20 Jun NEW BEGINNINGS SUMMER SOLSTICE
On June 21st, the Sun reaches its highest altitude of the year on the summer solstice. The colloquial term “midsummer” refers to the day on which the solstice occurs. And as far as NEW BEGINNINGS is concerned it is the most auspicious date of the year!
Recently, I have been making an effort to create space in my life, getting rid of things that drain my energy and instead focusing on life-giving, restorative practices, such as burping my 8-week year old son on my shoulder, walking by the river and the wonderful parks near where we live, prayer and meditation, wonderful old friends and new acquaintances. I hope you are setting yourself up for renewal as well!
New beginnings can mean so much to so many different people at any time of life. It can mean a new career, birth of a new baby, a new scientific invention. It can also mean a time of re-birth, closing a chapter in one’s old life, for example from an old relationship, or even a new beginning from old harmful habits, addiction, or maybe even a new beginning could mean a rebirth into a new faith.
I myself have had several New Beginnings in my life, and feel blessed to be where I currently am in life.
The truth of the matter is that every day is a new beginning, a gift. And spending time in the presence of God (ie, the god of your understanding) is the most important activity of your life.
I refer to the style of Yoga that I teach as Mind Body Cleanse, but actually what I am referring to is cleansing the inner temple. And this has to be done on a daily basis.
MIND BODY CLEANSE is a rough translation of KRIYA YOGA or the Yoga of Action. KRIYA YOGA is the original yoga of Patanjali, who it is claimed is responsible for the writing of the YOGA SUTRAS, which is the first time yoga was recorded on paper more than 2,500 years ago.
Kriya Yoga is the practical branch of yoga that can lead to a change for the better in all aspects of our lives.
‘Kriya is the “yoga of action”, the means by which we achieve yoga as a state of being.’
The yoga sutras describe kriya yoga as being made up of three components: Tapas, Svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana.
So, typically my day starts with prayer and meditation, and an asana practice. I also enjoy a good run as well, so that I can practice Asana mindfully afterwards.
NEW BEGINNINGS SUPPER CLUB at BHUTI LONDON
50 Hill Rise TW10 6UB Richmond
Thursday 21st June
7pm – Doors Open, 730pm – Dinner
9pm – talk from Chris James, New Beginnings.
Join us for a super fun evening of healthy food and learning, hosted by Chris James. You will be greeted by a delicious juice, by the Juicy Brothers, before sitting down to a three course vegan dinner, that is good for your mind, body and spirit. Dinner will be peppered with gutsy games, shots of probiotics, as well as nuggets of knowledge offered up by our host Chris James.
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