Whether you’re a student or teacher, I urge you all to read the article below. And do please take the time to watch the video too as it’s such an invaluable lesson.
For me the biggest gift of yoga is, and always has been, the lessons it can teach you about your own body and mind; how it can help you understand how they work and how to get the best from them. I try my hardest to always practice and teach with integrity; to embrace individualism and alignment and encourage exploration into self adjustment, but in a time where social media seems to increasingly demand ‘show’ poses, almost as if they’re the evidence of whether or not you’re a good teacher, it can make you feel tempted, or even pressurised, to stray, often innocently, from the true purpose of asana and indeed the bigger yoga picture.
This comes to me at a really appropriate moment, and inspires me stay true to my aims, and responsibilities, as both a student and teacher of yoga.
Did you know that I now offer Yoga & Therapy one to ones every week at Glow Yoga, Good Vibes Studios in Covent Garden?
Using an exclusively designed combination of yoga, therapy and sports therapy techniques, including soft tissue release and NMT (neuromuscular technique), the sessions are designed to help you understand more about your body, improve mobility, rehabilitate if you have injury, or simply help you improve your own personal yoga practice using intelligent education about you and your body mechanics. It’s all about taking responsibility for how you feel, how fast you go, how quickly you recover, how amazing you want to be and feel in your own skin. Whether you have a yoga practice or not these are an excellent therapy and training choice and will ultimately help you feel more brilliant in your own body when resting and at play. Who doesn’t want that!?
More info coming soon! In the meantime you can book in directly with me or via the studio! Be knowledgable, be happy, feel amazing!
It’s 4pm as I write this and I am in bed. I’ve been in bed all day, and I spent all day yesterday in bed too, and the day before that. I know what you’re thinking… ‘lazy bitch!’, and usually with the facts above I’d agree with you, only this week I’ve had no other choice. You see, this week I went into hospital for, what was originally, exploratory surgery to my lower abdomen and it ended up being rather more complicated than anticipated. Thankfully, despite the unexpected complexities, it all went really well, but what it’s made me realise is how much we take our bodies for granted. Even me, a person who uses their body consciously and energetically every single day and who didn’t consider myself to be somebody that took it for granted, not for a second. But I did.
On Wednesday morning, the day after my surgery, I went to sit up, only I couldn’t. It suddenly occurred to me that we are using our muscles every single second of every single day, even when we’re not aware of it. This might sound an obvious fact, and it absolutely is. But when is the last time you actually ‘thought’ about sitting up? For the lucky majority of us, we don’t think about it, we just do it! Yet here I was having to figure out a new way of attempting to sit up, without engaging my core muscles in the natural way I normally would. As it happens, for the first day, I couldn’t sit up at all without help but since then I’ve been working out ways of getting myself upright that don’t put too much pressure on the front of my body and it’s been a fascinating learning curve to realise just how much of my daily movement is normally autopilot; unthought and natural. Continue reading
Dear people of the world,
I know some of you don’t think it’s fare that I judge so many of you buy you’re ability to spell correctly or use grammar properly. That said, I think their is definately a good reason behind my knead to want to sea the english language being used properly. You see half the time what your saying don’t even make any sense and i cant figure out what it is your going on about because you speak so much crap and rant on and on and it really hurts my head to the point that I cant even figure out what the start of the sentence said never mind the end. I know you think your be fine but your wrong and its pushing me to braking point. So next time you have to right something down please remember that if grammar doesn’t come automatically to you its ok. Just take a little longer to write things so that it doesn’t have such a terrible affect on the rest of us and you don’t end up looking so stupid.
The rest of the world and I.
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!
I’m happy to announce that as from this Friday, 4th April, I will be starting a new lunchtime Foundation class at the Fitzrovia studio of Glow Yoga at Good Vibes Studios. The Foundation classes are beginner and improver friendly and will give you a chance to get to grips with the ‘bread and butter’ poses of yoga. They are taught at a fluid but steady pace, designed to allow you to experience the poses and learn to adjust them to suit your body. I hasten to add that even as a seasoned yoga-goer I still get a lot out of going to classes of this level once fairly regularly. They’re a great addition to a regular dynamic practice and offer a great opportunity to get back to basics and really think about what you’re doing with your body through your physical yoga asana practice.
The new class will run from 12.45pm – 1.35pm so it’s a perfect fit for your lunch break if you’re local, or a nice way to fill in a gap in your day if you don’t have a whole lot of time in your busy schedule.
Hope to see you on the mat!