As the Beatles sang “All you need is love “
In yoga love is everything – they key to enlightenment, nirvana, samadhi – complete bliss. But this is not just a fluffy, hippie notion science can prove as humans we need love and human connection.
Our biggest problem is that we are always looking to external sources to bring us happiness, love, joy – instead of cultivating these feelings within us, not for any gain but to become a better version of ourselves. In turn this happiness spreads and radiates out to everyone we encounter. You know what its like when you feel unhappy & miserable it seems to affect everyone around you making them feel the same, often worse.Read More
Yoga & Sleep
If you struggle get a good night's sleep, chances are that you may be aging faster than you should be, in addition to not feeling well and confused thinking. When we sleep, our body repairs on a cellular level and removes toxins. It is therefore necessary to get at least six to eight hours of sleep daily.
If you can't seem to sleep enough, yoga can help. Regular yoga practice is known to cure several ailments, including insomnia or abnormal sleeping habits. Yoga helps unwind stress at the end of the day and get better sleep at night.
Each month at the yoga collective we like to work to a theme, to help our students find a focus and to develop their practice. This month our focus is on our hips. Tight hips affect everything from your ability to get into Wheel pose to simply being able to pick up something off the floor. When hips are tight, they increase the load and cause overuse of the spine. In addition to the benefits of improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Yogic tradition holds the hips as a storage ground for negative feelings and pent-up emotions, especially ones related to control in our lives. Hip-opening can also create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways. Opening the hips gives us access to freedom in the body and in our own unique expression — creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually.
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian healing system based on achieving mental and physical harmony. It is one of the oldest forms of medical science known to man and has been practised for more than 5000 years; ‘Ayur‘ means ‘life’ and’ Veda’ means knowledge or science. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga.
Ayurveda treats the mind and body, and spirit of a person and works on the basis that the mind and body are linked and together they can restore balance and overcome disease. By assessing all aspects of our life from our diet to our daily/seasonal routine and incorporating some basic Yoga, meditation and rest into our lives, Ayurveda can restore harmony and balance.
What is mindfulness? Being more mindful? Mindfulness meditation??
We may have heard these phrases banded around recently but what does “mindfulness” mean???
Well according to the oxford dictionary mindfulness means:
The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something: “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
“A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique”