March; Breathe


‘’ Let the water wash over you Wash it all over you Swim to the ocean floor So that we can begin again Wash away all our sins Crash to the other shore’’

Madonna

In this fast-paced, crazy world it’s difficult to take moments to pause, to check in and observe how we are being today.

Energy levels are high and consistently maintaining an overtly fast life, eventually leads to fight-or-flight panic. There are so many ailments suffered due to this on-demand outlook. Illnesses such as exhaustion, depression, loss of confidence, eating disorders, insomnia, nervous breakdowns, shortness of breath, panic attacks and restlessness are a result of this incessant need for speed.

The solution to all this panic? Yoga. Yoga. And a little more Yoga.

When in group yoga, you’ll notice a moment when the energy falls.

In this moment of descent, every one of us softens and opens to new depths. Muscles relax. Tension drops. Breath sounds like wind through trees.

The mind quietens.

The energetic resonation of us falls in sync; in flow.

Then we feel fully aligned; aware of the bodies of energy surrounding us.

This is flow. Alignment. Unity.

This is bliss.

It’s not an easy journey. In shapeshifting and manipulating the muscles and fascia, stored energies are released; the associated emotions that arise aren’t always pleasant.

By swimming into the ocean of breath and diving to the emotional floor, we expose buried feelings; those we couldn’t process at the original time they rippled up to the surface.

Tears, anger, discomfort, shaking, quivering; all are emanations of the body releasing these emotional tensions.

We encourage a lot of sighing in sessions; not only to stimulate the throat chakra, but also to mobilise and release these energies that have been stirred.

The breath carries us through and guides us, safely and supportively, to process these emotions without the intelligence of the mind.

Using the ancient art of the breath and the body.

We feel into being. Exploring what’s going on inside. Without judgment.

It’s no different off the mat; when we fall in sync with the life flow; when we can be present in the rise and fall of life experiences and the emotions we feel, then we light up from within.

We alight. We drop the baggage that holds us down.

We create more space within; for new opportunity, for growth.

And providing we do all this with real mindfulness and conscious intention, then we can make radical transformation occur.

The fire within (agni) expands to burn up all the toxic energy; all that is negative and no longer serves us.

It fires us up, energises us and sets us on fire; increasing our passion for life.

This is only one benefit of Yoga and the yogasana (the physical practice of Yoga).

So, this month, we wholeheartedly encourage you to take 5 minutes out of each day to release energy as it occurs. Let us not bury these experiences or let them inhibit our chance to feel life in every part of us; body, mind and soul.

Let’s create space and fall into being. Aligned, so we can flow. And flowing, so we can align.

Lilavati Light Meditation

Switch off your mobile device. Disconnect the TV. Turn all the lights low.

Light a candle. Look to flame. Close your eyes.

Stay seated or lie on the earth.

Take a moment to soften and lengthen the breath.

No judgment, no mind chatter.