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Personal Growth

Hello my Lovely Yoga Friends,

This quote, taken from a recent newsletter by international yoga teacher Donna Farhi, encapsulates the inspiration I have drawn from in recent times for my teaching. 

“​​It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.”
 

~ ​​Wendell Berry


This is the space I have occupied for the past three years and it has been very intense at times. As clarity and shifts in perspective, thinking, behaviour and the emotional field arrive, I renew my commitment to this work with gentle enthusiasm.

We gather wisdom through persistent willingness to explore our responses to life and the discipline to maintain supportive personal practices that keep us steady during this process.

Together, we yoga our way to clarity.

Warmly,
Liv

 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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All I Want for Christmas, is Me

You can live an entire life and never live your own.

It’s the stuff of mid-life crises, and for some of us, those begin in our thirties!

The lives we lead are directed by the fullness of our experience, which include our errant and restrictive beliefs.

But I believe we can arrive at ourselves at any age, if we have the courage to become open and then, still, able to observe ourselves intimately, inviting clarity. This journey has been very intense for me these past two years.

Through that process we come to acknowledge – gently, kindly – the truth of how we are leading our lives, the lifeless scripts we continue to follow, shunning the values and deep needs that would lead us to feel more whole, satisfied. 

Nurturing, quiet contemplative practice allows those inner messages to whisper guidance from the depths to our yoga-becalmed waking state.

 

 

This is who I yearn to be.
These are the values I hold dearly, and wish to live by.
This is how I want to shape my time.

 

I’m inviting you to join a small group of explorers this summer, either through a 4-day intensive, or the 4-week restorative series, to make that sacred space for yourself. 

Together, we will peel back our layers in safety. We will unearth our unlived stories through movement, chant, stillness and written word.

We invite our deepest Self to be present and to stay with us throughout 2019 so we can take the important steps that lead to quiet fulfillment.

It would be a privilege to share this with you.

 
Warmly,
Liv

Liv Mitchell

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How to Stay on Track

 This YogaMeWell spring/summer term (at 4Dverse Creative Hub St Kilda), we’re practicing the art of STAYING or yoga and mindfulness on the mat.

We’re going to hold our postures longer, not to keep up with the trend toward Yin yoga or to ease open soft tissue. Our aim is to watch the fluctuations of mind in an effort to command greater steadiness.

A pure focus.

By staying in a pose longer than feels comfortable, we invite the mind to speak loudly. The yoga we do at YogaMeWell is relatively gentle, so the mind is most likely to speak its restlessness first: “Come on! What’s next?” “Maybe I’ll buy a pizza on the way home…”.

If staying does introduce a level of discomfort, we can take the opportunity to observe how the mind handles that: does it push malevolently through to chastise the body, or does it recognise and yield to this plea to ease off until the body is better nourished, rested or repaired. 

 

A MIND FIELD OF SUFFERING

The point is, ALL the trouble we get ourselves into in this life is caused by the activities of the mind. The yogic guidebook to peace, the Yoga Sutras, mentions this in its first breath: “citta vritti nirodha“, let us “still the fluctuations of the mind”. 

Our practice is always about harnessing that wild beast and leading it to focus.

While staying also eases us toward flexibility, and to gain strength, its real purpose is to encourage us, as students of this tumultuous life, to stand back from the relentlessness of hidden mental churning. We might gain a peek at how the mind directs our pathway using Free Will or Ego Stealth.

Through our practice on and off the mat, we can come to observe the decisions our Decision-Maker makes. We invite the Seer (whatever is behind the decision-making Ego mind) to stand forward and review the thought processes. Watching the mind from peaceful distance brings greater control over thoughts and subsequent actions.

If you feel inspired to join us, your mat awaits Tuesdays at 6:30pm or 7:35pm.

We are friendly faces and encouraging of each other. And we enjoy sharing our group practice. Each week, we uplift each other through our careful focus and dedication to regain balance.

It’s not about how you look or ‘perform’. Not at all. It’s about how you feel.

All levels of experience welcome. However if you have significant restrictions, these general classes may not be suitable. (Private classes are available to develop a personal practice.)

Term 4 begins Tues 9 October

Enrol now: 0409 473 162 or livmitchell@ozemail.com.au

I’m looking forward to meeting you when the time feels right. Until then, stay bright.

Cheery,
Liv

Liv Mitchell

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