Wednesday, August 24, 2011

setting an intention

Chenrezig - Buddha of Compassion

For a very long time I struggled with understanding what does setting an intention means. Some teachers always encourage students to do it at the beginning of class and some do it at the end. 
I always thought about it as an abstract. What does it mean and how do I approach it? What is an intention? Is it global or personal, is it what I wish for, or is it what I long for?
Just recently I understood what it really means and how my own practice can affect the world. 
Lets start with yoga then. Yoga isn't a prayer. So why would we practice with the intention of let's say world's well being? Well, the answer is simple. As you practice you change yourself into a better person. Just watch  what you think before the class and after. See how your mind quietens down how you become relaxed after being restless. How peaceful and at ease you are. This is what affects the world on our little community level. If we all just did more yoga how much better would our and others life be!
A conscious decision of dedicating practice towards something positive creates an opportunity to push through toughest asanas a lot easier. Also, reflecting on real life challenges, yoga prepares you to deal with them as you have motivating powers behind your actions.

So please keep it in mind while rolling your mat out.

What could your intention be? No idea, here I can give you some of mine: 

  • To create more space in my own life.
  • To focus on doing what matters.
  • To be compassionate.
  • To change the world for the better.
  • To share yoga blessings with as many as possible.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

a little bit about mats


Yesterday I have noticed that not many students own a mat. A mat is very important for your practice - it helps to make yoga a part of your routine, it's also good to own one for hygienic reason. A good mat is thick and cushions your back if you are rolling on it. It protects your joints and prevents slipping. The market is full of cheap mats. However be careful when choosing one. Most of them will not last one year flaking to pieces - just a thought about the amount of irrecyclable waste gives me creeps. 

So first thing when you are choosing your mat would be sustainability, durability and quality. There are two very good brands that I have tested and that work really well. One is Jade and the other is Manduka. However brilliant, they are they are all over £45.

I have tried many mats and found my perfect mat that will last a lifetime. Although not everyone is ready to spend £80. It is the Rolls Royce of yoga mats, by far the best quality mat you'll find... This mat is great for studio practice as it is heavy - over 3.5kg - so carrying it around on your shoulder may get you an injury! I would rather go for eco lite version or travel mat if I were not practicing so seriously.

Anyway, give it a thought, and if you want me to help with buying your mat (as I can get wholesale discounts) just drop me a word.

Will see you all next Tuesday. Keep practicing!