'Iti noa ana, he pito mata'
'From the withered tree a flower blooms'
This whakataukī ( māori proverb ) is the inspiration for this months blog.
The whakataukī reminds me that knowledge and wisdom are passed down through generations from our tūpuna (ancestors), like the tree that passes its energy and nourishment to the flower.
Like te ao māori, the māori world, yoga also has a form of whakapapa…- a lineage, with knowledge passed from the elders of the tradition down to students - the next generation.
In past blogs I have talked about the importance of practice, however, one crucial element of your journey is your teacher.
I have been blessed to have begun my journey with yoga over two decades ago.
My teachers came out of the yoga brought to the west from India, and most followed a path or lineage with a particular guru.
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Intentionally resting - like taking time out for mindful movement, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is a gift to give yourself in order to keep your cup full, and inner light shining brightly.
'Intentional rest' is not the same as relaxing on the couch in front of the tv, having a glass of wine, or going out with a friend. The benefits are different.
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 well-being, and refilling your cup.
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