Body as whole body in Ahimsa

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Have you heard of Ahimsa? 

Yoga is a breath-centred practice. It means that breath needs to be our main focus and needs to lead our practice.

But how often do we forget about breath during our yoga practice (and our life)? How often do we sacrifice our breath so we can push our body to do a pose or movement?

That’s where Ahimsa comes in. Ahimsa is the principle of non-harming and it is the essence of all yoga practice. 

Buddha was adamant that we should never mistreat or abuse our bodies. That we should always treat our bodies with kindness, friendliness and respect. 

And we can use our breath to help us bring the principle of Ahimsa to our practice and our daily life. Breath helps us return to our body so that we can deeply listen to it and therefore learn ways to best care for it.

This is why slowing down in our practice can bring us back to our breath…

There is so much fun doing a faster and challenging practice. I know very well the joy of moving my body and feeling strong and supple. The sense of achievement that comes with it is unmistakable.

And I also know how it feels in my body when I slow down and move my body with focus on following my breath. It becomes a meditation movement and an inner enquiry. I feel strong and present but also very connected within, very calm and at ease.

It’s all about our intention and what we want to focus on. And that choice is very personal.

Life is movement, breath is movement…

When we start bringing Ahimsa into our practice and our whole body and breath – we start living from this space of embodiment. We include our whole body in everything – all our decisions, our relationships, our wellness habits and our work.

With our practice we realise that there is even movement in stillness. And as our awareness deepens further we can also begin to see for ourselves how there is stillness in the midst of movement.


So here is a little meditation on breath and body…

Sit down comfortably.
Bring your awareness to the sensations of support underneath you.
Then bring your awareness to your breath.

Aware of an in-breath as an in-breath, I breathe in.
Aware of an out-breath as an out-breath, I breathe out.

Breathing in a long breath, I am aware of breathing in a long breath.
Breathing out a long breath, I am aware of breathing out a long breath.

Breathing in a short breath, I am aware of breathing in a short breath.
Breathing out a short breath, I am aware of breathing out a short breath.

Breathing in I am aware of my whole body.
Breathing out I am aware of my whole body.

Breathing in, I calm my whole body.
Breathing out, I calm my whole body.


So next time you start your practice…

set your intention to practice with the principle of Ahimsa. Connect with your breath and allow it to lead you. Include your whole body in your movement and stillness.

And enjoy being alive!

with love and gratitude

Aneta x

anetai lotus


Thursday little Self-Trust


Thursday little Self-trust

Have you noticed how cats can relax so easily?

They simply get comfortable, flop down and rest. No fuss, no wondering if they should do it or not, no wondering if they deserve it.

I love watching our cat Spike chilling out with pure joy and a smile on his face 😉 

We can spend so much time questioning and doubting ourselves. 
Analysing every word and choice. 
Feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

But how would it feel to just say to yourself: 

> And notice what comes up in in response to it.

> Welcome it all with kindness and friendliness.

> Acknowledge it and listen deeply to what it has to say.

> Notice how it changes when you give it your full attention with kindness and mindful presence.

And then make choices about your health, relationships and life from that space of kindness and acceptance.

>> How would your life change then? 

So today as you move through your day and the usual doubts come up simply say to yourself: I AM ENOUGH.

And hold your whole experience with kindness and friendliness.


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anetai lotus

Wisdom of Daily Practice 2018 – Day 110 – 20/04/2018

garden ans sun

Happy Friday!

What a glorious weather it is!  😎 🌞

I’m loving this warmth and quiet. I just moved to my garden catching the afternoon sun and finishing off this week’s work. 

I had a great Skype call with a new client who signed up for my coaching. It was so lovely to see my client’s face to relax and her body to settle.

There is an unmistakable shift within a person when they experience an inner relief and connect with their inner wisdom, their body wisdom.

And the insights of what they need to do always follow shortly after.

That inner knowing about what we need to do, how we need to deal with a situation or a person, how we need to look after ourselves and self-nourish.

So I encourage you today to check in with yourself – is there something you are trying to ignore?

Maybe a need to:
> rest more
> slow down
> have more fun and joy
> follow your passion
> say it as it is
> say no to somebody
> say yes to something


So if there is something – then act on your inner wisdom!

Life waits for no one  ☝️

And enjoy the sun  🌞 🙏 😎

anetai lotus