Sometimes the most important thing that yoga gives me is not flexibility of the body, but flexibility of the mind. To be able to embrace fluidity of thought and flow through life without a mental fight, without resistance and without strain against the path is truly the biggest gift I have ever experienced. I am still learning, I still fuck up and I still make mistakes but the fact I can see them, accept them and then move on with freedom? That is what yoga has given me, and that is what will keep me coming back to my practice day after day and year after year.
That’s my yoga.
I’ve just got home from teaching my regular Tuesday night class at Glow Yoga. It’s always such a highlight in my week; the blessing I receive from spending my evening offering yoga to a room full of embracing souls open to personal evolution is indescribable. I am frequently reminded why I teach simply through teaching.
Tonight I spoke a lot about possibility, strength and choice. These three things have played a big role in my life, particularly the past few years as I feel like I’ve grown more in these past years than ever before. In many ways its like I’ve simply awoken to the game, awoken to the invention that is life. I’ve realised that life is surrounded by rules but that these rules are all invented. I’ve realised that the way we feel everyday is largely a choice and I’ve realised that what we put ‘out there’ is key to what we get back. It’s like I’ve cracked a secret code and have ‘tricked’ life, but of course I haven’t. It’s just that life is tricking most of us most of the time and actually if we were just to cut the crap we’d all see that it’s actually pretty simple…
Twice a year I travel to Cannes with Chapman Taylor for work conferences and as I write this I’m currently sat on my return flight from Nice to London Heathrow. Thankfully this flight is at a friendlier hour than my outbound flight on Monday morning which required a 4.30am alarm call!
I wouldn’t describe myself as a frequent flyer but I travel enough that I’m fairly organised with it now. I keep all my paperwork and passport in a little file and have the BA app on my iPhone so that I can have a paperless boarding card, which I must admit I still find very novel! I also always schedule reminders to check in online the day before and ensure I get a decent window seat. I confess that I’m still completely useless at packing however and even with my incessant list writing it never seems to get any easier! It is truly one task I could happily live without, particularly for conferences where I try to pack light but have to take such specific outfits.
We’ve all got something. Some people might have more than others and some people may not be so obvious about it, but rest assured we’ve all got something that makes us beautiful. With that in mind I’ve decided to write a series of stories, posts and articles on exactly what it is that can, and does, make us beautiful.
My Beginners Workshop is on at Glow Yoga this Saturday, 16th February! It’s never too late to start learning or simply take it back a step and get back to basics, you never stop learning and you never stop benefiting from going back to the beginning! Do join me for this lovely, warm 2 hour workshop!
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We’ve been together now for 15 years. We’ve had our ups and downs, our highs and our lows but no matter what, we’ve always been there for each other. Thank you for constantly accepting me for who I am, loving me unconditionally no matter what I look like and what mood I’m in, taking care of me when I am sick and embracing me when I am full of energy. Thank you for never turning your back on me when I was ready to walk away from you and thank you for welcoming me back without question when I came back to you. Thank you for never knowing all the answers and being able to admit when that is the case, and thank you for teaching me to embrace the same. But mostly, thank you for helping to shape me both mentally and physically into the person I am today, who knows where I’d be without you. I’m sure it’s never going to be entirely plain sailing but I’ve learnt to accept that and I know you have to. So here’s to the next 15 years, whatever it throws our way I know that together we can find a way to get through it with integrity, laughter and positivity.
My Facebook status du jour – somehow it seems worth sharing:
‘Tragedies of the Sock Drawer’…a new drama written by Clare Dobson. Based on real life events, experience this cutting-edge tale of a girl with undergarment-related OCDs as she battles through her Monday wearing socks inscribed with the word Sunday. Journey through her pain and emotional sorrow as she realises that when she sits down and her skinny jeans rise up people she has never met before and has no regard for can actually see the word Sunday on her socks causing mass panic and leading people to question, ‘just what day is it!?’. Available in all good imaginary bookshops near you (and from your Kindle for a penny).