One of the most valuable bits of yoga advice for any level of yogi is that your breath is your companion. It’s the one thing that is always with you, and can guide you both on and off the mat. If your breathing is strained or shallow on the mat, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard and need to back off and soften the pose a little. Listen to your body’s natural queues so you don’t injure or strain a muscle. Off the mat, perhaps you’re feeling stressed. Take a few moments to breathe deeply to focus and ground yourself.
If you’re anything like me and keep a daily yoga practice because you love how you feel after a practice and or suffer from mental illness, then you can understand the need to ensure that you move safely and don’t injure yourself. If I personally miss more than a day or two I start feeling manic and depressed, hence the near daily yoga to keep me off any sort of anti-depressants. I listen to my breath and remind myself to move with “Sukha” [ease], fluidity, grace, and pay attention to what my body and my breath are telling me. Not to say anyone is perfect, I know I am not, and sometimes we end up with an injury on or off the mat…but do what you can to prevent it and your body will thank you in kind.
By Melanie Weidner
The purpose of Yoga, is to stop suffering even before it arises.
Be kind and compassionate, and the whole world will be your friend.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
This posts inspiration came from a situation last week in my life. I found myself re-watching a Harry Potter film, and trying to explain the magic of the series to Mr S. I thought it fitting to share a magical quote. Even if he didn’t like the series as much as I do, they will always be magical films for me. This quote reminds me to look upon the world as if it’s the first time I am seeing something with the awe and inspiration that we feel when we visit somewhere new, or experience something new. Never give up hope, always believe.
Rather than call them as commandments, I like to think of them as little bits of wisdom, mantra’s or guidance. Because it’s been a few weeks since I have had the chance to share any tea quotes, I thought I would include this gem.
- the Earth is our mother; care for her.
- Honor all your relations .
- Open your heart and soul to the great spirit.
- All life is sacred, treat all beings with respect.
- Take from the earth what is needed and nothing more.
- Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
- Give constant thanks to the great spirit each day.
- Speak the truth but only for the good in others.
- Follow the rhythms of nature.
- Enjoy Life’s journey but leave no tracks.
We all learn differently, some of us are Audio learners, while others are Visual or kinesthetic [tactile learning]. I am one of those that really do learn from involvement. This quote really resonated with me last weekend and it’s really stuck with me throughout the entire week. This is not untrue of me learning new yoga asanas either.
May this day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony.
“There is always time for tea.”
Like the quote says, there’s always time for tea. Time to stop and smell the roses. We just have to make the time in our busy lives.
I drew this not long ago as part of a meditation through art project. I then stuck it up on my art site http://andysartworks.wordpress.com/
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh (via japanese-zen)
I happen to listen to an interview today with Thich Nhat Hanh, and thought this a fitting quote. Especially since I am currently drinking a cuppa tea, from my lovely yixying buddah’s in a tree clay teapot. I am one of those who savor my cuppa. It’s nice to slow down sometimes, and allow ourselves to recharge. To soak up newly gained wisdom, or just ponder. I find comfort and solace in the Gayatri mantra I sing myself tonight.
Strength does not lie in what you have. It lies in what you can give.
It could even be as simple [and free] as a hug or smile that could easily uplift and transform someone’s day.