‘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!