Often referred to as ‘winter depression’, triggers can include a disrupted body clock, high melatonin levels (which can cause fatigue), and extreme weather. However, there are measures we can take to combat the often-difficult symptoms linked to a low mood during the winter months
Sometimes when we meditate we feel the need to push away thoughts that arise and this year in particular, I know many people have felt this sense of disturbance when taking their seat and literally spend the whole time being caught up in the thinking mind. However we know that meditation and yoga is not about the complete absence of thought but more about the process of finding a place of stillness where the thoughts are still there but they do not concern or require our full attention.
Here are some simply and effective reminders and suggestions to help you feel a little more grounded this season :-) I can't wait to share more on this in Autumn Flow & Deep Relaxation Online workshop on Sunday 18th October 4-6pm at Heather Yoga
We would like you to know that our yoga centre is such a safe space for you to come and explore your practice in, at any time :-) Right now with the Health & Safety protocols we’ve implemented in the building and changes to our operations, we’ve exceeded the Government guidelines and yet the shala still feels as beautiful and special as ever - even with the new set up!
These two books can really help you to access and interpret the Yoga Sutras with fresh eyes. If you can link relevant examples from your own life experience then you are more likely to be able to digest, remember and apply them. They can act as fun and enjoyable introductions to the classical Philosophy of Yoga. Allowing you to capture a little of your own yogic insight which may ignite the beginning of a journey of self-study...
Our home for Yoga in Saltaire has reopened with studio classes now up & running again after over 5 months! We’re over the moon to welcome you back and cannot wait to see you in 3D again sharing this practice together at the space as we journey towards some kind of ‘normality’ :-)
Please make sure you have everything you need to support your practice and body in a very skilful way, and that investing in props can allow you to really experience the different yoga poses with a sense of space, steadiness and ease.
One of the definitions which really struck a chord with me, is when being embodied was likened to that feeling we've all experienced, when you know deep down whether a situation or event feels right or wrong. Our minds might be telling us one thing, but in my experience, that wiser intuitive feeling never lies. This was the moment that I knew there was more to this, and it had my full attention.