Live classes are back!

Orange Lotus Yoga Classes – August 2020

LIVE classes are back!

  1. Mondays 8pm – 9.30 pmWeekly Gentle Hatha Yoga back in studio 22! (No class Bank Holiday Monday). See safety assessment below, £25 for 4 classes, £7 per class – text Anna on 07821417634 to book before paying. Only 12 spaces. Bank transfers and card payments preferred, however if that’s not an option please let me know. I am not able to refund Eventbrite fees. Studio 22, 22 high street, Crewe, CW2 7BL, entrance from Oak Street car park.

Monthly access Tickets £25:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-hatha-yoga-online-4-weeks-ticket-with-discount-tickets-115469158361

or pay via paypal – paypal.me/annasmithers. Contact me on 07821417634 for account details to avoid charges. As a self-employed person, I understand that for some of us financial situation can be difficult. If you cannot pay the full amount, please contact me directly.

  1. Yoga in the garden – contact me if you are interested, weather permitting
  2. 1:1 indoors back again

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Meditation experience

Today I would like to keep you a bit longer than usual. Person attending my mindfulness/relaxation class, wrote to me with the practice experience and with the permission – I am sharing. Love the creative way. Obviously, that doesn’t have to be your experience, but I just want to show you how exciting the journey into yourself may be! Searching for the true Self…
This person is practicing meditation for 1.5 years now. Thank you so much for sharing and allowing me to pass it on!

Sending love and light

Our live streaming online class each Wednesday 8PM
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“Hello”
Who said that?
“Me”
Which me?
..
..
I don’t know about you, but I have long been aware of at least two Me’s, although I have only recently begun to understand their relationship with each other. The two Me’s are the “Story- Teller” me and the “Narrator” me.
The Story-Teller me, is the one you hear when I talk out loud. Words come out of my mouth and both you and I can hear them.
The Narrator me, is the one that only I can hear in my head. You can’t hear this one, but it is always there. In fact, this is the one I can hear now as I type, it is saying the words and my fingers are doing the typing.
In fact, the Narrator me is nearly always there. It hardly every stops, always chattering away randomly, repeatedly, arguing, challenging everything, worried about everything. It is the storm going on around.
These two Me’s are not different people in anyway, just a different version of the one “Me”
The Narrator also has an eye, it’s the “Mind’s Eye”. It can see things just like my real eyes but in a different way. It’s the visual imagination. Nothing particularly weird, spiritual or insightful but still there all the same. As the Narrator is chatting on, it is creating images in the mind of what it means. As other conversations, noises, sights, feelings come in form the senses outside, it is building new images in my mind. Oddly, I can’t actually see the Mind’s Eye itself, but I can see the canvas it places the images on. The “Movie” screen. This constant Movie of images is all part of the chattering, a part of the storm. To find the eye of the storm, is to quieten the Narrator and switch off the Movie.
Sometimes I am aware of it going quiet when it is in sync with the Story-Teller me. These are the times the Narrator is being able to externalise what it is says through the Story -Teller. This is why I think writing is good because it often allows this sync to happen. A type of shortcut or bypass. A version of truth. Sometimes the Narrator goes quiet when it is listening, but usually not for long.
I find another way of quietening the Narrator, through Meditation. However, this is a different type of quiet. It’s not in sync with the Story-Teller as such, because the Story-Teller is either not present or maybe is quiet also. It is rare I find this quiet Narrator time, but it does happen. Concentrating on the breath or any other singularity, reduces the Narrators chatter to a hum, or an “ommmm….”, or sometimes even more rarely, even an absolute nothing. The Narrator is listening for longer.
Both the Narrator, me and the Movie screen are in my head. Inside my skull. The Eye “sees” from there and I “hear” the Narrator’s voice from there. I expect this because this is where I have always assumed the “I” of me exists. Both my consciousness and unconsciousness live there.

During the body scan last week, I experienced a third Me. One that wasn’t a Story-Teller me or a Narrator me and more interesting wasn’t in my head.
I (both Me’s) hear your guided description, Feet, Lower Legs, etc. My Narrator me, is instructing my Minds Eye to look at these body parts (along with lots of other random chatter in the background), and the image of the body part is placed on my Movie screen in my head. At which point I experience, feel, see the body part in isolation. This is pretty normal for me. I try not to listen to everything the Narrator is saying, especially the unrelated background chatter, and try not to pay to much attention to the Movie. Instead, I try and just let it just happen without the Narrator, narrating and displaying the events.
As you direct I/me to be aware of my Arms, my Head etc, all is normal, as it usually is. The Narrator me and the Movie are both playing their role but getting quieter. But then you said something along the lines of “be aware of your brain”. A this point, without realising it at first, I moved out of my head and “felt” I was looking at my head (where my brain exists) and seeing the Narrator and the Move screen (which is where they both exist) from somewhere else.
At first it was like when you put two mirrors face to face, and they produce infinite images of each other. Because the act of looking at my brain and head, which contained the Movie screen, which is usually what I watch, was like looking at a Movie of a Movie.
It was at this moment I also felt I was seeing the Story-Teller me and the Narrator me and the Movie screen as a whole for the first time. But then I became aware that in order for this to be happening, I had to be looking from a new place. A place outside of the normal place of the head. I also realised for a split second that I was looking at all this from a new Me I had not been aware of before.
Was this an out of body experience? Was this the new Me? A real Me?
I have no idea what it was, but it was a new experience. This thought process will be continued….

#yoga, #yogacrewe, #creweyoga, #meditation, #relaxation, #mindfulness, #whoami


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Idea 3 – how to reduce usage of plastic cotton buds?

Another idea for the bathroom, for those who are using cotton buds.

As always you can have a look in the shop or if you live in Crewe, Cheshire, we have brand new zero waste opened!

 

Check it out and please support it! Together we can make a difference!

https://www.facebook.com/zerowastestorecrewe

 

Link to the store https://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/

Link to article https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics…

 

#plastic #plasticfree #plasticfreehouse #saynotoplastic #reduceplastic #orangelotusyoga #annasmithers #plasticcottonbuds #ecocottonbuds


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21 Ideas (or more) to reduce plastic in your house.

Through yoga practice, meditation, my awareness of life increased. I started to realise, naturally, the connection with nature and impact of my own actions on others and everything around me.

I started my journey with plastic 2 years ago. I was terribly busy at that time and I really didn’t have time to research any ideas on how to reduce the plastic usage in my house. Hence, I decided to record all the ideas I implemented for the last two years. I did not do everything at once. It was a process – still is. So please be kind to yourself and try not to overload yourself. One step at the time. In the first video I explain why I feel so strong about war against plastic. Forgive my passion lol Hopefully it will make the process easier for someone else.

 

On you tube I posted additional links to some videos related to subject and article.

An article related to this video:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/more-recycling-wont-solve-plastic-pollution/And very inspirational TED talk

Why recycling does not work:

 

#yoga #creweyoga #yogacrewe #yogacheshire #plastic #plastic free #waragainstplastic #saynotoplastic #reduceplastic #plasticfreehouse #orangelotusyoga #annasmithers

 


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FREE 10 day mindfulness challenge

For people who are too busy to do yoga!
I created private group where I will post short, 5-10-minute-long mindfulness practice for morning and evening to fit into your life.

What to do
1. Like Orange Lotus Yoga page on Facebook
2. Follow the link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/OLYmindfulnesschallenge
3. Request to join the group
4. Answer ALL the questions (required for insurance)
5. Enjoy in your own time – content will be uploaded from 18th of May.

Access and content are FREE. However, if at the end you think that was beneficial for you, you can always donate some money. Only if you can afford it and there is no pressure.

 

Why mindfulness?
Those practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to observe our mind, thoughts and emotions, without judgment and creating safe space for them just to be.

Video introducing the idea can be found here:

 

#yoga #yogacrewe #creweyoga #yogacheshire #cheshireyoga #mindfulness #mindfulnesschallenge #10daymindfulnesschallenge


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