There is a lot of excitement in the air! It is the grand-finals weekend, long weekend and people feel like partying hard. How can football be so powerful that it manages to change our attitude towards life? Even though it is only temporary change, it`s huge. Where is our usual grumpiness, tiredness, complaining, winging etc.? Instead there is excitement, hope, solidarity, energy, feeling of being connected with others. Why? Some may say: `That`s footy for you mate!`. Others don`t ask silly questions and enjoy it while it lasts.
But I may ask again - why?
I think there are three things we could take away from footy and this weekend to improve our wellbeing. The first thing or quality is simplicity. Football, whatever football, is a simple sport. You want your team to score and win. The second quality is hope. However badly your team plays, you always hope that it will improve. And the third quality is the feeling of solidarity with other fans, the feeling of connection to others.
So while you are partying this weekend, remember to live simply, always hope for the best and acknowledge that we are connected to other people more than we think - we all want to be happy and avoid suffering.
Yin yoga has its roots in traditional yoga and taoism. Paul Grilley is the founder of modern yin yoga. His little book 'Yin Yoga - outline of a quiet practice' is a great resource if you are interested to find out more about this style of yoga.
Yin yoga addresses yin parts of our bodies, in particular connective tissue and bones between the knees and the waist. Muscles are yang parts that like active movement with lot of repetitions. Yin tissues, on the other hand, like quiet and slow yoga practise.
All yin yoga positions are practised sitting or lying down and are held for a few minutes - 3, 5, 10 or more minutes.
When you start practising yin yoga, your goal is not to stop all other more yang physical activities you may do. On the opposite! Yin yoga balances all these activities so that you can experience the state of balance and wellbeing in your life.
The main importance of yin yoga practise:
According to taoism, everything around us, including ourselves, is either in balance between yin and yang aspects or in a state of imbalance.
Yang aspects of ourselves are active, in need of change, located higher or more on the surface, more masculine, fluid, warmer.
Yin aspects of ourselves are less active, cooler, intuitive, located deeper, more feminine, drier, happy to let go, let things be, compassionate.
Yin cannot exist without yang and yang cannot exist without yin.
Lao Tzu said: "We are able to see beauty because ugliness also exists."
Benefits of regular yin yoga practise:
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