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.
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.
I am so excited!
I worked out I've taught over 1,000 general Yoga classes, since I graduated my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. From gyms, to studios, from backyards to beaches, there I am with Yoga!
The learning that I have done with my beloved teachers has given me so much love for Yoga, that I feel I'm ready to pass it on, in my own unique way. As many of you know I do love my coffee.. and my yoga. So many ideas come to me, when I pause, with a coffee, pen and notebook. It seems like a simple recipe for "downloading".
Out of that combination, sprung The Coffee Sessions. My intention is for this to be a fun way to dive into us, working together to build a great yoga practice for you. One that you could do at home, or on holidays, or just out and about. And one of the best things about a Yoga practice is that there's so many great paths to Yoga! We will determine where your interest lies, what you'd like to dive into, and at the end of our session I will go away with this information and formulate a practice for you, designed by me, with what LIGHTS you UP, practices that INSPIRE you, that ANCHOR you! That you will WANT TO DO!
So I'm making forms, and getting very clear on our process.
Be in touch soon!