Little hints of Springtime and New Open Class

Recently while I have been walking my dog I have noticed that there are subtle signs that winter is winding up and spring is on its way. This I find very reassuring as I shiver beneath my layers of clothes and my warm wooly hat. I try to embrace all of the seasons but for me winter is the most challenging by far. Some bulbs are bravely emerging from the cold winter earth, some blossoms are beginning to bud on bare winter branches.  They are few and far between -these signs, but they are there. The days are now lengthening, the temperatures not yet rising but the sun has blessed us with some beams and is shining in through my stained glass windows as I type.

I love spring and the new beginnings that come with it. The subtle signs that it is on its way have also crept into my teaching with a new class at Harvest Yoga on Monday evenings. This class is Open, open to whoever would like to join me. It begins at 5:15 but the lead part of the class does not commence until 6pm. Students are welcome to either lie down and relax, or explore their own practice in a beautiful studio with me there and available if you’d like any guidance or questions answered. This is a fairly unique opportunity to explore yoga in your own way with all of the props and space you might need, the lack of which can make it quite challenging at home. For more info or to book please go to Harvest Yoga or just come along one Monday…

Keep an eye out for those little changes, little things beginning to shift…hope you enjoy them!

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

 

Solitude

I am writing this while I am alone in the house, this hasn’t happened for quite some weeks due to the school holidays. I love the opportunity the holidays give our family to spend time together but am also enjoying this time, after a few weeks without it, just me, myself and I. There is much busyness and activity with the whole family home (hence the break in my posts!) which means that regular routines are non existent. We slept in and stayed up later, we watched movies on weeknights, we went out and about and we lounged around in our pajamas, we celebrated my son’s 11th birthday with pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes (guess what his favorite food is?) and we worked on the renovations. I think it is wonderful to let go of our routines for the holidays however, without them, it would be very difficult manage our everyday non holiday times so they are welcomed back this week with open arms.

The house is quiet, the dog is asleep after his morning walk, there is no one telling me they are hungry or want to go here or there, no sounds of trampoline jumping or table tennis balls bouncing, no voices or television or playstation games. Just me and the peace and quiet surrounding me. It is nice.

At a recent dinner with some of my students our conversation touched on the differences between living with family or by yourself. There are pros and cons to both and I don’t think it is possible to say one is better than the other. Living by yourself gives you the opportunity to do exactly what you want, when you want it, to enjoy solitude and quiet, play your favorite music or watch your favorite movies. Living with a partner, housemate or family gives you engaging conversation and company and someone to share the chores with. I think that whatever your living arrangements are it is helpful to enjoy the benefits of what you have and to seek out the opposite. As I am relishing the quiet house and some alone time, friends who live alone might be enjoying having visitors or going out socially. Like so many things in life, it is all about balance.

Hope you can find some time this week to enjoy either your own company or that of your family and friends or, even better, a bit of both!

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx