So it’s that time of year where many of us are going to slow down and take a break. This may involve being with loved ones or being in solitude. For some of us, we have a choice, for others of us, we don’t. Some of us love this time of year and others of us don’t.
I like to draw upon the common parallels in this time, no matter what your feeling around it is or your faith.
It is a very natural time, as we come in to winter, through solstice, to pause and look at life, reassess and appreciate what has been and gone and what has stayed, where we want things to move next and what’s here.
Solstice is taking place on friday this week. The winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as midwinter, marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
I feel the shift at this time of year, as I go both finding myself going with the flow and also having the drive to take action in other directions than the one of the flow. This is a potent time for breaking patterns and comfortable habits, in families patterns that date back long before we can even imagine, self patterns and the day to day habits we have formed, that no longer serve us or the earth.
So where to begin? The answer is always, it depends.
“We either don’t start or we don’t finish.”
This is one common pattern of spirituality.
I invite you to continue on, as I believe we don’t actually start or finish anything, that life is much like a circle, no beginning and no end, so we continue on, from this moment shifting patterns and deconstructing the self…
I often get a bit spontaneous in all this jazz and then go full throttle in to change-making. I watch as life easily changes or as resistance comes and it’s then, when you have to stand firm in your direction, and also remain open to creating space for it to evolve.
It aint easy stuff, this practice of yoga and the thing we call life.
We will take time to explore this in class through meditation, breath work and the way we move.
I had the pleasure in September 2018, to spend some time exploring the influence of Egyptian culture, art and tradition, in the evolution of yoga and its roots. It was fascinating and we only touched upon some of the findings. So inspired by Sharon Gannon’s Magic ten… I simply want to share with you some yogic thoughts, as we ‘wrap up’ for this winter break (see what i did there ;)
From Solstice celebrations, to the light of the upcoming full moon, the celebration of xmas and the arrival of the new year…. we keep ‘practicing’ yoga!
±±±±±Practices that reveal the secrets to wealth and abundance will increase your vital energy by teaching you how to conserve and direct your prana or life force.
±±±±±Yoga can become a way of everyday life.
±±±±±Sadhana means conscious spiritual practice.
±±±±±What distinguishes yoga from a fitness or other movement practice is working with intention and the essential ingredient of bhakti, a devotion to something higher than the self!
±±±±±To keep any spiritual practice attractive and vital, is imagination. The world of imagination becomes a magical place and yoga is the magic.
±±±±±Yoga is magic because the practices shift your perception of yourself and the world beyond the ordinary, creating frequencies beyond those of normal sense perception.
±±±±±Yoga offers a magical departure from the mainstream ideology of our modern lifestyle, a lifestyle that is controlling and dictating the way we ‘should’ behave with one another and all other manifestations of reality.
±±±±±Yoga has always challenged the assumption that ‘the Earth belongs to us”. Deconstructing the need for envy, greed or fear as a way of life.
±±±±±Known as the ones that stood apart from society, the ‘yogis’, ‘rishis’ or ‘sages’ looked upon what was happening with a critical and reflective eye. They did not engage in war, slavery, exploitation, accumulation of wealth, as a way of tasting happiness. They retreated to wild places to reconnect to what was real, to rediscover where happiness is found, living in harmony with the earth.
So I ask you….
Can you remain a yogi over this xmas break…? Use the magic of yoga for a pause and for focus and transformation????
To find happiness within, creates an illuminated, other worldly self-confidence that is not dependant on material wealth, dominance or control over others, or religious rituals, but rests in the direct connection to the transcendental source of happiness itself - the divine and Eternal One!
We could say that Yoga is so popular today because the Earth needs Yogis!!!! Those who know how to live in harmony with her! So rather than consume and get annoyed by what is there or not there, can you transform the magic of your perception, find your roots to the self, ignite your imagination and stay connected to the higher self within?
Can you find a way to use these practices more than ever to transform your world, our world, the world, this Oneness, in to the magical place that it is, at its core.
Through kindness and compassion, use the practices of yoga to find the courage in the self to care for others at this time of year, for the happiness of others, the earth and feel the radiance in the self shine as bright as the full moon on its way!
Last classes are ON Tuesday and Wednesday this week, then I shall see you back on the mats in January.