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On Balance Hermione Fairbairn

Hermione Fairbairn: On Balance

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Finding balance is central to Yoga in the same way it is central to fulfilled and happy lifestyle. 'Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony' (Thomas Merton).'

However, in the same way that finding balance in life is not a static achievement, in yoga you are also continually working at balancing not on the one-off achievement of being balanced. This is constant process of regulating, reconfiguring and adapting. Working with this ongoing and constantly changing process (not against it) is essential to any success. Let each pose be a balance of effort and engagement, and softness and grace (Sthira Sukham Asanam). Find focus, relax into it then equally importantly, embrace falling and get back up...this works for life too!

Just observe how wobbling strikes the ego and draws you instantly away from your inward focus altering your mode of mind towards criticism and comparison. It feels very public, and we are quick to direct judgement. 'Why can't I do it like I did it last week?', 'What's wrong with me today?'. The point however is...'Simply to be with yourself, however you are in that moment. To smile, breathe and go slowly' (Thich Nhat Hanh).

In life, we need to mindfully and graciously accept that things change, we have a part to play in how things unfold but not control. Finding ts state of balance at any one time is not a 'forever' state. We need to let go and accept that things can't always be the way you want them to be. In more practical terms, perhaps the aim of arriving somewhere obtainable, livable and lasting is more likely to be a workable balance.

A further challenge is to balance the doing with the being. Without this, life easily gets unsteady. Taking time to be attentive, sense and really feel, has been shown to really help balance our mental state.

In our own Yoga practice, balancing on the mat helps us deal with challenges and setbacks off the mat, to bounce (or to balance!) back. This is where the real yoga begins. Hermione Fairbairn

 

 

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Hermione Fairbairn teaches Yoga Flow at Camyoga. Her classes incorporate a Jivamukti flavour, elements of mindfulness practice and an eclectic soundtrack. Hermione is currently on maternity leave, but to discover Yoga Flow at Camyoga, click here to view our full schedule.

 

New challenges ahead of us

Extreme Yoga Only 4 days left till the New Year which means it's time to make some New Year's resolutions :). And we wouldn't be proper Yogis if we didn't include resolutions and challenges such as:...eating healthier (or drinking more smoothies for breakfast :)), having more regular Yoga practice, meditate more and think positively or maybe even making the time to do Yoga in unconventional and spectacular places (as long as it's not hazardous to your life :)) - anything that is in some way prosperous to our body and mind and thus will help us to become the happy and healthy person that we all want to be.  Although that many statistics are sceptic when it comes to people achieving their New Year resolutions I believe that we all can overcome the challenges ahead of us and be successful in our efforts. To make sure that we'll have our best chances I decided to select few healthy tips. Let's get a head start this year!

1. Delicious and healthy smoothie to have in the morning:

GREEN TEA, BLUEBERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Smoothie

3tbsp water 1 green tea bag 2tbsp honey 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 medium banana 3/4 cup of fortified light vanilla soy milk

We offer two big events this January:

DETOX DAY with Louise Lloyd

Louise Lloyd Saturday 12 January 2013, 10-6.30PM Great Shelford £65 including refreshments

A day retreat to detox mind and body on all levels. A powerful boost to your system!

COME FLY WITH ME - ACCESSIBLE ARM BALANCES with Alan O'Leary

Alan O'Leary

Sunday 13 January 2013, 1-3.45PM Cambridge Central £30

Learn the steps to access these beautiful postures by learning better technique, core stability and upper body strength.

I hope you get inspired by my tips and hope to see you all soon in Camyoga

New challenges ahead of us

Extreme Yoga Only 4 days left till the New Year which means it's time to make some New Year's resolutions :). And we wouldn't be proper Yogis if we didn't include resolutions and challenges such as:...eating healthier (or drinking more smoothies for breakfast :)), having more regular Yoga practice, meditate more and think positively or maybe even making the time to do Yoga in unconventional and spectacular places (as long as it's not hazardous to your life :)) - anything that is in some way prosperous to our body and mind and thus will help us to become the happy and healthy person that we all want to be.  Although that many statistics are sceptic when it comes to people achieving their New Year resolutions I believe that we all can overcome the challenges ahead of us and be successful in our efforts. To make sure that we'll have our best chances I decided to select few healthy tips. Let's get a head start this year!

1. Delicious and healthy smoothie to have in the morning:

GREEN TEA, BLUEBERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Smoothie

3tbsp water 1 green tea bag 2tbsp honey 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 medium banana 3/4 cup of fortified light vanilla soy milk

We offer two big events this January:

DETOX DAY with Louise Lloyd

Louise Lloyd Saturday 12 January 2013, 10-6.30PM Great Shelford £65 including refreshments

A day retreat to detox mind and body on all levels. A powerful boost to your system!

COME FLY WITH ME - ACCESSIBLE ARM BALANCES with Alan O'Leary

Alan O'Leary

Sunday 13 January 2013, 1-3.45PM Cambridge Central £30

Learn the steps to access these beautiful postures by learning better technique, core stability and upper body strength.

I hope you get inspired by my tips and hope to see you all soon in Camyoga

New challenges ahead of us

Extreme Yoga Only 4 days left till the New Year which means it's time to make some New Year's resolutions :). And we wouldn't be proper Yogis if we didn't include resolutions and challenges such as:...eating healthier (or drinking more smoothies for breakfast :)), having more regular Yoga practice, meditate more and think positively or maybe even making the time to do Yoga in unconventional and spectacular places (as long as it's not hazardous to your life :)) - anything that is in some way prosperous to our body and mind and thus will help us to become the happy and healthy person that we all want to be.  Although that many statistics are sceptic when it comes to people achieving their New Year resolutions I believe that we all can overcome the challenges ahead of us and be successful in our efforts. To make sure that we'll have our best chances I decided to select few healthy tips. Let's get a head start this year!

1. Delicious and healthy smoothie to have in the morning:

GREEN TEA, BLUEBERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Smoothie

3tbsp water 1 green tea bag 2tbsp honey 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 medium banana 3/4 cup of fortified light vanilla soy milk

We offer two big events this January:

DETOX DAY with Louise Lloyd

Louise Lloyd Saturday 12 January 2013, 10-6.30PM Great Shelford £65 including refreshments

A day retreat to detox mind and body on all levels. A powerful boost to your system!

COME FLY WITH ME - ACCESSIBLE ARM BALANCES with Alan O'Leary

Alan O'Leary

Sunday 13 January 2013, 1-3.45PM Cambridge Central £30

Learn the steps to access these beautiful postures by learning better technique, core stability and upper body strength.

I hope you get inspired by my tips and hope to see you all soon in Camyoga

New challenges ahead of us

Extreme Yoga Only 4 days left till the New Year which means it's time to make some New Year's resolutions :). And we wouldn't be proper Yogis if we didn't include resolutions and challenges such as:...eating healthier (or drinking more smoothies for breakfast :)), having more regular Yoga practice, meditate more and think positively or maybe even making the time to do Yoga in unconventional and spectacular places (as long as it's not hazardous to your life :)) - anything that is in some way prosperous to our body and mind and thus will help us to become the happy and healthy person that we all want to be.  Although that many statistics are sceptic when it comes to people achieving their New Year resolutions I believe that we all can overcome the challenges ahead of us and be successful in our efforts. To make sure that we'll have our best chances I decided to select few healthy tips. Let's get a head start this year!

1. Delicious and healthy smoothie to have in the morning:

GREEN TEA, BLUEBERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Smoothie

3tbsp water 1 green tea bag 2tbsp honey 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 medium banana 3/4 cup of fortified light vanilla soy milk

We offer two big events this January:

DETOX DAY with Louise Lloyd

Louise Lloyd Saturday 12 January 2013, 10-6.30PM Great Shelford £65 including refreshments

A day retreat to detox mind and body on all levels. A powerful boost to your system!

COME FLY WITH ME - ACCESSIBLE ARM BALANCES with Alan O'Leary

Alan O'Leary

Sunday 13 January 2013, 1-3.45PM Cambridge Central £30

Learn the steps to access these beautiful postures by learning better technique, core stability and upper body strength.

I hope you get inspired by my tips and hope to see you all soon in Camyoga