FEBRUARY LEARNING, UNLEARNING, RE-LEARNING

Our theme for February is about unlearning… I saw a quote from Alvin Toffler, an American writer, who said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

From when we are small we are learning new things… exposed to new situations, influenced by our environment, the opinions of our parents, what we read, what we are taught at school, what we absorb through the media. We develop our own attitudes and beliefs based on all of this and carry them through life.

These are the values that guide us through life and often remain steadfast and while this can be a positive thing, without the space to unlearn and relearn we stay stuck in the same place.

Unlearning is the process through which we break down the origins of our thoughts, attitudes, behaviours, feelings and biases. Unlearning can pave the way for relearning over a period of time. It’s important because the circumstances in which we learned something the first time might be different from where they are now… All we have to do is unlearn what we learned then and try to re-learn it now in our new environment.

2020 was a year where we had time to reflect and look at the world though a different lens…

But unlearning isn’t necessarily easy. It means discarding what you have already learned and this is the tough part. Even if what you have learned isn’t serving you anymore, the fact that a certain amount of time and energy has already been invested into it makes it hard to let go and discover a new path.

It can feel scary and challenge the things you thought you knew or had learned previously, but this is where change happens. It allows us to reject old biases and stereotypes that may have affected our conscious or unconscious attitudes towards people, places and the systems in which we operate in.

The emphasis from birth is to always add to our knowledge, to build upon what we learn when we are small until we know it like the back of our hand and we no longer have to even think about it. Then we learn something new, and so on… and so forth.

But we don’t ever think of the fact that some of those things we learned need to be unlearned… before we can add anything to it. So that we build on stronger foundations and what we’ve learnt is still relevant over time.

A few questions to help you start the unlearning process.

My personal unlearning today was:

  1. Things always have to done the most efficient way….
  2. I miss out on the journey, always only concerned with the destination
  3. There are many paths to end up in exactly the same place and my path isn’t everyone else’s choice.

If you want to join in, you can find the template on my instagram @romalovesyoga and answer the questions for yourself. If you want to share then please tag me so I can see them too!

We live in a material world

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Aparigraha or non-possesiveness: ‘We live in a material world but don’t be a material girl (or boy).
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Greed is not the aim, take what you have earned and leave the rest on the table…
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Sharing is caring… really…

Even though you’re bad for me

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Brahmacharya or non-lust: “Lust, a sudden, powerful, almost overwhelming desire of something you know is bad for you…”
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Often mistaken for love…
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So this doesn’t mean celibacy (yes!) but, it does mean using that sexually charged energy to connect to our spiritual selves and forming meaningful relationships ❤💙

Speak your truth

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Satya or truthfulness: unfortunately this doesn’t give licence to say what you think ALL the time.
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It’s about finding the right balance between “Honesty is the best policy” and if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
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This one gets a bit tricky for me and I have to work on it EVERY day.

Yoga is more than asana

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Yoga is so much more than doing pose after pose…
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Yoga has a spiritual side, which most of us never start yoga for and then find it becomes a significant part of the journey…
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Over the next week I will introduce the eight limbs of yoga, focusing on the Yamas, our code of conduct and self-discipline. It can be simply summarised as “Treat others how you want to be treated.” Come learn a bit more about the spiritual side of yoga…

Yoga for starters…

Have you always wanted to go to yoga but felt intimidated by the thought of being surrounded by crazy-flexible, super-fit people?

Well RomaLovesYoga is here to assure you that yoga is for EVERY body. We all started our practice somewhere after all!

Come join morning “Yoga for starters” at The Bisley Yurt
5 week course from Saturday 18th August 10:15am – 11:00am

Start your weekend off right…

Whether you can do the splits or you can’t touch your toes this class is designed to give students an introduction to yoga.

We will explore different yoga poses which gently allow you to improve posture, balance, core strength and flexibility. Just some of the benefits of yoga.

The session ends with a guided relaxation to ease you into your weekend and have you floating away on a cloud.

Invest in yourself and join the 5 week course for £40; or
If you’d just like to give it a go and come at your leisure classes are £10 each

Please email romalovesyoga@gmail.com for any questions or to book your space now.

 

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Do something for you! 🙂

 

International Yoga Day

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Roma keeps me sane!

It’s International Yoga Day… that means yoga ALL over the world! What a lovely thought! So for the past week I have been on a boat, motoring up and down the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. Utterly beautiful… extremely rainy… which meant there wasn’t a lot of space for the yoga mat!

For my own sanity (and my husband’s), it is a necessity to take some time to unwind. My highly strung, must get everything done immediately personality needs to be shushed and yoga is my medicine.

When I have deadlines flying at me and excel keeps crashing at work… I can feel the stress building and the feeling like I have so much to do, I don’t even know where to start!!! ARGH! It’s times like this when all the things that feed your body goodness, like good food, exercise, getting a good night’s sleep are the things that you compromise on.

Why do we do it?! These are the times where you need to be firing on all cylinders! Which means… eating well (take time to prep those meals), exercise (whatever gives your body the chance to get rid of that negative energy), go to bed (your brain needs a reboot).

So today, I took my own advice and made time to go to my Ashtanga yoga class and oh…. my…. goodness…. I felt like balance was restored! All the stress and anxiety from cramming 2 weeks worth of work into 1 week has gone…

And that people… is why yoga is MAGIC!

Do something for you this week that helps restore balance to your life, it may feel counter intuitive but the results of a better you are usually 100% worth it!

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Caledonian Canal and a Rainbow 🙂