Happy New Year to you!
I don’t feel the need to make New Year resolutions but I do see benefit in spending some time reflecting on the year past and setting an intention for the year ahead. In 2020 all of us faced challenges, some greater than others. But what lessons did you learn? How did you grow? How did your heart open? What are you grateful for?
As we approach 2021 I invite you to set a ‘sankalpa’ which is your heartfelt intentions. These might be intentions for healing, gratitude, love, health or enlightenment. You might like to pose yourself these topics for self inquiry:
How do you want to approach 2021?
How do you want to take care of yourself?
What qualities do you want cultivate?
What do you want to let go of?
How do you want to grow?
What practices nourish you?
My word for 2021 is ‘stillness’ and my intention is to connect more often with my personal still point through regular yoga and meditation practice. One of the qualities of Dru Yoga and Meditation that resonates with me is the still points. The word Dru refers to the Hindu deity Dhruva, a prince in Hindu mythology whom the god Vishnu honored with the eternal abode on the Pole Star. Dru also can be translated as ‘north’ or ‘pole’ star and represents our inner still-point. In my yoga classes the pause is as important as the pose. It is the point in which for me the body, mind and spirit are aligned with each other. There is no inner struggle, striving or wanting. I feel at peace with myself and feel nourished.
I invite you to make slowing down and stillness a priority in 2021. Spend time in silence, solitude and stillness. Breathe. Schedule stillness. Practice where and when you need it. Find a favourite spot to be still. Listen to soft music. Maybe repeat calming phrases such as ‘I am calm and still’. Stillness is a choice, to be connected to ourselves and to be present in our body. The benefits of bringing more stillness into your daily life could include a boost in energy levels, increased sense of calm, a sense of happiness, relaxed face and body, improved health and a stronger connection to self.
“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse
If you would like to bring some more stillness into your life visit the group classes page on the website to see my offerings for 2021. In January there are free ‘Mindful Walk & Yoga’ sessions in the park on Friday mornings. Four regular weekly yoga/meditation classes recommence the week starting Monday 1 February with payment options for casual attendance, term payment or a class pass. In 2021 I am also excited to offer an annual pass for $400 which allows you to attend as many regular weekly yoga/meditation 1 hour classes as you want over a 12 month period from the date of purchase.
In stillness I am one with everything in nature.
From my stillness to your stillness.