Yoga

Pilgrims on the Ganges River

On my recent trip to India, September 2016, visiting Varanasi was a definite highlight.
Many chances to laugh, to experience joy, to practice being present, to practice meditation in many different ways.

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As we were on our way home to the hotel for breakfast, from an early morning sunrise boat trip, visiting several ghats, chanting the Gayatri mantra, meditating and journaling, we passed this boat of visiting pilgrims, who were very interested in singing and celebrating with us.

I often play this little video clip as a reminder of happy times, as a way to meditate on emotions, on sound and on the idea that all is one.

Maha Devi.

Enjoy the sounds and sights. Close your eyes and allow the energy of happiness to take over.

Glimpses into my Women’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to India – September 2016!

Well, where do I start? And which photos do I include?

Firstly, it was an enriching journey and a well needed holiday. I am confirmed in my belief that being spiritual means different things to different people, and that is absolutely fine by me. There is no right or wrong way of being spiritual, in my mind. I am also proud of and confirmed in the way I teach yoga and how I guide you into exploring your physical, mental and emotional potential and allow you to feel content within your body and your mind.

Secondly, India has much to offer, and I will surely be returning one day to explore this vast and diverse country even more.

Thirdly, by travelling with an open heart and having good intentions, like seeking to understand, one will not exploit those living in poverty. It’s ok to continue to travel to third world countries.

Fourth, surrender to the things you can’t control. I know it’s a no-brainer, but I was surprised by how slow and inefficient everything and everyone works. So, I had to surrender to India time, India efficiency and Indian people’s way of shaking and nodding their head at the same time, which can mean both yes and no, or maybe. Oh, and the semi-existence of wi fi. At the same time, it was reassuring to feel how everyone has their place, their task, knows what they’re doing and goes about their day with ease and calm and no sense of hurry or urgency. Quite fascinating really.

Fifth, the level of energy and depth of the various spiritual places we visited varies and takes you with it, overwhelms you, surprises you, makes you feel a certain way. It plays with your heart. So tears galore in my case, from touch-down to farewell.

Sixth, my favourite place was Varanasi, the oldest, holy, living city on the planet. And my favourite experience was the Aarti, a Hindu ceremony, on the river Ganges. I personally feel very peaceful in the presence of slow, flowing water, as I have grown up very near a river. I’m also very fond of ritual and ceremony. You hear me say “celebrate” a lot. In particular the use of one’s own voice, chanting, singing and reciting are pastimes close to my heart. More on that with the appropriate pics further along.

Seventh, my most needed experience was connecting to my heart space, to slow down, to be on my own and to allow for Bettina to be heard and felt. After all, it has been 14 years since I had time on my total own.

Enjoy the glimpses into the journey and know that my musings simply reflect my opinion and are given with the intention to inform and to entertain. Perhaps even amuse. All places and experiences would validate a blog post and story on its own.

New Delhi and the Taj Mahal.

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Delhi was a kind and soft introduction into India. It’s a big city in a third world country. The site and gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra reminded me a lot of home. In fact, I felt very at peace, in harmony and at home. The gardens are lush, spacious and well kept. It surprised me how small the inside of the mausoleum was though. The energy is calm, not vibrant. The view and the gardens (moonlight gardens) from behind are magical beyond words. Of course, I had to strike a pose on the spot.

Dilli Haat – Market shopping for souvenirs and appropriate clothing.

Eros Hotel – for a soft landing into India.

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I hugely enjoyed the climate of Delhi. 30 to 38 degrees Celsius and some humidity. No heater needed, no layers of clothing to warm up, just nicely enveloped in warmth.

This market stall is where I spend most of my time in Dilli Haat, as the market holder was very humorous, talkative, witty and kind. I was looking for experiences, for connections to people, rather than just another souvenir. Oh, and I loved bargaining.

I have to say overall, I had nothing but pleasant experiences. The people are kind, softly spoken, a bit hard to read at first, but then you tune into their energy and smile with them, at them, let them make interesting comments about your appearance, and simply marvel at the sense of calmness with which everything is accomplished. Initially, I took this as a form of des-interest, and dis-connection, this is not the case though.

I was particularly amazed at how effortlessly the crowds of people both on land and on the river subside after a gathering without any pushing, yelling or aggression in any way. Same with the traffic on the roads, everyone tuts their horns, but there is no aggression or sense of immediate urgency, everything is accomplished in due time and calm effort. Remarkable. Maybe it’s the climate. I’ll have to dwell on that a bit. And I invite your comments and viewpoints.

Varanasi – The holy City.

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To watch and experience life on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Varanasi, was a highlight for me. The daily morning rituals, the business of the river during the day and the ceremonies in the evening are all equally important and rich. One feels privileged to be able to observe the going ons on the river and to be walking the streets of this magnificent place. The energy and atmosphere is both calm at times and vibrant, heavy often and mystical. Varanasi plays with your senses, you’ll experience sensory overload, as it is always loud, busy, colourful, warm, dramatic. A splendid place to practice pratyahara (drawing your senses inwards), pranayama and meditation.

The Thali, a meal consisting of the 6 different flavours (sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and spicy), as well as all other food offerings were delicious. Curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner is what suits my palate and body well. And what is not to smile about when there is masala chai tea offered wherever you go. At the end of the trip though, I did miss the act of chewing. So a salad was a welcome addition to my diet, as well as a bit of dark chocolate once at home.

The streetvendors, stallholders and beggars were not as in your face as I had been warned about and had anticipated. I felt very much in control and having my personal space respected. Of course I only bought from and gave to vendors where I had an outstanding experience, where I felt some form of connection. Either because of their sense of humour, their story, their way of looking after me and keeping me safe.

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Pilgrims from the south of India admiring the beauty of the banks of the river in Varanasi. And below, the view onto the river from our room.

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Streetlife in Varanasi and an evening ceremony on the waters’ edge. Aarti is a Hindu ceremony of worship, held in the evenings to celebrate and honour a deity. Here, mother Ganges, Devi Ganga, is worshipped as she represents life, she is the creator of all and everything. I could write a blog on Aarti alone. For now, simply imagine hundreds of people on land, hundreds out on the river on boats, heat, chanting of vedic mantras by these 5 priests, bells and other musical instruments, fire, flowers, intense colours, dance moves, clapping and happy vibes, and see if you can simply tune into the divine vibrations of this sacred act.

Below, I found my calling on the Ganges. And offerings in front of the Durga temple.

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Varanasi – yoga on the rooftop, overlooking River Ganges.

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Yoga in India is a lot, if not exclusively, about prana. The moving, keeping and increasing of prana, life energy. This yoga master took us through a number of yoga practices and the format is very close to the format we practice here at The Art of Balance – Yoga and Massage, you use breath to connect to your body, you move with asana, you practice pranayama, you relax. Yes, our yoga practices are often more vigorous, more flowing, more strength and flexibility building, more well-rounded and definitely longer. It was both re-assuring and embarrassing when he pointed to me and said : “You have perfect body, perfect practice”. So there you go. I have to own it. And you can too!

Bodhgaya – A World Heritage Site, where Buddha attained enlightenment.

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The Mahabodhi temple is the site where Buddha attained enlightenment.  And the statue below is the Big Buddha of Bodhgaya.  Significant places of worship for practicing buddists all over the world.

Cows – the celebration of life.

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In India the cow is holy as it represents the mother, the creator of all life.  One gets quickly used to the sight of this creature and is surprised to see how well it fits in to daily life.

Colours of India – Farewell my friend.

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Colourful and meaningful experiences are everywhere.

India, you have been good to me, I will keep you forever in my heart.  I am grateful for the experience and for all the people I have met along the way.

Thank you to Belinda of www.belindaodea.com for making this journey possible.

Thank you to YOU my reader, client and student for allowing me to grow so I can allow you to do the same.

I hope you enjoyed this little journey and if you have any comments or questions, please let me know.

Until we meet on the yoga mat or the treatment table.

Om Namaha Shivaya.

Bettina Pfannkuch

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation resulting in a deep state of relaxation, a state between sleeping and waking consciousness. A meditation that takes the art of simply being and observing further and allows us to tap deeper into our subconscious mind, it becomes a mind-body therapy. We typically explore Yoga Nidra in both our monthly Meditation Workshops and our monthly Urban Retreats (yoga and meditation immersions). It is a simple mindfulness practice and can be done by anyone. You don’t have to be a seasoned meditator, nor do you need any yoga experience. And, as in all our classes and offerings, there is nothing to be achieved. This is a practice, like yoga, where simply doing the best you can, and in Yoga Nidra, this means lying down and listening, is the result, it is what makes it so beneficial. So no pressure, and no fear of big words. It is best, in the beginning, to have someone read to you or to listen to a recording. Most recordings go from anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes. Let’s explain and explore in more detail.

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra?

  • Lower heart rate
  • Breathing slows down
  • Reduced stress
  • Relaxed body
  • Calm mind
  • Better quality sleep
  • Ability to fall asleep easier
  • Joy
  • Ease in body
  • Clarity of mind
  • Quiet mind
  • Lightness of both body and mind
  • Happiness
  • Heightened awareness
  • Feeling of spaciousness and abundance
  • Helps to resolve trauma
  • Helps to overcome or better deal with feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, frustration
  • Improves capacity to welcome any feelings, emotions, and life situations
  • Improves compassion towards oneself
  • Improves compassion towards others

Why Yoga Nidra and what does it mean?

Yoga Nidra is often translated into ‘psychic sleep’. It allows you to drift in and out of consciousness, almost into sleeping and yet your subconscious is still alert and listening. It is also said that 30mins of Yoga Nidra is as restful as 2-3hours of sleeping. Now, I got your attention. It means that in a lying down position you allow all your feelings, all your physical sensations, all your thoughts, all your visions and imaginations that may occur during the meditation to surface, and you will welcome them all in, without any judgement or need to change them. It is simply a welcoming practice.

The practice itself is the result. There is no need to achieve anything here. Be kind to yourself and know, that this is the art of doing something nurturing and supporting for yourself. Let go of any judgment, of any idea of the ideal practice. Just like in yoga asana practice. In this sense it becomes also a practice of mindfulness, of being present.

What are the steps and stages of Yoga Nidra?

  1. Firstly, you are invited to find a comfortable position. Traditionally it is suggested to lie down. However, you are in charge and can decide what the most comfortable position is for you.
  2. Set an intention. This could simply be to stay open and present to whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations arise. Perhaps today, you need to find clarity or simply relaxation. If you come to our yoga classes, then you have felt that this intention setting is invited in every class and sets the tone for your practice as well as gives it purpose.
  3. State your Sankalpa. This means you now connect to your heartfelt desire and really ask yourself, what it is you deeply long for. Say this positive statement to yourself in the present tense, as if it has already happened. Say it three (3) times. Set and feel this affirmation with all of your heart, your whole body and mind. For example “I am at ease”, or “I have all I need”, or “I am patient” (clearly, this one is for me).
  4. Body Scan or Rotation of Consciousness. This means that you gradually allow your awareness to rotate throughout your physical body. You sense your whole body systematically and feel it as one whole radiant sensation. Start with your jaw, your mouth, your eyes, your ears, your nose, your forehead, your whole head, your neck, your throat, your left arm, your left hand, your right arm, your right hand, then both arms and hands simultaneously. Become aware of your chest, your shoulders, your back, your belly, your pelvis, your sacrum, your whole torso. Feel your whole upper body. Now become aware of your left hip, your left leg, your left foot. Then feel your right hip, your right leg, your right foot. Now feel both legs together. Now become aware of your whole lower body. Feel your whole body now as one entity, as radiant sensation.This is a very basic body scan. Time and experience permitting, you can be much more detailed and even include your chakras, your energy centres. This is where a recording will come in handy. I am working on one or five for you, please be patient with me. In the meantime, join us for the meditation workshops and retreats.
  5. Breath Awareness. Simply become aware of your breathing. Allow yourself to notice your breath. There is no need to shift it in any way. Sense your breath in your body. Notice the air moving in and out of your nostrils or notice the breath in your belly or your ribcage. There is no right or wrong, simply become aware of your breath and feel it moving in and out of your body. Perhaps you can allow yourself to feel a wave of energy in your body with each breath.
  6. Welcome your Feelings and Sensations. Become aware of any physical sensations in your body. Perhaps you feel heaviness, warmth, tingling etc. Allow yourself to feel that without any judgement or the need to push it away or ‘fix’ it. Simply welcome it in and experience it. Then see if you can also bring up sensations of the opposite. Say you feel heaviness, see if you can bring up lightness in your whole body and your mind. Then proceed to invite in and sense emotions that are currently present within you. Say you feel anger, frustration, sadness, happiness etc. Sense it, stay present and allow the opposite to be felt too. Do this with as many sensations and feelings as are present.
  7. Observe your Thoughts, Memories, Images. Become aware and observe any thoughts, memories or images that are present for you. Simply notice them without judging them or trying to change them. Welcome in your experience just as it is. Often in a guided meditation you will be invited to experience images and symbols on a level of feeling, emotion and imagination just as they are read out to you.
  8. State your Sankalpa again. Allow yourself to state your Sankalpa, your positive affirmation again three times. Three times in the present tense, as if it had already happened. If you do not have a Sankalpa just yet, leave out this step. You still get the benefits of this meditation. See below for an explanation.
  9. Closing, Return. Now become aware of your breathing again. Become aware of your surroundings and deepen your breath. Slowly move again, thank yourself and enjoy your day or a good night’s sleep. Know that you can practice for as long and as often if you feel is appropriate for you.

What is a Sankalpa?

A sankalpa is a positive affirmation or positive resolve. It goes beyond simply goal-setting, it is inviting you to truly feel and connect to your heartfelt desire. It is a goal that comes from your heart. It is what you deeply long for. Take your time with connecting to this feeling. Sometimes we have to really allow some time to acknowledge it. For example, we might strive for success in a material sense, and yet, our heartfelt desire might be to simply be loved, unconditionally. Or it could be as simple as feeling abundance in our life. I have written an article on Sankalpa, read the full article here.

A final word, be mindful that there have been books written on Yoga Nidra, so our article here is meant to be a brief overview. My writings are based on my personal experience and the feedback from you, my clients. For this blog, I have consulted the book “Yoga Nidra, a meditative practice for deep relaxation and healing” by Richard Miller. This can be borrowed from our studio library.

Thank you for your curiosity. If you have any questions, please ask, I’m happy to find an answer and have a conversation with you. And please let me know what other topics you would like to explore. I look forward to your comments and to connecting with you in the studio. Enjoy your meditation.

In calmness,

Bettina

Your 5 GO-TO Yoga Poses for Winter!

Do you want to keep your body subtle, your mind calm and the winter blues at bay? Then these five Go-To winter yoga poses are for you! Remember to FEEL into your body, breathe evenly – and most of all – have fun.

As any of these poses would warrant an article on its own, the benefits described are mostly physical rather than emotional or energetic. I encourage you to find a position in your yoga postures that feels good for you on any given day.

Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward Dog

One of the most traditional Yoga poses, downward facing dog pose, is brilliant for stretching and strengthening the whole body. All of our joints and major muscle groups are being activated by this posture. As the heart is above the head, it is also an inversion, increasing the blood flow to the brain. With the relation of the upper body to the lower body, it is also a forward bend. It will strengthen your heart & lungs, enabling you to better ward off any upper respiratory ailments. Bend your knees to start with, over time you will be able to bring your heels to the floor. Further move your buttocks toward the ceiling to lengthen your spine even more. Stay for 3 breaths to 3 mins.

Now if you feel like it, you can vary your Down Ward Facing Dog pose.

You can walk your dog. One heel up, one heel down. You can bend the knees and the toes, lengthen the spine and work on some more strength. You can of course twist your down dog: reach for the opposite thigh or ankle with the opposite hand. Or come into a three-legged dog, or even take your dog to the bushes and open the hips.

Swing yourself forward into a high plank position on your inhale and back into downward facing dog on your exhale.

Be creative and have fun. Always move mindfully.

Triangle Pose – Trikonasana

Triangle pose

A traditional standing pose that strengthens all your muscles in your legs, opens your hips and your chest & heart. Allow your upper body to fold over your straight front leg sideways. Keep energy in both legs & both arms, feel your chest open & expand and your spine elongate. Look to your upper thumb. If this is too strong for your neck, keep the gaze to your big toe. Trikonasana is a great pose to reflect on three ideas of living well: loving, learning and sharing. Stay from 3 to 20 breaths, change sides.

Locust Pose – Salabhasana

Locust pose

This is a safe & wonderful mini-backbend that opens the heart & lungs and massages your abdominal organs which can get a bit sluggish in the winter months. It also strengthens your whole back muscles, buttocks, back of legs and your core. This in turn will improve your posture. Gently lift up your upper- & lower body, as well as your arms, keep your gaze forward and down to lengthen from the crown of the head. Hold for as many breaths as is comfortable and repeat.

L-shaped Legs-Up- The-Wall Pose – Viparita Karani (variation)

Viparita L Shape

Open your hips and reverse the blood flow with this wonderful inversion. Take your legs as wide as your hips, groins and hamstrings allow. Then bring your energy into your heels and point the toes towards your face to further lengthen the whole back of your legs. With each exhalation ask the legs to increase the angle of the V. Hold between 10 breaths & 5 minutes. Of course you can simply put yourself into this shape without engaging the legs and still get the benefits of the pose, without the strength work.

Reclining Two-Knee Twist

Side Lying Twist

This is a lovely twist to end your practice or to come into anytime you feel like both back and front of torso need a stretch. It increases mobility in your spine and hips, massages your internal organs, and stretches your shoulders and chest. Be careful, and very gently ease into it if you have lower back problems. Hold for as many breaths as feels comfortable. Change sides.

Childs Pose – Balasana

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This is a very calming and comforting forward bend. If the hands along the side of the body are uncomfortable, you can bring them forward and rest your forehead on two fists, or on both palms stacked on top of each other. If uncomfortable in the hips, bring a bolster or blanket between heels and hips, and / or take your knees wider.

Physically, it stretches the whole of your back. Great pose to rest in between poses. Can be a starting or finishing pose to allow yourself to connect to your breath, set an intention and say thank you to yourself .

Energetically, it is calming and soothing as we turn our back to the world. We are curling inwards. A great pose to come into when we feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, or need a short rest from the world.

Always finish your practice with 3-7 minutes of Savasana – Corpse Pose, allowing your Nervous System to calm & settle. Allow your body to be still, your breath to be soft and your mind to be free and alert.

Wishing you fun on and off the mat. Happy Winter & Happy Practicing.

Any comments or questions, please let me know.

Namaste

Bettina

Brahmari Pranayama – Buzzing Bee Breath

Another way to calm your mind – and relax your body.

Whilst this breathing exercise can be done anywhere and in any position, for any length of time, traditionally it is practiced sitting in an upright position.

For our purpose today, I simply want you to explore using your breath as a tool to calm your body & your mind. The breath is such a wonderful tool to use as you have it available all the time. It is always at your disposal.

So, lets gently close the lips and inhale through the nose. Exhale through your nose with a soft sound like that of a bumble bee. Or in other words, the exhalation is released in a humming/buzzing sound. You are welcome to close down your eyes if it feels right for you. Practice allowing the vibrating sensation be felt in your jaw, third eye, your forehead and eventually in your whole head and body. Allow your breath to be even and smooth. Enjoy this slow and rythmical way of breathing and enjoy the soothing sounds of your own voice. Notice how it feels. Notice how your mind calms as it stays focused on the sound you produce. Notice how your body relaxes from the long, soothing inhalations and exhalations.

This is one of the many examples where yoga practice borrows from the happenings in nature.

Brahmari is said to relief stress, ease mental tension, alleviates feelings of anger, anxiety and insomnia. It also helps to increase the healing capacity of the body. It is stimulating the pineal & pituitary gland in the brain, and with that our endocrine system.

It has a deeply soothing effect on the mind and nervous system, and will eventually bring you into a very meditative state.

It also is called the breath of joy and happiness.

Traditionally, this is often practiced with the ears blocked.

Fine to be practiced any time of day. Practice 5 – 10 rounds in the beginning, over time you can practice up to 10 minutes.

Enjoy! Happy Buzzing!

Flowing Sun Salutation B – Vinyasa Yoga Practice

A flowing sequence to warm up and detox your body.

This vinyasa will use all your major muscle groups and joints. Allow your breath to connect with your movement. Keep your bandhas engaged, your pelvic floor and lower belly muscles engaged. Find a rhythm that feels good for you. This flow can be the major part of your yoga practice or simply be your warm up for a longer practice.

Allow yourself to explore your potential. No need to achieve anything. Move with your body not against it. Have fun and enjoy.

Modify according to your health condition and energy level on any given day.

Namaste, Bettina

Flowing Sun Salutation A – Surya Namaskara A

A flowing sequence of yoga poses, commonly known as Surya Namaskara A.

Open and warm your body for the day, or prepare for a longer yoga practice and further movement. This sequence can be a complete practice or a warm up only.

Allow the breath to lead the movement.  Keep connected to your breath. Do only what feels right and what nourishes your body and your soul.

Enjoy.

Namaste, Bettina

Yoga for Brain Health

A flowing sequence of yoga poses to balance both hemispheres of your brain.

We also train our proprioception (ability to know where we are in space) with this sequence.
Notice how all movements cross the midline of your body.

Enjoy the sense of balance, alertness and vigor this sequence brings.

Namaste, Bettina

How to get into Bakasana – Crow Pose

This short and sweet tutorial taken in our studio in Frankston South, Melbourne will playfully demonstrate one way of getting into Bakasana or Crow Pose.

As an arm balance pose it requires and develops upper body and core strength. Most importantly though, in my experience, it does require a sense of fun and playfulness and, on an anatomical and physical level, is about the relationship between our upper body and our lower body.

In other words, about the ability to bring our upper body closer to our lower body, or vice versa. This requires a relatively deep knee bend, and a deep bend at the hips.

Bending at the hips. Any preparation to do so, think deep forward bend, weather lying down in happy baby pose or coming into a deep uttanasana will help you prepare.

Here, I have chosen squatting, or Malasana, for your preparation.

Once you are comfortable with the closeness of upper body to lower body, the bakasana practice starts.

Your gazing point, your dhristi, is hugely important: forward, ahead of you, NOT down or back towards your feet.

Lift your sternum, your collarbones, and your heart forward, draw your shoulders down, hug your ribs in. Engage your core, your bhandas. This will create stability so you can initially play with lifting the toes, then the feet, and finally you will be able to hold the pose for a while.

Remember to keep your breath soft, your jaw soft, your attitude relaxed.

All this is very theoretical until you practice it. So go on, give it a go.

Have fun practicing and allow what you have learned in the process / practice, to filter into your life off the mat.

Please let me know in the comments how you went and what you’d like explained and demonstrated next.

Namaste, Bettina x

5 Tips to support your health & wellbeing this Autumn.

As the days shorten here in Australia, the deciduous trees are changing colour and are letting go of their leaves, as the air is cool & crisp, we are invited to let go. Let go of the idea of an eternal summer, of the idea of a daily outdoor yoga practice, and of letting go of what no longer serves us. Releasing what is old and no longer applicable, to make way for the new. This requires us to pull in, to become more inward focused. It does not mean to become static and stale. Yoga asana practice, or any type of mindful movement is still necessary to keep the body’s systems functioning and to stay healthy.

It is modification that is required. More time to be still. More time to reflect. More time in meditation. More being, less doing. Autumn reminds us of our own cycles of creating and letting go.

1. Let go.

What came to mind as you read this paragraph? What is your idea of letting go? There is no right or wrong answer. It is your choice, your life. Your letting go. It can be a thought, a habit, a life stage, a thing or a person. Write it down. Then let it go.

2. Meditate.

Sitting, standing, lying down; simply be with yourself. Slow down, notice your breath. Notice sounds around you. Let this last for a few breaths, minutes or longer. Again, no right or wrong. Being, instead of doing is the key here. If you’d like some guidance, our monthly meditation workshop will be there for you. Or use an app like Insight Timer for some immediate support.

3. Eat what’s in season.

Cooked foods, soups, stews, warming and lightly spiced foods. Herbal teas, warm lemon water with ghee or coconut oil, root vegetables and nuts.

4. Sunshine, Fresh Air, Sleep.

I know, that’s 3 in one. Getting more sleep, by going to bed early is the key here. Can you be asleep by 10pm? Adjust to the new cycle of wintertime, close down your eyes early. Let the lungs fill with fresh air as often as possible. Catch some sunshine too.

5. Yoga poses for the lungs and large intestines.

Any yoga poses that work your belly, think boatpose, leg pumps, twists, low and high plank. Shoulderstand with cycling legs. Downdog to updog and back. Keep it moving. Sun salutations and fishpose. And everyone’s favourite our supine eaglepose as a twist and a curl.

Enjoy! Any questions? Simply ask or come to class!

With best wishes for a healthy & vibrant Autumn.

Sincerely,

Bettina