They say that summer is over. And I guess they're right since I found few spiders looking for a nice, quiet spot in my flat. These little creatures remind me of the end of summer every year. And I don't mind really (the end of summer I mean, not the spiders ;). I like autumn with everything changing and maturing, warm colours, plums, walnuts, mushrooms and chestnuts and I'm always looking forward to these nice autumn sunny days in the park or countryside with slightly sharper sunset light and fresher air.
But it's a pity that people may stop smiling at each other. Yes, I do mean smiling at strangers, here in London, where most don't even look at each other.
Since I started my fascinating yoga journey I focus more on my emotions, on my mind and its fluctuations, on my body and its aches and pains. And I'm also trying to pay more attention to other people as teaching yoga means serving others and sharing the knowledge of yoga with others. It was a big shift for me from self-centred corporate worker, having a tensed, always 'ready to fight' body, including a tension in my face and particularly my jaw to having relaxed, more aware and calm body and mind today. No grinding teeth, no jaw tension any more. When at some point I was able to relax my face and notice other people around me, some of them started smiling at me. First I just thought it was the weather, the Sun making people happy. It is probably true, but only partially. Because what I realised after few weeks (yes, it took me some time to figure it out) is that my face when relaxed and happy in the present moment is simply smiling. So probably some of these strangers were just smiling back at me. But what it also means is that it's natural to smile when we feel good. It's natural and we can smile unintentionally. Not when we are watching a comedy, listening to a friend's joke, reading a funny story or watching something on youtube. Completely natural smile at the Sun, present moment, where we are in our lives, what we have and what we don't have.
Let's try appreciating what we have a bit more, catching the last summer sunny moments and let's try not loosing a smile on your faces when the winter comes :)
Yoga Classes Forest Hill at MindBody Therapy Centre - South London
Another exciting news :) I've started teaching yoga in Forest Hill, South London @ MindBody Therapy Centre.
Two classes every Tuesday
18:30 - 19:30 beginners
19:45 - 20:45 all levels
120 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 1BX
Spread the word and drop in if you're around.
For more details or to book please contact MindBody Therapy Centre.Read More...
Hallo lovely people :)
I'm very happy to announce that we are running another beginners course @ Barking Bathhouse.
This course is for anyone who would like to try yoga for the first time or simply explore the basics of the yoga practice.
NEW TO YOGA?Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners - 6 weeks CourseThis is a great introduction to yoga for new students. In this course we will take an in-depth look at some fundamental yoga poses (asanas) and will be introduced to pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.This course will also help you develop the physical fitness and you will learn useful hints and tips to take on to any other physical activity.I will lead you through this course, in an individualised way to deepen your awareness of the connection of the body and mind, to recognize how you can support your goals in life through the yoga practice, while developing fitness, flexibility and peace of mind.Course will start on 31st March, every Monday 7pm – 8pm, finish 19th May (21st April & 5th May - Bank Holiday).Barking BathhouseBarking Learning Centre (BLC), 1st FloorTown Square, Barking, IG11 7NBCost only £40 for 6 classes!Please contact me here, via FB page www.facebook.com/BenitaYoga or contact the Barking Bathhouse team on 020 8227 2991, email@example.com to book your place.
Yoga Classes in Energise Health Club in Goodmayes
This is exciting... we are starting new vinyasa yoga classes @Energise - health club for women on 29th Jan 2014.
Every Wednesday 11:30am - 12:30pm
5 Brooks Parade
Goodmayes, IG3 9RT
For more details or to book please contact Energise Health Club.
Sri Lanka – the journey that is changing my life
The beginning of a year inevitably brings to my mind all the things that happened last year. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my teacher training, few weeks spent on looking into myself in a truly magic scenery. When signing up for the course I knew I’d learn a lot, the school I choose was highly recommended to me. But I don’t think I expected to find out so much about myself. So I went… and what happened?We mostly are aware of the good things about ourselves, values that us and people around us appreciate. And these good qualities make us feel nice, comfortable and safe. But what about our fears, anxiety, laziness, dullness…. the emotions we are all familiar with, but very often not wanting to think about? Nobody wants to be afraid, lost, confused, angry….. and these negative emotions can really paralyse our minds and affect our actions sometimes. The way we are very often dealing with ‘bad days’, negative thoughts, emotions is by finding lots of things to distract our mind, to occupy it with something. It may help, but only short-term. So we buy and we buy more, we meet lots of people, we go out, we meet more people, we get busier at work and busier after work and then at some point we cannot stop, we cannot stay still any more.I know now how important it is in today’s hectic life to find some time to be simply quiet, reconnect with our body, it’s needs and to start observing our minds. Awareness and being present. This is what we need right now. I’m not trying to play a wise guy here, I’ve simply realised one important thing – we constantly look out for happiness outside, but the happiness is inside us, this is where we need to look. When you realise it, everything changes.So when you start planning your next holiday break, you may want to try something different for a change – a retreat for your body and mind maybe? Loads to offer in the market with yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, dancing, singing, healthy cooking, delicious food and open hearts of wise and experienced teachers. If you surrender to this journey, you may be surprised where it takes you.Let me also note one thing – they don’t wash your brain there and yoga is not a religion, I heard it few times :). You are just being given simple tools used for thousands of years to help you to live a happy and conscious life on this planet.And a real fun starts when you come back home and try incorporating what you’ve learned into your daily life. Good Luck :).
Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners Course.
Another great yoga offer this year :)For anyone who would like to try yoga for the first time or simply explore the basics of the yoga practice.NEW TO YOGA?Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners - 6 week CourseThis is a great introduction to yoga for new students. In this course we will take an in-depth look at some fundamental yoga poses (asanas) and will be introduced to pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.This course will also help you develop the physical fitness and you will learn useful hints and tips to take on to any other physical activity.I will lead you through this course, in an individualised way to deepen your awareness of the connection of the body and mind, to recognize how you can support your goals in life through the yoga practice, while developing fitness, flexibility and peace of mind.Course will start on 17th February, every Monday 7pm – 8pm.Barking BathhouseBarking Learning Centre (BLC), 1st FloorTown Square, Barking, IG11 7NBCost only £40 for 6 classes!Please contact me here, via FB page www.facebook.com/BenitaYoga or contact the Barking Bathhouse team on 020 8227 2991, firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
I'm happy to announce a New Year's offer for Yoga classes in Barking Bathhouse in London
Regular prices for a course of 10 classes are :
£60 for 10 weekday classes Now only £50*
£70 for 10 weekend classes Now only £60*
*This offer is available to purchase until the end of January
with 3 months expiry from purchase date
If you're thinking of a more regular yoga practice this year it's a great way to start. Paying for 10 classes will motivate you to stick to your plan and now it's cheaper than ever...... only £5 per 1h yoga class!
Vinyasa yoga is a further developed form of Hatha Yoga based on a sequences of breath-synchronized movements used to transition between sustained postures. This form of yoga offers a range of health benefits to those who practice it, as it encompasses all areas of mind, body and spirit. The flowing, dynamic and continual movement, from one pose to another gives you a cardiovascular benefit. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and reduce levels of stress.
The class on Monday 7th Oct 18:00 - 19:00 is cancelled in Barking Bathhouse.
Apologies for the short notice. Please come to Wednesday class if you can. Otherwise next Monday class is on 14th Oct.
See you :)
Benita has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 10 years, received her RYT200 - level1 yoga teacher certificate in Sri Lanka (YogaArts School) and RYT300- level2 in Bali, Indonesia (YogaArts School), accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Her classes are a creative and joyful experience with strong connection of mind and body, resulting in feeling energised but also balanced and calm. Suitable for all levels. read more