Do you sometimes have so much to do you don't know where to start, get easily distracted or forget the important thing - everything seems urgent and it messes with your head?
This picture literally captures the reflection of love on our yoga mats - sending compassion, kindness, and understanding through the ether and around the globe, to every living thing in the world, and the gods above.
Having been in the yoga community for the last 20 years, it always fills my heart with joy to see the yoga community growing all over the world, and how yoga and yoga therapy are being recognised as health-giving and preserving practices, meditation as mediCation.
Coming together to practice creates a strong connection - it feels to me like electric power surge of love and peace, throbbing in a collective intention throughout the world. A joy to take part, teach and connect with friends, brothers and sisters in yoga.
In celebration this year, I am hosting two FREE events:
Starts 25 June: 'Mindful Mondays', a before work early morning practice to gear up for your week. Its a drop in class x 4 weeks starting Monday at 7.20-8.10am in Muswell Hill at The soothing Laboratory Spa & Health Club - there's plenty of parking and you do not have to be a member to join us. Its a free class with a suggested donation of £10. All proceeds will go to the Heart Failure nursing team at Barnet General Hospital who cared for my beautiful mum in her last years. Check for details HERE
Friday 29 June: Free taster Evening - hosted in collaboration with Barefoot Body Training, come along to a free 2 hour evening of yoga, mindfulness, embodied anatomy and yoga nidra. All welcome. In exchange for a free evening, we will take a little time to tell you about our new training courses and retreats coming up in London and India! Check for details HERE
Hope to see you soon,
Call me to talk more and work with me 07956 375 607
Next time you’re on your yoga mat, tune into noticing mode, in a mindful way and let your inner child come out to play. Treat your yoga mat like your playground
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When you know someone who loves yoga, then the festive season is a great time to treat them to something they will love and use.
Following a successful show in 2016, Yoga United decided to come back with something new and exciting for the Om Yoga Show 2017 in London, so we had three spaces instead of one – for our Yoga Products, Yoga Holidays and Yoga Education. We are still buzzing with energy from the wonderful success of the inspiring atmosphere that people created at this stunning venue. We felt extremely privileged to be part of such an event.
With the promise of temperatures launching us into summer this week, combine some relaxing sun-bathing or simply lying in the garden and feeling the sun on your body...with a little relaxation practice.
Do you have a tendency to skim-read, skim-engage and skim-experience the world because you're busy? Do you crave more down-time and connection but end up feeling down or lost when you're at a 'loose end'?
I am speaking from experience...Friday night for example, I found myself at a loose end - a quiet evening in front of the TV sounded perfect. The news did nothing but initiate the downward spiral of my mood and I switched it off, picked up a book, skim-read a few pages until I realised I hadn't taken in a word, went to the kitchen and grazed on some sugary snacks and felt even worse, and in attempt to get away from the kitchen, found my way back to my computer - ahh work - now I'm comfortable, focused and switched on!
Observing this in myself and acknowledging it has helped me to try something else this week, and instead of going to the computer to work, I found a way to go to my mat - not to work out, but to move, shake off my mood, and then switch off and nourish my body and mind with some well-earned rest.
As a yoga teacher and therapist, I have learnt skills for this. As a human being, I can recall times when I did this too...all I need to do is remind myself what to do - and you can too! In the yoga classes, courses, therapy and retreats, I teach physical and mindful skills to feel well, to nourish the goodness inside, to acknowledge the not so good stuff, patterns and habits that I know so well, and find peace of mind...so we have time to switch on again from a place of clarity and motivation. Hope to see you on the mat!
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We are often asked the question “do I need mala beads?” there is some confusion that they are only for yoga practice at a high level. This is not so, and they are easy to use, bringing an instant connection to your practice and a route to calm as you need it
What are mala beads and what do they bring into the equation of meditation and serenity in yoga practice?