York, North Yorkshire
I started my yoga journey in 1998 when I accidentally took a yoga book out of shelf in a public library.
It wasn't any of those colourful mainly photo yoga books as you can see nowadays. It was book full of writings and sketches and the main thing really was the balancing the subtle energies, spiritual and health benefit of the poses. What was originally a corespondence course the yoga students completed week by week before they got to study with Dr. svami Gitananda Giri in India in the 60's became my own personal life. No social networks to post about it. It was trully just for me.
Day by day going through the poses, feeling the progress, answering my own questions I got more and more passionate about yoga. I could see and feel the changes happening in my body!
It wasn't until I trained with Zenways in 2011 when I enhanced my perception of yoga with zen principles for living which have been slowly woving through my life since.
I encourage everyone to explore and implement mindfulness and meditation into their life.
There were times in the last 20 years when I abandoned yoga for weeks and times when I lived yoga 24 hours a day. Therefore I know how it feels like being stiff, feeling disconnected and starting again. I know (tried and tested) how the regular practice can transform your life.
I am realising that the older I get the more the aproach to my yoga practice is changing.
If you ask me why we get on the path and then off it... there should be more straightforward answer, but there is not. It is our life, our journey, our choices. Our learning curve. Our karma. Our growth.
The everyday life constantly challenges us. The choices we make are not always mind, body, spirit nurturing choices. We sometimes make the wrong decisions, and that involves relationships, work, food, activities, etc. We need all of that that in order to learn.
I believe yoga is great as a therapy tool and can strengthen you on many levels. Yoga helps you to stay allert and mindful, present in your body, live in the now, make good choices.
Finding yourself and seeing purpose in your life is easier when you are balanced... and it is yoga, mindfulness and meditation which brings you balance.
I am and will be forever just a passionate student educating myself on the various yoga and health related topics. x
'Health is the greatest gift.' Buddha
I also studied and worked with the whole spectrum of complementary therapies ranging from more physical like Indian Head Massage, Art Therapy (hands, mind and soul in action) to more energy orientated like Quantum Touch, Healing Guided Meditation, Angelic Reiki and Theta Healing.
There is something deep and universal in each healing modality - it is The God, The Universe, The Power, the power of our mind...
I truly believe in our innate ability, strength and willpower to heal ourselves if we decide to do so. To heal our mind, our soul, our body. The perfect mind body connection is everything we need.
Healing can start on the physical level (through nutrition - superfoods, raw food, exercise, clean living - avoiding chemicals), energy/mind level (meditations, mindfulness, positive thinking, affirmations, visualisations) or even on the spiritual level (following your soul's purpose, resolving karmic isssues etc.)
We all have to do our own research (through the trial and error; I did mine exactly the same way and I am still learning). Everyone is unique and we are trully the souls having human experinces and not the other way round.
It is not always easy to live and thrive in modern society, with all the stresses, tempting unhealthy foods but there are many tools and resources to help us on the path to balanced living. Look around and pick. If something doesn't work, move on.
If you are in the perfect state of balance no need to change anything. If not, it is time to go inwards, reflect and then make some profound changes.
Yoga life nurtures mind, body, spirit and when everything is in balance that means only one thing - the ultimate well-being.
I wish you reaching ultimate health and happiness!
I am passionate about spreading what I learn so follow my discoveries on my blog if interested. I am here to support you!
Hope to see you in the class!
Love, peace and Namaste sparkles
© Zenyogaliving, 2018