Do you have an interest in furthering your yoga practice or earning your Yoga Alliance teaching certification? Regardless of your intention, when you dive deeper into self-inquiry and further develop your yoga practice…life tends to become more simple, perspective and priorities become clear, and contentment remains despite conditional circumstances. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Find out for yourself!
How about reducing stress, ceasing to glorify “busy”, sharing authentic conversations or connecting to people in REAL life?
Quite simply, I believe stress arises when we have TOO MANY things demanding our attention. Often times, we are responsible for creating this state of “TOO MANY”, as we confuse our basic needs with our wants and bury our priorities in the resulting imbalance. This creates discord…discord brings discomfort, distress, discontentment and disease. So when we slow down, set an intention to direct our focus to one thing at a time, the discord dissolves little by little. On our mats we do this by taking inventory of sensation, breathing into sensation, and being present with sensation, practicing with intention and then repeatedly and patiently redirecting our attention back to this stream of consciousness again and again. We explore a variety of practices to train ourselves to remain aware and present in a multitude of conditions and to discriminate between when we should adapt and when we should remain steady. This discrimination and the courage to remain present then remains with us as we move about our daily lives…for instance, rather than swearing at, flipping off or physically attacking the person who almost rear-ended you on your way to work and letting the anger spill into the rest of your day; you feel your heartbeat spike and anger arise but you take a deep breath, let the anger dissipate into a state of alertness, express gratitude that you’re safe and avoided an accident, and go about your day with heightened awareness and gratitude. This parallel between practice and life is something that we will discuss regularly in our training, and our various experiences will add a new depth of learning and empathy to our study of yoga and its related philosophies…it’s one of our 2015 group’s favorite components!
Our first meeting, an informal potluck is on Friday, November 18th at 6:30pm. Most likely at my mother-in-law’s in Kailua, but I will confirm closer to the actual date.
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