Straighten Out Your Mat – It’s New Term Time at Pure-Li Yoga!

Crikey! Time is whizzing by it’s already come to end of term and those darker days are dawning with chilly mornings and evenings set to come . . . I’m excited to see how often the folding doors are going to be closed . . .

ARE YOU READY?!!

In recent years, I’ve noticed I feel little ache in my heart at this time of year, letting go of the intensity and freedom of summer, a sense of tightening comes over me thinking about bracing a cold winter ahead – it gets cold here in Clunes! I selfishly want to slink off back towards Ireland having grass is greener thoughts (well it actually is greener, but you know what I mean!). I’m staying put.

Because once it has arrived and I am in it, I am all over it! That’s me, when I’m in, I’m all in! More often than not, thinking about things messes me up! It’s always the thought of something threatening that is worse than the actual thing itself once it’s in motion, don’t you find?! We naturally adapt to survive, we naturally self-regulate, thoughts and worries create havoc with these natural, innate capacities, because the brain, and then in turn the body, doesn’t differentiate between what is actually happening, and what we are imagining when we are worrying and doomsaying . . .isn’t it another chance to remind ourselves to come back to the present moment, because right here and now everything’s just fine?

Anyhow I digress!

This autumn and winter, I’ve decided to charge in!!

Well … I’m just going to focus on continuing to build my internal fire and my ability to heat myself up from the inside! Not with tea alone! But with breathing practices, meditations and movements designed to make me feel like I could hold the sky up!

So I’ve added a few more practice times to the schedule, and hope that you will join me on the dark and cold mornings and evenings, to practice building heat and strength in the body, ready to take amber autumn and her erratic elements!

I’ve got lots of new blankets for Savasana and Restorative Practice too, which I am getting slightly giddy about, I love being wrapped up warm on the inside, and listening to the rain and the wind doing their thing on the outside – don’t you? It reminds me of the sensations that go with feeling safe, protected and cared for . . . It is scientifically proven to be empowering to keep reminding ourselves that we are enough, and that we are resourceful, and we are complete just as we are!

Now THAT makes me feel better! No lolling around whinging about whatever it is we tend to whinge about, getting whipped by the wind and lashed by the rain, oh no NOT I!

After a few years of injury preventing me from taking on anything more than Restorative Yoga, I feel ready to become Amazonian again!  😂 Ok, so it’s just a feeling – but we know the feeling is enough to become our reality! 😉

The new term brings a new sequence of postures, the further we move into autumn, the more we will start lighting ourselves up from within!

Pure-Li Yoga For Beginners 8 week Course Recommences on March 12th at 6.30pm-8pm.

There is an Early Bird discount which ends on March 8th so don’t dilly dally, and a discount for current course students as well – check your email for the code!

I call it Pure-Li Yoga For Beginners because we are all Beginners really! The sequence comes from my teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy, where I used to teach.

We take a series of postures and we learn from the ground up, with lots of detail, playing time and question time. The course has informal, fun feels – more like a workshop – because I want you to understand the core principles of the poses you are learning so there is time for you to ask questions, and to try and find your way in the poses that feels harmonious with your being. My hope is that you will have a solid understanding of how to do things, and importantly why you are doing them the way I’m showing you – to empower you to be in control of your own body and not just monkey see monkey do me! Also you will learn options and alternatives for days when you might not be feeling so strong, so that you can still practice, you just adapt the practice to suit your body.

Always that is what we are doing in Yoga – finding where the challenge is for us within a moment, a pose, a breath etc, and adapting not just our bodies but our minds around it. All the while being firm but calm. It’s a great challenge, simple yet not always easy, but so so rewarding when we succeed. For me just the trying is rewarding!

To support the workshop style of the course, and to respond to some requests from the local community, I’ve added some more practices to the schedule. If you’re on the course, these extra practices are an excellent opportunity for you to really get what the course is teaching you, into the very bones of you! A chance for you to start developing muscle memory for the postures, and indeed the breathwork and meditation too.

If you’re not on the course, these practices are available as drop in practices so if you’re irregular in your practice but want to do SOMEthing that is safe and accessible, then you can drop in and out whenever you like, by texting me to book your spot. You can also take advantage of the TWT Deal … committing to practice more frequently, this is an incentive to get you here and make the most of your practice, the more you come the less it costs you, check it out by clicking the link!

It’s important to me that I try to help you understand, that a) yoga is more than just postures, and b) no matter if you are super-stiff or hyper-mobile, that you will learn how to adapt postures and practices to you as an individual, that you will feel replete after practice! What I mean is, it’s not about everyone doing the same thing to the same degree – we are not robots! It’s about taking in and taking on, enough to fill YOUR cup, and if you don’t know it already, you are about to find out just HOW LIBERATING that is!

Hope you can join me!

Love Li xox

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