I received this beautiful note in the weekly newsletter from teach.yoga, a site for yoga teachers led by Elena Brower, a woman, yogini, mother, that I appreciate fully.
A good reminder that we have to start with the self in order to make the world a better place. Everything begins with you. Everything.
Finally mustered the courage to get up really early to practice on this sweet platform on the Seine. After a much needed break from my Vinyasa practice, took it easy and worked on the foundational asanas and a couple of fun transitions too.
Recently, another teacher in the neighbourhood apparently stated that Vinyasa is a really difficult practice and I do not agree with this in the least. It is a DYNAMIC practice indeed and should be approached with attention but difficult? Only if you make it so. Granted some people should take time to become familiar with asana through a more relaxing practice before jumping into Vinyasa (i.e. people with back pain, injuries, or absolutely no connection with their bodies) but usually with the guidance of a good teacher and the willingness to listen to and FOLLOW the cues given during the class either directly to you or in general, Vinyasa is not difficult. It builds strength, concentration, heat, detoxes the mind and body, and is powerful in opening up the channels of the subtle body.
If you have ever wondered about Vinyasa, please do not let these fancy videos of people floating around, jumping into handstands, or wrapping their legs around their neck deter you. For the most part, the practice is what you make it. You want to float, you'll maybe one day do so. You want to have a solid foundation- and alignment-based practice and not that interested in the hopping about on your hands, you can do that too. Do not let someone outside of yourself dictate your practice, if it is difficult, etc. Find your inner yogi and go with that. At the beginning and at the end of the day, this practice is yours.
Today I received these sweet words in my inbox from one of my favorite yoginis, Elena Brower. A simple, sweet reminder for self-care. Everyday.
What You Give
It's time to quiet down and give to yourself.
Read, write, bathe, before you take care of someone else. One act per day of touching your own heart; follow a book, or an online practice, or just sit quietly - all perfect places to start. Once a day. And it doesn't need to be for hours either - a few minutes will help you reconnect to your center and land you in a good, grounded place for re-entry.
Take care of others but be sure to take care of you too.
Photo by Carine.
Unfortunately, due to a conflict in my family scheduling, I have changed the date and location for the next Hatha Flow workshop. It will now be held Saturday, March 26th at Centre Jazznat in Maisons-Alfort from 15:00 to 18:00.
Learn or deepen your practice of arm balances and headstand. During this workshop, we will learn how to approach arm balances safely and confidently.
After a lovely warmup with a Hatha Flow, we will approach beginning arm balances such as Bakasana, Eka Hasta Bhujasana, Bhujapidasana, Tittibasana, and Astavakrasana, and two variations of headstand step-by-step.
Space is limited to twelve participants and only payment in full by check or in cash will reserve your space.
"Right before your eyes
A new beginning will appear
Expect only grandeur
Fortune is smiling
All you need to do
Is smile back"
excerpt Bonnie Blackwell 1996
Merci à l'équipe d'Esprit Yoga pour cette belle couverture!
Following our week of practice focused on the hips and pelvis, here is an excerpt of our flow to release, relax and root down thorugh this space and find a bit more mobility. Add this portion into your home practice after a few rounds of Surya Namaskar whether it is Hatha Flow, Hatha, Vinyasa.
Watch the clip once prior to practice and then go for it!
life, peace, and prosperity through movement.