Change is difficult for humans. We often like to either rush past the transition part to get to where we’re going, or resist the change and stay firmly attached to the familiar. We place ourselves in the past or the future instead of that tricky present moment of in-betweenness. Yoga has a lot to teach us here.Continue reading “Transition and change: What we can learn from yoga”
2021: A year of healing
2021…we all thought we’d seen the worst of the pandemic by the time this year rolled around didn’t we?
And to some extent we had…but 2021 has not been an easy ride, with restrictions continuing way longer than any of us imagined, more cancelled plans, disrupted lives, and uncertainty a constant feature of our day-to-day experience.Continue reading “2021: A year of healing”
Radical rest: Are you resting or collapsing?
When was the last time you truly rested? I don’t mean sitting on the sofa watching TV, or even reading a book, but truly deep restorative rest.Continue reading “Radical rest: Are you resting or collapsing?”
2020: A year of showing up
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.Continue reading “2020: A year of showing up”
If you’re angry and you know it stamp your feet (and 9 other top tips)
In 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 “If you’re angry and you know it stamp your feet (and 9 other top tips)”
Yoga myths and yoga magic
Here are a few myths about yoga you might be carrying around with you…and some yoga magic to help you on your way.
If you’ve ever thought “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”, this one is for you.Continue reading “Yoga myths and yoga magic”
The Yamas: Yoga and Social Justice
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.
How to go easy on yourself in times of stress
There are lots of messages out there about how to make the most of the pandemic-induced lockdown. You might feel pressure to do all those things you’ve always wished you had time to do…and then berate yourself for not doing them. Continue reading “How to go easy on yourself in times of stress”
Yoga tips for better sleep
Difficulty falling asleep? Frequent night waking? Racing thoughts at night? Waking too early? Ruminating on problems and worries in the middle of the night? Chances are you’ve experienced one or more of these at some point in your life, and it’s safe to say you’re not alone.Continue reading “Yoga tips for better sleep”
2019: Trust in action
If 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 “2019: Trust in action”