12 Weird things travellers do when they come home …


1) Putting our loo roll in the bin, not down the bowl – this is now a completely automatic response with all toilet related situations

2) Spitting if we get water in our mouths whilst having a shower – blame the anti-malaria reflex

3) Loudly having a very personal and totally inappropriate convo in the back of the cab, and then remembering the driver speaks perfect English 😳

4) Totally disregarding most aspects of the Highway Code … providing we actually remember how to drive anything with 4 wheels

5) Eating pretty much everything with our hands (bonus points if it’s always the right)

6) Flicking off our flip flops before entering a shop … I did this at the local Tesco on my first day back – totes embarrassing!

7) Being incapable of setting an actual time for social engagements beyond “around sunset”

8) Revel in the joy that is walking past a shop and not being harassed. You’ll notice a traveller by the stupid grin they’re wearing as they walk very slowly past every available retail establishment on our (actually quite rubbish) high street

9) Adopt curious never-seen-before gestures when talking to our friends … Indian head wobble anyone?

10) When meeting people, going in for 5 cheek kisses / a slight bow / a wai / a gesture of namaste (delete as applicable) and ending up head butting your friend’s Mom or full on mouth kissing her – #awks

11) Leaning over the table and helping ourselves to everyone else’s food at a restaurant without asking. What? It’s communal!! πŸ˜‰

12) Foregoing the offer of a nice comfy sofa at our Nan’s house and sitting cross legged on the carpet because it ‘feels more normal’ these days. Just watch the shell suit next to that pesky gas fire πŸ˜‰

Have you practiced yoga today?

As a teacher, I’m often asked how much yoga I ‘do’. When people ask this they’re usually referring to how much time I spend on my mat, and although yes, this is a vital part of any teacher’s day, my yoga is so much more than my physical practice. My answer is that I try to practice yoga all the time, in everything I do.

‘Yoga’ in its simplest form means ‘union’… to unite ourselves with the universe around us. Our ‘yoga’ can be the loving kindness we show to others, the compassion we develop for ourselves, looking after the environment and being grateful for the awesomeness of every day.

So if you don’t feel like banging out some sun salutations today, that’s perfectly fine πŸ™‚ go spend some quality time with your family or with yourself instead. Rest, nurture, love, appreciate, respect, LIVE!! Now you’re practicing yoga!


Is Yoga Really a Universal Language?

As wonderful as it is, teaching abroad has it’s challenges … you rarely teach the same person for more than a few classes, people are invariably late as they’re in holiday mode, they sometimes turn up a bit squiffy after one to many lunchtime beers (I’ve had one student turn up high on mushrooms!) and you get people coming to class in teeny bikinis (yes, really).

But by far the most challenging is teaching to people who have limited English language.

Ok, I know some of you are thinking “but what about the ‘universal language of yoga’ that has the power to transcend dialects and language barriers?”. Yup, for experienced practitioners, fair do’s but for the beginners in the room it’s more like a universal panic of “I haven’t got a frickin’ clue what she’s banging on about, how the hell am I meant to follow this!”

I’ll openly admit to using pretty flamboyant language in classes. I’m trying to take people on a journey so I like to use imagery and provoke imagination. I also teach to music as I feel it helps people to move more freely and explore their capacity for movement. And while I would love to teach all my classes with bells and whistles, sometimes we need to honour our students and simplify things. For me that means leading some classes with … wait for it … NO MUSIC!! Using simple instructions and speaking slooooooowwwwwwly (my friends will appreciate how hard this is for me!)

But this isn’t a skill only international teachers need to master. How many times have you heard a teacher instructing beginners to “load ujaii breath” without a demo or explanation? Fine if they’re regulars and have been taught ujaii, but I had to laugh when I heard one student having a post-class discussion with another student about his ‘faginii breath’ … sounds like ….. πŸ™Š!!

So this week my challenge is to simplify, to slow down, to nurture my students and to teach with empathy. Namaste #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogagirl #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #yogalife #yogapose #yogainspiration #yogapractice #yogagram #yogadaily #lombok #travellingyogi #travellingyogijenn

Embracing Change

It’s a daunting thing doing something new … thrusting yourself well and truly outside your comfort zone. After all, life is just a damn sight easier when we stick to what we know. We get to stay inside our safe little box, and its a lovely place to be because we know it – inside out and back to front.

But what if there comes a time where you’re unceremoniously thrown outside your comfort zone? What happens when it’s not your decision? When it hits you square in the face and there is no other choice than to immediately change tac.

Would you be frightened of change or would you embrace the unknown?

If we can begin to introduce elements of change and newness into our daily lives, it prepares us for those inevitable moments when the shit hits the fan. After all, nothing in life is permanent … not our careers, our relationships, our health, our emotions … all this will pass. The only thing that is certain in this life is change.

I’m beginning to learn that, for me at least, the key to happiness is the ability to be adaptable, to embrace change, to roll with the punches and accept every part of this beautiful and sometimes brutal journey of life, without expectations. I know, I know … easy for you to say … Right?

No it’s not easy, it’s bloody hard, especially when it feels like life is handing you lemon after lemon but this is why we need to bolster ourselves with a bit of practice.

Step outside your comfort zone … take yourself out for a beautiful meal, alone … talk to strangers … apply for the job you’re underqualified for … tell that person how you really feel … call the friend you fell out with years ago … plan absolutely nothing for the weekend and just see what unfolds … book a riad in Morocco and hope people turn up for your retreats!

Change doesn’t need to be scary. Embrace it, learn to love it, and then when life hands you lemons, you’ll make lemonade.

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Morocco Retreats Announced!


Happy Tuesday ❀️ Exciting news – I’ve been speaking to my friend Sam who owns a beautiful riad in Morocco about running a retreat there in September. Just putting the feelers out before I firm everything up. Please share this post with friends!!

Potential dates are …

Sat 19th – Sat 26th sept
Sat 26th sept – Sat 3rd oct

7 nights in a beautiful Moroccan riad, gourmet veggie food (menu looks so yummy!), 1 meditation and 2 yoga classes a day with me and lots of free time to explore amazing Morocco – souks, surfing, hammams, massages, a trip to Essoueira or just chilling and taking some well needed time for yourself. I spent 10 months working in Morocco in 2013/2014 and can honestly say it’s an amazing place! I’m so excited about going back πŸ™‚

The price would be around Β£450-Β£550 for the week including accommodation, transfers, all yoga & meditation classes and 3 meals a day. Check out pictures of Sam’s beautiful venue at

Who’s interested in coming along?

Live Your Truth

image Starting at a new studio is always a really interesting experience for me … explaining why I need a plug point for my speakers, and no, I don’t need the Tibetan singing bowls or the yoga straps thank you πŸ™‚

Going through this process with a new studio always makes me reflect on why I teach the way I do.

When I first started this journey I really struggled with my identity as a teacher. I stuck to the sequence I was taught in my training, working very classically with yoga postures, I definitely didn’t teach to music and yes … I had a ‘yoga voice’ … you know the one I mean, like a children’s primary school counsellor in slow mo πŸ˜‰

I realised I wasn’t connecting with my teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I loved giving class, I just didn’t experience that profound feeling of joy that I heard my other yoga teacher friends talking about. I wasn’t being ‘me’.

So I started experimenting with music … yoga-friendly stuff to begin with and my practice began to unfold … I began to explore, to create, to dance, to let go and really get into my body. I started to teach with humour and lightheartedness … I started to teach to Snoop Dog.

It’s taken me a long time to be ok with the way I teach though … for a long time I thought, ‘this feels great, but it’s not yoga’. I realise now that all life is yoga. You don’t have to do chaturanga to develop that deep awareness of yourself. Sometimes you just need to let the beautiful animal of your body move freely, use your breath to guide you, and trust yourself to guide yourself.

Be authentic in all you do. You’re not on this earth to be liked, you’re here to live your truth. I’m a self confessed ‘people pleaser’ but I’ve come to realise I can only share what I know, with sincerity and love.

I’ll continue to look forward to that weekly traditional hatha class I love, because the teacher teaches from the heart… and in the meantime I’ll be putting the finishing touches to a new yoga dubstep playlist for my inversions class.

Happy Tuesday gorgeous beings


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Why So Serious?


Happy Saturday world! Following on from my post yesterday about finding time in your life to play, I wanted to bring the concept back to the yoga mat to encourage you to begin to explore your practice with a sense of curiosity and lightheartedness. This is something I’m really interested in and is a real focus in my classes at the moment.

We spend our whole lives trying to ‘achieve’, to strive, to push . Think back to your last yoga class … how did you feel when you fell out of that balance, when you spied the girl next to you with her leg effortlessly behind her head? Was there a sense of defeat, of frustration, or a feeling that you’re just ‘no good at yoga’ … something us yoga teachers hear all the time by the way.

Give yourself a break!!!! You turned up didn’t you? You’re on your mat, right? Now pat yourself on the back, turn the corners of your mouth up just a little, and let’s look at the bigger picture…

By allowing yourself to explore your body without inhibitions, to mess up … and be ok with messing up, we begin to detach ourselves from the pursuit of perfection (a dangerous little thing!). Watch as that frustration and doubt dissolves and your practice starts to become joyful and fun. After all, and let’s be frank … we’re not going to reach spiritual enlightenment when we can do a handstand πŸ˜‰ There you go, I said it (yoga police shoot me down) for me at least, the mastering of postures means diddly squat … we’re practicing yoga not contortionism.

Of course the feeling you get when you’re finally able to reach the floor in uttanasana or when you press up into your first wheel is incredible, as my wonderful teacher Julie says … If you’re here just to master a handstand, go to gymnastics class. There is a reason for practicing challenging inversions in yoga, and it’s not just for physical gains. They help us to develop tenacity, courage, determination and that all important sense of play.

It’s not about getting into it that handstand … It’s what you learn on the way up πŸ˜‰

Play … Not Just for Kids


It’s almost the weekend! … what do you have planned? Housework, shopping, running errands… all sounds a bit like hard work doesn’t it? So this weekend I challenge you to schedule in a bit of time for play. “Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not a 10 year old child, I have things to do!” I hear you say, but bear with me for just a minute …

Our society tends to dismiss play for grown ups. It is seen as unproductive, petty or even ‘a guilty pleasure’. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious. But play is just as vital for adults as it is for kids. It brings joy into your life, fosters creativity and meaningful relationships.

You don’t have to put on a clown suit and act like a tit … play with your kids, get messy baking a cake, challenge your partner to a pillow fight, grab some friends and go to a comedy club, try a dance class, or if you’re me, dick around on the beach, get covered in sand and land on your head … A LOT!

So put down that wine glass, step away from the shopping list, ditch the high heels and go and have some good old fashioned, wholesome fun.

Happy Friday everyone πŸ™

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Welcome to Lombok


Lombok … Like going back 20 years in Bali. It’s a land where children ride mopeds aged 6 and it’s not uncommon to see them smoking and hanging out at the beach bar at night time … then you see those same kids bathing naked in the lakes and running out into the road to wave and blow you kisses when you drive by. The beautiful juxtaposition of life in this undeveloped little corner of the earth