Brahman describes a transcendent and immanent, Ultimate Reality that is the substratum of the Universe. It is a resonant ground of being that the yogin can surrender to. It is the surrender of the individual soul (ātman) to this fundamental field that constitutes, in some systems, liberation.
When we touch the earth, come back to our connection with the ground we touch presence, infinity, the boundlessness of the universe and our inseparableness from this. On a cellular level we dissolve, the rigid, perceived boundary of ‘me’ and the suffering that ensues.
Bringing loving touch to the body is an act of awakening presence, firing up the whole system to sensation; ‘what is this now?’ ‘And this...?’ ‘And this?’ Then noticing the observer. Tara Brach calls this the ‘ghost self’, the subtle sense of ‘the one’ who is enquiring. Moving from this awareness of a self experiencing to question ‘who is aware?’ we perceive awareness itself.
There is no separate seer and object, simply wide open space, pure love, acceptance. No ideas, concepts, thinking or conceptualising.
You can’t shop for this, buy it, give it or receive it. What a relief at this crazy time of year! 🙏🏻💚 #subtlebody#yogaintelligence#brightonyoga#vajrasatiyoga#centredspace#selfmassage#presencenotpresents#beherenow#sati#pureawareness#buddhistphilosophy#beyondasana
Teaching this movement can be quite hard as students can’t really see what’s going on. The only movement is in the shoulder blades which you can’t see from side on. Swipe to see side on view. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
The arms and spine don’t bend in any way as the shoulder blades part- protract/abduct- and then squeeze together- retract/adduct. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Isolating in this way we learn about our shoulders, work on mobility and strength but also we find our neutral- our most stable point. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Once you have the moment isolated, explore all the in-between areas and find at which point you feel most stable. This is most likely to be your neutral position in this area and where to work from in most positions on our hands. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
To add strength you can do this in plank position or kneeling plank to start. Then think of all the other times you can explore this movement. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Yoga and Pilates give us a chance to explore our bodies in a non-judgemental way. When I started doing this is when I became hooked. What got you hooked?
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YOGA WORKSHOP FOR HEALTHY MOBILE AND STRONG JOINTS
Sunday 03/02/2019 3-5:30pm @floatspahove
We will concentrate on joint movement, joint strength and joint mobility, through a playful yoga practice. We will move slightly off the traditional asana practice to investigate specific and isolated movements of the joints. This will bring more strength into the muscles around the joints and will keep your joints happy and healthy.
I will introduce different tools to you, which you can use to create change in your own body (if needed). This workshop is designed for the hypermobile yogis as well as for the stiff yogis.
As always there will be breathwork, talk and discussion as well as movement and rest.
And @joelsteinmusic will be guiding us with his magical guitar playing into the sweetest Savasana.
To book simply email me back or PM here
Delighted to announce I’ve got two new classes starting in January. 🧘♂️ Monday’s 7.45 - 9pm - Yoga and meditation at Energy for Life building, 75 Sussex Street, Brighton - just off Queens Park Road. This will be a gorgeous hour of yoga followed by a guided meditation. £8 drop in. £35 for 5. 🙏 Sunday morning 10-11.30 am at Newfit Studio, London Road, £9 drop in. Shared with the amazing @charlottewattshealth See my website for more infos and special offers www.nickycrabbyoga.co.uk 💕#yoga#meditation#yogateacherbrighton#brightonyoga#feelthecalm#makethespace
That’s one thing nobody wants to be! Having a flexible spine is great, but no use if we don’t have the muscles supporting it. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
So rather than just focusing on backbends, it’s highly important to strengthen the back of the body too. The muscles are not only for moving the body, but also supporting it; stabilising. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Our body adapts over time to anything we do or, for that matter, don’t do. Often it’ll become ‘stiff’ as a way to stabilise itself as the muscles aren’t strong enough to do their job. This means stretching is not the long-term solution. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Lengthen and strengthen!
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Practice makes perfect we’re taught. Interestingly not always. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I remember in my skateboarding days (which are pretty rare now) practising a trick for hours and finally getting it. I also remember practising a trick for hours and not getting, leaving it a few months and then doing it first or second try. No rhyme or reason to it. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I get that same thing with arm balances. I had a little spell of practicing them and didn’t really see much improvement for the effort expended. I rarely practice them now- maybe a few minutes a month- as I don’t think they benefit the body as much as other Yoga or Pilates. Yet they are always far easier than before. This was just 2 minutes playing before teaching because I was teaching crow. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
So what’s going on? I think there are two things. One is overthinking. The more we try something, the more we can end up trying analyse each attempt and overthink it. A lot of things in life work better with less thought. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Secondly there are so many factors that go into a skateboard trick, or a Yoga pose. What happens is we improve other areas over time, so that when we try again, things can seem easier. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
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I BEND SO I DON’T BREAK 🕺🏽 The super talented and all round inspiring woman @sarahaliceyogaandphotography
A true inspiration and we can’t rate her highly enough for her skills behind a camera. Sarah is a professional yoga photographer and also underwater baby photographer. If you’re looking for building up a portfolio of great shots as a yoga teacher to help promote your classes and workshops be sure to give her a shout. Sarah is also a yoga teacher so you count on the fact she will capture you at the perfect moment. •
I will be teaching a lovely little heart opening flow at @revitalisebrighton tomorrow afternoon 😊 12:30 to 1:30
In our modern day lives, we spend a lot of time hunched over desks and looking down at our phones. We rarely give our spines the love they need. Heart openers, lift the chest, open the shoulders and extend the spine, as well as allowing us to release emotional tension and open our hearts to love, compassion and gratitude 💗
Last small group Yoga & Pilates class @LoveYogaPilates on Tuesday 18th December (6:45pm) before the Christmas and New Year holiday. All classes are back on Monday 7th January 2019! Monday 6:45pm Pilates, Tuesday 6:45pm Yoga & Pilates Infusion, Wednesday 6:45pm Yoga in Shoreham. Please help to spread the word. Thank you. @loveyogapilates
// #ThatsLife //
‘That's life (that's life) that's what people say
You're riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June’
I hear you Frank...I get it. At times we all experience times of being “shot down” - it’s the inevitability of life, there are times of suffering.
But, keep stepping we must. Feel pain, feel loss, feel confusion. They are all part of our story, a story that needs to be accepted rather than resisted. Wait patiently, don’t rush and soon enough you will be ‘back on top in June’. Thanks @sinatra
Ever tried #ForrestYoga before?
It’s a slow, strong, internally focussed practice that emphasises how to feel your body again and carry a transformative experience off of the mat and into daily life!
Come and join in, Friday 19:30 at the Loft at Little Dippers. Pay with cash on the day or book via the link in the bio...
Crow can be a daunting pose for some. There’s a fear of falling face first, but also it takes slowly building up the strength in the wrists. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I sometimes have the pose in class so that some people get their fight or flight response triggered. Mean I know! Most of the class we deliberately spend in rest and digest, or the parasympathetic nervous system. But how we respond to fight or flight (sympathetic nervous system) and how quickly we can shift back to our parasympathetic is important I think. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Well I’ve downright stolen this from @yogadetour (go follow her if you don’t already for some amazing content). A great way to get a sense of what’s going on in crow, without taking it out on your wrists is doing it upside down. Then we can tackle our fight or flight from a more educated and controlled perspective. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
What do you think of crow pose?
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Just having a play and this movement is strangely more difficult than I thought it’d be. Really trying to move from the centre- or abdominal area- and free the weight from the hands to slide is really rather interesting. Observing where that weight wants to go, where in the spine the movement wants to naturally begin and end and all sorts of explorations. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
To me that’s what Yoga really is. Just a big exploration of self in an inquisitive, non judgemental manner. That last part’s the biggest challenge!
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Hands and the gravity of body weight, gently encouraging space between the shoulder blades to allow the breath to expand into the back of the ribs, lungs and heart.
We will be exploring simple Thai Massage techniques alongside gentle, super-relaxing and spacious yoga, and family constellations exercises... all in the name of promoting deep rest, for a whole day, especially for women, January 20, at The Loft Above Little Dippers. I will be holding the space with the magical @janeeswan1, creator of @yogacampsussex. As a special pre-Christmas treat were offering a discount to women booking with a friend/ma/aunt/sister/daughter... £50 each.
An amazing Christmas present too if you’d like a voucher?
Admittedly this looks more like self harm. But it’s the result of one of those acupressure mats. Check them out if you don’t know them and see all the benefits. It is a wonderful form of self care. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
The biggest excuse for not doing self care is ‘not enough time’. Well you have let’s say 16 hours awake, say a minimum of 10 of those you are fully awake and have energy. You’ve got 10 hours to do self care. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I lay on this mat whilst watching the latest teaching training video with @justinwolferyoga that I needed to catch up on. I could’ve just sat on the sofa to watch it (if I had one anyway) but doing this enables incorporating self care whilst getting stuff done. In fact I got 30 minutes of self care in one hit!
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If you do this kind of thing throughout your day it’s amazing the amount of time you can accumulate looking after yourself. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Time is precious and there are plenty of ways to do more good things for ourselves with it. Want to learn how? [evolve]
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Come and treat yourself or a loved one to some Christmas prezzies from About Balances local makers shop! We have colourful yoga mats, bolsters, meditation cushions and lavender eye pillows from the lovely @evehardcastle of @wolf_and_mermaid in store and many more magical items 🧜♀️🐺✨#makeroftheweek
// #ThisCity //
I can’t go anywhere
Without someone or something
Pulling me back to you
I try to create space
But your hold
Draws my heart to yours
You caused the hurt
You pulled the trigger
Yet you are the one
That walks free, happy
Your blade twists
It turns in my heart
The pain brings me to my knees
The tears stain my skin
When will you go
When will your blood leave
For now I am raw and open
For you to penetrate with your pain.
Your new love stains this city
The city that was mine
And then ours but is now yours
What a dreamy, nourishing magical afternoon of harp yoga on the Barge with Martina’s delectable snacks to top it all off! A gorgeous group of people too. An added bonus was watching the sun set and the murmuration of starlings swirling around the boats, magically chattering as the lights of the marina twinkled in the dusk...#Repost @vegan.yoga.han with @get_repost
Beautiful yoga harp session with @yogachefamore and @tracy_jane_harp . Thank you ladies for a lovely afternoon. Looking forward to the next one!
// #TheArtOfSurrender //
Our culture promotes surrendering as a negative thing, labelling knowing when to say “no” as a weakness. Instead we must be hustling, striving and doing.
But, when we surrender we accept where we’re at and who we really are. If we are always rushing, doing, always struggling we are not accepting ‘what is’, and we wish for things to be different somehow - we create conflict. A conflict that breeds resentment and fear.
Practice the art of surrender; know when to say no, know when enough is enough, know how to self-support, know how to create space (physical and psycho-emotional), know when to do less so that you get more.
Join me in this exploration this week:
Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri / Sat at @lanoyoga
Fri at @forrestyogabrighton & @yogaboysbrighton
We are so so excited for our Open Day this Sunday the 16th of December!! Book £10 treatments, £1 classes, enjoy free talks from our local vendors, half price floats and Christmas treats!! Link in bio to book online 😊 see you on Sunday!! 🧘♂️🌲
@giannayoga is teaching in Brighton this wknd! Be sure to come to @yogainthelanes & join us for class! She’s an incredible teacher! We’re so happy to host her & hope to see you in class! Book in for 6pm Classic Hot Yoga Friday, 11am Rocket Vinyasa Sat & 5pm Progressive Yoga (3 sets!) Saturday.
#Repost @giannayoga with @get_repost
If we could just be ok with being uncomfortable. Be ok in a situation, in a conversation, in a position, in a place. If we could just practice being uncomfortable we could gain understanding.
I see inspirational posts from the fitness and wellness world using the quote “change begins just outside your comfort zone,” to promote working hard and finding gains...or whatever you say when you’re gettin swole.
You gotta a nice ass and great muscle tone but you’re a total dick.
How about every time in your life you feel reactive, you sit and recognize your own discomfort? Many of our negative reactions stem from this feeling. A new place, lack of communication, confrontation, unfamiliar people, and your own ignorance all illicit discomfort. How we react to this can stunt or promote growth.
Start by recognizing it, step back and decide to watch it, don’t react to it, to learn from it.
You will change more than your mental make up when you see your limitations.
Next week’s the last class of the year! Come and join in✨
#ForrestYoga is for every body, from all walks of life. You don’t have to start off being able to walk on your hands or get your leg behind your head!
All you need is yourself and a willingness to be curious, feel authentically and respond honestly.
Class is on Friday at 18:00. Book via the link in the bio or pay with cash on the day!
Another day, another #giveyourselfasanas theme. Inversions. My inversion practice has been five years in the making and I still mostly practice near a wall or on carpet/grass. I wanted to show some of the recent videos I’ve taken where I feel strong and raise up like a bloody hero. 💪 BUT 70% of the time that’s not what my inversions look like. So... here’s an old video from earlier in the year of how NOT to do tripod headstand.
Ok before we get into anything else obviously never ever move your hands off the floor if you’re using them to push away in headstand 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ I think you might be able to see that is a reflection of my mental state when going upside down. I used to be so scared of it, as it’s something I’m totally not used to doing. And now I’m definitely easing in - but if I feel the slightest sway or feeling of unsteadiness, I often freak out in my brain which translates directly into my body resulting in something super graceful like this. 😉
Other lil’ things to notice: I don’t let my hips come up enough before I begin ascending and there’s not enough tension in my legs. Yes you’re on your head and yes you’re pushing through your hands, but every part of your body should be engaged in a headstand. Strong legs are a must (flexing the feet helps with this). 🦵 Also if you feel unstable, the ground isn’t that far away. Just come back down, or try to softly roll out. Basically, to sum up: don’t do a me. But I’ll probably keep doing me while on my wonky inversion journey.
The theme for inversions is how you find calm. Well guess what my answer is... (eye roll city 🙄🙄🙄). Give me a Y! Give me an O! Give me a G! Give me an A! What does it spell! 🌚 Yeah you got it. I mentioned I haven’t been practicing as much, but I took myself to detox yoga this morning and afterwards realised how much a strong, sweaty practice really helps with my mental health. I feel calmer, happier, focused... and determined to make more time for my yoga (in addition to sharing it with others). Also thank you to @annasugarmanyoga, that class really lifted some darkness away this morning. Feeling like a ☁️ ☁️ ☁️ ❤️