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Showing posts from March, 2020

Practicing Gratitude... Even in Challenging Times

Link to Yoga for Gratitude Video Click HERE Hello Beautiful People,  How are you?  So... we head into another week of uncertainty.  Another week of working with limitations.... both internal and external.  Another week of breathing through our fears.  For me this week has felt a little more gentle, the more I am able to surrender to circumstances... the more I am able to work with what IS. Amongst looking after house, dogs and baby, and many, many , many phone calls and messages with friends and family- I have carved out some time to be creative. I've been writing (a book- more on that much later!) and updating my yoga channel, cleaning things up, refreshing things, revisiting what I hope to say as a teacher; and playing with a better camera and mic (woo hoo!). There will be a higher quality of videos heading to you in the coming months and I'm pleased about this :)  It's very easy to bang the drum of positivity when all is going well, to stay

Yoga, Mantras and Meditation for Unsettling Times

Photo by  Sunnymondal  on Pixabay How are you? ….No really- How are you? There is no question that these last few weeks have been unsettling. Everybody is being affected by the impact of Corona, and the measures that are being taken to control it. Many people are afraid, many people are deeply stressed. My heart goes out to every single person affected by this (including myself!), and in my heart, I feel deep surrender that everything- even this is part of the flow. When seen through the lens of self-development, everything is a potential opportunity. The past weeks have been an opportunity to surrender, to trust Life, and to define who each of us wants to be in relation to all the things happening around us. Quick self-reflection practice: Do you want to be kind or Do you want to be selfish? Do you want to be afraid or do I want to trust? How can you be of most service? And how can you learn to let go of fear about the things that you cannot control? “If you can solve t

Why Compassion Is So Very Powerful…

Everyday life brings each of us many opportunities to share compassion…. But are you harnessing these opportunities and using them to help you live and give to the fullest? Within the tradition of Buddism, much time is given to practices that cultivate compassion. So what exactly is compassion and why is it soo important? Here are 3 amazing quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. “We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion…. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion.

The Revolutionary Practice of Letting Go

Image Source: Letting go is a theme that comes up time and time again, both in yoga classes and in life. Developing the ability to let go of things can make a huge difference to the quality of our lives and its benefits are (at least) three-fold: 1.Change is the only constant so no matter how much we hope that certain things won’t change- eventually they will! So practising the ability to let go allows us to gracefully adapt to necessary change. 2. Most of us acquire habits, thought patterns, and behaviours that do not really serve us. Learning to let go of these traits can dramatically reduce our internal sense of suffering. 3. Even good things can become a burden when we have too much of them in our lives. For example, our possessions can be a wonderful blessing, but if we have too many of them our homes become cluttered and disorganised and at a certain point the downsides outweigh the b