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Hello New Year. What do you have in store?

Do you sometimes enter the New Year with trepidation….or excitement? Do consider the New Year to be a new phase; a chance to right the wrongs, to change the habits of a lifetime or do you simply embrace whatever it holds for you? Maybe you lead a mindful life and enjoy living day to day with no expectations.

Whichever area you fall into this workshop is about starting the New Year with good intentions. January can be a wonderful time to feel inspired for the coming year. Feel a sense of positivity and the desire to achieve in any aspect of your life. Let go of any doubt and believe. Allow this DETOX yoga workshop to kick start your 2017 journey.

Although we are still in the midst of winter we will embrace it with an energising asana practice to build heat, purify and wring toxins from the body through twists and side bends with a focus on strengthening the body. We will then slow down for a short while to encourage our bodies and minds to be still through longer holds; to challenge us to pause and listen to our bodies. Up for the challenge?!

To wind down the workshop will finish with a Pranayama exercise that builds heat in the body to help dissolve toxins and focus the monkey mind. After we have quietened the mind, I invite you to enjoy an extended Savasana with a mindfulness based meditation to help take awareness from the chaos of the mind and into the present moment.
 

EARLY BIRD PRICE £18 until December 10th! Further details below. Please note there are no refunds after 31 December but your space can be carried over to another workshop of your choice.

Date: Saturday 7 January 2017         
Time: 10.15-12.15
Location: Addlestone Community Centre
Price: £20. Spaces are limited!
Contact: lindsey@liveyoga.co.uk to book
 

Backbends - friend or foe?

This 2 hour workshop will specifically be looking at Urdhva Dhanurasana aka Full Wheel. ‘My nemesis!’, we hear some of you cry.

Urdhva Dhanurasana, full wheel, backbend

The workshop is about understanding and breaking down the pose to ensure it is being practised safely. During the workshop we will be looking at 3 physical components that we need to consider to conquer Full Wheel. The practice will focus on these components to open up and prepare the body for this apex posture.

From an emotional point of view there is an element of both trust and surrender in backbends. They can feel unfamiliar in the beginning so it is normal to experience some resistance but by being present with how both the body and mind feels as you move through your backbend practice, this resistance eventually eases. Remember that there is no rush, just a matter of being patient and of course regular practice. So come, breathe deeply and prepare to be energised and uplifted!

Suitable for beginners to those that have a strong backbend practice. There is always something new to learn and options to explore.

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Addlestone Community Centre
Price: £18 before 31 July, £20 thereafter. Spaces are limited! No refunds after 31 August
Contact: lindsey@liveyoga.co.uk to book

 

A Mother's Guilt

By my daughter, age 5 and 5 months for Mother's Day. Beautifully drawn and imaginative.


Does it ever end? I remember one of my best friends telling me I would spend the rest of my life feeling guilty once my bundle of joy arrived. And 5 years on, you know what? She was right.

I’ve always sworn. A lot. Since the birth of my daughter I’ve understandably tried to kerb it. Mostly through lessons learnt, such as stepping in fox poo and blurting out, ‘F**k it!’, whilst my toddling daughter was happily pottering on the decking. Fast forward a few days she hits Daddy in the nether regions and on his startled reaction quite nonchalantly says, ‘Oh f**k it’. What can I say? Her timing was impeccable (that’s my girl), so with twitching mouths we of course knew this was not ideal and definitely wanted to avoid this parrot like behaviour in public (or anywhere actually). I quite sternly recognised the error of my ways. No harm done.

Now we all know our children push our buttons like no-one else. I consider myself to be a fairly patient person but I have a switch. My daughter started school a few months back and gained, how shall I put it, attitude. I can put up with attitude (I kind of like it), I can smile through it and talk calmly through the backchat, but only for so long. I lasted a few days this particular time. I can’t quite remember what happened but I’d had enough. It was soon after her birthday as her ‘stuff’ was strewn across the dining table. I literally lost it, shouted (with an expletive) and (movie style) swiped all her things off the table and ordered them to be taken to her room. This task was completed after several runs, very meekly and without back chat. The outcome? I gave myself ‘time out’.

I felt terribly guilty, what a horrible mother! What was I doing? How was this behaviour going to influence her, not just in later years, but now? Well, not very positively. Did I really want my daughter to grow up thinking that the best way to deal with difficult situations or the best way to handle anger is to lash out? No. Obviously not. I am a grown woman, a mother and I need to learn how to control my emotions.This is why I meditate. I did joke recently with a friend that, ‘it wasn’t b****y working’, but I know it is. I know that every time I sit for those 15 minutes, no matter what's going on in my life, it brings me back.

I do get lost sometimes, especially as a mother. Always feel I could, should be doing better. Do I let her watch too much TV? Do I spend too much time on my phone and not enough time ‘being present'. Do I choose to sort washing/clean the flat/empty the dishwasher over role play with Barbie? The answer, quite honestly, is yes. Oh, and there it is. The guilt.

I could spend the next few sentences spelling out how I'm going to be a better Mummy, do more role play, be more present, fly off the handle less. But I won't, because of course that's how I would like to be, and as all Mums out there know, we do the best we can and sometimes we should not be so hard on ourselves. Whether we're a working Mum or not, as long as we provide love, kindness, guidance, food and shelter then our kids are blessed as there are plenty out there who don't have their basic needs fulfilled.

What I can say with certainty however, is when I practice yoga and meditation regularly, I’m definitely more connected, more mindful and more present.

Cacao Nutty Protein Balls (and activating nuts)

Morning inspiration..... A bit of a concoction so measurements are approximate!

6-8 Medjool dates
3 tbsp organic peanut butter
Couple of handfuls of activated nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews & pumpkin seeds)
Coconut oil
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
3 tbsp protein powder
Desiccated coconut to roll them in

So, activated nuts. I was introduced to this through Sarah Wilson, the I Quit Sugar author. What does this mean and what are the benefits? Well, it is a rather laborious process, not difficult, just long; and on further reading different nuts require different soaking, different amounts of salt and varied drying times so definitely read up! Basically the nuts are soaked overnight in salted water then dehydrated in the oven on the lowest heat on no more than 65 degrees. The reason for doing this is to increase the nutrient value of the nuts and to break down phytic acid and enzymes (found in raw nuts), which inhibit the absorption of these nutrients. Plus - apparently it keeps us younger for longer. Yey! 

So if you enjoy eating large amounts of raw nuts, it is definitely worth activating them to avoid digestive issues such as bloating and heaviness, plus they are heavenly! I found these articles useful:

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/what+are+activated+nutsr,27474

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2541791/Just-nuts-Is-new-craze-activating-food-seeds-great-idea.html

#energyballs #proteinballs #recipe #eatwell #instafood #liveyoga #energy #nutrition #activatednuts

 

Spring into Spring

Detox, Eliminate & Rejuvenate

Downward dog, adho mukha svanasana, yoga

Shed the darkness of winter and step into spring with the aim to de-clutter and detox the body and the mind. Consider it inner spring cleaning! Encourage a positive mindset by letting go of bad habits, unwanted emotional baggage and unhealthy eating habits. Reset and restore.

Spring is the perfect time to empower and nurture ourselves. The days grow longer, warmer and brighter and we sense a shift in our perspective. We tend to have more energy to let go of what no longer serves us and pursue what will. Earth begins to wake up and bloom, we spend more time outdoors and feel more inclined to improve our physical and mental health.

So do you sometimes feel sluggish, the mind a little foggy and suffer from poor digestion? This may be down to a build up of toxins. This often happens during winter as we tend to eat heavier foods and store more fat to protect us against the cold.

So join me for a well rounded practice to eliminate toxins through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and to finish, a guided meditation to cleanse and ease the mind.

Date: Saturday 16 April
Time: 10.30-12.30
Location: Addlestone Community Centre
Price: £20. Spaces are limited!
Contact: lindsey@liveyoga.co.uk to book