I really enjoy these absolute beginner yoga sesssions as they do what it says on the tin.
The sessions are for absolute beginners! So week one we do a few warm ups, take in some basic yoga breathing and then work gently through some moderate classic yoga poses enabling the students to grown with these essential asanas that can be seen at most yoga classes.
The instruction is in English! Leaving out the ancient sanskrit (that can come later) and there are alternative or modefied versions of every pose so that no one is left floundering. This makes for greater comfort and allows students to feel confident from the start that yoga meets them at what ever stage they are on the stretchometer.
There is time for relaxation in the closing 5-10 minutes with guidance on being aware of the passive breath. This helps the budding yogis to get on a new and better footing with their breathing.
No one is run ragged and everyone's body is allowed to have their old them still in tact while the new them begins to make its early appearance at that all important steady pace.
Next week will see the simple introduction of the Salutations to the Sun. A neat routine of 12 postures of which only 7 need be learned as 5 are repeated in the closing stages of the flow. This will need to be visited throughout the course (5 weeks) and is a useful well rounded sequence getting to allparts of the body including some toning of the inyternal organs and glands.
A great way to ease our tense and stiff bodies into something approaching open and flexible.
Compassion, tolerance, equality, fair play. All topics of the moment and called out for by the many.
But I believe that as with many if not all things missing in our lives, compassion and tolerance begin at home, with your roots.
Right now I'm not getting all political because that's just too much of a topic to deal with. I'm talking about something much more basic.. The compassion for fellow human beings, the tolerance of other peoples opinions, no matter how they differ from yours. Often the people with the big ideas that are so protective of them are the very ones that need to develop more of the tolerance and compassion that they preach The ones who cry out for tolerance from others are the ones who don't give it out themselves.
Just imagine what it would be like if all drivers were tolerant and had compassion for their fellow road users! Much less accidents, much less aggression. Yet what do we have nowadays more then ever, ducking and diving, crossing lanes pushing in, tail gating, speeding and the rest. Everyone of those drivers just has no tolerance for the other drivers on the road, no compassion for anyone except their wants and their desires.
But let's see how this could have become so prevelant . If someone was pretty much ignored as a child but 'bought' with ever more expensive presents and treats then they would learn only to care that they were satisfied and not really care about anyone else. The attidtude of getting to the front of the traffic queue becomes more understandable. And on a bigger scale the attitude of not having room for others opinions and ridiculing them would also be to expect everyone to think like you, for to be different would probably be a little scary for them, as they were programmed into being safe and valued as long as they got what they wanted.
Therefore if you're expecting compassion and tolerance then you really have to start changing the fundamentals of our lives. Allowing for people to feel valuable for who they are. Hoping that the people who cannot understand compassion and tolerance might find a way through their blockages. Starting small and starting in the home.
And maybe, just maybe there would be less people like the chappie in the picture in need of self worth and a bit of compassionand tolerance.
The most important thing that anyone can learn in life is to value themselves and as an adult and parent to crerate self worth in the people you care for. Unfortunately it is a lucky dip and there are more booby prizes than star prizes. And the booby prize winners create unrest and havoc or disappear into the nether regions.
We need some fundamental changes in our society not to change what we are experiencing now but to change the future quality of life. And tis is just in our small section of the world, our society.
There is a lot of mystery and misconception about hypnosis. So self-hypnosis, if you've listened to the hype, is even more difficult to understand.
Let me put it simply:
Imagine a vertical line. At the top you are wide awake and bursting with energy. At the bottom yu are in the deepest of your sleep. Throughout the day and unknowingly we slip up and down that line, mainly around the middle area. though if we get really excited, stimulated or even fearful we rush up towards the top of the line. In a similar way we tire and feel ourselves slipping down the line.
At some point approaching the bottom of that line imagine a place where you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, a place where you can very easily daydream and where sounds and other distractions are less compelling and seem further away than they are.
You slip quite qickly through this spot when going to sleep and also upon waking. Some people stay there longer than others and some need more time to 'come round' when the waken. You could say that place is hypnosis. It is in that place where you can consciously imagine at your best. It is almost as though the active side of your mind that is alert and working hard at consciously thinking of anything and everything is quietened. this leave the other part of your mind, the part that can imagine and daydream more room to take over a little.
When you are able to access this part of your mind you are also able to recall things that you might think you have forgotten and you may fine that memories or lost thought just pop into your head with the slightest provocation. Maybe a smell will take your right back to school or a tone of voice, or a random word will be free to conect through those pathways that are normally pushed to the back in the rush of conscious thoughts that are meant to be planning, working out, taking control. After all isn'r that what we are taught from being very young.?
What is self-hypnosis?
Self Hypnosis helps you to devolop a method of entereing into the state of least thought so that you can access your deeper mind.
Why would you want to do this?
When combined with a few very simple techniques like PMS (Positive Mental Attitude) focusing on outcomes and desires then self-hypnosis can be very beneficial if practised regularly.
What can it help with?
Self-hypnosis can help with
Setting targets, for instance work related or sports related.
Motivation to achieve your targets
Controlling to some extent unwanted thouoghts
and many more things including dealing with illness and discomfort.
To get the most benefit from self hypnosis you need to develop a knowledge of some useful tools that can ensure you get it right and do not exasperate the condition you are trying to deal with.
Yu need to ifeally know how to analise yourself a little so that you are developing that understanding that makes the big changes in lifestyles.
Of course if you just want to use self- hypnosis in its most basic form you can do that too..
I run self-hypnosis courses reguarly. If youa re interested please contact me and I will let you know when the next one is starting.
Andrea Lowe, Hypnotherapist/analyst and course tutor
Mind & Body Therapies Ltd. Registered address: 52 Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0LL Tel: 0161 764 1440 Company registration no 7736136