MY YOGA LIFE Reflections on friendship from our resident yogi, Charlene Lim.
HELLO! I’m Charlene – yogi, wife, cat mum to Falco and Charles, and founder of Trika Yoga, my calm, relaxing,
light- lled yoga studio in the heart of Bristol, UK.
Each month I hope to share with you a little about me and my yoga world, the inspirations, the falls and bringing my practice
into everyday life. This month I’m celebrating friendships, the sunshine, learning to take yoga off the mat and making
a delicious breakfast smoothie.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
At 98, Tao PorchonLynch is the oldest yogi in the world. When she’s not on the mat, she dances competitively!
This month we’ve seen the sun making a much more regular appearance, and the heat is bringing people outside. It’s a gorgeous bloom and transition from having our heads down all through the rainy springtime and showery early summer, to turning our faces up to embrace the sun.
As the summer days start earlier, I have found that my daily routine has responded to this change. Each morning I nd myself pulling back the curtains with more positivity to be greeted by a light sky. I make my morning drink, and hop onto my yoga mat for some practice before heading to start work at
Trika Yoga, my studio in Bristol. Rest assured, even I sometimes struggle to get that rst sun salutation going in the morning. The lighter days really do make a di erence though, and this positive feeling is re ected in the collective mood of the students and friends that come to the studio. People walk in with a spring in their step that only the sunny weather brings.
Since I opened the studio last year, the amount of people I care about in my life has multiplied.
It is a blessing that such new students feel at ease with sharing their time and their practice – which is such a personal experience – with me. This journey of experiencing and growing together is truly at the heart of what I do. Sharing the things I learn with others is such an important part of my yoga
YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT CHANGE, GROWTH, DISCOVERY, MOVEMENT, TRANSFORMATION... CONTINUOUSLY EXPANDING YOUR VISION OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE.
practice. I’ve found that real gems are also gleaned from looking out of yourself and your own practice, towards sharing, helping others and lifting them up. I have a naturally reserved personality, so this little thing called yoga has really opened me up over the years to such a wide group of people, with each person adding to my capacity to love – something I thought I had a definite limit to.
We often hear about ‘taking yoga o the mat’, and this is where the real yoga starts. How can we take the lessons we learn about ourselves and from others during our practice, and positively a ect the people and situations around us? Some food for thought this month.
Talking about things happening o the mat, this month I have been rekindling my loves outside of yoga, and in particular my photography. Photography is already an important part of the day-to-day running of Trika, but I’ve been nding time to diarise my days with snaps of my memories, and enjoying capturing precious moments as they happen. A certain look in the eyes of my partner, my cats dozing in the sun, the beautiful summer sky over Bristol harbour...
Make time to reconnect with yourself, with the things you love deeply, and with everything and everyone that surrounds you. These will always be moments well spent.
LET US BE GRATEFUL TO THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE US HAPPY – THEY ARE THE CHARMING GARDENERS WHO MAKE OUR SOULS BLOSSOM.
Clockwise from top left: Embracing the sunshine in upavista konasana; tidy towels; opening the shoulders and neck; a calm moment by Bristol harbour.
Our bodies are our
tools for being in this life: to express, to work, to experience. Take care of your vehicle of life: fuel it, rest it, so it’s able to
carry you through life’s explorations.
Clockwise from top left: It’s all about balance; capturing everyday family moments on camera; working my way down to the mat; my city in the summer.
A tripod headstand with a member of the Trika tribe – J@EJC A=?D KPDAN O feet is trickier than it looks!