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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yoga asana is a great practice to start to empty yourself.
We can begin to empty our minds of the swirl of thoughts as we sync with our breath, we can release and let go in our bodies from stress and tension as we move into postures and from them into the next, during all of this we might perhaps glimpse some spaciousness.
Sometimes this comes in the form of the pause between each breath (one of my favs!), we can also tune into the sense of vastness as we close our eyes and rest in savasana.
One of my favourite poses to "empty" is Balasana, Childs pose. No the irony isn't lost on me here, as this is the physical posture that children can sleep in sometimes. I love the way that my whole body begins to soften, first with my forehead resting on the ground which makes me feel into that notion of surrender, letting go. Its so opening for the space between my shoulder blades, as I breathe and let the expansion happen with each breath softening and relaxing more letting the blades drift toward the floor. Shins resting on the floor and body totally heavy, quite the tonic for a busy day (don't you think!).
Then the flow opens, ideas come, and that feeling of potential begins to show itself.
So I invite you to ask yourself, where can you find space, or a place to let yourself relax and trust? Then the next step is to ask yourself, now your feeling relaxed and open, what am I filling up my cup with this month/season/year? What am I choosing to do? Where am I going? Who am I showing up with? How am I showing up? Does this feel part of the true flow of my life? Like its almost "of course". It makes total sense to you. And that's the best part of being an adult, its only you that it needs to make sense to, or even if it doesn't "make sense" in our thoughts, maybe it "feels true".
Feel true, Be you.