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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...

Keeping it Real

I used to love the Fast Show where Jesse used to say “This week I’ll be mostly…………” for me this week I have been mostly feeling……… unsettled……………Is it the solstice? Lots of people I have spoken to tell me they have been feeling out of sorts and tired and even though I appreciate the links between the energetic and emotional effects of the what’s in our sky and how this effects the release of hormones from the pineal gland, I have to confess I know little else about it. Change, shifting, that’s what it’s felt like, a sense of restlessness and yet frustration. Almost a not knowing of what to do with myself. This restlessness seems the polar opposite of the meaning of solstice, latin of course “Sol”– Sun and “Stit” – stopped, as if the sun as stood still. On Sunday, even though I had been working away on Friday and Saturday and had a bonkers 39 hours from 5am on Friday morning, I felt it hard to settle and relax and felt I had to expel this restless energy I had, to the extent of hoovering, polishing and having a bit of a de-clutter (anyne who knows me, knows that, these days housework is pretty low on my agenda); It felt like a paradox. Even in my yoga practice I felt I needed to keep moving, before I could find my stillness….Initially when I was walking my pooch I felt harried until I caught myself doing this and then dropped my pace a little….. There have been challenges this week that come with running my own business...

A few of my favourite “F’s”

I spent last weekend spending my time with and doing my favourite “F’s”…….. Friends, Fleetwood Mac, Festivals, Food…….. With a group of some of my oldest friends we rented a cottage on the Isle on Wight, as we are all music fans we try to go to the musical festival each year. This year was a no brainer for me as Fleetwood Mac were headlining and I just had to be there at the front waiting for my all time favourite group…. It was amazing and we had a blast. Being FMF (Fleetwood Mac Fans) we headed to the front as soon as we got into the arena, formed an orderly line at the front to get the best view we could. We were there from early afternoon to bag our spot and what I loved was the camaraderie of the other fans, we all became friends and helped each other save our spaces when we had to leave for the lovely loo’s (a-hem!!) or to get food and drink. (I have a thing or two to learn here – some folks brought packed lunches and chairs, so they could sit it out between acts).   After a mere seven hours standing (these legs are used to 22.5 hours don’t you know!) and being entertained amongst others by Pharrell Williams , First Aid Kit and the delicious Paolo Nutini, it was time for Fleetwood Mac, they were worth the wait. It’s so easy to want to capture every moment for posterity and with smart phones, it’s easy to do. I made a conscious decision to take it all in with...

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