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)
The political is personal. I first became aware of Jacinda Ardern when she announced last year that the New Zealand budget would "prioritise wellbeing over economic growth". What might it look like in my own personal life, to prioritise my wellbeing over my productivity?
"Keep Calm is useless advice unless you have a trained method for self-regulation and addressed your trauma history." I used to think yoga was the glue that fixed me back together after some difficult times. Now I credit yoga as the lens through which I saw that I was never really broken.
Fish live in streams Birds nest in trees Human beings dwell In warm hearts Dwelling in a warm heart, we soften and we open. Perhaps we have more space inside us for kindness and for patience. Perhaps we, quite literally, have more space to breathe.