Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,
Did you know it takes hours for an ocean liner to turn around? Whereas a light skiff can turn in seconds? I mention this as we head into the New Year, and only a month into it, many “resolutions” have already been abandoned. Partly, this is because they are often made as “something you are supposed to do” in the New Year, and are not dedicated, or from the heart. Partly this is because, like many things these days, they have not happened instantly and we have already given up. The ocean liner is like a vasana (a well-established habit of the mind – heavy & dense). Once a habit is well-established, it takes time to turn it around. Don't give up so quickly. There is no substitute for time in growing, evolving, turning your life around – especially if you have really gone off track. Smaller vessels and boats are like Samskaras – habits and impressions that are less deeply entrenched. Initially a Samskara can be used as a piece of information – if I do this.. that will happen. It is only after we repeat the action it becomes a habit, and seemingly more solid/more real. No matter how established the habit, it is not real. It is only apparently real. It can be changed. Set your intention, from the heart. With determination and commitment take daily steps towards creating a new habit, or practice and one day, you will go past the tipping point and the habit will crumble. At this stage it is crucial to create the new habit or practice that you want to embrace, and repeat that until it becomes more “solid”. If you want to maintain that new practice, it will need constant feeding and attention, because like the discarded habit, it too is not actually real, and can dissolve over time without attention. Some practices you might want to nurture include compassion, patience, healthy lifestyle and diet, a loving relationship, listening skills and so on. These habits enhance your experience of life, and add to your capacity for yoga, and calming the mind, eventually taking you towards what IS real. Some habits you might want to leave include excess TV, excess and bad food, late nights, excess intoxicants, anger, bad communication. These distract you from the true goals of life which include truth and peace, and keep you caught up in the stories of the restless mind. So, don't give up just yet dear friends, choose the life you want to live and cultivate that daily.
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January Wray Voucher – There are all kinds of ways we can be inspired to live a yogic life. Wray Organics makes our world a better place – providing local, ethical and organic choices to live a yogic life! Write and tell us what inspires you to practice yoga, and make the world a better place? See our FB post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone will get the chance to inspire others, and one lucky person will win the draw for a $50 Wray voucher.
Keep the Date – 20-22nd March - Springbrook Retreat – the lovely Kath will be running her first retreat. Awesome yoga classes (of course), Margs delish food, divine environment and some special guests to be announced.
The new Soapwalla deodorant has been put to the test!! The lovely Anita tested it during the Ashtanga Intensive (can't get more challenging and sweaty than that!) and the verdict? It works!
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The Intensive was amazing this year. Strong practitioners, great energy, two inspiring teachers.
If you missed seeing the pics – go to our FB albums page.