I am so excited! Why? Because today I start a brand new Bliss Yoga class at Glow Yoga in Fitzrovia. I have long been a practitioner and teacher of restorative yoga having studied my Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with the fabulous Judith Hanson Lasater at Yogacampus a number of years ago. A more gentle, restorative approach is a must-have in my world. No matter whether you’re a vinyasa addict, a passionate ashtangi, a complete beginner, or even recovering from injury – this style of yoga has a place in your life. It’s a great place to start yoga, and a great place to evolve your practice if you’re generally into a more dynamic class. In truth, it wasn’t until I started doing regular restorative work that I really started to see my body opening and lengthening, and with that came the strength that I had lacked to do so many of the asanas that had previously evaded me in my stronger vinyasa practice. No, yoga absolutely isn’t just about the asanas but the ego has a mad way, right or wrong, of making you desire and lust after certain poses! I used to do more and more vinyasa thinking it would get me there, but when I stopped trying so hard and embraced a balanced practice that included vinyasa AND restorative, all of a sudden – BOOM! – I finally found the strength I’d been chasing for so long. I wished I’d known about it years longer than I had, and I wish I’d embraced it sooner than I did!
This question could have an awful lot of answers for me as, over the years, I have been inspired by so many wonderful people. Today however, I want to focus on one particular person of inspiration who has had an absolutely profound effect on my life since I saw them speak, in (I think!) 2005. Back in 2005 I was working one day a week as a Sports Therapist, while the rest of my week I was still firmly in ‘career mode’ working in Business Development & Marketing for a large venture capital company, 3i plc, in London. I was also just about to sign up to do my yoga teacher training having been practicing yoga then for about 5 or 6 years, with my British Wheel of Yoga foundation courses already under my belt. It was a time of self-discovery and learning for me, as it has been ever since!
Every couple of years the company held a worldwide conference in a different location and this particular year it was held in London, at the Roundhouse in Camden. It was a fantastic event, filled with colleagues from around the world, and on one of the afternoons we were treated to two inspirational talks, one by the amazing Kevin Spacey, and one by a gentleman by the name of Benjamin Zander. I must confess that although my career with this company seems a long time ago, and so different to my life now, they were some of the best ‘career’ years of my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without having gone through that experience. Now you may be thinking I’m about to write about Kevin Spacey, but in fact I’m not (sorry Kev!). Today is actually all about Ben Zander. Though don’t get me wrong, Kevin Spacey was truly mind-blowing and a real treat that, I confess, certainly succeeded in making me feel rather starstruck!
This may be the most short and sweet thing I’ve ever written, but it certainly won’t be the least important…
I was raised a Catholic. I attended church regularly and with enthusiasm until I was a teenager and started asking A LOT of questions. Without going into too much detail, I no longer consider myself a Catholic but it’s important to note that I am grateful of my upbringing; it instilled great morals in me and I wouldn’t change it in the slightest. I met great people, learnt valuable lessons and was lucky enough to mix with people who allowed me to question anything I needed to. People now often ask me am I religious? No. Do I have a faith? Yes. Would I describe myself as spiritual? If you like, I have been known to hug the odd tree when the mood takes me…!?
I recently got married and we chose a Humanist ceremony in an outdoor location (outdoors is my ‘church’)*. Many people have since asked me ‘what is Humanism?’ and ‘why did we choose to get married in this way?’ and I’ve struggled to give an answer that I feel appropriately showcases what Humanism is…until today! Today my friend shared a link on Facebook that answers everything so well that I simply have to share it here. So thank you to the frankly awesome Stephen Fry and the British Humanist Association for creating a video that I feel answers the question far more efficiently than I ever could. See below:
*We got married in New York where the Humanist wedding is recognised as a legal marriage however it’s important to note that at the moment a Humanist ceremony is not legally recognised in England so anyone choosing this route would still have to have a legally recognised service as well. This is hopefully going to change in the not too distant future!
Ahhh Spring! Is there anything better after a long dark winter? On Saturday April 12th I will be teaching a Spring Detox workshop at Glow Yoga in Covent Garden – I’m totally excited about it since I love this time of year when the weather begins to get warmer and the days start to get a little longer. I always do a massive spring clean of my house and feel the same is needed of my body! Come and join me to embrace and welcome the warmer, lighter weather by investing some time in yourself with a spring yoga cleanse. Working on both the physical and mental aspects of yoga, the workshop will incorporate cleansing pranayama techniques with a detoxing, fire-building flow designed to tap into those deep-seated comfort zone areas and awaken the beast within! (yes, we all have one that’s gagging to get out for the summer!).
Finally to really melt the winter from our bodies and minds we will finish with a detoxing tea (I might even read you a spring limerick or two!) and a chance to set intentions for the seasons ahead before springing out into the world to spread our new-found joy!
Do come along and join me for some fun and embrace your awesome springy self! The workshop will run from 3-5pm on Saturday 12th April. Details are on my classes and workshop page but, but you’ll find all the finer details and booking options on the Good Vibes Workshop page!
With sunny love!
I’m up early today and on my way to teach the morning yoga class at Glow Yoga, Covent Garden. Sometimes the early alarm is tough, I’m a little out of practice for regular early classes so sometimes it feels a rather rude awakening. As it happens, today I was ready for it before it was ready for me, but this is a novel thing…I am not a known morning person, much as I’d like to be! Though once I’m up I’m always happy to be embracing the day.
Today as I stepped out of my door I was greeted by a wonderful sunrise and this beautiful spring blossom and it dawned on me how it is a real metaphor for the beauty in all things. No matter how tough or challenging things can appear sometimes there is always a thing of beauty to be found. Whether it’s a lesson to be learnt or whether something that doesn’t seem great at the time eventually leads you onto a path you would otherwise have not trodden, the possibilities for beauty are endless. You just have to open your eyes and make the choice to see it! Today and every day choose to view all the possibilities, choose to embrace the challenges thrown at you, choose beauty!
With endless possibilities,
Everyday that passes is one day closer to the future of your choosing, one day closer to your true self.
The journey is tough and even when you’re on a steady path there are still distractions, choices to make, offers to tempt. There are lessons to learn, bad days and sad days to be had. But the truth lies in understanding the simplicity and not over complicating it all. Keep moving, keep breathing, keep looking within when you’re looking without. The truth can be revealed, always.
Be true, look within – honour your heart, your inner teacher.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared any stories on my website as I have had a crazy whirlwind few months, but here’s a story I’ve wanted to share for a very long time now so it seems about right I get on with it!
20 months ago I got engaged in a wonderful, magical, truly bohemian setting and, about 5 months after, we finally picked up our engagement ring. Now you may be wondering why it took so long for us to get one and this reason is twofold. The first reason is that the proposal was not planned so there was no ring presented at the time, but the second reason is that we then designed our ring together and went with an entirely ethical choice that fitted with our lifestyle, our beliefs and our morals. This story, though long overdue, is going to explain a little about why we did that and exactly what we chose…‘The sad fact is — mining is a very “dirty” business and the production of one beautiful gold ring will generate five tons of environmental waste, contaminating water and lands which endangers the health and lives of humans and animals’ – HOOVER & STRONG