaw, soften your eyes and brow, relax your hands and actively release tension from your limbs, abdomen and buttocks. With no agenda to make changes, enjoy the rise and fall of your breath.
Then follow your instinct:
Top up your reservoir of calm at one of my weekly classes or ask me about 1:1 Yoga practice tailored to your needs.
Membership of IYN recognises that whilst my teaching embodies the philosophy of Yoga it demonstrates excellent practical skills, knowledge, safety & care and is rooted in ongoing personal practice.
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