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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

smart fasting


the topic of fasting came up at we'ar and there seems to be a lot of different reasons and methods for attempting to fast.  
getting into the colder months if you're anything like us there will undoubtedly be an influx of heavy, rich, warm (albeit nutritious) foods being introduced into your diet. which is great, but some of these can also leave you feeling heavy and sluggish if over consumed. like for example having curry and rice for lunch and topping it off with a couple of extra samosas... mmm samosas... well, you see what i mean. 

fasting can be a fantastic way to detoxify the body and leave you feeling lighter and brighter for giving your digestive system a break. but there are definitely some guidelines to be aware of, especially if you have a busy lifestyle or specific dietary conditions. for a good article from a naturopath on fasting and nutrition tips, read more here xx

lol mats

photo: yogadork.com
  

as much as i wholeheartedly despise 'attitude tees' (you know - 'FBI: female body inspector' etc, commonly printed on the cheapest fabric money can buy - shudder), actually thought these were slightly hilarious. although i'm sure that novelty would wear off quick smart!

we'ar have a few natural rubber manduka mats left in stock... and in other news, are also quite excited about designing our own range of mats... have some different samples at our auckland store and would love to get some opinions so come in and take a look xx  

Monday, 13 June 2011

following dharma

as an urban yoga practitioner in today's context, it is easy to forget about the underlying eight limbs of yoga as a framework or guide for living our lives. certain habits and negative ways of thinking are easy to slip into and can become commonplace for a large amount of our daily experience. being present and aware of our feelings is certainly a great yogic tool to make sure we are getting the most from/ for ourselves and the people dear to us. 
there are many great inspiring messages out there to remind ourselves of the best way we can conduct our relationships towards others, and to truly live the life we imagined... 

the following is an excerpt from bronnie ware (who worked as a nurse and now runs a songwriting program at a women's pison in the U.S), about the 5 things people regret most on their deathbed. 


REGRETS OF THE DYING

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.


2. I wish I didn't work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.


3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.


4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.


5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.


Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.


originally posted at http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html


also came across this post by author michael stone, author of 'awake in the world', buddhist and western psychologist. a discussion about suicide and understanding processes of the mind from a yoga philosophy standpoint. recommended reading for anyone who has been affected by losing a loved one this way...
 
http://dailycupofyoga.com/2011/06/01/guest-post-on-suicide-and-the-dharma-part-i/

Sunday, 12 June 2011

devoted in ink

david life, 61
"tattoos mark a moment in time you want to give credit to"
 
lula trainor and adriana rizzolo, 28

lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
"may all beings be peaceful and free"
tattoos can say a lot about the person who wears them. for some yogis the art displayed on their bodies represents the particular deities or mantras that resonate with the individual, or for others as a dedication to the practice that has strengthened their lives...

a personal choice that can divide even the most like-minded people, tattoos are a fascinating subject for documentation, like these images from a movable canvas (published in the ny times)