Contrary to popular understanding, Yoga does not just mean a set of physical postures for exercise, but is in fact a whole body of knowledge meaning ‘integration of life’. This knowledge of transcendence (traditionally known as yoga), which means the mind settling effortlessly into silence, is the most powerful key to unlock your inner potential for self-healing and personal growth because it is simple and natural and therefore works for everyone. I am looking forward to training in Transcending Meditation this weekend and look forward to sharing this knowledge with my students who wish to complete the yoga process, deepen their practice, and benefit in all areas of life ❤
Super excited to announce I will part of the hosting of this amazing retreat in Ibiza next month! Take a look here, spaces are limited... https://yogafitretreats.com/products/yogafit-ibiza-14-21-april-2019
Watching Comic Relief and feeling thoughtful about my work as a counsellor. At the start of my counselling career it was my vision to help men understand the benefits of talking therapy, I knew theoretcially this was rhe case and worked hard to make this happen. It is now the 'day job' for me to work with men to save their lives and it is a strange experience to support those feeling there's no other option to take their own lives, yet at the same time being bowled over and saddened by these statistics: - Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales. - In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female. Please encourage our men and boys to talk about how they are feeling, don't accept the first answer, ask again, "are you sure, is there anything else you want to talk about? I want to listen." It could save their life. Men, please share your difficult emotions, most want to hear. You are more of a man for sharing, as this is more difficult; don't take the easy way out and pretend or hide what you're feeling. It's never to late to start, you just need to get some practice in. It could save your life. Talking, and being heard, really does matter... 🙏❤
"Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil...the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe." ~ Confucious Another great evening with my Cockermouth yogis at our yin/yang classes. Tonight we started off warming up the connective tissues of the body through some gentle backbends before heating things up in a dynamic yang flow, moving into the muscles of the hips and shoulders. Spine-lengthening, deep twists made way for some beautiful strong and energizing backbends. I adore the Taoist concept of yin and yang as a way of approaching our lives, there are an infinite number of ways to express this in a yoga class and to create deeper meaning off the mat to enhance the overall experience. ☯️❤🙇♂️
Amazing aerial yoga workshop today where we took the spine though its various movements and worked on balance physically, emotionally and energetically. There was bending forward, tilting sideways, twisting and extending backwards, using strength and releasing tension where needed. Then taking the pressure off the spine and the heart by inverting before a delicious guided chakra balancing meditation to relax and restore after all that hard work. The participants were brave, enthusiastic and incredibly capable. What a total pleasure ❤🧡💛💚💙💜💗
I thoroughly enjoyed today's aerial yoga workshop! Lots of newbies getting their first taste of the wonderful benefits of aerial yoga and all the fun that can be had! We explored how the hammock can depeen your experience of mat yoga by providing more stability in poses requiring strength and balance that may need development in your practice. Not only does this create a more comfortable experience but provides great proprioceptive training, particularly when practicing inversions. Training the body to know what it feels like in poses is essential to becoming comfortable in it. Here I demonstrate how the hammock can support you with better balance in Parsvottanasana (Pyramid pose) and Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III pose). If you are interested in understanding how aerial yoga can benefit you then please contact me to arrange a private session, either one to one or in a group, and I will be delighted to work with you! Happy Sunday evening folks, I'm off for a glass of wine!❤
I'm super excited for my aerial yoga workshop tomorrow afternoon 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be exploring the concept of balance and how this ultimately leads to health, a wonderful way to demonstrate the benefits of yoga. There will be lots of focus on the spine as an indicator of health and we will move through some dynamic preparation for a more restorative end to the workshop, all focused on opening and balancing, helping achieve a more compassionate and loving state. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! See you there beautiful flying yogis ❤🙏
Let's bring some heat to this dreary day and join me for a firey vinyasa flow at Millhouse Village Hall tonight 7-8:30pm 💪🔥 We will work on strengthing and unlocking the shoulders and hips and have some fun with arm balances and inversions. I'm so excited! Contact me to book and visit my website in the bio for more details under 'classes'. See you later yogis ❤
Tonight's yin/yang classes where an absolute pleasure to share with all the new yogis at Cockermouth. This is a beautiful space, lovely and cosy for 8 to 10 people and means I get plenty of time to pay attention to everybody's needs. I really enjoy the challenge of teaching a mixed experience class, there are so many opportunities to discuss where additional effort may be needed, and where to let go and ease off. Working with the ego, constantly telling us that we are not good enough is always difficult work and I am incredibly inspired by the yogis that come to my class who face this this head on and work with where they are.
See all you lovely lunchtime yogis at 12:10-1pm today at @theyogastudiocarlisle for my first class at this time. It's a good old vinyasa flow so I am looking forward to getting us all fired up for the afternoon!
Such a wonderful afternoon at The Greenhill Hotel again today. Our three workshops went by in a flash. I was delighted to welcome around 20 yogis, most of whom I've never met before , and it was such an honour. There was a lovely mixture of complete beginners, those wishing to further their practice and some other yoga teachers, as well as a range of healers and therapists. We can all learn something from each other and I am so happy that people are enthusiastic about my sharing of the practice. Thank you to @kaye6904 and Wayne for hosting us once again. I am looking forward to returning here in April for my Counselling Skills workshop and I plan to return to do some more yoga workshops in May time. Who wants to come?! ❤🙏🕉
"I honour my needs (once I listen to what they really are!)" Today was due to be a jam packed day with several clients and some #lakesman2019 training. I was feeling imbalanced, tired and a little overwhelmed this morning. Because everything is generally positive right now I was about to make the age-old error of not taking some introspective, quiet time, but thankfully my body told me that I needed it. And I am even more thankful that I listened. Thanks to @ashtanga_yoga_carlisle Emma for her beautiful lunchtime meditation class at @theyogastudiocarlisle , in particular the amazing sound healing. I am becoming far more visual with energy awareness and sound really amplifies this experience. My sankalpa for March is the title of this post and I look forward to enjoying it all the more for that. 🕉❤