july 2017

  • ditching old thinking habits by transforming your beliefs

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

    by Ruth Voon

    "Just as the silkworm spins its cocoon and gets caught in it, you have woven the web of your concepts and are caught up in them." – Yoga Vashista

    Have you ever found yourself getting caught up in your ideas about people, the world and life? 
    Do you feel stuck and trapped? 
    Do you feel the world is out to get you?
    Do you ever react in ways that remind you of childhood? 
    Or do you find yourself in repetitive cycles like Groundhog Day?

    These are your beliefs operating in the unconscious realm.

    Think of your beliefs as a lens of perception like rose-tinted glasses. When you're wearing them, what you see is rose-tinted. If you like rose tint, then life is rose-y! If, however, that's not your taste, you might feel that everything seems stupid, fake or unreal.

    The way we think and perceive the world influences our experience.

    "We can be spiritually awake and psychologically immature (and vice versa)," says Sarah Powers, one of my teachers. She talks about how yoga can wake us up, but we still have to actively grow up psychologically.

    We've received many beliefs in our lifetime especially during infancy when we soaked up whatever was in our environment. The problem with beliefs is that they continue to run in our subconscious, whether or not they're still relevant.

    In my forthcoming workshop Transform Your Beliefs, I'll introduce you to a technology to shift old ways of thinking. You'll get an experience of how to transform disempowering, out-of-date beliefs into creative and empowering beliefs. You'll be able to create real transformation in your life and elevate yourself to your highest.

    What I love about the Clear Your Beliefs method is that it's fun and works with the imagination, similar to yoga nidra. I use the technique to help me get to the roots of my reactions. Once I know what and how my beliefs are unconsciously driving me, then I can transmute them like alchemy.

    If you're ready for the next step in your evolution, I'd love for you to join me next month for my workshop at triyoga Chelsea. We'll start the session with a short physical yoga practice to ground and prepare the body for sitting. Then, we'll journey into the subconscious and supra-conscious (or Higher Self) for some transformative work. Please come dressed in practice clothes. Due to the nature of the work, places will be limited so advance booking recommended.

    join Ruth in chelsea...
    transform your beliefs workshop
    friday 11th august, 7.30 – 9.30pm
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    Ruth initially started dabbling in yoga to complement her work as a professional dancer over 9 years ago. After discovering teachers that integrated yoga philosophy alongside the asana, the missing link that she instinctively felt, she decided to develop her practice by taking a teacher training course and gained her certification from triyoga in 2010. Since then, she has taught several dance companies and at several yoga centres, where she focusses on alignment and using it to create spaciousness in the body. Ruth encourages a sense of self-exploration, curiosity and playfulness, all the while being guided by our own breath.

  • what does bliss mean to you?

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

    We asked the teachers from our Bliss Out Weekend on what bliss means to them, and this is what they had to say.

    bliss is inhaling + exhaling love 

    "Bliss is feeling inspired and feeling the effortless uplift of unconditional love – to know my love has a place to land and to surrender to what wants to unfold. We can create bliss by breathing. In order to achieve bliss, we must create the context. You can't manufacture bliss but you can tend the inner garden in which it exists. Be prepared to feel the opposite [of bliss], as its the same muscle. When you meet someone, see if you can leave them richer than before, and continue to practice random acts of kindness. Finally, identify what you can be grateful for – and remind yourself to breathe..." – Anthony Abbagnano, Alchemy of Breath Conscious Breathwork founder + triyoga guest teacher

    bliss is when love bubbles to the surface

    "Bliss is sitting silently in a tiny temple nestled in the mountains in Kainchi. [It's] looking up at the clear night sky with the moon and hundreds of stars (away from any light pollution). [It's] floating in the vast lake at the foothills of the Himalayas where I hold my retreat in India, [and it's] remembering my loved ones. How can we create bliss? By slowing down and being present. [Bliss] is just there waiting to blossom. [We can] light a candle, take a few slow deep breaths, be completely in the moment and walk barefoot in nature. Don't just look at people's faces or outer form – look into their eyes when you talk to them. It will centre you in your heart." – Bridget Woods Kramer, senior triyoga teacher

    bliss is a state of pure grace

    "To me, bliss is a confirmation of [the] most important contention there is with what is changeless and untouched by [the] impermanence of time and space. In that state of pure grace, we are reminded of our home in singularity of what's truly real beyond all appearances". – Slavomir Latko, sound healing + massage therapist

    bliss is something always within you 

    "Bliss is something that is always within me. The problem is, I often forget it is there, or forget how to access it. That's what my practice is for - just a few minutes of steady breathing, to reconnect with my surroundings and my interior landscape, can be all that is needed to be reminded that bliss resides within me, and that I have the power to access it. Bliss is a flavour, a scent, a shiver, a moment of spaciousness. It is like being in a vacuum where I am aligned with every single molecule in the universe - even if just for a split second. It is a lifelong practice to keep this doorway to bliss well-oiled and within reach." – Joo Teoh, qigong + yoga teacher

    bliss is the collection of little things

    "Bliss is about the little things, the small moments you capture – clean fresh bed sheets, a delicious cup of steaming coffee, an exchange of a smile caught with a stranger in the street, the noise of horses hooves on the ground, the dappled sunlight under a shaded tree, the smell of the shirt of someone you love." – Cal Wansbrough, yoga teacher

    join us in camden for the...
    bliss out weekend: restorative yoga, sound healing + more
    04 – 06 august 2017
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    Watch our Instagram for a chance to win a spot on the full Bliss Out Weekend and a free yoga mat from BlissCloud! Contest details will be announced by Friday 28th July, 2017 and a winner will be selected by Monday 31st July, 2017.

  • 3 questions for Candlelight Cinema on One Track Heart

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

    Ahead of Saturday's screening of the award-winning documentary film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das, we caught up with Max Harvey from Candlelight Cinema on why they chose to bring this film to triyoga Cinema.

    1)  how did you come across One Track Heart?

    We came across One Track Heart (OTH) as we [produce] documentaries on subjects that touch on the same [as those] that are explored in OTH – being mainly human consciousness, exploring it, coming to a greater and fuller understanding of it and evolving through deeper awareness of it.

    2)  why do you think they thought this was an important story to tell?

    Our opinion on why the filmmakers chose this story as an example is that Krishna Das has spanned the generations from his youth to now with the same reasons and intention – the same fundamental life questions as those that we all ponder and can relate to. [Krishna] has had a huge arc [in his] career path too (especially from being a part of the music industry), and seems to have come full circle – coming to 'realisation' and full understanding through crisis points in his life that he could not have seen while experiencing them. He lost himself in music through chanting mantras and by doing so, he plugged into his 'source', and he got out of his own way. 

    3)  why do you feel it's an important film for people to see?

    We all benefit from that state [plugging into our 'source'], and it can be healing and transformational in its many forms. The essence of the story is relatable to by all. 

    join Candlelight Cinema in camden...
    one track heart: the story of Krishna Das
    saturday 29th july, 6.30 – 8.00pm
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    FLASH SALE! Just for today, enjoy 50% off the ticket price for triyoga Cinema by using the code 'cinema50'. Book now.

  • getting high + staying free: the real deal of body rolling

    Monday, July 17th, 2017

    by Leila Sadeghee

    Everyone's tight, and everyone's achy. Even while teaching my yoga class, I see people trying to add a little neck stretch, I see them wincing in pain as they try to force themselves to be more flexible then they are. As a yoga teacher, no matter what I teach or what kind of encouragement I offer, I know that there is only so far that one class can go in terms of unravelling the chronic tension my students are coming in with. Plus - I see many students actually deepening their tension in the way they are choosing to perform the yoga asanas. Oh my goodness!

    Enter Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) – a release technique that I have been teaching and practising for nearly 18 years. We use specially designed balls, and a sequence of focussed routines to unwind the whole body. I mean the whole body – cranium to feet. Here are a few things about YBR that make it so effective:

    we do the feet

    It seems obvious, but the feet are holding a lot of tension, and it's the root of so many patterns that restrict movement – so, getting on to the feet first sets off a much deeper release.

    it's systematic

    It's not just rolling around on balls because it feels good to put pressure on 'that place' like we do at home with the tennis ball. YBR is working through sequences of muscles and joints in a particular order to ensure release in a far more comprehensive way.

    not a foam roller 

    I know, we love the foam roller, but the ball is a whole other world. Two main reasons: the first is that the ball is round (duh!), so you can ANGLE into places the foam roller can't reach. Second, the ball is full of air, which mirrors the hydrostatic pressure of the body and the cells in structure. The 'give' the ball has, that the foam roller doesn't, is much more like the 'give' of your own body. That mirroring of structure means a more lasting release.

    getting 'to the bone'

    Instead of just addressing the soft tissue, we spend time on the bone itself and work out from there. This makes for a powerful release; one that has a much deeper effect on the nervous system.

    we re-pattern

    It's not just release, but it's also retraining the muscles to stay longer and work more harmoniously as one.

    integrate back into the spine

    We always close our work with the spine, creating space and length there. It feels SO good, but it also helps us to 're-centre' and allows the body to 'remember' the release, in such a way that each time we roll, we deepen the more aligned pattern in body memory.

    reaching the cranium + jaw

    We will work on the reaching the cranial and a deep jaw release in my daylong workshop at triyoga.

    YBR is best practised and shared with a whole day, so I offer just a few daylong events to get us to those crucial measures with deeper ease. I hope you can join me for the next daylong of body rolling.

    join Leila in camden...
    getting high + staying free: body rolling daylong workshop
    sunday 23rd july
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    Leila combines lightness of heart with vibrant intelligence in ways that keep opening doors for her students. Empowered by 17 years of her own yoga practice, 14 years of practicing therapeutic work in the body, a love of language, and a lifelong freewheeling sense of fun, Leila has developed a straight-forward and uplifting style of teaching that supports people in opening to their highest potential.