Have you ever had an injury such as a sore lower back, shoulder, digestive issue etc that has hung around for a while? You may have had conventional treatment but it just doesn’t seem to heal. The reason why often an injury will not heal long term is because we haven’t dealt with the underlying root cause of why the ill has happened in the first place. Until the root cause is addressed the condition will never truly heal.
How many of us subscribe to the philosophy of ‘no pain – no gain’ and apply it to various aspects of our lives?
Yet when we truly practice yoga, we learn to develop a relationship with our body, where we listen to what it is telling us and respond and move in a way that is deeply honouring. After all, yoga means union and how can we be in union if there is not a true respect for the body.
This means no pushing, no hardness, no pain.
With this, there is much to actually gain.
Commitment is a movement that confirms a constant direction towards something or someone, being a job, a partner, a project, buying a house, a dog, eating healthily, doing exercise… There is so much in life that we can commit to and so much that we can choose not to commit to!
What we have discovered is that there is a way of living where life flows freely, where there is space, ease, joy and a strong sense of connection with the world around us. When we are in this groove and can feel this lovely flow, this is a sure indication that we are living from our essence. When things feel hard, stuck or complicated, this is also a sure indication that we are NOT living from our essence and that we have disconnected from ourselves.
So what is our essence?
Our essence is found in that inner-most part of us which when we deeply connect to our body, offers us those beautiful innate qualities that we then naturally express in and from. These qualities as an example may be sweetness, purity, grace, playfulness, tenderness… and the list goes on.
In our last blog Quality is everything we discussed the value and purpose of bringing a quality of connection into our everyday movements and how this supports us to a deeper level in holding and developing our relationship with ourselves. In this blog, we explore this a little more and share around how our quality of movement not only affects ourselves, but how it affects others – significantly so.
We are always in relationship. Every time we have an interaction with a person, whether that is meeting, emailing or passing someone on the street – we are in relationship.
If you turn on the TV or look in the magazines during October you see all things PINK – it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This has naturally led to a personal sharing on my reflections of going through breast cancer 8 years ago.
A common thing that we hear from our clients after a yoga class or an esoteric healing session, is how amazing they feel or how they feel like they have “returned home”.
This sense of deep well being, simplicity and joy experienced and expressed by our clients is a feeling that naturally derives as they re-connect back to themselves and their body.
In this article we are discussing and exploring the concept of ‘healing’. So what actually is healing?
When we talk about healing, we are not referring to some miraculous recovery from an illness, or taking a magic pill and all of our woes go away. Healing as we refer to it here, in our yoga classes and in the context of our esoteric therapy sessions, is about getting to the bottom of the underlying root cause of what is going on for us in our body or with those thought patterns, reactions or behaviours that we know are not conducive to our health and wellbeing.
By Alexandra Plane and Donna Nolan.
At the physical level, our yoga classes focus on moving, stretching and strengthening all the body parts in a way that considers and nurtures the whole of our body – our body being energy well before it is function. In our yoga classes we also focus on re-developing conscious presence (mind and body in union/aligned together), as well as re-learning to feel the flow of energy in our body, which can only be done with a true honouring and consideration of our connective tissue.
By Donna Nolan.
Yoga is the practice of connecting to the innate preciousness, tenderness, beauty and stillness that we already are and resides within us all.
Yoga for breast cancer is about re learning as a woman how to connect to our inner beauty and stillness – to live a life of true joy and harmony.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 16 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.