Newsletter - November 2021
As we draw towards Christmas Rajas prevails – but there is really no reason to rush!
Keep your feet on the ground, standing postures are an excellent way of earthing and besides, you can only do one thing at a time. It may feel as if you are multitasking but your attention is ricocheting around from one thing to another.
The next long Wednesday is in 2 weeks time – first of December.
Please let me know you are coming; here are the dates for next year’s days, so that teachers and especially trainee teachers can put them in their diaries now.
Wednesday 26th Jan, 16th Feb, 30th Mar, 27th Apr, 18th May, 15th June, 6th Jul, 14th Sept & 5th Oct, 2nd Nov & 30th Nov
If you are on the course, it is important to attend these once a month sessions, so please let me know if you would like the Zoom link to join on the day or a link for the recorded version to practice to in your own time.
Although it is good to teach you in person as the essence of the cause is in the first hand experience of the teaching. I understand that it is difficult for some trainees to attend these days, so I am videoing them for those who cannot make a class.
Hands on adjustments are a most personal and direct way of communicating; where hands talk to the body and do not engage the intellect.
When we are experiencing and feeling the posture, the mind falls quiet and you come into a peaceful and balanced state – a state of yoga.
Is this not why we are drawn towards the practice of yoga?
We all want to be happy and we search away for pleasures in this amazing creation – the world. But true peace of mind is never found in this transient material world – things, thoughts and desires come and go, but the peace of mind that passes all understanding is revealed when we quieten down in mind.
A quote from James Allen a philosopher who lived 150 years ago
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” and goes on to say in his book
“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results
Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results”
Your practice is all about releasing the past (thoughts) and coming back into the quiet state, first in body and then it follows that the mind quietens down.
This can all sound very serious – but its not. We are here to play “Leila” and have fun.
The next Weekend in Yoga with Ruth and special guest Narain Ishaya at Beaconsfield Hall, OX7 6BQ
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March 2022
In his talks Narain will be sharing the truths that lie beyond the physical aspect.
You don’t have to be “good” at postures too come.
It’s about where your attention is and being open to new ideas.
Ruth endeavours to adapt postures to meet the everchanging needs of her students.
For those that wish, a more gentle seated yoga class will be held in the small hall.
Please be sure to book for this in good time, I need to book you in first come first served.
Details of the program and directions can be found here: https://www.yogawithruthwhite.com/residential-events
As things are accommodation is booking up into the next year already so please ask for our recommended list. There are rooms for us in the Wychwood Inn, conveniently placed opposite the hall.
See you on 1st December yoga day.
Love as ever