Throughout our lives we are often encouraged to concentrate on what we CAN do rather than what we have difficulties with – for example at school: no ear for languages, no artistic eye, don’t worry concentrate on sciences! In play: not supple, don’t worry with gymnastics instead use your speed and play hockey instead, be a sprinter!
I enrolled in the beginners yoga course in May last year as a start to reclaim myself. I had sat at a desk for 13 years and was unfit, overweight and struggled to move my body in any shape resembling a pose. My hips and shoulders felt locked, my hands and arms were weak and I berated myself each lesson for what my body had become.
In many sports we can adapt a golf swing, a running or swimming style to suit our bodies. But in a yoga class – there are no excuses! Hands and feet must be placed with precision, legs and arms straightened, questions asked of the body … and mine screamed back-what are you doing to me?
In 2016 a few things have changed, I no longer work, I completed a long distance (1000km) walk which made me fitter, stronger and more confident but no more supple after carrying a heavy backpack. So back to another beginners course in January and I am ready for more conversations with my body but slightly more forgiving this time.
Repeating the beginners course was really helpful- I began to understand the ‘rinsing action’ in the legs, the names of the poses are more familiar. I still struggle every class and more attention to my practice is required but I enjoy the process and feel more balanced. Progress is being made!
Thank you yoga, thank you Polly and Vera.
Celebrate with us on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. For Iyengar the best way to access the spirit was through proper attention to the alignment of the body in asanas. The bodies innate, though often dormant intelligence functions to check the tendencies of the mind to be in its imagination, delusions, fears and desires. BKS Iyengar was born on 14 December 1918 and died 20 August 2014. In celebration of his centennial year, and also to mark 5 years of our Iyengar school in Hervey Bay, we are holding a series of free events.
Our practice equips us to glimpse the exquisite peace, space, openness and bliss that is the resonant harmony of mind, body, breath, time and space: the eternal present.
“Why do you think it’s so constantly said in the Bhagavad Gita “Act without looking to the fruits of action”? Why is it always taught “Never look for results, never expect”?