Here at Restful Being we are not afraid to admit that defining what we do can, at times, be a bit tricky. We often find ourselves explaining what we don't do as much as what we do do. We don't, for example, perform headstands on the beach at sunset dressed only in a very skimpy bikini (we prefer to go naked).
(That was a joke.)
(Or was it?)
We all have our own ideas about what yoga is, and what it should be, and how it can help us. We've even thought about removing all references to 'yoga' on this site, because it comes with so many preconceptions.
However, the truth is that yoga is amazing, and here's why:
YOGA MIGHT NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK IT IS...
At the very core of your being lies an unshakable ground of happiness, wellbeing, peace and ease, and the aim of yoga, however you practice it, is to enable you to experience this aspect of your self. Yoga is not a means to sculpt a strong, flexible body, though this might be an added benefit of some yoga practices (including some of ours).
Yoga is a commitment to seeking out your essential nature and indeed, the essential nature of the world – and the universe – in which we live. Yoga tells you to be here right now just as you are, just as the world is around you. Yoga does not ask you to be better than you already are. Yoga shows you that at your core, you cannot be better than who you already are.
THE PEACE PARADOX
Many of us have caught glimpses of interconnectedness, bliss, calm, ‘beingness,’ ‘OK-ness,’ during or after meditation or yoga practice (or at other times in our lives, often when we’re away from it all - on holiday, for example). However, this often happens seemingly at random, perhaps when we least expect it, and then as soon as we try to access it again we see it slip further and further out of our reach, and before long, we find ourselves striving to find it again. We busy ourselves with the task of finding stillness. We spend hours grappling with often difficult and complex practices that we hope will reveal to us our innate peacefulness.
Unsurprisingly, forcing one’s self to feel peaceful doesn’t really work.
So, what can we do? How can we connect with that part of us which is always OK? What is the simplest way to see that our being is already balanced and already at peace? In a culture where working hard and being the busiest are held up as the path to success, how can we trust that stopping, being, watching, and even ‘sleeping’ offer the most direct path to true contentment?
In an ideal world, we’d all just sit down, take a few breaths, and allow our true nature to reveal itself to us. However, in the real world, we are often too afraid, or too analytical, or too sceptical, to trust in letting go this way. Therefore, at Restful Being, we employ an approach and practices that guide you into the core of your being. We use methods proven by research to help people welcome their deepest, wisest self, and as a result, feel at peace with who they are, where they are and where they might be heading in life. It’s a subtle yet profound transformation, and one open to absolutely everyone.