Week 3 Respect Self respect leads to an improved self confidence owning your own space and feeling good about who you are is very important, when we feel strong and confident in ourselves it has a positive impact on the choices we make and we make a positive difference to the people we meet, we feel energized and amazing and spread the feeling to all we meet and maybe begin a wave of positiveness.
We will continue to build on the previous weeks practice building on feeling strong and powerful being led by pure respect for your self and maintaining kindness and contentment throughout.
Mountain with a superhero twist and exploration into finding your version of side plank and wild thing! soothing us down with cobblers pose into pigeon ready to melt into the ultimate gift of self respect and love.
Savasana - relaxation. Mantra So Hum - Iam ( 2 of the most powerful words we can say take care what follows it)
Week 2 Contentment Described as a state of happiness and satisfaction (Patanjali Sutra Book 2 Verse 42 ''By contentment, supreme joy is felt''), now who doesn't want to feel this?
The focus in week 2 is inner contentment, this is to be happy with what you have and realise that you already have everything you need to make you happy, in practising this gratitude which leads to contentment and realising contentment leads you to gratitude,it goes hand in hand.
This week we will be building on the gentle heart openers from week 1 continuing to start each week with a heart block pose to experience expansion across the chest and with that releasing what no longer serves us allowing space for new positive experiences, introducing the gate pose to allow open space through the sides of the body and legs followed by empowering warrior sequences and the goddess pose, finishing with practicing Bhramari breath to incorporate some soothing gentle sound followed by repeating inwardly the mantra Aham prema (I am Love).
So this months theme is LOVE Week 1 Focusing on Kindness Kindness is described as behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, concern and consideration for others and this connects really well to the first Yama ( one of the 8 limbs of yoga) Ahimsa which is sanskrit for Non- Harming behaviour including your action, word, thought and deed.
This is first and foremost to start with yourself. treating yourself and others with kindness is a high mark of love and respect. Being kind and feeling and receiving kindness increases our levels of happiness and health by giving the immune system a boost which is believed to help to reduce stress levels and the ageing process, therefore improving all our relationships.
Remember - Kindness is not a weakness, it takes strength to be a kind individual.