In a world where everything seems like a priority, the to do lists are never ending and we continuously feel pulled in six different directions, it’s all too easy to become overwhelmed. However when we are centred and present we can truly see the forest through the trees. This practice is a reminder of what is the most important thing. Enjoy!
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: The Most Important Thing
“In a hyperactive world, stillness is the deepest rebellion” – Donna D’Cruz
Physical Focus: This theme works with any style of practice from restorative to power. It’s all about setting the intention of focus and what is the most important part of the practice.
Pranayama: 3-part Breath & Cleansing breath (exhale from mouth)
Yama: Satya – Truth
Niyama: Tapas – Discipline
Chakra: 1st Chakra – Grounding
Essential Oil*: Anchor – Steadying Blend– Yoga Collection by DoTERRA Ingredients: Lavender, Cedarwood, and Frankincense, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Fractionated Coconut Oil.
When we first learn Yoga we are overwhelmed by all the cues, the pose names, body directions, trying to get it all right without falling on our bums. But, with careful practice and the ability to tune in to the most important elements of the poses individually we begin to shift. We can begin to sort through the cues and the flows and it all starts to make sense. Think about how we’ve felt starting jobs for the first time or after a big move. One step at a time. What’s the most important thing I need to do right now, today, this week and focus only on that. Slowly, but surely things start to fall in to place – they always do. (P.S. Sometimes the most important thing to do is walk away and clear your head first, or maybe do some yoga!)
My favourite Cue:
“What are the muscles that you need right now in this pose? What are the muscles that you don’t? Can you begin to soften in the areas that can rest: jaw, shoulders, behind your eyes, so that you can draw more strength into the areas you need: legs and core (in standing poses)”
Further Reading: The Power of Now by: Eckhart Tolle
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*always check with your students for allergies or sensitivities to scent.