#YogaEveryDamnDay

It’s international Yoga day today.  All across the world people are practicing Asana (postures) to celebrate.

*leans over to have another sip of wine*

I’m struggling.  I can’t go to as many Yoga classes as I would like and don’t even mention ‘self practice’ to me! Never mind putting my running shoes on.

BUT… (and currently mine is a large butt)…
every day for the last 22 months I have spent time with my son.  Time that I cherish so much more than a tight bum and thighs that don’t touch.  Time that, for me, is my UNION, my practice, my Yoga.

It’s been difficult to get to this point. There are moments I feel so disconnected from my body I could be a ghost. But when I pause, take a deep breathe, and marvel at the miracle of the little life growing, exploring, creating in front of me, that disconnection seems so trivial. It’s a small moment of dis-chord within the smallness of my ego.

Being a mom brings with it so many sacrifices I have lost count.  We need to take heart.  The sacrifices we make today are the heart-filling memories of time spent with our children that we will recall tomorrow.

Re-mind yourself of this mothers when you read about your friends achieving great things, or feel jealousy over peers succeeding where you have simply just not got the time to make the effort anymore.  Your practice (our practice) is this – be with your children whenever you can and savor every moment.

The Adventures Begin…

Running is for my husband Matt, the same as Yoga and meditation are for me.  They ground him, steady him, help him to clear his head. And so it is that we often find ourselves heading out on little adventures exploring corners of KZN that we would otherwise never venture into.

I recently approached Andrew Booth from KZN Trail Running to offer my Yoga teaching skills at a few of the stage races planned for 2017.  I am so excited to announce that this will be happening!

So you can join me at Three Cranes at the end of February, the Drakensberg Northern Trail in March, and Isimangaliso Wetlands challenge in July. I will offer appropriate Yoga to help ease tired and aching bodies and revitalise spirits and minds.

I believe there is so much that Yoga and Mindfulness can offer to trail runners (and all runners actually).

  • Keeping the body flexible reduces risk of injury.
  • Increased flexibility decreases stiffness, resulting in greater ease of movement and range of motion.
  • A long muscle is a strong muscle.
  • Improved balance and agility. Keeping the Klipspringers agile on their feet!
  • Improved breathing and potentially lung capacity.

Beyond the physical benefits of Yoga, Mindfulness meditation can also help

  • Increasing mental resilience
  • Improving self awareness – this enables you to better understand and listen to the body which can help prevent injury and help you find the best training strategy for your self.
  • Mindful running might just lead to mindful living – win win!

So if you have already entered Three Cranes, remember to bring your Yoga mat! (although a bath towel or blanket will also do just fine!)

Power Up Your Yoga

Power Up Your Yoga

As a Yoga teacher one of the most common things I hear is – “I can’t do Yoga. I’m not flexible enough,” or people asking for forgiveness because they can’t touch their toes.

This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest myths about Yoga today. You do not have to touch your toes or put your feet behind your head to practice Yoga.

The postural, or asana, practice that we are exposed to in the gym or even the Yoga studio is only one small part of Yoga. There are eight limbs of yoga and assana is only one of them. Even when we come to practice these poses it is not important how deep you can go into the pose or how strong or steady you are.

In my opinion Yoga postures are used primarily to help us feel. To help us connect with our bodies. To help us become embodied. Continue reading “Power Up Your Yoga”