Category: Yoga

Sitting with the uncomfortable

discomfortWhen faced with discomfort, what do you do?

I would venture to guess… get out!

Sounds reasonable, the sane thing.

Yet our unease can range from simple to extreme. At the outer edges even pain.

Discomfort is an internal sign, to evaluate whether to push on, pull away or sit with it.

It is our inner compass that something is shifting:

…a muscle is being strengthened… a heart is healing… a broken bone is repairing… an emotion is breaking free… a fear is being faced… courage is expanding

…a relationship is deepening… a dream is being achieved… love is flourishing… judgement is evaporating.

Discomfort, is a signpost on our physical, spiritual and/or personal journey. A momentary glimpse through the door of our inner self.

I recall my yoga mentor, who would encourage me to “work through a posture, not to give up”.

Pain and discomfort are different – pain, you knew immediately to stop, come out of the posture …discomfort was less to do with the body and more to do with the head.

Your mind says: “stop, get out, give up”.

Then I got it… the yoga posture was not only challenging my physical body but also my emotional and spiritual body. If I kept giving up, I would remain stuck on all levels. My fears on the yoga mat are the fears I bring with me into my ordinary life. My mind speaks the same language wherever I am. If I can work it out in the safe haven of my mat, then it can translate into the life beyond the mat.

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Live with ease

Live with ease

Can we live with ease in a fast paced world?

Most of us crave moments of calm and solitude amongst the rush of our daily lives.

A lady at the gym, who had taken one of my yoga classes, admitted it was extremely hard for her to slow her exercise routine down. She felt the need for fast pace. Without the burn from high octane exercise it did not seem enough.

I completely get her logic.

We are conditioned to rush from the minute we wake up, to when we go to sleep. So how is it possible to slow down even during exercise?

Because, we want to successful…happier…fitter…fulfilled…so we rush through the days…the weeks…the months…years…our life.

Reflect a moment….

Our life comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Is it not time to live with more ease?

So how can we live our life with ease?

There are 3 steps..

Firstly be centred… not in your head or even your heart. Your true centre is in your body… around your naval area. Move your feelings… thoughts… breath into that area.

If your centre remains in the head… you will never be able to live with ease.

Secondly… once centred… you become more balanced, in all areas of your life. You no longer will live in extremes. Your feelings are even… eating becomes just enough… you rest and move when it is right…

Then everything becomes easier… waking up… going to work… making a meal… planning a party… cleaning the house… exercising…

Our life slows down when we live with ease.

Thirdly… as we attain centre and balance we begin to live life with ease.

My message is be centred, be balanced and live life with ease.

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