Yoga is now part of Barbie’s world, complete with mat, in pink, of course. If girls are inspired to take up yoga then it’s probably the best thing Barbie ever did….
Yoga outside on green grass beneath a blue sky was a perfect antidote to a day chained to a desk. Relaxation under a blanket for a layer of warmth and fresh air saturating every cell of our bodies, we came back indoors feeling rejuvenated, as if we’d spent all day outside.
The Olympic Torch arrives in Wales on Friday, and to celebrate the Leisure Centres in Monmouthshire are putting on free activities. On Sunday 9.30-10.30am I’m offering a free yoga session at Caldicot Leisure Centre to energise you for your day ahead in the sunshine.
Do bring a friend along for a taster!
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There is only one fundamental question: ‘Who am I?’ Without knowing ourselves, nothing has any validity and our thought must breed illusion. In the inquiry into our real nature is the whole meaning of existence. All else is preliminary or superfluous.
– David Frawley
Vasisthasana (one arm plank) works the wrists, arms, shoulders and abdomen. We approached it through ardho mukha savasana (downward facing dog) and kumbhakasana (plank). Strengthening throughout – even the mind! We needed to release the wrists frequently to keep them comfortable. Relaxation afterwards was a deep one 🙂
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The goal of yoga is attaining the truth of who we are through meditation. Getting to the point where we are ready for meditation can take as long as we want. Practising postures (asanas) and breathing (pranayama) improve our success but preferably alongside meditation rather than as a preparation. There is a risk that the preparation stage becomes an end in itself. Desikachar’s ‘Heart of Yoga’ gives a wonderfully clear, accessible instruction into what is yoga, and how we can practise it most beneficially for body, mind and spiritual fulfilment.
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