The third of the niyama is tapas. When translated from Sanskrit, tapas literally means ‘heat’. It is the heat that we create when we confront our habits, or the things we have become habituated to. It is often described as ‘discipline’ but I prefer to think of it as moving away from our comfort zone, or “sitting uncomfortably”.
A rose does not compare itself with the other roses, it just blooms! This month I am writing and teaching about the Niyama - five ideas from the Yoga Sutras that are about our personal habits. I think of them as a simple yogic model of self care and am almost a little amused to… Continue reading Blooming in Your Own Way (sauca samtosa)
Today I would like to share with you these words from Bob Sharples (an Australian psychologist and meditation teacher). He writes about 'meditation' but you could substitute this for 'yoga', 'relaxation' or even just 'practice'. Don’t meditate to fix yourself,to heal yourself,to improve yourself,to redeem yourself.Rather, do it as an act of love,of deep warm friendship… Continue reading Self Care Vs Self Improvement
Sundays 8.00-9.00pm, via Zoom, register here. Weekly online yoga class with Lucy Maresh. Practices are chosen to be accessible for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The focus is on yoga techniques for relaxation and efficient breathing. Sunday evening classes will continue throughout June on the theme of Niyama and are supported by a weekly newsletter containing video… Continue reading Online – Sunday Night Live – Self Care (Niyama)
You may be surprised to see just how many bolsters we actually have here at our disposal. Well, they have all been acquired so that I might create very cosy, inviting and supported spaces for the practice of yoga. At my restorative yoga workshops I like to provide all participants with two bolsters and plenty… Continue reading Going In and Out
For the Garden of Your Daily LivingPlant three rows of PEAS:1. Peace of mind2. Peace of heart3. Peace of soulPlant four rows of SQUASH:1. Squash gossip2. Squash indifference3. Squash grumbling4. Squash selfishnessPlant four rows of LETTUCE:1. Lettuce be faithful2. Lettuce be kind3. Lettuce be patient4. Lettuce really love one anotherNo garden is without TURNIPS:1. Turnip… Continue reading Planting Your Spring Garden