This has been quite a week. Lots of juggling, reminding, postponing, and generally organising our family as the kids had the first full week back at school after a loooooooong break!
Back to some study and practice, which if I'm honest sort of fell into the background over the loooooooooong break (insert smile here!).
I enrolled into a course over the break, a labour of love put together by a great teacher of mine, Kelly Connor-Sunrose. She's just the most divine teacher, she's earnest, funny and pours her heart into her offerings.
The course is called Just Breathe, and you can find it here http://www.sunroseyoga.com.
Just Breathe is a self guided Pranayama Course offered by Sunrose Yoga, and its THE BEST.
Out of the many pranayama practices she offers in the course, so far I've pretty much stuck with and dived deep into one of the practices, Ajapa Mantra. If you know me, maybe its because its got the word Mantra in it!
Here are my findings through my own experience this week:
Its wonderfully calming for my nervous system, I can feel my heart rate slow down. Tick!
Soothing, so soothing for my body. Tick!
Its simple and I've found myself doing it at the funniest times. Portable so big Tick!
So attractive. This practice has me thinking about it during the day. Like a treat, waiting for me at the end or the beginning of the day.
So big ticks from me. And let me say, I've done many courses, read many books but of course in the end, it is only ones own experience that gives you the experience that you need to feel it in your bones, to really find and soak in the nectar that these practices give you....
If you've been thinking about learning more on Pranayama, I'd recommend this course to you IN A HEART BEAT! (it will calm or lift your heart beat!!)
Its super affordable, Kelly has the most delightful voice and its so simple to learn. The tools are great, you can learn from reading, listening, there's a PDF to print out and a cute workbook illustrated by Kelly herself.
If you've got any questions, email me. I'd love to hear from you.
I've been admiring so many Yoga Teachers, bloggers, Instagramers, artists that I'm feeling a bit ungrounded, a bit scatty, like I've sort of misplaced my anchor. This happens every now and again, I feel like I recognise it much sooner than before, and am able to self-correct pretty quickly.
One way to get myself "right side up" is to make a list, which gets me out of my busy "monkey mind" and back to centre pretty damn quick. Here's my list (as of todays date, as it changes year to year):
Meditation (ohhhh 3 x m's there!!)
Good nurturing food
Riding my bike
Laughing with my family
Talking with my best ever girl friends
Coffee with my Dad
My car (cause its a super cute Mini)
Star gazing before bed
Long walks with Teddy (super cute cavoodle)
The Guesthouse Poem by Rumi (todays class theme!)
The Yoga Sutras // So practical
The Bhagavad Gita // So much love, devotion, honouring. Just those words make me feel gooey
The most simple and swift way to centre from my personal experience, and also mentioned in the Yoga Sutras is to sit quietly with the breath.
Lighting a candle to illuminate my space, and sit quietly noticing my breath.
What do you do to get yourself right side up? To stay anchored?
I'd love to know.
Happy & holy Oms.
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