move. smile. release. Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

the power of your thoughts & actions

Every new day is an opportunity to create your own universe. 
Each morning when I get on the mat I notice how my body has tightened up through the night - become more rigid and resistant. As I move through my practice I feel the gentle coaxing and opening - it only takes about 30 seconds in each shape before the muscles relax and welcome the change. Our bodies are like flowers destined to open & bloom, and our minds, of course, are one & the same - it is the choice we have, each day, to make space and receive this growth & flexibility, or, to remain tight in the bud and unadaptable. 
Scientists have proved that when behaviours are sustained over time they become part of the brain’s permanent neurological wiring - this is called neuroplasticity. It means that the brain is not rigid, and, absolutely capable of change. Each time we perform an action the neurons in our brains form new connections to help remember that action - with consistency these actions and thought patterns become habits. Put simply neuroplasticity means “we are what we think & do”. It goes to follow that repeating positive behaviours, movements and thoughts can literally rewire the way our bodies and minds behave - each moment we are creating the universe that we live in. 
Have you ever watched a spider building her web?
The spider’s web is her whole Universe. She knows she has everything she needs to build her reality, right inside her. She might be hungry but she stays focussed - she starts from the middle - patient, taking her time. From deep within her belly she spins her home from strong silk that needs nothing but her slow and methodical artistry. She makes her web strong enough for all her needs, she knows she is the keeper of her own magic - the magic that sustains her.
We are all masters of our own destiny - deep within we have the same wisdom as spiders… whether we are conscious of it or not we are all spinning the web of our own private Universes. With meditation and self enquiry we start to gain the courage & confidence to shape that universe in alignment with our highest selves.
Every day is an opportunity to create the kind of home & community that we want to live in - making time to listen to the wisdom deep within us, we have all that we need.
I just love it when Neuro Scientists, Nature & Yogis agree, don’t you?
Looking forward to seeing you on the mat soon!
Jess
ps - please note that due to popular demand the Moving Meditation on Sunday 30th November will be Blind Folded. This is a beautiful opportunity for deep immersion in 'pratyahara' - withdrawing the senses. The practice is still physical (asana) based and open to all levels. The blindfold can be removed at any time so don't be afraid to give it a go if you are curious.
pps-  In the spirit of the festive season I'm giving away 2 double passes to the Moving Meditation session - just email me a few lines about how Yoga & Meditation have positively influenced your life :)