It’s that ‘most wonderful time of the year!’ Celebrating with food and drink, eating and drinking and catching up with friends is a lovely thing to do at this time of year. So here is a lovely seasonal, celebratory mulled wine recipe (or make a mulled apple juice if you are pregnant or not drinking - I obviously couldn’t leave out all my pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing folks!).Read More
Breakfast just got better!
My new breakfast inspiration and ritual is all about simple, nutritious and delicious. I'm using the school holidays and the less stressful, calmer and slower mornings to get a better breakfast inside me. My usual cornflakes(my fall back breakfast for speed) is just so dull. So much so that I'd often just skip breakfast all together. So all change. Here’s my Peach Melba Chia breakfast pot. Light, simple yet full of goodness. Great for Summer, and so many possibilities to change it up for what you love ‘ have to hand.Read More
The art of slowing down.
With so many different styles of yoga, and perhaps a general understanding of yoga being 'movement', people can sometimes be unaware of the deep stillness in some styles of yoga - not just in the mind but in the body too. Having a deeper inward focus and time to reflect and enjoy the real feeling of your body taking different shapes, and releasing them, slowly can be so very enlightening. It can be deeply transformative, and can show you so many things about yourself. It's the practices of Yin and Restorative yoga that I bring together in my weekly Slow Down yoga classes, and monthly Slow Sunday yoga workshops, that I truly believe can benefit us deeply in the crazy, busy, modern world. It’s perfect a form of self-care for body and mind. Read on to find out more.Read More
Vagus what? I often mention the vagus nerve in my yoga classes, particularly in my Slow Sunday workshops and Slow Down Yoga weekly class. As stimulating the vagus nerve can help our body to come into its 'relaxation response' and that exactly what we are looking for in these yoga classes and workshops - relaxation, calmness and rest in the body and mind. There's a lot of talk about it from wellness experts and since scientists began discussing its incredible significance, especially pertaining to inner peace and decreasing stress in the nervous system. Lets take a look at how we can trigger the vagus nerve and help our nervous system to calm and rest and help to optimize our health.Read More
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
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
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.