Mental Rehearsal

So the other night, I made a reference in our Beginners Yoga Course, to a technique with which I’m familiar, blindly assuming everyone knew what I was talking about. 

Blank faces!  How egoist of me to assume everybody knows what I know, thinks how I think etc etc  … I realise I gotta get out more!  So anyway, I thought I’d post a little about it here … its not a bad starting point to understand more about it, and a bit how I like to work it for me.

I often use this technique when I’m feeling overwhelmed or when I am in a resting space and my mind fixates on a number of tasks that are facing me, when I’m ‘supposed’ to be relaxing.

So I go through the motions in my head, step by step, then I am able to return, more quiet-mindedly, to the task of resting.

I can’t remember where exactly I heard about it … I do remember seeing a documentary on a gymnast who was competing at a high level, who employed the technique – perhaps called something else, there are a few ways to refer to it – and so this gymnast broke down every micro movement that needed to be made in order for her to reach her target.  When she visualised it that way – broken down into micro movements, she hit her target, when she just sort of ran into the move without thinking too much about it, she wasn’t able to reach her goal.

Then I came across it again with my yoga teacher Simon Borg-Olivier, who described the same technique without labelling it, in directing us how to move from one position to the next, safely, and with a view to start the beginning of movement from a certain part of the spine – which, I have to tell you, seemed impossible to do.  Impossible when just in words, but together with these words, my thinking it, seeing my spine in my mind’s eye, then making the action, there was a tiny shift! A real difference in how it felt.  Which is EVERYTHING in an intelligent physical yoga practice!

Since then, I have looked back over the past few years, and watched as I manifested my visions.  I am aware this sounds quite hippy trippy.  Care not I how it sounds, because I have created exactly what I wanted.  Along the way my thoughts definitely got in the way, but there was a constant scene or vision present in my minds eye, and a whisper in desperate times to ‘trust the process’.  It didn’t leave me and I’m living in it now!

During this time, my study and practice of iRest Yoga Nidra® intensified.  This yogic modality also uses the  ‘Mental Rehearsal’ technique in a way – where we assert as already fact and in the present tense, what in the old days we might have prayed for in the future, .  So swap things like ‘May I be healthy’, for ‘I am healthy’, ‘May I find love and acceptance’ for ‘I am loved and accepted by those around me’, May I feel peace and wholeness’ for ‘I am peace itself and already whole and complete, just as I am’.

A little simplistic you might think?   Well it IS simple, but it’s not easy!  However, the science tells us that this is how we create new neural pathways and therefore change our brains – which guess what … changes our reality!  Yeeouw!

There are some similarities between iRest and Desenstitization Therapy (which is mentioned in the article below).  But iRest goes a little deeper and uses more protocols, including the use of ALL the senses, not just visualisation, to create, and importantly, more easily access, that sense of ground required to step off of to face our challenges.

I will be running an 8 week introduction to iRest Yoga Nidra course in March, and will let ya’ll know more about that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, for my students and anyone who wants to read a bit more about it, this is a juicy enough article from Forbes magazine that explains the science a bit, and it has some links for those that want to get into the nitty gritty a bit more.  (Please mote this is the direct link to article as it’s transcribed below.)

Tapping The Power Of Mental Rehearsal

In a fascinating recent Forbes article, Andréa Morris reviews groundbreaking neurological research from Stanford University demonstrating how the mental performance of a task can lead to actual learning and performance improvement. Monkeys with brain implants that enabled them to manipulate a cursor with motor cortical activity became more skilled in actually moving the cursor using arm movements. Morris notes the similarity of this research to mental rehearsal methods in performance psychology, where visualization of athletic performance can facilitate performance in real time conditions. In this article, we’ll take a look at what is happening during mental rehearsal and how we can best tap into its potential.

How Mental Rehearsal Works

One evidence-based technique in psychotherapy for overcoming anxiety is desensitization. By repeatedly facing threatening situations under calm, controlled emotional conditions, we learn to respond in desired ways, free of threat. A good example would be someone who is paralyzed with germ-related phobias, washing hands, showering, and changing clothes dozens of times daily. By encouraging that person to rehearse cognitive reframing and relaxation methods while gradually exposing themselves to sources of germs, a therapist helps build the sense of safety and mastery. Step by step the work proceeds to tackle greater challenges, from looking at germ-laden objects in the toilet to quickly touching doorknobs to shaking people’s hands and beyond. Quite literally, desensitization reprograms our emotional responses by rewiring our brains.

Interestingly, desensitization typically begins with virtual, “in-vitro” exposure to sources of threat and only later proceeds to “in vivo” real-life practice. During the in-vitro exposure, the anxious person vividly imagines a threatening situation, such as touching a doorknob in a public place. Once the visualization arouses anxiety, the person practices their relaxation methods and mentally rehearses reassuring self-talk while visualizing themselves touching the knob. The mental rehearsal generalizes to real life situations, providing a sense of mastery even before actual doorknobs are tackled.

As Morris notes in her article, the secret sauce in mental rehearsal is motor preparation. The anxious person in desensitization treatment doesn’t merely imagine themselves to be calm. They vividly imagine engagingin threatening acts (thereby arousing anxiety) and then they activate effective coping strategies. This motor preparation enables them to create new mental pathways, connecting actual life performances with new emotional consequences.

At a broad level, we can think of mental rehearsal as a vehicle for state-dependent learning. A wealth of research suggests that we are best able to process and retrieve information when we return to the state in which we originally acquired the information. Quite literally, what we know and how we experience ourselves can meaningfully differ from one state to another. This is most dramatically seen in traumatic stress reactions, where a person feels totally secure in one situation and then falls apart in another circumstance that triggers a past, traumatic event. Not surprisingly, the mental rehearsal of desensitization is also an evidence-based treatment for traumatic stress.

 

Making Mental Rehearsal Work For Us

So how can we best harness the power of mental rehearsal? Too often, we associate mental rehearsal with positive self-talk or imagining scenes that make us feel good. That misses the secret sauce of motor preparation that Morris talks about. Effective mental rehearsal is a gateway to action via state-dependent learning. To change our emotional reactions to situations, we need to actively evoke the very emotions we dislike through visualization and/or re-enactment and then radically shift our state through positive coping.

Let’s take an example from my recent work with traders in financial markets. A young trader has experienced early success and is now encouraged to increase her returns by taking larger positions in markets. Although this makes sense to the trader, she finds herself fearful of taking more risk and thus undersizes her market positions. She subsequently feels frustrated when her ideas work out and she makes little money, undercutting her confidence.  The more she pushes herself to take increased risk, the more she falters when it comes time to enter positions.

The mental rehearsal approach would have her vividly imagine coming to an opportunity point and feeling nervous about sizing up her trade. While she feels that anxiety and re-experiences all the worry associated with risk-taking, she uses meditative techniques that she has practiced to focus her mind and slow her breathing. In her more calm, focused state, she talks to herself about integrity, sitting up straight and vowing to do the right thing for investors, for her career, and for her family. As she feels the empowerment of acting with integrity, she vividly imagines placing the trade with the proper size and being at peace with the outcome.

Notice what is happening here. Under conditions of enhanced experiencing (evoking the nervousness of the trading situation), the trader shifts her physical state (slowing down); emotional state (calming herself); and cognitive state (enhancing focus and reframing the issue away from risk and toward the fulfillment of professional responsibility). Then, in the new state, she rehearses engaging in the desired action. The motor preparation is facilitated by the radical state shift. From that perspective, change occurs via state-dependent learning.

It doesn’t matter what the problem is:  procrastination, negative thinking, frustration. We can vividly evoke those experiences, shift our state, reframe the situation, and rehearse desired actions. When we do this again and again and again, we build novel brain pathways and new, positive habit patterns. Without motor preparation, we remain stuck in old action patterns. In our usual states of mind and body, we gravitate to our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Every great performance–in theater, on the playing field, and in life–is preceded by rehearsal.

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Helloooooo!!  Here it is!!!  

New Year, New Yoga Pavillion, New You, New Me?!! 😀

So many of you have been asking for more yoga, new yoga, beginners yoga, hatha yoga, well – it’s here …. summer evenings in the beautiful new yoga pavillion  . . .  

Come join me and begin something new, start off the new year mindfully putting some fuel back in the YOU tank, easing your way into a new practice that’s about supporting you, gently creating a strong body, and a healthy, open mind.  What a great new year intention!


The Beginners Course is an 8 week programme, designed to introduce you to the concepts of YOGA.

w e     w i l l     w o r k     w i t h

  • Asana (postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Meditation practice

   . . . with particles of Yoga Philosophy floating around, helping you to understand how the common mistaken beliefs such as “I’m not flexible enough for yoga” / “I’ll start when I’m fitter” / “I’m not . . ? . .  enough”, are holding you back from feeling more empowered and free in your life NOW, because YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE, and it’s a beautiful journey!

This course is ideal for those of you who are completely new to yoga, as well as those who would like to re-visit the basics and brush-up on the foundations.

Paradoxically, more advanced yogis, bring the ‘Beginners Mind’ to each moment, so the offering will also benefit more practiced yogis, and honestly, anyone who just wants to feel good more often!

Starting on Tuesday January 8th  6.30pm – 8pm

Yoga Is For Everyone . . . 

Youngies n oldies, fatties n thinnies, flexies n stiffies  👀 stiff people  . . .

Obviously this course won’t be for everyone – if you are in pain or badly injured, perhaps Saturday’s Restorative Yoga is a better style for you for now, but it is still true that yoga is for everyone.

Because Yoga is a way of life, a lens through which we view life, a philosophy, as well as a pile of practices.  It’s an ancient wisdom, with many, many branches, and at it’s essence it is about how to reduce suffering, and get the most out of this life.

In this course . . .

. . . we will be taking a few of the postures each week, and explaining them in some detail giving you a chance to practice how  Y O U R  body embraces each posture, and embody the sensations that go with it.  We will practise a breathing technique, that helps cool us down in these summer months, and we’ll look at the practice of meditation and include it as part of the whole practice.

Each week we will practise the poses from the week before, so that by week 8, you are familiar and rehearsed in them all in sequence, and our final practice will be a silent one, where we gently flow through what we have learned, with a sense of meditative ease and also FUN!

There will be opportunity for questions, musings, and observations, and the atmosphere will be warm, friendly and light-hearted.  

 

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Can’t wait to get sharing with you!

 Li, xo

 

New Term at Pure-Li Yoga

This term, August 3rd – September 13th 2018, I am offering Restorative Yoga twice a week.

On Mondays, is Restorative Yoga 1, which is a beginners style Restorative practice, where I help you get into the positions, and instead of allowing the space to become silent, there is intermittent guidance for a busy mind. This practice is designed for those of us who would find complete silence a little too challenging, and that is the case for many amongst us – the voice in our heads can get really annoying!

So I offer you mine instead, and I share with you some techniques in how to sustain stillness, and feel ok regardless of what arises in our still, soft music background, quiet time together.

It might be that your thoughts are running riot, you start feeling super anxious, or a pain that you are dealing with becomes louder and more bothersome than normal, or you have the desire to get up and run the hell out of the room!    This is all normal, it still happens to me sometimes!  But with this practice we learn how to stay.  How to stay and persist with a softness, through the anxiety, the fretting, the to-do lists, the pain, the heartache, the sadness, the uneasy feelings, the whatever-it-is that keeps us bolting around, feeling more and more ungrounded.

MONKEY MENTAL MIND!

I offer ‘Restorative 1’, because this is a really common response to the body becoming still.  The guidance offered, helps you to guide yourself to a safe place, USING mind rather than BEING USED BY IT, where you can practice visiting, and cultivating feelings of calm, or just ‘okayness’, whenever things get overwhelming.  And of course when you get versed in these skills on the yoga mat, you can find they are useful in situations OFF the yoga mat too.

On Saturdays . . .

. . . we have Restorative Yoga.  This practice takes a similar ‘shape’ to Restorative 1, it’s just more of a silent practice.  So I don’t play music, and I don’t talk throughout the practice, apart from showing new students how to take the positions, and reminding you once in a while to be comfortable and release tension.

This is a great time to observe your thoughts, how you speak to yourself, and also maybe to daydream, sleep, or reflect on issues in your life.  It is pure and real time-out.  Nothing to do, nowhere to go, just lying down and resting in utter comfort and warmth in a safe place.

There is no wrong or right way of doing this practice.  There is simply a reminder that we are here to Be, not always to do. It is a deep inquiry into Self.   It’s actually whatever the heck you want it to be!

And people come for varied benefits.  It’s a practice that ultimately helps us to feel more whole, less disconnected and disjointed.  It’s not for any one ‘type’ or group of people.  Everyone wants to feel connected and whole, everyone wants to operate at optimum levels.  This practice can offer ways of cultivating that.  It’s not a solution to all your problems, it’s a way of practising how to move through them.  Avoidance makes us weak; jumping in, committing to practice, abiding with what is, makes us strong, makes us resilient.

RESILIENCE

This practice is about learning to abide with what is.  Sounds so simple, yet if more of us were able to   a b i d e  with what is, imagine how much energy we could save by not fighting against what is, complaining about what is, feeling miserable about what is, that energy we could instead use to make meaningful action, and positive change in our lives and the world!

Not sure if this is for you?  Let me share a few of the benefits: for some students, they want to spend dedicated time in the week to themselves, without interruption, where they can just feel some peace, others come because they feel rested and restored afterward, some come to address deeper issues in their life and use this as a quality time to go inward and connect to their intuition and higher Selves, some come because they understand scientifically, that true rest allows the body to regenerate at cellular level, allows the organs and systems of the body time to rest and digest, and heal some, sharpening the axe so to speak!  Some are committed yogis whom, for one reason or another, are unable to practice asana anymore and just want to keep up a regular yoga practice, some come just because they are curious, enjoy a nurturing environment, and an opening in their week where they meet with themselves.  Others come because it brings a sense of calm to their feelings of anxiety, helps them sleep better at night, and overall brings a feeling of contentment back to life that has somehow been lost.  Some have made new friends and business connections, in our little community of local yogis.

These are all common results of connecting with ourselves.  When we connect with ourselves on the interior, the stuff on the exterior starts to flow more effortlessly.  Feelings of unhappiness and discontent emerge when we have lost that connection to our true selves.  

I want to be very clear here, I’m not saying practising yoga and meditation makes all your life’s worries and pain disappear.  It does not!  But even better than that, it offers us a new lens through which to observe what we experience. This lens, offers us MORE INFORMED CHOICE in how we respond to what emerges in life, because we are more in touch with ourselves, connected with our needs and values, and increasingly aware of what we can realistically choose for ourselves, offer life and others.  We become less robotic – operating on automatic, on learned behaviours and old patterns.  We begin operating on consciousmatic!

So when you hand me your money for your practices here at Pure-Li Yoga, I don’t then hand you the magic pill that makes feelings of unhappiness and discontent disappear, you don’t turn into a lycra clad pretzel figure, or suddenly feel all Zen (necessarily, although that zen one can happen & catch you by surprise!)

But you begin The Work that so many of the zombie nation will never even see, or recognize, going about their daily life on automatic, unaware of any purpose or choice, living solely on their instincts and conditioning, not engaging the gifts that Body and Being, as a Whole, offer us in order to thrive not just survive, in order to live a more connected life with nature, other humans and beyond, and perhaps most importantly, a life where suffering is not the only option. but absolutely optional.

And you will begin the courageous journey to KNOW THYSELF

The unexamined life is not worth living

– Socrates

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At Pure-Li Yoga, the number of participants is relatively small, this is my preference as the guide, and it helps keep the atmosphere informal and friendly.  It also means that space is limited so do text me in time to hold your little nest, on 0405 132 432.

We still have the special offer of $30 if you attend both Restorative practices in one week – so this term that means – come Monday and Saturday and receive $10 discount financially, you will also gain in other ways – more familiarity and skill with the practice means the world will slowly but surely become a better place! 

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For everyone . . . with love.

Because we are all going to die.

One highly regarded Irish author, Nuala O’Faolain speaking on her experience of finding out she has terminal cancer.  The interview’s a few years old now, but timeless al the same.

Can I be so bold as to say, that it is really, REALLY, worth listening to this perspective.

Some things about it, and about Nuala, a famous Irish writer, really surprised me.  And some things felt deeply resonant.

Aparigraha.  The yogic practice of learning to let go …. of our ideas, our image of who we are, our relationship with space and time, our contribution to the manifest world, our breath as we let go of the exhalation and take a new inhalation . . .

It’s coming for us all  . . .   WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE?

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This is not some kind of scary dark side of the looming full moon.

Or maybe it is … but the reality is, none of us escape it, and we all have to face it alone, regardless of our set up.

So this is a poignant reminder, and maybe the beginnings of something meaningful and beautiful, if you choose to see it that way.

After all, how is life life, without death?

 

Doing The Work

Karla McLaren’s work is deeply insightful and practical, it has had a positive and super helpful approach to my work and my life and I highly recommend it to all.

I would wager that there is no one amongst us who wouldn’t benefit from it personally, but even if you only familiarise yourself with it to help others, or help you accept/understand others, then it will make a great impact.

I love this piece which she posted to her Facebook page:

Working through depression

 

Here is a link to the amazing Sounds True website (an incredible resource), where I purchased the audio download of her work The Language of Emotions.

Now … strip yourself of any assholes around you, and good luck!!  Let me know what you think!

Bhramari Breathing

This term at Pure-Li Yoga we are working with Bhramari breathing as our Pranayama practice.

It seems it is something that at first, students are a little shy when it comes to participation, so I wanted to share some of it’s secret powers with you all!

Bhramari comes from the Hindi word Bhramar (मधुमक्खी), which means Bumble Bee, and you may also encounter this practice by the name of Bumble Bee Breath!

Bhramari breathing can be practiced in different ways, including using mudra or blocking the ears with the fingers, it can even be practised in silence!

However, at Pure-Li Yoga, you are invited to practice it by simply by:

  • Sitting in a comfortable sitting position, with the hips higher than the knees
  • Closing the lips together, and keeping the chin slightly, gently tucked in to the middle throat so that the back of the neck is long
  • Using the exhalation to form into a sound like a deep resonant hum, instead of the regular sound of a breath
  • Gently working to bring the sound from deep in the throat, so that you might feel a vibration in the lips, the jaw, face and throat – maybe even with practice, into the whole skull.

It is basic and simple to do, and a safe practice for people of all ages.  

There are some things to know, in order to understand and get the most from your Bhramari practice:

  • What we are doing is in fact, lengthening the exhalation, which science has shown to promote a calming of the nervous system
  • Let us not undo that benefit by over-breathing on the inhalation
  • Be mindful not to take big gulping breaths in, or to be in some kind of race to produce the exhalation hum which can sometimes lead to huge fast gulps of air coming into the body.  This causes the diameter of our blood vessels to shrink and results in taking us back into the sympathetic nervous system – so produces the exact opposite of the point of the practice.  Smooth, slow and steady breaths in and out.  Just the practice itself lends to a natural lengthening of the exhalation, which is what does most of the good work.
  • Always return to the natural breath if you feel pain or discomfort, or even if you feel a bit out of breath at first – its good to go back to natural breathing to gain your ground again before trying again. Remember you are in control at all times, and can choose if it is something that is good for you or not.
  • See if you can release any unnecessary tension you may be holding, in the body and in the mind.
  • Enjoy your practice!

So what we are doing is manipulating our nervous system, altering our mood, relaxing our body and so in turn quietening the noisy busy mind, expanding our perspective and the lens with which we view life.

 We are taking conscious steps towards being responsible for our own mental and physical wellbeing.  All part of what YOGA is all about!

Make it noisy! 

Also, the noise that we make with this buzzing bumbling bee boom, if you are open to to taking it to a certain volume and resonance, can create a blissful barrier from the recursive thinking and general cheetah chatter of our minds that fuels our anxieties and fears. It is a brilliant and such a simple way to start focusing the mind, a great doorway into meditation and stillness, and the residue of calm and peacefulness is invaluable.  

One of my teachers, Simon Borg Olivier, tells us that:

‘Humming has been shown to cause up to fifteen times the normal production of Nitric oxide gas in the sinuses of the skull [Weitzberg & Lundberg; 2002]. Nitric oxide has been shown to have several beneficial effects on the body. It is an important signalling molecule that acts in many tissues to regulate a diverse range of physiological processes including vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessel width), neuronal function, inflammation, immune function and in programmed cell death (apoptosis). Nitric oxide has also been implicated in smooth muscle relaxation, pregnancy and blood vessel formation (angiogenesis). Nitric oxide functions as a neurotransmitter in both the central and peripheral nervous systems [Snyder; 1992]. Endogenous and exogenous Nitric oxide possesses anti-parasitic effects on both protozoa and metazoa [Ascenzi et al., 2003]. Nitric oxide has a central anti-stress effect, apparently mediated by limiting the release of catecholamines [Bondarenko et al., 2001].”
Other research also shows us how Bhramari breathings can significantly reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and provides for the body a relaxed state, where the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system overrides the sympathetic (fight, flight or freeze) nervous system. 

It’s free, can be done at any time of the day or night, requires no special equipment or clothing – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!

Adventure with me to practising Bhramari Breathing in a rolling breath – here I start off and you join in, everyone goes to their own rhythm and breath capacity, that way the sound just rolls on and on, there are rarely silences or gaps.  This allows us to really focus and detach from what everybody else is doing or where they are in their breath etc.  It gives us the space, the permission and the freedom to make the practice your very own, and takes you more deeply inward.  I ring a bell at the end to signal the practice coming to a close, and you just keep going wherever you are in your breath, until you come to the end of your next humming exhalation.

 

Crescendo Through To The End

So much sense . . .

This week, circumstances have me thinking or perhaps, feeling, about the sadness that usually accompanies the end of life. Dying and the associated suffering.
Restorative Yoga provides the space and time for us to reflect on who we are, the choices we make, and our decisions that create the experience we called life.  Time to consciously step out, how to crescendo through to the end?

Making space.

If nothing else, Restorative Yoga can be the space where we remind ourselves, that we are just a speck in the greater greatness of this thing we call life, and that we are often avoiding the control or affect, that we COULD have on the life we live, by being disconnected with the idea of death and dying.

How much time do you put aside to think with a focus or an intention, about what is inevitable – some of us will go fast without much suffering, some of us won’t be so lucky.

What ways are you preparing for the inevitable?

 

Yoga Is Science

Yog is ancient science.  Neuroplasticity is modern science.

We are re-realising what Yoga has always taught us . . .  It’s in the Vedas, the scriptures.

INTEROCEPTION is where it’s at peeps!

Restoration in 45 Minutes?!

Thursday nights at Pure-Li Yoga offer you the chance to enjoy an iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation practice.

Depending on what time of the year/term you are coming, this can mean anything from a simple guided meditation, introducing aspects of iRest, to an Autogenics meditation, to a simple Yoga Nidra to a full blown iRest Yoga Nidra!  So come along and try it out – whichever one we are doing, the intention, purpose and results are effectively very similar – quite simply you experience DEEP RELAXATION AND RESTORATION. 

And it doesn’t matter what part of the term you come in – there is nothing you need to do, other than commit to being as still and quiet as you can in the practice!  You don’t need to know how ‘do’ yoga, or know ‘how to meditate’.  This practice is for EVERYONE, from people with inflexibility, injuries or impediments, that might inhibit a regular yoga practice, to those who enjoy a very active lifestyle / yoga, from the young and impetuous to the older and wiser amongst us.  And it’s a lovely way to get to know each other in our lovely little community in Clunes,  and co-create a spirit of wellbeing together!

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation has been the subject of many research studies, and has proven to improve disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and insomnia amongst others.  There are few of us nowadays who don’t experience some level of anxiety, whether its a troubled sleeping pattern or a propensity to over-worrying, or an A.D.D. of some kind.  Mental health is something we all need to be aware of and take good care of, and these practices I’m sharing with you, are ways of keeping such issues our ‘friends’, so that we can live a thriving life WITH them, as opposed to struggling to thrive because we are suffering FROM them.

This can be a practice of  TRUE SELF-CARE where were make time to compassionately witness and observe who we are, so that with practice, we start living a life that feels less constricting, and we walk out to meet life past our self-imposed unhelpful boundaries, and discover a freedom that can become our work in motion!  It’s an ongoing sort of affair, limitless if you like!

Real self-care is not about taking ourselves away from ourselves, or in someway trying to escape ourselves, our emotions, or the reality of our situations.  

True self-care is a practice, and varied practices, that take us a little more deeply inside ourselves, so that we can see the truth we need to see, in order to live our best lives.  Many of us, don’t want to face that, IT”S SCARY sometimes, but as the great teacher Pema Chödrön says, ‘nothing ever goes away, until it has taught us what we need to know’.   THAT’S why the same shit keeps reappearing over and over again in our lives!

So are we willing to endure the pain of being stuck in an unhelpful, and often damaging cycle, or take a chance and be open to the pain of growth?  We all have that choice.

If you are someone who finds yourself coming up against a similar situation, over and over again, or find yourself repeating yourself to deaf ears and getting nowhere but upset by it over and over again, or having the same argument with your partner over and over again, you might just decide to try this practice as a means to access something more profound within you, by offering it the space and time to be heard.  This is where the magic begins to happen.   And when I say that, I don’t mean the magic happens when I ring the bells at the end of practice, or once you hand over your $10!  It’s WORK, it’s a commitment to a process, not a short term goal, it’s either calling you or it’s not.  If you’re slightly curious, or there’s something peaking your interest, how many excuses are you going to let stand in your way of 45 minutes of – if nothing else – a nice time lying down doing nothing in a safe place?!!!  And maybe that’s ALL you need to come for, SOME TRUE PHYSIOLOGICAL REST!   Who is NOT going to benefit from that?  Seriously?  

Yeah!  All you have to do is show up, lie down, and see what happens!  In this practice, I guide you so that the mind has something to focus on, worry not – it is really helpful for busy minds.

All you need to bring, is a clean body (no perfumes please) and an open mind . . .  mats, props, blankets and a clean, toasty warm space are provided, so that you can settle down in comfort and ease, and allow yourself to truly rest, relax and try this style of meditation.

It’s still only $10 for this practice!

So come along and try it out before the special offer runs out!  You can purchase it online HERE, or bring it along on the night …  We will finish promptly by 5.45pm in time to grab a table at Clunes Pizza Night! 🙂

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE:

If you’d like to try it, the only way to book is to please TEXT ME on 0405 132 432 to hold your spot, as places are limited.  Even if you pay online, please pop me a text as well, just to confirm, as the slow local internet sometimes means I might not get your email without a delay!  So text is best to avoid awkward disappointments!

Looking forward to meeting you, and creating a special space for you here at Pure-Li Yoga!

Kindness,

Li. xo

An Emotional Time Returning To Logic

For the day that’s in it … this is my soundtrack of choice for this situation … often, songs are mightier than words alone.

 

Well done Ireland.  #The8thIsRepealed