Life in a big city like London has become all about efficiency, speed and results. Multi-tasking is an essential skill nowadays. There doesn’t seem to be any time left for stillness or simple moments of calm, which can very often lead to stress, fatigue and lack of energy. We have all been there at some point. If we are lucky, we are able to somehow keep a balance and regulate stress levels, but usually, things have to get really bad before we realise that we need to make some changes in our lives.
To start with, don’t be worried about having to sit properly, perfectly straight with legs in a pretzel. One of the most important things is to be comfortable. So maybe you prefer to lean against a wall, or to kneel, or to sit on a chair. If you are not comfortable, you will not be able to let go of any physical tension and to relax, which means your mind will not rest either. And feel free to try different things here, until you find your favourite position.
The other important thing is to give up any expectations. When we give ourselves the chance to be a bit quieter, it means we can check in with ourselves. Naturally this means that different things might come up. One day being quiet might bring a sense of peace, and another day it could surface emotions we didn’t expect. All we can do is to just listen. With a regular practice you will start to become more and more aware of your own inner rhythm of life. Be curious, as it can tell you a lot.
Some of us find it easier to use some form of method to help us rest the mind. There are plenty to choose from, and I can only advise to have a go at different techniques. For some people it helps to concentrate on an object, such as a candle, for some visualisations work well, and others like to focus more on the physical and include some movement in their practice. It’s all good. Have some fun exploring.
The reason I run regular workshops in addition to weekly classes is that often my students tell me that they need an extra doses of calm from time to time, like a special treat. You can join me and my friend and colleague Maggie Richards for afternoon workshops at Push Studios about every two months, details are available on my website - http://www.yoga-gestalten.co.uk/yoga-and-meditation-workshops.html