I have recently had the privilege to attend the annual Caroline Coggins Workshop at The Hervey Bay School of Yoga. In which I also participated in last year.
I have been a student of the school for about the past 18 months. Before this I had very little experience or knowledge of yoga and didn’t really know exactly what to expect when I enrolled in February last year. I began my journey with a weekend beginner intensive and haven’t looked back since. Polly has consistently guided me through the practice and principles of yoga with her invaluable knowledge, experience and direct approach. I am inspired by Polly’s passion for yoga and genuine interest in all of her students. Through my practice I am beginning to realise my potential of strength, flexibility and mindfulness, which I believe can reflect on all aspects of life. Both Polly and Vera have always welcomed me at the school and I feel very lucky to have found such wonderful teachers and friends.
The Caroline Coggins workshop consisted of 10 hours of yoga over 3 days. With Caroline and her assisting teachers Peta and Claire visiting the school, this was once again an opportunity to learn more about myself and the practice. I have a great appreciation for Caroline’s knowledge, experience and spiritual approach to yoga.
During the workshop Caroline gave us long pose timings, which encouraged me to “dig deeper” and “go within”. This allowed my body to really settle in to each pose and instead of over-thinking the pose, the body finds its true alignment instinctively. However! Being very young in the practice and carrying several sporting injuries I am still very much learning the feel of this alignment. I am very appreciative of Caroline, Peta and Claire for making any necessary adjustments and reminding me that even when I say “I’m ok”, subtlety can be more powerful than intensity. Dinner Saturday night was a good opportunity to share nice food, experiences and get to know everyone outside of the class.
Thankyou to everyone for a great weekend and I look forward to next years workshop.
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.