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Journal Prompt 9 – aparigraha (non clinging / non grasping) where can I apply it in my life?

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Journal Prompt 9 – Aparigraha (non clinging/ non grasping)

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s journal prompt is from Joanne Metson.

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I am so thankful that yoga has made me more aware. In so many ways, the practice of aparigraha has been a game changer for me. Not just when I practice Yoga on my mat, but in my life in general.
Practising aparigraha  is really freeing. Our modern day materialistic world has lead me into thinking I need to have more. Buy more stuff, have the next best thing or experience.  That somehow this will make me feel happier, more successful. Taking time to reflect on this practice has helped me to see the illusion in this. And that in fact, instead of consuming and attaching and wanting more, I am actively trying to let go of things that I do not need.
We have spent the weekend clearing out our garage and sorting out my daughter’s bedroom for decorating and it has felt so good to let go of the clutter and cleanse our home and our heads! Practicing non possessiveness, non clinging, non grasping feels like a weight lifted. I no longer have the desire for more, and it’s a lovely at peace kind of feeling.
I am witnessing my growing daughters being caught in the phenomenon of wanting the best phone, the latest trainers, more pretty things to decorate their bedrooms and I hope that I can pass on this ancient wisdom to them . That they too may see the deception that we need more stuff. But equally I remember my youth when I have just wanted to fit in and be the same, have the same as my friends, so I guess gently gently with my daughters.
I am also thankful for practicing non clinging on my Yoga mat, to catch myself when I am grasping for a pose that I am not ready for yet (and maybe I never will be). To be ok with it not being perfect and to enjoy just feeling my body moving with my breath, letting go of attaching to the outcome and being in the moment. It is such a powerful observance that I am so very grateful for.
2021 SSYTT 200hr graduate
Teaches Vinyasa – Tuesdays 7.30-8.45pm
& Pilates – Tuesdays 6-7pm

You may want to journal on your own practice and understanding of aparigraha (non clinging).

Journal Prompt 8 – What is getting in the way?

journal getting in the wayJournal Prompt 8 – What is getting in the way?

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s journal prompt is from Sam Layzell.

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What is getting in the way?
Whether it’s my practice, a relationship or my own inner world, this is what I have discovered…
When I feel:
Impatience, resentment, frustration & anger – my antidote is compassion (towards myself or another).
Shame, a lack of confidence or feelings of unworthiness – my antidote is authentic connection with someone I trust.
Assumption & judgement – my antidote is kind curiosity of what is REALLY happening.
Anxiety – my antidote is loving kindness towards everything I am feeling.
Fear – my antidote is tender understanding (toward myself or another)
Loneliness – my antidote is a willingness to be vulnerable, which takes courage.
What is getting in the way for you?
Co owner of Same Star Yoga
5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN
First graduated in India in 2013
Continues her studies and mentorship with Sarah Powers
Teaches
Hatha – Mondays 6-7.15pm & Thursdays 9.30-10.45am
Yin & Meditation – Wednesdays 6.15-7.30pm
Yin Yang Balance – Fridays 11-12.30pm & Sundays 9.30-11am
Passionate about all things Yin, TCM & teachings that embody compassion.

Why not set a few minutes aside and consider, for you, what is getting in the way?

Journal Prompt 7 – What is the Question that wishes to be answered today?

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Journal Prompt 7 – What is the question that wishes to be answered today?

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s journal prompt is from Katie Martin.

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What is the question that wishes to be answered today?

The question that wishes to be answered today is what do I need and how does that look?
Too often we can forget to consider our own needs. Both on a daily basis and when thinking about the future. We often put others before ourselves until we find the balance has become unhealthy.
Just saying the words ‘what do I need?’ can trigger thoughts of being too selfish. Who am I to ask what I need when there are so many others to think about? However, as we have all been told before, we can’t pour from an empty cup.
We must learn to extend the kindness, compassion, willingness to help and love that we offer to others to ourselves. We must practice self-love and meeting our own needs. If we cannot extend love to ourselves by meeting our own needs then how can we extend love to others?
There have been times in my life where I have returned to this question and the answer has varied. Sometimes a moment to pause and breathe, a hug from a loved one, the sun on my face, a movement practice, feeling the ground under my feet, listening to the sea, a cup of tea, time in conversation, time in silence.
My needs changed not only on a daily basis but also throughout the day. What remained consistent is that when I asked myself what I needed listened to the answer and gave myself permission to seek it I felt more present, nourished, healthier and calmer. I didn’t feel selfish. From this place, I was able to show up in the world more fully and more equipped to be of service to others.
My cup was not empty anymore.
As the world around us continues to change this is a question that I will continue to ask. As our days can change so much in 24 hours the question I will extend to myself is, not only ‘what do I need today?’ but also ‘what do I need in this moment?’ The answer for me right now is to slow down.
Take a moment today to ask yourself the question ‘what do you need and how does that look?’ Pause, listen to the answer and then honour it. Practice showing up for yourself and then see how you feel afterwards.
Katie Martin ⭐️

2022 SSYTT 250hr graduate
Teaches Slow Flow Monday 7:45pm
Blew us away in her examination so very excited to see what births from her in her future.

We encourage you to sit in a quiet space and allow the answer to your journal question to emerge.

Journal Prompt 6 – When I witness Pain…

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Journal Prompt 6 – When I witness pain…

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s journal prompt is from Anna Harvey.

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I am one of life’s sensitive people. I feel every emotion somatically and in totality. Pain is no exception.

It’s said as a parent that you are only as happy as your least happy child. I feel the intensity of my children’s pain as if it were my own. But what happens when I become the witness to pain instead of inhabiting it? Can I BE with the pain either physical or emotional, either mine or someone else’s without needing to move it, or fix it or hide it?

When I say to my self, “I am experiencing pain” who is the I that is experiencing it?

I can observe that behind the pain I am feeling is the untouchable, unconditional love of the universe inside me that is not defined by the emotion I am experiencing. As the witness I am open to the gold that is to be mined from all lived experiences. There are wonderful lessons in emotional pain for each one of them is a calling to come closer to myself.

As the witness, I am able to observe the impermanence of pain like the rise and fall of the sun each day or the changing of the seasons through the year. I have learned to sit with pain, like a treasured friend and listen to it’s wisdom and in doing so I come home to myself.

Anna Harvey ⭐️

2021 SSYTT 200hr graduate
Out there teaching her very own Men’s Yoga
Anna literally lights up any space she walks into so we very much hope you’ll see more of her at SSY soon.

Why not try writing in your journal about your experience of pain?

Journal Prompt 5 – What would your heart say?

What would your heart say?Prompt 5 – What would your heart say?

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s journal prompt from the heart is from Samantha Layzell.

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What would your heart say?

When my doubting parts speak up, my heart whispers “Be brave. Be courageous”

When my critical parts speak up, my heart reassures “You’ve got this. Keep going.”

When my frustrated parts speak up, my heart encourages “Be kind. Slow down and enjoy your life.”

When my angry parts speak up, my heart reminds “ Be compassionate. You don’t know the battles others are fighting.”

When my tired parts speak up, my heart sings “Rest now. It’s ok for you to rest now.”

I haven’t always heard what my heart says. She speaks in a soft voice and to hear her I need to become still and quiet too.

Journal about what your heart says?

Samantha Layzell ⭐️

Co owner of Same Star Yoga
5000hr Yoga Elder for IYN
First graduated in India in 2014
Continues her studies and mentorship with Sarah Powers

Teaches
HathaMondays 6-7.15pm & Thursdays 9.30-10.45am
Stretch & RelaxTuesdays 9:30-10:30am
Yin & MeditationWednesdays 6.15-7.30pm & Fridays 9:30-10:45am
Pranayama & MeditationWednesdays 8-9pm
Passionate about all things Yin, TCM & teachings that embody compassion.

Journal Prompt 4 – Impermanence

Prompt 4 – impermanence – often linked to nature and it’s seasons.
Explore the impermanence in your own life can you find the beauty even if there is sadness?

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s is from Aislinn Kenyon.

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Anitya – impermanence – often linked to nature and it’s seasons. Explore the impermanence in your own life can you find the beauty even if there is sadness?

Nature reminds me, and reminds me again and again, that nothing stays the same. And I need the reminder often. I resist change. I like the safety of knowing. And of course I thrive on change. Every time I surrender to change it reveals an unexpected relief. One I have felt before but is always disguised under the rigidness of holding on. I strive to preserve the moment all the while knowing that the beauty is really in the letting go. This is my practice; Staying present and not holding on too tight. Letting go, and letting go again. Nature teaches me this, as does my yoga practice. My breath will come and go. Time after time. A seed will sprout, will grow and burst into dazzling bloom, and then it will wither. It knows its time.
Becoming a mother is an intense practice in letting go. I remember vividly my daughter beaming a huge gummy smile – at that age when babies are babbling but don’t yet have teeth – and thinking ‘how could you possibly get any better than this?’ I wanted to hold onto that moment forever. I grieved for that fleeting moment, woeful for the future that would come and take it away from us. But the future came, and it keeps coming, and it’s beyond anything I could’ve imagined. That gummy smile gave way to the most spectacular little girl who, just like the flowers and seasons, is teaching me everyday to surrender and let go – that beauty is in impermanence.
Aislinn Kenyon ⭐️

Initially graduated 350hr TT in Brisbane Australia in 2014
Recently moved back and currently teaches Baby & MeMondays 11.15-12.15pm
Passionate in creating a community where women can connect & support one another.

Journal Prompt 3 – Sitting outside – what do you notice?

Sitting outsidePrompt 3 – Sitting outside – what do you notice ?

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s is from Gabrielle Zeter.

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Sitting outside – what do you notice?

Nature was never really my bag until…

… I read Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell. She refers to the seasons and how spring and summer could not have happened without the darkness of winter – which provides rest. What an AHA moment for me. Which has percolated for a long time.

… my first yoga teacher, reiki master and now beloved friend @ taught me the benefits of grounding and connecting to the earth.

… I started listening to my own body and heart and felt for myself how different I feel after a long walk in nature, a paddle in the sea. My tightness in my chest eases.

I started to slow down and notice…

Of the flower that grow through the tiniest cracks in the pavement. Against all the other odds! What a journey she’s been on!Of the ferns that unfurl so systematically to grow taller than me just round the corner from my house.Of tight buds in the bushes of Sutton Heath in spring. I know they will bloom shortly. But do they?Of the tides of the river in Woodbridge. That will dictate the route of the walk…Of the crashing waves of the ocean in Cornwall. No 2 waves are the same. Just like no two moments is life giving to so many creatures.Of the sheer expansiveness and spaciousness of the north Norfolk beaches… whether the tide is in or out.Of the luscious green hills of the Peak District I discovered (and also fell in love with) this week.And I am in awe of Mama Earth’s Shakti…

Mother Earth has her way. Some makes sense to a rational mind and a soft heart. Some less so. Some is destructive and cruel. Yet still happens. She reminds me that there is something greater at play. She reminds me to trust. She reminds me it’s ok for some of it to make sense and some of it not to. She reminds me to allow rest. She reminds me that there are also times to show up and be me. She reminds me that there is nothing to be gained from comparing. Every part of her is different and has its role to play to create a whole.

And I need to play mine.

By connecting to my heart.

Herself connected to Mama Earth.

Herself part of Universal Love.

Gabrielle Zeter ⭐️

Graduated in 2021 and took 175hr with SSY in 2021 to further enhance her teaching.

Passionate about Bhakti & Sacred Rituals, Gabrielle is well known at Same Star for having the most exquisitely kind heart and is a very valuable part of our Reception Team. Currently moving through advanced mentorship with Samantha around Yin Yang Balance and now teaching Yin Yang Balance classes on Sundays at 9:30-11am.

Journal Prompt 2 – Write about a Dream you have & wish to fulfil

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Prompt 2 – Write about a Dream you have and wish to fulfil

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. This prompt to journal about a dream you have & wish to fulfil inspired a poem from Serina Leach.

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A dormant body
Asleep yet awake
I manifest new life
Within a dream-state

For my heart to be full
and my mind to be sure
that the steps that I take
Are abundant and pure
For my body to still
And my thoughts to not race
For my healing to cease
And my heart un-encase
For my hands to be held
Out of choice and not fear
For my eyes to be wide
Unclouded and clear

For my body to ride waves
it’s energy unseen
Within shallows and depth
Of an awakening dream

Serina Leach ⭐️

Same Star Yoga
250hr Yoga Teacher Trainee
Always the first to support and elevate anyone she is connected with.
Works out of @shaktis_lens go check out her amazing videos.

Journal about your dream and in the future you can look back to see how much you have achieved.

Journal Prompt 1 – Write about a relationship you have or had that fills you with joy

Journal Prompt 1 – Journal about a relationship you have or had that fills you with joy

Each day one of the Same Star Yoga team will be sharing their journalling on the prompt given. Today’s is from Tara Perlaki.

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My relationship to animals is one that fills me with deep joy, especially the relationship I’ve with my cats.

Even as I type this, a warm smile emerges from my heart. The joyful glow when I think about Judy, our current little girl, quite literally makes my heart sing.

It’s strange when you think about it, because cats do life totally on their own terms. They may love unconditionally, but they’re certainly conditional with how and when they give their attention and affection. It’s something I’ve now come to admire, you always know where you stand.

My cat is 100% part of my family. I miss her when I’m away, can’t wait to get back home, even if Judy ignores me till she deems me suitably punished for going away. (Every cat owner will know this one!).

People often tell me they grieved for their pets more than they did when they lost a human loved one.

I think this is because our relationships with our furry friends tend to be much simpler, with us free to be ourselves and not worry what other people might think. For example, I cry freely when I’m sad, singing or dancing when I’m happy. Often, she’ll respond with a head bop, or nose kisses. They really are the cutest!

Hanging out with my girl is pure soul food, despite much of the relationship being on her terms (catitude at its finest). It’s without a doubt one of the most joyful relationships in my life.

Tara Perlaki ⭐️

2021 SSYTT 200hr graduate
Teaches Beginner Yin
Mondays 7.45-8.45pm
Thursdays 9.45-10.45am
Dear Soul – Passionate about providing tools to help women tackle cycles of life.

What is Journalling?

What is journalling

Mindfulness writing is like anything else it takes a bit of time and practice for it to feel easeful, some particular subjects and themes you may run with, others may be hard to even get off the starting blocks but with practice we hope this becomes easier and easier for you.

Journalling is a beautiful practice for bringing you into the present moment. It encourages you to drop into your own presence, witness your feelings, your body and your thoughts and enables you to detach from untruths that may be trying to push forth into your everyday. It’s a practice that encourages you to look deeper and witness the richness of life rather than bumbling around on the surface of life.
This is why we are inviting you to join Same Star Yoga’s 31 day 5 min guided Journalling practice.
Each day you can choose a theme to sit with, a sharing from one of Same Star Yoga’s teachers, graduates and trainees. We are super excited to hear their musings and yours if you feel inclined to share.
We encourage you to take 5-10mins silent contemplation & then to put pen to paper and let the magic unfold.
What we hope will manifest from this 31 day challenge is a beautiful creative habit that you wish to continue with and some inspiration that you even may feel called to share with our world and it’s inhabitants that are in such need of positive reflections.
Get ready to drop head in to heart and pen to paper.
We can’t wait to share this with you.

To take part you will need a journal or notebook, pens/pencils and at least 10 minutes a day to compose and write.

We hope you enjoy your journalling practice. Head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages to share your thoughts and writings with us.