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Yoga for change

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Yin Yoga through the perspective of Hridaya Yoga,  Yoga Magazine April 2015 There is the physical edge, beyond which injury awaits; There is the emotional edge, beyond which tears and laughter blossom; There is the psychological edge, beyond which psychosis may erupt; There is the spiritual edge, beyond which freedom is found. How and when to play these edges is worth investigating playing your edge Bernie Clark, Yin Yoga Yin (passive) yoga is a grounding practice renowned for enhancing deeper states of relaxation due to optimum health benefits it brings. At first glance it appears easier than opposite yang (active) standing practises due to the ‘comfort’ of being seated on the ground! On the contrary, it’s surprisingly more challenging, as postures are held much longer. Bodily sensations arise from applied pressure to nerves and glands at the level of the fascia, releasing old patterns including the way we think. As a way of communicating the body expresses in many shades its past experiences, stories, blocked emotions and tensions. Sometimes this communication is very subtle so we don’t always hear when in the bustle of noisy mind. As they surface, try not to get involved with the stories. Step out of ‘the way of the head,’ dive deep through feeling into the radiance of your being. “Fascia as a shape shifter, being responsible for the shape of our body and particularly locking us into permanent posture patterns.” – Tom Myers Watch out for resistances that deceive; the need for a quick getaway, to literally come out of the posture. The significance in recognising resistances or blockages in the moment they surface, gives opportunity for old pattern to release. Here space is created, enabling absorption of fresh energy and fascia to take new shape. Courage and perseverance arise from the practise itself by anchoring the mind in the centre of the chest (a practise found in Hridaya Yoga). The focus on the energy of the heart amplifies its alchemical properties, dissolving tensions and fears. We see this same undulating pattern of thoughts, when, let’s say diving through different elements, for example, air into water. There is a moment’s embrace on meeting the face...

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Cultivating Love – Hridaya Meditation

Cultivating Love – Hridaya Meditation

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

Published Oct/Nove 2011 Choice – Health & Wellbeing magazine Meditation often viewed ‘boring’ or ‘dull’ but the contrary applies; you become more refined. In fact, the refining of emotions and thoughts create a more dynamic  mind, since you re-establish with soul, connecting personality with the Self becoming more Alive. Vibrant. Connecting body, mind and Soul increases functionality in a beneficial way, not only for you but all those around. Our current times demand we cultivate heart energy, shifting away from the superficial mind, attuning with the voice of our Soul. The notion of Love is often perceived to have sexual connotation and is not the kind of love we are cultivating, nor the flaky airy-fairy love, which has nothing more than a pretentious resonance to it and evaporates pretty quickly. I am referring to the essence of Love, our true nature. Where Love unexplained and without reason, just is. An openness, acceptance and deep contentment that wants for nothing in return. This is the freedom. Not striving or needing but simply ‘being’. I am referring to the true Oneness of Love, pure and unconditional in all ways, shape and form. Emotions can get in the way of connecting with the Self (which is pure Love.) Like it or not most of us are addicted to, if not ruled by emotions, wonderfully articulated through play. That is why people love to read the ‘media drama’ and become addicted to ‘soaps’, feeding the need to explore more of, what he said, she did and so on. This leads one to lose sight of their own reality or sub-consciously avoid deep issues. Drama is happening all the time – even as you read this line. A huge drama is expressed within the matrix of your existence inside and out. What is important is awareness of thought, actions/behaviour. If you are not… How can love be where there is neglect? How can love be where there is abuse onto self or others? Day-to-day emotion is played out with others as well as internally. Still, internal dialogue is ultimately expressed externally, since emotion is energy and energy cannot be contained. . The nature of energy is that it...

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The Beauty in Pain

The Beauty in Pain

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

 Published November/December 2012 Yoga Magazine    “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!” Charlie Chaplin   Be it losing a loved one, a job, or your home, notice dramatic change in sensory perceptions as you move into the unknown. Emotions charge into the body as sensations, external forms alter, changing shape and colour. Time speeds up, slows down, sounds sharpen or distance. Blind spots occur. You hold your breath in shock, a void retention demands you ‘wake up’. Though played down, this can also be seen on the yoga mat. You enter a balance posture, your mind wanders, you wobble and you lose grasp of the very foundation that roots and grounds you: your feet! Or typically a headstand; in times of reversing situations, thoughts and notions literally toss up in the air as you tumble to the ground. Feeling humiliated, yet recognition of how silly ‘it all is’, thus evokes reflection… this is where the real work begins. No different from rush hour squashing you within crowds, or irritated with a friend anger takes hold, stays with you all day. Suddenly you have an accident. You stumble and twist your ankle and wonder “how did that happen?” This is your wakeup call. Where does the mind race to and from? Not your feet! Notice a quality in movement when you apply awareness to the place that supports you to move forward or reflect. All this unfamiliarity triggers a barrage of emotion. Fears and doubts rise, often reflected from past experiences which causes difficulty to identify true feelings since the layers build, inhibiting clarity of thought. Reacting without choice, worsens a situation. The mind finds temporary respite in denying unwanted emotion, fearing unfamiliar situations. The mind fears pain, fears the worst could happen. Despite the abundance of tools around, you lose trust and faith, forgetting that you can handle any situation, forgetting your innate wisdom. Though challenging and confrontational, these times offer optimum possibility for growth. This is good ‘progress in the making’ when your yoga practice or life situations show you this. Take these moments as blessings. Allow these falls...

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