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Free Community Yoga Class

International Day of Yoga
Wednesday, 21 June
6.15pm – 7.15pm

To celebrate International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, we would like to invite you to a Free Community Yoga Class.

The class will be a gentle and relaxing evening flow – open to all!

If you would like to pay if forward, we will accept any koha/donations and will pass them on to a good cause: The Kindness Institute – a charitable trust that aims to develop, deliver and grow mindfulness & yoga based programs for young people.

October Movement Pose: Cobra or Upward Dog

A little something extra for you this month! The steps also include a video for you to enjoy moving alongside with in your home play as part of the sun salutation sequence.

A warming flow, sun salutations are a fun way to bring yoga into your daily life and enjoying a rhythm moving through each pose is a big part of allowing your energy to freely flow too.

How to:

  • Begin in downward facing dog, gently lowering your knees and  entire body prone on the mat
  • Extend your legs back with tops of feet flat on the mat
  • Bend your elbows in towards your ribs, place palms of hands down along side of your chest
  • On an inhalation press through the palms of your hands straightening your arms and simultaneously lifting up your torso, thighs a few inches up off the mat, keeping the thighs firms and in towards one another
  • Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don’t harden the buttocks.
  • Begin to firm the shoulders against the back, soften the front of the ribs, take the gaze straight ahead or lift the gaze taking the head up and back

Holding here for 5 full breathes, Releasing on an exhalation lowering the torso and legs softening the elbows and lifting back up into downward facing dog.

This Too Shall Pass

I would like to say thank you again to all of my students for your support as I recently took an unscheduled week off.

The longer we live, the more we learn, right?

With time, I have learned a lot about myself and knowing when to put on the brakes and stop whatever it is that I am doing- even if it is teaching my love and passion, and which means tuning in to what my body and emotions are screaming out for (even if it’s not always the most comfortable experience).

It comes down to allowance of self, of acceptance of self and all that makes us who we are…

Allowing whatever feelings that arise within to ‘just be’ that, allowing ourselves to sit with the feelings or emotions and let them be what they are.

At times in my life situations arise that may be considered bad, or good, or sad, and often ignoring these is an easy to trap to fall into to- continuing on with the busy lives that keep us always moving forward.

Somethimes however the fastest and most healing way to move forward from these curveballs is to move through the emotion rather than to push it to the side, only to want to be heard louder and more insistent than before.

Letting it out, in what ever way this looks like is key- having a cry, going for a walk, writing a letter, doing yoga, anything that creates enough space for those emotions to be heard, allowed, and then encouraged to move on through.

For me, I have found huge growth in this area of embracing and allowing the emotions to roll  through rather than trying to control them. Always remembering that this too shall pass.

Moving in our moments, being in the now, and taking time out when we need it can turn rolling with those punches into a beautiful dance with life.

Yoga, Motherhood, and Letting Go

 

Yoga has been in and out of my life for the last 10 years.  Sometimes I was practicing 3 times a week, and others not at all.

It wasn’t until the last 3 years that I began to really explore the option of becoming a yoga instructor, and becoming  a mother played a pivotal part in my yoga journey.

12 months after the birth of our daughter, Raven, I started down the path to become a Certified Yoga Instructor. (And, boy, I have not looked back!)

When you do any type of teacher training, you have the opportunity to learn so much about yourself. I have always said that even if I didn’t become an instructor that the knowledge, perseverance, and breakthroughs were worth every second of the experience.

But, as life unfolded, those very things lead me to create a life where  I am teaching yoga weekly.  I now get to share my love and passion with my students too- something that at times I often thought would never be possible. I developed belief in myself, and surrounded myself with people who support me , love me. From this space I continue to learn just how much the sky is the limit to any dream. I’m still racing towards that beautiful blue today.

I practiced and taught yoga through my entire pregnancy with our youngest daughter, Rio. This was a huge turning point for me. After not dealing with unhealed emotional issues,  and with the birth of our first daughter (a not so pleasant C-Section birth), we feared having another one with our second daughter, All I wanted and craved for was a “natural birth”.

I found the space in our second pregnancy to really look at the unhealed emotions that were coming up and began my healing by incorporating daily yoga into my life and setting positive affirmations for our pregnancy and birth.

Nine months later I naturally gave birth to our daughter Rio. I fully give credit to my amazing support team, but also to myself and my dedication to yoga and looking deeper within; taking time out to just breathe and move freely and to let go of the things that held me back.2015-07-02 10.54.19

Discovering my love and  passion for yoga has helped me through both  these tough and really great moments, all of them life changing.  I suffered from depression, unhealed emotions from my childhood and the later effects of this in my life. My yoga practice has been that one thing that is consistent and where I can truly let go, feel free, laugh, cry, and also to be at peace within myself.

I now take huge pride in sharing my story, and yoga practice. It is such an honour, and I am deeply grateful for those who share the creative space with me.  Space to create new beginnings and new futures as we learn from the past and allow ourselves to find peace in our present moments.

We are all a “work in progress”.

Honour your scars, wounds, hurt and emotions but also honour those blissful happy moments that keep each one of us going through this crazy, wild ride we call life.

Live your life to the fullest and embrace your life with passion.

Create a life you love, from the inside out.

One breath at a time.
Namaste,

Dana xx