Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome home

Finally I have internet! I have been dying to share my little piece of paradise with you. We moved in a week ago and I could not be happier. The picture above is the view I have outside my deck.

It is where I sit and have a cup of tea.

The picture above is the view of my driveway. Yes, we live on a dirt road. It is so awesome!

We went for a short walk today and saw the local kangaroos in the paddock.

Children playing in the mud and calling themselves country children! I love that the city is an hour's train trip away, the school is a ten minute drive away and the country is, well, in my back yard.

No speeding here.

A swing in a tree a few steps outside our house.

And the beginning of my yoga room.

I feel like a different person here. I feel like I have come home. Everywhere I look, I see trees. I do my work in the kitchen and I see my children playing on the trampoline outside. The birds don't stop singing all day. I have a smile on my face. All. Day. Long.

Life is good, yes it is. I followed my dreams and I got here.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that your dreams are not real or that they cannot come true. Because they do.

Blessings to you.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Still packing

Beautiful sun streaming in through the window this morning

In a week's time, we will be in our new house. The house is covered with boxes and, ahem, chaos. My usually peaceful home is not exactly the ashram I usually try to create. The pictures are packed away, the walls are being patched up and the usual green cleaner is not cutting it to get that grease out of the kitchen. I feel a bit unsettled in this transition time.

I came back from the yoga module a week ago and had a good weep. I truly felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of packing up the house while being premenstrual and still reeling from the intensity of what I had learnt in the previous four days. It is normally a good idea to gently ease back into life after Module, but, the universe had other plans for me. (And to think that I originally wanted to move two days after I came back from Module. Luckily Sohail had some sense to convince me that moving two weeks later would be more sensible!)

So I had a good cry in legs against the wall and just felt it all. Never underestimate the power of your tears to shift your emotions into a higher place. I have been spending these days processing everything that is coming up. Letting it go. The house we have lived in since moving to this country. The kind of person I was four years ago. The kind of person I am now.

Transitions are beautiful. They bring up all the cobwebs we have been hiding. It is so liberating to move through them. We come out much stronger on the other side.

I am so excited for the next phase of my life. Moving house is always so much more than moving to another location. It is a movement of our spirit into another plane. It is a movement out of our comfort zone. 

It is what I so love...

Growth. Change. New jewels discovered in the process.

I may check in here again, but if I don't, I will see you on the other side once we have settled into our new abode.

Just so you know

Blessings to you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Winter reflections

I wasn't going to blog today. But then, I sat outside and looked all around my little courtyard. I felt my mom's presence as we admired all the beauty around me. She instilled the love of gardening and beauty in me. Whenever I appreciate a beautiful flower, she is there. I do not miss her anymore, I have learned that when I still my mind and focus on her, she is there.

There is no death. Only transformation. And whenever we think of someone who is no longer physically here, they are with us. We just need to trust our feelings, they are our eternal compass. Still our minds, and bask in appreciation. And all is clear.

Here are some photos that I took on this winter morning.
Sparkly fairy lights
Azaleas in bloom
Hyacinth bulbs
New gardenia planted in old watering can
Bulbs coming up
And the inspiration for my writing and sharing on this space. My two beautiful children. The ones who remind me to laugh. To play. To stop taking all of this so seriously. I have eternal gratitude for what they teach me every single day. 

Yes, winter. I do love you. You bring me the clarity and peace that opens me up the wonder of this beautiful world.

Blessings to you.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Simple inversion

I am getting ready to go off to the second module of my teacher training. It is more like going on a yoga retreat than going to learn something. I came back totally filled up, inspired and a little bit sore the last time, which was three months ago. This yoga journey takes three years, but, truth be told, yoga is a lifetime of learning. That is one of the things I love about it.

I have been busy doing all my portfolios. Descriptions of each of the practices we learnt in a set format determined by our tutors.

I thought I would share one of my favourite poses with you. (Although most of them are my favourite poses, ha!)

Sarvangasana 1 - Simple inversion.
Or you could just call it "Legs against the wall". That is what it is!

I love this pose for many reasons. It is really easy. Basically anyone can do it. It can be done with children around - a very important one.

I normally do this while the children are in the bath. I also like to do it at the end of the day, especially when I am feeling really "heady". I also love doing it during my menstrual cycle. It is also really good for jet lag and if you have been travelling for a long time.

I sometimes do it with my children, they really enjoy doing yoga with their mama and they can last about 5 minutes in the posture.

 All you need is a few minutes (try for 10 if possible, but every bit helps) and you come out of it really refreshed. 

Sohail had a lot of fun taking photos of me in the position next to my new sign for my new yoga room. As you can see, I was on the floor, which is not very comfortable. Do it on a carpet and if you don't have a carpet, lie on a mat, rug, towel, or blanket. You should always be comfortable.

It is always a good idea to elongate your neck and upper back before performing any inverted shoulder stand family posture.

Before going into the pose, lie on your back. Interlock your hands behind your head. Slowly lift your head up, bringing your elbows towards each other. You will feel a mild stretch along the vertebrae of the neck and upper back.

To perform the posture:

Position yourself next to a wall, lying down, with your hips very close to the wall. Swing your legs upwards until they are in an upright position, supported by the wall.

Relax in this position with your legs inverted and your torso completely on the floor.

When you get tired, drop your feet towards your buttocks and rest there for a few minutes. Then roll over onto your right side and lie in that postion for a few more minutes. Come up very sloooooowly.

You should feel calmer and much more centred.

We sometimes do this for half a yoga class. It is really therapeutic.

We often get caught up in our daily activities and end up losing our perspective. What I notice when I do this posture, is that I actually get MORE done when I stop to recentre. I get my focus back. I am not running around with scattered energy anymore. 

Does it sound too simple? 

It is not meant to be complicated, this life. We just make it so because we are convinced that the only value is in doing. But, when we stop and just be, we gain perspective. And we can go out to the world and give from a better place.

Doesn't everyone's family deserve that? A happy parent. A parent that is focused on what is important. A parent that is making clear decisions. A parent who demonstrates the importance of self care.

10 minutes. Choose your favourite music. Close your eyes. Breathe into your belly. And let it go.

Blessings to you.

(Please always listen to your own body. If you experience any pain, please stop. The mantra is "no pain, no pain." Also, I am not a qualified teacher, or a doctor, this is just my own experience. Please use your own guidance system or consult a qualified teacher for assistance.)

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