Category: August 2015

I have just completed a Sound to Silence retreat with the wonderful Swami Gyan Dharma at Mandala Yoga Ashram.

Ive spent 5 days chanting, meditating and being silent. We had a Havan ( sacred fire ceremony) every day as a way of cleansing and renewing ourselves.

This is what he said around the fire one day,

” The only way to be truly happy, is to know that in this present moment you are free. The practice is to keep reminding yourself of this!”

attune and be aware
attune and be aware
exhale arms softly to the mat
exhale arms softly to the mat
inhale down the spine, staying long
inhale down the spine, staying long
exhale the head and neck, then continue to breathe and release down the spine
exhale the head and neck, then continue to breathe and release down the spine
sit back and rest on the heels
sit back and rest on the heels
draw the body through, pubic bone moving towards the floor, body weight supported through the hands and arms. Dont throw head back, breathe through the spinal column.
draw the body through, pubic bone moving towards the floor, body weight supported through the hands and arms. Dont throw head back, breathe through the spinal column.
exhale slowly to the floor
exhale slowly to the floor
rest forehead, adjust hands if necessary
rest forehead, adjust hands if necessary
inhale, lead with the chin, keep the neck long. start to raise the head and gently push in to the palms, elbows soft. Pelvis stays on the floor
inhale, lead with the chin, keep the neck long.
start to raise the head and gently push in to the palms, elbows soft. Pelvis stays on the floor
sit back to heels and breathe. Tuck toes under.
sit back to heels and breathe.
Tuck toes under.
Push up through the feet , let the sit bones move towards the ceiling. Move the body weight away from the hands. Breathe through the whole body.
Push up through the feet , let the sit bones move towards the ceiling. Move the body weight away from the hands. Breathe through the whole body.
sit back and rest.
sit back and rest.
Inhale arms up and wide, exhale arms to finish the sequence.
Inhale arms up and wide, exhale arms to finish the sequence.

We have been focusing on REALLY learning to listen to ourselves, through our yoga practice, which in turn creates harmony with the breath and a divine inner stillness.

We return home to ourselves.

This is the true aim of our yoga practice. So let the physical practice be a catalyst for change.

Don’t get caught up in how you think the posture should look , get in to how it feels.

Spend time allowing the breath to lead a simple stretch, see how much it allows you to slow down and observe.

LET GO OF THE NEED TO DO..ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST BE!

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