Who can practice yoga?

Who can practice yoga?

There is one simple answer: EVERYONE!

Social media has a massive effect on how yoga is perceived by the public. On Instagram especially, yoga gets portrayed as glamorous, sexy gymnastics!

These posts emphasise the physical practice but what people are missing is the deep philosophical, mind, body healing and spiritual nature of yoga. They focus on difficult poses that are unattainable for most people. This can be intimidating and daunting to anyone wanting to start yoga!

I have often heard people say that they don’t have the right body for yoga or they are not flexible enough.

Let me tell you do not have to be anything to practice yoga, you just have to be. That is all.

Yoga is connection. Connecting with yourself, bringing awareness to yourself and into your life. Its your own personal journey.

So if you are new to yoga, or already practising here is some advice for you:

  • Never compare yourself to anybody else, your mind and body are unique to you.
  • Forget about trying to get into advanced poses this is not the goal! Work with your body whatever stage you are at now.
  • Awareness is key – not only being aware of your body but of your mind, your actions and reactions too.
  • Always practice with love and kindness towards yourself – don’t get frustrated with yourself if you cant do something, just pause, breathe and send love to the area you are working on.
  • It is better to fully understand one pose than to do 10 poses without understanding them so take your time in each pose.
  • Remember that we all need to start somewhere , relax and enjoy the journey.

Lots of love

xx

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

Earth day –  a day to celebrate this beautiful earth that we live in and raise awareness about pollution.
I think its so important to understand that the harm we inflict on our surrounding environment will eventually hurt us.

I’m sharing this post about plastic pollution as its something I have become increasingly aware of lately especially living here in china! It makes me so sad to see what we are doing to our earth and we need to act now. Continue reading

My healing journey – the story I usually don’t tell!

This is a story that is very close to my heart and I am feeling a little vunerable sharing this but I feel that as its WORLD HEALTH DAY and the rates of mental illness and suicide are increasing it’s time to share, maybe it can help another person out there!

I was 14 when I first drank alcohol. I still remember so clearly the feeling that it gave me. This happy euphoric feeling that washed away all my worries. It gave me the confidence to be and say whatever I wanted, to be seen, to be heard. I had found the cure, the cure that I had been searching for, like a magic potion that made all my problems disappear. Continue reading

10 reasons I love travelling 

After working on cruise ships, solo backpacking in Thailand, studying and teaching yoga in India and now working as an esl teacher in China, as well as various other adventures in between I guess I have done my fair share of travelling. I have become quite the pro at packing my life into one bag and taking off to wherever in the world is calling me. So here’s why I love it: Continue reading

Hong Kong and back in a day.

297930721For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term ‘visa run’, it’s when your visa only permits you to stay in the country for a certain period of time so you need to leave the country to get the visa stamped. The easiest way to do this is to cross the boarder into a neighbouring country and re-enter again the same day.

I am lucky enough that I only need to do this every three months as its a lot of travelling in one day. But hey who doesn’t love a free shopping trip to Hong Kong. My school paid for my flight to Shenzhen which is about 2 hours and then I got the metro to Futian check point, where I went through customs and walked across the boarder and boom I was in Hong Kong.

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Stop Comparing!

You may not realise it but you have been comparing yourself to others your entire life. We compare ourselves with those who have more accomplishments, more money, seem more attractive, a bigger house, a better car, realationship, or more social popularity! Comparing ourselves to others only creates negative feelings which can lead to low self esteem. If comparing is how you evaluate your worth you will always be losing!

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