We are all going through change. Whether it is a new job, a change in relationship or simply the aging process, the journey of life takes us through twists and turns, so it is only natural that our yoga practice changes too. What once may have been a fast paced Astanga practice may become more alignment based after an injury; likewise, what started as a slow and gentle round of sun salutations may become more dynamic and active over time.
In my early twenties I was athletic and hot-headed. I had layers of projection and judgement to burn, and nothing fulfilled this need better than Astanga. Over time though, I sweat less and was more interested in yoga’s philosophy and detailed alignment, not to mention how to better understanding myself in the context of the world. I explored other yoga avenues, and after finding (and staying) with Iyengar, it was the unabashedly uplifting spiritual aspect of the Jivamukti method that was the practice I so deeply craved. The combination of intention-driven movement combined with music and spiritual teachings means that teachers become metronomes, dj’s and philosophers all within the context of yoga, making it continually exciting to teach the method.
At the same time, some of us need a more varied combination of activities, including a slower yoga class every week, or every day. The Slow Flow class is one that I give myself when I want to spend some time moving with breath awareness in a vinyasa sequence, but then slow things down to investigate relationships in my body, or break down an anatomical relationship in asana. Some days we will work with fascial unwinding, other days we may take time to look at a mantra. While the class will vary week to week, you will always leave feeling more spacious and relaxed, and learn something along the way.
Change can sometimes feel disruptive, but we all need some level of disruption to stir up the dirt and transform. Rolfing is a process that deconstructs the holding patterns in the body by releasing myofascial layers. A part of the journey is in the learning in how to sustain the new, more supple body through movements like standing, walking and sitting. Whether you feel tightness or stress in your body, are working through an injury, or have lived with aches and pains for some time, Rolfing can help. Not only does it release tightness, but is a re-education in learning to be at ease in your body.
Lizzie’s Life Centre Schedule
Rolfing Tuesdays Notting Hill 8:30-12:30pm
Slow Flow Wednesdays Notting Hill 5:45-7pm
Jivamukti Thursdays Islington 7:30-9pm
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