Mind, body and spirit


Yoga phrase

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (26)
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.....

Janette Moy's workshop

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 7:26 AM Comments comments (227)
I attended Janette Moy's workshop as part of my personal development, like myself she is FRYOG trained.  We covered many aspects including asanas, a beautiful and strong flow for almost two hours followed by relaxation. 

After a welcome break we continued with Restorative yoga, a personal love of mine to relax and restore. After call and response chanting we did some Kirtan singing which was beautiful. I loved the sounds and echoes reverberating around my body clearing the subtle energy channels, leaving a tingling sensation inside the body. 

The day was finished with Yoga Nidra in Savasana, I really did want to fall asleep but I knew how important it was to totally calm the mind, the chitta vritti.  Continuing into relaxation and reaping the benefits of my now calm state, reducing any anxiety I had started the day with, my central nervous system calm I was able to surrender myself completely. 

Inversion workshop with Jeff Phenix

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 7:06 AM Comments comments (103)
I am not totally connected to hand stands or arm balances although I can manage the crow perfectly, so when I saw Jeff Phenix running an Inversion Workshop locally I knew that I had to go along. Jeff teaches in Cookham where I live and I feel very lucky to have an accomplished Yoga teacher who also teaches at The Life Centre and Triyoga in London, local to me.

We started with warming up the fingers, hands and wrists and then moved on to the forearms. It is amazing the little tips he gave us. Just clawing the finger tips back when the plan in on the mat, engages the muscles in the upper back and placement is so important.  As Esther Eckhart says, the length of the upper arms can make a huge difference and using a blanket can assist with that problem.

Needless to say, we tried arm balances, head stands and hand stands. Jeff kept it playful as there were other like myself who struggled with them, and it was very tiring.  

It was a lovely class, people helping one another and amazing to watch those who are able to master them all to well.  

I think head and hand stands are like Marmite. You love them or not. I love Yoga and balancing but I prefer to be on my legs rather than my head but I can see how people absolutely love them.

It was a great workshop that I would recommend to anyone.

The Yoga Bible

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:56 AM Comments comments (0)
Christina has been a yoga practitioner since 1989 and has written three previous books, besides The Yoga Bible on yoga. She holds teaching certificates from the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in Indian and the Sydney Yoga Centre.

Below in her book, The Yoga Bible she talks about the benefits of Yoga.

"I have seen many beneficial effects of yoga in my own life, some of which are intangible and difficult to measure, while others are more obvious. The most obvious benefit from my perspective is that the physical postures bring ease to ageing or ailing bodies after moving, stretching and limbering. As a qualified naturopath and counsellor, I also have a strong interest in working with people to use yoga as a therapeutic method for those with respiratory problems, pain, nervous systems disorders, or other physical limitations.

As you have already learned yoga is far more than the ability to twist yourself into a position resembling an old mariner's know. I believe that the physical postures also increase the flow of subtle energies. As you free up the body, you free up the mind. Flexibility in the body promotes mental flexibility, and this brings a sense of ease to life. In a similar way, a huge oak tree that stands stiff and straight will break in the wind and die, while a tiny sapling will bend to accommodate the wind and will thus live on. When you approach life from an easier state, you can more easily deal with the challenges it inevitably presents. I see and teach yoga very much as a metaphor for life'.