GUESS WHAT? Before I started Yoga, I worried that:
I wasn't flexible enough.
I needed to lose weight first.
I needed to get into better shape first.
I needed to feel better so I wasn't so self conscious.
I was too old.
I couldn't be a "pretzel".
It was too "hippie" for me.
Everyone would look know I didn't belong in class.
Is it a cult?
Will they try to change my spiritual beliefs?
But then, I TRIED IT. The first class I went too...I hated. It wasn't the right studio or the right instructor. I swore I'd never go back. But then, I tried it again, I WAS HOOKED. I felt so much better. I didn't quite know why, but I did. So I went again. And again. And then once a week. Then twice a week.
Now, here I am. Loving my life, sharing the benefits of yoga with others.
IF YOU HAVE EVEN ONE of these thoughts. TRY IT. Come in tonight at 5:30 for our Beginners class. And just give it a go. Who knows...You might get hooked.
THESE are the bodies of Yoga at BodyBLISS. Yoga for everyBODY.
#yogaforeverybody #yogabody #yogaheals #idoyoga
These are how my days look sometimes. No, not the beautiful backdrop of lighthouses, sand banks, seashells, and the quiet cove of Cape Henlopen. I mean needing to have the use of a cane and hobbling my way down streets or painfully and slowly walking up the stairs in my house, one hand gripping the handle of my cane and the other pressing against the wall for support. I remember the first time I considered needing to purchase a cane. Marco and I were at Luray Caverns with two of our dear friends and were having an amazing time, but I was finding myself walking much slower through the caverns and needing to grip the railing whenever there was one offered because it felt like my legs were going to give out from under me at any moment. What ensued was an internal debate with myself on whether or not it was time to buy a cane. I knew that I would have to at some point, but I didn’t think it would be so soon after my diagnosis. I was furious and thoughts of, “this isn’t fair, I’m too young to be using a cane,” circled through my head. And then I took a deep breath. I reminded myself that at the end of the day using a cane doesn’t make me any less “me” or weak just because I have a disability now. So I bought a cane because it’s what I need sometimes. The world didn’t come to an end. ⠀
I call this new stage of my life, “Perpetually in Child’s Pose.” I knew that people would look at me differently and perhaps not understand why there are days when I need to have the use of a cane and other days when I don’t. What I hadn’t counted on was the response I received while in yoga classes. ⠀
On the days that my legs felt stable, I was able to go to yoga classes. My body is different now though. I can’t push myself as hard as I used to. This lesson in humility has helped me to better understand my body, but when you have an invisible illness everyone looks at you as though you’re completely healthy and don’t always understand when while in classes you can’t hold poses as long as others. No one knows what it’s like to be inside your body except you. ⠀
So I took child’s pose more often than other students. [Continued in comments 👇👇👇]
Just because you didn’t reach the top today doesn’t mean you aren’t supposed to... Just like climbing a mountain it just means it wasn’t the right day to do it... What do you feel? ⤵️
Thank you @brightonyogafoundation
for adding to my post Strawberry Moon glow!
So happy to be joining this year. Posted @withrepost
Time for another festival announcement ✨ @sher.yoga
will be teaching Modern Goddess Flow at this year’s festival.
Many years ago Sher experienced yoga as a journey of healing, transformation and connection. The desire to share what she had felt became a necessity to teach.
After completing her 200 hour training Sher has continued studying, gaining qualifications in anatomy and biodynamics, Yin yoga and Movement as medicine.
With a background in Art therapy, holistic healing and as a mother to two young women, teaching yoga unites her skills and passion, creating a safe space for everyone in which to explore and recover their divine inner radiance.
Sher offers heart-led Hatha flow classes, Women’s Circle Yoga, monthly Yin circles, office yoga sessions and her beautifully crafted Modern Goddess retreats.
🙏 What our festival's theme, "yoga for everyone 🌎" means to Sher 🙏
"The beauty of yoga is available to all. Regardless of our earthly bodies' looks and abilities. Through the practice we learn to accept ourselves in our entirety and embody gratitude and faith in the present moment.
The mat can be both a life raft and a magic carpet, to find safety and journey within our physical and emotional landscape. To shed tension, to welcome joy and to rediscover our self compassion and deep connection to ourselves and others. Creating union as we navigate our pathways together. We are all free to join 🙏🏼🕊💗"
#BrightonYogaFoundation #BrightonYogaFestival #BYF19 #yogaforeveryone #brightonyoga #fortheloveofyoga #brightonandhove #yogaforeverybody #brightoncommunity #brightonyogateachers #yogafestival #yogainspiration #yogacommunity #yogapracticenotyogaperfect #thisisbrighton #visitbrighton #brightonupdaily #thingstodobrighton #mindandbody #findyourbalance #sheryoga #sherbenjamin #moderngoddessflow
The subject of yoga and religion has moved practitioners and observers in the West ever since yoga captured pop culture’s attention with the Beatles in the 1960s when they met Swami Vishnu-Devananda, the founder of Sivananda Yoga.
Join teachers and religious leaders Joe Dweck, Nick Jones, Seth Powell, Sivaroshan Sahathevan and Razia Sultana on the 25th June at triyoga Camden as they dissect the relationship between religion and yoga and ask questions like:
🔹️Is yoga compatible with Judaism, Christianity and Islam?
🔹️Is it still yoga if stripped of religious elements, references to Hinduism, and use of Sanskrit?
This Symposium seeks to celebrate all religions, and bring yoga practitioners of all faiths together to ask intelligent questions in common understanding and love for the practice itself.
Do you have any questions for our panel? Or opinions of your own? We’ll be selecting some of your comments to ask our guests, so now is the chance to get your voice heard. Comment below.👇