In our busy, busy lives, when do we get time to quietly reflect? And if we do, it probably feels really uncomfortable. With a distracted mind and an active body, sitting still can be torturous. Meditating or practising yoga may just seem like an indulgence.
This follow-up to understanding the function of the autonomic nervous system offers ways to restore balance to a stressed-out mind and body.
This is the peak yoga flow sequence in this month’s classes. It’s preceded by a slow warm-up, to exploring postures that support these movements, and followed by seated stretches and twists.
The other day I was teaching this seated cat-cow in a yoga class at the gym. There was a woman walking down the corridor past the studio. She stopped to watch us for a bit, then joined in. I love that THIS is what was appealing to her. Not some fancy yoga poses or playful flow sequences. THIS.
This is a new flow sequence that I'm experimenting with in my classes. I recorded the full sequence (with peak poses – can be modified to suit) for reference, and I'd love to know what you think!
What is it that we fear about being wrong? Momentary embarrassment? Inadequacy? Perceived lack of competency? Distrust in our abilities? Vulnerability and receptivity are the seeds of opportunity to explore, develop, innovate and contribute.
Recently I've been exploring the cause and effects of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and postural instability causing pain/discomfort in the long term. Since teaching yoga I've seen many participants suffer with “lower back” or “hip” pain, which upon further investigation has revealed aggravation in the SI joint.
Instead of setting goals at the start of each year, I prefer to choose a word (or three) to be my theme for the year. I can then revisit at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure my actions and intentions are aligned with this theme. This year, my main focus word has been “EASE”.