The Only Constant is Change – Lessons from Yoga

It’s feeling Autumnal – Yes? And yet again, I feel resistant to this change. I want to cling on to the long, warm, summer days yet I know this is not possible – I can’t fight the changing seasons for as with most things the actuality is outside of my control, all I can change is my reaction to it. This is what we call ‘attachment’ in yoga, where we hold on tightly to the things we love and to the familiar which in turn stifles our potential. Instead, we try to practise ‘non-attachment’ by embracing change. When we resist change and try to make something permanent we in turn create frustration and sadness because permanence is impossible. Nothing is fixed – reality is always changing – so we might as well get good at Crossing The River of Change. In the words of Dr. Joe Dispenza:
“Crossing the river of change requires that you leave the same familiar predictable self: connected to the same thoughts, same choices, same behaviours, and same feelings, and step into a void of the unknown. Entering this river is stepping toward a new unpredictable, unfamiliar self. The unknown is the only place where you can create: you cannot create anything new from the known.”
This is why I love to travel so much; to visit places unknown to me and be inspired to get creative with my life. To marvel at life’s different colours, tones, rhythms and embrace both the light and the shadows as I do my best to step off the predictable path as many times as possible. Step of the path with me and cross the river of change whilst eking out some extra days of Summer at my True Taste of Tuscany Yoga Retreat 12th-19th September. It is not too late to be spontaneous and take a vacation from the familiar predictable self. Be inspired by the stunning Tuscan countryside, immerse yourself in yoga and meditation, food andVinoTherapy!

Sorry What? Did you know that VinoTherapy is actually a word? I love it – almost as much as I love a large class of fine Italian Red Wine (Brunello di Montalcino is my favourite). Just 4 weeks till I fly to Italy for this retreat which definitely includes Vinotherapy, along with PastaTherapy, YogaTherapy and LazeAroundByThePoolinTheSunTherapy! I still have a couple of spaces available and I would just love to take you with me. I’m not 100% sure if I’ll repeat this retreat next yet as I’m trying to organise a Yoga & Safari Retreat so if you’re thinking about it for next year – don’t wait come now.

See you on the mat. Lx


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The Art of Relaxation – Yoga Workshop Southampton

Seated Meditation Laura Green Yoga‘REST in Every Moment’ – this was the instruction given to me by a wonderful and inspiring teacher I was blessed to train with, Judith Hanson Lasater. I thought it was an odd request but nonetheless it struck me as important and has stayed with me over the years. Judith started every session chanting ‘Stirum Sukham Asanam’ – a yoga sutra that translates as ‘a steady and comfortable posture’. Through the practise of poses, breathing and meditation, yoga has taught me just this – how to be steady and comfortable in my life, how to be at rest and at ease in every moment, how to stay calm and relaxed despite the events and circumstances that are unfolding. This for me is Mastering The Art of Relaxation. With two workshops this week on Friday and Saturday we’re going to delve deep into the yoga tool box for tension taming and stress prevention as together we Master the Art of Relaxation (details below). Don’t worry if you can’t make it, here are some tools to get you started:

Top Tips for Mastering the Art of Relaxation
1) Explore Stillness: Take 5 minutes every day, preferably in the morning, to sit and be still. There is a great strength in stillness. It encourages us to slow down, to not react to everything immediately, to buy our time and choose wisely how to respond to events in the day.
2) Cultivate Your Breath: When you meet challenges in your day connect back to your stillness and find the quiet place of inner strength by focusing on your breath. Try the Double Time Breath. Inhale for the count of 4 and exhale for the count of 4. Then breath by breath increase the length of your exhale whilst keeping the inhale at a count of 4. Continue until your exhale is double the length of your inhale. Take 10 more breaths inhaling for 4 and exhaling for 8 before returning to your day focussed and connected to your inner strength.
3) Let Go of Worry: Worry is totally wrapped up in the future. Focus on the present moment and what is within your control. Don’t waste precious time and energy on things outside of your control and things that have not yet manifested.

Feel Good Friday
Friday 14th August – 18:00 – 19:15
Taunton’s College, Southampton

Relax, unwind and de-stress before the weekend. We’ll slow things down, stretch deeply, breathe and meditate to ease away all tension from the week. This monthly class is a combination of Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga with slow stretches to release areas of the body that have become tense and tight throughout the week – think shoulders, upper back, neck and hips. You’ll learn pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation techniques for stress relief and enjoy a guided relaxation. You’ll leave with a feeling of deep relaxation and ready to ease into your weekend.

Master the Art of Relaxation: Tension Taming and Stress Relief
Saturday 15th August – 14:00 – 16:00
Taunton’s College, Southampton

Would you like to learn how to relax, unwind and chill out? Seems crazy that we need to learn how to relax, right? But it is a fact of life that most of us live such busy, pressured lives that at the end of the day we don’t know how to step off the trend mill, slow down and relax. This 2 hour workshop will look at a vast range of relaxation approaches including: Yoga, Meditation, Mantras, Self Myofascial Massage, Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, Aromatherapy, Diet & Nutrition. By the end of 2 hours you’ll have a tool box so vast that with work and practise you’ll be able to stay calm and relaxed in any situation!

 


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