A Cup of Daily Nourishment: Jennifer Allen's essential 15 minute practice...

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I love the way Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray Love) describes the end of 2015, and the start of the year ahead. She says that each year is like the blank pages of a book, so how will your ‘story of 2015’ draw to a close, and how will you fill the pages of 2016?

I can look back on my ‘book of 2015’ with feelings of gratitude and success. And in the coming years 2015 will always hold a special place in my heart as the true birth of my dharma, in the form of Jayayoga Teacher Training.

After several years of manifestation while staying safely tucked under the wings of my mentors, Jayayoga Teacher Training took its first solo flight in May 2015, with 20 willing passengers onboard, in the form of beautiful and keen yoga teachers to-be. After 7 months of dedicated practice to the teachings of safe, sustainable yoga, these new wonderful teachers are now spreading their wings, as well as spreading the message of intelligent, mindful yoga practice. I could not be more proud, and radiant in my heart as I witness my passion for safe yoga being sprinkled out into the Auckland Yoga community.

I have welcomed the reward of some much needed rest and relaxation over the holiday season, which has re-inspired my own practice in so many ways! When stress levels are lower (yes, yoga teachers still get stressed!), I have witnessed first hand the balance of yin and yang, and very much enjoyed inviting some of the yang aspects of my practice back onto my mat. However, I owe a wealth of gratitude to the practice that carried me through so many long days, stressful moments, and desperate callings to my mat.

As an offering to you as you welcome this new year full of new possibilities (and new stresses!) into your life is a sequence that has saved me so many times, and given me the energy that I needed from my yoga practice without depleting me further. This practice was like an old friend, always there for me when I needed, ready to receive whatever I had to offer, even if it was very little. All it requires is 15 minutes of your time in a quiet space, a mat, a block, and a strap.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love and understand the validity in going to yoga class. There is no feeling like the shared energetic space of a yoga class environment, but for the days when a class might take more for you than you have to give, or you just cant fit it in, this simple practice will be all you need to refill your energetic bucket, and re-enter your world ready to be present in all of the aspects of your life off of your mat.

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Love and light,

Jen