What are the YSS sessions about?

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Part 1: Light My Fire – Honouring the Summer Solstice – Sunday 19 June

A poignant day focusing on the Sun – astronomically as a star and the meaning of the Solstice; symbolically, the sun representing masculine energy; spiritually, Surya (sun) as provider of life-giving energy.

Physically – we will work with a preparation for, and actual Yoga practice of, Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) – that helps to support building strength, stamina and endurance.

Psycho-spiritually – we will focus on developing a wholesome relationship with the element of the Sun and its place in daily life.

Part 2: Light My Agni – My Change and Transformation Process – Sunday 17 July

A poignant day focusing on one’s individual Yogic metaphorical ‘digestive’ fire called Agni and its importance in the alchemical process of change.

Physically –  we will build on the physical practice from Part 1, supplementing this further with pranayama and mantra practice

Psycho-spiritually –  we will look at how one’s Agni is vital in the process of alchemy, in particular in preparation for the individuation process of change and transformation

Praxis Yoga Follow on Practice 4: Rta – It’s all in the timing

It’s all in the timing” – quoting Bruce Springsteen’s reflections about the impact of Elvis and his influence – including on changing American popular culture. To me, a yoga practice provides a snapshot opportunity to re-attune your pace to your unique frequency and ‘natural timing‘ – just the same as how a tuning fork offers a re-calibration process for musical instruments. This practice emphasises the importance of using the breath and mantra practice to offer this reset function – through the lunar breath (chandra bhedena) and ahem-prema vocal practice respectively.

Dreams can come true in a lifetime

I absolutely love this clip of film first uploaded on BBC News website in February 2016 and subsequently appearing on Praxis Yoga’s Facebook.

Virginia McLaurin achieves her dream to visit The White House at the age of 106, and even more poignant is that as a Black woman, she is the visitor of America’s first Black President and First Lady.

Dreams can come true if we are prepared to wait and make it happen – Virginia McLaurin is a true testament of this. She is ace!

Click here to watch the amazing Virginia McLaurin visiting The White House at the age of 106

 

 

 

Breaking the ‘perfect’ veil and yoga

I’ve just listened to Suzy Favor Hamilton on BBC’s World Service talking about her competitive/Olympic running life, her struggle with bipolar and how she believes a prescribed drug influenced her changed direction to becoming an escort, to finally finding her peace, which included practising Yoga.

I was moved by her honesty and eloquence of self-expression. See what you think

Take a listen to Suzy’s clip

 

Latest Praxis Yoga Follow on Practice 3

Welcome to Praxis Yoga Follow On Class 3, working with the class theme:

“Working with a structured practice – offers access to a heightened state of awareness”

Have you ever had an ‘a-ha’ moment of realisation?

In Praxis terms, this is a connection to a heightened sense of awareness that enables you to tap into your innate intelligence, wisdom and creativity. Feeling safe within enables a deeper connection to a greater sense of self. Having a supportive structure can offer that sense of safety.

Today’s practice encourages you to work with this, using the timing of a count to 4 whilst exhaling, to begin that process of increasing your depth awareness and creating more ‘a-ha’ opportunities. Enjoy.

Latest Praxis Yoga Follow on Practice 2

Welcome to Praxis Yoga Follow On Class 2, working with the class theme: ‘UnderstandingVinyasa Krama – through an Abdominal Breathing Practice in conjunction with the vitality/prana concept and working with your natural breathing cycle”.

This live audio recording of a Praxis Yoga class invites you to work with a safe structured approach to derive maximum effect for an overall sense of well-being.

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