The traveller who is tired of travelling

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The world is full of opposite forces that push and pull against each other … sun & moon, light & shade, masculine & feminine, internal & external, love & hate. When these balance each other out we find harmony … you can’t really have one without the other. But what happens when there is a struggle between the two and we can’t seem to find that equilibrium. Can you love something and hate it all at the same time? How do you balance this and find peace within yourself?

I have a confession … I’m a traveller but recently I find myself growing tired of travelling. I’m done with the transient nature of it, the living out of a backpack, the not knowing what comes next.

After nearly two years on the road I’m missing stability, I’m missing a ‘home’. I miss simple things like having a fridge, knowing where to go for a decent coffee, I miss not having a space of my own to decorate with beautiful things, I miss having my pets and close friends nearby to offer a listening ear when I’m wavering on this path. As much as I love what I do, and I am truly blessed to have found my calling in life, this journey can be challenging and I have come to realise that I don’t really have a home. A realisation that can at times be upsetting, especially when friends who are 10 years my junior are settling down, getting married and having babies, especially when I have a perfectly lovely house in the UK but have no desire to go back to it.

And so I begin to weigh up my options. How can I continue to follow my dream of teaching yoga and living in a beautiful tropical country yet find the stability and the ‘home’ that I crave. I’ve come to realise that I’m fine when I’m in a place for a period of time. Last season in Goa was incredible … largely because I was there for 5 months, I worked for a great studio, I had an apartment (with a fridge) and made wonderful friends. I like to stay in one place, to immerse myself in the community and become part of that community. So I’ve resolved to spend at least 3 months in one place when I can.

I also understand that, for the foreseeable future, going back to the UK is not an option for me. I’ve committed to this path, this journey to find my own little slice of heaven where I can set up my dream studio and to go back would be to sell out. Instead I continue to navigate my way through this life, trusting my intuition, trusting that the universe will provide. When all is said and done, all we have is our authenticity, and all we can do is live our truth and do our best to cultivate that unshakable faith that everything will turn out alright… If we have the courage to live what we love.

For details of my upcoming yoga retreats go to http://www.artandsoulyogaspace.com/morocco-retreats

Multi-style Yoga Retreat Confirmed!

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I am super excited to collaborating with my good friend and acro yoga partner Yoko Swami on the first week of this year’s Morocco retreats.

Together we’ll be offering a unique opportunity to experience several different styles of yoga in one transformational week in beautiful Morocco this September. Whether you are a beginner looking to try out different classes to find a practice you really resonate with, or an advanced practitioner who wants to expand your yoga repertoire, you’ll enjoy the expert tuition of not one, but two teachers, delicious gourmet veggie cuisine and lots of free time to soak up the culture, surf or simply chill out at our stunning mountain riad.

Regular yoga retreats usually focus on one or two styles of yoga, but with so many classes on offer in studios all over the world, we recognise the need for students to have the opportunity to experiment with different styles to find the one that really fits their individual needs. In this 8 day retreat we’ll explore the very best of ashtanga, vinyasa flow, hatha, slow flow, meditation and pranayama (yogic breathing). There will be plenty of time to relax and explore the local area and of course both teachers will be available to advise you on your practice and yoga journey.

Yoko’s yoga journey began in India in 1998. He has since spent many years exploring life and spirituality in India, a country he feels deeply connected to. Yoko has experimented with various types of yoga and meditation techniques over the years, with a special interest in the work of Osho. However, he has always returned to the traditional teachings of ashtanga and hatha yoga, where he finds discipline and structure. Yoko enjoys embedding these values into his teaching, guiding students to explore and master this beautiful practice and helping them to link breath, asanas, and mind, so that their practice becomes a meditation in movement. As a teacher, Yoko specialises in physical adjustments to ensure a safe practice where students’ can improve and deepen their understanding of the postures. As an experienced assistant in yoga teacher trainings, Yoko is able to adjust students of all levels intuitively and mindfully to help them deepen their practice while honouring their physical limitations.

For full details of pricing and schedule please visit http://www.artandsoulyogaspace.com/morocco-retreats

We look forward to welcoming you in beautiful Morocco!

Have you practiced yoga today?

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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 🙂 go spend some quality time with your family or with yourself instead. Rest, nurture, love, appreciate, respect, LIVE!! Now you’re practicing yoga!

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Morocco Retreats Announced!

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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
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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 🙂

The price would be around £450-£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
https://www.facebook.com/TaghazoutlMountainRiad

Who’s interested in coming along?