I have been so busy and am now in a position to start thinking about blogging again – for this blog as well, again as other sites.
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We are excited to announce a series of four weekly meditation workshops starting Sunday 13 September 6 – 7 pm at Abundance Thorndon.
Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxation meditation so the timing is perfect to end the weekend and to start your week relaxed and calm.
We are unable to take bookings so please arrive a little early to ensure a space. We also won’t have access to the studio’s eftpos facility, so please just bring cash – $10 per class.
For any additional information, please visit the Abundance website or contact the studio manager, Lauren Sgarlato, or myself on here
“Someone who is angry is someone who doesn’t know how to handle their suffering. They are the first victim of their suffering, and you are actually the second victim. Once we can see this, compassion is born in our heart and anger evaporates. We don’t want to punish them any more, but instead we want to say something or do something to help them suffer less.” Thich Nhat Hanh.
I wrote this article about a year ago. It really can be a little bit of a challenge sometimes – we all sometimes feel a little disconnected. Or distracted. So as teachers we learn where and how to find inspiration for classes. Keeping in mind that I think we all don’t just want to find an amazing theme for a class, you want to offer something useful, helpful.
Rachel Khoo – beautiful young British Cordon Bleu chef, who lived in Paris for a while and now London, has the habit of wandering around the city with a camera and a notebook, with the purpose of finding inspiration for her philosophies and designs and dishes.
I am a keen people observer. I love walking around. I love just quietly being in nature. I love writing. I always have my class book with me. Put my iPod/phone camera in the mix and I have everything I need to try that too! So I am going to do more of that. With the purpose of finding inspirational classes.
Where does a yoga teacher’s inspiration come from? As a teacher you, of course, want to start every class knowing you have something to offer your students. You would like every student to take something away with them. So it remains a constant…
Our thoughts are with Vietnamese Zen Master, Thích Nhất Hạnh, who is very ill.
“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
We talked about Svadhyaya in class tonight – self study. Getting to know and understand ourselves. Extend that understanding and love to yourself as much as you would to a loved one.
One of the underlying and key things I try to convey to my students is that yoga is us learning about ourselves. And so do I!
I have often found it hard to look directly at students – I sort of look at the body part we are working with. Occasionally I am able to look at someone and crack a joke. It’s simply that it becomes really close when you look at someone, in their eyes. It makes me feel really vulnerable and at present I am a little freaked out if someone comes close. When I was teaching Body Balance/Centergy ( group fitness class based on yoga), it was easy – but then you are on a stage and you have a microphone. Connecting directly is easy then. You are also then dealing with a large number of people. A yoga studio is smaller and people are closer.
So today I plucked up the courage to look at my beautiful students. I connected more directly and so closely with them. It was like having a two way conversation. So I am getting that ego – that vulnerability – out of the way. And so I, too, am learning and growing. ❤
Over the last two weeks we looked at what helps us with resilience. In the first week we looked at flexibility – adaptability and then we looked at balance.
Today in class we started on the third element in resilience – strength. We talked about how strength is not necessarily a rock or a loud voice. Strength more often is flexibility and balance. Knowing when to let go and when to be soft – flexibility. Knowing when to stand strong. I dedicated class to my mom – Joan Elizabeth (Egen) Vorster. The strongest person I know. And we talked about Mahatma Ghandi. The impact he had on the world. And just like my mom, never a harsh word uttered. Ever.
At end of class – quoted: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet little voice at the end of the day that says: I will try again tomorrow.”
Sending love ♥
I have been teaching my classes over the last three weeks based on the trinity of yoga: strength, balance and flexibility. Danna Faulds, a yogi and poet, expresses these concepts so well in her poems:
Have patience. The pendulum
that swung too far in one
direction will swing back.
At the moment of its turning,
everything hangs in the balance.
All the momentum of past actions
is suspended in mid-air, and
those who care about what
happens next are poised with it.
There is a long and anxious
pause before the motion shifts,
and then a sense of free fall,
when the world is turned on
its head and nothing is known
or normal. Have patience then,
and do not rush to either extreme.
The way will paint its own arrows
on the trees if you can wait for clarity.
~ Danna Faulds
I ask my participants to think about an area in their lives where they feel they might need a little more balance – work/life balance, balance in a point of view, perhaps a reaction to a situation or a person and then to look for these in their asanas.
Har Har Waheguru