Love is the life force

Must I seek and strive to find the real me?

No. Stop trying so hard and just be.

Must I wander and search to find my place?

No. Stay really still and fill this space.

Must I talk, shout and debate to be heard?

No. Be silent now. Love needs not one word.

 

There is no need to journey, you are already here.

There is no need to struggle, your purpose is quite clear.

There is no need to rush, just love the ones you hold dear.

 

Love is always the answer to our questions and doubts.

Love is always the answer, that’s what our life is about.

We are here to learn, to unite and to find truth.

Love is who you are, where you are and love is the proof.

Love is the life-force, the prana.

Love is the glue, the cement.

Peace will be found and established

When love fills your every moment.

CAROLE KERTON

Everything is yoga

Everything is yoga. It’s not just going to a yoga class, sitting on your mat for the postures, breath work and meditation. Everything is yoga! ¬†Cooking dinner for your family is yoga. Walking the dog is yoga. Grooming the horse is yoga. Phoning your mum is yoga. Every breath taken is a yoga breath. Your fellow yoga students are your extended family. The love that you feel in a yoga class nourishes you on a very deep level. You are working with life-force, prana, which puts pure energy at your disposal. Live, breathe and love yoga. It is a way of life, and it can be you way of life…

PRANAYAMA

The fourth limb of yoga, and such an important one, is Pranayama. This is the study of gathering, storing and utilising wisely the life-force or life-giving energy. It is often, incorrectly, defined as breathing exercises. Prana IS gathered from the air that we breathe, but we also gather prana from the good natural organic fruit and vegetables that we eat, from the pure filtered water that we drink, from the sun and from the earth.

Pranayama techniques strengthen the respiratory and cardiac systems, improve oxygen uptake and the circulation.There are, in fact, over a hundred and twenty different Pranayama techniques, but my three mainstays are brahmari, the bee-breath, kapalabhati, and ujjayi, the victorious breath. The bee-breath, where we hum the out-breath away, is so helpful for concentration. It is great to do it before meditation. It also clears the throat and the throat chakra, and the ears and sinuses. Kapalabhati is both a Pranayama technique and a Shat Karma. (It is one of the six acts of purification.) Here we pull in the abdomen sharply, to push the out-breath form the nostrils briskly. Then we relax the abdomen and the in-breath takes place quite naturally. (The out-breath is active, the in-breath is passive.) This technique clears the breathing apparatus, clears the mind and tones the abdomen. It is the skull-shining breath. Ujjayi breathing is where we half close the throat and hear the breath in the throat, rather than in the nostrils. Some say it sounds like a baby snoring, others say that it sounds like the sea coming into a shingle shore. It aids concentration, and helps us to become victorious over our struggles and our distractions.

Pranayama is an integral part of yoga practice, keeping us healthy on all levels, and fuelling our chakras or wheels of energy.