Your own Parachute

Imagine doing something that you enjoy and the more you do it the more you get better at it, and it helps you reach heights that you never thought possible? (And no, it’s not parachuting!).

Cultivating a regular yoga and meditation practice can prepare you for anything. That sounds like quite a claim but it’s true. If you can achieve a natural resting state of equanimity and emotional resilience then you are pretty much prepared for whatever comes your way.

I know because I speak from experience. A recent example is from early 2019 where I had to have an operation and undergo surgery. It is without doubt that my yoga and meditation practice helped me physically and mentally, pre and post surgery. The many years of yoga and mindfulness helped create the resilience necessary to face difficult times. Since my operation I feel that there has been a radical shift in my nervous system and consciousness, and my body has an unprecedented degree of suppleness and energy.  This is thanks to the operation itself but also to my regular practice of meditation and breathing work, all part of yoga.

Mindfulness research is showing how meditation can benefit physical health as well as mental well being and the best way to know this is to experience it for yourself.

Yoga unites the mind and the body through the breath, and that is an almost literal translation of the word. It also helps us in times of difficulty. When I did the 8 week MBCT course some years ago, the trainer said that sustained meditation practice was like weaving your own parachute, so that when the time comes when you need all the help you can muster, your parachute is ready. As Mark Williams and Danny Penman wrote in ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’, “there’s no point in doing this when we’re falling headlong towards destruction. We have to weave our parachute every day so that it’s always there to hold us in an emergency.”

Here are two videos, one is a short guided meditation, the other one is a body scan. Both can help you in your journey to weave your own parachute:

We are what we repeatedly do

We all have our positive and negative habit energies, cultivated over the course of our lives, a result of conditions and circumstances over time.

If we are aware of our negative habit energies or behaviours, then we might choose to do something about them, especially if we start to become aware of the detrimental impact on ourselves and those we interact with. The start of the process is befriending the self and becoming aware of how we act in the world, getting to know who we are from the inside out, stepping back and viewing this world of I, Me and Mine.

One way to begin is by bringing attention to the breath, even for a moment, this will set the stage for facing that moment, and the next one with greater clarity. It creates a small window to tune into the body and the mind, sensing what’s going on.

It takes practice to catch our reactions as they are emerging. Through ongoing meditation and mindfulness practice we start to lessen the hold that repetitive thought patterns can have on the mind and the body. Over time, through self observation, reflection, and self understanding, we can affect change, bit by bit, until the grip of the negative habit energy starts to loosen itself. Using the breath as an anchor in difficult moments we can create space so that instead of amplifying our reaction we can pause and choose how to respond.

The negative habit energy will not disappear completely, but overtime will reduce in volume.

As Aristotle said, we are what we repeatedly do, so let’s make the time and the effort to become the better version of ourselves.

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HELLO, Welcome to the world of Yoga, stilling the mind and smiling from within!

All classes are on Zoom and / or in person.

To enquire or sign up email satty.verbart@gmail.com or

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Monday

10:00 – 11:00 Wake up to Dynamic Flow
The class starts with tuning in and listening to the body, coming into our own stillness. After a series of warm up stretches the class builds up to a dynamic flow practice based on Ashtanga yoga, synchronising movement with breath as we build heat in the body, working on strength and flexibility.  As with all yoga the guiding principle is the breath. The pace of the class slows down with the seated postures, meditation, and then lying down relaxation. At the end of the class the mind, the body, and the breath are in harmony and balance.

Tuesday

11:00 – 11:30 FREE taster class. If the world of yoga is new to you, come and join this free class to get a feel for it!

20:00 – 21:00 Vinyasa flow class (this class is without any sun salutations or heavy work with arms / wrists). This is also a good option for beginners.

Wednesday

09:30 – 10:30 Vinyasa Flow
The class starts with tuning in and soft listening to the body through a seated body scan. Moving from a series of warm up stretches the class becomes more dynamic, it is less physically demanding than the dynamic class but the two classes follow similar postures and sequences. The seated movement leads us to the guided meditation. The final posture is the lying down relaxation. The yoga practice is working through the body to still the fluctuations of the mind, getting to know our mind and body through yoga.

20:00 – 21:00 Dynamic Flow

Friday

09:30 – 10:30 Vinyasa Flow

Attending a 1 hour  group class is 14 euros, or you can purchase a class card for 6 lessons, this is 70 euros.

Payment to be made online: NL38ABNA0254230377, via tikkie or paypal.

The payment is the same if you are paying in GBP. Please note, from the UK the class timetable is one hour earlier.

Private Lessons
A private lesson is at a date and time in the week that works for you, focusing on your needs and aspirations. Each session will work on increasing your sense of mental and physical well being and learning techniques specific to your needs. Session by session you will start to notice a difference in your body and mind, getting to know yourself at a deeper level and experiencing a greater sense of calm and centredness.

(Please note, a doctor or medical practitioner is always the first point of contact for any issues that are causing particular physical or mental distress).

A private lesson is 60 minutes and costs 45 euros.
Class card for 6 private lessons: 210 euros

All classes are offerend on zoom and in person.

Payment to be made online: NL38ABNA0254230377

Satty VerbArt is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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