Hygge is not the secret of personal happiness, not is it the only reason the Danes are consistently ranked as one of the world’s happiest nations. But while Hygge may not be a miracle cure for discontentment, it does have a really positive impact on the daily life of the people of Denmark and therefore probably has something to offer the rest of us too. What follows is simply a compilation of hygge inspired things that could add to your store of happiness. They are not authentically Danish, and I cannot promise they will make any difference to your sense of well-being. But as most of them require nothing more than a few small, pleasurable adjustments and a slight shift in thinking, there is little to be lost in giving the ideas a try...Read More
When you are pregnant it's so important to find some time to really connect to yourself, to your heart, to your intuition and to your baby. And to spend some time each day relaxing and just 'being' - enjoying this amazing and special time in your life. Clinical research even shows that taking 15 minutes a day to relax leads to better outcomes from both mum and baby. Read on to discover my FREE online Pregnancy Meditation & Relaxation, for a beautiful way to do this, and have some time for you each day...Read More
The clocks go back this weekend. Good news you’d think, in that we get an extra hour in bed. That might be great news on Monday morning when you effectively had an extra lie in, but the tricky bit starts that evening when you may not feel sleepy at your usual bedtime. By the middle of the week our natural rhythms are likely to be knocked a little out of sync and getting up on time becomes harder to do. It’s a bit like giving ourselves a mini dose of jet lag.
Here are some tips on how to handle the time change without it messing with your sleep patterns...Read More
The moon on the 19th October is new and ushers in the Hindu New Year as millions in India around the world celebrate Diwali, the joyful festival of lights. Diwali is the biggest event in the Indian calendar (which goes on for 5 days) is often called the festival of lights, the most significant spiritual meaning behind it is “the awareness of the inner light”. It represents the victory of good over evil and is marked with a deep spirit of joy. Find out more about how it relates to yoga here...Read More
One for my Pregnancy Yoga class - what to Pack In Your Hospital Bag
Have you started packing your hospital bag yet? Most pregnant women are packing their hospital bag at around 33-36 weeks of pregnancy (earlier for twins or more). Even if you are very much planning a homebirth, having a bag ready 'just in case' can be useful. If you're wondering what to pack, I’ve compiled a hospital bag checklist and free downloadable guide.....
Simple Self-Care - take time for you
This is such a brilliant idea to remind you to build a little time into your busy life for some simple self care practices and rituals - a self care box. Even though I do a lot of yoga and meditation each week, which to me is definitely self care, I also need other practices and rituals to help me have time for me. So I have a 'self care box' at home containing the things that uplift me when I need to have that little slice of me-time and feel better.
Read on for my tips to create your own self care box. Everyone's will be different, and of course you change it over time, its definitely not rigid and fixed. But here's some lovely ideas to consider...Read More
These are a couple of recipes that I shared in my Fertility Yoga Workshop at The Stables Yoga Centre in York at the weekend. It's always nice to have a little sweet hit and a warm drink an afternoon of yoga, and so I made some treats that were nutrient dense and fertility focused yet still delicious too. But they are perfect not just for women trying to conceive or pregnant women, but actually for anyone look for a yummy treat that's actually rather good for you too - avoiding refined sugar and processed foods and packing in good fats, antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals. Here's the recipes. Enjoy!Read More
This is the first of my blog posts around the Autumn Equinox, looking at finding some self-care practices and rituals at this transitional time of year. If you're following my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/yogaformodernlife) then you'll be getting some brilliant yoga self-care ideas each day for the next week. So here I'm sharing a really gorgeous idea - simply doing nothing, the ultimate in self care!
The Absolute Necessity of Doing Nothing - a habit to feed your soul.
We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled. We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, long lost New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less. But we don’t.
So do these three things instead.
1. Three times a week take a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.
2. Do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.
3. Look through your calendar every Sunday and see what you can take off for the following week.
These three simple things will help you start creating more space and silence and ease in your life. You will have more time to create and reflect and this will be healing and energizing at the same time. The greatest luxury in an over-scheduled life is simply unfilled time. Learn to do nothing. Lie on your couch and look out the window. No music, no cell phone, no talking, nothing. We all crave more space and the cooling balm of space and time. Invite emptiness into your life whenever and wherever you can. Soak in the silence and stillness to be found somewhere in your day. This practice is anything but a waste of time. “It feeds the soul and NOURISHES our life.”
Judith Hanson Lasater, Originally published by Living Yoga Dallas, 2015.
Exercise during pregnancy
Whether you are a yoga geek, a gym bunny or a couch potato (or anywhere in between), once you find yourself pregnant it can be hard to know what kind of exercise you should, and shouldn't be doing. Some stuff is great - pregnancy yoga, swimming. Some not advised - contact martial arts, skiiing. Here's a guide for you.Read More
I teach Yin Yoga as part of my Slow Sunday monthly yoga workshops, and starting in September I'll be teaching a new weekly Yin Yoga class at the beautiful York Yoga Studio. So I wanted to tell you more about this wonderful style of yoga, and how it can really be of benefit to you dealing with the stresses and strains of modern life - whether you are a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner.Read More
Love your amazing pregnant body - feel confident and beautiful
It’s natural to feel a little apprehensive about the massive changes that are about to happen not only in your day-to-day routine but also to your body when you are pregnant. I know many (if not all) of the women that I teach in my pregnancy yoga classes feel this way. I know I certainly did.
However, any negative thoughts or frustrations that you may have about your changing body shouldn’t be allowed to take away from your enjoyment during this incredible time in your life. You are after all growing a new human being - and that is truly and utterly amazing.Read More
So do you need a yoga mat? In short the answer is YES.
The first thing to purchase as part of your yoga kit, is your very own mat. Many of the other bits and bobs we use in a yoga class can be substituted pretty well with household items (a yoga block with a book, cushion or folded blanket, a yoga strap with a belt or scarf), but a yoga mat is more than just a physical surface to practice on, it has greater significance that that.....Read More
I always love to share a little something edible and homemade at the end of my 'Slow Sunday' yoga workshops. After an afternoon of letting go, relaxing and nurturing the body and mind is lovely to revitalise with a small delicious treat. I often make chocolates, but this week I pushed the boat out (as it was the last Slow Sunday before a Summer break) and made some nutritious raw brownies and some cooling jasmine and melon iced tea. Sound good? Here's the recipes.....Read More
I hope this blog post will provide you with some information on how you can bring in some simple lifestyles changes that can help to reduce stress in your life, and also explain how special fertility yoga practices can really help too.
We all know modern life can be stressful, and life while trying to get pregnant even more so. Staying grounded and calm with all this going on is really truly not easy, at all. But eliminating unnecessary stress is very important when trying to conceive, as studies show women with high stress levels often have a harder time getting pregnant), your hormone system is controlled by the same region of your brain that regulates stress and fear.Read More