I received this testimonial from one of my regular class participants. Thank you Mara for your kind and encouraging words. I hope they encourage others to give yoga and meditation a try. I will take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who participate in my classes and workshops ~ Thank You.
My name is Mara, I’m 54 years old, with a number of underlying health conditions. I am also going through a sometimes hellish menopause.
I attend the below classes regularly with Silva and they have become a part of my routine, my life:
During Melbourne’s second severe lockdown Silva reached out to people via social media offering a free weekly meditation. I had become pretty down in the dumps, feeling stuck, trapped, isolated and lacking motivation. This led me to sign up for the free weekly meditation, partly due to the fact that it was a form of communication with the outside world. and it offered guided relaxation. (Zoom installation is essential for this, in my case my partner helped me set it up as īm a bit IT challenged).
Online meditation offers me the opportunity to join a group in the comfort of my own home, with the option of sitting or lying down. I’ve tried meditating on my own in the past, but have found myself easily distracted. To be guided through a meditation with a focus on breathing, heart-space, and a set intention becomes a restorative time out, puts a pause button on those racing thoughts, and helps (me) to look at my life issues in a more measured and reasonable way, diminishing the panic that lingers in the background.
I call upon my practice of breathing at other times during the week when things feel like they are getting out of control, or I need help to fall asleep.
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Having never tried anything like sleep yoga I saw this as an extension to the weekly meditation. Turning off mobile phones and ensuring you have privacy will result in the best outcome.
With Silva’s guidance I was able to achieve a deep state of relaxation that almost felt like sleep, loss of consciousness, but wasn’t. A point of focus and rest and renewal.
The prospect of signing up for yoga was a little daunting, but something my body needed after spending much of the pandemic laying around watching tv and endless scrolling through fb.
Online yoga offers the advantage of being able to exercise at home, as long as your technology is set up right. The first few sessions were challenging my body to stretch and move in ways long forgotten. Yet the pace and level of the yoga is very gentle and Silva always reminds us not to push ourselves to do things that are painful or uncomfortable.
I had become so despondent with the extra kilos piled on during the lockdown that I had stopped looking at myself in the mirror, yet yoga forced me to pay attention to myself and my body, lumps bumps and all. I suppose in order to change something you need to have a perception of what is the starting point.
I’m not really super goal oriented, so Silva’s offer of a 5 pack or 10 pack of lessons makes things easy – pay for the lessons and then register for the ones you want to attend on the Bookamat system. So far I’ve attended 10 sessions of Rise & Shine Early Morning Yoga online, and I’ve noticed increased mobility and less of my chronic back issues.
We start our yoga practice with a Sanskrit prayer, and ease into stretches and floor work before making our way onto our feet. My favourite pose is the Warrior where I feel my chest and lungs opening up while my feet are firmly on the floor.
I would recommend any of Silva’s classes to people seeking an anchor point, a little routine, a break from the clamour in your head, encorougament for you to be kind to yourself and others.