Today is the day of moving inward. Today I’m making a more formal commitment to my love of and interest in meditation and starting a 3 month long meditation teacher training. I’ve been meditating on and off for years but in the last 2 years it’s been playing an increasingly more important role in my practice and without a doubt has kept me same and centred during the last 12 month.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this. Lockdown doesn’t seem as bad when I have something fruitful and positive to focus on. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Even though I’ll be sitting at my computer the whole weekend, I’m taking a little break from social media.
Have a beautiful weekend and if it’s possible for you, why not log off too?
“Do you have the patience to wait Till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving Till the right action arises by itself?” ~ Lao Tzu
🧘♀️ Do you find time for yourself, to sit quietly, away from the external stimulation and noise of the outer world and look within?
❤️ Do you find time to connect with your heart and rest there in stillness and silence?
🧐 Do you look for answers to your problems outside of yourself?
📱 Sitting still is no small feat for the hyper stimulated mind of the 21st century. The distractions are many. Information is coming at us from all angles. Constantly.
☺️ Meditation practice is in stark opposite to our way of life. But boy is it not what we are craving? Simplicity, clarity, quiet, calm and settled heart, inner strength, wisdom ..... what else would you add?
💎 Sit quietly, patiently waiting for the mud to settle, for the water to become clear like a mirror so you can see the reflection of your true self.
Little treat for the weekend that only takes few minutes to make. It is a treat and little goes a long way. There’s no refined sugar in these but they are still sweet from the honey and maple syrup. I keep them in the freezer and only take one piece out, leave it for a while (30 min) to soften before eating.
1 cup of oats - I use gluten free
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs ground almonds
1/3 cup of maple syrup (I’ve put 2 tsp of Manuka honey in the cup first then toped it up with maple syrup)
For the chocolate layer
100 ml coconut oil
4 heaped tbs raw cacao powder
2 tbs Manuka honey
Mixed all the ingredients except for the chocolate layer in a large bowl. Press into a loaf tin lined with greaseproof paper, smooth it out, then melt the coconut oil and stir in the cocoa powder and Manuka honey.
Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours, then cut into bars. Keep in the fridge or freezer, depending how quickly you will get through them.
Enjoy and have a beautiful weekend (in the snow ❄️👏) 💙🤎💙🤎💙
Snippet of tonight’s class. On a wet grey day 🌧☔️ we are going to lift our energy up and carry on working on opening the shoulders and thoracic spine. I’m guessing we are all sitting 🪑 more than usual and the T spine can pay the price.
There will be a qigong warm up, little work at a wall, slow vinyasa flow, one or two yin poses and of course Savasana. Have a bolster or two firm pillows ready and access to little bit of wall space.
It’s nearly 10 month since the last group class we had in the studio 🙊🙊🙊. I know not everybody is keen on doing yoga online, looking at a little screen, all on your own, and I totally get that. But the reality is that live classes are not likely to happen for a while. The longer you leave it the harder it’s going to be.
There are so many health benefits to doing yoga, from improving lung function, reducing stress, having less pain, feeling more comfortable in your body, being more grounded, centred and connected to yourself, sleeping better .... I could go on. Yoga doesn’t stop stuff from happening, but it helps you to cope and deal with it better.
I’m not saying this for me, I’m saying it for you. If you are missing yoga in your life, consider putting your dislike and discomfort of zoom aside, you are always welcome to join us ❤️🧘♀️🙏