So Hawaii is for realsies one of the nicest places I’ve ever been (duh, right?).
It has sick black sand beaches
The sunsets are TO DIE FOR
The palm trees sway gently in the wind (or screaming random gale that dictated the first three days of our hols, lol)
And the culture is SO INTERESTING. Like there’s that whole awkward human sacrifice situation that went on back in the day, then the sin city of the seas thing for sailors, the Hawaiian “kapu” system of rules to structure society (one of which was that women couldn’t eat bananas :0 – runner cringe), and of course the laid back surf culture/Honu wisdom.
I like that Honu wisdom a whole lot. Obviously I am nailing the spend more time at the beach part (…any more and I might lose my job) and on top of that, it basically sums up an ideal yoga practice for me.
Let worries roll off your back = let go of worries and thoughts as they occur to me. A lot of people think that in yoga/meditation their mind must be completely blank… Um NO. Like if that were the case I would fail miserably and have given up long ago because my brain likes to think about a million things every minute. Instead like to try and not follow my thought, to not get caught in it and start a mental discussion about it. Letting them go takes continuous practice but the more I do it the easier it is and the more I can do it in my everyday life too.
Swim at your own pace = so important in yoga! It’s not about doing a pretty pose better than someone else does it. It’s about doing the pose to the best of your personal ability and being able to accept and be with that space.
Enjoy time by yourself = even if you’re doing a yoga class with others, you are still taking the time out to do something that is important for you and only you and that is SO amazing. The busier I get the more I notice how I have to consciously give myself permission to take time out for yoga rather than do something more pressing on my schedule. And every time it is completely worth it.
Come up for air = one of the reasons I prefer to practice yoga by myself is that I like to focus on my breath during my yoga practice and not every class will do this. I really notice how I feel ten million times more relaxed when I do yoga with a focus on breath rather than only focusing on the physical poses (nothing wrong with that I just personally get more relaxed with some beastie breath linkage too).
Trust the flow = trust that the harder poses will come with time, the poses you struggle to stay in are probably the ones you need the most, and that any time spent in yoga practice is never wasted.
Slow down = the hardest thing for me and one of the best things I’ve
learnt improved on from doing yoga. When I first started yoga (7 years?! ago) I only liked sweaty fast paced intense vinyasa. And there is NOTHING wrong with that, I still love me a good sweaty yoga flow, but now yoga is more than that for me. It’s not necessarily/only a workout. It’s a mentality, a lifestyle, and my practice is therefore a reflection of that. Yoga means union and it has definitely become much more of a body/mind/spirit union for me in the last few years.
Breathe = lots of it, noisy and weird and deep and satisfying. The essence of my yoga practice.
Ever been to a black sand beach? – There are a tonne in NZ but the sand was really different in Hawaii, a lot pebblier (it’s a word).
Where was the best sunset you have ever seen?
What has yoga taught you?
Which Honu wisdom are you best at and which do you need to improve on? – Best at: spending time at the beach 😉 Need to improve on: letting worries roll of my back.