Sowing the Seeds of Intention

At the start of a yoga class I invite the students to set an intention - sankalpa (sanskrit).  This is very different to goal setting, which is a valuable in and of itself, in helping to provide a direction for your life.  It's also not a New Year's resolution.

 

An intention is quite different, as it is not directed to a future outcome, instead it is focused on how you are 'being' in the present moment (or intending to be).

 

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Self Compassion

Last weekend, I ran one of my popular workshops ‘Being Stillness’.  These were borne out of the direction that my own personal yoga practice had been taking me and in 2011 I decided to dip a toe in the water and see what others thought of the approach.

Offering something that is different to what you are normally associated with can be quite daunting and requires a willingness to be vulnerable and really show your ‘soft centre’.

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Baby Harry - Leora Leboff's story of loss & loneliness

Baby Harry

Loneliness. It's been a recurrent theme since losing Baby Harry. From the moment I was told at my 20 week scan that my baby had a series of anomalies and that I may need to terminate the pregnancy. Not long after I knew I was expecting him, I had instinctively felt something wasn't quite right. However, it didn't make the process any less shocking as I wished at the time that my instincts had been completely wrong. When the anomaly midwife sat my husband and me down in a side room, I didn't know how to process the information I was receiving.

 

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Sit Still and Listen

Sit still and listen. Hush – Silence – Stillness.

It is more difficult than people think.  Why is this so difficult? Spirit world do not understand.

But the distractions of your modern world infiltrate your entire being.  You constantly get bombarded by noise, heard and unheard.  24 hours of each and every day.  Exhaustion overloads your body.  Your world is under attack by forces that you allow to dominate.

Eliminate all or some of these aspects and you will feel refreshed less anxious and fearful.

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Alpa's Birth Story

I had originally signed up for pregnancy yoga a couple of years ago, when I became pregnant with my first baby. I didn't manage to make it to a single class! I was always so sick or in hospital on a drip that I never even met Claire!

We finally met when I signed up for baby yoga after the traumatic birth of my first baby. Even after having written in red ink on the birth plan no
C-SECTION I ended up having a c-section! I was distraught, still I had a beautiful, happy baby.

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The Business of Yoga

Spending on yoga and related products was reported at a staggering $10.3 billion in the USA last year with 20.4 million practitioners in America alone (that had increased by 29% from the 2008 study).

 

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Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

In memory of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

He gave so much to the world and created many opportunities to help the lives of others

Prayers and blessings

 

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The Power of Silence

Some years ago, Channel 4 ran  a series of programmes regarding silence.  It encouraged people from a variety of backgrounds to practice bringing an element of silence into their day.  They were taken to a monastery and were given much support in order to be able to engage in the practice once home.

 

It was an interesting opportunity to be a ‘fly on the wall’ to watch how others at times, struggled, with something that is on the surface, comparatively easy.

 

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