Autumnal Sunrise Yoga Workshop
Today, I was supposed to be attending an outdoor yoga practice at the Victoria Embankment. However, due to ‘Storm Callum’ on route, the practice was moved inside to the alternative venue of The Holistic Hub, Nottingham.
We are so lucky in England to experience such a change in the seasons and Autumn is one of my favourites, the crisp leaves falling as well as the crisp fresh air. This is a great time to focus on getting fresh energy into the body, being aware of how we change and grow, just like the colours of the leaves.
I can honestly say that this was the best yoga practice I have ever attended. The space felt extremely safe and welcoming; it was great to be surrounded by likeminded people of all ages. We began with a movement meditation, which I have never done before. I admit that I found it hard to stop my mind from wandering into thoughts about what I needed to do when I got back.
With there being only ten of us, I found the whole experience very personal with Vicky, the coach, guiding us with hands-on assisting to get the most out of the practice. Her enthusiasm and passion is infectious and warming. I really got into the session and did manage to leave all of my thoughts at the door; I really tried to be present in the moment and appreciate what my body was capable of doing.
The hour and a half practice flew by; I loved Vicky’s affirmations throughout, making me think in a different way. I selected my shoulders and neck as these are the areas where I hold most of my tension and kept focusing on breathing into these areas.
I really started to consider that our bodies always have their way of letting us know how they are feeling, however I tend to ignore this and try to push through it. I am too hard on myself the majority of the time, not stopping to consider the impact that is having on my physical and mental health. I strive for perfection, even though this is never achievable, and push myself to do and achieve the best.
I am always trying to ensure happiness in others, however I don’t remember the last time I applied the same approach to myself. I really need to start looking out for myself and realising when it is time to stop.
Another point I took away was that the whole of nature is ever changing and therefore not to fear change; embracing and adapting is key. I really felt that I connected with my body and that I now have more space, as well as new opportunity to grow and evolve. At the end of the session, I felt extremely refreshed, energised and positive when walking back with my after practice Hot Yogi Tea. I was left with a little message from my tea bag: ‘Socialise with compassion, kindness and grace.’