Here and Now

After teaching my Digging Deeper – introducing yogic philosophy retreat at Clearview on the weekend I am both inspired and enthused about including more philosophy in my yoga classes. I always have underlying principles of yogic philosophy present. Even if I don’t mention them they come through, we work with ahimsa all the time- looking after your body and recognizing when to back off and when to challenge yourself.

Being present is another aspect of yogic philosophy that is always there, noticing when the attention wanders and gently guiding it back. Being aware of how your body feels in each posture, what you like and look forward to and, just as interestingly, what you dread the teacher announcing and try to avoid. You can learn a lot about yourself in a yoga class that reflects yourself in the big wide world. Some of us love to be challenged and explore new postures and places and possibilities while others like to stay in our familiar, comfortable range and try to avoid change or anything new.

Present moment awareness is also a tool for dealing with life happening, reducing both anxiety about the future and dwelling on the unchangeable past. Much of our time our minds are busy in either of these places when, ultimately, we can not control either of them so we miss out on the opportunity to change what we can, the present moment, here and now, by being preoccupied with looking ahead or behind. The past is great for learning from mistakes and the future is full of potential but the present is really all that we have. So enjoy it and don’t miss it by being somewhere else while it is happening!

Love and light,

Belinda

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The Sound of Silence

I am heading off tomorrow for my Digging Deeper –  Introducing Yogic Philosophy retreat.

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I love teaching retreats, they are such a wonderful way to explore yoga with a group of students who  have nothing else to distract them. I always some silent time during my retreats, usually from bedtime, through breakfast, and for a short period of free time afterwards each day. Silence brings with it some challenges and many benefits and each person will have their own experience of it.

Some students love the freedom of not having to talk, not having to acknowledge others, it gives a wonderful opportunity to take your awareness inwards, which is a big part of why we are there. Others find it very difficult for a variety of reasons. Talking takes our attention outwards, out into the world, out of ourselves. Many people find silence uncomfortable as it means there is just themselves, their thoughts, their feelings and there is no easy way of escaping those things. It is scary to not be able to go away when things get uncomfortable. Lots of stuff can arise, float to the surface of your awareness when you are not occupying it with external distractions.

If you attend a retreat where silence is practiced I encourage you to make the most of it, to be curious about what happens and to sit with the strangeness of it. Even if you can’t get to a retreat it is lovely to practice silence for an hour or an afternoon or even a day. To set aside some time for yourself when you are unlikely to be disturbed, to take the phone off the hook, turn off your mobile, close your doors if you are home or go for a walk somewhere peaceful and quiet. See where your mind goes, what emotions come up, what your reaction is.

Enjoy the opportunity to be with yourself and yourself alone, no conversations or obligations to take you elsewhere.

Love and light,

Belinda

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Looking after yourself and a Free Naturopathic Health Assessment!

One of the things I love most about yoga is the opportunity it gives me to stop, check in and look after myself.

Life is busy, all to often I am tempted to put off my yoga practice or other  me time because I have to cook dinner, teach a class, do some planning, work on the renovations, answer my emails, clean the house, help kids with homework…I could go on forever. The very important thing to remember is that unless we look after ourselves we are not able to function efficiently in any other areas of our lives.

For me this becomes clear when I find myself wandering from one task to the next, not finishing anything but getting distracted by what else I have to do, my mind wandering to the next task so I am not concentrating properly on this one. By the end of the day I feel exhausted but haven’t achieved nearly as much as I wanted to.

Now compare this with when I have looked after myself, in one of many ways including taking a break and practicing yoga. I begin and end each task in order of priority without stopping or starting. I am much more efficient as I concentrate on each job so get it done quicker and with less effort and less mistakes. At the end of the day I have energy to spare and feel satisfied with a wonderful sense of achievement.

To help you find another way to look after yourself the lovely Jodie Williams of Total Wellbeing Massage and Naturopathy in Sunshine is offering my readers a free 1 hour Health Assessment, including a full health history discussion & an iridology exam. Valued at $80, this service is for patients seeking advice on which form of treatment may be most appropriate for their health needs. This is a great opportunity to have a look at the areas of your health you want to support in the coming year. Ever wondered, what is
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Look after yourself today and always.

Love and light,

Belinda

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