Find my short and sweet pointers to perfect your forearm plank pose in this month's Irish Tatler Magazine.
Coming to Sukasana or an easy seated position for meditation can be anything but. As I sit on my mat at the top of the practice space it is the time when I see the most fidgeting and tension in the faces of those in front of me. So much effort. Too much effort.
The next you come to sit, do nothing. Yes get yourself comfortable with props if you need them but beyond that give in to the discomfort. Relinquish control of your racing brain. Let it run. Sit with your achy shoulders and your tight low back. Let go of the goal of quieting the mind and just focus on being in the moment. There is no such thing as being good at meditation. Simple sit and notice. Relax. This approach transforms the act of being still from something uncomfortable and unattainable into something easy and effective. What happens in the mind, happens in the body. The sense of ease will radiate outwards. Commit to the practice of sitting for a few minutes every day and beyond that do nothing.
With an uncertain global future after events this week in the US, here is a short sequence to help relieve anxiety and tension and cultivate focus and calm. Download the pdf here
This post started life as an email to my clients. I wanted to share it here too...
Instagram would have you believe that everyone is doing extraordinary things every moment of the day. And they look really good while they are doing it. I find it completely and utterly overwhelming. I post things online because as a yoga teacher having an online presence has become the new norm. I feel like I have to live an online life to stay on people's radar because there is always something new on offer. And everyone seems to be scrambling to be seen first. But in truth I feel very uncomfortable posting online. When a friend or student likes something that feels real. It is an extension of our relationship. But when a stranger likes or follows something I don't really feel any connection. High numbers of likes or followers doesn't really do it for me.
When that small restaurant Heron and Grey in Blackrock recently received a Michelin star, the owners spoke of their intention to stay small and preserve their existing customer relationships. I love that ethic. I don't want a yoga empire with thousands of studio members whose names I will never know. I don't want 50,000 Instagram followers. I want to teach small classes and actually connect with the people who have taken the time to come and practice with me. I want to know their names and what they did at the weekend . I want to know their bodies so they can feel a meaningful progression. I want to be able to teach on my own terms so that yoga is far more than an exercise in flexibility. It is about connection. Mind to body. Person to person.
It isn't shiny or glossy or novel. It is ordinary. But life is lived in the ordinary moments as well as the extraordinary. Embracing the ordinary and the simple pleasures keeps us connected and grounded. Drink it in.
I am taking a bit of a social media sabbatical and will use good old fashioned email to get in touch. I actually like to read emails! I will post updates on the website too. I will be in Ranelagh on Sunday afternoons at 3pm this November to practice if you would like to join me. A strong and simple practice. You can book or just show up. If you don't want to receive any more emails I understand and please feel free to unsubscribe. Respond if you have the time. I would love to hear from you.
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