NEWSFLASH! Special Offers & Thoughts
WE’RE WELL INTO THE NEW YEAR, SO TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FIND THEIR BLISS, THERE ARE SOME SPECIAL OFFERS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH.
2FOR1 offer begins on 3rd February through to end of March. Anyone coming to the General/Yin classes for the first time, or who hasn’t been to one of my classes for at least 2 years can claim their 2for1 offer. This means that you get a second class free. The second class needs to be taken within 4 weeks of the first in order to qualify as FREE. It also applies to the BREATHE, STRETCH & RELAX classes, so tell your friends and relatives that are in the area.
I am sure all who have kept up a regular practice will verify that it is the practice that is important – doing it! Our yoga practice is what allows us to function in balance and harmony in our daily lives. Those of us who are ‘householders’ and are unable or would not choose the Ashram lifestyle find it a challenge to combine a decent yoga practice with our everyday life of work, family, friends etc. But these aspects of our life also cause us to become imbalanced and out of kilter (stressed?), and this is when it is our practice that can realign our bodies, minds and spirits, reconnect us and keep us ‘light’.
There are new websites that offer a selection of classes for a small monthly fee. If you find it hard to develop a personal practice, perhaps these might help you.
So, have you stuck with your ‘intentions’ for the coming year? Is your Sankalpa working for you yet? Just to refresh your memory, resolutions in the yogic tradition are known as Sankalpa, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to resolve’ or ‘resolution’. It is a method of changing one’s life-style, achieving ambitions/intentions and of removing negative blocks and mental conflicts. A sankalpa is a short mental statement which is impressed on the subconscious mind through daily repetition – usually at the beginning and end of Yoga Nidra, but it could be used at the beginning and end of each day, upon going to bed and waking.
Choose a sankalpa carefully. It should be something important in your life. Something that will change your whole life. Don’t expect changes overnight. Be patient. Time is required, along with sincerity and a deep-felt need to reach the goal. The sankalpa (statement) should be clear and positive, specific to your intention. It is also necessary for it to be achievable – I will become positive and dynamic; I will practice yoga everyday; I will become more aware; I will practice meditation daily; I will respond differently to negative people….
It is advised that you choose according to your needs and inclinations. One man had the same sankalpa for many years – Make me useful.
We have explored Yoga Nidra and Sankalpas over the past few weeks, and if a personal practice would keep your world more balanced, perhaps you could use the words “I will practice yoga everyday.” as your Sankalpa until you achieve that intention.
Love & Light, Penny.
You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life – you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower. You find out that you are in every tree, and you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life.
—Don Miguel Ruiz