The moment I discovered this poppy had bloomed was one of pure joy...
The previous it day had been a huge, tightly curled bud held within its protective layer - I checked on it throughout the day as the outer layers released little by little, gradually revealing the depth and colour of the petals beneath. At some point, nature knows when the bud needs to unfurl and open - releasing the full potential and beauty of what's been nurtured and held within.
In the same way, in yoga when we release tension from the body then the heart and mind find space to open, gently revealing the wonderful potential within.
Revealing your potential...
Do you feel as if you're holding back on your potential? These reflection and journalling prompts will help to discover what needs to be released...
Pause and take a moment to sweep your awareness through your body, from the crown of the head to to tips of the toes. Notice - where are you holding on to tension? What would help release this; a warm bath, a massage - some yoga or relaxation?
What potential is waiting within you to be released?
Is there somewhere in your life that you're holding back? Something that you've been putting off but you would love to do? What one small step can you take towards it today?
Have you built up protective layers? Those protective layers may have been nurturing in the past but may have now outlived their purpose and hold you back from revealing your magnificence. What protective layers are you ready to shed?
"The bud stands for all things,
even for those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary to reteach thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing"
A helping hand...
The latest class in the Online Studio is designed to help you connect to your inner potential, with a posture practice to release tension from the body and mind, relaxation to find stillness within your day, and a breathing practice incorporating the lotus mudra.
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