Always the beginning of the year is a time to reflect back on the year that was and imagine the year that will be. 2023 was a year of many ups and down. A year of a lot of effort. I started off the year with quite a severe knee injury that halted my practice in many ways. Injury tends to consume one in ways that you don’t intend. It certainly ensured that I slowed down.
The year brought many international teachers back to South Africa. In April 2023, we had the privilege of a week with Corrine Biria with her intense approach and deep wisdom. In September 2023, Gabriella Gabliaro with her wonderful Italian accent, interesting insight and her generous sharing of her learning from Sri BKS Iyengar. Finally a zoom brief workshop with Lois Etling in December 2023.
It took me a long time to settle back onto my mat. To find my own centre. I took the last 2 weeks of December to enjoy the best Cape Town has to offer. Cold clear water swims to bring clarity to my mind. Daily yoga practice to reconnect with my own inner voice. To reconnect with my wonderful partner in life Marc and to prepare for the new year of teaching and sharing my passion of Iyengar yoga.
I wish everyone a year filled with many blessings. A year of growth and exploration. I hope that whatever good things you imagine for yourself will manifest in ways that nurture your being.
Yours in Yoga
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I attended 7 day workshop with Pixie Lilas in Dolcedo in 3-10 July 2019. The weather was hot which was really lovely after Cape Towns cold and rainy winter. We started off the day with 45 min pranayama session going back to basics in order to experience and journey with and through the breath. The morning Asana class had a theme ranging from standing poses to hip openers looking at how to progress more deeply into these areas. Afternoon session focused on inversions. Happy to be home and back on my mat to process some of this work.
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In today’s world, everything moves so quickly. With the new seasons there are new fashions, which are all presented so beautifully in the shop windows. The marketing thereof always set to remind us that it is time to purchase something new. Perhaps the next time you are tempted to purchase something new, remind yourself to practice Santosha. Contentment with what you have.
Contentment can be applied to many areas of our lives both physically and spiritually. Practice being in the present moment is an act of santosha. Being present and content in a pose is reflective of what your state of being is every day.
Do you reject something because you are not perfect at it?
Are you content where you are with your practice for today?
Taking a step back from the automatic trigger of desire, to want, to be and rather reflect on whether it is really necessary to fulfill that desire. Enjoy the experience of the desire by reflecting on it, but then choose to be content with what you have.
Santosha is one of the Niyamas (universal principles) of Patajali’s ashtanga or eight limbs of yoga.
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