My Yoga Journey

I remember a time only 4 years ago when by back constantly ached, my posture was so bad and i had body pains that no 22 year old should have. Thats why I was drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, I felt that maybe it could help me and give me some relief.

I still remember my first yoga class, I couldn’t touch my toes and I felt so embarrassed about how un-flexible I was, I knew that I need this. Initially it was the physical relief it gave me that kept me going back. But as I practiced more, this dark cloud of negative thoughts was slowly lifting from my mind and I was beginning to see life in a whole new way. As I began to feel the mental clarity and emotional release, I knew that I had found a path that I wanted to follow.

After a year and a half of practicing I made the decision to travel to India alone. I doubted if I was ready for a teacher training but I was hungry to learn more and discover the roots of yoga. I studied and trained with traditional Indian yogic masters. As  I delved into yogic philosophy I realized that yoga is so much more than just the physical practice, the yogic path is a deep Spiritual Journey of understanding yourself.

Today I don’t practice yoga to be able to do advanced Asanas, but I am proud  of how far my body has come and I understand how powerful the mind body connection is. My body is only an instrument to understand the mind and achieve bliss.

I practice Yoga because it reminds me to slow down and listen to myself, it gives me an opportunity to explore within, it teaches me to understand and love myself every day, it helps me to stay focused on the things that are important in life, it gives me a passion and purpose and brings me peace even in the craziness of life.

My yoga Journey is still only just beginning and I will continue to elevate my awareness and knowledge. I feel forever grateful to have been shown this path and feel that its my dharma to share it with others.

I have truly felt the transformation that can happen through yoga and that’s why I want to teach. I want to share this experience so others can feel it too.

I truly believe that we can heal the world but that healing starts with you.

10 months in China

China was never a place that was top of my bucket list or somewhere I ever really planned on coming to live! But what else could take you thousands of miles across the world only love! And what else could keep you here for this long only 100s of cute Chinese kids that love you dearly!

China has been an experience to say the least. I cant say its somewhere I would ever want to live permanently. But I have enjoyed the China experience, sampled life in yet another part of the world and learned lots of valuable lessons along the way! But I’m not going to lie I’m also a little bit relieved to get out of this crazy place and breathe some fresh air!!

So here are the things I will miss about china, and the things I definantly will not miss!

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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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