Yoga seed – Peace in the turbulence
what we focus on grows
energy follows thought
Welcome to this precious moment.
And this will only take a moment.
You might like to gently scan your body,
Notice what it is telling you and then
Make any adjustments so you feel comfortable.
If you can scrunch your toes and then spread them apart
You might notice some space between your toes.
Now clench your fists, squeeze them tight and
Let them go, allowing your fingers to gently curl.
With your palms face up, feel the warm space in your hands.
As you tuck your tail under a little and
Lift through the crown of your head
You create cushiony space between the vertebra of your spine.
Dropping your shoulders back and down
Brings an openness to the chest
Which allows the breath to flow freely and
Creates nurturing space in which the lungs can expand.
Follow the next breath in, through your nostrils,
Feel the expansion in your lungs and
The release with the next breath out.
Follow your breath –
In … and … out … and … in … and … out …
Now perhaps you can focus on the space between the breaths –
After the breath leaves your body, can you
Sense the pause, however fleeting, before the next breath begins to flow in?
Then after the next inhalation,
Can you notice the moment of full expansion,
The space before the exhalation.
Observing the spaces in your body and your breath,
Creates space in your life,
Affirms the space you have to allow your true self shine through.
Welcome to this precious moment.
Allow yourself to become your own independent observer.
Simply notice where your body is in space and
Make any adjustments you need in order to be comfortable.
Observe the length in your spine as you tuck your tail under and
Lift through the crown of your head.
If you can drop your shoulders back and down,
Your breath will be able to flow more freely.
Watch as your breath flows … in … and … out … and … in … and … out …
Then notice where your mind is.
As soon as you become aware of your thoughts you have the power to
Choose to bring them here and now.
Can you follow the rhythm of your breath?
And allow it to take you deep within.
Every moment you look within like this,
Even if it is only a fleeting moment.
You come a little closer to the point within you
Where you have all the resources you need –
All the wisdom and strength, all the beauty, love and serenity you need
Are right here within you …
Waiting for you to bring yourself to stillness
So that you can tap into your inner resources.
Around Dec 21, Gita teachers in places like Melbourne, Penguin and Hobart, created Solstice ceremonies to celebrate the light that prevails alongside and in spite of the darknesses that are increasingly being revealed in these apocalyptic times (apocalypse – the ‘hidden being revealed’).
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF YOGA – supporting the release and healing of trauma. Workshop for Northern Tasmanian human service workers and yoga teachers.
Sat Feb 21st, 10-4pm, Burnie
The impacts of trauma (large and small) can be held, felt or hidden anywhere in our bodies, thought processes or emotional make-up. The practices of yoga have, for thousands of years, helped release people physically, mentally and emotionally onto their path towards wholeness.
This workshop offers a nurturing journey using metaphor, distilled wisdom, gentle yoga techniques & research to glimpse the blockages that trauma creates. As teachers, counsellors, health & support workers, we can feel affirmed in what we are already doing that makes a difference & inspired by emerging research that shows how yoga releases the effects of trauma. With renewed focus on mindfulness & trauma in many fields of human service, more professions are turning to yoga’s ancient practices. We can all be a part of this positive paradigm shift & the practical partnerships & solutions it holds for us & the people we serve.
REGISTER NOW – limited places.
• $90, includes light lunch and refreshments (discounts for workplaces sending 2 or more)
• Secure your place with a $30 deposit and completed registration form, attached
• No prior experience or flexibility needed, this yoga can even be done in a chair
Venue: Burnie Child & Family Centre, 36 Thorne St, Acton, Burnie. Ph: 64304222
Come prepared for a relaxing time, wear comfortable clothing, be prepared to leave your shoes at the door, bring a favourite blanket and, if you have one handy, a clipboard.
Lynn Romeo (www.lynnromeoyoga.com.au) straddles mainstream, alternative, professional and creative realms. She worked for many years with people with disabilities and families, as a social worker and teacher of residential/support workers. Lynn then found the balance that yoga brings so inspiring, she could not help but become a Yoga teacher. She has taught in the Gita Yoga tradition for 23 years, writes from the furnace of family life and, in recent years, has been liberated by the renewed focus, world-wide, on the healing of trauma through yoga. In these workshops, Lynn draws on the support of yoga teaching and ‘trauma-informed’ colleagues and her recent studies in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Centre in Boston, directed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Prof of Psychiatry, Boston University, pioneer in the field of trauma since the 1970s).
Assisted by Jenny Hyland, (Ph 6437 0960) Gita teacher living in Penguin for 12 years. After graduating in 1995, Jenny has taught in many settings including drug and alcohol rehab, Vietnam vets and in groups dealing with depression, alcohol and pain management at North West Private Hospital. She continues to do post- graduate courses with Gita in Melbourne and with local teachers in Tassie. As well as teaching yoga in Penguin, Jen works at Coroneagh Aged Care Facility in roles including Extended Care & Diversional Therapy. With her supportive partner Neil, she feels blessed to have been accepted and supported in a great community. Jenny gives thanks to yoga which she believes is the greatest tool that anyone can have.
Email Lynn to register or enquire – email@example.com, Ph. 0421 327 237
After reading other students’ stories about how yoga works, two more people have been inspired to write:
‘I recently turned 72. Apart from a medically caused balance problem, I think I’m fitter than many of my contemporaries, and older than many others who are as active as I am. Perhaps this relative fitness is the result of genetics, but I don’t think so. I think that it’s more likely to be due to the yoga I’ve been doing for several years. I don’t doubt that my flexibility is a result of the yoga, as I stiffen up if I don’t do the stretches for a few weeks. And Lynn’s classes are just what I need. They include stretches, postures and relaxation; they’re not so threatening that I think “I’m afraid to go in case I fall over”; and I can modify the postures to take into account the medical advice I’ve been given. (This reminds me of the time I went to a balance specialist. His advice was “Keep doing yoga”. He believes it’s a good exercise for improving balance – particularly important for older people).’
‘After 2 and a half years of regular yoga with Lynn I’m happy to say that my body is hooked. There’s no going back to a life without yoga. Prior to classes with Lynn, yoga for me was a haphazard, random pursuit. But the gentle, repetitive and rhythmical nature of Lynn’s class is perfectly attuned to the needs of my physical, emotional and spiritual being. This has enabled me to refine and consolidate my basic understanding of yoga and allowed my body to develop a strong memory of postures that I am able to build upon and extend over time. Although gentle, it makes me stronger, and the rhythmical nature of it provides comfort, solace and an intuitive space of reflection. Thank you so much Lynn, for being a guide to help me enter into the flow.’
Welcome to this moment.
You might like to start by centering yourself.
Lift through your crown and
Feel your spine as a central rod that supports you.
Let your shoulders drop back and down to open your chest and
Watch as your breath flows.
If you feel any tension or stiltedness in your breath,
It might help to draw in a full deep breath,
Hold it for a moment
And then sigh it out.
Perhaps once more – draw in a full deep breath,
Hold it for a moment
And then sigh it out.
Now can you allow your breath to settle
Into its own rhythm?
Observe the flow … in … and … out … and … in … and … out …
Give in to the rhythm of your breath.
There’s a moment to notice the way your body is moving as you breathe.
Your breath can become the magnetic thread that
Brings your mind into your body and
Allows your emotional state to settle.
Your breath flows … in … and … out … and … in … and … out …
Aligning your mind, your body and your feelings.
A moment of harmony.