The day I discovered my feet in practice so many things changed. Pressing into my big toe joints helps me balance: pressing my feet through the floor energises my leg muscles and contains my flexibility: pressing my inner feet together activates my bandhas, as does pressing through the balls of my feet and spreading my toes during seated postures: the position of my foot protects my knees during lotus & leg behind head by sending the rotation to my hip sockets. The list is endless... “Finding our feet” adds a whole new dimension to the practice!
I’m currently loving this variation of Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward dog). Hamish Hendry teaches this as an alternative method if you have back pain. I never connected with it before but I’m currently working through a sacro-iliac issue and it’s wonderful. It stops be from dumping into my lower back (which can be an issue for those of us with hyper mobility) and allows me to fully engage my thighs and my glutes. “But your not supposed to engage your glutes in back bends” I hear you cry. Yes that is a common instruction in modern yoga. Like all instructions sometimes it is valid, sometimes not. I actually question the generic use of this instruction in classes. I hear so many yogis with back pain saying “my Physio says it’s because my glutes aren’t firing”. In my body’s current expression activating my glutes supports my sacrio-iliac and alleviates my back pain. It feels wonderful! A great reminder that our best teacher is our own practice. We can do a million workshops and read a million books but nothing will teach us as much as getting on our mat everyday and learning from our bodies. Hold instruction lightly - use it when it works, but keep an open mind and be ready to throw it out and try something new if your body asks it of you. Be investigative! And Practice, practice #practice !
Rocky sunbaking in better days.. This is a cat who used to press the lever on the filtered water tap and drink from it! He could open closed doors. He LOVED cuddles and used to insist on sleeping on my head or with his paws wrapped around my neck. And he loved playing with dogs!
Rogus Wee Willy aka ‘Rocky’...we are so grateful to have shared life with you. You brought us so much joy. So much of our shared family history is in you. You are loved forever and will live on in our hearts.💕🙏🏽💕30/04/2004-5/1/2018
New Year’s Day was a quiet one curled up on the sofa reading this classic existential gem. “There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings” - Dostoyevsky quoted by Frankl.
I know everyone’s excited to hit the New Year running but remember it’s a moonday tomorrow. Take a breath, Pause.... sleep a little longer (6am will do 😉) and then do something unexpectedly lovely for yourself or someone else 💕Happy New Year xx #practicesomethingelse
Final practice of the year. Exhaling 2017..... x
Wishing you a Happy Christmas. Peace and Love for 2018 xx
No practice tomorrow Ashtanga yogis as the December new moon will be here. This is an opportunity to slow down, pause, reflect and clarify intentions....before the seasonal festivities begin. Oh....and sleep a little more! 💕
Come practice with me in our beautiful Shoreditch Mysore room....it’s heavenly 💕🙏🏽💕Absolute beginners welcome. @triyogauk
Thankyou @nolatrees for sharing your experience and knowledge today. It was invaluable! I welcome anyone in a larger body who wants to learn Mysore Ashtanga Yoga to come and practice with me. 🙏🏽💕
Are you searching for some peace and quiet? Still your mind with Mysore Ashtanga Yoga. Learn to move to the rhythm of your breath and feel your soul soar.... Absolute beginners encouraged and welcome - just bring yourself and a smile! Sun thru Friday mornings (drop in) @triyogauk Shoreditch