Lets talk Magic

I read this poster on my brother's wall the other day that said "Magic is something you make" and I was like "yes, exactly, so simple" but I realise that many people either think magic does not exist, its total woowoo BS, or that they are not capable of it... I am here to illuminate this topic for you in a real way.

So, What is Magic?

Wether you are aware of it or not, you are, in some form or another, doing magic daily...several times a day actually. I'm going to go through a few forms of magic and you can think about how much you are using magic daily - and what you are using it for.

Inner Magic

This is probably the most important place to start because this is the spring from where your rivers will flow. And if you are the master of your inner workings then you have much more power in the outer world. 

Breath In ......... Breath Out

In yoga your breath is a primary source of prana (vital life force) which is the same as Qi in Chinese medicine. Practices like Pranayama and Qigong help us to acquire energy, harness it, transform or sublimate it and expend it or use it. 

Breath-work hands us the reigns to our mind, body and emotions, so we can steer in the right direction.  

Mind Control

I don't think any of us are unaware of how much our thoughts affect us, but many of us are unaware of where they come from and how to control our thoughts. The mind is a vast labyrinth and we can go much of our lives without being taught or learning how to even begin mastery of our minds. Meditation is a great practice to start demystifying the mind. 

But suffice it to say, if you are not controlling your thoughts, they are controlling you.

Riding the Emotional Waves

Emotions = Energy in Motion.

Emotions are very much linked to thoughts and energy. Think of these 3 things as a triangle that feed eachother.

Emotions can add vast depth and colour to our lives, but they are also influential, and when we are not consciously working with them they can overwhelm and overpower us. This is dangerous territory.

Becoming a slave to the way we feel can have disastrous affects. 

Outer Magic

How well we are doing mastering our inner magic is going to affect how well we navigate our outer magic. 

Words are Spells

When looking for a very really and very powerful tool for magic, look no further than 'words'. With your words you have a lot of power and its something we overlook. You can use your words to uplift someone or hurt them. You can use words to inspire or destroy. You can use words to share ideas or ruin someone's life.

How often can you remember something someone said to you from years ago, even your childhood, and it still haunts, delights or affects you in some way? 

How much do the words of others affect you? Praise for achievements. Insults in an argument. Kind words in times of despair. 

What about these phrases, how much do they conjure up feelings in us when we read or hear them?

I love you.

I'm sorry.

Please help me.

Maybe there are some others you can add to this list that you know would cut you to the core if you heard them - especially from someone you love.

Or silence when we so much need to hear something.

What about songs? Right now you could probably recall lyrics of songs that have struck a chord deep in your physche. 

Script is Forever

Very much related to the spoken word, but the written word has more reach and longevity. When we put words down in writing we are a bit more deliberate about it and these word could, especially with today's technology, live forever. They could last well beyond your own life and even further. Someone could read your words in 1000 years from now and be affected. 

Writing is a way of creating something with words, it is an action with intention, and as we will come to see, when clear intention meets with action - we make magic.

Hands are Wands

Our hands are some pretty powerful tools of creation. With them we can put our thoughts into words, create or destroy, love or harm, make food or poison, invent, steal, rescue, restrain etc. 

Indeed much has been done at the hands of 'man'. 

Even the smallest of things done with hands can be powerful. A gesture. A handmade gift of a child. A painting. Music. Massage. Murder.

That's right, hands can make life rich and pleasurable but hands can even take life away.

So, how do we use all this?

Creating Spells

Okay, so know that we have covered Inner Magic and Outer Magic, lets talk about how much of this we are using - consciously. To be clear we are all using magic but probably not with very clear intentions and probably rather clumsily. 

I also laid out the order of the Inner Magic and Outer Magic very deliberately so that we can see the path to mastery more clearly. Where to begin and how to progress.


ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Lara-Lyn...

Movement lover, teacher and healer. But, I have also been called a “floating trophy”,

Let me tell you about it ...

I haven’t held down a ‘job’ for more than 13 months in my life. I dabbled, I hustled, I moved and I changed my mind as often as I wanted to. I have lived out loud and honest. If it wasn’t fun or fulfilling, I couldn’t stick with it. I rebelled against the idea that I HAD to do anything. I want to be free. I want to be real.

And I believe many people are like me.

I was on a mission. I still am.

How this helped me become ME

I am curious and I tried a lot of stuff. From a smallie 7 year old girl I did ballet, but I was “dismissed” for being a little unruly and bunking. I did all the sports offered in school — with moderate success in most (even hurdles which is interesting when you are 159cm). As a teenager I did gymnastics, until I didn’t. In my early adult years, I tinkered around with dancing and movement studies in university as part of my performance arts — I am also an actress which is another love of mine, but let’s stay on track.

Then I dived into Kickboxing, for which I did achieve my black belt and a silver medal in competition. And I started Yoga around the age of 20 in the hopes of improving my flexibility for kickboxing, but as the years went by yoga became much more. Actually, I still didn’t fully commit to my yoga practice until I did my own teacher training and discovered the deeper layers of the practice and the profound impact it had on my understanding of life.

But I’m skipping ahead... A few years earlier, before I was a teacher of any sorts...

One night, at a house party, I met two guys who did AcroYoga in the middle of the living room, and THIS was a big turning point for me. I got in there! In a dress, legs in the sky, lime green panties and all. I didn’t care. I was in love. Acro became my darling passion. A fire was lit.

I became a teacher by accident, I thought. I taught two friends some of the basics I learned so I could have training partners. Then people saw us doing acro and yoga in the park and asked about it. Reluctant at first, I agreed to teach some free sessions on Sundays to anyone who wanted to learn. It took off, and I discovered a lot of joy in teaching.

Then a local yoga studio asked me to give some relief yoga classes. Reluctant again, I agreed. I needed to make some cash and it seemed easy enough, after all, I’d been practicing on and off for more than a decade by then. Boom! the joy of teaching was there too. I hurried off to do my yoga teacher training.

My next goal was Acro trainings. I did what I needed to do to make money to get to some good trainings around the world. Along the way, I found and fell in love with Thai Massage. I discovered that I had a lot of love and care for people and this was a channel for that.

I stumbled into the perfect trifecta - Yoga, Acro and Thai Massage. I share and teach them all, but in my own life — one is my solo practice, one is a team effort and the other is my offering to others.

I also completed #handstand365 in 2015— yep, 1 year of #handstandseveryday! so I obviously also love teaching handstands and arm-balances.

Today, I run a successful yoga studio in my home city of Windhoek, Namibia  and my definition of success is that we are a group of more than 10 teachers who offer loving yoga classes to a very close community. It’s much more than a business, @the_yoga_shala is a sanctuary. I teach acrobatics around the world with another incredible community of sharing, caring and fun-loving humans, and I give Thai massages from my home, or on my travels.

Soooooo, that brings us to the present  moment. I have been creating online content to continue sharing these joyful practices with the world.

During 2020, I filmed the FREE 7-day Yoga video series since I had a bit of time on my hands 😉 and its available for free to anyone who wants it.

And there is already some other cool free content on this site, so go have a look-see and leave me some comments or requests on my blog posts. Let me know what you would like to learn. I love making content specific for people!

Love,

Lara-Lyn

P.S. If you wanna try my online yoga classes go to The Yoga Shala and sign up. These are not free but are really affordable and fun.

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