One of the aspects I've always been drawn to in Forrest Yoga is the premise that asana is an expression of the individual in any particular moment in time. It's not about putting the body into shape, but rather shaping the pose around the body, so that the pose can serve the person. Lasting transformation is a movement from the inside outside rather than trying to trim the body, mind or spirit into a certain shape, so they can fit a form we somehow believe is the right one.
Outside the yoga room the feeling that our bodies are not perfect or fitting the ideal is definitely prevalent and is causing a lot of harm. We can be swept away so easily with the belief that we are not thin enough, athletic enough, muscular enough, lean enough and that our bellies are not flat enough. It then taints everything we do. In those moments, it's useful to remind ourselves that our body is an expression of who we are and that it's incredibly unhelpful to try and fit it into a shape it should not be. Rather, I'd love for all of us to celebrate our body, mind, psyche and spirit just the way they are and the way they are changing with age, season, moon cycles, etc.
Celebrate who you are unashamedly!
This January we're celebrating Equilibrium Peterborough's 7th birthday. To mark the occasion and thank you for all your support, we have a special celebratory offer for you.
Bring a friend for FREE: January 2015
Come to any class at the Peterborough or Huntingdon centre during January 2013 and bring your friends for free! The 'friend for free' offer is open to anyone who hasn't visited the Peterborough centre yet, or who hasn't been to class for more than 6 months.
Visit as many times as you like - the only question now is who you'll bring!
Looking forward to seeing you at class!
We'll have a month packed with Forrest Yoga! Forrest Yoga for me is about allowing ourselves to be seen and becoming vulnerable. This poem sums up what Forrest Yoga intends to do.
Please Hear What I'm Not Saying
Don't be fooled by me.
(Charles C. Finn). September 1966
When you are in standing poses and your legs and hips are shaking, you may wonder what you can gain from these postures, particularly since they are a modern invention and traditional ancient yoga only worked with seated postures. In fact, "asana" is translated as "seat".
Apart from the obvious physical benefits of strengthening the leg and hip muscles, as well as being one of the best ways to open the hips - even better than seated poses - standing poses have an energetic and emotional effect on the body and mind.
One of the most import aspects for me is the ability to ground myself through standing poses. Grounding means to be in touch with the earth and therefore in touch with reality, which helps with seeing things for what they are without distortion and inner dialogue. When in standing poses we can direct our attention into our legs and feet more easily and send the energy downwards - thereby establishing an energetic connection with the earth. When we bring energy down the body, we reduce anxiety and stress, which often manifests as too much energy in chest and head.
Standing poses are a great way to draw our attention into our legs and feet and to run energy down our body, establishing a connection with the floor. When we are more grounded, we are also more rooted in the here and now. So, next time you are in standing poses, enjoy the feeling of being more rooted in reality and let your legs shake!
Yoga, well-being and mindfulness... always walk in beauty.