Recently I was asked by the lovely power yoga teacher Roshini what my latest ‘Aha’ moment during my yoga practice or whilst teaching my class, was. I have just returned to Kathmandu after spending a month back in the UK with family, which was a very precious time. Normally when I’m in my usual routine my daily self-practice takes me up to 5 hours, split over two sessions. When I am away I try and maintain this as much as possible, but when staying with family that you haven’t seen for nearly two years, this becomes near impossible. They need your time and it is important to have time with them as one lives far away and can’t just pop over for a cup of tea and a chat! After a few days though I started to begin to feel a little frustrated, as I could feel my body was different my mental state, different, after not as much practice, thus was my ‘aha’ moment. Whilst having a piece of cake, which I normally don’t eat with my mum, she commented on how lovely it was to be together and spend time just being and yes sharing a cake which she loves, and it came to me whilst off the mat that this time was as much my yoga practice as when I’m on the mat breathing, struggling, flowing, pushing myself and relaxing. Yoga is all about giving and sharing and if I couldn’t give this time to my own Mum then it would be a poor thing really. Swami Sivananda always said, ‘Serve, love, purify, meditate and realise.’ Sometimes we can’t always be in our routines, and other people’s enjoyment and happiness must come first. So during my stay in the UK my yoga practice became much shorter in the terms of pranayama, asana and meditation and more about giving time to people and concentrating on their enjoyment, this is as much a part of union as the other practices, this was serving, giving and loving, together we made something meaningful. Now I just have to concentrate on losing the two and half kilo I put on, eating cake with my mum!! Yoga is a way of life and not just about being in the studio and what tricks we can do physically, yoga is becoming one and there are many means of achieving this.
Classes have started back at Yoga Mangala Studio, Pranamaya Yoga and The British School, Kathmandu, please do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest schedule, days out and retreats. Looking forward to seeing you all on the mat,
Om om shanti Om