Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

I think us Yogis would all agree just how much we adore Yoga.

So why is it so darn hard sometimes to just roll the mat out and get on with it?

Whatever the reason, we’ve all been there.

So how do we get past it and get on that mat?

Here’s some motivation for exactly that…

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The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

Have you ever seen those beads that spiritually-inclined people tend to wear around their necks? Ever wondered what they’re all about?

Originating in Hindu and Buddhist culture, I first encountered Malas in Thailand and later again during my travels through India. I was aware they were prayer beads, similar to those used in Christianity, yet their deeper meaning escaped me on these trips.

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Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

In which ways do Yoga and Permaculture intersect?

Whilst on Awakened Spirit’s Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training, the Principles of Permaculture were passed along to us. Permaculture is the sustainable merging of people with nature that creates an ecosystem for all to thrive in. The ideals of this concept were coined by the duo David Holmgren and Bill Mollison and have since inspired many conscious humans (including myself!) to live by their values. This echos beautifully what yogic philosophy teaches us: when we embody these ancient principles, we are forging and creating a more harmonious existence with the world within and around us.

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I took a nap! And nobody cared...

I took a nap!  And nobody cared...

Why isn’t resting rewarded?  What is it about nourishment that just isn’t sexy? Why don’t we reward self-care and resting in the same way that we reward achievements and productivity? If we consider urban centres in North America (which is my most familiar habitat), the emphasis is set squarely on the doing, the going, the producing and the running around until we fall into bed in utter exhaustion at the end of the day.   Why are we always so busy?  Why do we often find ourselves in a loop of doing?

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Exploring Our Edge

In today’s world of Yoga, exploring our edge is something heard often - but what exactly does that mean? It involves leaving that much loved zone of comfort in order to find real area for growth, having the bravery to peer into into the uncertainty of not knowing yet wanting to discover, whilst testing the limits.

In the legendary ancient Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, Sutra 2.46 mentions Sthira Sukham Asanam’, ‘Sthira’ meaning unwavering/stability and ‘Sukham’ being comfortable/sweetness. In regards to postures and edge exploration, this can be seen as applying a subtle effort to find that sweet spot right between the ease and the challenge. (On a cliff edge, you would have the perfect view of below without being blown off the top).

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Ritual as an Act of Intentional Living

Ritual as an Act of Intentional Living

Why do we need rituals?

I think we are all craving a little bit of deepened connection, magic, and spirituality in our lives.

Many of us don’t identify with a structured religious practice, leaving us to create our own ways of communing with the divine. When we have rituals in place they help us anchor our lives into the divine, helping us to become more present and intentional about the way we move along our day to day, keeping us focused along our path.

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Gratitude: A Way of Life

Gratitude: A Way of Life

The majority of cultures around the world live their life through thanks - really taking the time, energy and enjoyment for the acknowledgement of this blessing of life. It seems we’ve lost our way somewhat. I learnt recently that the Hawaiian saying of Ho’oponono ‘I’m sorry; Please forgive me; Thank you; I love you’, used to only be ‘Thank you, I love you’, before we began destroying our home, this Earth. Giving thanks is natural and indeed needed. We as Westerners can probably most likely relate this to prayers before eating, perhaps in a religious concept, which it need not be. Simply to remember with true respect allows us to keep it all sacred.

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Discovering Kleshas

Discovering Kleshas

Kleshas are something I've known of my whole life, but had never put a name to. Basically, they're all the pesky things holding you back. Or more literally, 'poisons'. They come under five main titles: avidya (ignorance), asmita (ego), raga (attachment), dvesha (avoidance) and abhinivesha (fear). From a Yogic perspective these are seen as the root cause of all suffering.

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