Last night 15 students gathered for my little workshop, Be True Be You.
The idea of this came to me after some deep study and good soul work. You know the kind right! And so I decided that the best thing would be to combine my love of Yin Yoga, Mantra and The Moon. Its cool how these all come together, they marry up for a sweet love affair of introspection, quiet and calm.
So, the main idea of this class to remind us all that all we have are ourselves. Everyone else is already taken right? But I often feel and see that our modern life pulls us away from our authenticity, or as Stephen Cope calls it "our idiosyncratic self". I believe that we are all part of an important web, the web that makes up this life, and that its our duty and our right to live our life as close to the heart of our authenticity as possible. "Even a little practice of this dharma will save you". Even a little stepping toward being more authentic, more you, will save you. How? Because when we chip away at our own authenticity by saying yes when we mean no, by choosing another's path because it "looks" better than ours, all of this errodes our sense of happiness and trust in ourselves that we are enough, and we begin to feel inauthentic, sad, down, split, and I believe this affects our self esteem, our sense of worth in our community.
But if we unearth our gifts, and our talents and weave them into our day, well I believe that may be a little path toward happiness. There's a sense of truth and that brings freedom with it. I love Carrie Ann-Moss's words "I want a life as true as the Moon". This! This just lights me up. For a long time I've loved the moon, even my kids love the moon. There's something so true, so sacred about it and it just fills up my heart. I dont need to put it into words, I don't need to find exactly what it is about the moon that makes me so happy to see it, it just is.
So make it sacred,
Make it true,
Make it beautiful,
Let it be You.
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.