Rhythms and rhymes

              Life has very kindly and clearly invited me to think about the rhythms and rhymes of my life. Interesting subject... For more success in my decisions I´ve called my truth and purpose to build a plan that fits in my inner values and priorities.

       Rhythm is the beat at which life circulates in our veins and in the avenues of our decisions in time and space.

Nature is by far the best expert in rhythms. The part in us that best represents nature is our body. We can overcome the challenges of our own nature with good listening, sensitivity, humility and curiosity. Cultivating can be an intense task, as well as collecting the fruits can require intense and immense actions. This has been my path for a long time.

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This month I want to honor new rhythms, breathing slowly, walking lightly, feeling the temporary aspects free of drama and celebrate the eternal qualities of life. 


       The rhymes are the ways in which we combine environmental and personal elements to sing clearly our message into the world. We can hone this voice with honesty, and the rhyme is refined through trial and error. When a verse does not rhyme well it might be better to start from zero. 

For my rhymes I´m collecting good words, high aspirations, noble values and ancient virtues.


      In Ibiza we´ve just changed seasons and the arm wrestling match with time has softened. Life is offering me, for the first time in 7 years, two little ones taking his education outside our home, which presents me a quieter landscape for my study and practice time (activities that have survived miraculously in the corner of my sleep time or thanks to my declared stolen time to my family). I want to savour this, but not all on my own! I´m blessed to live in Ibiza were many schools end at 2pm and I can get my children home to enjoy together the flavors of our simple and light homemade food, embracing together the beginning of sunset time. I know this is a temporary pleasure and joy, and I don´t want to miss it!

This is the reason why I feel that we always have to readjust our rhythms and rhymes, because everything is changing around us, wether we want it or not. And all is changing inside, wether we ignore or not.

      This last quarter of the year I´m happily flying to three beautiful destinations to teach: London, Barcelona and Madrid. For the beginning of 2018 I´ve decided to move slowly and concentrate on some new trainings. I will dedicate myself to my work in Ibiza, reducing external projects to the really relevant, necessary and possible. For everything else, I´ll be here… in my simple and quiet life. This, as everything else, is also temporary, I want to make the most out of it!

It´s a real pleasure to keep sharing this journey with you; enjoying the simple things, savoring, choosing,...

 

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Inner stillness from Heart Math Institute

      I´ve been following with passion the research or HeartMath Institute, and it´s right now at the base of my work. How we create an experience of physiological coherence and harmony mastering our heart rate through breath, thought and emotion has revealed itself to be a very accesible and efficient tool for improving my own life and my student´s awareness.

Here´s an excerpt from the last heart wisdom mailing, about inner stillness... We all move in so many directions that we should open our eyes and ears to these concepts! And stop moving for a while every day!

"Many spiritual cultures agree inner stillness creates an energetic environment for supporting our advancing consciousness that can unleash the transformational power of our love.

That’s why, from the beginning of HeartMath, many of the tools and especially the technology has been designed to monitor and facilitate easier access to stillness and its connection to our natural inner wisdom and guidance. Forget the mystical and think of inner stillness as something practical and street-worthy. How many times have we told friends or children to get still inside and listen-up because we have something important to tell them?

This reveals our innate respect for the value of stillness, so why not use it the way it can count the most, to quiet our mental and emotional static so we can hear the counsel from our heart’s intuitive suggestions for better choices and outcomes.

When our mind finally lets go, inner stillness is where we land. From there we can reset and upgrade the experience of our life. The earlier we learn the value of inner stillness, the less we need to experience the more stressful ways life often nudges us into considering higher choices for personal peace and happiness. We often hear ourselves and others say, "If I had more foresight, I would have handled that situation differently." Stillness is a primary source for increasing our foresight and discernment. Inner stillness is a place that our heart can speak without our mind running it off the road. In order to "be still, and know" we first have to be still enough to listen.

It’s a forward-moving choice to schedule times for inner stillness and allow our heart, mind and emotions to experience a time-out from competing with each other and enjoy some casual peace together. Stillness requires a little practice because our mind will try to occupy that space (or any space if the door is left cracked).

If inner stillness didn’t produce high-value results, think of all the centuries of time that meditators and spiritually conscious people would have wasted throughout history. With refinement, inner stillness becomes like a personal elevator to our highest view and eliminates the weariness from climbing endless stairs. We feel that practicing inner stillness to connect with our heart’s intelligent guidance will become a most positive corner-turning step forward for humanity, not as a trend or religious motivation way but as a practical step for creating a less stressful, happier life
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I wish we can share this wisdom and tools soon together!

Human connection is at the base of global harmony... 

Alignment, truth & hello

      I started my yoga practice when I was 18, and I immediately fell in love with the sensations that appeared after the classes. Many things happened afterwards and in between these last years that I have devoted to teaching. I worked as a designer for nearly a decade, whilst trying to find a sense of joy in my daily life. 

I was lost enough to find myself in this new expression of my creativity. In this moment of my life I feel that I'm in the right place and I love my work.  

      After these years of teaching, releasing my old lifestyle and diving into the joys of education and connection, I've been to many different schools and teachers. They all address yoga alignment in their own way and mood. So I can say, up to now, that it's nearly impossible that there is a true and correct alignment that works for everybody in all the poses. Considering that every body is unique, I would like to consider that each pose is also different for each person

From this starting point, I'm able to draw only one big conclusion about alignment. We have to be aligned with our truth. And only we can know what's our truth… And then we can check anatomical alignment possibilities...

So a good way to start our yoga practice is to honor our uniqueness. Only look at others to get inspired, because comparison will never lift your mood, and don't blame yourself if you feel faithless or fearful while showing your limitations in a shared space.

There comes a time when you don't care anymore about what others think about you. And it's not because you are disconnected from the world, but because you have understood that what really matters is what you think about yourself and how you connect to yourself. 

      Consider taking actions to honor yourself, in a healthy, supportive and loving way. Encourage yourself to take the necessary risks on the mat and off the mat, and assume the results of your actions. This way you´re most probably getting closer to what feels true in your heart. 

And now … release the self and become one with everything and everyone around you!

This is yoga, a path of self-awareness that ultimately wants to keep the awareness and release the self. And it doesn’t feel like emptiness, but wholeness!

Welcome to my new English website, I'm very excited to share content with you…

* For resources for teachers and practitioners in Spanish please visit my Spanish blog www.samyamayoga.es