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Cultivating Calm

For today’s practice we will tune into our higher ways of knowing. Accepting wisdom from these higher sources. The ways of knowing we have beyond our book learning and google searches.

In the Yoga tradition, our knowing comes through the subtle body – the chakra system. These 7 energy centres are located at the base our spine (root) below our navel (sacral) at the navel (solar plexus) the heart, the throat, the space between the eyebrows (3rd eye) and the crown of our heads. And each of these energy centres has a higher way of knowing. We can have insight, inspiration, intellect, intuition, instinct – we’re all familiar with these ways of knowing that come from a deeper place.

The invitation is to move at your own pace, your breath might be slower or faster than mine. Find comfort and ease in your body, so listen to your body and only do what feels comfortable. Rest when you need to, be kind to yourself. It is from this place of comfort and safety that we’re able to make the neuroplastic changes that help us to become more resiliant and make better choices in our lives .

Below the practice video is the link for the manta we use at the end. The meaning of this beautiful mantra is:

‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all”

Enjoy!

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Week 6 – Cultivating Calm

Hello lovely Yogis!

So this week were really focusing on using the breath as the music our bodies dance to.  We begin with cultivating the 4 part breath, and using that breath to move our bodies through a combination of strong and relaxing movement.

Be as energetic as you like – the invitation is there for variations on the stronger poses so listen to your body and do what suits you best on the day.  I can’t see you so you have to be your own best teacher!  We will finish with a short relaxation so you may melt into your mat with all that lovely cultivated prana….  The practice is around 90 mins long.

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Week 5 – Cultivating Calm

A gardeners special!  Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve been super busy in my garden and it’s only the Yoga that stopped me from being completely broken!

This practice (1 hour) helps me feel tall and loose again – yay!  It specifically targets the back, neck, hips and knees, and helps the joints regain their mobility and stability. I sometimes to do the practice outside in the garden if it’s nice and sunny, it feels great to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the birds and flowers.

If you would like to make it shorter – then start 15 mins in!  The beginning is extra warm-ups.  The last 10  mins is a simple savasana relaxation so you can skip that too if you’re short on time!

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Week 4 – Cultivating Calm

Stress abounds!  Life can be challenging at the best of times – and this is another dimension entirely!

Stress affects our physiology in predictable ways.  Breathing becomes shallow, heart rate increases, upper back/shoulders/neck (and for me) hips feel tight. But when we are hopeful and optimistic, the  breathing is deep and relaxed, the ribcage expands without restriction and the heart rate is steady.

We know that what happens in the mind affects the body, and what happens in the body affects the mind. One manifestation of that is the stress loop.

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Week 3 – Cultivating Calm

Welcome to week 3 – at last!

So we’re working on circles and circulation and energy today.  Actively cultivating the breath and Prana, and circulating it around the body by using rhythm and flowing circular movements. When we deepen the breath and increase circulation, we encourage the elimination of the waste products that are a by product of tension – thus reducing pain in the body.  When we cultivate Prana we increase our energy and overall sense of wellbeing.

Begin by noticing how you feel right now – physically, mentally and emotionally.

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