"Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognising your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them." Thomas Kinkade
Body & Soul, Environment, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Spirituality
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About this guild

This guild is about maintaining that delicate eqiulibrium of mental and physical well-being, that organism whose inter-dependent mechanisms allow calm, rationality and ultimate spiritual fulfilment. Often it's easy for one or more parts to be thrown out of sync. Here we look at ideas and practices for retaining and increasing wisdom and vigour in a demanding, hectic world. 

"Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other."  Steven R. Covey


Handstands and finding balance by being unbalanced


There is always a yoga pose to counterbalance how we feel but sometimes it's exciting to play and go deeper into those emotions - daring, to push the boundaries further and see what happens. With very little sleep from lovely, early hours conversations, writing and star-gazing I awakened hazy, dreamy and beautifully unsettled. Normal practice may suggest poses to re-ground and balance but instead I had fun with headstands, vriksasana (standing tree) and other balancing poses and inversions -  along with lots of falling over and laughing!

We have trained ourselves to be cautious and to protect ourselves - to be wary of making mistakes, when sometimes just jumping in and having a go is more of what we need. Watch children at play, swinging from ropes, climbing trees, jumping into water without knowing how deep it is - the abandonment, of not fearing, detaching from the outcome.

Yoga, when practiced with awareness, helps to bring us closer to what we are feeling, to bring emotions to the surface and to give us the space to connect with our soul - bringing our mind and body together as one. The time spent on the mat in dedicated practice can be used to reflect and seek wisdom, to open our heart to all that is happening to us and to push ourselves into poses, positions that our mind warns us against. 

The postures we find difficult are usually the ones we need the most - the thing we resist is where the greatest learning can take place. Falling out of postures means only one thing - that we went to the edge. We fell over because we dared to push a little more. explore deeper and  there is so much power keeping on getting up and trying again and again.

From daring to push a little further I actually created an inner strength alongside a playfulness that lightened and re-energised my day and when the time came around for evening practice I was feeling light and balanced.

Of course I do believe very much in listening to our body and responding to it's needs but first we must make sure it is our body we are talking to and not our ever-doubting mind. 

Try delving deeper and see where it takes you - you could be delightfully surprised.




Now I need a strong coffee and to lay down in a long, beach-side savasana and connect myself to the earth.  X



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