Spring is in the air.
August is a fabulous month.
We get teased with some beautiful sunshine.
The days are getting longer and our gardens are starting to bloom again.
Today was a special day for me to have some time out.
I booked 2 yoga classes at my favourite yoga studio in Prahran.
After waking at 5am, I wondered if I had made the right decision.
I then realised that it wasn't that cold. 30 minutes later I was ready and excited to get to my classes.
An amazing bonus about getting up early for the 6am class in Prahran is that you can always find a free car park.
A quick park and then I am ready to go for 2 hours of yoga.
If I am going to make the effort to go to Prahran then I want to do back-to-back classes. 6am - 7am a little break and then 7.30am - 8.30am.
Australian Yoga Academy is my go-to place when I want some time just for me.
I have been visiting this little gem for over 15 years. I have connected with so many lovely teachers and I always feel very welcomed.
I come and go when I want to up the anti with my yoga.
It is Interesting when you have been teaching yoga for a long time. It is easier to do your own practice at home most of the time. In a way, it is staying in your comfort zone. I push myself but it is still me in control of how far I push my body. You can always do the same when you attend a class but when your personality is to go deeper into your yoga then it is a whole new story.
Going to a class is a whole new level. I surrender control and I do not know what is coming next. I am brought right into the moment and follow the directions. My body responds. My mind is quietly receiving the information and I am happy to be led.
I feel very blessed that I can give myself a morning to myself to just be me. Although I acknowledge others, I do not feel the need to speak unnecessarily.
Feeling this way is fabulous for me because it really does give me a rest for my mind.
So it is 8.30am and I feel fabulous and I still have the rest of the day to enjoy. Off to the gym to do some weights and grab a coffee. Life is good.
So much gratitude for days like this.
Time to myself to connect with my senses.
Reflecting on August.
August is a fantastic month. The days are getting longer. We start to have some sunny days. The football is heating up towards the finals. We can start to feel a bit of spring in the air.
Last week was the first week of August, I love to reflect on what has been and set new intentions for the start of the new month.
I speak about new beginnings and lots of positives about starting fresh and moving forward and bringing new positive goals into our lives.
I like to start my classes with 5 or 10 minutes of yoga breathing.
On the 1st week of the month, I like to practice Nadi Shodha (alternate nostril breathing) This pranayama breathing is very powerful and has many many benefits to health and wellbeing.
Some of the benefits are:
Clears and releases toxins