The New Year always brings a spirit of renewal. As I charge ahead with my spring cleaning, I am wondering what are the thoughts that are akin to the things that I hoard but no longer serve me? The things I hide away in my cupboards that I no longer use but don’t want to give away, the emotions that I hold on to only because they are familiar. The initial uncomfortable feeling when I give away the things I hoard and the feeling of freedom that comes from it – along with the temporary feeling of hardship when I try to overcome my mental afflictions and the feeling of triumph when I do. There are so many things we can do differently in our lives to feel more free.
Here at ASC, we have also changed our curriculum to fit our busy lifestyle. We are doing away with 10 week long classes and replacing them with 4 week classes, short talks, light stories. We have started Yoga by the park and it will be an on-going class, along with our Friday night meditation. We want to incorporate more Charity work in our programme, following the successful food delivery we did last year. But we are definitely keeping the annual retreat and talks with Lama Marut as it has been transformational for many people.
We hope you will find something in our offerings this year to enrich your life.
The ASC Team
“I am human and I need to be loved. Just like everybody else does.” ~ Morrissey, The Smiths
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One year ago, I decided to take a break from yoga. I didn’t love the practice any more despite developing a solid practice over many years. Of course I knew that yoga was good for me but my relationship with yoga had become one of ‘must’. I needed to practice; I had to practice.
When I stopped teaching, I didn’t feel compelled to practice. I stopped attending workshops, and didn’t feel the pressure to keep it up. I rested as much as I needed and did only what I felt like. Some days, I felt resistance. Some days, I didn’t want to stop. But rather than telling myself ‘I must’, I asked myself whether I was truly tired or if I was making excuses. Am I as tired as I thought? Can I not do just one asana? Slowly, by challenging my underlying motivations I built up my practice again.
Working from the frame of mind of ‘must’ there was no room for query and for compassion. In letting go of ‘must’, there was room to gauge my feelings and energy levels. And that brought a more mindful and kinder relationship between my practice and myself.
Do I love the practice now? I am enjoying it and committed to it.
A Final Thought
“If there ever comes a time that you forget where you came from, you’ve gone too far.” ― Comic Strip Mama
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