One day a man walked into a Buddhist Pizza Parlour. He ordered a pizza worth $15 and handed over a $20 note. He waited for his change but the pizza guy just simply started making the pizza. “Hey” the man said, “what about my change?”. The Pizza attended turned and bowed “ah, change comes from within”. As hilarious J as that joke might be, like all jokes there is truth in it. Change does come from within, happiness comes from within, and peace comes from within, most of the good things we aim for on the path come from within! Luckily, we have these wonderful things called emotions to guide us. Our emotions are the signposts to show us whether we are on track or not. Anger, anxiety, depression… these are simply messages we are too engaged in the stories of the outside world and we need to go within!! Joy, contentment and happiness no matter what, show us we are detached from the stories of the ego/mind/world and are abiding in truth. One of my teachers used to say, any decision we made with the ego/mind will always lead us astray, so get quiet, go in and allow the right action to reveal itself. It really is as simple and as difficult as that! Namaste <3
We all enjoy sukha (happiness) or literally – good space, in our lives and our yoga room!! Lately we have been thrilled to welcome students, so we thought it would be a good idea to include some tips on how to co-create a good space in the room we all share. These tips are also great reminders for our regular students!!!
Use a black mat under your sticky mat.
Not only does this provide more stability which helps with better alignment (especially important if you have back or knee issues) the black mat also helps slow down wear and tear on your sticky mat so it lasts longer, AND it doesn't pill and break off as easily, which helps us keep the room tidy and clean between classes!! Although not mandatory, for these reasons, the black rubber mat is recommended. After class, a bucket is provided to give the mat a light wipe down before returning. The thick grey VB mats are exempt as they don't pill, are firm and last 2 lifetimes!!!
Fold the blankets neatly
. The simplest way to fold the blankets is striped edges together, then striped edges together again, then fold in half. Please place the “closed” edge so it is facing you. This helps not only to keep the blanket pile tidy, but is a courtesy to the next student, making it easy for them to grab the number of blankets they need and enjoy a nice clean edge when using the blankets as props for practice.
Respectful awareness in the space
. The yoga room is a place to relax, let go, transform. Sometimes is it a sanctuary from daily life. For this reason, we ask that you maintain a respectful silence before and after class especially while people are relaxing. We encourage you to greet/catch up with your friends/the teachers in the reception area. Place the mats and blankets down mindfully (I know many can relate to a shock of adrenalin when a flicked out mat makes a loud noise when you're in a deep relaxation!). Also be aware of where you place your mat. Whenever possible, stagger the fronts of the mats, so that you can all stand at the front of your mat and extend your arms wide without hitting your neighbour. This is especially important in some of the more cosy classes. Proper mat arrangement means we can all be comfortable and feel spacious even when close to our neighbour!
Scent free zone.
Please be aware no strong scents are permitted in the yoga room. This includes strong perfumes, deodorants, after shave lotions and essential oils. This is for the comfort and well-being of everyone, as strong scents are not only overwhelming at times, but can trigger off asthma and allergic reactions. If you are not sure if your scent is too strong or not, ask your teacher. We will (nicely) let you know.
For info on getting the most out of your practice – go to our Guidelines page
on the website.
THANK YOU for helping us create a harmonious space that can be enjoyed by all...
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony”
– Mahatma Gandhi