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.
As a caregiver sometimes I don't make space for myself. Everyday between the different roles that I play from waking to sleep and often in those still hours in the middle of the night too, I am always aware of the need to carve out space from myself. But I only do it occasionally. Sometimes I spend more time thinking about doing something for myself than actually doing it. Then I feel guilty and apathetic at the same time. When I do make space, it is just a fleeting moment where I sit or breathe or move or listen. And it feels good at the time to exist within my own space. But I fail to consistently hold that space for myself after I have my private moment of self care. I jump straight back into the other roles. I compartmentalise rather than look at the whole picture. Meditation or yoga or whatever the practice is only worthwhile when I reap the cumulative benefits. Stolen moments are not enough. Commitment to myself and repetition is key. That way the space I carve out stays with me even after my practice. For November, particularly as the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter and I feel like hibernating, I am making a concerted effort to not only make space but to hold that space for myself. And hold on tightly. Please join me.
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