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1. find a time and place when you will be undisturbed. lay out your mat

2. go slowly, standing in mountain pose, settling your roots into the soft ground

3. notice how your breath flows

4. let your exhalation drop down from your head to your roots so that your body springs upwards, very slightly, uncurling a little like a spring fern. slowly. your inhalation flows into your open body

5. move through a handful of your favourite postures watching your soft breath and sending down your roots each time you breathe out

6. sit comfortably. be still. notice your breath

7. come back tomorrow. it will be different

‘Learning to be sensitive to your needs in yoga is a wonderful adventure. Making the spontaneous changes to your daily practice that support your health and energy levels is a sensitivity to life that naturally develops. It is an embrace of your own life and energy, an energetic pleasure–“the only reason to do yoga!”‘

Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection Mark Whitwell

paying attention

The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like
small dark lanterns.

The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny.

How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly,
looking at everything and calling out

Yes! No!

To pay attention, this is our endless
and proper work.

an extract from ‘Yes! No!’ by Mary Oliver

resting up

lie on your back – close in to a wall

let your legs go up the wall

feel them emptying
settling down into welcoming hips

let the pelvis drop
this may surprise you – it has so far to go

the soles of your feet yawn open wide

play with the distance between your feet and find a quiet place for your arms

your body and your head rest silently on the ground

settle

if you stay for ten or twenty minutes perhaps
your breath will become

ocean deep

earthrise

here’s poet Amanda Gorman offering a tour de force of performance, challenge and hope

wishing you a happy and positive easter weekend of space travel

buzzard

see the yellow star of the buzzard’s foot
toes extending wide to the stellar points

she
balances

on the bright hub of her open step
the meeting place of all her earthing, all her lightness, all her out breaths

spring

Dear flat rock facing the stream
Where the willows are sweeping over my wine cup again
If you say that the spring wind has no understanding
Why should it come blowing me these falling flowers?

Wang Wei

curiosity

‘Is it possible to have a different attitude in which a new intelligence, not imposed by others, but born out of curiosity, attention and sensitivity will emerge? In which body and mind, fused in one single action, collaborate together? It is just this revolutionary attitude that we are going to discover through a new discipline in the practice of yoga.’ Vanda Scaravelli

nurture curiosity in your practice…

feel what it’s like when you let your feet spread wide and wider still into the ground
this takes no time at all – but there’s no hurry

be interested in how your breath is moving
one breath – then another and another – be curious about them all

can you feel your body undoing itself?
one posture will do it and then a lifetime

honestly – there’s not much more to know

forget everything

here’s something to try if your lockdown practice is feeling mechanical or boring or unproductive.

come to all fours and forget everything you know about cat pose – this is going to feel more like a ‘swamp creature’ than a cat

tune in

let your hands and knees spread into the ground – amphibious, spongy

notice breath moving towards you – away from you

start moving so that your spine floats in the space between your head and tail

do anything your spine would like you to do, however undisciplined, wonky or maverick this feels

as you are only making movements your body is calling for – you’ll need to stay alert

apply this to all other yoga postures

enjoy!

this post was inspired by one beautiful swamp creature student!

a practice together

why not join me tonight for a moonlit practice between 8.30pm and 9.00pm. no zoom, no FaceTime – we’ll just know we are not practising alone. i recommend turning off the light – darkness brings a deep and quiet connection.

choose any postures – perhaps focussing on lying or seated – or take some breathing or meditation.

yoga unites us.

namaste.

simple practice – part 2

start again – see part 1

let your body ripple forwards on the inhale and back to upright on the exhale
it may be a very small movement – see what happens

after a while imagine the exhalation as a warm breeze blowing down through your body from the crown, through your neck, chest, pelvis, legs and feet and away into the earth

as the new breath arises, open your body to welcome it in from miles away –
like sunlight

painting by Michelle Hendry