Practice what you preach…

Appearance_of_sky_for_weather_forecast,_Dhaka,_BangladeshI am not complacent in thinking that I know everything – I love the idea of continually learning and discovering all about life.  This week life decided to show me that some lessons you have to be reminded of.  So it was this week and to be honest the previous 2 weeks that I was plagued with a cough that seemed to attack me with no warning.  Activities and conversations were cut short as I went into bouts of coughing.  In the initial days I comforted myself with the thought  that it would go soon but it didn’t.  My ‘coping with it’ attitude soon changed to ‘I just want it to go now!.’  But it was going nowhere soon.  So I took myself off to the local chemist to buy an array of cough products and immediately started to dose myself with disgusting concoctions and constantly sucking on a cough sweet.  My small comfort was that I was not a professional singer!  The other blessing was I continue with my yoga practice and with hindsight realised that this was the only time my cough eased.  Was it the breathing?  Was it the gentle movements that may have released negative energy and gave my lungs a helping hand.  I practiced my yoga at night and this may have helped in allowing me to have a good night sleep where many others complain that their coughs keep them awake.

Gradually I am getting better and only occasionally get a coughing attack.  Once I had ditched the cough potions and went back to basics of sipping hot lemon and honey ( a lifesaver) and just allowed my immune system to do its job without hindering with false remedies.

Sometimes when ‘in need’ we need to be kind to ourselves rather than carrying on as normal.  This is often said and I know I say it frequently but like most promises doing it is usually harder than we think.  There is no automatic ‘stop’ sign appearing and we are reliant on our own ego’s in allowing us to simply stop.  You may be thinking that I should know better and that is true.  But sadly I am only human and very much work in progress.  But I take comfort in the fact I now can reflect rather than moving on with life without taking the opportunity to learn and improve.

So join me on Thursday (25th) at Green Hammerton village hall to enjoy a beautiful session of Dru yoga.  This week we will give ourselves the opportunity to ‘stop’ and listen to our body and mind with the addition of meditation after our usual relaxation (no coughing this week.)

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Lovely to see everyone!

It was lovely to see everyone last Thursday, old and news faces!  We made a good start in flexing our spines and stretching our lungs allowing more capacity to deepen our breath and therefore giving us more energy.

This week (Thurs 15th) we are going to work a little harder by introducing the Adhomukha Svanasana (Dog) allowing us to stretch our calves, pecs, upper chest, shoulder and hamstring muscles.  As this is an inversion it will give your eyes and brain a good fresh supply of blood and is guaranteed to give you extra energy. Just what we need in this damp dark days.   And as we enter into the new year this is a great posture for emotionally ‘letting go’ and totally bringing you into the present – what a gift!

The session still includes Dru’s energy block release movements allowing us to get rid of any stuck energy while the Adhomukha Svanasana will allow us to work more deeply on any negative energies.

For regular class users there will be feedback sheets available please fill one in during the month of January and let me know how you are getting on.

‘Let your hopes not your hurts shape your future’                                                          Robert Schuller

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Next Class – Thurs 8th Jan 2015

The next class will be on Thursday 8th January 2015 as we start the new year with calmness and purpose.  This session has been designed to reawaken the body after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.  Nothing too vigorious yet a quiet, deeper strength to stretch our lungs and twist our spine.  Remembering healthy spine equals healthy life.  Opening up our body to all the possibilities of the new year by bringing us simply back to the present so we can see clearly our future goals.  The session will include;

1.  Activations – movements to warm up the body getting the circulation moving and giving the muscles a lovely supply of blood.

2.  Energy Block Release – movements especially designed to remove any tension held by the body.  This session will be focusing on stretching and flexing the spine helping our mobility and digestion.

3.  The marjariasana (cat) – this posture will help our flexibility of the spine and also ensure a good workout for the abdominal muscles

4.  Prithvi Namaskara (earth sequence) – providing us with calmness and peace to face any stressful situation with clarity and balance.

5.  Relaxation – a time to deeply relax the body and mind.  Also allowing self healing to take place and emotional balance ensuring we are ready for anything.

So hope to see you at the class at Green Hammerton village hall at 6.30pm until 7.45pm

£4 no booking required.  For further information please contact me:

jennikirkwood@talktalk.net      01423 331396  or make a comment

Habits

Watch your thoughts; they become words,

Watch your words; they become actions,

Watch your actions; they become habits,

Watch your habits; they become character,

Watch you character; for it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu

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Reflection

Thousands of blogs will probably be taking their focus on reflection of 2014 at this moment in time.  There is great value in celebrating the past and recognising your achievements.  We must take our learning from the past but we must be careful not to wallow too long, it can blind us to the possibility of now. Yoga allows us to empower ourselves with the present, the true gift of the New Year for yourself.

The ideal asana to allow us to simply stop and reflect after this very busy time is Tadasana (Mountain Pose), a noble grounding asana.  It’s simplicity hides its true value and power of allowing everyone just ‘to be’.

TADASANA  (Mountain Pose)

This asana is a great way to start your practice or just to take a moment out of the day to realign your body and mind.

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  • Stand with feet hip distance apart with the toes facing forward with equal weight distributed between the feet
  • Soften your knees and make sure your pelvis is in neutral (not tipping forward or back)
  • Engage your abdominal muscles to help support your lower back and provide alignment
  • Relaxing your shoulders backwards with lift the sternum (breastbone) and open the chest area
  • Tucking the chin in slightly, will elongate the neck
  • Crown of the head being uppermost
  • Ensure all the joints are soft and not locked
  • Take a moment  – visualise the qualities of a the mountain (stable, secure, majestic and so on)
  • With each ‘in’ breath feel the spine lengthening and with the ‘out’ breath release and let go of any unwanted emotions/feelings
  • For great benefits do this asana outside taking advantage of the fresh air and sunlight

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Dru yoga classes will commence on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 6.30pm until 7.45pm.  £4 per person, no booking required.  At Green Hammerton village hall.

Watchout for an additional new class starting in February.   Also for one off workshops with Dru yoga specialists regarding such topics as stress, back care, meditation, nutrition and many more subjects.