On Monday morning I woke up feeling rushed, frustrated and like I was somehow behind on my very long to do list for today (despite it only being 7am)...
I wanted to just ignore these feelings and push through, despite feeling a huge resistance that only made me more irritable. I wanted to get on with this crappy Monday, feel a little sorry for myself and start afresh tomorrow...
We all have days like this where things feel well, a little off... But remember that we can, in any given moment, choose to change how we feel! It just takes a little inspired action and a willingness to do so... The key word here being inspired as ignoring these feelings and pushing through will only really create more tension.
So today I want to share with you the 4 things I did to turn my day right around! that I hope can inspire you the next time you find yourself feeling the way I did on Monday morning.
1. I stopped for a moment to acknowledge and accept how I was feeling.
2. Then I made a quick list of what I actually needed to focus on today and which things I could simply remove because they weren't urgent. Reminding myself that doing anything with frustrated or pushy energy wouldn't be beneficial anyway and accepting that not everything has to happen today (something I'm currently working on - patience), helps to release some of the pressure.
3. I went to my favourite yoga class. Sounds idyllic but the resistance I felt as I was going through this Monday morning flow was unbearable at times. I was fighting the need to let go, of surrendering to the present moment and of tuning in to myself and accepting these feelings... It was only towards the end of the class during savasana (relaxation) that I actually felt all these feelings release.
Now I know that not everyone has the same flexibility, but frustration and stress is only stagnated energy in the body and movement moves this energy. So what is something you can do to move your energy while also tuning in to how you're feeling? 15min of stretching while your kids have breakfast or choosing to walk/bike to work with the intention of accepting and letting it all go, can have the same benefit as a morning yoga class. This is perhaps the only place you should push through the resistance of wanting to move your body, but doing so gently could be exactly what you need to help yourself out of the funk.
4. I simply chose to smile and try to release all need to control whatever happens today. To let things be. To flow with whatever happens instead of pushing and creating more resistance. In doing so, I turned my day around and had the best most productive Monday ever.
Knowing that you can change how you feel in any given moment by taking a few simple action steps like moving your body and shifting your focus, can be extremely empowering. So I hope that your day is wonderful regardless of how it started, and that you choose to smile and be grateful for where you are in this exact moment (or try the steps above to shift your focus to feeling your best today...).
With a full day of work ahead of me on this grey, cold and rainy day, I'm daydreaming of being back at the beach- toes in the warm sand and feeling the sun kiss my skin.
We all need 5 minutes to tune in, connect and re-charge sometimes, and by closing our eyes and taking a few breaths, we can be anywhere... I made this 5 minute guided beach meditation to help you do just this.
Find a comfortable position and click play.
I hope you enjoy it, sending you so much love.
So happy to be sharing this guided body scan meditation with you, perfect anytime you want to relax (perfect to use before bed).
I hope you enjoy it, love,
Today I filmed 3 quick yoga poses for you that I love to use, especially after sitting all day at the computer. They can help to increase mobility and relieve back tension due to stress, work or carrying the little ones...
I moved the camera halfway through the video to show the second pose and managed to chop my own forehead off... (again). Yepp, but who has time for perfection, right? So I went ahead and published it anyway ;)
Click Play to check it out.
I really believe that meditation is THE most important thing we can do for ourselves and for those we love. I always try to start my day with a little meditation as I find it helps me to calm, clear and focus my mind. It also grounds me and helps me to connect with how I'm feeling. Throughout the day I find I'm much happier, more relaxed and present...
Meditation is really just a fancy word for tuning in to yourself. If you're new to it, turn off all distractions, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Thats it, you're meditating! It really is that simple...
When our mind is spinning with all the things we need to do, it isn't always so easy to stay focused. So I want to share 3 meditation apps that I have used and found to be lovely; Calm, Buddhify and my personal favourite Headspace.
They all have free trials so I would recommend taking them for a test ride to find what works for you. If you feel like it - commit to yourself to try a few minutes of meditation a day either by just focusing on your breath for a few minutes with your eyes closed or using an app. See how something so simple can transform how you feel and go about your day!
This week I want to share a very simple yoga pose called Sat Kriya that is said to help strengthen your mind and whole body. It can help to connect and strengthen your pelvic floor, core muscles and spine, help with anxiety and fear, aid digestion, cleanse and balance your bodies energy, stimulates creativity and can help build your self-esteem... Em yes please to all of the above! Here is a step by step guide to Sat Kriya:
1. sit on your heels, straight but relaxed back.
If it feels uncomfortable, put a pillow between your bum and legs or sit on a chair with your feet together).
2. fold your hands in front of you so that your left thumb is on top of your right thumb (opposite for men). stretch out your forefingers.
3. Inhale and stretch your arms out in front of you and above your head, trying to keep them straight by locking your elbows. Exhale and relax your shoulders.
4. Do a powerful Root Lock - basically a Kegel exercise. Imagine trying to stop peeing and clenching your bum at the same time, while also pulling in your navel. this is a Root Lock. Hold if for a few seconds and then release gently... Let your breath control itself.
5. Repeat the Root Lock for 3 minutes while thinking or saying the mantra SAT NAM. SAT as you do the Root Lock and NAM as you gently release.
This Mantra comes from Kundalini Yoga and means "True Identity" or aligning with your truth. It helps you focus and stay present while doing this yoga pose.
If you're pregnant or menstruating, simply sit with your hands resting in your lap (not above your head) and either avoid it completely or do a very soft Root Lock while saying the mantra SAT NAM.
6. Its important to Always Relax for a few minutes after doing Sat Kriya to help your body recover
If I had to choose just one yoga pose to do everyday, this is the pose I would choose!
Have a great day, Love
This week I want to share a very simple breathing exercise called Nadi Shodana or Alternated Breathing. Check out the video above!
Lots of love
3 SIMPLE YOGA POSES FOR RELAXATION & SLEEP
There are so many different types of yoga practices. Personally I have always loved the gentler types like yin- and restorative yoga because it helps me balance out my busy everyday life by tuning in to myself and finding my inner calm.
Today I want to share with you 3 super simple yoga poses that are great to in the evening before bed or whenever you need to de-stress. Yoga should never be painful so don't do anything that doesn't feel right to you. Remember to breathe, be present and kind to yourself when practicing it.
This is really two poses combined and they blend perfectly together.
Start this pose by standing on all fours with your knees directly under your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders (called the neutral table top position). Engage your core stomach muscles and as you inhale, go into CAT pose by slowly tucking your tailbone and belly in, and gently arching your back. Your neck follows naturally so you look in towards your stomach. Imagine the movement starting at your tailbone, travelling naturally up the spine and ending at the top of your head.
As you exhale, we go into COW pose. Gently tilt your pelvis, push your heart forward and up, lifting your gaze to look straight ahead. Push your shoulders away from your ears. Take your time and engage your whole body. Repeat 3-5 times.
I love this pose because it can help stretch and strengthen your back, massage your internal organs and reduce stress.
Walk your hands a little in front of you and widen the distance between your knees. On the next exhale, push back with your hands and send your sitting bones back to kiss your heals. Let your chest melt down and rest your forehead on your mat, relaxing your arms. You can put a pillow between your legs here if you feel any discomfort. Take a few deep breaths in child's pose.
Child's pose is a gentle resting pose that stretches the hips, thighs and legs while calming the mind and relieving stress and tension.
I like to end with a short meditation.
My husband took these photos at the beach last summer. When I'm surrounded by toys in the living room I like to close my eyes and imagine I'm right back there. Yoga doesn't need to be about fancy headstands or practiced in a luxurious resort to feel good! Sometimes its just about taking a few minutes to tune in to yourself and find your calm.
Wishing you a relaxing evening and great night sleep tonight.