I’m not going to lie and pretend I’m the most mindful person who has a strict meditation practice.. because I’m far from it.
In fact last night I found myself sitting on my phone.. IN BED.. scrolling away, before forcing myself to put it down and sleep. This ALWAYS affects my sleep, I know this, yet I still caught myself doing it. 🤷🏻♀️ ▪️
Sometimes when my mind is racing, there’s so much to think about and do.. I forget to take a step back and still my mind, even for a few minutes.
When I do practice meditation, breathing exercises or just daily mindful moments, I almost instantly can feel a difference in my mood and how I go about my day. ▪️
So, I want to incorporate this more structurally in my life. I notice the benefits it gives me in how I look at the world, and I want to share this with all of you, because then maybe you can hold me accountable and motivate me, or maybe even join me? ✨
I’m going to start with a small meditation a day, NO phone in my bedroom, and taking mindful moments when I can. This is small and simple, such as creating a mindful awareness like noticing my feet in the ground when I’m waiting in a que, or listening to the sounds around me when walking around town.💖
Teaching a hip and hamstring workshop this Saturday and two morning classes on Sunday @zenways_zen, there are only 2 spaces for my workshop left! Deets are on my website if you want to join in the fun🧘♀️#comehang#yogalife#southlondonyoga
❤️ The love. The love the love the love. Today I’m wondering how many fights I can fight without becoming exhausted. I’m in the midst of publishing #MeToo - The Yoga Stories; a collection of abuse, sexual harassment and rape within the yoga world. It’s taken me over a week to get clear consent on which of the hundreds of stories to share, how to censor out what’s needed and get legal help to make sure I’m not put in a liable situation for helping other womens voices grow louder. We are opening an animal shelter after years of working within the animal rescue field. We are launching a huge initiative at the beginning of next year to help people struggling with mental illness. We are struggling to keep our global mission foundation #YOGA thriving with new charitable initiatives in countries all over the world. We just hosted a huge event to raise money for The Childhood Cancer Foundation (raised $70,000 in a day!). And I’m spending every waking hour now wondering how I can help the children that suffer on this island. Should we open an orphanage? Start an after-school program? Collect donations? Support social workers? I don’t know. But I will do something.
I can’t take social injustice. And I won’t be silenced. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way when I use this platform to speak up. And I am very often triggered by people who have big platforms but do nothing. That is why yoga ads and discounted yoga pants and the smiley yoga poses paired with a Gandhi quote get me all fired up - I feel very alone fighting these fights. And I know not everyone feel empowered to stand up and do what they can to make a change so I’m here to tell you: if you want help - write me. I’m serious. Calling every influencer, teacher, celebrity out there. Especially all the yogalebrities that hate me (oh there are tons). Hell - tag your favorite online person in this post! Let’s stop bickering about who promotes what online and do what we can to help the children and the animals and the women and also the men that suffer.
info#YOGA We can. And I’m here. x
Acceptance isn't always easy, especially when something in your life isn't turning out like you hoped for. However, learning to accept life as it comes, and practicing accepting yourself as you are - those are powerful tools toward a healthy life. ❤️
At this time of the year it's more important than ever to keep grounded. To take deep breaths during the frenzy, to feel your feet beneath you and to feel rooted to the earth. Inhale, exhale and stay anchored in the present x
December is a hectic month for me. Work is MANIC 😵 I'm frantically trying to sort presents (I AM SO POOR), there are festive parties (health takes a back seat when the mince pies are out) 🍾 and the snowy weather means attending yoga classes is hit and miss ⛄❄ So what can we do when life gets in the way of practice?
I'm not one of those people who's gonna say "make time" 🙄 Sometimes, after 5am starts and late finishes, you don't want to spend your few precious hours in the evening on your mat.
However, there are loads of things you can do throughout the day which are just as valuable: don't be a cunt (practice kindness) 😘, offer to help someone out at work, take five minutes on your lunch break to breathe quietly, read a yoga article and brush up on your knowledge 💪
Yoga is a lifestyle really and the way you handle yourself day to day is just as valuable as meditating an hour in the evening 💙💚