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‘We teach best what we most need to learn’- Howard Kent
I recently added an article to my FB page called ‘Going with the Flow’. The author beautifully describes the importance of learning to let life occur and having the courage and personal confidence to let go of the need to control every moment. I am an utter control freak! I struggle with the idea of freefall..but I also know from practice that it works. My Yoga practice helps me to gain the emotional and physical strength needed to navigate life’s challenges.
For me the best way to explain going with the flow is to imagine a small, shallow; crystal blue stream. On the base of this stream there are large pebbles and small ones. The small ones are our every day problems and challenges, we; like the stream flow easily over these. The larger pebbles are the bigger challenges we face, sometimes we must change course to find a way to flow around these problems..but just like the stream we always do find a way and we keep on flowing. Yoga reminds us that we are more resilient than we think: we are stronger than we realise.
When I began Yoga practice almost 23 years ago I had no idea it would strike such a chord with me. When my Yoga teacher suggested I train to teach Yoga three years into my practice I felt I’d never be ready but 12 years practice later I felt I had something to offer as a Yoga teacher and I trained to teach. For me, Yoga must be practical..offering simple, useful ways to steer a good course through life’s ups and downs. It must exercise body and mind, creating strength and then building flexibility. It must also equally appeal to men and women..because we all have the same basic needs although our anatomy differs.
Yoga is personal and the Yoga class is only the beginning of the journey. I as Yoga teacher am just a facilitator for your practice, helping you to find the practices that are most suited to your individual needs. I am also there to make the learning process fun and social so you smile and look forward to your Yoga time.
What to expect: In the first 3 months expect to find your physical strength and flexibility begins to improve as will your posture. Within six months you will find you are better able to focus on breathing practices and more able to relax during ‘Yoga sleepy time’. Within a year you will find you breathe better,think and focus more clearly; relax more fully and respond to the people around you more cheerfully.You will also probably find that in stressful situations Yoga techniques to calm body and mind come to you naturally and you are able to use them automatically.
Yoga regulates the hormonal balance in the body so you will also perhaps see some changes in the way you look and also in what you choose to eat. Body image becomes more positive so eating disorders as well as a tendency to under or over eat become less of an overwhelming issue. You learn to like yourself more fully just as you are and this is the first step towards a healthy attitude to food and your life. As good eating habits are established and the body finds breathing and relaxation easier, sleep becomes more restful and life changes if required become easier to make..in fact, they usually begin to make themselves.
Yoga is especially useful for children and young people including vulnerable adults because of its ability to regulate hormones. It allows space to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviour. It has a proven track record of success with cases of ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Discorder including Asperger’s Syndrome. Starting Yoga young and continuing into adulthood gives a child the tools for living well with stress and dispelling stress that isn’t useful.
As with all systems for increasing health and wellbeing Yoga must be practiced ideally once a week to begin with and then perhaps after a year perhaps twice a week. Some people choose to keep their personal practice on track with a monthly or even 3 monthly 1:1 to help them to develop a 10min to 1.5 hour daily practice that meets their needs.
YOGA NOT ONLY MAKES YOU FLEXIBLE..IT IS FLEXIBLE..IT FITS AROUND YOUR NEEDS regardless of your gender, age or other differences that you feel aware of.Yoga helps me to be, the me that I want to be..and it can help you to become the person you want to be too