This little post is about Morning Practice.
I'm not sure about you but when I used to think about a morning practice I felt it had to be big, at sunrise, a full chunk of an hour allocated to Asana followed by Pranayama and Meditation. And it kinda scared me, I used to think well if I can't do all that, why bother!
But here's the thing I've learned in the past year.
Morning Practice is magical. It can look any way you want it to, I believe. It's about setting yourself up for the day and an opportunity to do practice what you LOVE. It's what you need to do to get ready to be your best for the day, to set yourself up for you own kinda greatness. We are creating the conditions for our best day, "our" not mine, or what someones else's might look like. Its personal. Let it be true, let it be "YOU".
Your day might start at 4am, or 10am.
Whatever time it is, can you set aside a few minutes to prep yourself for the day.
Can you drop into your breath? Just notice it.
Do you have any intentions or habits that your working with? You might take time to write them out, to say them to yourself.
What we do each day,
the words we choose for ourselves and others,
the "yes's" and the "no's",
your values, priorities and intentions,
it's so important.
Because what we do today, creates our tomorrow. And we want to create a good one, correct?
We want to stand behind our values, our priorities and let it be so crystal clear! And what better way than to create "a magical morning". What we practice really matters. Practice will change over time too. What you were really into a year ago, or what really lit you up in summer might differ to right now. Maybe get a notebook and write one or two little practices that light you up, or that are spiking your interest. Start off with such an easy little ritual that its impossible to fail! 5 mins is a good start if your fresh to this, tinker with what your up to. How does it make you feel? Is it still working? Is it season appropriate?
Please, don't let your practice be an opportunity to beat yourself up. Light yourself up instead!
So excited to offer this out to my Yoga community.... The Coffee Sessions.
The Coffee Sessions is a way for students to take more Yoga home. Often students are looking for ways to incorporate more Yoga into their life, maybe its that great feeling after class thats the nudge!! Wink wink.
We are so fortunate as there are many paths to Yoga, 7 to be precise, and they are broad. In our modern life, we are sometimes led to think that our "Yoga" is the stretchy, handstand, twisty postures and that's it!
Well, I'm happy to let you know that there are many avenues to bring some of that magic and sparkle you feel on the mat, home with you.
Here's how the Coffee Sessions work:
We will arrange a day and time to get together for Coffee (yes or Chai or even Tea!). For an hour we will sit together I will ask you a variety of questions, and we will chat about where you are, how you might like to feel, if there's any practices that you feel drawn to and would like to dive into. This is very relaxed, its not like a test or an exam. Its really a space for me to get to know you, enjoy some coffee and talk about you and Yoga.
After our Coffee together, I will go home and over the next few days put together some recommendations and email this to you. These are for you to play with, to dive into if you like, to journal about and generally an opportunity to go deeper into your practice.
The details are:
The Coffee Sessions take place over an hour at a Coffee Shop/Cafe.
$88 (paypal or bank deposit)
Our coffee each, 1 hour of 1:1 attention, a PDF with your recommendations and suggestions for home practice. This will include some of the following: Asana, Mantra, Pranayama, Asana, Poetry, Music, Mudras, Meditation and inspiration from the Yoga Sutras, Radiance Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita.
Here's what one student said about her Coffee Session:
Wow Sara, I’m blown away. This is such amazing and brilliant information, the time you have dedicated to this is just ……. wow!! I have read through it once and have now printed it off so I can sit with it again this afternoon and absorb some more and get my journal ready. Even just reading through once I can see what you have given me is so practical which is exactly what I need, thank you.
CJ - A Student.
If your interested in booking a Coffee Session, please contact me at email@example.com.
Looking forward to discussing all things Yoga and life!
Follow your heart. Listen to your heart. Have some heart. Let your heart lead you.
There's a lot written, said and sung about our dear hearts.
A few years ago I did a workshop and a student asked me the following question after class (which I think is universal one), how do I listen to my heart? How do I follow my heart?
The past year I really delved into this. Some instances were intentional and some accidental. But through these experiences, through the Yoga of Svadhyaya (self study/reflection), working with Heart Codes (learned from Kelly Sunrose) through these, I began to really "know" this feeling. The feeling of my heart happy, of being true to my heart. And in Yoga we call this experience, this knowing; The Vijnanamaya Kosha. And its all yours!
The fun bit here is that, no one can do it for you!
You must do this yourself.
You must "know thyself" (a Greek Aphorism).
It is not a path for the faint hearted, but there is also no other path if you want to be happy!
Here are some ideas to think about and work with:
Asana: We do the physical practice of Yoga so we can unwind and unfurl the tense and tight parts of our body.
Pranayama: We sit and work intentionally with our breath, after all a calm and steady breath lead to a calm and steady mind. If the mind is racing around like a chicken, how can we possibly hear our heart?
Meditation: The balm of sitting quietly, here is the junction of the others meeting up. When we sit quietly, when we make time to be with ourselves and really listen, then, we might begin to hear the whispers of our heart.
Lately I've been really drawn toward True Heart Offerings. Aside from my love of J Crew, I've been definitely buying from smaller companies, which I feel have true heart offerings. Recently I've been loving the following:
theayu.com.au - For the most heavenly Ayurvedic Oils; perfume and body oil (great for Abhyanga)
thecleantreatsfactory.com - A true heavenly delight of foods and space. You might not want to leave!
goldengoosedeluxebrand.com - Just the cutest sneakers WITH STARS!! A definate splurge but its "where orthotics meets design"
So maybe start by noticing what you feel lifts your heart? It might be an inspiring word, it could be a book, maybe a cafe, perhaps a pair of shoes! Start there, notice your happy heart and its feels and it will lead you to your true heart.