Day 12: Best meal of 2018
This may not look like much at this point...but that’s because it was delicious! Being taught about spices and learning to make curry in Rishikesh - seeing how enthusiastic the chef was whilst teaching us definitely added to the wonderful experience of this meal.
Eating together, in beautiful company and sharing a meal in this warm home with wonderful hosts @cookingmasala - in Rishikesh. The best🧡
#decemberreflections2018 @susannahconway #rishikesh#cookingmasala#totheroots2018#heartfulness
Day 7: Home
My daughter, my family, my friends..❤️
Having recently moved flats, I have felt the sense of insecurity that comes from moving from a physical place you identify as home.
In this mornings class as everyone rested in Savasana and I walked through, making connections with each person-I had a very clear feeling of being home.
Home comes in many forms-but the common thread or quality in all forms is a a sense of deep connection.
I could easily have chosen a picture of family or friends, but today I was spontaneously reminded by our lovely little yoga community. 🏠💙⭕️
Day 6: Best book of 2018
I really loved Belonging by Toko-pa Turner @tokopa 💙
Our lives, in the modern world, are so different/removed from those of our ancestors. Yet there are still practices and traditions that resonate deep within us. Our intuition is not to be ignored or overlooked-the wisdom our bodies carry is amazing!😊
Day 5: Five things about me for #decemberreflections2018
🎭 I have a major fear of people in masks. Clowns are just the worst-masked or wearing face paint.
🦶I refused to wear shoes or dresses as a child, until I had to wear school uniforms. I am now fine with dresses but could still do without the shoes!
💙Being around water (oceans, rivers, lakes-all of them), mountains and trees soothes my soul.
🐓I love chickens a LOT. As a child I was the chicken whisperer-my Dad kept bantams and they were the funniest and sweetest little creatures. Chickens still love me, I swear.
🎥 My favourite movie is Mary Poppins-always has been. The video machine used to get the tape caught in it every now and again-so my Dad would cut it out and repair it, meaning small parts were missing on the version we had!🙌
Day 2: Favourite Photo of 2018
This morning I spent way longer than I should have going through my phone to find my favourite photo for this year.
At first I enjoyed looking through all the happy moments and memories, it was a lot of fun to revisit them.
I then got to reflecting on how much has changed this year.
So much has been packed into this year-joy, love, adventure, steadiness, pain, grief, fear, uncertainty...all of it. On their own and also sometimes existing together-or one straight after the other.
Trying to stay open to each experience has been my challenge, but the only way for me to fully deal with it all, is to feel with it all.
I chose this picture because it represents an almost-too-much-to-contain sense of joy, excitement, pride and WORTHINESS.
Although I have many really beautiful pictures from experiences and loved ones in 2018 (for which I’m so very grateful!) that could be my favourite, this little ray of precious-ness is my favourite EVERYTHING.
Day 1: Morning Light ✨
There hasn’t been a lot of morning light today in Edinburgh..it’s a little sleepy, but the calm is really lovely❤️
I will be taking a photo every day throughout December, following prompts from @susannahconway
I’ll use these prompts for journaling too. Taking time to write in my journal over the past few weeks has been a wonderful practice and outlet for me and I intend to keep it going for as long as possible, or as long as it serves me! 📝
Thanks for making me aware of #decemberreflections2018 @natalierousseau108 🖤
The Maharishi Mahesh Yoga Ashram was created and run by guru Maharishi Manesh, who developed and taught the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Maharishi leased the land from the government in the 1950’s and the ashram ran until the 1980’s when he was no longer able to extend the lease. It now comes under Rajaji Tiger Reserve and the land cannot be renovated.
In 1968 the Beatles travelled there to study and live with their guru and it is now known as the Beatles ashram and is adorned with loads of vibrant graffiti.
It felt quite sad to walk around this place.. it was like I could feel the imprint of times gone by-some parts felt joyful yet others felt a little heavy. Or perhaps it was just the fact it was left to decay that brings a feeling of nostalgia to it.
Very interesting and so very beautiful!
108 Challenge complete-and £11,500 raised!! This is an amazing result. Thank you again to all of you who managed to contribute 🙏
We heard from some of those who have, and continue to, benefit from the outreach programs offered by ECY. It was beautiful to hear their positive stories, and hear how yoga has helped to turn their lives around.
Yoga truly is a medicine, on so many levels.🕉