ABUNDANT AUGUST IS TIME TO SAY THANKS
What does Abundance mean to you? Most people automatically think of money and financial wealth, when really Abundance is so much more.
The month of August is a time I like to focus on Abundance.
Not only because the words Abundance and August go together well, sort of roll off the tongue - but also I find its that mid-year time. Time when the seasons are coming to change, winter is ending and the promise of Spring is just around the corner. The financial year is over and maybe the tax return is completed. Time to focus on the bigger picture.
So what does Abundance mean to you?
For me, Abundance is acknowledging and appreciating all I have in my life. Being grateful for the smallest things, the simplest tokens or the grandest gestures. Gratitude for my wonderful family and supportive, loving husband. My friends and colleagues, past and present students, and even ones I haven't met yet. All these things are fairly obvious signs of abundance.
But what about the colour of the flowers you pass everyday? The scent of the forest, the feel of the sand on the beach, feeling the breeze in your hair?
Or just the fact we live in a free and peaceful country!
So much abundance abounds, we just need to open our eyes and hearts - pay attention. And give thanks. Gratitude and abundance go hand in hand, so the more grateful we are, the more the Universe notices.
In the month of August, I challenge you to find three things everyday to be grateful for!
Just three .......
Not so hard I hope. I'd love to hear some of them so please feel free to comment below.
Why Restorative Yoga IS Yoga....
As a Restorative Yoga teacher I am often asked "how can Restorative poses be called Yoga. They don't look like yoga, no headstands or pretzels. You're just laying there, doing nothing!"
Funny really, that's the whole point.
That's what Restorative yoga is about, plus a whole lot more!
It may not look like much is happening and the pose doesn't rate well on Instagram, but believe me this is powerful stuff.
There is so much going on within the body and mind while we appear to be sleeping...
I like to call Restorative Yoga "the Quiet Achiever" of the yoga world.
Why then is it called Yoga and not just Relaxation?
My answer to that is simple - I like to refer to the yoga tradition and the man who pioneered Restorative Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar. Mr Iyengar found that supporting the body with props within the pose enabled the student to fully embrace the principles of yoga - being present and embodied, with safety. This especially applied to those recovering from illness or injury, or with less flexibility or strength. With the aid of props supporting the posture, students could achieve the balance and release desired. This then enabled the relaxing or "restorative" nature of the pose to take effect - the union (Yoga) of body, mind and spirit.
So, next time you encounter Restorative Yoga don't write it off as "doing nothing" or "that's not Yoga".
I encourage you to think again, or maybe even give it a try! I'm certain you will love it.
I'm Alison Cherry-Wood, owner of Abundant Yoga.