Tips for your Online Yoga classes

Kia ora e hoa mā, we are still in Lockdown and enjoying our online yoga experience here at Aroha Nui Yoga in Tamaki Makaurau...

I just wanted to share with you a few tips to enhance your online yoga journey....you may already be familiar with these but a wee reminder now and again is often helpful. Download the Zoom app before classes start and have a play with it, ask a friend to have a meeting with you to test everything is working and then when we have classes you are ready to go!

  • Devote yourself to this time as you would going to the studio - turn off your notifications or leave your phone in another room (unless using it for joining the class!) This is your time for you and you are worth disconnecting from the outside world for a while.

 

  • Inform your whānau or flatmates that you will be practicing yoga for your self-aroha /self-care, a gentle 'please do not disturb' reminder can be helpful!

 

  • Arrive about 5 minutes before the start of class to settle in and...
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Rest is Rongoā - Rest is Medicine! Intentional rest for your wellbeing

 

Intentional Rest - 

There is a saying - listen to your body whisper so you won't have to listen to it scream...

 

Intentional rest - like taking time out for mindful movement, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is sa gift to give yourself in order to keep your cup full, and inner light shining brightly.

Intentional rest is something you really have to DO in order to gain benefits, and it's not the same as relaxing on the couch in front of the tv, having a glass of wine, or going out with a friend. Those things can be relaxing, fun and ,maybe important in their own ways yes, but Intentional rest goes beyond these things.

It is a practice of self care that takes you into a certain state, brain waves are at a certain frequency, and the body - mind is better able to heal, let go, release tension, improve interoception and process life. 

 

By practicing  mindful yoga and guided deep relaxation you are taking that time to focus on intentional rest, your...

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It's all about the breath

"Hā ki Roto - Hā ki Waho"  -" Breathe in - Breathe out"

 

Sometimes this simple instruction is all we can do in life and yoga!

"Don't forget to breathe", as a great teacher once told me many years ago.

Sounds simple, but it is the simplest things that can sometimes be the most profound, both in practice, and in practice off the mat- also known as - life!

 

A simple way to tell how you are doing in yoga is- to be aware of your breath.

 

āroa hā = breath awareness ( see how close this is to aro-ha )

 

In our classes the awareness of the breath, the Hā in Māori ( also sometimes known as hau, ngā , manawa and tā to name a few of the words to describe the breath ) is all important, as important as what you do with your body, if not more.

 

Hā also means your essence.

 

The breath is the bridge between our bodies and our mind in yoga. It contains the life force, and links us to our divine nature.

 

The...

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