HAPPY LADIES HOLIDAY continues...

 

 

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In my last blog we talked about practice or not to practice during our menstruation. If you ask my advice, I would say to rest the body but meditate and do simple pranayamas for one week.

But I have put out a sequence that is soft and that is more focused on relaxing and moving internally and also softly releases the tensions that my occur during this time. I´m not going into extreme details, but want you to move more internally but keeping the areas at risk safe.

Remember to stay back and experience sensations not big stretches…

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First posture is Virasana, this is a great posture because it releases the pelvis and any tension around the lower belly. If you feel any pain in you knees; back off! Then you sit on a block, bolster or blanket.

Sit between the heels, lengthen the big toe away from the inner heel and press the top of the foot down. Release the inner thighs down, lift from the belly keep the spin long and the sides of the body lifted as you sit heavy onto the sitting bones. Neck long; chin parallel to the floor and hands resting on the knees. Stay here and breathe for about 7 -14 breaths.

One of my favourite postures is Bharadvajrasana maybe because Gandhi uses to sit like this. Probably hoping for some of his wisdom and light…

This is a soft but very powerful twist and helps to relieve and strengthen the lower back, sciatica, improve digestion, relieves stress the list goes on…

From sitting on the heels, sit over to the left so our heels are close to the right hips. Left foot is flexed put top of the foot relaxes into the floor (see picture) bring the right ankle in the arch of the left foot. If you feel that the right sitting bone is lifting to high slide a blanket under the left one and just encourage the right sitting bone down. The knees will be slightly apart.

We are going to twist in the same direction you are leaning towards with makes the posture a little more challenging.

Bring the right hand on the left knee, left hand on the floor behind you. Either stay here if you feel that you have a hard time sitting on both sitting bones, but if you feel stable you can wrap the arm behind the back and grab hold inner upper arm. Keep the shoulders away from the ears, lower back presses slightly towards the arm that’s wrapping, then lift the sternum up and twist the body gently. Stay for 7-14 breaths, inhale look forward exhale release, come to sit on you knees and turn to the other side. 

Mandukasana

Practiced very traditionally in India as a poster for women to help them with any disorders around the reproduction area from menstruation disorder, urine infections to hormone imbalances.

From vajrasana sitting between the heels, open the knees wide, place the hands on the knees. Sit very heavy on the sitting bone as you lengthen the sternum away from the navel and fold forward. Keep the neck long shoulders away from the ears and elbow inline with the shoulders. Stay here for 7-14 breathes. With an inhale slowly bring yourself back up. Exhale release the posture.

Ardha Gomukasana

 We tend to store a lot of emotions in our reproduction area and when we have our menstruation we release a lots of those emotions.

This posture is beautiful because it helps you softly open up the outer hips but also take away any tension in the lower back. You get a slight press on the lower abdomen, which can release pain and lower the heat in the body.

Sit on your buttocks with straight legs. Bend the left knee and cross it over the right leg, knees are staking over each other.   Bring the heel inline with the knee so the leg is in a 90 degree angle. If this feels okay and there is no tension in the knee, bring the left hip a little forward and draw the right foot back (se picture). Place the hands on either side of the leg; spread the fingers and root down in you hands. Push the floor away, sit heavy on the buttock and extend the heart forward. Keep the neck long and stay here for 7-14 breathes. Then slowly bring the hands back release the leg and change sides.

Upavistha Konasana

Stretches the inner legs and meridians up in the pelvis. Nice posture for relaxing the lower belly and also the lower back. Some key points…

See that the feet and knees are pointing up towards the sealing, engage the thighs and sit heavy on the sitting bone. Especially if you are bendy you need to protect lower back, ligaments and joints around the hips.

Bring a big pillow or a bolster in front of you. Start to walk the hand forward on the floor. Maybe you are far away from the floor, stay here and breathe. Or you have the option to lie down on the bolster or pillow. Turn the head to one side and stay for 7 breathes then turn the head the opposite way and breath for 7 more breathes. 

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Bring the right elbow on the right thigh or if you can reach (without losing the left sitting bone’s contact with the floor) on the inner right shin and hold the ankle with the right hand. From here draw the right shoulder down slight press of the elbow so you can wrap the right ribs under and open the heart towards the ceiling. Lift the left hand up overhead spin the outer arm forward, lengthen through the side waist and keep firming the left sitting bone down. Get the stretch in the entire left side and you want a feeling the hip and the lower back are separating from each other so more blood can flow in the hips and the lower back.  Keep the neck long and as you choose, look up to the roof or down if you feel any tension in the neck.  Stay and breathe 7-14 breaths. Inhale and exhale look down. Inhale bring the left hand back and come up and we do the same posture on the other side. Remember it’s more important to keep the spine long than coming close to holding the foot. When you have the length you open the chest up and you are aiming for sensation no big stretches. You keep the practice restorative.

When you are going to come out of the posture, put a slight bend in the knees and then slowly bring them together.

On your choice either lie down with the knees bent, feet as wide as your mat and knees fall together. Slightly release the tailbone towards the heels, draw the shoulders under and relax the hands either on the lower belly or facing up to the ceiling.

If you feel you want to keep the focus and sit still with a meditative awareness please do.

Listen, be kind and enjoy being you!

 

Namaste Caroline

Posted on June 12, 2014 .

4 STEPS OF SPIRITUAL EGO

 

 

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"All the things you have are perfect, you don´t need to change anything you just need to understand how to use them so they become beneficial to you and to your journey towards self realisation if that’s where you are heading."

While you are waiting for the part 2 of happy ladies holiday...

When we start our spiritual practice I have noticed that we go through different stages. I have been observing people for 10 years in their journey to self-awareness and I have also gone through all of these stages.

Hope this can be to some help to all of you in the path of yoga and also to all the loved ones that are in the journey without choosing it. I really talk from my own experience and also from what I met in my fellow travellers and later on the ones I have showed the path to.

Happiness

This is a great stage, probably the best one. Here we most likely feel things we never felt before. Many feel really alive for the first time. We are enjoying our body and starting to understand our body and mind. We are grateful to our teachers and mainly just humble to everything. It´s a state of falling in love.

Need to change

Next stage is when we start to see all our flaws and think we need to change them. I was very competitive when I was young. From competing in school to horses to dogs I would drive myself too hard so I would win.

If I was going to participate in a parlour game with friends or family I would not participate if I did not know I had a good chance of winning. I know it sounds ridiculous…

There’s a lot more I thought I needed to change. You also think that everybody around you doesn’t understand anything at all, your partner your friends. You might feel you need to change all of them to more understandable “enlightened” people.

I know

This is a fun stage or not really.  Now we have started to understand ourselves and have learned quite a lot about yoga and self-realization. From being humble and grateful to teachers for what we have learned now our spiritual ego is blooming. We start to question our teachers and we know better and can do better. I will quote Gandhi “Those who know how to think need no teachers” because I think it´s very important for self-reflection and understanding that everything you need is within you. Still our romance state is gone and it´s more our ego questioning then our true self. This is also a stage when we separate from people both friends and family.

Peace

This is not the last step but this might take some time until we reach this one and maybe you will be upset over my writing if you have not yet come to this one.

Lets start with questioning: what is Yoga? One translation from Sanskrit to English is Unite. So if we look at the previous stages are we uniting? Not really. We separate ourselves quite a lot from each other, instead of uniting to.   

I had a friend that said I want to move and create a community that thinks like I do. This might be harsh but that’s exactly what Hitler wanted. He wanted to create a world with likeminded people. She did not of course have any violent behaviours and she wanted a peaceful place to live. But what is the difference?  When you think you are better than others and you need to move away from society. Where is the uniting?  When you need to change partners or friend because they don´t fit in to the format of your “new” life where is the uniting?

In this stage you understand that you know no more then others. All your flaws you found in stage two is a part of you and only there to support you if you use them right.

Lets take back my competitive side. If I did not have that struggle I would not get up 2-3 in the morning and do my 3h practice before my kids wake up. I probably would not even write this post. All the things you have are perfect, you don´t need to change anything you just need to understand how to use them so they become beneficial to you and to your journey towards self realisation if that’s where you are heading.

Love and be kind to yourself and to others as they are.

 

Namaste Caroline

Posted on June 6, 2014 .

HAPPY LADIES HOLIDAY

 

 

"Remember; be kind and loving towards yourself through whatever stages you might go through not just during this period but also in life."

In the Indian and yogic tradition you are suppose to rest when you have your menstruation. Why? Because a woman’s body has the ability to cleanse itself through menstruation and when that process is active it´s important to let the body rest. It´s also a time when you move awareness to yourself and get more internally focused. In an Indian traditional family the women don´t have to take care of the house, make food and she has her own place to rest so she will not be disturbed in her process.

When the females have their menstruation the Shakti, their great power arises. That’s why we often feel strong and energetic when the period has started. But our body gets sensitive and it is easier to break. Now even western doctors say that women should take it easier when they have their menstruation because there is a higher risk of injuries. We become less focused and we have maybe to much power in our senses so we don’t feel when we should back off.

Another thing is when the body already contains a lot of heat, if you add physical exercise you create more heat and nerve channels get over powered.  You can check your pulse when you have your menstruation and noticed that it will be slightly higher then normal. When the body get overheated you age faster according to the yogic tradition. Well it kind of makes sense if you think of your body containing the entire elements system of the nature if the fire is too strong you burn and then it´s only ashes left.

I know from experience and because we in the west like to simplify things a little and make it as we like it. We tend to go strong in our Yoga practice even during menstruation. Yes, we might avoid inversions but except from that we go for it. I´m not going to lecture you what is right or wrong. I’m only going to say that maybe there is a reason it is mentioned in the ancient texts..?

We can come to a middle way…  A proposal is then if you can´t wait 7days which is suggested, let the body rest completely for 3days. You can still do breathing exercises not kabalaphati but softer ones and meditation. Day 4 to 7 you do gentle practice more internally focused but no big stretches or poses.

I go through 3 stages...

Stage 1

One week before the period starts I´m very sensitive. There is a sense of uneasiness in the body and mind. Old things I thought were processed can come back in small portions, my energy is low and I feel over all a little melancholic. No big dramas but still not really comfortable and I easily shed a tear. I also get hungry like you are preparing for a marathon…

Stage 2

My week… Now I´m very unfocused especially when it comes to using your head, like driving. It´s a disaster should really not drive during this time.  In classes I say the entire wrong thing, like right leg and I mean left. Shoulder when I mean elbow.

I really try avoiding having classes during this period. But I must say I become very present in myself and towards others if I just don´t have to use the intellectual part of my body and my brain.

I usually have lots of energy in my mind and feel ambitious and I always feel an urge to practice something I have not completely mastered yet. But my body wants to be left alone; my hips are so tight and I easily store a lot of emotions in my body and especially in my hips.

Stage 3

Now 7 days has passed and my body has not yet come back to be soft but the emotions are now usually back in balance. It takes a couple of days with kind words to my body before it starts to open up again. There is no way I can press it to open, the more gentle I am the faster both mind and body can rest and be present.

What ever you choose to do it´s great. It’s your body, only yours! Let´s just keep in mind what beautiful creations women are and listen what feels right for us not what society says.

Remember; be kind and loving towards yourself through whatever stages you might go through not just during this period but also in life. Give yourself extra time to self reflect maybe ask your family to be extra aware and supportive.

Next week I will give you 5 postures to a happier ladies holiday

 

Namaste Caroline

 

 

Posted on May 23, 2014 .

GET INTO YOUR INTERNAL RHYTHM...

 

 

"You are the most precious in your life."

 

Creating a structure over your day is more then making a routine. Routines can become boring but to tune into your internal rhythms is what keeps you stay at “home”, in your body and with a clear mind.

Early morning…

Why do we suggest that you do your breathing, meditation and yoga practice in the morning?

Lets look at it from different perspectives.

Who wakes up first?

We might think the sun arises first but before the sun rises you can hear birds singing. Our nature is to wake up with nature.

When we have been sleeping our frequency of the body is higher. Which means our energy level is higher; when we practice in the morning we regain and store that energy in the body. It says by connecting the thumb and index finger, which are two vital, points the energy travels back, like a circle in the body. This position of the hand is called a mudra and is often used in meditation practices.

Second is that our body and mind has not been engaged in any activity yet and is therefore more still and calm. You will be able to move more internally and experience your body and settle your mind. This will support you during your day and you will not be moved by all the wind casts that might affect you during the day.

Times and structure

According to Ayurveda and its tradition it’s best to wake up before 6 o’clock. From 6-10 is Kapha time and the body might be more slow and heavy. Probably you also experience calmness and serenity, to do your meditation practice during this period might be helpful.

10-14 is the time of Pita (fire) and is when the digestive fire reaches its peak. Take in your largest meal during this time.

Between 14-18 is the time for Vata (ether, air). During this period usually the body becomes light and the mind clearer.  This is a great time for creative and grounding activities and eating a light meal, as the digestive fire is less.

18-22 we go back to Kapha (water, earth). It’s time to unwind from your day.  The body becomes once more heavy, both mind and body start to prepare for rest and sleep.

22-02 Pitta (fire) you probably have experienced that you were very tired and wanted to go to bed. Thinking it’s to early only to find out that after a couple of hours you’re a totally awake and can’t go to sleep, this is why!

Cleansing your body

When we have been sleeping our body rests and the mind travels. Our body contains different layers and one is a magnetic/energy field.  Water has the power to cleanse our body and magnetic/energy field.  The magnetic/energy field is where all the outer effects from peoples and emotions are stored.  Maybe you have experienced that after a rough day it´s great to take a shower, this is why.  In our sleep we process everything we have been through during the day and in the morning by showering you cleanse both the body and mind.

Brushing the teeth and cleaning the tongue before you eat:

You probably notice that we smell from our mouth when we wake up, how much depending on our food and drinks from yesterday. If you stretch your tongue out you might see a layer on it, this is bacteria that collects from our body during our sleep. Our body is so great and helps us in every way. It´s important to take this away before you eat something so it not going back into our body again.

Visualisation

“-What you think you become” Buddha  

Our mind has the power to create and destroy; it’s like a tiger. Try to tame it to fast and it will kill you, make suggestions and be kind it will become your best friend. Set your intention for your day and see it become reality. The sky is the limit!

A little help on the way… your day could look like this:

5:30 wake up, shower and brush, teeth and tongue 

5:45 – 6:15 Breathing. Yoga, meditation practice

6:30 breakfast

Work, remember to eat a big lunch 

18:00 light meal

20:00 if not before start to turn of your devices and let the mind rest

Before 22:00 sleep tight

You are the most precious in your life. 

 

Namaste Caroline

 

 

 

Posted on May 16, 2014 .

URDHVA DHANURASANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparation for Urdhva Dhanurasana step 2 

Urdhva – Upward

Dhanu- Bow

Asana- Posture

Props: Block and belt

Now we are on our way to a safe and wonderful backbend. It´s very important to warm up and open up the body before you do a deep backbend.  Parts that especially need to be warm and open are upper back, shoulders and psoas. After your sun salutations focus on twists and cobras/up dogs to get the upper back warm and to understand how to work the upper back. Psoas is often forgotten and they play a crucial part in our backbends. If they are not open our lumbar spine (lower back) will get crunched as the psoas muscle attaches in to the lumbar spine. Postures for opening the psoas could be  anjaneyasana, virabhadrasana A, half beckasana, virasana, ardha mandalasana and more…

 Remember all the work you did with arms upper back and shoulders in step 1 

Don´t forget the key points   

  • The backbend comes from the upper back      
  • Our psoas needs to be open in order to take away tension from our lumbar spine· Shoulders and arms have a very important role in a full bridge
  • Hipbone and pubic bone in the same line

Measurement and our last step… 

We tend to think we have wider shoulders then we actually have...

  • Make a loop with your strap and measure it from shoulder head to shoulder head.
  • Place the strap just above the elbows
  • Lay down and place the top of the head against the wall hands alongside the ears and fingers spread. Turn the little finger slightly out, this will help you keep the elbows in. Press into the 4 corners of your palm, especially root of the index and thumb.
  • Move the elbows away from the wall. You will see that your chest gets open when you do this action. The same action goes for the arms as you practiced in step one. Outer shoulders moves up and outer arms firms in. Your shoulder blades are now going to move away from each other so your upper back will be wide and open. Elbows will be inline as you have the strap.
  • Place the feet in line with the sitting bones. Second toe inline with centre of the heel, we often turn our toes out to make it easier to go up but that hits the lower back. Inner thighs are releasing down, buttock is moving towards the heels.
  • On an inhalation slowly lift up from the outer hips and come on the top of the head. Keep the neck long.
  • Bring the forearms and wrist to the wall.
  • Lift the shoulders up, move the upper back in spread across the collarbones and bring the chest towards the wall behind you. Because you have the elbows bent it’s okay to move the chest towards the wall behind you but never with straight arms because that will put stress on the shoulders and can create and injury.
  • Press into the heels, keep the action on the legs and now the buttocks moves towards the knees and relaxes. As you are lifting from the outer hips the pubic bone is dropping. That’s means hipbones and pubic bone is in the same line. It’s easy to push the pubic bone out which leads to our inner thighs roll open and that will put stress into our lumbar spin. The buttocks and upper back is moving away from each other create a long lumbar spine. Chin presses back.

 

Work on this until you feel all the actions and this becomes easy. Then we will continue to the next step…

When you work on the proper alignments you will not only keep your body safe the energy will flow and you will faster come to the full position.

Be a wise student. A wise student knows her/his body and brings all the aspects of yoga into their practice. Yoga is not in the position you do, it is how you live outside of your mat.

 

Namaste Caroline

 

Posted on May 8, 2014 .

URDHVA DHANURASANA

 

 

Preparation for Urdhva Dhanurasana step 1

Urdhva – Upward

Dhanu- Bow

Asana- Posture 

Props: Block and belt

 

 

When I started practicing the physical practise of yoga I thought I would nerve be able to lift myself up to a full bridge pose. Well one day it finally happened my arms went straight but it was still not easy.

I had private lessons with my teacher Ratheesh Mani and he would emphasise on doing backbends, probably because I did not like it. In one session together I had already done 5 full backbends and he kept on telling one more, one more… But! Now my favourite postures of all time are backbends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, we are all different! Not only how flexible our bodies are but also how we are built up. Some has more range in their shoulder others more open psoas… 

I emphasise that you practice from your own body and that present state of mind. Read more about that in my previous blog.

When you break down a posture you need to be aware of what needs to be lengthen, supported, strengthen and more.

 

Urdhva Danurasana 

Key points

  • The backbend comes from the upper back
  • Our psoas needs to be open in order to take away tension from our lumbar spine
  • Shoulders and arms has a very important role in a full bridge
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Upper back…

This is tricky because we tend to lack awareness of our muscles in our upper back and often its not that we are stiff its just that we don’t know how to work.

This posture is great to start with for opening the upper back and also for awareness. To begin I would suggest you have a blanket folded under your head and maybe even bring the block down a notch.

  • The block should be placed on the upper back so if you draw the tip of the shoulder blades slightly down you feel the edge of the block. (see picture)
  • Legs are straight, together and active.
  • Arms are bent in a 90 degree angle palms facing up (see picture). The shoulders are gonna want to puff up so you need to encourage them down.
  • Slightly lower the chin to keep the neck long

If the arms don´t touch the ground and you feel crunched in your neck use a blanket under the head and maybe even under the elbows.

 

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Arms step 1…

When the first posture starts to feel nice. I promise you it will . You can continue with this posture.

  • Hold on to the outer edges of your mat. 
  • Draw the elbows in closer to your face so they are inline with the shoulders. 
  • Press the hands slightly down and pull the mat apart but keep the elbows in!
  • Outer shoulders moves towards the roof and upper arms firms in

 Breath…

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Arms step 2…

  • Start to pull the mat apart and back, keep the hands by the floor and straighten the arm.
  • Keep the actions you created in the previous posture. Very important!

Keep on breathing…

Practicing half bridge by the wall…

This is a great way to get an understanding of the work of your legs and buttock.

  • Turn to a wall space and lay on your back with bended knees and place the toes on the wall. Second toe inline with the center of the heal.  Hands along side the body. Palms facing down. The knees will now be off the wall! 
  • Start to roll the shoulders under and press the outer shoulder down, spread across the collarbones.
  • Lift the OUTER hips up (not the center, outer!) and bring the knees to the wall. Now you probably need to rearrange the work on your shoulder and upper back a little bit.
  • Here come the important parts. Inner thighs releasing down, buttock moving towards the knees. To create space in the lower back. 
  • Place the elbows on the floor, hands on the hips fingers pointing up. 
  • Keep the shoulder rolled under and press the elbows down to lengthen the upper back in towards the front body and away from the buttock.

The deeper you breath the easier it gets…

Important

If you feel your knees are splaying out and your pubic bone push up keep a block between your thighs.

You might feel your legs burn. 

As we have support by the wall for the knees it is okay that they pass the heals but not otherwise. If you feel any tension in your knees please go out directly and do the same actions but keep the knees off the wall.

When you have practiced this you can start to push the chins back so the knees moves away from the wall. Keep the same actions in the legs, buttock, upper back and shoulders.

Enjoy safe backbends. Next step will come next week...

 

Namaste Caroline

Posted on May 1, 2014 .

OUR PRESENT STATE OF MIND

 

 

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"It does not matter what you were able to do yesterday or your aim for tomorrow. Every practice will be your first you will always be a beginner."

Our mat is our universe and our supportive energy. Our practice on it reflects how we act and treat ourselves outside of it.

The idea is to do all the struggles there, so life outside can be peaceful. The thing is because we tend to press ourselves in our jobs and in life we might forget the first step of yoga and what yoga really means when we step onto our mat.

Why do we practice yoga?

In my last post I talked about being a beginner. When we start to dedicate ourselves to a daily practice, we might forget the joy of our first sun salutation and calmness of our mind. Remember where you started from.

Mindful?

Our mind has a tendency to either live in the past our in the future not that much here and now. It maybe sounds harsh but our mind is doing everything to keep us from our inner truth.

Important though is to understand that we never can force our mind to be present, when it´s ready to be still it will. In the Indian philosophy they compare the mind to a tiger. “If you try to tame it too fast it will kill you…” I don´t believe we can accomplish anything with force or negativity. I think all solutions lies in kindness and love even towards your own flaws.

My practice…

So when you step into your mat either sit or lie down and focus internally. Scan your body and see where you are at today. This is crucial to how you will do your practice. Observe if the breath is shallow or deep. How is the body? Relaxed, energetic, tired? Finally is the mind present or are there clouds blocking? From where ever you are, you do our practice. Be aware if your mind is full of judgment and unsettled. You focus on the breath, keep a steady even soft breath through out the entire practice. If the breath is shallow you may be held back a little in postures so you still can keep a soft but slightly shorter breath then these usual days.

If the body is aching and tensed, nurture it, treat it with love and be soft.

Contradiction…

Okay so what can happen when we think we are listening to our body, breath and mind? We can be fooled. Yes and it´s of course our mind that also wants to have control and stay in its comfort zone. The idea is to gently without pushing or moving to a breaking point open up, bodily, emotionally and mentally.

Wise or sophisticated student…

My great teacher Maty Ezraty says… “The sign of a sophisticated student is not in big poses. Not the one balancing in the centre of the room or who does all the crazy poses. A sign of a sophisticated student is the one who knows what to do to take care of him/herself. When you know what you need to create a harmony, to be relaxed and peaceful in your yoga practice. That’s the sign of a sophisticated student. The advance crazy poses don’t necessarily means sophistication often there is a lot of chaos and craziness there. It´s not impressive! It´s much more impressive to get a prop/block go to the wall and practice in a way that’s yogic not in a way that is chaotic.” So everybody be wise!

Our here and now state

So next time you step onto your mat be present be a wise student. It does not matter what you were able to do yesterday or your aim for tomorrow. Every practice will be your first you will always be a beginner.

 

Namaste Caroline

 

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

TO BE A BEGINNER

 

 

"If you can appreciate your body and mind even on the days you feel stiffer or have a hard time breathing or concentrating. That’s the days that bring us even closer to our inner self."

Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully better understand your body, yourself and others. This first post is about how important it is to always see your practice and yourselves as a beginner.

One of the best times as a student on the path of yoga is when we are a beginner. We often experience ourselves in a way that we have never done before. Your life might even feel more alive. But sometimes it’s the opposite we feel everything; our body hurts or our mind is unfocused and we are overwhelmed by emotions.

Wherever you are or whatever you feel; it is perfect, you just have to be in whatever moment and feeling you are in it without judging.

When you step onto the mat it will always be your first practice and this is the challenging one because we tend to compare ourselves with what we did yesterday or what we want to do tomorrow.

The beauty of yoga is that there is only a here and now. Where am I today? What do I need to practice to extend comfort zone but without indulging my ego. How is my breath? How does my body feel? In which direction is my mind running?

These are all questions you observe when you set yourself down on your mat and from that do your yoga practice.

If you can appreciate your body and mind even on the days you feel stiffer or have a hard time breathing or concentrating. That’s the days that bring us even closer to our inner self.

In the beginning it might be hard just finding the breath then stay focused on that. The most important thing in your yoga practice is your breath the postures are secondary. If the mind runs wild don’t worry, slowly without forcing it bring the focus back to the breath or to your body. One day the mind will just be quiet. It does not matter what you did yesterday or what you will be able to do tomorrow enjoy the journey that’s what takes you far!

 

Namaste Caroline

Posted on March 22, 2014 .