There are many ways in Yoga to nourish and fill your tank. Each person can probably find at least a handful of ways to feel good through the practice of Yoga.
Lately, I've taken time to just sit outside, enjoying a warm drink and soaking up the warmth and feel of this glorious sunshine. Simple.
Did you know by just doing that, your nourishing and tending to yourself. Yes! I know, so simple but so much more. The Yogi's put names to 5 layers of our being, called Koshas. Sitting and soaking up the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air, is nourishment for two of these, your Annamaya Kosha and your Pranamaya Kosha, thats your skin or your most gross physical layer and your vital energy in non Sanskrit terms.
These koshas are subtle layers of our being, and are a way of looking after and nourishing ourselves, beyond the common lingo of “mind, body & spirit”.
If your looking to dive a bit deeper into the Koshas here are a small handful of practices (some of which you may already do) to get you started:
1. Soak up the sunshine (ahem, yes as mentioned above)
2. Breathe in the fresh air (special times; dawn and dusk)
3. Practice the Hum Sa Mantra (quietly saying to yourself; inhale Ham, exhale Sa)
4. Pick a Yoga Sutra, a poem, a value, set an intention and really feel into that, soak it up, embody it and let it become part of who you are and how you are in the world.
5. Find something in nature to be with that helps you settle into a sense of awe, a sense of honour and or reverence, for this magical planet we live on. Let yourself be omazed!
So just there, above are 5 sweet & simple practices. If you’d like to know more about these, Light On Life by BKS Iyengar is a great read. He was a householder like us, managing homes, feeding dogs, cooking meals. He shows us how to nourish these in ourselves, in our daily life. No moving to an ashram required!!
Sweet hugs to you.
What a wonderful time we had together at The Big Chill, a 2 hour class I offered together with Kaz from Fig and Fennel Candles and Mel from Gypsylove Malas!
The intention was to offer a class designed for some seriously deep relaxation, of the Yoga variety. From the feedback I feel like we totally delivered that, which makes me feel so awesome!
So thank you for coming and for being part of this.
Here's a small little one pager I put together for you, to keep you super chilled and relaxed during what can be a busy, fun, exhausting time of year.
I hope you enjoy it and that you make some time for yourself, look after YOU!
Be back in 2017.
Lately, I've been guided to ask myself this question: what is your medicine?
Where do you go?
What do you eat?
What little rituals do you have?
What do you read?
What conversations are you in?
Do any of these contain medicine? What is it that heals you? What is it that supports you? What "life vitamins" are you taking to keep you well, supported, right-side up, happy, shining, loved even?
My teacher Kelly Sunrose has a mantra; "You are your own medicine". Elena Brower talks about your gifts being your medicine for the world, what you uniquely have to offer is your medicine.
What do you do, that you know and trust is good medicine for you? When you do these things, or visit these places, how do you feel? How you feel, or how we feel, lets us know if this medicine is good or if its just a placebo.
Here's some medicine suggestions:
- Nature, yes! Being in nature, smelling, looking, listening, feeling. Nature is a healing balm for us all, and it doesn't need to be fancy. It can be local and easy! You could wander into your backyard, sit on your balcony, raining? find a window with something green to gaze upon. A long time favourite of mine, which I didn't even realise was "medicine", is to go outside at night. Usually I do this before bed, and I gaze up to see some stars, maybe the moon if its not a new moon, clouds if its luminous, just to take in that beautiful picture before bed time.
- Bath. I love a good soak in a warm bath. Sometimes I light candles, maybe a rose petal or 10, perhaps some music. Taking the time to immerse myself in the warmth of a bath can be quite the medicine before the evening finishes.
- Bike. Yes, I love to bike. I ADORE my red bike! It makes me feel so happy, as I leisurely peddle my way to class, coffee, the shops. I am NOT a competitive cyclist, I cycle for the love of it. I can slow down, my senses can absorb the beauty around me and its intentionally slow. Yummmmmmmm!
- Poetry. I am IN LOVE with Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche. I don't need any more books, probably not for many years (but we will see how that goes!!). For me its so calming, so grounding, to bask in the beauty of these books. They are deeeeeeeeeeep! They are yummy, they are like olive oil, so nourishing, so much in just a few words. This probably also is why I love Sanskrit, just the one word unfolding can keep me going for a few weeks.
So, think about your life, your days, your rhythm. What do you do, that feels so good to you? It might be different to mine, it might be same-same. But its so good for us to find out what they are, so when life is all topsy-turvy, all "average", or the boat feels like its sinking, turn to these medicines! Soak in them. Let them restore and uplift, or even just soothe you.
Love to know what your good medicine is?