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Articles tagged with: Balance

Tools in our belt

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

Equipping ourselves the best we can as coping mechanisms
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Time flies by and  more than ever it's not waiting for any man, woman or beast to wake up, make decisions, make changes, laugh more, complain less, help wherever possible, love unconditionally and get in touch with your own real self. There really is no time like the PRESENT to do what you have postponed, there might not be that chance again. I recently said my goodbyes to a beautiful, talented and open- hearted friend, taken from this earth as her time here was done. As short as her time here was, she was blessed with enormous challenges, found true love, shone her light and love literally all around her and shared her talents so freely with those she knew. From her I learned to be more courageous, to strive for unconditional love, to embrace my inquiring mind and endless evolving SPIRIT. In her memory I will try to always complete what I start, to persevere and not be so critical of the process. Patience is definately what i need to develop more of and will strive to do so.

The more time I spend on my mat, whether in quiet meditation or moving meditation, the closer I feel I become with what really matters. There really is only one reality, the one we are in right now. Finding  faith, to  trust that all is as it's meant to be, might just be the secret we need to remain peaceful and calm in all situations. Once we connect at this deep level, we cannot help but take care of those around us, in our communities and our Natural environment.

Yoga breathing is an essential tool in our tool belt of coping mechanisms. By simply connecting with a quiet, calm slow and full breath, we change from the normal flight and fight mode to the parasympathetic system of calm mind and body.

Can it possibly get any easier ? Try it for about 5 minutes a day and see for yourselves. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated and will help motivate and encourage others in need.

Land of Contrasts and Spiritual Lessons

on Thursday, 06 October 2016.

Ahimsa
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Land of Contrasts and Spiritual Lessons

Once again our annual trip to the Motherland of yoga was filled with humbling lessons, wonderful adventures, lots of Yoga, Puja, Meditation, Pranayama as well as a bad case of food poisoning (x2) . Both times it was me that was woman down ! Despite the setbacks we enjoyed meditations inside a cave, on the banks of the river Ganga, high on top of a hill with a veiled view of the Himalayas, the Ashram rooftop and lots of walking meditation. Everyone came home inspired, refreshed and motivated to live a more Spiritual life. I came home tired and determined to sleep long and eat as much bland food as possible :) . I recovered quickly, however this trip was filled with challenges for me. Due to the food poisoning I was understandably depleted of energy and  so all the yoga classes were demanding. I did participate in everything but where I normally would be loving every minute, this time I was heavy and weighed down by lethargy. I am usually blessed with an incredible amount of energy, (exhausting for my family more often than not) so this was difficult for me to back off and have respect (Ahimsa) for my depleted physical body. Interestingly I found myself experiencing negative thoughts as well as battling to sit my usual early morning meditations. I always advise my students to LISTEN to their bodies, now I had to put it into practice. Therein lay my lesson from Mother India herself. Learning to be more mindful of each moment, embracing it for what it is, right now, taking nothing for granted and learning to honor myself more deeply. Thank you to my guests for their love, compassion and patience while I was battling through. I'm sure you all experienced your own lessons from this amazing Land of Contrasts !!!

Finding time

on Thursday, 26 May 2016.

Life's necessities
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It has been many months since I last wrote an article. The reasons are numerous, I had three Yoga teachers Training Courses running simultaneously, x 2 were 200 Hour and the other a 300 hour. Two are still ongoing, however time is more available now. We had our first "online 200 hour teacher training course " and it worked out well. The course offers certain subjects as a self-study option, with a two week intensive contact hour follow up, culminating with a practical and a theory exam. I set the bar high with a minimum of 70% pass rate and everyone achieved this, so congratulations all round. To the newly graduated students, this certificate only gives you the licence to teach, the rest is only now beginning. Your Yogic journey truly only starts now. Walk gently, lovingly, compassionately and most of all, be your TRUTH. Find your own way to pass along your newfound knowledge and share your light.

To all who may read this article ....

Promise yourself ...... To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Daily Dramas

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

Depleted energy levels
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Daily Dramas

 Namaste, I once read a comment that went something like this :” I have experienced many good and bad adventures in my life, some of which actually really happened. “

This comes as a result of our ever active minds, constantly playing out these dramas for us. So much so that we have more mental experiences than actual physical realities. How many times do we start a thought, mostly in fear, then we elaborate and create the most amazing non-event resulting in a deep sense of stress as the physical body responds to the mental activity ? We need to detach from these thoughts, not follow them through and feed them with more attention. Detach and acknowledge them but not feed them. This way we can control our stress levels by showing observation but non  attachment to our thoughts, both positive as well as negative. Negative thoughts result in the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight responses will then be ready to respond. This can be exhausting, overtaxing and even result in disease if done often enough. It fully depletes the energy levels.By attaching to a thought, we become so sucked into the drama, we are unable to focus on our tasks we need to complete.This is human nature, by simply behaving in this way we will never achieve any sense of inner peace. “When your thoughts pass, you will be in the clear sky of your mind.”

Meditation, of any style, is perfect for teaching you this observation and non attachment. This new tool will be of great benefit when you are on your mats as well. Meditation teaches us what I refer to as the 3 R’s.  Relaxation, Release and Revive. These 3 are inseparable and cannot work alone. Without relaxation you cannot revive, without releasing you cannot fully relax etc.  Yoga teaches us that we need to move quietly into a posture, stay in it with sthira and sukha, (steadiness and comfort) to fully receive the intended benefits of the postures. Initially we need to build up enough strength to be able to hold the postures long enough for relaxation to take place, but over time, it does happen and then we start experiencing AHA moment on our mats.  These moments are worth their weight in gold for the rewards they bring to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

So keeping this in mind, take care to not neglect your time with yourself on your own private magic carpet !

Ahimsa ;

Cheryl

New beginnings

on Thursday, 01 January 2015.

2015
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New beginnings

Yoga is like music

The rhythmn of the body

The melody of the mind and

The harmony of the soul

Create the symphony of life

Love This Life Festival Kzn

on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in General

Feedback from our recent festival
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Love This Life Festival Kzn

Namaste, Hari Om and IKosi Nathi. As I sigh into my couch and settle down with my laptop to write this article I feel huge gratitude for my never ending high energy levels ! Putting this event together really did take its toll and I opened the festival with a short meditation for peace on saturday with dark marks under my eyes and not nearly as much mental clarity as I am used to. The day proceeded to unfold in an orderly and well attended fashion, despite my fears and sense of responsibility to one and all. I take out of this a very good lesson as I move forward on my yogic journey. Have faith ! Have a plan, work hard to achieve it, and then have the faith to allow things to unfold without attachment to the outcome. I guess its a good example of the word "equanimity" that I first heard while on the hardest 10 day Vipassana retreat of my life to date ! Equanimity, is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. While it sounds wonderful, in reality its not so easy.I think we need to bring this word into the upcoming festive season in order to try and maintain our inner balance throughout. Despite our well meant decisions to take this year easy and NOT fall into the trap of silly season madness, it is difficult maintaining our equalibrium when the pressures of celebrating being happy and jovial surround us. Maybe the key to keeping this equanimity throughout is to keep it simple. Why not go back to basics and remember that its the gift of life we are celebrating here, so  avoid celebrating this by causing pain and suffering in the lives of others (animals included). To help the environment as well as avoid unnecessary over spending, I will be gifting tokens of my energy to friends and family. Time and energy are the most precious gifts of all, so this is what I will be offering. My "specialities" to my loved ones and in doing so I remove the angst and fever pitched shopping from weeks to come ! I do hope you are all able to find your own equanimity in the midst of it all. Deep gratitude for this ever challenging life of ours, take it out the studio and into your lives. Ahimsa

Cheryl

Spring, a Time to move

on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

Awaken the locked energy and "Find Your Flow"
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So here we are again rising on the crest of the wave towards Summer. (for those of us down south) . This is my favourite of all seasons. It is a time where I feel most energised, need less fuel and want to be as creative as possible. For me the day starts with the first chirping of the birds, the promise of the new day and all the adventures and possibilities it brings. If I do not make time to sit quietly in contemplation or meditation before starting my day, it just does not unfold with as much ease or flow. The best time for me is 4.30 am as it is still quiet and calm outside. As we all know now, we are all just bundles of energy, vibrations at different frequencies. These vibrations predict our energy levels the state of health of the body , mind and spirit. If we lead sluggish inactive lives, energy blockages are formed and naturally this prevents the flow of energy throughout all of the layers. A good open flow results in good health which radiates outwards and is tangible in all ways. Blockages however, result in lethargy, illness and mental sluggishness. Ironically it is through movement that we are better able to become still and learn how to create the "heaven on earth" we all desire. The mind is also movement or energy. The body is the manifestation of this movement. By moving the body and releasing blocked energy, allowing the natural flow of energy, we are assured of a calmer more peaceful mind. This in turn keeps better control over our emotions as well as our spiritual state. We then have more focus and mental clarity with a better chance for manifesting our deepest desires. We cannot create what we have not yet identified as a desire. We are all spirits having a physical experience as we ride the rivers of life together. Once we grow in coherance we become co-creators of this incredible universe. The rivers of life carry us along towards the ocean, where we once again meld into oneness. A drop in the all encompassing mass of oceans. Get moving so you can find stillness. By being still you will find your flow. Join us for our last dolphin/yoga therapy 15-21st October into Mozambique. This is truly an experience that is life changing and is not named "Finding Your Flow " for nothing. Until next time Ahimsa Cheryl

Grounding

on Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The need for being centred
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Grounding

Has anyone else found life just a tad more stressful, tedious and frustrating in the past week or so ? It felt like for every on small step forward there were 2 giant steps backwards ! Hopefully this is the final effects of Mars and all its influences. I am certain that this world has never before known such a high rate of suicides either.

Feeling the stress of the past week,  I took  yesterday off and enjoyed a great morning yoga class at Jivananda Centre with Christine and my friend Glenda. After enjoying brunch together I paid my first visit to the Durban Botanical gardens. What a pleasure it was walking around under these century old trees, capturing the dancing light and watching parents with their children and lovers lying side by side soaking up the winter sun ! Two hours later I emerged back out into the city sounds and felt 100% healed by Mother nature herself. My walk had been a  cleansing meditation, enjoying the natural beauty, the birdlife, fellow humans and peacefulness.

The very existence of these trees are so healing and yet how many of us stop and appreciate them. Not only are they the lungs of Mother Earth but they are continuously cleaning up after us. Providing us with our vital, life giving oxygen. I came back home restored, energised and ready for new challenges.

Thank you mother nature for providing all that we need, all we have to do is a little research and the solutions are there.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Unblock, unleash and energise !

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in General

Create your energy
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Unblock, unleash and energise !

Greetings, as you all know in the yogic tradition  we greet one another with our hands together in theprayer position at our hearts and say   “ Namaste”. I recently  learned the Zulu greeting “ Kosi Nathi” which means the same thing. Both of these greetings are acknowledging the “spirit” or “godliness” in the other person. It is a very polite and heartfelt  gesture to greet in this way, especially if the intention is real and said with love. Then the gesture goes beyond being merely an action and the words become an energetically charged greeting, which has a far greater effect. As we all know, I’m sure, we are a mass of vibrating energy.  We are continuously vibrating at different frequencies throughout the day and our lives. We are completely  unaware  of this until we find ourselves feeling very tired, lethargic and eventually manifesting some form of a disease. Then we are fully aware of the lack of energy we have. If we were more finely tuned into our daily energies, we would pick up on the tell-tale signs and warnings our body gives us well in advance of actually becoming sick.  This way we would be able to take the necessary steps to prevent a full blown illness. In it’s supreme intelligence, the body does not want to be out of homeostasis (balance) so it  spends all day long working to stabilise and maintain equilibrium. This effort uses a tremendous amount of energy on an hourly basis. What throws us out of equilibrium ? Stress in the form of noise, traffic congestion, hard to digest foods such as take outs and over indulgence of animal products, alcohol and even too much physical labour, to name just a few. I am sure you get the idea from these. The more the stressors, the greater the dis-harmony, the harder the body has to work to keep its homeostasis. The less the stressors, the better the harmony and the more energetic the body !  It is absolutely vital to maintain a steady and rhythmic movement of this energy around the body. Sedentary lifestyles lead to more disease than any other factors. We have to “move” the vital energy around the body in order to stay energised, flexible and strong in the muscles,  joints and all the connective tissues. By keeping the spine lubricated, flexible and strong we maximise the connection between the nervous system (the brain ) and the central nervous system (the spine) that feeds  the nerves, the organs, the limbs and every other part of the body.  It’s when we become stagnant with our range of movements that we start to lose what we are not using. This is the first step in the wrong direction, from here it is a downward spiral into further  deterioration of health and well being.

So in closing, may I suggest that you consider today as the first day of the rest of your life, invest in your health and get up and back on track ! It doesn’t matter if you go walking the boardwalk, climb stairs, swim in the tidal pools, join a gym, take up nia, or enjoy daily yoga ! We have so many options . Just do it now, something more than you did yesterday.

Ahimsa

Cheryl Lancellas

Heart warming 14th February

on Friday, 14 February 2014.

Being present
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Heart warming 14th February

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.

To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. If we managed to truly grasp this, there would be no more pain, suffering and violence on this planet. We would remain in touch with ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours and therefore incapable of doing harm to either ourselves or to them. This is the true meaning of the Sanskrit word “AHIMSA”, one of 5 of the disciplines under the Sanskrit heading  of Yamas in yogic  philosophy. Seeing as today is Valentines  day today, we have hearts, love and sweet things screaming out at us from all aspects of the media. Is it so hard to demonstrate love on a daily basis that we take only 1 day to celebrate this,the true meaning of life, LOVE ? By trying to adhere to the true meaning of Ahimsa, which is non-violence in thought, action or deed to ANY living creature, we could change our realities into a much more harmonious one.  We would be demonstrating a more loving and caring environment for our children to inherit and in turn pass along to their children. There has NEVER before in the history of mankind, been a more necessary time to take heed of this practice. Everywhere you read and hear about the senseless violence of poaching, killing of the dolphins in Taiji, whales in Denmark, water supplies being polluted,food products filled with chemicals, carjacks, hijacks, “boatjacks” and now kidnapping of families for ransom money from their  husbands.  The list of atrocities is endless ! And we have the audacity to call ourselves “ modern  and evolved man”. Does this strike you, as it does me,  as madness ?  If you are even only half human, I am certain it does . What can we do about making the changes necessary to create a better world for ourselves and our children ? It is such an enormous task that most of us shrink away from trying to do anything. After all, how can I ,one little soul, make a difference in the larger plan of things ? Well, we are more connected and therefore much more influential than we ever dreamed. Ever heard of the 100th monkey effect ?  http://www.wowzone.com/monkey.htm  Read up on it here, a very interesting event that took place and was duly noted. This explains how the “collective consciousness works”  and how we can start the changes we want to see in our world. It’s simple, be the change that you want to see, in your home, in your community, in your country and eventually we will have shared so much loving and peaceful energy, it HAS to spill over into the lives and homes of everyone. Try doing this with love, conviction and purely from your hearts. Let’s make these changes, NOW, this moment, and this moment, and this moment. 

http://thespiritscience.net/2013/09/02/the-great-secret-of-success/

 

Open those hearts to love and light, daily, not just 14th February, and make a difference !

Much Love

Cheryl

                                                           

Cheryl Lancellas / Fully-qualified Yoga Teacher
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