If we don’t release the stress, it sits blocking your heart veins, on your back, making it tight, on your neck, on the hidden inflammation from an injury or certain foods..
We must release the hidden stress on a daily basis.
Check all the older people doing yoga.
They have an amazing flexibility!
My meditation teacher is well over 60 years old and she can do the boat pose effortless, unlike us!
HOW I STARTED YOGA
I always wanted to try Yoga.
Universe has this bad habit of making you do things on your knees, if you don’t do it when you are supposed to.
I was hit with a repetitive strain injury (Tennis elbow) and I could barely use both my arms.
I asked them what Yoga they’d suggest, they mentioned easy ones like Restorative yoga and Yin Yoga.
It was hard doing certain poses and I had to modify them or break them earlier than we were meant to.
I loved the feeling of peace that came with it.
A chance to calm down, nourish the body, stretching muscles that have long been forgotten sitting in an office for years.
On one of the yoga movements, my teacher said how it’s so good to stand down with bent knees whilst standing on your feet. And she said how giving birth or going to the loo it’s so much easier when you are standing, as it is the easiest position for the thing/s to come out from. In fact Asians stand up when Mother Nature calls them. She only found out before her third child, and she said she felt it was so much easier that way, and she wished she had known this before. She also mentioned that when we become older, women can’t hold the wee, but men cannot hold the poo! Oh wow. Ok I will roger that, exercises for the rest of my life.
Read below for my yogi experiences on this awesome free Yoga festival that happens once a year in Brighton.
I was a bit hesitant to go to the yoga festival alone, although I do so many things alone anyway and you get to meet lovely people so I pushed myself to go despite being tired after Zumba. I had to sit and eat a falafel wrap first though just outside the festival, and later I found a “Meditation for Tibet ”.
Although I downloaded the PDF online timetable, I just checked things on the spot to ensure I did things from my heart and to allow for the odd “not possible to do so” situation.
After that I wanted to join one or another class but they were both full. I had a wonder around, and some friendly physio had a chat with me and provided me with a free taster session for “Revitalise”.
I am not sure how I started talking to one the girls and ended up talking about her lower back pain and suggesting her the book that I read “Living in the light” mentioned how lower back pain is unreleased sadness, and upper back pain it’s unreleased anger. We yogis seem to know that when your body aches there is an imbalance somewhere. And also I mentioned how I just discovered but not read just yet CROOKED Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting On the Road to Recovery
This book comes to my conclusion that chiropractors, physiotherapists and the lot of doctors don’t really know how to deal with back pain for good. It all comes down to appropriate moderate exercise. I cannot wait to read it although I have a few things on my hands at the moment. The author is a journalist and had suffered sciatica for years.
It reminds me when I had tennis elbow (repetitive strain injury) for 3 years I was left helpless without knowing what to do, should I exercise or not, hot or cold therapies, should I rest or move about… Then I realised the Western medicine didn’t have all the answers for such a common health problem. I believe what really healed it was wheatgrass powder, and remove the cause of stress… I definitely like helping people giving advice I wished I had!
Coming back to the Brighton Yoga Festival subject..
I saw a yoga teacher that I knew, she gave me a lovely honest strong hug and suggested me to go barefoot. Yes certainly! I am glad the people from Sussex Cricket Ground managed to relax about us yogis being on the grass, we are the loveliest of people by far! I then sat in that grass enjoying the glorious sun.
Later on I managed to get onto a class where although the teacher wasn’t there, someone else stepped in. In the queue, incidentally I met some woman from the same city I come from. I saw a couple of women I knew too.
It was lovely seeing familiar faces. After that I managed to join Yin yoga, and of course whatever you resist will persist, so we had to do the pigeon posture reluctantly! It was run by http://www.itsyogabrighton.co.uk which is a new studio near Preston Park.
We were also told to partner up and we felt a bit shy but managed to get on with the exercises.
Once the lesson was done, thanks to the stewardesses, we were told about some grand finale with some exciting yoga with massage. I am always up for a last minute session, and off I went.
There was music in the background and we did some movements to music and I started loving it thinking how random it was, only it was completely nothing like what we were going to experience.
Little did I know that a guy would end up being jumping on my butt cheeks and I’d have to do the same back to him! I didn’t dare jumping on his lower back although it looked like a grand finale to me. They call it Jing Massage and so I can officially say I have been Jinged!
I went home tempted to get some fast food, and fought the laziness and chose sushi from the supermarket instead.
I went to bed and I didn’t think I did much exercise, although next day I heard the alarm far away and I was wondering what day it was, what I had to do and why was the alarm ringing! I felt a bit stiff, but I wanted to be early to try the Scaravelli approach yoga with Cathy Birdsong.
It was lovely and quiet not many yogis were up so we had a few spaces. I heard of the Scaravelli yoga from a lovely couple running the Hove Stressbusters sessions that although they were not in the festival, it was them who mentioned this type of yoga to me for the first time ever and this is what got my curiosity started towards this particular type of yoga. It was a nice different approach to doing the postures, apparently not too hard but effective afterwards. The jumpy dog was a whole new level but we were told not to do it but watch.
On that note Hove Stressbusters also were the ones that introduce regularly Debbie Brown with her TRE exercises (Trauma release exercises) which was included in this festival and I was able to skip as I already knew what that was about 🙂
I managed to get a spot in the “Yoga for office workers” as working in one for 10 years I felt I had to! I knew the lovely Effie Love from the one time I tried their open day taster sessions in the “About balance” place. I loved the term she used “juicy” rather than the challenging posture that produces us pain.
Later on I saw a 1.5 hour yoga session and I loved the idea of having a plan for that long, only I didn’t know what I was getting myself onto. The woman I met the day before was there and she quickly said that it was going to be a hard session. Was it?? Oh no.. he even warned us but I still wanted to give it a try. Freestyle yoga should be called Hardcore yoga or yoga on steroids! It was a very interesting approach but definitely not one I’d pursue.
I could barely do the arms exercises and I didn’t care to push myself due to my injuries, I thought the teacher could have potentially dislike me because of this but he wasn’t pushy thankfully despite his army approach.
When it came to the leg work I was able to stand better than others though!
I liked his theory that dancers could potentially learn about 100 new moves a week, and it’s true how sometimes in yoga we tend to do the same similar postures. I like the routine although sometimes it is interesting to try new postures too.
Also I could understand his point that although Yoga it’s good for you, it does not necessarily get you stronger and with his class you wouldn’t really need to go to any other exercise class as it covers so many movements.
This was the only time where I was hoping the class would end soon, 1.5h was a bit too much but you do get a workout for sure.
The woman said last year she went onto his session accidentally and had a hard time, and she forgot all about it this year and chose this session and as soon as she saw him she thought “Oh not him again” 🙂 I will make sure I won’t choose freestyle yoga unless I toughen up! This could be the sort of yoga you could recommend to those who like to exercise hard and cannot sit still.
After that I was going to join some yoga class only my body felt I should have a rest after 3 sessions of 3 hours in total, and so I sat for yet another lovely falafel wrap with Aloe vera water.
I searched for something quieter and I went to the “Benefits of sound of meditation talk by Joanna Mcewan” talk. I was very thrilled to hear that on a scientific study cancer cells were exploding to the sound of music! Mind blowing, I need to read more about that!
I was nearly falling asleep after all that but I still went to find some yoga class. One was full and the one I was walking past by had spare mats, so I thought why not.
It turned out to be the best yogi experience ever! It was called “Awakening heart” and the teacher Chetana Thornton was full of life and joy. Her husband sung in the background improvised Indian Bhajans and she started us by partnering up with the person next to us. It was rather intimidating to be holding arms back to back and doing all sorts like laying on their backs and we barely even saw each other! She mentioned one of the most life impacting sentences I have heard so far, from Rumi.
I couldn’t make out the accent of the girl and again she turned out to be from my country, I would have never guessed!
The exercises were back to back, arms interlaced, turning to the right, then to the left, singing Om, it was amazing to feel the Om from someone else’s body.
Later, on 4 paws, you’d lay on someone else’s back upside down.
We pulled each other with legs on a split, forward/backward and clock/anticlock wise.
We also did the Tribal dance where you get to shake your body upside down and then we then danced on our own and we ended it with all of us joining in a circle, making every movement together. We had little Buddha, a gorgeous little boy that was staring at us doing yogi movements in a circle around him.
We ended in a really high note, and although one of the guys was trying to chat me up, I looked away and ended up on the beach and met this lovely dog.
I am so happy yoga is getting bigger and everywhere, I cannot wait to see it expand.
Brighton yoga festival in 2017 was held on 8 & 9th July at Hove Sussex Cricket ground who kindly relaxed and let us nurture their grass with our yogi love ❤️
Improvising my weekend at the Brighton Yoga Festival 2018 event, my friend was keen to come and surprisingly enough his husband was too! I picked them up, they were a bit slow but it gave me time to put suncream on.
We joined a Scaravelli inspired Yoga class taught by Alex Golding. Hubbies are a bit rusty as they never did yoga before, but I was happy they were giving it a try.
We had a Falafel wrap, although one wanted meat, I gathered it was enough to fill him up.
We had full tummies so we were hanging around, dancing some Bachata and enjoying the wonderful sun.
There was a Yin yoga class taught by Louise Windsor. I forgot how painful it was for the legs!
The following day I was running a bit late so I joined Yoga Therapy for anxiety and depression with Bryony Hamerton.
The Scaravelli teacher from the day before, was there as a student. Before the talk started, we were talking about mental health and wellbeing and I mentioned my usual bits of knowledge, “upper back pain” means unreleased anger, “lower back pain” means unreleased sadness from the book “Living in the light” which was written in 1986! And the fact that stopping stress helps your body heal. She mentioned she travelled around South America and when I asked her if she spoke Spanish she certainly did! She didn’t notice my accent strangely enough.
The anxiety talk was interesting, lots of women with anxiety. I only had it 3 times but the last one was very interesting. My body went into lockdown. I felt physically sick and I was throwing up, had a strong migraine and nausea. Just because of 7 words that my ex said!
I joined my friend’s buddy. I’ve never been keen on him, as I tend to stay away from straight males. They tend to hope I’ll change my mind…
He was sunburnt so he wanted to stay away from the Sun. I was dying to sit by the Sun. We managed to find a tent where he could sit a few meters away whilst I quietly ate my Yogi bowl.
We then went to the Acro Yoga class, I always wanted to try it! I didn’t really want to do it with him but luckily the teacher asked us to look for somebody our size. I found two kind women who were the base and so I became the flyer. I tried to be at the bottom but my legs were not as strong as I thought.
There was Lucy yoga, she had interesting theories. Child’s pose, with palms up, to receive. Goddess pose, feet strong, so whatever it is we are carrying in our arms won’t be so heavy.
I saw from the distance the Awake Heart Yoga Bhakti yoga with Chetana and Will Thornton which I did last year, such a lovely way to end the day.
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