• ~•~ coming soon ~•~

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    we are taking a short hiatus, whilst I explore some more of our beautiful planet

    ~•~ business will resume in the spring ~•~

  • ~• travels •~

    20-jan-19

    ~• mindfulness and empathy •~

    I find travelling conducive to mindfulness in so many ways.

    Dragging yourself through loud, chaotic, crowded streets, the air thick with traffic noise, horns blaring, music on loudspeakers, traders calling out...it’s easy to keep your mind in the present moment. When everything is so new and exciting, all you have space to think of is right here, right now.

    There’s a beautiful clarity in that - the awareness that nothing else matters in this present moment.

     

    I’m discovering the beauty of travelling without purpose, except to experience.

     

    If your aim is not to particularly achieve anything, but just to learn, to immerse, to meet people and to watch the world go by, you can feel incredibly free. I don’t know if it’s something I could do all the time without fail, but even to touch on it is so liberating. The aim is to have a general idea of where I am going and what I would like to see, but simultaneously trying not to attach too much expectation. Allowing the future to unfold as naturally as possible, and allowing my own headspace to be mostly, and comfortably, in the present. Being aware more of emotion than of thought. The feeling inside my self, rather than my brain’s analysis of that feeling.

     

    The strongest, most prevalent emotion that I’ve had so far, is that I am so so so lucky, and so grateful for my place upon this earth. The life that I have led so far, the possibilities that are before me, I am so very thankful for.

    It’s easy to forget our privileges when we are at home, at work, caught up in our own lives...and of course, I am not saying that everything is easy. It is not. But nothing is more humbling than comparing yourself to others.

    Seeing a homeless person sleeping on our streets, being in a country surrounded by malnourished street dogs and people far less fortunate than yourself, gives you a visual reminder of your place in the world. Everything is relative; I am in no way meaning to say that my lifestyle is better than anyone else’s, or that wealth can only come from money (I actually think that’s a common misconception, but also that without it I wouldn’t be able to travel so easily), only that I am more fortunate in a lot of ways. I have always had a home, food, education, and have never had to fear for my wellbeing. When I see suffering or pain, I used to feel negative emotions: something like guilt or shame, I wanted to look away. But there is enough negativity in the world, we don’t need any more. My response is now a blend of empathy and sadness for the pain of another living creature, wanting to reach out and help, but also one of a humble gratefulness. Because I know that I am not any more deserving of the life I was born into, than any other person would be. An Indian street dog does not deserve his difficult life any more than my own happy, healthy and loved dogs at home deserve theirs. Does it come down to luck? Or is there some other power in play? Regardless, with the realisation that I am more fortunate, comes a desire, or even responsibility, to create some goodness in the world. To share what I have, to help others, to spread love and compassion. If we all did this, the world would be a much more equal, harmonious place.

     

    There’s enough wealth in the world, we just need the humanity to spread it.

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    I offer one to one yoga sessions for individuals who would like to deepen their practice with personal guidance, deal with particular physical or emotional issues, or simply prefer private to group sessions

  • ab​out me

    food and me

    I have always been a keen believer that what you eat is important. food is nutrition for your body and soul. your diet is a personal choice - it is what works for you and makes you happy. however, I strongly believe in a few basic principles: having a connection with your food (knowing and respecting where it comes from), being kind to your body (giving yourself the nutrition you need to be healthy), and valuing variation and quality.

    overall, I believe in living consciously, kindly, calmly.

     

    yoga and me

    I recently spent a month at the wonderful Nepal Yoga Home, in Kathmandu, completing my Yoga Teacher Training certification, in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyassa traditions. the training deepened my knowledge and experience as a teacher, as well as allowing me to further my own personal practice with new clarity and focus.

    yoga is open to interpretation, and definitions can differ. to me, yoga is the connection of mind, body and soul, or head, heart and hand, an introspective journey in which we travel towards peace of mind. we achieve this through the various tools of yoga - asana (our physical postures), mantra, mudra, bandha, pranayama (including breath and energy), and meditation.


    I personally enjoy practicing asanas (sometimes restorative and gentle, sometimes dynamic and flowing) combined with pranayama and meditation. whatever I practice or teach, it is done with kindness to the body and mind. I try to bring mindfulness and consciousness of breath gently into my daily life.

     

    I find many benefits within this practice - strengthening and toning of muscles, opening and releasing of joints, and calming of mind.

     

    I currently run classes near my home in Somerset, and offer private sessions with individuals, which I believe allows the practitioner a unique form of support and guidance to meet their personal goals.

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