All by myself…

I am home alone. 

For the past two weeks my wonderful husband Richard has been on holidays and we have been working hard every day on our renovations. This has been a great and productive time. Now that he has gone back to work I am taking some time to enjoy my solitude. Much as I love company, of my partner, children, family and friends, I have also come to appreciate the benefits of  being alone.

Though my to-do list is long due to the changes in my teaching venues, a job interview later this week, my blog post to write, Richard’s birthday tomorrow, the house being a mess as I’ve neglected the housework to get stuck into the reno’s for two weeks I can get through it all in my own time with my own company.

Before I had children I didn’t yet appreciate solitude and in their early years I rarely had it at all. If we arranged a babysitter it was to go out socially and at other times where I went, the kids went too – especially when they were babies as the convenience of breastfeeding made them highly portable. At the time I didn’t miss being alone, lets face it – kids are great company and as parents we didn’t see it as a sacrifice to stay with them. As they have grown up, gone to kinder then school and become more independent bit by bit my alone time has increased as has my appreciation of it’s value.

I love the line from Across the Night by Silverchair, “Idon’t want to be lonely, I just want to be alone”. This sums up perfectly for me the importance of time alone as well as time in company and getting a balance between the two in our lives.

 Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

Autumn

We are well into Autumn here in Melbourne now. Leaves are turning pretty colours, days are getting shorter and for many of us energy levels are dropping. My son recently read me an interesting fact from one of his books – the leaves of dead trees don’t fall, the shedding is a conscious act by the tree to ensure it’s ongoing survival, not a sign of it’s life ending but an ensuring of its survival through the cold winter months.

At this time of great changes and upheaval in my own life I found this inspiring. At times we all need to recognise the need to let go, to stop clinging to what we have in order to grow, to move on in our lives, to evolve.

At my classes in the past week there has been much talk about the sadness of SunYoga closing, the community that has been established over five years of classes is going through its own time of transformation and letting go. It seems fitting that this happens in Autumn when the energy is ripe for releasing. SunYoga closing is not an ending, just a necesary transformation allowing Claire and myself to continue our teaching in more viable spaces.

I wonder if the tree mourns for each leaf that it drops or whether they know that this is how they make space for next years leaves and fruit? All part of the cycle of living.

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

To every thing there is a season

It has recently been confirmed that SunYoga, my teaching home for the past five years, will very soon be closing.

How to react to this news? Mixed emotions but the first one I felt was deep sadness.  I have met and taught so many lovely students at SunYoga that to think of moving on is difficult to say the least. Working with Claire has been a wonderful experience and her support over the past five years is something I will always be grateful for.

As in the song by The Byrds however, “To every thing there is a season” and it is time for that season in my life to turn over, bringing change and new opportunities my way. Pushing me out of my SunYoga comfort zone and into the wide world of teaching on my own. Just as these events began to unfold opportunities began to appear in my life to teach in different environments, to build on my wonderful experiences at SunYoga by spreading my wings and stepping up to new spaces, new places, new beginnings. Some of these opportunities that have appeared may bear fruit while others might not pan out but it is with a growing sense of excitement and confidence that I am moving in the direction the universe seems to be sending me. I have found a lovely new space close to home to move some of my classes to and have been busy networking and connecting to make arrangements for others.

Thursday night classes will begin on May 16th at their new home, Pennell Hall in Braybrook, Open Yoga from 6:15-7:30pm followed by Yoga for the Mind (Meditation and Relaxation) from 7:45-8:45pm. For my many student who don’t want to go home after their first class there is a great discount for my “mini retreat” experience – attending both classes. For further details of the changes to these and my other classes please see my Yoga Classes  page.

So on I go with the next chapter of my Yoga journey, following this new path with my yoga tinted glasses firmly in place. Letting go of the past, enjoying the present, planning for the future.

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

 

 

Peace and quiet

I have been sitting at my computer for half an hour or so. It is the school holidays and I tend to fall behind some of my work and I am taking the opportunity to catch up while there is a quiet moment.

Mitchell has gone to a tennis tournament with his dad and Kelsea is having a lie in, something she loves to do during the school holidays. It occurred to me that Rhys, my eight year old, was very quiet. My readers with children will know that sometimes quiet can mean trouble – kids can get up to all sorts of things when left unsupervised for a very short period of time. Sometimes the chatter and noise can be reassuring because it lets you know where they are and what they are up to.

So I walked through the house but couldn’t see him anywhere, out into the yard and there he was on the trampoline. Not jumping, not even bouncing but curled up in childs pose.

“Are you okay Rhys?”

“Yes, I’m enjoying the peace and quiet”, and a little sideways grin peeked out at me from his curled up little ball then disappeared once more.

A reminder from my youngest child that when we have the chance we should embrace it, stop and do what comes naturally to tune into the peace and quiet.

A reminder that it’s not just me who can get over stimulated from the busyness, constant noise, outings and activities of the school holidays.

So a short post today as I allow myself to take this lesson from Rhys. I’m off to enjoy the peace and quiet. While it lasts!

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

Easter

Easter has come and gone, in our culture this usually means lots of chocolate.

If you think about rabbits and eggs however their original relation to Easter is to do with fertility and renewal so this is a great time to bring about changes in your live and make new beginnings. We are also in the midst of Autumn here in Melbourne which is a time of letting go. Combining these two energies this week I am reflecting on what I need to release and what I would like to bring about in my life.

You can do the same with a simple exercise where you write two lists, one of what you’d like to increase and another of what you’d like to release. Once you put everything in writing you can prioritise them and begin to work out how to go about bringing these changes into your life.

Enjoy some chocolate as well!

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx