If I were a young woman now I am not sure I would cope
With all the things that you have – the opportunities the technology
I’d like to think it would be a world of pleasure
But I fear instead, it would only be a world of pressure
Pressure to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter, the perfect friend
Pressure to be successful – a boss – a leader
If I had my time again I wouldn’t create a ‘to do list’ – I would create a ‘to don’t do list’
I would give myself the time to indulge in the things I now understand are the most important
What I wouldn’t give to extend those good night kisses instead of moaning about having to get up early in the morning
What I wouldn’t give for an extra second of cuddling my babies before they became too big to hold
What I wouldn’t give for five more minutes on the dance floor while my legs were still strong enough to carry me
What I wouldn’t give to share a meal with my parents and just be
And this isn’t about stopping our fight for equality; ours was the generation that burnt their bras
But we were never in danger of burning out
No – this is simply about you as a human being – there is a most important word BEING
Lost in the moment, being at peace with the world, being kinder to myself, being kinder to others
Being able to let go and being proud to do so
Believe me – if I were a young woman now I would spend more time being – not doing.
Practically speaking, when we are stiff in our hips and hamstrings our knees and ankles are ‘punished’. At some stage it is better to be accountable/aware of how to work with our hamstrings and hips so that the knees and ankles are able to get on with their work. It’s also the case in twisting poses that people twist into the flexible areas of their spine and in doing so completely miss the area that needs to be ‘accountable’: we are slipping around a stiffness and there will be consequences.
Our yoga classes for children have been running for 4 years and some of the feedback we get from parents and also teachers is amazing and encouraging. Children experience stress for lots of different reasons and yoga helps them to 'discharge' it through physical movements and also through breathing exercises and meditation.
When we go camping, we sit in awe of the magnificence of the mountain, the oceans, the sky. We go there because we recognize that some thing changes within us when we sit quietly within the wonderment of nature. We say "I am different", "I am happier", "I am energized", "I am more content". When we practice yoga we learn to sit in the wonderment of our embodiment. It is our microcosm of the macrocosm of nature. We recognize that being in the power of our own presence is a practice of being at one with the forces of nature.