Sweet Surrender

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Surrender. I love this word, however, in the main stream it is associated with losing a battle or losing control. It almost has a negative meaning. To Surrender in sanskrit has a different meaning.
Ishvara pranidhana – Surrendering (pranidhana) to a higher source (Ishvara). Beautiful.

Surrender is a wonderful life-enforcing and therapeutic exercise. There will come a day when we will all have to let go of the physical shell that we live in and surrender completely.
Our expectations, old mechanisms, judgements and criticism hold us back. When we hold on, nothing flows, we become stagnant. Stale.
Everyday Buddhist’s practice the art of letting go to ease suffering and pain. True happiness only happens when we let everything just fall away.

I use the term surrender a lot in my classes. I constantly remind my students that the journey is all about letting go. Life is a constant Letting go. Letting go of what we think we are. When we begin to surrender it’s like butter melting in our mouth. Things dissolve and life takes on a different meaning. The asana takes on a different meaning. We don’t need to think about it, we just do it. Breathe and Be it.
Surrendering is not an easy practice for anyone, especially in Yoga. It can seem a rather alienating experience at first, but as we work through a pose with balance, breathing and inner focus, things happen. We experience a deep letting go, a release. Just like in life itself. Surrender to your Ego and say Yes. Breathe. Observe what happens.
The strongest person in the class is always the one who takes a rest. The one who relaxes in childs pose when they most need it. Stop and listen to your body next time your in class. If you do one less chaduranga does it really matter?
It is called self-surrender. Self surrender rightly practised, helps to achieve the ultimate aim of the yogui, superconsciousness.

If we switch off and allow the parasympathetic nervous system to engage we can go deeper. Our minds surrender. Our bodies surrender. we melt, we become soft. We allow the body to go into re-wiring mode. It is then that the body can heal itself, enabling the energy to flow through us creating a harmonious state. Like water flowing through a river. An eternal flow and depth.

The one true power we have is choice. The choice to live the life we wish too. We may not be able to control the results, something greater has the power, but we can surrender and let go of expectations. To truly become who we are, we have to surrender to the limited perception of who we think we are – the little self in order to realize the higher Self, our divine potential. if we can incoporate this practice into our lives, surrender to ourselves, to something greater, we open doorways. Through surrendering and letting go we find freedom. Freedom in our hearts, bodies and mind.

So, Surrender to Ustrasana, surrender to whatever is, surrender to love. Let go and let life unfold. Trust.

“What would happen if you let everything to be exactly as it is.” Adyashanti

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Excuses excuses….

Meditation is one of the best health habits we can bring into our daily lives. The purpose of meditation is to still our minds and open our hearts.

It only needs to be 10 minutes a day to begin with each day. Consistancy is the key.

Take some time maybe each morning or evening whenever the best time is for you to sit still, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Be the observer. Witness what is going on. If your mind becomes distracted keep coming back to your breath.

Keep surrendering, observe. Feel what happens when different emotions come up. See how it feels to sit with pain or fear?  Watch how this pain, emotions move and eventually fade away. Nothing actually happens. You are fine.

Whilst in meditation you will always witness different emotions, as they come they go. Sit with them, observe them, feel them and keep breathing. Watch how they fade away.

No excuses, lets meditate.

How often do you meditate?  Do you have any special techniques?

Love & Green tea

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Dark Chocolate Oat bars…

I have become very passionate about cooking since I have been away…I love making things that look unhealthy but are actually really nutritious and scrumptious.

I love these dark chocolate oat bars, they are a great mid morning energy booster, especially after a hot yoga class.

So easy to make. You don’t even have to bake them. Here goes the recipe.

50g cacao powder
175g organic whole oats
50g walnuts (any form of nuts)
75g raisins (or dates, goji berries, whatever takes your fancy. I added some grated ginger)
75g organic virgin coconut oil
3 tbs honey (agave syrup, maple syrup. Again whichever you fancy)

Mix the cacao, coconut oil and honey together, warm it slightly on the stove and stir it well.

Then add the oats, nuts, raisins. Mix in all together.

Spoon the mixture into a dish, pat down with the back of a spoon and leave for 2 hours in the fridge to set.

Once set, cut the mix into squares or fingers and there you have your delicious chocolate oat bars.

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Boney & I

Por fin estoy terminando el libro….en breve saldrá a la venta. Aqui tienes un pequeño resumen de lo que va (como el libro está en ingles os dejo el resumen en inglés):

“Boney & I: Anorexia, Ustrasana and the Lost Apple Core,” is a true story of a young woman’s successful battle to overcome anorexia. Lou and ‘Boney’—the voice inside Lou that makes her starve herself—embark on a journey together that takes them across the world in search of an elusive ‘paradise’. But the real journey is within. Through a whole-hearted dedication to yoga and meditation, Lou finds her truth and rediscovers a passion for life. As she develops inner stillness and self-acceptance, she is able at last to liberate Boney from her prison of self-torment and hatred. Together, Lou and Boney have written this astonishing, frank and inspiring memoir.

Con ganas de compartirlo con todos
Namaste

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Boney & I

So, finally my book is coming to the final stages. I can’t wait to finish now. Here is a quick glimpse of what it is all about.

“Boney & I: Anorexia, Ustrasana and the Lost Apple Core,” is a true story of a young woman’s successful battle to overcome anorexia. Lou and ‘Boney’—the voice inside Lou that makes her starve herself—embark on a journey together that takes them across the world in search of an elusive ‘paradise’. But the real journey is within. Through a whole-hearted dedication to yoga and meditation, Lou finds her truth and rediscovers a passion for life. As she develops inner stillness and self-acceptance, she is able at last to liberate Boney from her prison of self-torment and hatred. Together, Lou and Boney have written this astonishing, frank and inspiring memoir.

I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you all.
Namaste

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The morning breeze…

The morning breeze has secrets to tell you, don’t go back to sleep.
~ Rumi

Pretty touching, right?  It certainly made me reflect.

How often do we do we not listen? Not listen to what we are being told, not listen to our trueselves, not listening to our heart….

Why do we go about our life’s without paying attention?  We are just too busy, too busy to stop, to stop and see all the beauty that surrounds us and really tune in, tune in to ourselves, understand ourselves, know ourselves and really listen.

When we don’t take time to listen things just don’t work…

It’s important to recognise the signs, this is why meditation is truly wonderful, it allows us to open up and to listen, to be aware, live the moment and truly awaken to be able to live to our highest potential.

To Live “In-Spirit”

The morning breeze has secrets to tell you, don’t go back to sleep.
~ Rumi

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Silence is Golden…

It has been just over a week since I left Suan Mokkh. A Buddhist Monastery in Southern Thailand, where I completed a 10 day silent, meditation retreat.

I won’t lie to you, it was not easy. It was extremely intense and at times all my mind could do was play tricks with me…¨Get me out of here¨ it would scream, somedays more than others. I would ask myself ¨Why am I doing this?¨

I managed to get past day 4, they say that this is the turning point and then it gets easier. Well, yes and no! The mosquitos were unbearable, the heat and humidity made me feel sleepy and lethargic. The meditation made me happy, sad, angry, anxious….you name I felt it.

My body ached, we slept on concrete, we meditated literally all day. It was just a complete meditation. After the forth day I began to understand how my mind worked. Things came up. Lots of things came up… I observed my reactions. My emotions.  There was no where to go, no where to hide, nothing to reach out to. No telephone, no chocolate, no distractions, no yoga. Just me and my breath.

Everyday we were woken up by the 4am bell.  We ate two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. No dinner, just a cup of hot chocolate or a tea. On the first few days we had Dhamma talks, which consisted of monks talking to us about Buddhism, very interesting. Then after that, just pure meditation. Walking, sitting, standing….We chanted and did a love and kindness meditation everyday. As you can see the day was full, with meditation!


After completing the 10 days my heart was pounding, so open and in love with life.
If you ever get a chance to do one, I highly recommend it. Like I said, it was not easy but well worth it….

Namaste

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Mágico

Bali.

Una isla mágica.  Me siento como en casa. Los hermosos sonidos, el gallo, el tararear de las motos, el churping de pájaros a lo lejos, el sonido del mar. El silencio dentro de mí como observo y siento la vida a mi alrededor.

Acabo de terminar un curso intensivo de masaje thailandes y shiatsu en el oeste de Bali, en un pequeño pueblo, Jasri. Me ha cambiado, me ha hecho sentir diferente.  Ha sido intenso y duro pero no lo cambiaría para nada.

Dos semanas llenas de yoga, la meditación, la música, cantando, el masaje, el hiking, el amor y más.   Estudiamos la medicina china en profundidad, nos conocemos más profundo a nosotros mismos. Quitando capas …shedding, descubriendo, revelando nuestros seres verdaderos en toda nuestra belleza divina. El valor de mis compañeros fue algo de admirar.   De compartir su vulnerabilidad y brillar su luz, fue tan poderoso y verdadero.

Cuando soltamos nuestros juicios hacia nosotros mismos y hacia otros, podemos liberarnos y sentirnos libres.

Realmente, todo necesitamos y queremos el amor. Todos nosotros necesitamos y queremos la misma cosa, nada más nada menos. Soló hay que amar a nosotros mismos y aceptarnos tal y como somos.

Namaste

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Magic

Bali.

A magical island, which almost feels like home to me now. The beautiful sounds, the rooster, the humming of the motorbikes, the birds churping in the distance, the sound of the ocean. The silence within me as I observe and witness the life around me.

I have just finished an amazing, life changing intensive Thai Shiatsu massage course in a small fishing village on the east coast of Bali.

The past two weeks were filled with yoga, meditation, music, singing, massage, hiking, love. We delved deeper into chinese medicine, we dived deeper into ourselves….shedding layers, unveiling, revealing our true selves in all our divine beauty.
The courage of all of those around me was something to truly admire, I bow down to you all for sharing your vunerability and shining your light, it was so powerful and real.


When we let go of our judgements towards ourselves and others we can set ourselves free.

Really, all we need is love. We all want the same thing, nothing more nothing less. To love and accept ourselves and others.

Namaste

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Bali Vibrante

Bien aquí estoy. En Bali.

Australia me dijo que ya. Y Bali me llamó. No era el plan, pero el universo y sus poderes maravillosos me ha enviado aquí. Estoy feliz con su decisión.

Primero puerto de escala, Ubud. Este lugar es zumbante, vibrante y tiene una energía asombrosa. En el medio de la prisa y la bulla hay una calma y paz. Casi se siente como en casa. Podría quedarme aquí a vivir…

Como voy por las calles de Ubud, tanto que ver y hacer. Hermoso warungs, tiendas, cafés, estudios de yoga, millones de spa`s. ..si necesitas un masaje hay de todo tipo. Para 60,00o rhp o menos puedes conseguir un masaje bailinese, o  a una pedicura, manicura o cualquier tratamiento de la belleza. Lo que te apetezca.

La cantidad de estudios de yoga asombra, tantos estilos diferentes para probar. (Yo pronto escribiré de mis experiencias). Muchos eventos y talleres diferentes aquí. Desde la curación de Sonido a cursos del Yoga,  grupos para escritores, todo lo puedes encontrar aquí.

La comida es deliciosa,  limpia y muy rica. Mi sitio favorito es Warung Saya. Ellos sólo tienen cuatro mesas, si eso. El ambiente mola mucho y la comida es muy barata. Todo está cocinado por el propio dueño, puede ser un poco lento, pero sinceramente vale la pena. Puedes eligir entre la comida indonesa, tailandés o de la India, toma un bintang o disfruta de un zumo de frutas.

Hay tanto para ver y hacer. Hoy toca ir a los campos del arroz.

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