'Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.'
Although it's great to take a break, two weeks without practising Yoga is quite a long time. Once Yoga has seeped into your muscles, bones and psyche, it becomes part of your life. Although it is often tough to make time for ourselves, to have a regular yoga practice is essential on so many levels.
Firstly, it is the mother of all self care options. Yes, it's hard work. Yes, you may have to get up early to practice. Yes, you may have to take time out of your home and work life to come to class each week. But there is no denying the feeling of being grounded, energised and ready to go back to the busy lives we have, at the end of a class or a practice. The world is the same, but there is a shift in the way we see the world. Our perspective changes
Yoga gives us a fit and healthy body. However, it's the effect on our mind that is most interesting. There is a lot of talk about mindfulness at the moment but yoga was around long before mindfulness became a concept. Yoga teaches us to be in the present, to observe ourselves and ultimately the behaviour of the mind, which is usually pretty crazy for most of us. It is an opportunity to show up and learn about ourselves. If you want to change your life (or even the world), change yourself first and others around you will start to change. Yoga is a great tool for this. When students start to practice regularly, when they show up to class each week and practice a little at home, they often make healthier choices about food, time management or any number of issues. I'm not claiming you can change the world, or morph into another person, that would be really crazy. But we can sit with ourselves and really notice what's going on when we practice. When we invest time in this way, we will see the changes within us. Small ones that may go unnoticed initially, but keep coming to class or getting on the mat at home, and you will see the shift at some point in time. That's what keeps us all practising yoga, no matter what our age, ability or circumstances. Yoga presents us with possibilities to change, to let go of the past and enter a new space in our lives.
So what are you waiting for? Get on your mat or get to a class in the holiday break.
Tuesday 9 July 6-7.30pm: General casual class with Tricia
Wednesday 10 July 9.30-11.00am: General/Gentle casual with Sharon
Monday 15 July 9.30-11.00am: General casual with Tricia
Saturday 20 July 7.00-8.30am: Led Practice with Sharon and Fiona - all levels welcome.
These classes are open to all students.