Namaste yogis and yoginis

The next  Mindful Yoga Day at Number 15 will be on Sunday 26th June 11a.m. to 4p.m. in the beautiful setting of Number 15 in Hoylake where Hilary always provides us with a most delicious lunch and an ambient setting for our yoga and mindfulness practices.

Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and go quickly!

The theme of the day will be using yoga therapy in asana to create ease in the body through supported asana. We will also hold a short Sangha in the afternoon and have a relaxing vedic meditation lead by Amanda Muir.

The Italian Job 2 - Yoga holiday in Puglia, Italy – is nearly full!  Let me know asap if you are interested!

Cultivating allowing, attention, patience, curiosity and calm

Practice in class this month has been on taking care of the lower back and opening the hips with attention to dropping in more deeply from the gross to the subtle body and seeing how possible it is during the practice to listen to the subtle body rather than the ego. To do this we need to cultivate an attitude along the lines of Sir David Attenborough when he is observing wildlife. Sir David Attenborough is very skilful being with animals and if we see the nature of our mind we can perhaps go some way to pay attention in the same way for example if the mind is like a monkey, restless and chattering then can we attend to it with respect, patience and curiosity? If it is like a raging elephant can we recognise the rage and allow space in which the rage can calm? In short, can we allow whatever we are experiencing in our mind by creating space to be with whatever is there in the first place? Can we watch with attention, calm, patience and curiosity and not interfere or get involved or caught up in our thoughts?  When we fight our own mind we aggravate it and make things worse, we get frustrated and judge ourselves for feeling stressed, we get angry with ourselves or tell ourselves we shouldn’t be feeling such feelings all of which leads to more stress. Giving space and anchoring in the breath and the body allows us to relax into whatever we are experiencing lessening the difficulty. It helps to calm the mind and the body.

In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn:

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

More on learning how to “surf” next month.