Yoga

30604151_1227069220756374_2720526654307827712_nWe can get caught thinking yoga is all about flexibility or strength, exercise or meditation. Indeed it IS these things but not only these things. Yoga is about community too. It is about creating a sense of belonging and being curious about others. It is about building relationships with others and with our own selves.

Yoga

IS simple quiet moments sipping tea.

Listening to the rain.

Letting life be slow for a moment.

This past Saturday morning I played with a group of children.
Yoga with them was story telling with our bodies. It was imagination and play. It was loving reminders to be gentle with each other and even quietly asking them to take a moment alone-then welcoming them back with enthusiasm.

For me, that morning, yoga was embracing the beautiful chaos of a room full of children. It was total acceptance, patience, understanding and a sense of joy. It was setting firm but flexible boundaries and holding them in place with tenderness.

In the evening yoga was guiding a group of people into a playful irreverent dance practice. We sweat and flowed and laughed. Our yoga was shared delight. It was movement and music and meeting new people.

Yoga is everything, it is everywhere. It is ours to discover and explore and LIVE. It is not simply a sequence of body shapes or the achievement of a goal. It is a way of being. A way of seeing, and doing. Yoga is path finding.  It is holding trust in the light and cultivating  an understanding of darkness. Yoga is found not just in the body, but in our breath, our hearts, our thoughts. In these same internal spaces so too we PRACTICE yoga.

We practice, every day, in every way.  We do it all imperfectly….that is why it is called practice.
Namaste xo

KATE

Anatomy of an Instagram Photo…

20180422_122224I have an Instagram account.  Mostly just because I am trying to keep up with the technological world and felt that I should.  I like it.  I am not super active – but I find it fun to post pictures and write little snip-its of what comes to mind to suit the moment or the shot.  I try to keep it real and unpolished.  Recently though, I stumbled into the realisation that I could achieve some cool yoga postures that I have always loved but never thought I would be able to do.  Wooed by excitement and pride – romanced by the setting we were in – and inspired by the knowledge that these accomplishments had come NOT from pressing and forcing but through patience and riding my breath until strength and flexibility came along…I asked my husband to take a photo for me.  Like EVERYONE ON THE PLANET…I chose the nicest one and posted it on my Instagram account.

SHAME ON ME!

That was not what my post was about and not what I want to put out to the world.  I don’t want to show my best side, my best angle, my prettiest lines and all my successes!  I want to show my reality!  I want to create connection and a sense of being “OK” by relating the beauty of imperfection.  The joy of navigating a clunky, clumsy ,chaotic existence and the power of self acceptance.  SO…in the name of honesty, humility and above all HUMOUR.  I give you….the anatomy of my Instagram photo.

We begin with ‘‘the approach’‘.  Note how I descend, with all the grace of an arthritic turtle and my sweater apparently tucked partially into my pants.  (At least it’s not my skirt caught in my panty hose – this time! 😉 )

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Next I give you “phase one” wherein I attempted to move into position only to realise this was ”my stiff side”.  Note the look of wild disappointment after all my work to get down on the ground!  What did not get caught on camera was the moment when I actually tipped over like a little tea pot because I can not hold my balance on this side. 😀

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The third image, now resting on ”my good side” – Oopps!  Glasses…wouldn’t want the world (AKA my 100 or so Instagram followers) to see me like THIS! 😉

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Ah…ok…next shot, not sure why he zoomed in – but here you have the glasses free re-entry.  This is me pulling my foot into position before I grip it with my elbow.  Not quite so elegant now am I?

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Annnndddd….just hang on a minute…I just gotta’ get my arm way up and back – and as long as I can hook my other hand I will be golden….”

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“I’m there!  Ok babe!  Take the shot!  Take it!!  Did ya’ get it??”

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“OK, I’m good here, I won’t fall again…try one with me smiling.”

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Did you get the back ground?  No?  Babe – It’s all about the shot – one more please!  Get the river in it!”

YA….put THAT on Instagram 🙂

20180422_122224Just keepin’ it real folks.

 

XO

KATE