Spring 2016 Yoga Retreat in Italy

It’s almost time for the second of mine and Clive Fogelman‘s Spring Yoga Retreat in Italy! Last year we had an absolutely amazing time with the most fantastic group of yogis and we can’t wait to return this year. From the 7th – 14th May 2016 we’ll be staying once again in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a place that offers the perfect escape from a busy life and the ideal opportunity to re-energise and reconnect. It’s a charming 18th century farmhouse with a private pool, set in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.

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Led by Clive & Clare, the retreat offers a truly dedicated teaching experience with a variety of yoga styles including; vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin, restorative, candlelit meditation by the fireside and yoga nidra. A variety of massage treatments will also be available on request (given by Clare).

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IMG_6948Every morning we will meet for a morning meditation to set intentions for the day ahead. This will be followed by an uplifting
vinyasa practice held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy however you wish whether it’s reading a book by the pool, treating yourself to a massage, or exploring the local countryside and towns. On a few of the days we will arrange optional excursions – last year we went to a market, visited a local town and had a beautiful day at the beach, and some afternoons we will offer yoga workshops to explore and play. In the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class focused around yin and restorative, before enjoying a beautiful dinner together. After dinner some nights we will offer a guided candlelight meditation session in the studio, warmed by a log fire. All the yoga and excursions are optional and you may join in with as much or as little as you like throughout the week. The retreat is yours to enjoy as you choose! Continue reading

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

The best things in life are unplanned and spontaneous aren’t they? So why not do something crazy and book to come to Costa Rica in a fortnight with me and Adam Hocke for a week of yoga from the 27th February to the 5th March!

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Beautiful Blue Spirit nestled in the stunning nature of Costa Rica

I’m so excited to be joining Adam to teach this wonderful Costa Rica Yoga Retreat where we will be inspired by the natural rhythms and waves of our beautiful setting at the Blue Spirit Retreat Centre. We’ll find freedom and joy through mornings of energising vinyasa flow yoga, afternoons of tropical adventures and excursions, and evenings of guided relaxation. Supported by mine and Adam’s hands-on adjustments and individualized modifications for your body in every class, find a personal yoga practice over the course of a healing, invigorating, and fun week. Whether you need a challenge to deepen your practice or an opportunity to de-stress and let go, we’ll ride the waves together and help you find the yoga that works for you. The retreat is open to all levels.

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This could be you…

Blue Spirit Costa Rica yoga retreat is a  centre of the highest calibre, frequently hosting internationally prominent teachers and attracting students from around the world. Located on the Southern end of Guiones Beach in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the centre is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.

There’s still some spaces left so if you fancy throwing caution to the wind let me know! And in the meantime if you’d like more info you can take a look on Adams website:

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Go on, you know you want to!
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How To Keep Your Christmas Calm

Christmas. Whether you celebrate or not, this time of year can be hectic to say the least. If you practice yoga it’s probably the one time that your body and mind need the practice the most, and yet somehow it always seems to be the thing that drops to the bottom of the list below shopping, organising, festive drinks (hangovers!) etc. And then comes the guilt, which invariably leads to stress, which is one extra emotion that you really don’t need right now! The good news is that you can continue your yoga practice away from the mat. I don’t usually like to mention this, as I love to see people on their mat practicing with me! But sometimes life gets in the way so it’s important to remember that there are small tools you can use to ensure that you keep your calm all the way into the New Year.

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Move Mindfully & Restore Balance Workshop

I’m excited to announce that on Sunday 21st December I will be running my last workshop of 2014 at Down To Earth in Tufnell Park, North London. The winter period and all its festivities is a busy time that can sometimes result in us feeling like we’ve no time for ourselves. Yet this is the one time of the year when we probably need to dedicate time to ourself more than any other as our bodily functions often have to work harder than normal and our routine often disappears out the window without us even having the time to realise! The 2 hour workshop, Move Mindfully & Restore Balance, is designed to provide a sense of stability and get you back to feeling like you can take on the world again.

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Over 2 hours we will explore a deep slow flow designed to help you reconnect with your body and your breath. We’ll experience some balancing vinyasa flow and break down the alignment of some of the key poses to help build up the relationship between body and mind once again. All the sequences will be designed to recharge the body from the inside out and we will practice some pranayama flows in order to awaken our energy and find our inner calm.

We’ll finish by relaxing completely with a blissful restorative practice to balance and calm the senses, and give us time to set good intentions for the forthcoming new year.

You can see more information on the Down To Earth website and book in there. Really hope to see you on the mat to end the year with some fluid flow and nice long exhales!

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Spring 2015 Yoga Retreat in Italy!

I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while but I am excited to finally announce that I will be running a very special yoga retreat next year with fellow yoga teacher Clive Fogelman, in the beautiful Pugliese countryside of southern Italy. Taking place from Saturday 16th May to Saturday 23rd May 2015, the retreat will be held in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a charming 18th century farmhouse situated in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.

Masseria della Zingara panEach day will begin with an uplifting practice focused around setting good intentions for the day ahead, and this will be held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy, and in the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class.

The yoga…

Masseria della Zingara 02The retreat will offer a variety of yoga styles, including vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin and yoga nidra, restorative and meditation. Each day will include at least two opportunities to practice but both are entirely optional. For those wanting an extra challenge, there will also be a few fun workshop-style opportunities to practice some more advanced poses. The classes will be suitable for all levels of yoga, and options and alternatives will be offered. One of the rare benefits to the trip will be having two teachers dedicated to delivering you a very special yoga programme. This means that adjustments will feature highly and you will receive a truly focused teaching experience.

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With more awareness…

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.

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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

Choose beauty!

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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,
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Look Within…

ImageEveryday 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.
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Riding the wave of a fluid flow!

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!

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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.

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That’s my yoga

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.

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The Big Choice

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…

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Beyond The Clouds

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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.

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