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Sometimes I make myself LOL! (Laugh out Loud)

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote my last blog and just like for many, a lot has happened. There is nothing like the illness of a loved one to give you a shake to re-evaluate your life. Illness strips life down to it’s most raw, real and vulnerable state, testing your resolve, compassion, patience and family ties. It’s also unforgiving with your time and priorities and it soon highlights the tasks , the additional things we believe we have to do, because, well, we feel we have to do them and efficiently decides for you your priorities. Like Alan Sugar, “it cuts to the chase” Take for example my blog, I was told if I started writing a blog, it had to be weekly and so off I went doing just that, because that’s what you do. Twitter, Facebook and all other aspects of social media, you have to be on it now if you want to be successful. I was beginning to feel that my head was swimming with blog and social media content and there was little space for what was important and if I didn’t keep up to date, I put myself under pressure and criticised myself. Honestly, looking back I make myself laugh out loud 🙂 I re-evaluated my teaching schedule and realised I had managed to create a “chasing my own tail” schedule, so I focused on what was working best for me and streamlined it. It has been so free-ing! I may have lost my summer but gained so much more, a healthier dad, closer to my sisters and finding my...

Are you listening?

You might be surprised or not to learn that our bodies need care and attention. They require movement, rest, hydration and healthy nourishment in order to help us do the things we ask of it. I often think most folks out there take more care of their cars and for animal lover’s, more care of their pets, than they do themselves. Our bodies respond to stimulus and these can be physical, such as repetitive movements or spending too long sitting, playing sports such as rugby whereby the body sustains an injury or perhaps dancing where bodies look lithe and supple but maybe strained or pushed in order to perform. Or, the stimuli can be a lack of something or an imbalance of something. It is quite simply amazing what are bodies can do for us from managing the demands of long shifts on a hospital ward to having the will and determination to break life harming habits. I’ve spent the last week at close hand watching how amazing the body is, having spent time visiting my father in hospital. Before our eyes my father’s body was shutting down down to due to depression, alcohol, lack of hydration and food. This was my dad’s body literally screaming out for his attention. I’ve watched as his body and mind went through a journey of healing, of detoxing and rebuilding and how he has responded to the intervention and care of our amazing NHS staff. It’s all too easy to sit in judgement of people with addictions or have opinions on how to overcome them. But I think we all neglect ourselves...

Going down for a long stretch…..

The public gallery was standing room only and as I sat in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court, it felt as if all eyes were on me. My barrister had made representations on my behalf and with a beating heart I awaited the Judges sentencing remarks. His Honour Judge Michael Heath told me to stand and before speaking peered over the top of his spectacles in that manner solely reserved to one of Her Majesty’s Judge’s; “You will go down for a very long stretch” My crime? Resigning after 13 years working for the Court Service and those words were part of the valedictory address arranged by my colleagues at the Court. Of course by then they all knew I was keen to focus on teaching yoga, hence the Judges witty comments. That was over 10 years ago when I was into stretching to ease the tension in my body. Since then I’ve moved away from that to focus on improving how my body moves rather than just stretching it out and since I’ve adopted these changes in both how I teach and in my personal practice, I no longer have the urge to want to stretch. I no longer have tight shoulders, calves or hamstrings. I’m not saying that I am as bendy as an olympic gymnast but for me, as long as I feel ease (physically and mentally) and I can pursue the things in life that fulfil me; that’s when I know I’m on the right track and the ease filters down into all aspects of my life. When I’m working with new clients or when...

Reasons to Retreat 1,2,3…….

Last weekend I had a working weekend away at Champney’s Springs Spa resort. I already teach three classes there each week, but every month they also arrange for teachers to go in and offer extra classes to Guest Present. I was able to offer my style of yoga to even more folks who travel from near and far to enjoy the facilities at the spa. As I was teaching in the evening I took my bolsters along to offer a resortative yoga class too. For those lucky enough to be there it was almost like a mini retreat and it was a tiny bit like me running a retreat but not quite, in fact as lovely as it is you just can’t quite replicate what it feels like to being on a yoga retreat. So, what’s in a retreat? I start from what do I want to get out of a retreat, my time is precious and as I work hard there are things that I have on my checklist that I look for in a retreat, so if this is what I expect than this is what I also offer….. For me, location, location, location is the starting point and not only does it have to be comfortable it has to be tranquil, calm and have a spritiual atmosphere that is often lost in hotels or resorts. There has to be yoga of course and over a weekend, classes in the morning, early evening and “Pyjama Savasana’s” (guided relaxations in your PJ’s) before bed. A combination of yoga you can do, including restoravtive, which reduces tension and rebalances your...

Why Practise with me?

  It’s not often I sing my own praises but this recent testimonial explains why coming to one of my classes is so beneficial. I’m sharing it because I sigh when I see that almost all imagery of Yoga in magazines, online and on TV is often of very bendy, lithe folks, I can totally see why people feel they need to be flexible to do yoga and so are put off even giving it a go. There are some jungle drums beating out there that are beginning to say that classic Yoga Asana is not the panacea that many believe. Yoga is amazing and I am grateful for the part is has played in my life,  it gets our bodies moving, but often too far and sometimes with strong adjustments or a sense of feeling One should be in a certain posture which may lead to strain and even pain (which was my story)….. For most of us, the body just needs to move and explore moving in the various directions it is capable of, all too often our bodies and minds are just crying out for our attention, simple, mindful movements with awareness of our breath is mostly what it needs and as you will read in the testimonial it doesn’t mean into pretzel like poses So, if you would like to give yoga a go, get in touch to discuss how I can help you…. ‘All About Liz’ I’m sure the picture is familiar –frazzled, juggling too much, not sleeping, feeling ratty and agitated with those around you and cuttingly sharp with those you love. It’s all...

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