Yoga- Yoga - news, reviews and techniques

 
 

 
 

  • Yoga Marrakech
  • YOGA CLASSES MARRAKECH

    YOGA CLASSES MARRAKECH
    YOGA CLASSES ARE HELD IN THE HEART OF GUELIZ IN YOGA STUDIO THREE TIMES A WEEK MONDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY 8H TO 9H15 CLASSES ARE MIXED LEVELS ALL ARE WELCOME MATS PROVIDED ADDRESS,, RUE VIEUX MARRACKCHI NEXT TO RUE LIBERTE OFF MOHAMMED 5,, NEXT TO NEW MALL CARRE EDEN ENQUIRES HEARTOFA@GMAIL.COM 0675736448
  • KUAN YIN

    KUAN YIN
    KUAN YIN,, GODDESS OF COMPASSION AND WISDOM,,, 
  • ASHTANGHA YOGA MARRAKECH

    ASHTANGHA YOGA MARRAKECH
    ASHTANGA YOGA MARRAKECH OFFERS WEEKELY GROUP CLASSES OR PRIVATE LESSONS, AT HOTELS, RESIDENCES, VILLAS,,,,,,, ONE HOUR ONE HOUR HALF TAILOR MADE TO GROUPS , INDIVIDUALS  ENQUIRIES HEARTOFA@GMAIL.COM
  • YOGA MUDRA YOGA

    YOGA MUDRA YOGA
    YOGA MARRAKECH IS HAVING A WEEKEND OF MUDRA MEDITATION WORK,, SATURDAY MORNING AND SUNDAY MORNING IN MARCH   MUDRA WORK IS INTERESTING AS IT IS A WAY TO HEAL ,, STRENGTHEN ,,RESTORE AND NOURISH THE BODY    THERE ARE MANY MUDRAS,, OFTEN CALLED YOGA OF THE HANDS   WORKSHOP IS 3 HOURS ENQUIRES HEARTOFA@GMAIL.COM
  • MEDITATION CLASSES IN MARRAKECH

    MEDITATION CLASSES IN MARRAKECH
    YOGA MARRAKECH IS STARTING WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES COME SPRING, THESE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO ANYONE AND WILL BE HELD WEEKLY AT YOGA MARRAKECH CENTER NEAR THE STADIUM. FOR FURTHER INFO CONTACT HEARTOFA@GMAIL.COM
 
 
  • Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses and Exercises
  • Why It?s Important to be Flexible with Your Yoga Practice

    Why It?s Important to be Flexible with Your Yoga Practice

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah intimately understands the psychology of maintaining a home yoga practice. Here she breaks down five ways to stay flexible and fluid even as your life shifts and changes so you can maintain a regular practice.

    by Kara-Leah Grant

    Author of Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

    Life is busy.

    Most of us are juggling some combination of work, family, socialising, passions & hobbies and health & well-being. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, the things that we know make us feel the best - like regular yoga practice - can be the most difficult to maintain.

    This is especially true when we go through a life change, or a particularly stressful period.

    Right when we need it most, our yoga practice falls away. Our job changes, or we shift house, or we have a baby and that change of routine means we can't make it to our regular yoga class anymore, or we don't have the same time to do our home practice.

    Sometimes the change is physical or emotional - we injure ourselves, have major surgery, experience some type of mental illness, or experience a family crisis like the death of a loved one. It becomes physically, or emotionally impossible to continue on with the practice we love.

    Yet in these moments of change the biggest  barrier to continuing our yoga practice is not the shift in our life's circumstances but our mind's inability to accept and roll with those changes.

    We're attached to the practice we have been doing and find it difficult to consider doing something different.

    • We want to continue our strong physical practice.
    • We want to keep going to that studio or that teacher.
    • We don't want to practice at home because it requires more determination, more discipline, more effort form us.

    But if we're honest with ourselves, we'll realise that there is a desire or want that flies above all of these - the desire or want to reap the benefits of continuing to have yoga in our lives. When we can keep our eyes on that want, on that desire, and let it guide our actions, then all the other smaller wants of the ego fall away.

    And this of course is what yoga is all about - not just about flexibility of body, but also flexibility of mind.

    It means we're able to accept that we can't make it to that particular class anymore, but we can get to a later one if we're willing to change teacher or studio. Or maybe our time is so limited that we realise getting to and from a studio isn't possible anymore, but we can carve out half an hour a day if we're willing to dedicate ourselves to a home practice.

    After giving birth to my son in 2010, an emergency c-section meant a far longer period of recovery than I'd been expecting. It meant I was unable to dive back into my asana practice at all. Having a newborn in the house also meant nights of unbroken sleep. It would have been easy to just let my practice go completely, and come back to it once I was physically stronger, and getting some more sleep.

    However, I was fortunate enough to know enough about yoga to understand that just because I couldn't get on a yoga mat and physically move through postures didn't mean I couldn't still practice.

    And I knew exactly what the perfect practice would be for me at this time - Yoga Nidra.

    Far more than just a guided meditation,  Yoga Nidra was devised by Swami Satyananda to specifically work with the deep subconscious.

    In Satyananda  Yoga Nidra the distractions of the mind are contained and the mind is allowed to relax - truly relax - via the practice of pratyahara.

    Pratyahara is the fifth of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga and is best translated as 'withdrawal of the senses'. It bridges the external limbs of yoga - like asana and pranayama - and the internal limbs of yoga, like samadhi. In  Yoga Nidra, you lie flat on your back, eyes closed, withdrawing from all external inputs as you listen to a Satyananda teacher (or CD) take you through the  Yoga Nidra practice.

    Nothing is required except your attention, and your presence, yet  Yoga Nidra has a profound transformative effect because it systematically induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. During the practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness.

    It's said that a Yoga Nidra practice is worth two to four hours of regular sleep - perfect for a sleep-deprived, physically incapacitated new mum. All I had to do was plug my headphones into my iPhone when the baby was sleeping, lie down, and push play.

    While a small part of me still felt like I wasn't really practicing yoga, the rest of me knew that this practice was perfect for right now. Despite only getting four to six hours of unbroken sleep every night, I didn't feel tired during the day at all. The  Yoga Nidra practice was providing the appropriate nourishment for my daily life.

    It reminded me that no matter what is going on in your life right now - no matter how stressful it is, no matter how busy you are, no matter how crazy your routine, or lack of routine is - there is a perfect yoga practice for you.

    The trick is figuring out what it is, learning it from a qualified instructor, and then committing to it.

    1. It helps to start with the commitment - to acknowledge how much you gain from practicing yoga daily, and how important it is to you to continue on with that daily practice. Sometimes writing down this desire can help solidify our commitment to it.

    2. Once you've made that commitment, take an honest look at the daily circumstances of your life and ask yourself what it is you need most. Not what you want, but what you need.

    • Do you need something to help you manage anxiety?
    • Something to help you rehabilitate an injury or from surgery?
    • Something to help you get healthier and make better eating choices?
    • Something that provides a sanctuary and some 'me' time?

    3. Armed with commitment, and an understanding of what you need, do some research to find out what your perfect practice is. The best research is to talk to an experienced yoga teacher who can give you a specific practice. But if that person isn't available, search the net, do some reading, talk to some yoga friends.

    4. Take that practice and decide how often you're going to do it, and when you're going to do it. Make this decision according to what you need, rather then what you want. You may not want to get out of bed half an hour earlier, but it may be what's needed.

    5. Just do it. OK, so this is likely the hardest part of it all... but all you need do is show up on your mat. Truly. Get on your mat, and then whatever your practice is will flow. (Assuming your practice requires a mat. Maybe the perfect practice for you has turned out to be an hour of silent chanting while commuting to work in the morning.)

    6. Pay attention to results. All kinds of results. How does it feel when you stick to your commitment and do your practice? How does it feel when something interferes and you don't do your practice?

    On the days when I didn't do my Yoga Nidra... boy did I notice it. I felt tired, grumpy, spaced out, and stuck in my head. It was all the motivation I needed to get back to my daily practice.

    I was definitely excited to get back to asana when my body had healed sufficiently. But in those first five weeks, it was really beneficial to regularly practice Yoga Nidra. (Here's a link to the Yoga Nidra I used.)

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yogahas just been releasedShe?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal 

    Connect w/ Anmol

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconRSS iconlinkedin icongoggle plus icon

    Related posts:
    1. What Really Counts as a Home Yoga Practice?
    2. How to Anchor Your Home Yoga Practice with a Sadhana
    3. Why Do I Resist my Yoga Practice When I Know it’s Good For Me?
    4. How Regular Yoga Practice Creates Internal Equanimity
    5. How to Stay Motivated for Home Yoga Practice
  • Relax and Flow Like a River

    Relax and Flow Like a River

     Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

    The river does not even know its destiny and it is born. As a little trickle from the rain waters or the snow melting, it does not know. Creation has sent it forth and it is not even aware of its destination.

    Somewhere there?s a knowing, but at that stage it?s all a mystery.

    What will the river see, meet and experience?

    The script is already there, now it only remains to unfold.

    At first the river is keen to know a lot of things, but as time goes by, it starts to just flow. Now it has to be with the flowing, resisting judging, wanting nothing.

    Even the urge to meet the ocean and become one with it is a far dream. But there?s a knowing which propels it to keep moving. So much to experience on the way, it gurgles with excitement. The pebbles underneath, the twigs from trees, the music of the winds, it wants to embrace it all. All seems a sweeping dream.

    It is reminded of its destination.

    The ocean, that?s what I am looking for!

    The river is simple. All it understands is its nature to flow, and in complete faith it flows. With the banks as two guidelines it tries to reach out to whoever and whatever comes by.

    An oneness and openness to receive and give is it nature. It is so sure of it.

    There?s a constant knowing of its nature which keeps it focussed on its goal. An excitement of reaching the ocean and merging with it, but it does not let this excitement lessen its scripted journey.

    ?The journey is the destination? it reminds itself and continues with renewed enthusiasm and fervour. 

     About Dr. Bina Nangia

    Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

    A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

    Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

    She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

    Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India. 

     

    Connect w/ Anmol

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconRSS iconlinkedin icongoggle plus icon

    Related posts:
    1. How to Relax Your Mind | Tao Te Ching on Having Peace of Mind
    2. Surrender and Letting Go: Why ‘Ananda’ is the True Happiness
    3. Shunryu Suzuki Speaks on Enlightenment and Zazen Practice
    4. Survey: How Long Do You Meditate For?
    5. Magical Words for Meditation by J. Krishnamurti
  • Does the Media Image of Yoga Stop People From Giving it a Go?

    Does the Media Image of Yoga Stop People From Giving it a Go?

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah has written her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. Pre-sales have just started, and you're invited to be involved. Read more below. 

    by Kara-Leah Grant, author of The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga

    I'm in Auckland, New Zealand back in 1995, which seems a long, long time ago.

    I've dropped out of my second year at University - ostensibly because my back issues and serious sciatic pain made sitting for lectures impossible , but there were other, deeper reasons too. (i.e. my habitual response when facing serious challenge ? run!)

    Regardless, I was in chronic back pain and a good friend suggested we go and do a ten week beginners Iyengar yoga course that his friend was teaching.

    Now this was before the internet, before yoga selfies, maybe even before Yoga Journal had found it?s way to New Zealand.

    I have no recollection what-so-ever of knowing what yoga was, or what it looked like. I can?t remember even having seen a yoga posture.

    Certainly there was no great wealth of resources freely available like you'll find here on Anmol's website. 

    All I knew was that I was in pain, I could barely move, I had serious flexibility issues and my friend seemed to think that yog might help - whatever this yoga thing was.

    I turned up, and despite my limited range of mobility and pain, was well-looked after and supported into postures with multiple props. (Iyengar Yoga can be a great foundation for beginner yogis).

    I wonder though, if I was in the same physical position today, would I have made it to yoga class?

    Why the difference?

    Because now we?re inundated with thousands of yoga images and selfies in our social media streams.

     Now, yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry and images of asana and meditation are used to sell everything from soft drinks to cleaning products and clothing.

    Now, everyone knows what yoga looks like ? right? It looks super-flexible, slim, gorgeous and young - mostly.

    Therefore, if I were contemplating starting yoga in 2014, would I have this image of yoga as something that fit, gorgeous, bendy people do and therefore something that was not for me?

    It?s a question that?s impossible to answer.

    Yet I suspect that there are now probably hundreds if not thousands of people out there who would love to try yoga but don?t because it?s really intimidating to go to your first yoga class ? especially if you don?t look anything like the common image of a yogi.

     Some of them may even be reading this website, looking to find out information before venturing off to their first yoga class.

    Back in 1995, I was fortunate. Pain and total inflexibility were the only things holding me back and I had a caring and patient friend who literally hand-held me to my first yoga class.

    But what about those who don?t?

    What about all those people who would love to try yoga but are put off by the clothing required, the perceived level of flexibility required, the weird language that?s used, the strange sounds you might make or the confusion of all the styles of yoga available?

    What about all those people who might have dabbled in yoga, but are now asking how do you find a good teacher? How do you know if someone is a good teacher? How do you decide which style of yoga is for you? What if you don?t want to do postures ? is there something else you can do that?s yoga?

    These are the people I?ve written The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga for ? I?ve taken my experiences of yoga over the last fifteen years and distilled it down into a book so I can hand-hold people into their first yoga class and beyond.

    As part of my commitment to broadening the yoga student base, I?m donating $1 from every print copy of The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga to the Yoga Education in Prisons Trust plus 5% of e-copies. This is in addition to the $1 per copy of Forty Days of Yoga and 5% of online copies I donate.

    I want No-More-Excuses to be the kind of book that people buy for their friends, because they know it will support them as they start their yoga journey. 

    Yoga changed my life and my world, and it began with that first Iyengar class back in 1995. I?m forever grateful to the friend who took me to class, and the teachers who made me feel welcome and comfortable.

    Now I hope this book can provide the same type of service to the hundreds and thousands of people out there who want to try yoga but are afraid, for whatever reason, to make it to their first yoga class.

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga, has just been releasedShe?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal  

    Connect w/ Anmol

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconRSS iconlinkedin icongoggle plus icon

    Related posts:
    1. The Golden Rule to Stop Excuses and Start Meditation Now
    2. Clever Meditation, Yoga & Pranayama Tips for Busy People – Part 2
    3. Clever Meditation, Yoga & Pranayama Tips for Busy People – Part 1
    4. 5 Keys to Stop Procrastination
    5. Why Do I Resist my Yoga Practice When I Know it’s Good For Me?
  • Surrender and Letting Go: Why ?Ananda? is the True Happiness

    Surrender and Letting Go: Why ?Ananda? is the True Happiness

    Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at what it really means to surrender and let go.  

    In this world of names and forms, we are easily tempted with our senses to pursue, that, which seems real to us. We have no experience of any other perception. The chase is endless and due to the ?law of diminishing returns? the chase never ends. 

    With knowledge of our true nature, and the higher perception of the reality of names and forms, we can surrender and let go.

    True nature means understanding our completeness and letting go of the need to run after names and forms to complete it. The incompleteness never gets full and our senses get dragged from objects, people, and situations. These being finite, are never able to complete us. So we can surrender to that completeness within us to feel complete and whole. This ?ananda? is the true happiness.

    Recognising the infinite truth, being in the consciousness, we can surrender and experience the infinite happiness and bliss.

    How is this possible? By ending every ?perception? with ?perception? and not letting our senses be pulled away. We need to let go of our attachments to names and forms and surrender to our higher self.

    Attachments are not easy to let go, unless we have something higher and better to attach to. For example when we climb a ladder, unless we hold on to the higher rung, we will not let go of the lower one. Both activities need to go on simultaneously.

    In our attachments, the higher rung is the true knowledge of ?self?. By continuous practise, meditation and reading of scriptures, we can draw this knowledge from within us, where it already exists.

    Spirituality is the direction of attaching to the higher and letting go of our attachments. It is a serious dedication to higher understanding and not a part-time pastime. It is the constant awareness of ?truth?. Surrendering our ?ego? and limited self to this discovery pulls us towards completeness. Letting go happens as a result of this surrendering.

    The mind can be our worst enemy or our best friend. It depends on how we recognise its usefulness and train it. It is powerful equipment for our use, but only under the guidance of a sharp intellect. With many births of conditioned thinking and responses, the intellect has fallen from its usefulness as an instrument of discrimination. Instead, the mind runs on its whims and fancies, without discrimination and endlessly attaches itself to various names, forms and situations.

    It?s our work to lift the intellect from where it has fallen with regular practise of yoga and meditation.

    The mind then gets tamed to surrender and let go.

     About Dr. Bina Nangia

    Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

    A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

    Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

    She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

    Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India. 

    Connect w/ Anmol

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconRSS iconlinkedin icongoggle plus icon

    Related posts:
    1. The True Purpose of Relationships
    2. Enlightenment via Letting Go Meditation
    3. True Success Stories of the Enormous Health Benefits of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
    4. Daily Meditation Practice For February | Find Joy, Peace and Happiness
    5. Do Yoga for Happiness | Brain Yoga Research Confirms
  • How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares a tale from early motherhood on how every moment is an opportunity to wake-up, especially the difficult moments!

    by Kara-Leah Grant

    I wrote this article over four years ago now and re-reading it I'm struck by the spiralling nature of life. At the time I thought I'd learned something huge and could tick that off my to-do list. Being Present - Done!

    However, over the last four years this kind of situation has repeated itself over and over again. Every time I get a chance to notice the pattern - the wanting and attachment to wanting and the stress and struggle it causes.

    Once I notice the pattern, I can let the holding go... but first I have to notice. I'd like to say that noticing is getting faster and faster, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes I'm holding on for days and suffering for days before I notice what's happening.

    It's a reminder that life is a process. We never truly master it. We can only master the moment, then that too is gone and it's a new moment.

    Here's my tale of waking up in the middle of mothering.

     

     

     

    Never more am I reminded that every moment is an opportunity to wake up than during a morning with a crying baby.

    We came home last night from a week in the mountains to a cold, damp, empty house and discovered the fridge had been accidentally switched off and the kitchen was rank with defrosted fish bait. It's been cold enough in Dunedin that most of the contents of the fridge are salvageable but the freezer's a write-off.

    No worries... open some windows, light some incense, get the fire cranking (yeah for a big bag of Glenorchy pinecones!). All this while juggling an unsettled, teething baby who's content and happy as long as he's being held. All plans to clean the house out the window. Instead, I resign myself to getting tomorrow night's dinner on the go as a welcome home for my partner Luke.

    Fifteen minutes prep takes about an hour as I struggle to find a place where Samuel is happy. None of the usual tricks work, and in my frustration, I'm not picking up on his signals as well as I usually do, which frustrates him.

    But we manage. And by 7pm Samuel is down for the night, the house is warming up nicely, one load of washing is washed and the stew is stewing beautifully. So beautifully, I shift it to a smaller element at the back of the stove and turn it down below low so it can stew away all night.

    Big mistake.

    Turns out that element only has one setting. Hot & high.

    And in an attempt to warm up the rest of the house, I've shut the kitchen door and gone back to attend to Samuel who's woken up again already. It takes a while to sort him out, and it's not until I walk back to the computer to start wading through my inbox that I smell something burning. Confused, I think it's the pot of tea I've made that's now almost cold even though I haven't had a sip yet. Then I think it might be the washing in front of the fire.

    Finally I clue in.

    The stew.

    I open the kitchen door to discover the rank smell of fish bait rotting has been replaced with the pungent smell of burnt stew. There's a thick layer of smoke and steam hugging the ceiling and as I close the kitchen door to stop the smoke alarms going off, I hear Samuel start to cry again.

    This is a moment when I'm almost affected.

    I'm not known for my cooking skills and Luke is the chef in our family. Lately I've been making an effort to up-skill so taking the time to prepare something that takes two days to get to it's most yummiest is a big step for me. And now it's all burnt. I don't have time to wallow though, as Samuel's getting louder. Element off, pot moved, front door open to air kitchen, back to baby.

    Later I try and save some of the stew, scooping off the top bits into another pot before scrapping the thick layer of burntness into the pig bucket. I'm dreaming though, a quick taste test reveals a la burnt flavour all the way through. Ah well, the dog will feast well tomorrow night. He won't mind. (Turns out he does mind. Even the dog wouldn't eat this stew.)

    It was a new day this morning, and I had big plans as to what I was going to get done before Luke gets back later this afternoon. House cleaning and food shopping, dinner cooking and house plant re-potting. Not to mention article writing and website maintenance. And cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Plus that inbox that stills needs emptying. Phone calls to make. Bills to pay. And of course I'd love to get a real yoga practice in, an hour or so on my mat, as well as my daily sadhana.

    All this while home alone with a baby.

    Yeah right.

    My usually happy bouncy baby, content to jolly jump, or hang out in the walker, or play with his feet on the floor, or sit on my lap while I email... he's instead a gripey, crying, albeit still adorable baby. Nothing seems to settle him except for me. And doing anything while holding a baby takes three times as long, if it can be done at all. Time is ticking by and my list is only getting longer.

    It would be really easy at this point in time to get frustrated, piss off, angry, upset... all because I can't do what I want to do. I'd be suffering, Samuel would be suffering, Luke would suffer when he got home...

    This is the nature of attachment. Of being attached to what we want.

    I want to clean the house.

    I want to get heaps of work done on my website.

    I want to answer my emails.

    I want to do a good long yoga practice.

    In the midst of all the wanting, I'm missing the moment. I'm not even here. I'm right up in my head trying to shape this day to a script. What's even worse, it's a script of my making. I'm the only person putting deadlines and demands on myself. because I'm my own boss.

    So at about 10.30am I surrender. I toss the big long list of wanna-dos out the window, into the fire, down the toilet and open up to what's needed right now and how I can serve.

    Ahhhhhhh.........

    Thank God!

    The feeling of relief is immediate and I notice how tense I'd been.

    Samuel's settled somewhat and is bouncing away quite happily in my arms. I take a chance and put him in his jolly jumper. He's smiling. Jolly even. And there's jumping going on.

    Grabbing what I know will be a small window, I sit and start my sadhana. I'm on Day 57 of 90. It's awesome. First up, 11 minutes of seated chanting and hand mudra in tandem.

    Sa Ta Na Ma, Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung...

    I just make it to 11 minutes before Samuel's had enough in the jolly jumper. I get him down and lie him in front of me to do the next stage while he fusses and works toward crying. I know I've got about 2 minutes - the jolly jumper's given him an appetite.

    Inhale, hold, twist, stretch... and repeat three times...

    Just before Samuel goes into full scream, I pick him up and begin breast-feeding while starting my timer for the next stage of my sadhana.

    Three minutes of seated meditation while staring at the nose...

    It's more than three minutes this morning though, as I stay in meditation until Samuel falls asleep - nap time. Gently carrying him down to the bedroom, I'm not surprised when he opens his eyes as soon as I lie him down. Still one final stage of my sadhana to do, I jump up on the bed and sit cross-legged. Samuel watches me wide-eyed, but silent.

    Inhale, hold, shake out the energy... and repeat three times...

    Stare at the nose for twenty seconds... end on Namaste...

    Samuel is still awake, but I can see he's quiet and content. Me too. Just surrendering into the day, letting go of my attachment to that damn list has brought me back into the moment and suddenly it's a beautiful day. I know what's needed right now, for both Samuel and I. Remaining cross-legged on the bed I start to chant his favourite mantra, over and over again, playing with the sound, being mindful of the sensations inside my body, and watching Samuel watching me.

    Om shanti shanti shanti om...

    I can see he's calm and present now, mirroring my calmness and presence, and it's not long before he effortlessly drops off into a deep sleep.

    I sit in gratitude for my small son, for my partner coming home this afternoon, for our warm house, for the sounds of the birds outside. Tears well up from inside as I feel the truth of something Stephen Archer emphasizes on his meditation talks.

    You wake up right where you are

    Not when you sort your problems out.

    Not when the baby stops crying.

    Not when you buy the perfect house.

    Not when you get the perfect job.

    Not when your website starts making money.

    Just here.

    Just now.

    It's the only place that is. And it's the only place we'll ever wake up to.

    I may never have got that hour long yoga practice on the mat, but what's the point of practicing on the mat when we're not taking every opportunity to wake up off the mat?

    After all, isn't that why we practice, so we can then put that practice into play in our lives?

    hello

    Author of Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013 and she's almost finished revisions for her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. She?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal  

    Connect w/ Anmol

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconRSS iconlinkedin icongoggle plus icon

    Related posts:
    1. Baby Yoga Pose to Calm the Mind
    2. My Baby Is Silencing My Mind
    3. How to Make a Baby the Right Way- With Illustrations!
    4. How to Raise Enlightened Children
    5. How to Make a Baby the Right Way – Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition
  • Young Yoga Masters
  • Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools

    Creative Ways to Get Kids Yoga into Schools
    Back to School isn’t just for kids! Come get trained as a kids yoga teacher - next training starts September 20, 2014!  You’ll have so many wonderful ideas to bring yoga into your classroom. In 2010, I wrote about How to Start a Kids Yoga Program at a School.  Well, things have changed in schools […]
  • Back to School Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

    Back to School Kids Yoga Lesson Plan
    A Zen story yoga lesson plan for Back to school that kids love about what it means to listen and learn. The Story of the Empty Cup with a yoga for children twist.
  • 5 Kids Yoga Activities to Enhance Your Camps this Summer

    5 Kids Yoga Activities to Enhance Your Camps this Summer
    It’s summer!  Which means kids yoga camps and time to try fresh ideas that you just don’t have time to try in a regular class. I’m planning a summer camp right now.  It’s 18 hours of kids yoga over 5 days in our 10 Day Kids Yoga Teacher – Summer Certification.  So going through my […]
  • I Need Your Advice for Kids Yoga with Different Age Groups?

    I Need Your Advice for Kids Yoga with Different Age Groups?
    I’m working on a new quick reference chart (below) for teaching yoga to children of different age groups. I’m making the chart because so many new kids yoga teachers wonder about teaching specific ages, things like: “What age range should I choose for my studio classes or summer camps?” “Are games too juvenile for teens?” […]
  • Free Kids Yoga Alphabet Printables for Summer

    Free Kids Yoga Alphabet Printables for Summer
    As a kids yoga teacher the time of year when there are only two or three weeks of classes left, is my time to prepare kids to continue their yoga practice over the summer. Here are three kids yoga Printable resources that make great lesson plans for getting children to do yoga.