Letting go and surrendering to the unknown is something that used to be SUPER difficult for me. Admittedly, on occasion I still find myself falling into old familiar patterns of doubt and holding on to what is familiar.
The past two weeks have been no exception. One difference, however, is that now, I seem to be more able to just watch my thoughts, without getting so trapped in it’s web. That’s a good start, right? Before I would remember that whenever I am faced with something I am unsure of or needed an answer right away, I would go the extra mile to get what I need to feel settled in my heart, thinking that it was ME and MY ACTIONS that would give the answer. So much so that I’d go through great lengths to make sure to speed up pc/internet connections (I am, after all, a techie dependent girl) so that I can quickly research options instantly. Now, however, I can take a deep breath and at least try to wait.
Anyway, over the past few days I have been observing my thoughts get faster and faster, threatening to take me into the wave. And then I was reminded of things I learned in TT, particularly about Ishvara Pranidhana. And so I Googled it a bit, and was struck by this quote from this post: “Surrender implies complete trust, sitting in your heart, open to the Divine plan and where and how life takes you. It is more than just letting go, surrendering, going
with the flow. A pure trust, belief, that actually carries you, it raises something within you, through the heart. It is mostly explained as devotion par excellence. Such devotion gives rise to grace, which is the lift within”.
And so I remember to let go. Let go and surrender. Open to grace, Ri. Open to grace.
Just before teacher training, I asked the Universe to provide for me. I had spent my life savings (literally) on tuition and fees and so I had very little to spare for the “accessories” needed for training (a.k.a. clothes, props, etc). A few days from the time I said I needed those things, the Universe did provide!
I am overwhelmingly grateful to all of you who have shared what you have with me From clothes to mats to places to stay while training and even free classes for me to continue practicing in between modules, I am truly basking in all the yoga love.
When I graduated from my Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training program, I immediately launched my Yoga Mat Drive because I knew that this was the seva project that I really wanted to get involved in. Seva, or selfless action, is something that I used to be hesitant to do because I was always too shy and self-conscious (ironic, right?) to put myself out there. However, yoga has taught me so much and coming out of that cave of self-consciousness was one of them.
Since then, I have collected 5 mats, have about 5 more pledged Amazing how the Universe conspires for you
Thank you too all who have so generously given and supported my project. Please don’t worry if the mats are old, somewhat frayed, or a little dirty. All it needs is some loving and it will be good to go! It’s not like I need those Hydraulic Power Units or hoses to clean it up, right?
Yesterday, I finally got to drop by at Yoga+ at the Fort. I had heard of that particular studio some time ago from a matmate of mine from Flow Yoga Alabang. She shared that she was doing the Power Hour classes at Yoga+ because it’s right by her office. I had been meaning to try it, but never had the chance to.
Anyway, on my way to a meeting yesterday, my friend Dona invited me to drop by for a talk that was going on at the studio. I swung by for a bit, but wasn’t able to stay. I did, however, get to see the studio finally! I loved the floor to ceiling windows of the studio! I’m sure if you practice there in the morning, you get all the wonderful sunshine streaming in. Who needs fx luminaire lighting when you’ve got all the natural goodness of sunlight coming in, right?
I do hope I get to practice there soon, just to try it out. I know they regularly offer Hot Yoga classes and some Yin sessions on occasion. When I know more about their class offerings, I shall update this post
Yoga+ is located at the 11th Floor, Fort Legend, 31st cor 3rd Street, Bonifacio Global City (close to the area where St. Luke’s and S&R are )
At long last, I was finally able to try out one of the new classes Beyond Yoga offers! Beyond Core Flow is one of two new signature classes the studio launched in the past few weeks. It is an intense 60-minute workout that rocks! To be honest, as Rianna Gatus (today’s core flow teacher) said, it really is a different yoga experience. It’s nothing like your usual yoga class where you follow an Uyaji breath and flow into asanas. This one is WAY faster and more intense, much like an aerobic exercise. It does go through the typical yoga surya namaskar (sun salutations) sequences, but there are variations that really pump up your adrenalin and engage your core to it’s fullest. Imagine: pulsing in your chaturangas, tapping your toes into the ground while pulsing in Warrior 3 and an intense thigh workout in those Utkatasanas. The core sequence, particularly with variations of Navasana (boat pose) and arm/leg lifts will definitely strengthen and build up your core muscles.
looks easy? oooh believe me it’s more challenging than it looks! challenging, but super fun. intense core workout indeed!!! photo from Beyond Yoga, used with permission.