Think yoga’s only for bendy young bunnies in skin tight lycra or for dreadlocked, tie-dyed hippies?
Ever done a class in a freezing, dusty church hall and thought, ‘this ain’t for me’? Or found a swanky new yoga studio, but the teacher got on your nerves? Was your class too challenging? Not demanding enough? Did the chanting freak you out?
You’re not alone. Having been to hundreds (maybe thousands!) of yoga classes, I’ve had my fair share of weird and whacky experiences. Not all yoga classes are created equal.
As a yoga teacher for the past 10 years I’ve focused on my true yoga love: Vinyasa Flow. I love the variety, creativity and the fun of it. Most of all I love the way it makes me feel so damn good!
There’s a type and teacher to suit everyone. It’s just a matter of finding your yoga style and a teacher you resonate with.
Here’s my guide to finding the yoga that’s right for you.[more]
Have you heard that if a frog is placed in a pan of boiling water it’ll jump out quickly – yet when it’s placed in cool water with the heat turned up gradually, it won’t realise the danger and will stay in the pan and boil to death? (Not a nice picture…)
Think about this analogy in relation to your own life. Are you so used to running around juggling balls and spinning plates that worry, stress and impatience have become your new normal?
Living on the edge sends huge amounts of cortisol zooming around the body – not a good thing. Too much cortisol depletes your immune system, affects your sleep, gives you unhealthy food cravings, lowers your sex drive and makes you feel like crap.
You’re far more likely to flip your lid over any and everything, let small things get you down and lose your ability to think straight.
It’s taken me a while to get to the place where I actually notice the heat. Now I’m so used to feeling good that as soon as I get a tightness in my chest, pang in my stomach or feel hot headed – I’m like – Whoa! What’s going on?!
The old me would have ignored the warning signals and carried on. The new me hits pause and does some ‘me search’.[more]
Do you push on through even when you’re exhausted? Find yourself watching binge watching NetFlix rather than hitting the hay? Know you ‘should’ be eating healthier, but end up grabbing whatever’s easiest?
Your amazing body has built-in mechanisms for internal rebalancing, but guess what happens when you constantly override them by running around too much, not eating well and staying up late?
You get sick.
Our bodies aren’t designed to live at the same pace all year round. You’re meant to be hibernating in winter! Yet now that we can shop, eat, bank and sit in front of a screen 24/7, we’ve stopped living in tune with the seasons.
If you’re determined to crank up your immune system and stay healthy this year read on…..[more]
It’s easy to let the demands of motherhood tip you in one direction, leaving other parts of your life sitting on the back burner.
You don’t realise you’re neglecting your self care – even when you become overwhelmed and short fused. You don’t see that your man needs attention, until you start drifting apart. Without enough fun, friends or personal growth – you get into a total rut. Take your eye off the ball with finances, organising or cleaning – and suddenly you’re in a deep mess.
So how can a busy mama find a better balance in life when there’s always so much that needs attention?
First you have to know, balance is not about giving the same amount of energy to all areas of your life simultaneously. It’s more about being aware of what needs your focus at any given time and recognising the symptoms of feeling out of balance before things get out of hand.
It’s all too easy to let some areas of your life fall off the radar completely while you’re too busy with everything else.
The good news is, I have the key to helping you get back into balance fast. [more]
How would you like a magic box of potions that cured all of your emotional ups and downs?
Feeling gloomy? A few drops on your tongue can brighten you up. Nervous and apprehensive? Take some as a confidence booster. Dithering and can’t make up your mind? There’s one to help you feel decisive.
I possess this box of magic potions. My husband (the least ‘woo woo’ kind of guy you’ll ever meet) bought it for me.
He saw for himself how well they work for emotional states ranging from lethargy to resentment and we even gave some to our cat to combat jealousy when our first baby was born.
I decided I wanted to learn more and so did a few courses at the Bach Institute in London.
Bach Flower Remedies are a collection of different natural ‘potions’ that deal with emotional, rather than physical challenges. The most popular is Rescue Remedy which comes in a spray bottle and is a staple in any woman’s handbag. Dubbed ‘yoga in a bottle’, it’s safe, non-addictive and will save you from a mama meltdown when the going gets tough.[more]
Fallen out of the fitness groove and want to find a way back in? Need some inspiration to get you moving again? Finding a workout that’s fun and fits in with family timetables can be a challenge.
The very first step is to figure out what you enjoy doing – you’re not going to stick at it if you’re doing it through gritted teeth. Find the workout that works for you and get those feel good endorphins running through your veins.
Blow the dust off your training shoes and get off the starting blocks with these ideas:[more]