This 9 minute video is a wonderful explanation of some of the reasons why yoga is so good for us, by Dr Mithu Storoni. Dr Storoni is a medical doctor and neuro-ophthalmologist, as well as being a yoga practitioner and yoga teacher.
In short, in order to increase our chances of living a longer, happier and healthier life through the practice of yoga, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing (and isn’t that satisfying!):
Hi Fellow Yogis,
You know when something keeps knocking at your door? A thought, a feeling, reminders or requests?
I always feel that we should respond to persistent nudges, which is why I am hoping to run a ten week course entitled “The Yoga and Mindfulness Path away from Depression and Emotional Distress – Moving Towards the Light”. This course will be an integration of my western Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) learnings and experience, with Eastern Wisdom gained through my yoga therapy training, yoga teaching, and almost thirty five years of personal yoga practice.
Together, we will find new ways to navigate difficult feelings and emotions. We will practice techniques and practices which will help students to move away from unwanted negative emotions and feelings, towards a more neutral perspective on challenging situations and experiences. We shall explore ways of filling our “happiness pot” and moving out of the shadows and in to the light.
Students will be given a daily practice to take home with them and this practice will be changed and adapted each week to take account of new learnings and techniques/practices. Together, we will create a safe environment where we can build mutual trust and understanding, and students will be encouraged to positively support each other off their mats as well as on them.
The course will take place on a weekday during the day, venue to be decided. The cost of the full course will be £100, 50% of which will be due on registration and the other 50% before the course begins. Fees include 10 x 75 minute classes, 10 x daily home practice sheets (which will be updated and revised weekly) inclusion in the group support network and the opportunity to tackle emotional issues that are holding you back and preventing you from moving forward towards the sunshine!
There will be a maximum of ten places, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The course can only happen if there is enough interest, so if you are interested in taking part, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also be grateful if you would share this with others who you feel might benefit.
Sending warm wishes.
One of the most frequently heard expressions today is “I’m stressed”. Stress is an inevitable part of modern-day living, however, most stress can be reduced considerably and even eliminated. Here are some considerations when contemplating stress in your life, and suggestions for reducing it:
Courage to change the things I can,
Om Shanti (Peace to Everyone)If you would like to know more about yoga, stress and anxiety management, mindfulness or relaxation techniques please contact Sarah, email me at: email@example.com, find me on Facebook under Free To Think, or text or telephone me on: 07817623330
I have to say that I am so excited about the Spalding Sponsored Charity Yogathon that will be taking place on Saturday, 24th January!
The event is in aid of two Spalding-based charities, who help disadvantaged people in our local community. Agape runs the food bank, which also collects from a radius around Spalding, and serves a lot of the areas in between. The food bank helps people who, usually through no fault of their own, find themselves ‘down on their luck’ and struggling to make ends… meet. Some of our visitors are homeless, with nobody who cares and, again, they never envisioned themselves ending up in that situation.
All 40 places for the event are now sold out (which is fantastic!) and all of our Yogathon participants will now be looking for sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact me. Just £1 will give a homeless person a hot meal at Agape, so if that is all you would like to offer, it will still make a real difference and your support really will be very much appreciated!
If you would like details of future charity events please contact Sarah.
So the first of our 2014 Saturday Yoga Workshops is nearing and I am really looking forward to it! If you have attended before you will already know that the workshops all strike a balance between practising, discovering and evolving.
This workshop will reflect the philosophical nature of the chakras, in that we will be working very meditatively, turning our attention inwards, and reflecting on the where’s, how’s and why’s of each of the seven primary energy centres.
If you only like the physical postures side of yoga, then this workshop is probably not for you as the emphasis is more on reflection and self-awarenes, and not on the physical asana aspect of yoga. That does not mean that we will not be practising postures. We will, in the light of the work that we are doing, take postures that are specifically aimed at each of the primary chakras.
So if you would like to discover more about the philosophy of yoga, and in particular the unseen energy systems in our bodies and how they affect each of us, emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually, then this workshop will probably be of interest to you. Participants will be given an introduction to the theory of the chakras and a physical asana practice that is designed to balance, heal and integrate the chakras for improved physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health.
And of course, because it’s yoga, you will probably leave feeling uplifted, positive and inspired!
I still have some places available, so if you are interested, or would like to book your place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/ring me on: 07817623330.
A belated “Happy New Year” to you all!
Whether you visited my site through an interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Yoga Relaxation and Mindfulness, you are very welcome and I hope this site serves to encourage and inspire.
So how do you view January? As a chilly month in the depths of winter, or as the opportunity to renew, replenish and refresh?
If you are thinking about CBT, then the chances are you are not feeling your happiest and so this month may well be the former. Winter has the effect of keeping us closed in, both in terms of where we are physically, and our emotional and psychological Selves as well. It is all too easy to become enmeshed in any negative feelings. This time of year encourages us to hibernate and take stock. When we are feeling positive and mentally strong, this is good for us. However, if we are feeling down or dejected, having too much opportunity to contemplate our woes is rarely beneficial.
If you are interested in yoga, then your interpretation of January may be entirely different. This is because, for a yogi, every day is a new beginning, bringing with it the opportunity to grow and develop all aspects of our Self. From respecting our physical body when we eat and drink healthily, exercise regularly and relax properly, to improving mental strength and focus through mindfulness, meditation and resilience, we yogis seek to improve and develop through every day of our lives.
So how do we move from viewing January as a depressing month, to seeing it as an opportunity to move forward and develop?
It is all a matter of perspective. Firstly consider what it is that is holding you back and causing you to feel whatever negative feelings you have. Then decide if you feel strong enough to tackle these issues on your own. Can you call on support from people around you? Do you want to tackle your issues at all? Or is fear of the unknown holding you back? It takes a brave person to look their life squarely in the face and admit there is a problem!
For more help and advice around these areas, you can click on the links above, read previous blogs, or just email me or give me a call.
SO WHY NOT WORK ON ENABLING THIS NEW YEAR
TO BE THE ONE THAT YOU WANT IT TO BE!
Yoga Classes Available In Bourne From September
An opportunity to see why yoga is so popular.
Improve your ability to relax. Become more flexible, toned and strong. Be more focused and co-ordinated. Breathe better.
Come along and try it for yourself. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
For more information, please click here.
Just to remind anybody who may have been planning to come along to my next workshop: It’s this Saturday, from 10:am to 3:00pm, and we will be exploring the subtle energies of the body.
Have you ever wondered why you automatically like some people and not others? Or how we are so good at detecting other people’s emotions? Why do we always sense somebody when they are standing very close to us? If you would like to know more then why not come along and find out.
This is also an ideal opportunity to give yourself some important ‘me time’ in a relaxed and friendly environment … What more could you ask for!
The cost of the workshop is £25.00, drinks and light snacks and a workbook/journal are included. To book, or for more information email me at email@example.com or call me on: 07817623330.