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This post goes along with my last post about being mindful and paying more attention to what goes on in your life.

I have recently spent a week at my parent's cottage, which pretty much has no connection to civilization what so ever. There is no phone signal, no Internet, and no cable. All I had was some friends, the river, and the sunshine. Whenever we wanted to use our phones we had to walk up to the end of the street, which took about 5 to 10 minutes to get to.

We spent most of our time outside not doing anything specific. We talked a lot and read some books, played some card games, enjoyed the river sounds, the trees, the sun and the stars. We woke up early and went to bed at a reasonable time, yet I felt much more awake and energized than when I sleep in at home. I did not want to waste a minute in bed when the sun was shinning bright outside. All this time outside reminded me of the freeness of my childhood.

Since I now live in the city, I don't spend as much time as I would like to outdoors. It was great to be able to get off the grid for a while. When I came back, I noticed that I was very relaxed and very slow at work. I also had much more patience with customers. Unfortunately, the early bird that I knew at the cottage lost all its energy to wake up early on the way back to the city. I wonder if this has anything to do with routine or change. No matter what, I will certainly have to make more time in my life for this type of retreat. I certainly suggest that you do so too! Take some time to get away. If you can't afford to do that at least turn off your phone/laptop once in a while and treat yourself.

Yoga Diary - Day 3: The Power of the Now

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This morning after a routine practice we immersed ourselves in the philosophy and history of yoga once more. The focus was on the Raja Yoga - the eight limbed path which forms the structural (and perhaps mental) framework for a yoga practice. This basally outlines various 'steps' to enlightenment and happiness and should be considered during our practice on and off the mat. The first two limbs - the Yamas and Niyamas are concerned with the attitude we have towards others (Yamas) and towards ourselves (Niyamas).

In short, the Yamas include:

Ahimsa - Consideration and compassion to others and a non-harmful approach

Satya - Speaking the truth (in relation to ahimsa)

Asteya - Non-stealing

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