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
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 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
I’ve just come back from a long and blissful weekend at the beach. Those who know me will know that I’m happiest in, on, or around the water so you’ll understand that right now I am feeling totally connected and inspired!
With that in mind I’m really excited about teaching my regular yoga class at Glow Yoga tonight as it will be the first of what I hope will become some real elemental flow classes.
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.