April & May
Hello Summer? Hmm we’ll see! The weather has been so changeable that I don’t actually know what Season we are in! Since I’m so behind on sharing my experience and have lots of other stuff to share I thought I would combine April & May and give you a brief (ish) run down of what went on at Chi & Co.
Spring was still the focus of our seasonal flow class at the beginning of our training. We then participated in a posture workshop and was introduced to Trataka (candle gazing) which I really enjoyed and made meditation a lot easier. I suggest giving it a go if you have trouble switching off it also helps if you can’t sleep which my mum was struggling with at the time and found she benefited a lot from it.
After a morning meditation we had an active Ashtanga class with Cathy Moran followed by Shitali and Sitkari pranayama with Marit Griffith. Our lectures for the day included further information on Yamas and non wasting of energy, Svadhistanna (Sacral Cakra), Anatomy, Liver Meridian points and Yoga Energy Flows. We had a posture workshop with squats and deep lunges which I thought was great but I may be the only person that loves these exercises! Is anyone else with me? Didn’t think so! Anyway I digress… we completed April working on Drishti (focus) and Eye yoga cleansing.
The weekend began with our seasonal flow class taken by Julie Hanson which led us into Early Summer. This time of year had us preparing for the Summer months ahead and lots of focus Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) and generating heat in the body.
The following morning we had our usual Ashtanga Yoga led by Cathy Moran. Afterwards we participated in Pranayama class with Sue Woodd and study of Manipura (Navel Cakra). We then had a discussion with Julie about Tapas (goal setting) which I’ll share more about soon and a posture workshop. We learnt more about anatomy and discovered the peracardium meridian points and learnt some great energy exercises for the Early Summer. Our weekend finished with energy reading and some release exercises with my new best friend… the chi ball.
Think I’ve probably went on enough this evening but I hope you enjoyed reading about my yoga weekends for the Spring/ Early Summer months.
Love and Hugs