The space between the thoughts.

Thoughts the "fluctuations" of the mind distractions perceptions memories.... recalling memories. Worry fear joy delight...

Hindrances

The mind has so many functions and abilities and so often any of the above will interrupt our discipline, our routines, and our expectations. And jolt us into the present!

This can be a healthy reminder of staying present, to smile and to move on. Or it can just get in the way of how we want things to be ! and this can be really annoying.. right !?

" A red light could be exactly the same on two days. On one day, you might have no problem with the red light. You may be relaxed and maybe even pleased to get a red light, so you can check out the adorable puppy in the car beside you.
On another day you might be at exactly the same red light. The light is no different, but you are. You want to be at work. While your body might be at the red light, the mind has jumped forward to needing to be at work.
You are in one moment, but resisting being there... causing stress." Kamini Desai.

Yoga supports the mind to work with and not against the body.

We can use our bodies to influence our thoughts and vice versa - this is the work whether on the mat, in your gym, out running or doing the washing up. It is all your body & mind's "work".

To let the mind rule you, takes out the "space" in your mind where creativity thrives. Spaces between thoughts are an opportunity to realise our divinity. This may sound a bit much but we all have the capability to witness this. To see it and to feel it.

"Know Thyself."
These words were inscribed above the entrance to the temple of Apollo at Delphi, the site of the sacred oracle. In ancient Greece people would visit the oracle hoping to find out what destiny had in store for them. And to get advice on what course of action to take in any given situation.

Conditioning
Even before birth, we are influenced by our surroundings. As we grow we absorb all kinds of beliefs, mannerisms, etiquette and ways of seeing. This conditioning will form our personalities and who we think we are. Our bodies will likewise respond.

When stresses and conditions create tension in the body it is not a one-way street.

You can reach into spaces between the thought, and inspirations and even something as simple as your breath can bring you back out of 'fight & flight' [Sympathetic nervous system]. And restore you back to 'rest & digest' [Para-sympathetic nervous system].

This is the work of Yoga.

You use the tools you are taught in your lessons, retreats & workshops to bring your mind and body together - to inspire you to be the best version of you that you can be. We have such limited time in these bodies. And I am taking this opportunity to express how important this opportunity feels to me.

Inspiration comes from so many sources. If the mind is playing up the breath is the first tool I would recommend using to return to calm.

And interactions with others are also not just brilliant in the moment but linger as a source of inspiration and respect.

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