You face all your demons when you’re incapacitated, lying on the floor, incapable of the slightest movement. You must turn your attention within. It takes great will power, but eventually you become very subtle with your attention. When you stabilise your attention in your body you make it conscious – that’s when the healing begins. But something else occurs, you sense you are much more, you feel the stillness within, it yearns to be known. And, when you realise you are the stillness everything changes! You forget about trying to master all the yoga poses – that desire becomes irrelevant. When you experience the purity of the inner qualities of your being such as joy, peace, and love, you want stay in that space because it’s just so blissful. You start to view life differently, you notice the beauty in the world, in everyone, and you become a more inspired dynamic person.
I found myself 39, widowed from my childhood sweetheart, with two small children, and living in the heart of Sydney. How do you tell your children that their daddy is never coming back? How do you face all the challenges of being alone; no family around, raising your love ones with a hectic schedule, finding the self confidence to pick yourself up and get back into corporate life after not working for 8 years, so everything can stay ‘the same?’ Not to mention, to wipe the memories of your beautiful late husband, emaciated and in agony from cancer, and accept that your only love one is gone for ever? I can sincerely say, the source of all my strength, acceptance, love, and peace, came from within. I found it through the daily yoga & meditation practice I had established 15 years prior. I needed no external guidance, I just clung on to my practice. It worked. This time was very tough but also strangely beautiful. I experienced the love of life like I had never experienced before. I decided to see the beauty all around me. The death of my beloved became the catalyst for great transformation.
The way we see yoga
We believe it is important to have an ache free body, that is healthy and strong, a body that serves you in your daily life. A good physical practice is important, you can use yoga techniques to:
- Become incredibly flexible, toned, and strong
- Enliven the muscles, joints, and ligaments
- Heal yourself from injury or disease
- Enhance the circulatory and digestive system
- Cultivate the mind body awareness
- Calm your mind and sooth the nervous system
- Make every fibre of your being conscious (the physical benefits are almost endless)
However, if the practice is too physically technical, too challenging on the physical level that is, it often becomes all about body mechanics and perfecting form.
And, if your desire is for pure physical perfection, your attention will be continually held on the gross level.
Thus, negating your progression of awareness into the most subtle aspects of your being.
Yoga, when practiced correctly, is about moving from the gross to the subtle, it is about moving beyond practice and into pure experience.
This is where the real benefits of yoga kick in.
Yoga is a state of being
Yoga is much more than the homogenised physical practices you see in the market place, on the internet, and on instagram.
- Yoga is a state of being that is experienced through a nurturing personal practice that includes daily meditation.
- Yoga is about enlivening the senses and making every aspect of your being conscious.
- Yoga brings balance between your intuitive side and your logical, reason based, side.
- Yoga is empowering because it awakens your latent abilities and gives you new talents that you didn’t even know you had.
The practices of yoga, when used with the intention of moving from the gross to the subtle, have the potential to completely invigorate every aspect of your being.
So, basically, what we’re saying is this:
WARNING, YOGA RANT; The practices of yoga can be used for much much more. It’s not just for getting flexible, being toned and having a firm arse! Yeah, you do get that, but it’s by the way, if your main focus is on the physical benefits – that’s all you’ll get. RANT ENDS HERE.
We want you to have more than that – yoga can awaken your true potential – there’s so much more to you than your physicality.
Your true potential is nestled within you waiting to be experienced, explored, and expressed.
We know this through experience and we want to share this with you.
Jules & Peter.