The mind… The mind can make us believe in things that are not really there, worry about situations that aren’t real, relive events that have been and gone, or live through hypothetical situations that don’t exist. Add to that the day-to-day responsibilities and constant stream of inner chatter that surrounds them, and we move into […]

Give yourself permission to let go…

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Part of my yearly treat is packing myself off to experience one or two weeks of me-time. Since yoga has become integral to my daily life, finding a retreat that incorporates yoga is always my aim. The retreats I choose are typically tailored towards inner work with meditation, energy in the form of asana practice […]

What happens on a yoga retreat?

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The Continuous Stress Cycle – At times, even yoga teachers, or especially yoga teachers (!) can find it hard to stop running around or take enough time to pause and reset. And I have felt this a lot over the last couple of months. We don’t allow ourselves the time to pause, reset, or indulge […]

Releasing stress with balance

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The effects of yoga teacher training can be powerful, and are unique to each participant. Participating in two of Esther Ekhart’s 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, one year apart, has given me the opportunity to see the evolution of my yoga journey, the deep physical, mental and emotional shifts that can take place, and how comforting […]

A teacher training experience with Esther Ekhart

Esther Ekhart teacher training

Mindfulness… Mindfulness has become the latest hot topic since it made it to the top of NHS recommendations for dealing with stress and anxiety. But what is mindfulness? The frenzied rush of day-to-day life, which involves countless to-do lists, multitasking, taking care of ‘real world’ responsibilities such as children, bills, and going to work, as well as newer […]

Mindfulness: staying present

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I want more… Do you find that in today’s fast-paced life, you spend more time focusing on what you don’t have, and less time on what you do have? Now more than ever, day-to-day responsibilities, competition at work, constant demands on our time, and consumerism overpower us at every turn. They can suck us in […]

Being thankful

Being present