The Sanskrit word for fire is ‘agni’ which is also the word used to refer to the digestive system. This highlights the ancient view of the digestive fire, needed to be activated and strong yet not overpowering to entirely destroy. It’s important to keep the digestive fire burning during all seasons but of course as we move into winter, it’s extra helpful to be able to hone the powers of internal warmth.
Archive for month: November 2021
A mandala is a Hindu and Buddhist symbol which represents wholeness. Each part of the symbol contributes to both the larger circular figure and the ‘buddhi’ – centre of all. This symbol demonstrates how each and every living being and action contributes to the whole macrocosm. No matter how small or big the mandala, there is no break, it is whole.
All that we practice on the yoga mat is a metaphor for our lives outside. We don’t practise these shapes to get ‘good’ at them, we practise yoga to learn more about ourselves; our challenges, triggers, responses, thought patterns and so much more! A lot can be revealed in the practice and it’s important that we both prepare well and tend to our aftercare.
Stress is a natural response which evolved with us humans to keep us safe and alive. We now have so many less threats in our daily lives, yet stress is one of the biggest health problems that humans face.
Yoga is known as one of the most effective methods of self-regulation; it allows us to recognise symptoms of stress and empower ourselves to choose a new direction. Yoga offers many techniques that have the potential to stop the production of stress hormones and instead move into a state of rest and digest.