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Classes in Yoga & Life from Annie Carpenter


This November, we’ve the enjoyment of studying from Annie Carpenter at our Impartial Bay and Bondi studios. Discover out about Annie’s upcoming applications right here.

 

Annie created her faculty, SmartFlow Yoga, over 15 years in the past and is lovingly often called ‘The Trainer’s Trainer’. Having spent lengthy intervals of time practising and learning Integral, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, Annie believes that there are a lot of fantastic approaches to the observe and that we are going to all discover precisely what we want as our lives and our bodies evolve.

 

The dedication to observe is the essence. What we observe will develop and mature.

 

One lesson from Annie’s coaching significantly drove this dwelling for me when she had us think about the probabilities that come up after we keep nonetheless for somewhat longer.

 

We’ve all been there. Holding Warrior 2, quad trembling, breath heavy, sweat dripping. “Yet one more spherical of breath…!” the instructor directs, and the tip of that final exhale can’t come quickly sufficient. As a lot as we love a flowing, dynamic Vinyasa class, there are items in these moments after we keep in longer holds. Once we stay within the pose for longer than we might need to, giving the form the possibility to disclose its classes to us.

 

Typically the lesson could possibly be so simple as realising you’re stronger than you suppose. On different days, the lesson could possibly be to hearken to your physique and relaxation. Should you can not hold a clean, regular cadence of breath, are you able to enable your self to take a step again so you may return to a spot of equanimity and calm? Or are you all the time pushing for extra?

 

Remaining in poses for longer holds helps us really feel that dance of steadiness and ease, or what yogis confer with as sthira sukha. The place is that fringe of discovering our energy, whereas not over-efforting in methods we don’t have to?

 

Discovering sthira sukha, discovering steadiness, adjustments from everyday, class to class, pose to pose.

 

In practising staying somewhat longer, you would possibly think about among the following:

 

  • Can I keep when issues get onerous?
  • Can I hearken to myself in deeper and extra refined methods? What do I want at this time?
  • Can I discover the quiet even in intense poses?
  • Can I stay regular and calm by way of the poses I like and the poses I discover tough?

 

In our trendy world, we’re so usually frequently on the go, overworking ourselves and shifting from one factor to the subsequent with out pause. Yoga affords us a welcome distinction to the remainder of our lives. Repeatedly shifting on too rapidly to the subsequent factor can hold us from experiencing true pleasure, true peace, and true presence. Once we enable ourselves to remain in stillness, keep within the pose maybe somewhat longer than we’re habitually comfy with, that’s when the magic of yoga can unfold. If we keep nonetheless lengthy sufficient, we’d additionally uncover extra about ourselves. That is one other deeper observe of yoga – self-study, or svadhyaya.

 

Earlier than dashing into the brand new yr with all the brand new belongings you need to begin doing immediately, think about slowing down, pausing, and asking your self:

 

  • What’s right here proper now?
  • What am I grateful for proper now?
  • What’s already unfolding in entrance of me?

 

Yoga affords us these practices that deliver us again to the current second over and over. If we need to discover the road of sthira sukha, all that’s required is that we hold unrolling our yoga mats and discovering ease within the uneasy.

 

Annie’s SmartFlow coaching was an exquisite reminder that oftentimes advancing our observe doesn’t imply mastering handstands or pincha mayurasana (forearm stand)!

 

“Whereas we could also be practising extra ‘superior’ asana, the advancing of our observe is definitely revealed by sustained refined focus and the inclusion of extra limbs of yoga,” says Annie.

 

Advancing our observe would possibly imply softening within the instances after we’d often hold pushing. It may imply including pranayama to the tip of our yoga courses. It may imply utilizing the questions above as journaling prompts, practising svadhyaya. Or, it would imply merely staying nonetheless for longer and making it to our mats extra constantly.

 

We hope you’ll be part of us in 2024 (or proceed to affix us!), deepening your understanding of this lovely observe along with us.

 

You may be part of our Head of Training and Lead Trainer Coach, Gina Brescianini, for an additional Annie Carpenter Motion Masterclass coaching utilising SmartFlow Rules in 2024! You may as well discover her instructing SmartFlow-themed courses in our Bondi & Manly studios.

 

Written by Katie Tetz
Studio Enterprise Supervisor | Ever Inspiring Author & Yoga Trainer for Energy Dwelling Australia



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