2018: This too shall pass

How do you feel about resolutions? I like to choose a theme on New Years Day instead, to guide me through and shape the year ahead.

I find this tradition so much more fulfilling and positive and the typical New Years resolutions that often stem from a sense of not being good enough. Continue reading

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2017: A Year of Clarity

Over the last three years, on New Year’s Day, I have chosen a theme or a ‘sankalpa’ (an intention formed by the heart and mind) for the coming year. In 2017, my theme was ‘clarity’.

I have come to love this tradition and find it so much more valuable than making resolutions. For anyone who is new to this, the idea is to pick a word or theme that you would like to shape your year – something you feel drawn to, or something you want to be more conscious of. It feels very different from making resolutions which, so often, are restrictions or unrealistic demands we place on ourselves, driven by the sense of not being good enough as we are. Continue reading

2016: Adventure is a state of mind

31753905326_c8466e794f_oLast year, I chose a theme for my year instead of making New Years resolutions. Those specific resolutions we all make so often fall by the wayside over the first few weeks of the year because other things become more important, or because those resolutions don’t inspire us, or because they are about giving something up and feel like a chore. I loved the way a theme gave me a vision for the year while allowing the space to respond to events as they unfolded. So this year I did it again. Continue reading

Three ways to find balance in your life

photo-30-10-2016-20-35-59I’ve been thinking a lot about balance lately, perhaps because I’m in the process of figuring out how to balance yoga teaching with my other work, personal yoga practice, and life in general.

But I’m not the only one – everywhere we look there is advice about how to find work-life balance, or what constitutes a balanced diet or a balanced approach to managing money and so on. So what does balance actually mean? Continue reading

Mother-daughter bonding with yoga

2016-09-22-21-59-46My mum and I are 30 years apart in age. Over the years we have both developed a love of yoga, so when we reached the milestone ages of 60 and 30 we decided to celebrate by spending a weekend together at a yoga retreat. We had a wonderful time and this quickly became an annual event. It’s now 4 years later and we have just returned from a blissful week-long yoga holiday on the Greek island of Paros with inspiring teacher Oona Giesen. Continue reading

Be bold. Start something.

2016-09-07-08-14-12I distinctly remember the trepidation with which I sent off my application for yoga teacher training last year. I had spent a good six months doing research, first into whether it was definitely something I wanted to do, then whether it was the right time for me to do it, and finally to find the right course and teacher. It felt like a big step but I kept nudging myself closer to the edge. Continue reading

Ceremony and transition: “Honour the space between no longer and not yet”

2016-08-25 09.15.47Transitions can be hard. Those times where beginnings and endings exist simultaneously. It’s hard to know what to do with yourself. What to think. What to feel. I suppose that’s why humans developed ceremonies and why they persist today.

I have been thinking about the role of ceremonies and transition a lot this month. In the space of three days I attended my grandma’s funeral and completed the final yoga teacher training weekend before our assessments happen. These were two very different occasions but their transitional nature gave them something in common. Continue reading

Gratitude

2016-02-11 17.47.12Something shifted for me at this month’s yoga teacher training. At the end of the weekend I was exhausted as usual, but also a bit elated. I woke up the next day feeling awake, strong, and present, with an understanding of what I needed to do to restore my energy and absorb all the learning I’d been doing. I also felt a deep sense of gratitude for my healthy body and for this opportunity to learn so much from my teachers and fellow students. Here are some of the things that got me there. Continue reading