This morning I did a beautiful walk, there were 4 of us girls.... 2 were of the furry variety!
We walked and talked, laughed, sipped our coffees and picked up poop! About 1/2 way around we bumped into a lovely person who for the longest time was a regular at my Hatha Yoga Class. The five of us stood and 3 of us chatted for a while and when we said our goodbyes something struck me.
It got me thinking a few things.
1. Yoga helps, if you let it. On a really tangible level, it gives us permission to relax and breathe. To simply think about not much if we choose, and drop into how we are feeling. This is why Asana is the prelude to Meditation, the entree to the main meal. There are so many ways to practice Yoga, or like Rumi said more poetically "there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground". Find your way.
2. Dharma. Sometimes our path isn't clear, on some days we may not know the right thing to do or say. Clarity isn't always waiting for us. It can take weeks, months or years.. and one day we might look back (love a bit of self reflection) and see that our path makes complete sense. But until then, we only have our feels: our inner tools. Intuition, Insight, Inner Knowing, our Heart and finally to sort it all out, our mind. And we need to trust these! And more difficult sometimes, we need to trust the path we are on fully. After all its better to be on your own path 100% and fail to be a poor imitation of someone else! Kinda riff on the Bhagavad Gita.
Step into your own, more fully, more you & be true. It's funny how a lot of our life can sort itself out if we step into our own more fully & trust a little more.
Be true. Be you.
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!