Is an unravelling, opening inner eyes, the presence of a person in their body
In a sense the practice is very simple; a profound invitation to relax, befriend ourselves, attune to the breath, explore how we relate to the ground and the subtle relationships between different parts of the body. Letting go of tension we can start to feel more, rest back and enjoy physical and emotional space. Connecting to the spine and the core of the body we discover that we do not need to use effort to hold ourselves up and together but can trust a different kind of support and move in an integrated way.
There is no focus on attaining postures and much focus on care, releasing habit energy, challenging our impulse to fix and mend, impose and push so that we can give ear to the intelligence of the body. We find the yoga postures from within, rather than forcing shapes upon the body. It is a practice of awareness, opening inner eyes, the presence of a person in the body which can seem like a gentle breeze blowing in the opposite direction to the complexity of modern life.
People transform and their lives change in so many ways as they become more comfortable in their being. They seem to re-align with life. People describe feeling more resourced, embodied, centred, grounded and less stressed. It all takes time but aches and pains do disappear, posture changes and people learn the value of building into their lives much more rest.
“We sometimes walk around with our hands tightly clenched, without knowing it. Hands balled into fists we wonder why am I not at ease? Letting go is a movement akin to a flock of birds leaving the dark of the trees.” Jess Huon
At the end of every yoga session we lie down to meditate so that the whole system can relax. There is a way of approaching meditation that is very kind and allows us to be ourselves. On retreats people are encouraged to experiment with lying down and sitting to discover where they experience most spaciousness and depth.
“The hardest part of meditation can be to give up ways we have been taught to employ effort and do work. Rest allows the cells and mind to renew themselves. Easeful meditation gradually drops us into direct and non-conceptual awareness. There our old habit-energies lose momentum without the drama that occurs when we try to make transformation happen.” Jaya Ashmore