One of our students writes about practising yoga with us.
I think I have lived in an amazing age, remembering our first fridge, (and the treat of ice-cream at home), our first family car.The invention of TV. The wonderment of the first man on the moon. There were no Yoga Studios then in rural Australia..Ten pin bowling was all the rage. I used to go to the Gym, as a new Mum, and trampoline and swim. Do you get the picture? We couldn't have imagined this fast paced technological age we now live in. I think, most of us, in this class, are retired. We are "post" most things, children, menopause, and in my case a total knee replacement. We assemble, on our mats, and I can feel the tension drain out of my body, and gradually relax. I feel safe and nurtured here. I trust the teacher implicitly. We interpret instructions, we try earnestly to emulate her, to bring to life a vision of what we have seen. Sometimes our teacher says " You must remember to breath". Harmony and encouragement, to make the connection to the essence of Yoga. All too soon the class is over, and I leave feeling stronger, taller, more grounded, focused , amazed at what I can do.I take nothing for granted. Still so much to learn, is there enough time? And so privileged to be in this class .
Yoga is the lay persons neuroscience - Yogis have known for centuries that there are layers of mental activity that can be harnessed and directed. When attention becomes concentration and concentration establishes a pause between the rise and fall of thoughts, we arrive into a state known as meditation. The interconnections between the layers of consciousness create the conditions for wisdom.. it arises in the pause, in the interruption of habitual thought.
“As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace. When we stop like that, it looks as if nothing is happening, but in fact everything is happening. You are deeply established in the present moment, and you touch your cosmic body. You touch eternity. There is no more restlessness, no more seeking.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Yoga provides a context in which teens, living in a sea of peer pressure, performance stress and emotional change, learn restraint and self reflective awareness. This course for teenagers aged between 12 and 15 years of age, will both challenge and nourish them.