After a week of my mind and body wanting to rest with a Yin style of practice, it finally felt like flowing again. Building up some fire and powering through with some masculine energy.
This time of year it’s so easy to get caught up in our hectic busy schedules, shopping, eating and parties. Although I really do love to join in with all this, I know that if I don’t listen to what I really need, the New Year will be here and instead of feeling ready for a new start, I will be feeling sluggish, exhausted and in need of a quick getaway to a deserted island!
Since starting my yoga practice and learning to listen to my body, the messages have become much louder. I’m so aware of when I am thirsty, tired, tight or in need of detoxing. When I need time alone, time to breathe, time to laugh or time for pleasure. As a woman I’ve also learnt to embrace and flow with my menstrual cycle, keeping warm, drinking cacao, journaling, having long baths and cuddles.
It takes a lot of time and energy (like any relationship), to really get to know yourself and how you flow, grow and change with the seasons.
There was a time I didn’t have a good relationship with my mind and body at all. I often felt like I was fighting against them, conflicted, in pain both physically and emotionally, unwell and just not right. I don’t believe that this is life as you get older. The inevitable progression of ageing, I have seen 90 year olds in Asia doing things that not even 20 year olds could do here in the UK. Normal doesn’t mean right.
I see now the importance of honouring our minds and bodies without any feeling of missing out on what’s going on out there in the rat race. To not put unnecessary pressure on ourselves both physically or mentally trying to match up to this modern way of living, chasing societies views of a desirable life.
I believe once we see this, the main obstacle is learning how to give ourselves the FREEDOM to do so, no matter what our circumstances. I believe this is our yoga practice.
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