Ngā mihi o te tau hōu ki a koe! - Happy New Year to you!
And welcome to Kohitātea - or the eighth month ( January at the time of writing ) according to the maramataka māori.
The Maramataka is the moon phases that māori lived by pre-colonisation, and also today many māori and non- māori are turning back to it's wisdom, for planting crops, fishing and hunting, and doing other activities such as hui, or resting verses being active.
To me, as a wahine, it makes perfect sense to be in tune with the moons subtle yet powerful energy and flow. That energy which effects our environment, the oceans, the plants and animals, us, as we are a part of the environment, and so it is natural to be in rhythm and harmony with it.
So whether you consider it to be the 1st month of the year, or the eighth, a way that I like to combine the two systems (because we are all living within the Gregorian calendar too), is to think of this time as a time to take stock, reflect and see what needs to be tweaked, what is working well, what could be improved upon.
As the moon calendar system has 13 months, the eighth month could be considered a good time to do this. And as most of us know, New Years resolutions usually come undone before the end of January anyway!
Maybe this time of year could be about continuing to move forward with your health goals, OR perhaps 2021 is a restart and reset after 2020, and what was a pretty disruptive time for most people in the world.
I am looking forward to beginning the yoga once more with you from February 9th. I'm ready by then to come back to having more focus after the summer holidays.
This year I am refocusing on my WHY - asking myself why do I practice and teach?
It's easy to get caught up in the momentum of life and to keep doing the thing you've always done just because it has a familiar rhythm to it. But the truth is our bodies and lives are always changing, so sometimes we need to take stock and relook into our WHY.
This year for me is to focus on the spiritual aspect of yoga, to go back to practicing things which bring me peace, renew my energy and, physically - to stay strong and take better care of my spine. Not to burden my practice with needing to be the answer to everything, so to look into other areas which may support me too.
One of my teachers Judith Hanson-Lasater said - "in some ways we ask too much of our yoga practice, and in other ways too little" - I love this quote and this inquiry - I will certainly be investigating for myself where I am asking too much and where too little. I think this changes with us as we grow emotionally and spiritually, get older and wiser, have older bodies to care for, and our priorities change. So it's good to ask it often as we evolve and grow, and move through the cycles of life ( and maybe even the moon )
We do not need to give up our practice, but often a change of focus may be required.
Our next round of yoga courses maybe for you if these are some of your priorities in 2021:
These are some good reasons to come and give it a go, and the courses starting in February cover these needs.
Tuesday Course is for those with some previous yoga experience- that is the only pre requisite - though it may not be for you if you have certain health issues or are pregnant ( please ask before enrolling ) sorry this course is now FULLY BOOKED
Thursday A.M Course is for all levels - a great general yoga class that combines energising and relaxation - if you work from home, work part time or have flexible work hours this could be a great class for you - there is a different energy to a day time class that some find very appealing.
Thursday Night Course is a good all round restorative flow class that is totally accessible to beginners - we dedicate the first three weeks to beginners and then progress from there. It moves a little slower than other classes and we emphasis relaxation for stress relief and wellbeing in this class too.
Monday ONLINE course is for you if you cannot make it to the studio and are beginner or looking for a gentle reintroduction, the course will be recorded and available for a month beyond the classes - it may be an intro for our Term Two Online course on Wednesday nights for you if you wish to continue too.
Yoga for Calm - this self paced course is for you if;
These options cover my current courses both at the studio at 6 Commercial Road Helensville or online, for term one.
I am available for private lessons if none of these options suit you - I am available by appointment, or a private retreat or workshop with your theme or ours ( please contact me to discuss )
Now is the prefect time to enrol - courses are beginning soon! ... so make this time of year a time to nourish yourself and commit to your practice, or developing one.
For me my WHY? when it comes to teaching is to share the gifts of yoga, but most of all because I love to see my students leaving class feeling released, renewed, refocused and relaxed!
Mauri tū , Mauri Ora!