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January 28, 2018

I had a great time in Cornwall despite the weather. It's absolutely essential to let go sometimes otherwise our responsibilities and obligations can become overwhelming and our body begins to force us to slow down by producing physical ailments. But we really shouldn't let it get that far. If we look after ourselves on a regular basis, we can avoid illness and low moods and stay connected to that feel good place inside of us. It's always there, just waiting for us to quiet our minds, listen and feel....

So I have made a commitment to myself for more self-care this year. Of course I do look after myself as I practice yoga & meditation regularly and I eat really well, but nothing will sustain you if you never take time out. For the past few years I kept thinking that some opportunity would miraculously arise so that I would be able to take a break, but of course it didn't because I needed to make that decision for myself. No one else is going to do it for us, so we have to decide if we care about ourselves enough to carve out that time to nourish our bodies and minds. 

So what is your self-care plan for this week/month/year? What are you going to do for yourself that will make you feel good? How often are you going to commit to it? Put it in your diary like any other appointment. This is YOU time and no matter what you may think, you DO deserve it and probably most likely need it too.

January 7, 2018

It's time to Cleanse the body, Calm the mind and Clarify our thoughts with yoga, deep relaxation, meditation and yummy food. I'm going to prepare  raw plant-based this time as it's delicious and super cleansing! 
 

Early bird ends next Friday 12th January. 

Yoga workshop are suitable for everybody. No experience needed. 

September 26, 2017

I'm so grateful to Julian Rees from English Riviera Magazine for writing this fabulous article about Kundalini Yoga! 

August 21, 2017

It has suddenly dawned on me why diets don't work. 

Just a few months ago I remember socialising with a group of friends who were talking about their diet and exercise regimes in order to maintain their ideal weight. I felt so fortunate to no longer have to worry about those kind of things because I was finally completely happy with my body and never had to diet because of my yoga practice. But it was a very different story in the past. 

For more than 20 years, I suffered with an eating disorder, where every single moment of every single day was preoccupied with the thought of food and exercise. I never believed I would be free of such an all consuming addiction, but yoga changed all that, by helping me to learn to love myself again and find balance in my life. 

Since my recovery, I’ve learned to listen to what my body needs, so I eat everything including meat, fish, cheese and eggs. My diet is naturally very healthy as it’s also full of fruit, vegetables and salad with lashings of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. I also make everything from scratch, buy good quality food and enjoy a glass of fine red wine with my meal.

Having been in balance for years, I presumed I was cured of the negative thought patterns that affected the way I ate, but a deeper understanding of myself was revealed this year. 

What came to light was finally being able to understand why I have always been unlucky in love...apparently it's no coincidence. I learned, that if we don't love ourselves, we attract partners who will only hurt us because subconsciously, we don't believe we are worthy of more. But I thought I did love myself? Apparently not enough, as it happened again, but I won’t ever fall into that trap again, as my eyes are open wide now.

Since then, however, I’ve been comfort eating. I thought it was a phase and would pass, but I haven’t been able to control it and have put on weight, which has made me feel horrible about myself and start dieting and over-exercising again. But why should I feel horrible about myself just because I’ve put on a bit of weight? Having not felt like this for years, I realised two things; that I clearly still had issues with low-self esteem and that there were probably a lot of people out there who felt the same way. So I ran the Self-Love workshop, where among other things, I talked about the impact of negative self-talk and how I had gradually changed the way I spoke to myself over the years.

However, last weekend, my friend pointed out how negatively I was speaking about myself in physical terms. I said it was only temporary because I had put on weight, but that was irrelevant. Saying out loud and internally that I felt fat (temporarily or not) was reaffirming that I was not good enough NOW, which made me want to eat more. Hence the vicious cycle that I found myself in.

How many of us think we should lose a few pounds, should look younger, should be better looking, should be taller, shorter, musclier etc. The list of ‘shoulds’ goes on and on. The moment we say to ourselves that we are not physically good enough NOW, for whatever reason, we start treating ourselves badly by craving the things that will make us feel worse. 

When we don’t feel good about ourselves, we diet to try to change ourselves. But the moment we tell ourselves we’re not good enough, we want to overeat because we don’t care about ourselves.

Can you see the problem? Our negative self-talk, which instigates a diet, is the very thing that fuels imbalanced eating and the exact reason why diets don’t work.

So the answer is to love and accept ourselves EXACTLY AS WE ARE NOW. No excuses, no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’. As soon as we do that, we lose our unhealthy cravings and our eating finds its natural balance. There are plenty of models and super fit celebs out there, who we might think are 'perfect' and brimming with confidence, but in fact, are incredibly insecure about their looks. The fact is, if we don’t love ourselves on the inside, we will never be happy with how we look on the outside because we are looking at ourselves through poop tinted glasses. What we think and believe is what we perceive and that includes our physical body. 

Only when we accept ourselves warts and all and stop trying to be something other than we already are, can we can find balance with our vices and addictions. The more willing we are to look inside to reveal and accept what’s there, exactly as it is, the more we will learn to love ourselves on the outside and ultimately improve all of our relationships.

So ditch diets. Exercise loving yourself instead. You are perfect and beautiful exactly as you are. Find your voice. Be yourself, love yourself. I know I’m doing the best I can.


Part II of the Self-Love Workshop will take place on Sunday 1st October 2017.

June 28, 2017

Sunday 16th July 10.00-13.00

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall, TQ12 4QB

Come and join us for three hours of deeply relaxation yoga and mediation practices, allowing you make peace with yourself inside... 

One of the most important relationships in our lives is the one that we have with ourselves. Yet it is the one that we generally pay the least attention to not realising that our outer world is a direct reflection of what is happening inside of us.

"When we learn to love and understand ourselves, we can truly love and understand another person" Thich Nhat Hanh

When we can accept all aspects of ourselves, both positive and negative, and nourish ourselves with the same loving care with which we grace our loved ones, then we will feel loved, accepted and appreciated in return. Despite our good intentions, sacrificing our own needs can have a detrimental effect on our health and our relationships, therefore looking after ourselves is essential to feel truly happy. 

"When we feed and support our own happiness we are nourishing our ability to love”…and be loved.

“You can't offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself" Thich Nhat Hanh

Workshop Schedule

KUNDALINI & YIN YOGA to open our heart centre and connect with ourselves physically and emotionally. Affirmations and readings to accompany the practice to nourish our minds and instil positive thought patterns.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION to encourage self-love and acceptance.

YOGA NIDRA to deeply relax the body and mind and encourage the release of negative thought patterns and beliefs. 

REFRESHMENTS - Drinks and nibbles are provided.

Suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

INVESTMENT - Early Bird £30 if paid by Monday 3rd July. £35 thereafter. Deadline for BACS payments 3 days before event. Confirmation will be sent on receipt of payment. Please note, tickets are non-refundable but credit can be used towards any other Yoga Loveliness services or products.

Please bring a mat if you have one, otherwise you're welcome to borrow one, some water and lots of blankets & cushions for Yoga Nidra. 

To book please contact me on: 

Tel: 01803 267 652 or 07926 351 299 

Email: info@yogaloveliness.co.uk

June 28, 2017

I have found a beautiful new venue surrounded by nature and the sound of birdsong right in the middle of Babbacome!

There's plenty of free parking onsite or on the surrounding streets. 

7.15-8.15pm Furrough Cross Church

Babbacombe Road

Torquay TQ1 3SB

£7/any class pass 

Please bring a mat if you have one, otherwise you're welcome to borrow one, some water and a blanket.

May 5, 2017

Mindfulness Movement & Marvellous Mantra

Sunday 21st May 

10.00-13.00

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall, TQ12 4QB

£30/£35

We all have different needs at different times depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re feeling energetically. 

Sometimes we need a yang yoga practice, that raises our energy, boosts our immunity and exercises our muscles, but at other times, we need a more passive and restorative yin practice that helps to slow us down and release tension in the deeper connective tissue of the body.

As we age, we lose mobility in our joints, our bones begin to degenerate becoming weaker and our fascia contracts, which makes us tighter and restricts our ability to move freely. Restrictions are not only caused by ageing, but by  unexpressed emotions, which have lodged themselves in our tissues as energetic blocks. 

Yin Yoga can help us to regain that movement and stimulate the flow of energy through our bodies again. It works on our deepest connective-tissue including the bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments and deep fascial networks in the body. It is a simple and quiet practice that is yielding and passive, yet reaches us on a very deep level. Its long-held poses are Mindfulness in Motion, encouraging us to be fully present, breathing, moving and surrendering as best we can to each moment as it unfolds.

Workshop Schedule:

YIN YOGA - Flow for the hips, legs and back.

YOGA NIDRA is a healing practice that induces deep relaxation of the body and mind. Using a combination of breath and visualisation techniques, you are taken on an inner journey, where limiting beliefs can be released and strengths and talents can be tapped into and unleashed.

MANTRA - stimulating the 84 meridian points in the roof of the mouth, mantra can change our vibratory frequency, making us feel happier and more connected.

REFRESHMENTS - Hot drinks and nibbles are provided.

INVESTMENT - Early Bird £30 if paid by Monday 15th May. £35 thereafter. 

Payment methods - Cash or BACS.  Tickets will be sent on receipt of payment. Please note, tickets are non-refundable but credit can be used towards any Yoga Loveliness products or services. 

Please bring lots of blankets and pillows for Yoga Nidra.

No experience needed. Suitable for everyone.

For more information or to book please contact Julia on 07926 351 299 or info@yogaloveliness.co.uk

April 11, 2017

I just LOVE this time of year. With Easter coming up, there is once again the opportunity to start afresh and with the full moon last night we still have the next 24 hours to let go of whatever is stopping us from being fully in our own power and feeling awesome...because we ALL deserve that.

I imagine some of you will also be looking forward to feasting on whatever you gave up for lent. 
Abstaining is a very powerful practice especially if you find yourself craving something that ultimately doesn't serve you.  I used to be addicted to chocolate, so I gave it up for lent 12 years ago and I can honestly say, I have not had the same relationship to chocolate ever since - I can take it or leave it and my craving for sugar drastically reduced as a result.

40 days is a significant number across many religions and biologically, it can change neural pathways in brain helping to break bad habits (both physical and mental) and create new positive ones. I started a 40 day mantra sadhana last Monday ('Sadhana' in Kundalini yoga means 'commitment') and am already noticing changes...more space in my mind, a feeling of non-attachment to life's challenges and a sense of equilibrium.  I am repeating the mantra for 11 minutes each day, but I could choose from 3, 31 or 62 minutes as they are the magic numbers! 11 is good for me and sustainable. I am really looking forward to seeing how I feel after 40 days. If any of you would like to commit to a 40 day sadhana, you can choose a meditation/mantra that you feel drawn to on the 3HO website:

https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/mantra/kundalini-yoga-mantras

 

If you would like any advice, just drop me a line.

"Mantra is the main tool for changing the vibratory pattern of the brain and the mind"

If you're interested in reading more about the science behind this, have a look at this fascinating article:

https://vedanet.com/2016/04/05/yogic-neuroscience-the-brain-and-the-thousand-petal-lotus-of-the-head/

March 17, 2017

'Rise Sister Rise' - 22nd April, Totnes


I've been promising to write about the amazing experience I had at Rebecca Campbell's workshop last year in Bournemouth, so here it is...



A series of curious events led me there. I had no idea what to expect but I knew I had to go. When I arrived, I paused to take in the energy of the room before choosing my seat and I’m so glad I did as met some amazing sisters whose lives mirrored mine in unbelievable ways.

There was such a great vibe in the room. 120 women all wanting to find their voice and expand their lives. Without giving too much away, we did various activities and one of them was to partner up and ask each other what you'd do you if weren't afraid. I’ve always known my biggest fear - and at the same time, my ultimate dream - to stand up in front of hundreds of people and give inspirational talks.

Rebecca then took us through a mediation. It was an important one which would have given me an opportunity to break through a certain aspect of my life, where I felt I was stuck. But when we got to the most important part, I started to cough. I couldn't stop. I drank water but it was as if I was choking so I had to leave the room. After climbing over a sea of women in deep meditation, I sat outside cross and upset. 

While the meditation continued for a further 45 minutes I contemplated why that had happened. Was it something in my subconscious preventing me from moving forward? Was it some kind of outer force? When it finished, Rebecca asked if anybody had any comments and before I could think, I put my hand up. She handed me the microphone and I explained what had happened and asked WHY? But then my heart started to pound out of my chest and I told her that I was terrified of speaking in front of so many people, so she invited me up onto the stage…

In front everyone she asked me why I thought that had happened. I ummed and aahed and then suddenly it dawned on me…so that I would stand up on stage in front of 120 people and speak! Everyone laughed because they had already understood it before me. Then Rebecca asked, if there was one thing I could tell everybody, that was more important than anything else, what would it be? I immediately said ‘follow your heart’. And she said okay, now tell us what has happened in your life that has succeeded because of following your heart. 

So with no time to think, I began telling the story from my divorce 14 years ago, the struggles, the victories and all the sequences of events that brought me to Devon to discover yoga, find my true passion in life and feel happier and more content than ever before. My knees were shaking and I said I was talking too much, but apparently I wasn’t and they wanted to hear what I had to say? That part was overwhelming, but the adrenaline kept me going. 

Whilst speaking I remember looking at the woman I had told my biggest fear to and thinking how freaky it was.  I’ve always been dropped in at the deep end in life, but have found it works best for me because it means there’s no time to think nooooooo!!!

I wasn't the only one up onstage that day. There were lots of tears and baring of souls….and not a single ego in the room. The camaraderie and sisterhood was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. What an incredible day. If you feel drawn to go, I can't recommend enough!

As Rebecca says ‘As one of us awakens and rises, it makes it easier for another to follow her lead. She is me and We are She. Rise Sister Rise’



Tickets are almost sold out, so don't delay booking. If you can't make her workshop, try reading her books and blogs. She's fab!



http://livingnowevents.com/rebecca-campbell-rise-sister-rise-3/

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