Summer days

Loving spending time relaxing in the Summer heat, though when it gets too intense it’s not so much relaxing as sweating it out! We’ve got the gift of some less extreme Summer warmth this week which is lovely in the lead up to my Beat the Heat Summer workshop coming up on Sunday 15th January, 10am-1pm at Harvest Yoga in Kensington.

I love exploring the seasons and how they affect me mood, energy levels, yoga practice and outlook on life in general. Summer is a time of things coming to fruition and taking time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. Less busy than Spring with all of its planting and planning and new beginnings, a time of plenty and abundance.

Bee on Sunflower

Bee on Sunflower

We will be exploring these aspects of Summer as well as yoga practices and methods to help maintain equilibrium on those hot Summer days, meditation practices to revel in the abundance surrounding us and a shared morning tea of fresh fruits and yummy treats.

If you’d like to join us the cost is only $75, bookings can be made by emailing Rick at info@harvestyoga.com.au. Spaces are limited so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In the meantime, if you are unable to make it or would like a practice to tide you through until Sunday try the following simple cooling breath when you feel a bit hot and bothered…

You will need a drinking straw, I prefer the wider paper straws however if you only have plastic ones they work as well. Place the straw between your lips as you would to take a drink but instead of drinking, inhale slowly and deeply through the straw. Exhale through the nostrils, comfortably slowly and deeply as well.

This is an easy accessible variation of sitali pranayama, it works like evaporative cooling – by funnelling the air over your tongue slowly it is cooled through the moisture in your mouth and brings that coolness with it into your body. As the straw also slows the breath you also tend to slow down physically, mentally and emotionally leaving you feeling calmer all over.

Hope you enjoy the practice,

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx

 

 

 

Welcome to 2017

Hello to all of my subscribers,

It has been a while between posts, I hope you haven’t been missing me too much. I can tell you that I’ve missed writing here. I find it very cathartic, healing and valuable for me as often I write posts relevasnt to what’s going on in my life – my students, teaching, family and personal life. I’m not very big on sharing personal stuff – I need to process this myself before I feel ready to share it with others and when the time comes that I’m ready to talk about it I prefer to do so with a friend or family member rather than a public forum like my blog or Facebook.

So lets just say the past few months have been busy personally leaving me not as much time as I’d like to post. These things are ongoing and though a part of me thought perhaps I should wait until I had more time and everything settled down, another part of me – the wiser part I think, reasoned that waiting for the perfect time might mean I never post again. There will always be something going on, changes to adjust to, people around me needing or offering support, kids growing and developing new needs.

In 2017 I might find myself with more time or I might not. Right here today I do have time so right here today I am posting…

Every New Year it is a good time to make resolutions, promises to yourself and others, positive changes to your lifestyle, attitude and habits. My golden rule when doing this is not to get carried away – it might feel great to write a long list of ideals about how your life in the year ahead will be but  I always need to remind myself to keep it reasonable and achievable. Otherwise I set myself up for not reaching those goals and feeling bad about myself.

So to finish my first post for the year I would like to wish all of my readers a year of growth, healing and evolution. Last year was definitely that for me, the term “Happy New Year” is most often wished upon us however happiness only teaches us so much, we actually learn and develop more through the challenges we face and the difficult times we get through. Whatever this new year has in store for us all – may we recognise the opportunities it offers when they come our way, may we enjoy the ride – both the ups and the downs, may we find happiness while also fully embracing sorrow, anger, fear and any other emotions that come our way, may we be healthy and accepting and content.

Love and light,

Belinda

xxx