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Sunday Reflections - journaling themes for Yoga practitioners

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Shared journaling practice for personal self discovery.

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"Withdrawal can be the very best way of stepping forward", so starts a short essay by David Whyte. This feels particularly pertinent these days when we are required more and more to distance ourselves from others, our shared activities and collaborations. Finding ways to connect authentically, to see and hear others compassionately, if nothing else will illustrate that there is more that unites us than divides us, and from that place of knowing maybe we can fuel ourselves in these uncertain times.

Inspired by essays, poetry and creative journaling prompts, Sunday Reflections is the yoga of self-enquiry for troubling times. Each month a curated set of resources and prompts are circualated to infuse our off-the mat yoga practice with the spirit of svadhyaya: self-enquiry.

Dive into the prompts in your own way and then gather for an optional Zoom gathering each month to share reflections. Book each month separately.

Project facilitator: Beverley Nolan - E-RYT500, RSME/T

APRIL: REST

"To rest is not self indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves... We are rested when we are a living exchange between what lies inside and what lies outside, when we are an intriguing conversation between the potential that lies in our imagination and the possibilities for making that internal image realign the world." - David Whyte from the essay 'Rest'

1st April

Journaling prompts issued from 1st April. These will allow us to reflect on our own meaning of rest, gauge the restedness in our body systems, and to discover or nurture what we imagine our Best Self to be.

Sunday 26th Apr 2020

Optional Zoom gathering 16.30=17.30

MAY: COURAGE

"To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences."

1st May

This quote, from an essay by poet David Whyte, asks us to think about how we might recognise the feeling of courage in our body, and how and when we bring this into the world. Maybe, if we look at the origins of the word itself, it speaks more about how much of our heart we bring into the world than acts of bravery.​

Sunday 24th May 2020

Optional Zoom gathering 16.30=17.30

JUNE: SELF-KNOWLEDGE

"Human beings are always, and always will be, a frontier between what is known and what is not known. The act of turning any part of the unknown into the known is simply an invitation for an equal measure of the unknown to flow in an d reestablish that frontier."

1st June

The third in this series of journaling projects inspired by a few of the essay of David Whyte, guides us to the heart of yoga study, svadhyaya. What do we understand of the layers and nuances of that which we name self.

Sunday 28th June 2020

Book each project separately.

Full Essays can be found in *Consolations, The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, David Whyte, Many Rivers Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-932887-36-5

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