Due to the bank holiday I have decided to resume classes from Thursday 3rd September
As many of you know I have had a some time away with my family visiting relatives in America. It has been an amazing time and I am so grateful. I consciously decided to set aside this special time, take some time off social media and 'business matters'.
It has been wonderful for my 6 year old son to test his courage and learn new skills in riding some big waves body surfing and my 2 year old twins running freely on the beach living life so joyfully.
What it has reminded me of is to take some lesson of how to live like them. They have such a zest for life and take each moment for exactly as it is. I often struggle with practicing to be in the present moment, working hard at not mentally planning and organising for next week or deadlines that are for tomorrow or forgetting something for yesterday, but not my children!
When they were playing in the sand or jumping through the waves there was nothing going on in their worlds except exactly what they’re doing at that very moment. When they were ready to move on, they did just that, not forcing themselves to stay longer than they needed or wanted to. I loved how they accepted everything with open arms, not trapped in their own doubts or seeing limitations but every new thing sending them on a journey of exploration and wonder.
While away I enjoyed being a student in many yoga classes, with some inspiring practices from strong Ashtanga vinyasa to restorative and meditation. Many moments I was reminded of my reflections of watching my children. It is such fun to be the student, to try new teachers and classes. In the moments when attempting a challenging variation of an arm balance or to be present in meditation, I tried not dwelling on what I couldn't do but what I have right now, to stay present, accept where I am in that moment. When we believe that we know enough and shy away from learning new things and stop asking questions, then we stop learning and growing in our knowledge and zest for life.
I hope to remember some of the lessons from my children of this endless summer full of laughter, love and living life with a big open heart.