MY YOGA LIFE Re­flec­tions on friend­ship from our res­i­dent yogi, Char­lene Lim.

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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.

Caro­line Adams

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.

Mar­cel Proust

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!

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