|Posted on 18 June, 2018 at 7:10||comments (0)|
This week, I would love to introduce my beautiful friend, Karen Goldman.
Karen is my hot yoga teacher, ex-recruitment manager, and a single mummy of three (I have no idea how she does it, I only have two!).
Karen and I instantly connected and I am thrilled to announce she has agreed to be a future guest on my new wellbeing podcast show, so be sure to listen out for that episode... Once we get talking, we don't stop! Lol.
Going to a yoga class carves out a moment in your week that is just for you! It’s time for personal observation of your physical and mental state.
It’s a time for reflection and a time for you to let go of physical and emotional residue that is left behind by your hectic schedule.
There are many different ways to practice yoga, and each teacher has a unique way of presenting these techniques.
A Yin, restorative or slow flow yoga practices embrace the relaxed side of the posture. Instead of recruiting muscles to stabilise a posture the asanas are performed mostly on the ground and are supported by props like bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. Relying on the props to ‘hold’ the shape of the posture the student can fully relax their body — removing all physical effort.
If you know, you need to slow down, and you want to connect to a slower pace of movement and connect with your body, mind and emotions these styles of practice can be really beneficial.
They are also fantastic for people who find more dynamic styles of yoga too physically demanding.
Training the physical body is similar to training the mind - it takes time and consistent effort.
Training the mind is important because everything that happens in your life starts in your mind!
Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, and our actions become our relationships, projects, accomplishments, regrets and triumphs.
Your thoughts are the beginning of the manifestation of your life. You are - what you think!
When we first sit down and close our eyes we ‘see’ our thoughts - a whirlwind of feelings, wants, dislikes, memories of the past and our imaginations of the future.
A mind is often a messy place! If our mind is cloudy - full of confusion, desires and powerful emotions, it is difficult to be useful in anything that we do.
We are a slave to our emotions, and this leads to a life full of turmoil and distress. Master your mind, and you can do anything!
Practising yoga even once a week can help to negate the residue that life leaves behind. You may never be able to do a headstand or sit in meditation for an hour on the floor with your legs crossed but who cares.
If you spend an hour a week doing some light stretching, relaxing breathing exercises and just being still you will notice a profound change in your awareness of both yourself and what’s going on around you.
You will manage stress better, your balance, strength and flexibility will improve, your ability to concentrate will grow, you will sleep better, and you will strengthen your immune system.
Before we can settle our thoughts first, we must learn to master where we place our attention.
Training our attention is a simple matter of practising concentration exercises.
By deepening our ability to focus our attention, we will become more effective in everything that we set out to do.
Observing what is happening in your mind, on the way to settling our thoughts, will also teach you a lot about you.
When you decide to take on the practice of yoga and meditation that is precisely what we are doing. You turn your attention inward, using various techniques and spend time observing ‘where you are’ - physically, emotionally and mentally.
The result is a return and reconnection to Self,
Leaving feeling clear, grounded and present.
If you would like to connect with Karen, you can find her at Yoga Life Wilmslow & Altrincham.
Karen is also available for private yoga tuition.