How to Change Your Habits Here is a video of the original workshop on 3rd January 2021 https://vimeo.com/499378437 Hi! I’m Hinny Wass. I teach Forrest Yoga and I also teach the violin. I’m a fairly recent addition to Low Carbon East Oxford. This blog post originated as an online workshop, part of LCEO’s month of inspiration to take part in Veganuary, so a lot of my examples will be to do with reducing consumption of meat and dairy, and other low carbon goals.
Your body is amazing. It can do all kinds of wonderful things, all the time but it can be easy to develop a negative voice when you talk to your body. For the next 45 minutes we’re going to celebrate what it can do.
The eight simple, practical things I do which have helped me become a happy person The internet is littered with these lists, and I hesitate to add yet another. The main reason I have is that there are a couple of things on this list which don’t appear on the others I’ve seen. These things don’t require you to have spare time, money or energy, but if you do them you will probably feel happier.
Happy Christmas Eve! Here is the last window in this Forrest Yoga advent calendar. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! We’re going to end the way we began, with this great 10 minute practice from Finlay Wilson. Huge, huge thanks to Finlay, Greg Jamiel, Lisa Day, Willow Ryan and Jambo Truong for posting fab Forrest Yoga videos on YouTube! If you haven’t already, you should check out their other online classes, or go to a class with them next time you’re in their part of the world!
Happy 23rd! Christmas, like any tradition, is entirely tangled up with ideas of what it ‘should’ be: there is such pressure, for example, for it to be a perfect family time, to give the right gifts, to cook spectacular food. But in most cases there will be some immovable thing which is at odds with these ‘shoulds’, like tension or loss within the family or a tight budget. In any situation, it’s the distance between what ‘is’ and what ‘should be’ that causes distress and suffering.
If you’re someone who celebrates Christmas then the likelihood is that you’ve got a lot on your plate today, so my gift to you today is a quick, simple practice. For me, yoga is all about the gorgeous simplicity of tracking sensation. Your intent today is simply that: Feel! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs.
Today we return to Sun Salutations in honour of the solstice, the longest night of the year! Happy Solstice, lovely beings! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain. Take care of your body. If you’re pregnant then skip the abs exercise and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.
Got that Friday feeling? Your intent today is to breathe and move in a way which conjures joy! Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs. Never stretch into pain. Take care of your body. If you’re pregnant then skip the abs exercise and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right. Take three deep breaths, focussing on the sensation of breathing.
Here’s the 19th mini sequence for you! Yesterday you had Dolphin, and today you get optional uplevels! Trying out harder poses can feel risky, so they are an excellent playground for learning to trust yourself, your strength and your intuition, and working out how to tell the difference between the voice of fear and the voice of spirit. As Ana Forrest says, “Risk being great!”. Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical).
The human animal has an amazing capacity to reduce the amount of energy we expend by doing a lot of things on auto-pilot. If we had to fully concentrate on how to move our legs with every step, it would take a very long time to get into town and we’d have used up a lot of calories in doing so - not very practical. So, brilliantly, once we’ve learned how to do something we can free up our brain for other things.