Stop Falling Down the Hole

imageDo you sometimes find yourself making the same decisions out of habit? Often times we make life choices because it is familiar, we feel it’s what we should do or we’re scared of hurting those closest to us.  We get stuck in a loop which we find hard to break out of.

When we begin to take time to really reflect on our choices we can make decisions that enrich our lives rather than take away from them. We can do this via meditation, through our asana practice, by writing reflective journals or simply by taking some much needed quiet time with ourselves to think about what we want out of our lives.

Change starts with yourself. Is it time for you to stop falling down the hole?

“I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in
I am lost … I am hopeless
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to find a way out

I walk down the same street
There is a hole in the sidewalk
I pretend I don’t see it
I fall in again
I can’t believe I am in the same place
But it isn’t my fault
It still takes a long time to get out

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it there
I still fall in … it’s a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault
I get out immediately

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it

I walk down another street”

– Excerpt from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche

The significance of ‘Namaste’

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So I’ve just had a little tattoo on my forearm and quite a few of my students have asked me about the significance of the word ‘namaste’ …

The gesture of namaste is the joining of the hands together at heart chakra and is traditionally given as a greeting. It represents the belief that there is a divine spark in each and every one of us. It is an acknowledgement of one soul by another soul.

The literal translation of Nama-as-te is “I bow to you” and when done in a yoga class, is meant as a mutual respect and connection between student and teacher. It allows people to come together without the binds of the ego. Bowing our heads and closing our eyes allows us to surrender to each other. 

Namaste is a symbol of gratitude at the end of a class where the teacher gives thanks to both her students and her own teachers, and invites the class to connect to the immense lineage of yoga.

 

“I honour the place in you where Spirit lives,

I honour the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace.

When you are in that place in you,

and I am in that place in me,

then we are one”

 

Namaste ❤

Take every risk … Drop every fear

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To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk being called sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams in front of a crowd is to risk being called naive
To try is to risk failure
To live is to risk dying
But the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing does nothing and becomes nothing
Only those who risk are truly free

Why do bad things come in threes?

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We all know that feeling when something bad happens in our lives and it seems to snowball. Before we know it, it feels like everything is going wrong. Some call it ‘sods law’ (the theory that if something can go wrong it will), or just plain bad luck, but whatever the explanation it can make you feel pretty shitty.

So why exactly does bad luck seem to come in threes and what can we do to stop this pattern?

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been realising that inherently, when something bad happens, we slip into a negative head space, and we therefore begin to invite negative things into our lives. I’m a great believer that like attracts like, and by being negative, we attract negative things… And so the pattern begins. 

Perhaps by the time the third rubbish things happens, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that it cant get much worse. When you’re on the floor, you can’t feel much lower and we start to feel differently … We dare to hope. By shifting our mindset we begin to invite positive, healing things into our lives and things miraculously start to improve.

Similarly when things are going great we start taking it for granted. We lose our ‘attitude of gratitude’ and the universe ultimately steps in to remind us that we need to appreciate what we have. This may explain the phenomenon that just as everything is going swimmingly, something will happen to put you straight back on your ass…. Such is life 🙂 

So I’ll be taking a lesson from these three wise monkeys. Surround yourself with positive energy and refuse negativity … Choose not to see it, speak it, hear it. 

Be the change you want to see ❤

Namaste

Finding Gratitude

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Keep a gratitude journal. Keep it by your bed … Every night before you go to sleep write down three things that you were grateful for today … It could be something you accomplished, a meaningful connection with another person, or simply that the sun was shining 🙂 When things get tough, as they inevitably do from time to time, flip open your little journal and remind yourself of just how much you have and just how much you are ❤

Find a moment to be grateful for something every day

Namaste

 

Goodbye beautiful Morocco

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After 9 months teaching yoga in beautiful Morocco, its time to say goodbye.  I’ve had the most amazing time, met some truly wonderful people and learnt so much.  Above all I’ve come to realise just how little I need to be happy.  Having left most of my worldly possessions at home I’ve discovered that I miss none of it … all I need is beautiful people, a (not necessarily) comfy bed and my yoga mat of course… although the spectacular Moroccan coastline helps!

It is with a heavy heart that I leave the wonderful team at Surf Maroc but with excitement that I arrive back in the UK to start the next chapter of my journey.  Keep checking back for news of the official launch of ‘dance yoga’ at a major festival this year and details of local classes and pop-up workshops all over the UK

Happy summer with love x

Salute the Sun!

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NEWS: Sunrise classes have landed at Taghazout Villa, Surf Maroc!

Much respect for the 11 die-hard yogis who joined me this morning to salute the sun, it was great to share the practice with you 🙂

Join us to say hello to the day and wake up your body …

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (7am-8am) Taghazout Villa Roof Terrace

… The best way to start the day ❤

A very special Christmas

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Ive just said goodbye to an amazing group here at Surf Maroc. Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas with me 🙂 Had a thoroughly awesome day starting in the morning with ‘rock-the-shala’ yoga, then a cheeky festive surf, drinks with the lovely surf Maroc Family, hilarious partner yoga at sunset and then a good old knees up and very un-British Xmas dinner at the villa.

Beats a dry old turkey in the UK!

Happy Christmas from the sunshine ❤