2020: A year of showing up

The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time - Brené Brown | Peach Yoga

2020…a year like no other. Living through the Covid-19 pandemic, with the constant sense of uncertainty and lack of physical connection with our friends and family, has made the year extremely challenging for so many. Once you add in other difficulties, whether that be illness, bereavement, unemployment, or anything else life throws our way, I doubt many people are ending this year on a high.

I always choose a word or theme at the beginning of each year, something to give a focus and direction without the restrictive nature of resolutions. An intention for how I would like to be in the year ahead. In 2020 my year was overwhelmingly shaped by personal challenges made all the more difficult by the pandemic. And my theme for 2020 was Show Up.

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If you’re angry and you know it stamp your feet (and 9 other top tips)

If you're angry and you know it | Peach YogaIn my toddler’s Sing and Sign classes we learnt a version of the “if you’re happy and you know it” song which addresses all the big emotions: if you’re angry and you know it stamp your feet; if you’re sad and you know it have a cry; if you’re tired and you know it go to sleep, and so on. I love it, because it’s a great way to teach children about emotions and also how to express them – a lesson we adults could do with reminding ourselves of. Continue reading

The Yamas: Yoga and Social Justice

The Yamas: Yoga and Social Justice | Black Lives Matter | Peach Yoga

The world feels pretty upside down at the moment: the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, George Floyd’s death in the USA and subsequent uprising against systemic racism, to name but a few of the huge issues facing us across the world.

Wondering what all this has to do with yoga? Here’s an introduction to the Yamas – the ethical codes guiding our interactions with others.

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2019: Trust in action

copy of all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be wellIf you’ve never tried choosing a theme for your year instead of making resolutions, I can highly recommend it. I’ve been doing this for several years now. I love how:

a) it sets a general positive intention (rather than resolutions which are often about restricting something or punishing ourselves in some way); and

b) it can shape your year in unexpected ways (rather than resolutions which you often either succeed or fail to keep). Continue reading