Namaste Yogis and Yoginis,
The yogic teachings are both mystical and practical. Some of the more ancient, esoteric texts take great effort to understand – one must contemplate and ruminate. Some teachers of old (and more recently) have done us the great favour of spending that time in study & meditation, and passing on the teachings in a more accessible form – for those of us with households and busy lives, or lacking in the opportunity for study required. Similarly, the results are both m, known of and experienced many amazingly profound, and amazingly practical changes from yoga. Whether it be Namaste Yogis and Yoginis,
The yogic teachings are both mystical and practical. Some of the more ancient, esoteric texts take great effort to understand – one must contemplate and ruminate. Some teachers of old (and more recently) have done us the great favour of spending that time in study & meditation, and passing on the teachings in a more accessible form – for those of us with households and busy lives, or lacking in the opportunity for study required. Similarly, the results are both mystical and practical. Whether we delve into the mysteries, or simply live the teachings – it's all the physical benefits of the asana – less pain, more energy, healing injuries, improving my immune system, regulating hormones, more flexibility and strength and so on – or whether it be the calmness, the greater peace of mind, the ability to detach, or free myself from one of my mind's stories – or even those moments when I feel I know the true purpose of life, when I have experienced love in it's pure form, or seen into the eye's of God... this challenging, mystical, easy, difficult practice has certainly changed my life for the better. We often think that our yoga has to be vast, profound, or accomplished, but any time we increase our skill in any action – that is yoga. Any time we increase our peace even by a few degrees, feel compassion instead of anger this is all yoga. Meditating in a cave away from the world, or being present when someone we love is in pain – it's all yoga. At any given moment in time, there is an opportunity for yoga – the opportunity to be skilful, present, calm and loving. Then next time someone asks you how often do you practice – you can answer as many great teachers have – 24/7.
A Word on Nutrition, by Sonya Mattiazzi
The practice of Yoga has taught me a great deal. Two key learnings along my journey, mindfulness and listening to my inner intuition have helped me in all aspects of life, and I believe they are vital for digestive and nutritional health.
It can be challenging in our current world to work out what to eat for good health. Social media, government organisations, celebrity chefs and magazines are just some of the sources of conflicting information we are bombarded with. In the midst of this, traditional medicines can provide us with grounded wisdom about eating for health, from a holistic perspective. Modern science, on the other hand, often fails to address the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of health. However our modern world is very different to the world that existed when traditional medicine was developed, with high levels of stress due to Western lifestyles and chronic disease rampant. I believe it is important to integrate traditional wisdom into our modern lives, to provide us with holistic, people-centred guidance, whilst acknowledging modern day issues and new knowledge. This approach can help in navigating through the minefield of modern day nutrition advice.
The stress of our modern world impairs digestion, and chronic stress can cause damage to your gut lining. Sometimes, this can make it difficult for us to digest foods which both modern science and traditional medicines tell us are good for us. Nutrition is one of the cornerstones of health - if you aren't digesting your food properly, this can be a root cause of many diseases. Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, foggy thinking and fatigue can all be signs of digestive dysfunction and imbalance. Nutritional deficiencies can develop as a result of digestive dysfunction, along with conditions such as chronic fatigue, female menstrual issues and autoimmune diseases. If you have a severely damaged gut, specific, easy to digest foods may be needed temporarily until your gut heals, along with supportive holistic practices and supplemental support depending on individual need.
Coming back to the key learnings of mindfulness and listening to your inner intuition - these practices can allow you to get in touch with what is really happening in your body, and give you grounding and direction with the healing path that is right for you.
Sonya practices as a Holistic Nutritionist, and is passionate about the difference nutrition can make. Gold Coast Yoga Centre community members can mention this newsletter and receive a 1 hour consultation for the special rate of $65. Consultations include a nutritional assessment based on a whole-person approach, and the collaborative development of a practical eating plan and holistic program to optimise your nutritional health. Contact Sonya on 0402 679 441 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org