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This November, we’ve the enjoyment of studying from Annie Carpenter at our Impartial Bay and Bondi studios. Discover out about Annie’s upcoming packages right here.


Annie created her college, SmartFlow Yoga, over 15 years in the past and is lovingly referred to as ‘The Instructor’s Instructor’. Having spent lengthy intervals of time practising and finding out Integral, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, Annie believes that there are lots of fantastic approaches to the observe and that we’ll all discover precisely what we want as our lives and our bodies evolve.


The dedication to observe is the essence. What we observe will increase and mature.


One lesson from Annie’s coaching significantly drove this dwelling for me when she had us think about the probabilities that come up after we keep nonetheless for a bit longer.


We’ve all been there. Holding Warrior 2, quad trembling, breath heavy, sweat dripping. “Another spherical of breath…!” the trainer directs, and the tip of that final exhale can’t come quickly sufficient. As a lot as we love a flowing, dynamic Vinyasa class, there are presents in these moments after we keep in longer holds. After we stay within the pose for longer than we might wish to, giving the form the prospect to disclose its classes to us.


Typically the lesson may very well be so simple as realising you’re stronger than you assume. On different days, the lesson may very well be to take heed to your physique and relaxation. When you can’t preserve a easy, regular cadence of breath, are you able to permit your self to take a step again so you possibly can return to a spot of equanimity and calm? Or are you at all times pushing for extra?


Remaining in poses for longer holds helps us really feel that dance of steadiness and ease, or what yogis consult with as sthira sukha. The place is that fringe of discovering our power, whereas not over-efforting in methods we don’t have to?


Discovering sthira sukha, discovering stability, modifications from each day, class to class, pose to pose.


In practising staying a bit longer, you may think about among the following:


  • Can I keep when issues get exhausting?
  • Can I take heed to myself in deeper and extra refined methods? What do I want at the moment?
  • Can I discover the quiet even in intense poses?
  • Can I stay regular and calm by the poses I like and the poses I discover tough?


In our fashionable world, we’re so typically regularly on the go, overworking ourselves and transferring from one factor to the subsequent with out pause. Yoga affords us a welcome distinction to the remainder of our lives. Repeatedly transferring on too shortly to the subsequent factor can preserve us from experiencing true pleasure, true peace, and true presence. After we permit ourselves to remain in stillness, keep within the pose maybe a bit longer than we’re habitually snug with, that’s when the magic of yoga can unfold. If we keep nonetheless lengthy sufficient, we would additionally uncover extra about ourselves. That is one other deeper observe of yoga – self-study, or svadhyaya.


Earlier than speeding into the brand new 12 months with all the brand new stuff you wish to begin doing right away, think about slowing down, pausing, and asking your self:


  • What’s right here proper now?
  • What am I grateful for proper now?
  • What’s already unfolding in entrance of me?


Yoga affords us these practices that carry us again to the current second time and again. If we wish to discover the road of sthira sukha, all that’s required is that we preserve unrolling our yoga mats and discovering ease within the uneasy.


Annie’s SmartFlow coaching was a beautiful reminder that oftentimes advancing our observe doesn’t imply mastering handstands or pincha mayurasana (forearm stand)!


“Whereas we could also be practising extra ‘superior’ asana, the advancing of our observe is definitely revealed by sustained refined focus and the inclusion of extra limbs of yoga,” says Annie.


Advancing our observe may imply softening within the occasions after we’d normally preserve pushing. It may imply including pranayama to the tip of our yoga courses. It may imply utilizing the questions above as journaling prompts, training svadhyaya. Or, it would imply merely staying nonetheless for longer and making it to our mats extra persistently.


We hope you’ll be a part of us in 2024 (or proceed to hitch us!), deepening your understanding of this lovely observe along with us.


You’ll be able to be a part of our Head of Schooling and Lead Instructor Coach, Gina Brescianini, for an additional Annie Carpenter Motion Masterclass coaching utilising SmartFlow Ideas in 2024! It’s also possible to discover her educating SmartFlow-themed courses in our Bondi & Manly studios.


Written by Katie Tetz
Studio Enterprise Supervisor | Ever Inspiring Author & Yoga Instructor for Energy Residing Australia



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