Body and Soul Yoga
|Posted on December 7, 2015 at 12:25 AM|
There’s something special about yoga outside in the winter. Maybe it’s because most of the winter we’re stuck indoors. Often the only time we step outside is on our way to or from something else. Even a walk around the park isn’t the same as yoga for me. You’re still moving forwards, journeying from one space to another. Today’s time in the bandstand was something else again. A time to stop and pause – to enjoy the experience while staying in the same place. The wind blew gently around us while birds fluttered in the air and geese skimmed across the nearby lake. The sounds of walkers, cyclists and children wafted around the bandstand and we remained in our little world, cocooned in our spacious bandstand studio.
Luckily it wasn’t even cold today. December has yet to bite and, although the air was crisp it wasn’t bitter. With plenty of warm layers and Dru energising routines we could have stayed all day, or at least until the sun went down.
Thanks to Terry, Maria and Lorna who joined me again today. Rachel and Jade couldn’t make it this time because Rachel was in London continuing her Dru training. This time of year is busy for most of us and I realise it’s difficult to fit everything in. However, the four of us had plenty of space to spread out while we practised Surya Namaskar and the Earth Salutation – acknowledging the earth that nurtures and the sun that sustains.
There was time too for Vrksasana (Tree) and the opportunity to choose a tree each to visualise when we practise at home. I love the balancing benefits of Vrksasana which directs our energetic flow from earth to heaven via the solar plexus to the ajna chakra. With regular practice should open your inner vision and enable you to see the world as it is rather than as you would like it to be. The Dru Flowing Tree is a beautiful practice and really develops concentration as well as balance.
We finished with Oms and repeated our San Kalpa before rushing back to the Christmas shopping! Looking forward to the next one on 3rd January ready for the New Year. See you then ....
Eccleisiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
• A time to be born and a time to die,
• A time to plant and a time to uproot,
• A time to kill and a time to heal,
• A time to tear down and a time to build,
• A time to weep and a time to laugh,
• A time to mourn and a time to laugh,
• A time to mourn and a time to dance,
• A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
• A time to embrace and a time to refrain,
• A time to search and a time to give up,
• A time to keep and a time to throw away,
• A time to tear and a time to mend,
• A time to be silent and a time to speak,
• A time to love and a time to hate,
• A time for war and a time for peace.
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