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 Yoga​ For 

All

                A Yoga Lifestyle 

                           Blog

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Welcome! I'm passionate about leading a balanced and peaceful life and keen to share practical ideas on how incorporating Yogic ideals are beneficial in the modern age and really can be for ALL!

Read on for information on Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, healthy eating, journalling and how to fit them in to your busy life!

Yoga​ For All

A Yoga Lifestyle Blog

An ongoing series on leading a Yogic life

 

Transition

Hello again! I hope you are well, safe and staying as peaceful as you can in these challenging times! My classes return - full time I hope!- to the pubic domain tomorrow and I've been mulling over what's best to tal to you all about. New beginnings? Fear and anxiety? Staying strong? The immune system? The truth is, at times, all themes merge and become one: YOGA! So if I see you at one of my classes later this week, or next, prepare by coming open minded, ready to gently ease yourself back in, ready to immerse yourself in the bliss that Yoga brings us and nothing more! No expectations, no force, just gentle, 

The Yogic Life

An ongoing series of informational entries

Meditate

First Blog Entry - meditation 

July 4th 2018

Do you remember the children's TV show 'Record Breaker's'? The titles had a catchy theme song which included the lyrics 'oooooh ooooooh, dedication, that's the key.' Why am I bringing this up? Because, as I attend to my mind each morning in meditation, this little ditty often surfaces with the lyric change 'ooooooh oooooooh, meditation, that's the key'. Funny how our minds work isn't it?! Which is precisely the point of meditation. 


Our brains are wired, these days, to run at pace, to keep up with umpteen changes a minute and, what's more,  to maintain this acceleration. Targets, outcomes, 'moving forward', aspirations....all words we use in the work place, the classroom and our media coverage regularly to define what we value as a society, what we want from our individuals. 


And, whilst moving forwards is inevitable and change most definitely will occur, what we seem to have forgotten, is that in order to handle these life certainties, we also need to take time to be still, reflect and absorb. You wouldn't expect a car, no matter how powerful the engine, to move continuously at speed without refuelling or a mechanical retune, but that's what we ask of our minds. 


There can be a misunderstanding when meditation is mentioned as a tool for easing stress, anxiety or illness: that we expect the mind to STOP during the process. This can't happen for one simple reason: the mind isn't made that way. Think of it like the sky - clouds drift across it all the time (the thoughts), some are heavier than others, but with enough breeze in the right direction they move on. Meditation is your means to clear the clouds quicker, so your mind can feel free to focus on the important aspects of your life and handle the changes occurring every day with quality responses. 


Try this: sit for five minutes, somewhere quiet, where you won't be disturbed and just focus on your breath. Listen to it come in and listen to it go out. Notice the length of the inhale and the length of the exhale. If thoughts occur to you, acknowledge them, but let them drift away and come back to focusing on your breath. And that's IT. Do this every morning, before you head out into the world and notice how much better you are at handling people, situations and news which ordinarily irks, angers or upsets you. Do this every evening, before you go to bed, and notice how much better you sleep. This needs to be adhered to for at least a couple of weeks, I'd say, before you'll start to notice the effects, but just know this: little is better than none at all and something IS changing for your better health and well being, subtley, every time you meditate.



Meditate

Have You Told You Lately That You Love You?

July 7th  2018

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Meditate

Being Kind To Yourself 

July 7th  2018

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Meditate

Vishuddha - The Throat Chakra

July 18th  2018

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Meditate

Mudra you think you are?

3rd August 2018

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Meditate

Just Breathe!

29 August 2018

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Meditate

Retreat, Retreat!

6th October 2018

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Meditate

Intention is Everything


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Meditate

Hope


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