Yoga in Plymouth with Ruth
25.08.2019                  Be Convinced by hatha yoga

If we are convinced by the principles of hatha yoga and we practice with resolute patience and quiet determination, then we can trust that our dedication will yield sustaining results.
You can learn something about a few of the principles of hatha yoga at any of Ruth's yoga classes in Plymouth.

18.7.2019                    Feeling Fine
If you want to feel O.K. come what may, practice yoga most every day.
If you want to discover how to practice yoga in a useful and supportive way for you yourself, almost every day, please come along to any of my yoga classes in Plymouth, Yealmpton, Plympton or Crownhill:- you can find the days and times on my timetable page.

17.08.19                      Yoga and Death
One of the meanings of yoga is union. We try to completely associate ourselves with one main interest or point of focus. It's easy to become obsessed with one thing that we want to gain or posses, but obsession and possession aren't yoga practices. In yoga, one thing becomes the centre of our attention and we aim to intimately know that thing so that it can become a driving force that brings vigour to our life, enthusiasm for our environment and compassion for our fellow beings on this planet. We try to concentrate on something that is non-judgemental and has no attributes of good or bad. As we move in asana (postures) we try to discover what causes our movement? As we sit in stillness we find what relaxes us and where the resolve to maintain a calm perspective comes from (even if that resolve only lasts for a brief moment)?
For me, the sacred union is the breath and the vital energy that moves in and out of my body- the same body that I sometimes obsess over hasn't always allowed the free flow of energy via the breath and as a result, I have asthma, permanently damaged lungs and a weakened diaphragm. But the breath is not something that I can buy or that I can be judged by, it's reliability is not something that can I can pin down, but I can trust it fully because it brought me to life and it will naturally guide me to death.

01.08.2019                  Yoga and Freedom
Yoga practice supports creative freedom and reins in erratic unruliness.

31.7.2019                    How yoga lets us flow
We're not aiming to get out of breath in yoga, we set our sights on our respiration and aim to stay on target during all our postures/asana. Most of us find that our concentration wavers frequently, but by bringing our aim back to the breath after every misfire, we ensure that the poses we're adopting are replenishing us and not wrecking us.
When we settle into stillness after a breath centered yoga asana practice our mind is brighter, calmer and clearer. With this clarity we can use the breath to learn how to relax our body and mind in order to wind down at night, or enliven our mind and body ready to go with the flow of the day.
                     Lots of Love from Ruth Mielek (Plymouth yoga teacher)

30.7.2019                  Plymouth Yoga gets Juicy
Maturity is highly valued in yoga, we don't waste our time striving to uplift what's drooping or ironing out what's wrinkled. Futile attempts to defy the forces of nature can make us stale, brittle and dry at any age, young or old. Hatha yoga practices aim to make us fresh and keep us that way, just like sweet, ripe, juicy fruit; therefore when we, inevitably, drop off "the vine of life" our residual energy is sweet and nourishing.
                   Lots of Love from Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)
29.7.2019                   Paradoxical Plymouth Yoga
I love the paradoxes that are continuously presented to me in yoga; for instance, we'll have more freedom from societal constraints and personal hangups if we follow strict guidelines from fundamental yoga texts such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Yoga offers us rules to follow and yet it's framework is highly adaptable to suit each individual's circumstances. Yoga has specific formulas that serve us physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, spiritually and morally, but we're not obligated to follow all of them- ancient yoga wisdom recognises that most of us can't. Practising and following the regimens of yoga is difficult for many of us, however, if you do "religiously" practice yoga, in a way that complements your life circumstances, it will enhance your physical, emotional, mental and psychological health. Yoga rules are not always easy to adhere to, but when we do we're not confined or restricted by them, rather yoga's tried and trusted guidelines unbind us and broaden our horizons.
                   Best Wishes from Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)

The past can interfere with our state of mind. The future can be a projection of ideas which constrain us. We practice yoga so that we may learn to relax and reduce our mental and physical stress. With time and dedication, we can find a way to calm ourselves enough that we may give-way to the flow of our current experience. In yoga, we aren't striving to freeze time, but we might have moments where we slip seamlessly under the waves of it. In a state of utter physical relaxation some people can find themselves immersed in their current experience- the past is less intrusive and projections of the future become undefined and boundless.
                   Kind Regards from Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)

Our ego can sometimes become overinflated or utterly crushed from the circumstances of our lives. Yoga doesn't increase the fragility of our ego, but it can help to make our self-esteem more robust so that we might be able to learn how to gracefully negotiate the harsh vagaries of life. From a regular yoga practice that's appropriate for individual life circumstances, we can develop self-awareness, self-reliance and self-confidence.
                    Aum Shanti from Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)

One of the things that we try to do in our yoga practice is to put our heads in touch with our bodies. 
These days many of us are drawn into a headspace that has no concern about our bodies; adverts and product placements tell us to eat this, drink that, inhale this and drive that. There is an overwhelming array of stimulus to assault the senses, and our heads constantly think about this daily onslaught, which can be mentally and physically exhausting. 
Our neck and throat area is a pivotal region in our yoga practice because it's the area that connects the head with the body. Nearly 100% of us hold tension at the neck. Most of us are able to practice jalandhara bandha, where we imagine a clean, rolled up pair of socks held under our chin. Jalandhara bandha connects our heavy head with our body in a way that means our head is no longer a burden to our spine. 
In addition to jalandhara bandha, it's appropriate for many people to practice ujjayi pranayama (a hollow, whispering resonance that vibrates gently at the base of the throat). Ujjayi tunes our mind into the frequency of the body so that the mind can allow the body to move in a way that enlivens it- in turn, the body can feel healthy enough to adopt simple meditation postures which facilitate moments where stillness is experienced. During these still moments the breath can shelter our heads from the onslaught of sensory stimulus. These are two important features of hatha yoga that you can learn about in more depth at the yoga classes I teach in Plymouth.
                    Namaste from Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)

Sometimes when I trip up on the pavement I make a little running, skipping, hopping movement as if I meant to fall over my own feet! 
Blunders can become opportunities to learn, but we have to be able to recognise when we've made mistakes, and that can be frustrating, humiliating and exhausting. 
Take it from one who knows a lot about making mistakes, it can sometimes feel easier to stubbornly stay on the wrong track, despite knowing it's ill-conceived; I guess this is because we hope to avoid embarrassment. 
Yoga encourages us to reflect on ourselves with compassion and understanding rather than judging and condemning ourselves.
Developing a regular breath centred yoga practice can help us to become more reasoned and intuitive, we may be less swayed by our unreliable emotions. Instead of falling down into our faults our flaws become footholds to uplift us.
                     Yours Faithfully Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)

With a sincere, dedicated yoga practice, we slowly but surely promote physical self-healing and progress towards mastery of the emotions, then clarity of the mind.
                     Yours Sincerely Ruth Mielek (yoga teacher in Plymouth)