Practice – Abduction

Zephyr creates a bit of heat in this practice to show you how a different approach and the use of a belt to create resistance can have a different effect on the whole practice itself. Creating balance and vitality the abduction practice is a great way to introduce the Yogi to Pranic Alchemy. Creating space by working against the restriction of a belt and then later on in the practice letting the belt go and observing the new perspective of being free from the resistance. Strength and vitality are gained and through a focus on your intention this is a practice you will want to do over and over to stoke that Pranic Alchemy.

This one might burn a bit, but just remember to breathe and use your “happy dog tail” and it will become one of your favourite practices from here on out.

You will need a belt for this Practice.

Preamble and Warmup – Abduction

Changing the way we view things and striving for more positive experiences in our lives sometimes requires a different physical perspective. Some yogis use headstands, some simply smile as they practice, a different physical perspective and approach can take many forms. In this brief story and introduction to the concept of Abduction, Zephyr talks about how just seeing the world through a more playful and curious lens can bring a very new point of view and can bring those positive experiences. The practice will focus on forward and back bends and through Abduction Zephyr will help give you a solid and safe foundation and posture to find that new physical perspective.

This Preamble is an in-depth look at the bio-mechanics of Yoga and how to ensure your body works safely and with strength. With Abduction you will be able to see how different postures can work different muscles and create a posture drawing away from the midline thus creating energy, heat and strong support for the spine. That support and ascension of the spine is essential to creating a “strong vessel” so we can experience the Pranic Alchemy leading towards the current of consciousness beyond our conditioned consciousness and toward meditative states.

You will need a belt for this Warmup.

 

Meditation – Changing Beliefs and Perceptions

I have had a lot of students recently request more meditations be posted so I have made a concerted effort to do so. It seems as if we Yogis are understanding that the phenomenon of Yoga in our western world is merely a precursor and a preparation for meditation and as we begin to get past the physical we understand the mental and spiritual benefits of our practice. My meditation classes each week are full and I am so encouraged by all of you seekers.

One of the great meditations I have come across is that by Doctor Joe Dispenza entitled Changing Beliefs and Perceptions. Its a remarkable re-wiring of the brain and a study in where our attitudes and beliefs come from. A blend of Quantum Physics, Neurology and the Science of Meditation, it is one of the most accessible ways of looking at habitual patterns and relationships and then opening yourself to the limitless possibilities of change.

Trew Fields Cancer Awareness Festival, 7 & 8 July


Join me Saturday 7th July at Trew Fields this year along side my friend Vicky Fox and many others to offer support and inspiration to those who’s lives have been affected by Cancer. Trew Fields is a festival for positive social & environmental change. Welcoming and inclusive for all ages, circumstances and experiences. Whether you’re curiously dipping your toes in the holistic health world or are a seasoned explorer, we’ll welcome you with open arms & open hearts.

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Savasana – sweet, sweet Savasana

By popular demand, Zephyr shares one of her acclaimed Savasanas. Widely voted as the best Asana of a Yoga Practice, Savasana can now be enjoyed with Zephyr’s soothing and comforting voice to guide you to the ultimate levels of calm any time of the day. Enjoy this Savasana after your own Yoga Practice or just to slow down at any point of the day when a bit of rejuvenation is needed.

Preamble – Innerluminosity- It’s probably a made-up word

So sanskrit doesn’t always translate so well to modern languages, which is probably why we are witnessing a completely new understanding and practice of Yoga. However, some of the teachings, like the Gunas, translate just fine. Zephyr references Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to train the brain to be more meditative. In this Preamble, Zephyr describes the different “states of mind” created by the physical that might affect our Yoga practice; Tamasic, Rajasic and finding the Sattva, the balance between exhale and inhale.

Innerluminosity is the theme of this Preamble to help influence your practice. Zephyr will help you to “embody this moment” and help to create intent for a practice that will keep you glowing long after you leave the mat.

Warmup – Rasa- Honouring what you are feeling

Sometimes we have to fake it to become it. It is just a fact of this modern life. Reflecting on the undesirable emotions, this Warmup will help you set an intention and set a more desirable Rasa into your physical practice and help you to let go of that that does not serve you.

Tap into the sensitivity of the pattern of breath that will guide your mind and intention.  Let it nourish the mind body and soul. This is the Warmup for any practice that needs a bit of inspiration to open the heart and quiet the mind.