I am in a transition period at the moment.
Enjoy – see you next week.xxxx
ee you next week.
Woo hoo – Summer Solstice!!! Sing it ——‘SUMMER SOLSTICE’!!!!!
Love it – love summer, love long lazy days, love warmth, love chatting, love al fresco living, love love love all things related to summer, and sunshine, and warmth and etc. – you get the picture.
So summer solstice – which magically coincides with International Yoga Day, reminds me how connected we are to our planet and the seasons.
When I was backpacking I spent most of my time in a tropical climate.
I missed many things including the obvious family, friends and a good cup of tea.
However, the biggest surprise was the seasons. I totally missed the changing of the seasons. The change of colours, smells, light and temperature.
Even though our summers in the UK are not always the stories of movies – more the story of a dismal weather forecast, I still adore the energy around our British summer.
To be free to love and endure our wonderful summer season, enables us to change our life pace and lifestyle, compared with the slower, more snuggly feel of winter. Our yoga practice can be more active and challenging to complement the warmth and strength of the season.
To celebrate our summer solstice and another beautiful summer (wet or dry), this week’s free class is the good old Sun salutation. A few rounds of sun salutations warms up the body, strengthens the entire body and gets the blood flowing freely. It clears the mind, deepens our breath and gives us an all round full body workout.
So enjoy and let the sunshine in.
Building a routine in to your day can sometimes feel like incredibly hard and unnecessary work – and yet it has THE most dramatic effects.
Yogic philosophy is very much about ‘taking life as it comes’ and ‘going with the flow’, which is absolutely true – however we can only flow easier when our fundamentals are all in tact.
This is where routine comes in.
By having routine our systems are reset and recharged so that we are always totally aware of where we are supposed to be at any given time.
I can honestly say that I don’t have a daily ‘on the mat’ ‘full class’ yoga routine – however I do bring yoga into all of my daily tasks. I’ll stop and breath, I’ll take 5 minutes meditation, I am fully present as much as possible.
Take note of everything you do in the first 30 minutes of your day – I bet they are similar most days – and there is your routine!
If you are wanting to encourage more mindfulness into your routine – slot in 5 minutes journaling, or reading and inspiring article online, on standing still and drinking your tea whilst watching the birds in the garden.
To assist you with your daily routine – this weeks free class in a short Morning Warm Up – to be practiced any time of the day that suits.
During this time of the year, many of my students are experiencing exam pressure, or nerves over new beginnings. As we move into the summer, schools begin looking towards the future, so pupils & students do like wise – New teacher, new school, new prospects!! It is all very exciting.
With change comes physical challenges too – the mind becomes busy, we may get a nervous stomach and sleep may become more of a struggle.
These are effects that can be experienced by everyone – at anytime, regardless of what is taking place in your life. You have a presentation at work, a undesired meeting coming up, or, like me, have a nervous stomach for no reason whatsoever (this happens me to regularly).
This weeks FREE CLASS is designed to bring a little calm & peace to your day.
Enjoy – I’ll see you on the mat.
Life is the road of transition that we travel whilst trying to navigate the safest and happiest route to our end. Sorry, a little morbid, but true nonetheless.
It has the ability to throw situations at you that you were not aware were ever on the agenda – and this morning I was presented with one – I feel I need to share this with you.
Regularly, not every day, but a few days a term, my son has got upset whilst going into school. Now that may not sound too frequent to you but this is a child, who is brilliant at school. He is academic, popular, sporty and outwardly appears to have no struggles.
But there clearly is a struggle. He doesn’t wake tired, or ill. We walk to school in our usual jokey, happy way. he kisses me goodbye and walks off into school – and then there is a trigger. Something happens from leaving me, to walking through the school doors that turns this happy playful child into and unhappy, anxious little boy.
The light goes from his eyes and he cries – a big deal for a proud 9 year old, knowing his class mates are around him. His reasons for not wanting to go in are vague, he cannot tell me why. I speak with his teacher, his head teacher, who will keep an eye on him and see if any clues come up.
However I feel that all this surmising is superfluous to the obvious fact that he is unhappy.
I have no answers as yet, but I know he needs to be heard. I need to SEE him and be open to whatever changes we may need to make. It is easy to say ‘we all have days where we don’t feel like….. you just have to get on with it’!
Do we have to put up with these unhappy feelings?
Do we have to be miserable?
Simple – NO! NO WE DON’T!
And neither does he.
Our lives are not set out as a society or government dictate them to be – we make the choices. And even though I don’t know the answers as yet to how I’m going to help my son, I do know that our life plan is not written by someone else. There will be changes – I don’t know what – but there will be.
And this applies to you. Your life is not written for you – YOU WRITE IT.
Unhappy? Change it.
Uninspired? Change it
You can write your story, live and breathe a most beautiful and joyous life that will have you bouncing out of bed and tackling each day with gusto.
And I will be there to support & guide you through this incredible transition.
Asking the big questions can be enlightening and liberating, What would you do if fear didn’t matter? What would you do if you couldn’t fail?
As an entrepreneur – running your own business and being responsible for your income, wellbeing and livelihood, is daunting, nerve-racking and, at times, very lonely.
You are your business and there is rarely someone around that you can chat your grievances through, or when someone flusters your thought process during the day, there isn’t a colleague opposite you that you can talk it out with.
This is where the value of online sisterhood comes in.
While I am teaching yoga, I work with children of all abilities and ages – in various different states of health, and this can sometimes be emotional. Whilst strictly adhering to client confidentiality, I also need to chat to someone who understands – who can empathise fully and remind me that I am not alone. Clinical psychologists we are not, and yet at times, we feel we are.
This is where my sisterhood and other contacts I have been lucky to make become my Rock.
Even though I have a supportive home life/ a partner who fully backs me and a social circle of friends, nothing quite matches up to that new found acquaintance that is at, or has been at, the exact same point as me in my business.
Women in the right circumstances together are fiercely supportive of each other. You need a sisterhood!!
When you are down, they will lift you, when you are stuck they suggest solutions and when you need a chat they listen.
The support that comes from mastermind groups, group training programmes and social media groups is invaluable, and usually my ‘go to’ point for advice.
They are uplifting, encouraging, always inspiring and a constant reminder that you are doing what you want to do. No matter how many tears (of sadness, as well as joy) you shed, they keep you on your path and continuing with your chosen dream.
Remember this – We are the average of the 5 people we spend most of our time with, so choose wisely. Who motivates you, inspires you, brings you joy, makes you smile, etc.
But these incredible super groups don’t just land in your lap. You need to set your intention. Visualise your desires, the kind of people you want to attract. Once you put this out there and shine brightly as the incredible person that you are, you will attract the right kind of women.
Notice coincidences happening – don’t leave it to fate. These amazing things happen around us all the time.
So go out there and find your sisterhood and relish the joy you bring together.
Feel free to contact me and let me know where you are at in your business and anything you wish to discuss – maybe we could start a Sisterhood f our own……..
This is a blog from 13 months ago which, having spoken to many of my clients about, is relevant year on year. Spring is just around the corner but it is always wonderful to seek comfort in each other.
It was Tuesday 23rd December and I was enjoying a cuppa with a close friend and we were discussing exciting times coming up – she was moving in with her boyfriend and I was looking forward to the possibiity of moving ot a larger house – and I felt the transition – the dark cloudy fog that closes around me and I knew it was coming.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a terribly dibilitating illness that affects many otherwise healthy people throughout the darker winter days. It is a depression caused by lack of light getting into the eyes to stimulate the hypothalamus gland, a gland which controls a wide range of functions.
Symptons include lack of concentration, lower immune system, fatigue, negative thoughts and feelings, a desire to sleep more, unable to cope being around other people, difficulty communicating, wanting to overeat, loss of libido, anxiety and an inability to deal with stress. I personally do ALOT of crying, and even more annoyingly, for no particular reason.
People ask me if I am Ok? I cry!! Being nice to me is a sure fire way to encourage tears – and so I find it safer to stay alone.
I am snappier and short tempered with Charlie which is unfair, so this makes me feel even more shitty about myself.
It is truly a long old slog when the SAD cloud comes to stay. I am not lucky enough at the moment to own a light box so I have to change my schedules and daily routines. I need to gain as much sunlight as possible – no sunglasses!!! I try and get outside as much as I can, fresh air and daylight, and TRY not to eat too many carbs, which is super difficult as my body is craving comfort and stodge. I am journaling, creating, coming up with new program ideas and imaginative yoga classes and really trying to keep my motivation high.
And also resting – so I feel like hibernating. So what – when the day is done I hibernate. I keep warm and I snuggle down. Warm baths with lovely scents of Lavender & Neroli, hot choc (perhaps with a slug of something adult) pjs and bed.
Because as much as I love winter – with its fresh, crisp mornings I have to ride out the SADness – and as the bulbs poking their heads above the soil in my ‘yarden’ have already told me – spring is around the corner.