Finding A New Yoga Class

Posted on   March 21st, 2013 by  admin

FINDING A NEW YOGA CLASS

Recently, the times of my favourite yoga class changed….and unfortunately due to other commitments I could not find space to go to any of the new classes it offered…. What to do?

It meant looking for a new regular class – again!

Often when this happens it is the Universe saying it’s time to move on.

Time to learn new things.  Meet new people and open up to new ideas.    Basically the universe is putting another challenge in front of us and offering a new chance at growth. We can either accept it.  We can fight it or we can embrace the change.

Being shaken from our routine can show us that we have moved into being comfortable in our practice – without looking – and that we have stopped challenging ourselves.

It is nice to feel relaxed in a class where you know everyone because sometimes we need to explore parts of ourselves that is confronting.  So having a class that we feel safe in gives us more confidence to do this with people around that we trust.

But, life is evolving and we need to evolve with it. Don’t fight with the change being placed in front of you when you have to open up to a new class…. because a new teacher comes with it.

As the saying goes, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”.

This is where the benefit of a retreat or a yoga holiday can show its true self.  New teachers, new people, new experiences and at the end you look back and see how bonded the new class has become. So embrace the new!  Take the same energy you can experience from a week away to your new regular class. There is always a lesson that you are ready to learn.

Sometimes the lessons are not obvious,  but as we recognise the difference between one teacher, one class and another we see that a new path opens up, without struggling to find it.

Enjoy your search. If one class or teacher does not feel right, explore why that might be and see if there is a lesson there. If you feel that the style of yoga is not what suits you then keep searching.

Every new beginning is a path to learning more about you.

Charne Murphy

 


Practicing Empathy Through Yoga

Posted on   March 7th, 2013 by  admin

PRACTICING EMPATHY THROUGH YOGA

During a recent yoga class, I was reminded of the empowering practice of ‘empathy’.

Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by a person other than you.

Having empathy towards another person’s struggles or misfortunes can also show us the path to the lesson of compassion. Compassion can lead to gratitude for the good we have in our life. So Empathy is very important. It is a great beginning to a path of personal growth.

Empathy is non judgmental.

Put yourself in the shoes of another person whose story you are hearing and see how it feels for you.  See what emotion it raises. Is it a fear that one day you could be in this position?  Does it remind you of where you have come from and the long road you have taken on your own personal growth?   Do you then realise how far you have come?

Hearing shared stories during a yoga class brings a shared empathy.  A larger energy can then be offered as a healing source throughout the class to all.

Everyone has daily trials and personal hills to climb.  Sometimes, the battles seem to be endless, but to be reminded that we are not alone in these experiences is a great insight.

Learning empathy during a yoga class can come from the unexpected. It could come from watching a beginner yogini and knowing how intimidating it can be to first watch those experienced and think will I ever get there? This is where ego should be left at the door when entering a yoga class because we are all beginners that day, at that class, because we all walk in to learn the same thing.

Empathy for other people expands the connection we strive to receive in attending a yoga class. -  Something that isn’t attained through home practice.

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”― Gautama Buddha

Charne Murphy