At this time of year the feeling of Autumn is in the air. The leaves are beginning to change colour and the evenings are a little cooler.
September see the start of another Yoga Year. New beginnings, maybe an opportunity to get to know ourselves better, to accept ourselves as we are and where we are in our lives or an opportunity to change and embrace that change.
This Summer has been a good one for me personally. I was fortunate enough to travel and meet lots of new people.
Early in the Summer I traveled to Namibia. For me I was stepping out of my comfort zone, visiting a new and vast country and meeting new people. The trip turned out to be an amazing experience and I came home with a huge sense of gratitude and appreciation. When you see the way other people live and how they survive with very little you realize just how consumer driven our society here has become and how much we waste. We are inclined to think the more we have the happier we will be and sometimes the more we have the more we want.
I had a lovely week in the Cliffs of Moher on a Yoga Retreat and again met some amazing people and spent time exploring the wild and beautiful landscape of Clare.
Also I had the opportunity to spend time at the Ashram Experience in Howth. A silent retreat led by Korko Moses, a Jesuit priest from India who founded Dhyanavanam, an Ashram in India inspired by both Christian & Eastern spiritual traditions.
Last weekend I did a Reflexology workshop with Pat Hickey ‘Reading the Feet’ which was extremely interesting and gives me a new dimension to bring to my reflexology treatments.
No matter what goes on in our lives nothing ever stays the same. The seasons change as do our own lives and to grow is to change. Even the challenges in life provide us with an opportunity to heal and grow even more.
The ultimate power of yoga lies beyond what the eyes can see. A practice where we engage with the power of the breath and feel the energy of life as it unfolds in each and every moment both on and off our mats.
One of the messages of yoga is that we do not need a “bunch of stuff” to make us happy; instead yoga teaches us that we already possess everything we need to be happy within ourselves.
Remember if we do not love ourselves we cannot truly love another. If we do not take care of, respect and look after ourselves then we cannot care for, respect and look after others.
If we want peace, we have to create it in the world around us.
So let’s start with ourselves by showing kindness to ourselves first and then by showing kindness to others it will ripple out into the world spreading peace.
For what we seek is within and in yoga this is where we dive head first so take this time to get to know the real you.
I feel inspired, rejuvenated and nourished by the people I have met and the places I have been. There are so many things I loved doing over the Summer, like the experience of exploring the vastness of Namibia, the wonderful Yoga and delicious healthy food at the Cliffs of Moher, being in nature, the walks with friends and family, the sea swims, feeling the sun on my skin, the laughs, the tears, the talks and the silence and the time to just be.
I feel lucky and blessed to be where I am in my life and for the people that come into my life. I am on this journey called life and I am ready for the next adventure….watch this space.
My wish for you this term is that you will be touched by the true essence of yoga and that it will have a very positive influence on your life. That you will connect with the beauty of your soul and the peace that resides there.