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September: Being Of Service

By Lucy Clementson-Mills
Friday, September 6, 2019

Being of service to others, without any thought of reward is key to our progression.

In yoga this is called Karma Yoga – the yoga of selfless action.

In a recent edition of the Yoga Life magazine I receive from ICYER (International Centre for Yoga Education and Research) there was a wonderful article explaining this in more detail.

To paraphrase the article it explained how the most important time is now. The most important person is he who is with you and the most important thing you can do is to help them and be of service to them.

How wonderful is this?

The most important time is now. The most important person is he who is with you and the most important thing you can do is to help them and be of service to them.

When we try to bring that in to practice we are fully present, fully engaged in what we are doing and available to the person we are with. We naturally become of service.

Being of service does not have to be a grand gesture. Just starting with this is enough as if you are of service to someone you are with and they are then of service to someone they are with the effect of your actions can have a far greater impact.

 

So, for this month try to remember these three points:

1) The most important time is now (so enjoy it and make the most of it. Yesterday has gone and tomorrow is not here yet).

2) The most important person is he who is with you (be fully present and with them. You never know when you will see them again).

3) The most important thing you can do is to help them and be of service to them (that is why we are all here, to be of service).

 

In other news:

• Yoga Retreats – This time next week we will be on our yoga retreat in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. For those who couldn’t make this retreat please don’t worry as I can confirm we will be holding another yoga retreat 17th – 19th January 2020! Hooray!

More information will first be sent out to those on the mailing list. So if you want to get on this list please contact me and I’ll put your name down. 

• Free parent and baby yoga classes – I will be completing my training this October to provide parent and baby yoga classes in Cardiff and as part of my coursework I am looking to provide free yoga classes to a small group of mums/dads and babies!

If you are interested in some free parent and baby yoga classes and want to find out more please contact me and I’d be delighted to share more information.

The classes will not start until late October so they will be perfect if you have just had a baby or are due soon!

• Private yoga classes and coaching – Autumn is approaching and whilst it can be a time of exciting new changes it is also a great time to focus on healthy lifestyle routines. Looking after our wellbeing before the craziness of Christmas and the winter bugs hit us!

If you are looking to focus on your wellbeing and want to create healthy new habits you may be interested to know I provide 1:1 yoga classes as well as coaching sessions. You can find out more here but if you wanted to have a chat about whether individual sessions would be right for you please get in touch and I’d be delighted to have a chat with you. 

• Vata season is upon us – Talking about Autumn, in Ayurveda we talk about the different seasons and soon we will be approaching the vata season.

 

Here are some tips to help you have a calm, balanced vata season:

  • Balance the cold, light, dry qualitied of autumn with warm, moist and wholesome foods (soup anyone?)
  • Mild, warming spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and black pepper are ideal at this time of year. As are warming herbal teas with cardamom, cinnamon and ginger.
  • If you find your skin is dry you can massage your skin with sesame or almond oil daily (always do a patch test first!)
  • To balance vata’s light and flighty nature, embrace your inner calm and stay fully present at all times, especially while you eat.
  • Get to bed! Try not to stay up late and instead prioritise getting a good night’s sleep.

 

I hope you have a wonderful September and as the days become shorter and the light of summer subsides you enjoy the transition to a more relaxed, peaceful way of life which autumn brings. Using this time to practice the three steps mentioned above and see how you can be of service to those around you.

With loving kindness,

Lucy

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