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It’s a Yoga Life by Keshav Rupakheti

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My Story

by Keshav Rupakheti

When I was 17, a poster for Yoga caught my eye.

It was advertising a talk by a great Swami who owned a Yoga Ashram in Kathmandu.

I felt a strong urge in my heart to go along and I just knew that I had to meet him.

I can’t remember what Swami said, and it did not matter.

I had found what I was looking for.

I joined the Ashram and lived there for 2 years living the Yogic life.

Practicing our daily Asanas (yoga Posutres), Pranayama, Yoga Therapy, chanting, meditating, singing, and really enjoying our special time together.

We were self sufficient and grew all our own vegetables and grains.

We used Yoga cleansing to purify our bodies when needed and used Ayurveda herbs and preparations if we were sick.

I look back on those 2 years with such joy and utter amazement.

How different my life is now, living in Belfast.

And yet, in many ways, my life is not so different.

I am honoured to be able to teach yoga to many hundreds of beautiful students each and every week and I am so lucky to have a job that I love so much.

I have been teaching regular Yoga classes ever since I left the Ashram, over 20 years ago now.

We don’t get to do much singing in our regular classes at the Yoga centre, I just leave that for my home life with my dear wife Jennifer and our young son and daughter.

When I was living the Yoga life at our Ashram in the Himalayan countryside, Yoga was just Yoga, A way of life.

We loved our Swami as a brother and we were honoured to share our time together.

When people ask me what style of yoga I teach.

I say that I just teach Yoga.

Namaste,

Keshav Rupakheti


Leap By Emma Docherty

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Leap

By Emma Docherty

Every month, I lift 3 cards from my Angel Oracle deck; two cards acknowledge my present self and a third card acts as my challenge for the month ahead. This month’s challenge card was L​eap of Faith,​ and it got me thinking a​lot a​bout how often we cultivate faith in ourselves.

So I asked around. I talked to friends, family and even looked inwards. Pretty quickly I realised just how little self­ faith we have! It’s as though we have developed a default setting to doubt our capabilities. Take our yoga practice for example; how often do you find yourself doubting that you can achieve a complex a​sana or even touch your toes? How many times have you heard people claim “I could never go to yoga, I’m not flexible at all.” when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth! And of course it isn’t just on the yoga mat, we doubt ourselves in all other areas of our lives. But why?

Patanjali explains to us in the Y​oga Sutra t​hat unless we work on having faith in ourselves, we will be unable to transform. If we can focus on practicing and cultivating self­love, self­respect, and self­faith, we can experience love and happiness in abundance. Looking closely at the words used; w​ork, transform, practice, cultivate, we are reminded that our lives are a journey towards a destination and that we should e​xperience t​hat journey to the fullest. Faith leads to courage and courage leads to love.

I fully encourage you to pay attention to how many times you doubt yourself in the next few weeks and focus on replacing that doubt with a positive message to yourself. Y​ou are enough, just as you are! T​ake a leap of faith as often as you can; attempt that pose you’ve been avoiding, hold it for just a few seconds longer than you think you can, push yourself that inch further, and most importantly, congratulate yourself when you do. I hope you will find it as liberating as I did.

I recently read a wonderful Japanese saying. It goes;

Fish live in streams

Birds nest in trees

Human beings dwell

In warm hearts.


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Sat 01 Oct 2022 – Bodyrolling Workshop with Jennifer Greenlees

Sat 01 Oct 2022 – Bodyrolling Workshop

with Jennifer Greenlees

10am – 12.30pm

£29

Please book here

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Bodyrolling feels fantastic and is great for getting rid of stiffness, aches and pains. To learn how, come along to my next Bodyrolling Workshop 1st October 10-12:30pm at Namaste Yoga Belfast 265A Ormeau Road, BT7 3GG

Bodyrolling combines a great stretch like yoga with a deep tissue massage using the ball. Learn how to roll away stiffness, aches and pains yourself using a ball or foam roller. Leave feeling like you have had a full body massage. Kickstart a new healthy habit you can do for yourself at home or at the gym.

Sometimes we get stiff and sore from working long hours. Perhaps you are spending to much time at your desk or maybe your job is very physical with lots of heavy lifting. Bodyrolling makes fantastic self care as it realigns your body and prevents problems developing due to poor posture or repetitive strain. Great thing is once you have learnt how to roll your body you can do it yourself at home very quickly. I enjoy a bit of body rolling at the end of the day to relax and realign before bed.

If you would like to buy your own ball or foam roller click on this link… https://jennifergreenlees.com/body-rolling/

It makes great body maintenance between massages. Keeps the muscles from getting so tight so you are not just relying on your massage therapist or physio for help. It also improves circulation as it rolls through and tonnes your body and is also great for bone density. The list of benefits are endless!

So come along and have a go or if you have already been before but need a kickstart to get back on the wagon again of rolling every day come along.  All equipment provided. Balls and Foam Rollers are also available for purchase. If you cant make a workshop I also have a fantastic online program 30 days of bodyrolling just 15 mins a day to teach you how to roll away stiffness aches and pains yourself at home. Helps you get into the routine of doing it yourself at home.

Looking forward to getting rolling!

SIGN UP HERE….. https://schedulejennifergreenleesholistics.as.me/bodyrollingworkshop

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