May Theme: Compassion
“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.”
St Francis de Sales (1567-1622), French Bishop
This week’s Task:
Heal your future self: We are so busy worrying about others, we can forget to worry about ourselves. Compassion for the self is just as important as compassion for others. This week, use a notebook, journal or even write on scraps of paper and put them in a special box or jar to write three ideas each day that might help you feel better on a bad day. It could be a joke, an inspirational message or even a simple recipe. Return to the ideas in the future when you need some self-compassion.
Taken from Every Day Matters Diary by Dani DiPirro
23.5.21 Stretch & Flow Yoga
There was a slight hiccup this morning when a message from Zoom flashed up saying recording had started. It seems everyone saw the message and had to cancel it somehow – directions were on the screen. Maybe this is something new from Zoom to be aware of next time. It’s not a problem but a bit disturbing for people already lying down. It doesn’t affect the recording in any way.
Another pointer for live zooms is that you may be able to use the space bar to temporarily unmute rather than using the icon. This could be useful if you just want to say something quickly and then you’ll go straight back to mute.
Today’s class started with the Moon Sequence/Chandra Namaskar in honour of the full moon this Wednesday. We are still in the action phase of the moon cycle so now is the time to review our plans and intentions and complete any actions we need to take before letting go and leaving it to the universe. Have blocks handy if you want to do the full version of side stretches. Two blocks ideally, or you can move one to the other side if necessary.
We continued with the Seat of Compassion. You can use a chair or blocks for Crane pose. Then the Flowing Tree – challenge yourself by closing your eyes or gradually moving higher with each completed Tree.
Seated and supine poses: Half Lord of the Fishes, Flowing Bridge and Belly Twist.
What are your ideas?
So how can you heal your future self? What are your ideas? I've got a couple of beautiful boxes which I bought at the Yoga Show back in those days when big crowds could gather. Imagine when we all squeezed ourselves into tiny spaces with elbows and toes almost touching???!
Both boxes are decorated with Ganesha, the elephant god, who is known for removing obstacles. The boxes themselves are made from a single piece of wood which turns to open (rather than lifting off completely). Some of you may remember I used them to collect my yoga fees and they are my other half's favourite yoga item! At the moment they are still looking beautiful although they've lost their practical purpose now most of you are paying online. You may spot one of them on my "yoga altar" in the corner of the room.
My plan this week is to use the bigger box for my ideas which I'm going to write on three different scraps of paper each day. By next Sunday I should have 21 ideas to make my future self feel better.
What are my ideas? I will share a few with you next week but for today I'm going to write:
Idea 1: Housework probably won't kill you but why take the risk? Have a day off - and relax.
Idea 2: Make yourself a hot chocolate drink with milk and real chocolate. Sit down and enjoy.
Idea 3: Read a chapter from Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome.
Please share your ideas in the comments section. The more the better. Let's fill up those boxes with ideas and compassion.
I qualified to teach in 2015 but my yoga journey started much earlier, way back in the 1970s. Here I share my experiences and passion about everything yoga.