Attachments: what are you clinging to?

Goodness me, 18 January already - this month feels like it's marching ahead with some kind purpose (or is that just me?)

 


Classes are all now underway and it's good to see many students who've returned following our break for the New Year, and it's also so lovely to meet those who are new or returning after a break of a period of time.

 


Today I have shifted my 'office' to a temporary setting (the sofa). Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that you need a little more care.

 

 

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Why Women Need Yoga

Fortunately for me, I've practised yoga spanning some 28+ years now (teaching for 25) and in that time, it has supported me through various stages in my life.

 

Yoga is so adaptable (in the hands of an experienced teacher) and can serve you in your own unique way.

 

Having experienced many years of endometriosis and other gynae issues, my yoga mat become my haven. The art of rolling out my mat and stepping on to it became a ritual. The coolness of the mat beneath my feet at first, then, lying down, it was like being received and supported all at once.

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Women's Stories: What our words say about us

Within each woman, there's a story to be told. I was first captured by this after watching the film, 'The Bridges of Madison County' starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. In fact, I've watched it several times and it never loses its appeal.

 

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Yoga really does work to calm & soothe (fact)

Ask anyone why they practice yoga or why they may be considering starting and you will get an array of responses from - "I was told it was good for me", "keeping my sanity", "staying fit"... the list goes on.

 

One thing that is definite is that the practice of yoga increases brain GABA levels. (GABA = gamma-aminobutyric acid - our calming transmitter).

 

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Removing Obstacles

In last night’s yoga class, at the start we started with Ganesha mudra – this is offered in order to lift the spirits and to also help you keep going, even when life gets a little challenging around the edges.

(It’s also great for the chest muscles, shoulders and arms too!)

 

See the video below to get an idea…

 

Ganesh Mudra Video

 

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Be sure of your pelvic floor

Open up any women's magazine and generally you will find advertisements for discreet help with incontinence all the way up to 'gadgets' that can help strengthen and improve the tone of your pelvic floor muscles.

 

 

All sounds 'ok'...but is it? How much does any woman generally know about this vital part of her body and more importantly, know what's the best approach once things go a little wonky?

 

 

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Gather all the parts of yourself back

Last week I took my Matryoshka dolls to class. Why? Because I'm a visual person and I know others are too, so it's important to find ways to convey verbal cues that are given.

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Transitions

In last night’s Women’s Wisdom Yoga, transitions and the parasympathetic nervous system were the main focus.

 

This was really bought home to me after running my signature workshop at the weekend – Being Stillness. The importance of ‘rest and digest’ and how little space we give ourselves for this very important function.

 

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