Marbella

For me the long weekend in Marbella with Barbara was the best in a long time – I have been so happy to see her and then additionally, I got the chance to teach my own little Yoga sunrise/sunset series on the beach. I will write more about the Yoga teaching part on my blog alexaspranayoga.wordpress.com.

When I wasn’t teaching Yoga, I enjoyed the happiness and energy that I got out of it and soaked in the valuable moments with Barbara – they will have to be enough for another year more or less. We were going with the flow during those 4 days that we had together and did what we felt was best in every moment. And we ended up keeping some traditions alive – like the special Frozen Yoghurt that we used to get in Madrid when we were living there together or taking happy and sad faced pictures at the end of our time together.

Friendship doesn’t count time or space – when you are connected you will feel the same way even if you haven’t seen each other for a long time. But of course, staying connected during the time you cannot be in the same place helps. Even though I miss our weekly fixed Skype dates that we used to have during my time at university, our ritual of sending each other our moment of the day every day is a perfect replacement and we get so much value from it – not only for our friendship, but also for ourselves.

18 harmonies 

I have only done qi gong few times in the last couple of years and I always wanted to do it again. Today I spontaneously decided to join an open group in the park, where I experienced an hour full of mindfulness and harmony. The exercises we did are called 18 harmonies and were an incredible experience. The beautiful surrounding with trees that smelt like flowers and the warming sun made me enormously grateful for this precious experience! 

Sunny lunch break by myself

During the morning, I realized that some issues, which I so far wasn’t aware of, really are important for me to take some time to think about and change my attitude. So I was happy to have some time during my lunch break to calm down my stressed feeling and enjoy the sun listening to my favorite music thinking of happy moments.

One of the issues I mentioned is my yoga teachers training. I will give a lesson today and I am a little nervous about it. I have many ideas that I would like to incorporate into the lesson but being just beginning to get into yoga and teaching it, I feel very insecure. But getting more and more experience will solve this problem by its own. Time is a great thing sometimes.

Starting at the roots again

This morning after a lovely walking meditation next to the river I was sitting under two huge trees. And I thought about the start of yoga, more precisely about the start of Patanjali’s Yoga path:

Ahimsa is Sanskrit for non-violence and the term has been interpreted differently according to religion and circumstances. 

It’s interesting to read about other people’s interpretations, but what is most important in my opinion is to find an own answer to what Ahimsa means for your life and how you can integrate it. 

For me, non-violence includes a healthy, balanced mostly vegan but definitely vegetarian diet. It also means loving myself and my body (no matter which weight I have). Accepting and taking care of my needs and feelings. Being open for and accepting other people, even when they don’t share my values and live a very different life.