What we practice, we become.
Everyday, what your doing/eating/discussing/planning is paving your future.
Its exciting and scary.
The Bhagavad Gita has our backs on this one "Even a little of this dharma will save you from great sorrow".
What are your practices?
What can you weave into your day? Start with something ridiculously simple, read a Mary Oliver Poem, stare at the sky for 5 minutes, drink water with mint, sit with your beautiful breath for 2 minutes.
Practice makes traction, little by little. Don't reinvent the wheel, look at your days and weave things/practices into pockets of your day that will work for you and your current life.
It's no secret that Cleo Wade is one of my super hero's! Why? Because she writes inspiring messages like this one below, because she is so on point with the direction of her life and her choices reflect that. She's clear, she's on a mission and her heart is big and wide.
What does it mean to turn into the person you always wanted to be?
How does that relate to Yoga?
And how do we know who we want to be?
It means to look around your current life like a detective. There are clues errrrywhere, here's some starters:
Look at your Pinterest account, who and what is showing up?
What characters on your TV show's fascinate you?
What Public Figures capture your interest?
What books are you reading, and what characters are in them that your drawn to?
What do you love to do?
Where do you love to go?
What lights you up?
Take a note book or piece of paper and write it all down, do a mind dump. Make it creative if you like, but just start!
Yoga is about living skilfully. Yoga is about following your dharma, your own magical blue print. The above questions might help unearth that. We each have unique qualities, inherent gifts, things that make you "you", your "ness" as Randy tells Carl in the movie You, Me and Dupree. Randy goes on to tell Carl he lost his Carlness! Randy tells Carl, that his "ness" is a thing "its a verb, its a conjunction, its a philosophy, its a preposition, its a way of life, its your naaaaaame with ness attached to it".
Your "ness" is whats makes you "you". Cleo writes to turn into the person you've always wanted to be, and that yes, its going to be fun. The person you've always wanted to be, is already in you. Because you've seen it and recognised it, you feel drawn to it for a reason. Its part of your blueprint, part of your life unfolding, part of you becoming the most "you" you can be!
So, go small. Start with teeny steps that make it so easy you simply can't fail!
If you want to be that lady at 78 that rides her bike, start riding to the shop or to Yoga and back.
If you want to be that lady that does Yoga in her 80's, get to class once a week.
If you want to dance the Salsa, book a class.
Want to swim into your 90's, get wet!
Start small. And as my favourite Yoga text says:
"In this Yoga, no effort goes to waste,
and no momentum is lost,
even a little of this dharma rescues one from great fear".
Bhagavad Gita 2.40
What practices do you need to set up, to get in place, so these things can happen? How can you flourish in your choices? Review your day and put in place some little pockets for magic to happen.
This beautiful Sanskrit word Sharanam, means to take shelter, or a place of refuge. Can you find a little spot in your home, a seat, where you can set aside some time in your morning to review your next most best self, the little practices you'd like to do? This break is a little refuge for you, a shelter from the responsibilities of life, to dream a little, perhaps plan small sustainable steps for this life you'd like to step towards.
Yoga Postures to go with this practice:
5 minute seat // Concentration on your natural and regular breath
Savasana // 5 minutes to lie down and be with yourself
Love Sara x
There's so much Yoga in Travel, and so much Travel in Yoga!
Bear with me.
Here's a little glimpse through the Gunas, the constant interplay of energy:
Rajas - The take off! The excitement, the getting ready, making plans, googling places, scheming, and the very upward feel of energy. Its the climb and the first few days of the holiday!
Tamas - The Arrived. A bit tired, a little weary, a tad worn out. Think: the reside from the first few days of exciting travel, of new smells, maybe the food is a little different, jet lag, rhythms maybe even seasons also contrasting from where you've been.
Sattva - The Return. A coming home to a sense and feel, of internal balance. The tending of one's self. Looking at yourself through the lens of Ayurveda you could use your own wisdom and sense of "knowing" what you need to restore you. I think here of: good sleep, Oils (Essential or an oil for some Abhyangha), Meditation, reading and for me ... quiet time. These are little but powerful ways of restoring balance and equanimity to one's soul. A balm to the soul if you will.
Essentially, Yoga encourages us to get to know ourselves. We do this through Asana, Mediation, Mantra, (there's plenty more here) and Ayurveda. When we do this, we have sovereignty over our self, and we become wise to know and feel what it is we need.... through our wisdom body, our Vijnanamaya Kosha!
Here's a few notes of the Yoga I got up to on my 3 week Vacay:
- On Board. I try to find little areas to stretch, usually its near where the food is prepped. So its quick! Arms up, stretching from finger tips to toes, taking this then into a side stretch. And then usually a forward bend. Careful of turbulence! Oh, speaking of turbulence which I'm not a fan of (who even is!!), Pranayama is my antidote. Its the most tangible way for me to calm my jitters, just the time to notice my breath, release my tight belly, and softly breathe is quite the medicine. On the ship, my SIL and I went and did some lovely Yoga together in the gym, beside people doing kick boxing, ab crunching etc.
- Theme Parks. So lately I've started to get really nauseous on rides, which isn't great if your family are really into it and you have a 4 day pass! With the simulated rides, I just closed my eyes. I felt into my sit bones on the seat, my thighs in contact with the seat and that seemed to help a bit. So a bit of sensory adjustment there, thank you to Pratyahara for helping me out there.
- People. So many people, queues, heat, noise. My antidote here is to find quiet. And sometimes that looks like I'm being antisocial, but its more self preservation. I need that quiet time to digest the day. And for me that looked like sinking into the couch on one particular night, and watching Eat, Pray, Love and on quite a few nights, an early night.
I love that this is underpinned by wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita, "no effort here is every wasted, even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow".
Little moments, simple solutions, provide us with the art of taking care of our selves.