Its so 'busy' in the Yoga World right now.... things are hotting up, flexing and moving as we fast approach a milestone in the history and future of YOGA! (drum role.....).....'International Yoga Day' 2015!!..... the first ever, to sit amongst the other (less interesting and somewhat useless!) days to honour respect and celebrate. All around the world yoga schools and projects are coming together to share and celebrate their love for this transformational science of life.
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For 'Jules in Yoga' this week has been amazing - on the scale a ten out of ten. I've been touched deep in the heart, felt blessed and high on life to see for myself the positive impact yoga is having on people I teach. As part of a Home Office funded community project I am collaborating with Mark Lilly founder of Street Yoga USA to run a 'Chaos to Calm' course with 8 local people. After one session feedback is phenomenal.
'I've tried the practices and I do feel much calmer this week, my usual worry and anxiety isn't there'
'I fell asleep trying the body scan' 'I feel free!' 'I feel taller and I am walking straighter' faces were brighter, relaxed smiles appearing- these people realise that something as simple as breathing slowly, being in the now and just being with themselves in having a huge difference to how they feel and think - after one week.
This just re-affirms for me the power of this work, and the simplicity of it bringing such life changing results. Imagine how these people will be in 4 weeks time?!
So, thats one element of my work this week, plus I also decided to put my own 'spin' on this celebration by calling it 'Grow with Yoga' - my mini project was an opportunity to find out what it means to those that come to my classes - how they are growing with yoga. I have around 30 slips of paper with heartfelt comments and feedback about how yoga is helping them in their everyday life, having an impact on them.... as one great Yogi said yoga only begins on the mat....
Children have also astonished me this week, part of the Take 5 at School project gave me the opportunity to teach mini practices in a local junior school a few months ago, teachers then mirrored this work and I returned yesterday to share with a group of 10 pupils - we sat and breathed together, we did yoga, we jumped about, we chatted and discussed breathing and why they like doing this in school.
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G TIMES. 'Feeling calmer' 'helps if you need to take time out' 'It will help my stressed parents' 'I can teach it to my 3 year old sister' 'i feel so relaxed and light'
These kids are now going to become 'mini teachers' as I teach them further TOOLS so that they can confidently go into classes and deliver these short breathing practices. WOW. WOW.WOW. Its so natural to them which is what struck me the most..........
This is dreaming and manifesting at its best. This was exactly what I put on the tin for my new horizons with yoga and children. More to follow on this exciting work soon. For now I am swimming in a bubble of pure happiness from seeing the fruits of this work/my work unfold into my local community. This is how world peace starts.