Mmn feels like Savasana in the tropics. Loving our new zen space and the community that is growing! Such fun together..
Here we are last Sunday in Restorative yoga… a sublime practice of deep relaxation. Melt away any stressors as we relax in supported yoga poses targeted to rest the adrenals, improve breathing and lead you to your body’s natural healing mode. Simple mindfulness practices are interweaved to deepen your inner connection to peace.
Before I became a certified yoga teacher, I was a certified couch-potato. So I definitely understand why some people “swear” that they will never try yoga. Even when I first bought yoga magazines (feeling unfulfilled reading fashion mags) I focused on articles about emotional balance and contentment, skipping over articles with detailed anatomical pictures and people in weird shapes. Little did I know that one day I would love the physical practice of yoga, relishing it as a concrete way of working through the body towards inner calm.
On the final afternoon of our retreat, a huge bed sheet with a pattern sketched on it was brought out, followed by baskets of flowers which were poured onto the ground. Earthy yellow magnolias, red roses, sweet jasmines, fragile white chrysanthemums in full bloom, and apparently we were to de-stem them to create a Yantra!
Yantras are graphical devices used traditionally by yoga practitioners to help to still the mind in meditation. To comfort us about the “destruction” of the flowers, so that creation can take place, our teacher Emil told us to look up Tagore, a Bengali poet who shook up the world of literature in the early 1900s, even becoming the first non-European poet to win a Nobel Prize…