There are many ways to Meditate or Practice Yoga, because there are many ways to calm the reactivity that can happen in the Mind.
I have had many Yoga Teachers that I am extremely grateful for. The lessons that end up meaning the most have had nothing to do with being able to put your leg behind your head, or to stand on your head. They have been the lessons from wise and helpful souls , who seem to know what to say at just the right time, who sometimes do not need to say anything at all. Lessons and Teaching the key messages of Yoga (Union – to integrate the mind and body, to calm down the reactivity of the mind, to simply “listen”) can come in many shapes and forms.
When it comes from a place of love, genuine care, from someone who has a genuine desire to want to help you, to do what they can to provide a sense ease for you, it has an effect on you as a human “being”
Quite a few have a desire to want to Teach or share Yoga because of how it has made them feel.
At times though self doubt comes up for us all and can prevent us from following through on the things that we want or love to do
Understanding the Neuroscience behind Mindfulness has been a real gift and it has changed the quality of my life. It has also been something that has grown slowly over time and helped me to see that there are more Yogis out there (some right beneath our noses) , some who have never taught the poses BUT understand what it is like to struggle, what it is like to be human and most of all they care.
These are the qualities I personally aspire to and have gained so much as a Student being on the receiving end of being supported by GREAT Teachers.
This lady is one of them and here is why…..
Thinking of all the things you taught me
Offering a place I could call home
You & Uncle Al helping me through my final year of Uni
Home cooked meals, board games, conversation, always there to come back to you, regardless of where I roamed.
You taught me about making family a priority & spending quality time
Helping me shop for my graduation dress, memories of our lunch and movie dates, divine
Showing Tanya and I the ‘big smoke’ , a highlight of our school years
Showing us arts, & craft , lots of laugh (Do you remember us with that gift we got you – that 6 foot giraffe)
You are always there, with an open heart, willing to listen with open ears
We had great conversations after dinner, doing the dishes at the kitchen sink
You showed me , you didn’t have to always agree with what is said , to ‘not argue’ but kindly disagree with grace & humour instead;)
A little smile and a little wink
You taught me to stand up for what you believe is right , without the need to fight, to be kind but not pushed around
To be passionate , hard working & that ‘Scottish way’ of being heard loud and clear with a simple look without making a sound 😉
You taught me through your example
To treat people with respect
To not put anyone above you nor treat them as less
You stayed up talking after my night shifts , facing challenges, witnessing my first death as a Registered Nurse
Helping me through my fears, always helping me find perspective and to realise things could be much worse.
Your home cooked lasangne , a house that always feels like home
I’ve no idea how you fitted us all in , never to busy to listen and have conversation
That being the biggest gift from you & Uncle Al, a sense of being part of a family and knowing I did not have to do it all on my own.
Just lately you said to me
“Just do things in your own good time”
Do what you need to , to take the pressure off
Following your advice always feels ‘kind’
Thankyou for showing me patience & a non judgemental approach
I still have a lot to learn , where patience is concerned
But I am so grateful to have had you and Uncle Al, as my Coach
Thankyou for showing me , ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re small’
When it comes to family , you put them first ,
You are bullet proof and ten feet tall;)
Grateful for the Nugent sarcasm and terms of endearment at the Christmas Lunch
I just want to THANKYOU all from the bottom of my heart
For welcoming me , always and Doug too , to be part of a Sincere & loving bunch!
Love Ya Loads Aunty Cath
Am forever in your debt for giving me a roof over my head
When I needed it most
You have been a friend, A GREAT AUNT , the best!
Your kindness & generosity
I will never forget.
I have note shared to many personal things this year, it’s definitely been a doozie , however each and everyone of you who have come to class , checked in, sent a kind word and helped us all stay a float with our practice and our community – THANKYOU!!
A closing note for the year
Especially to those who may want to learn something new, but may have a little fear…..
We all have our ways of making a difference
To be a good Yoga Teacher , you do not need to know how to do the perfect pose
You do not need to be able to touch your toes
The best teachers are not always the ones on the Yoga Mat doing the perfect pose , they can be found everywhere
The best teachers are the good listeners, who have courage to give it a go ,
The ones who genuinely care.
For those who think they do not have what it takes
Take a moment in your day and ‘remember’ all the qualities in those you admire most
a great way to meditate ,
Raise your glass and make a toast
I am thankful to all the Teachers who have taken the time to show they care
To all of the Yoga Teachers out there
(And those who at times maybe full of doubt)
Surround yourself with those who are wise, who can give you perspective
Who help you remember what life is all about.
My sincere thank you to all of the Yoga Teachers who over the years , have been part of our NRG Team
To those of you , who practice , who have let us teach you Yoga , the world to us you mean
To be able to pass on something that does more than help us touch our toes
To help us remember daily, we are human and love aswel as our challenges helps us all grow.
Yes we learn a lot about alignment, and how to focus and breathe
To come back to feeling the subtle things that make a big difference
Appreciating the basics , being able to move, a roof over your head and enjoy a mindful feed.
At the end of the day, our Yoga is there as a simple tool
To help release tension , to know it is normal
If we happen to lose our cool.
If it’s one thing learning to Teach Yoga & help others do the same has taught me
It’s to appreciate what we’ve got
And to surround yourself with those who care
If ever you’ve forgot.
Although it may look to be about the poses , the gift in Yoga is how it makes you feel
It has a unique way of showing you on-going benefits , a never ending reveal.
You will never know everything
To expect to is insane
Drop everything you think you should know
And you will have everything to gain
Bring your beginners mind to the table
Take it every where you go
Make curiosity your strongest muscle
And never be scared to take things slow
But dare I say , initially you may just have to dive in
Start before you “think” you’re ready
Is a good way to
& Thankyou for the 2020 that’s been and gone.
Forevery grateful to the NRG Team & Community and our Guest Teachers from all over the world who made this year special :
Barb,Katie,Lucy,Ruth,Mary Ann, Jody,Miranda,Brendan,Katrina,Renee, & of course our upcoming NRG Teacher Trainees, you definitely have been a huge source of inspiration to us all!
Thankyou to Dan Millman, Bryan Kest, David Swenson, a shout out to all the studio owners who have done it tough , not just this year but an endless amount of effort goes in EVERY year ~ Paul, Christie,Sarah,Trace,Jules,Simon,Tan, & many others x
The NRG Team of Teachers look forward to spending time with you all on the Yoga Mat in 2021.
We have launched our NEW Take in the Good, NRG FOR SOUL RETREAT
And those in REMOTE OR RURAL areas or who live outside of the Sunny Coast who want to stay connected
YES WE ARE KEEPING OUR
NRG ZOOM ROOM GOING AND LIVE & ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAMS going!
And don’t forget we have a New Years DAY Yoga Class with Mary Ann
VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO STAY UP DATED WITH OUR EVENTS