Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Yes, I did it... I handed in my notice to the office job. The past month and a half has been a whirl wind of excitement, it's been emotional (over tired), it's been joyful (meeting new students and spreading the yoga love), and it's been BUSY! Oh my gosh so busy, I have taken every possible cover class I could get to gain experience and help me find my feet. All of a sudden I was thinking 'You know what this could really work' so after a few signs and pushes from the Universe I handed in my notice to my office job and it felt amazing!
One week on I think it is just starting to sink in that in less than three weeks I will be living the life I have dreamed of. Teaching yoga and spreading the light. I have so much more to come, so much more to give and I cannot wait to share it with you all! If anything take my journey as proof to strive for your dreams, to work hard every damn day, to pick yourself up when you fall, to keep shining on and reaching for the moon. You have this one beautiful life so why not, just why not try... you never know :)
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Savasana... the easiest pose to do, yet the hardest to master.
While reading through OM Yoga Magazine this month I came across an article written by Paula Hines, a stressed out yoga teacher. Yoga teachers can't get stressed out I hear you say, not so true, yoga teachers are human too and have to deal with everyday stresses. As teachers we give a lot of our energy to others whilst teaching and often don't take the time to replenish that energy. That's where stress and energy slumps can appear. I've been there, trying to balance my new found yoga teaching with my current office job, writing blog posts, running a house and spending time with those I love, it can be hard to balance it all.
So take a step back, spend some time on YOU. Read a book, have a bubble bath, practice yoga and spend some simple minutes in savasana. Your perspective will shift, you'll feel refreshed and renewed. Everybody needs more savasana in their lives.
You can sign up for the 365 savasana experiment with Paula Hines at ucanyoga.co.uk.
Monday, 8 September 2014
As a green juice addict I was excited when this delivery came to my door ~ twenty eight bottles of cold pressed juice. While I was in the USA in June I loved the fact that fresh cold pressed green juice was so easily available. You could find green juices in Whole Foods, corner shops, coffee shops and there were even actual juice only shops! Heaven. I know these are more easily found in London but in Bristol they are few and far between.
I am a huge fan of making my own green juice but for convenience it is often good to have something fresh and healthy which you can grab out the fridge and run. As you know I have been working at my office job during the day and running around to yoga classes, teaching and practising in my spare time so these have been a great way to make sure I am getting in my nutrients from fruits and veggies.
Cold pressed green juice is the result of vegetables and fruits which have been pressed and squeezed without the involvement of any heat or pasteurisation. It results in green juice which is 100% fresh, 100% raw and 100% healthy. Drinking juice is a great way to help to balance your weight, detox after over indulging a little and fit into a healthy lifestyle. I also find I have more energy when I get in my daily green juice.
Personally I love the green juices with lots of green vegetables in but if you are just starting with juices the beetroot and carrot based juices are a great place to start. However I think that making green juices yourself is the best way to go as all it takes is a little effort to make up a batch. I liked the green juices from Uzuma but personally I wouldn't purchase them myself as I prefer to make my own. You can find out more about Uzuma Juices and the packages available to be delivered straight to your door here.
The Uzuma Juices were sent to me for my consideration. All views are my own honest opinion.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Throughout September I am excited to be creating a few recipes using some new products from Provamel who have launched a natural plant based alternative to yoghurt which is completely free from sugars. Now we are all aware that added sugar is bad for us and I am always checking labels for added sugars and sweeteners. Sweeteners are especially bad for us and should be avoided, unfortunately they can be found in many 'low fat' or 'diet' products which is aimed at people who want to be more healthy.
I am excited to get creative with Provamel during their 'No Sugars, No Limits' campaign. There are so many possibilities, yummy green smoothies are always a winner for me but you can also use it in breakfast recipes, desserts and dips. It's time to get creative! You can join in too by using #Provamel on instagram, twitter and facebook.
During my yoga teacher training I followed a plant based vegetarian diet with the odd piece of fish every now and then. I fell in love with this way of eating. My skin brightened, my energy levels were boosted and I felt amazing from the inside out. It might also have something to do with the sheer amount of yoga and meditation I immersed myself in! So I pledged to myself that I would stick to this new way of eating. I had slowly been moving in this direction throughout the year so it made sense to me. Here's a few interesting facts about organic plant-based foods which show how they can be a great option for your lifestyle.
Plant based foods ~
- Are naturally free from animal fats and low in saturated fats.
- Provide a source of fibre.
- Are naturally lactose-free.
- Contain essential fatty acids (found in most nuts).
- Are a source of high quality plant protein (found in soya).
- Are teaming with vitamins and antioxidants (found in fruits and vegetables).
Eating a plant based diet is also good for the planet. Plant based foods are far more sustainable for our valuable resources, all plant-based foods need less land, less water and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to meat and dairy production.
So why not give it a go? Switch to a plant-based diet for a few days a week and see how you feel. You can join in with the Provamel 'No Sugars, No Limits' campaign throughout September. Get creative with your recipes!
I was kindly sent a package from Provamel and a fruit box from Abel and Cole for my use during this campaign ~ all views are my own honest opinion.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Hey all! Today I have a fabulous guest post to share with you all about two of my favourite things... instagram and yoga. This post comes to you from the lovely Fab from The Passion Junkie and Diary of a Witty Chick.
I don’t know you, but I could scroll Instagram for hours. I am massively into food, so I go from constant drooling when in cooking-mode, to unmeasurable pain when on a cleanse. Still, when I need inspiration, that’s where I am heading - especially around breakfast time. Whether you are a foodie or a yoga bunny, if you are part of the #fitfam or just a bit nosy, Instagram can hook you in an endless scroll.
When yogis landed into Instagram (IG), the flawless slim yoga gals posing in Ibiza were the archetype of the ‘strike a pose’ movement. This lead to provocative articles about the ‘image of yoga online’ (like this one: ‘We stopped the Yoga selfies’) and encouraged people question the whole model that was circulating online. As we all know, yoga is for every body, every size, every human being (have you seen a pug pulling an upward facing dog? If not, it’s time to pay a visit to our ol’ friend Google).
Things have changed though. Take Laura Sykora, for example. Wife, mother, yoga teacher and handstand addict, Laura has just recently reached one million followers. She is currently running a challenge with Kino McGregor and Beach Yoga Girl on #BalanceBasics. Save the hashtag and head to IG to see the schedule to be followed throughout the month. Each day hundreds of yogis open their heart in bridges, or wobble in front of the camera. From their hall. Backyard. Bedroom. Living room (that’s my favourite yoga spot).
Yoga can be done everywhere, and IG is reminding us of that.The hashtag #stopdropyoga is a great example. MacKenzie Yoga had a whole month of #stopdropyoga moments. In Starbucks. At home (from more inspiration, #yogaeverywhere is another to be bookmarked).
The pretty pose is just the prompt, now IG tells stories, touches people’s heart. Let’s get back to Laura Sykora just for a second. Laura is famous for her pictures with her Mini. Hello, matching mum-daughter leggings. If the picture of the mini-bridge doesn’t melt your heart into a puddle, then you are probably not human. Kino MacGregor is an Ashtanga yoga teacher, Handstands lover, and possibly one of the bendiest yogis of Instagram. Aside from being an author and writer, she is also a world traveller, She’s been touring all over, and it’s amazing to see her back bending in Moscow, doing a cheeky headstand in front of the Danish Royal guards, and well, also just delivering amazing videos that make you feel like actually getting to touch your toes in forward bend is not such a big deal.
Whether you see it as a way to show off scorpions on a sandy beach, or as a medium to share your progress in your practise, being a yogi on IG is less about perfection, and more about inspiration. Big cheers to each yoga breakthrough. A high-five emoticon for every headstand. Another chance to take yourself less seriously on the mat - the Yoga police won’t come to your house for that, promise.
Take Instagram as a way to encourage yoga lovers to take on challenges, push themselves forward, and proves that you don’t have to be a size 8 on the seaside to do an impressive headstand.You can do it next to your kitchen sink, with your cat photobombing you.
More about Fab...
Hi, my name is Fab and I am a Passion Junkie. I am a marketing coach for wellness entrepreneurs and IIN student, and the founder of the UK community of Health Bloggers. My brand new course, Stretch your Business, is coming out at the beginning of September. The course is a resource of marketing and business for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainees who are looking to ignite their spark and supercharge their marketing. Be the first one about the launch and get the full prospect here: Marketing for Yoga Teachers
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Oh my gosh, where has August gone? It is almost the end of summer, my birthday is around the corner and I have barely had time to even think about it. So as I have been so busy and neglecting my blog (something had to give!) I thought I would share with you a quick update of what I have been up to this weekend.
Well before I start on this weekend can I just state that we have just watched to the end of season three of the Game of Thrones. Is no one safe?! Oh my gosh.
Anyway! This weekend I taught a lot of yoga... four classes. I seem to be on a roll and I am so so grateful for every opportunity which comes my way. If any of you lovely readers are in Bristol be sure to keep an eye on Jayne Becca Yoga and come along to say hi!
After teaching and a casual interview at Virgin Active (got the class by the way!) Matt and I headed up to our usual haunt of the mall to indulge in some pasta at Carluccio's. Pasta is a huge weakness of mine and after teaching and rushing around on not much fuel pasta was very much in order. Yum! I of course had to hit up a few shops afterwards. I will share my finds in a later post. And coffee... there is always coffee.
Sunday was spent teaching two yoga classes and then sleeping. Although we did get to watch the new Capitan America film which is well worth a watch!
Monday I slept in which was much needed. Let me tell you working full time starting up my yoga classes is a lot of work. Well worth it though! We then headed up to Cheltenham to pick up new bedding (I got overexcited at new bedding because well, who doesn't love new bedding?) and of course had to stop into Whole Foods for a few treats! Coconut Chai Lattes were involved. I also ran into Tracy one of my yoga teacher friends, it was great to see her if only for a few minutes. The universe has a way :)
I hope you all had a fab weekend!
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you are all having a fab weekend. I have just started to teach my first yoga classes at some local gyms and it gave me an idea for a series of blog posts. I want to share my journey with you, it's exciting and scary at the same time as I am going through this big period of change in my life. I will be sharing with you all my journey from office girl to yoga teacher.
As you know I recently completed my training with TriYoga London's Mercedes Ngoh. The training was everything I could have hoped for but nothing is as nerve racking as stepping up to the front of that room to teach your very first class... that was me, last night. As Mercedes told us, there is no better experience then just jumping right in and starting to teach. Fresh out of training I was determined to start teaching as soon as possible to put what I had learnt into practice. So there I was on my mat with a class full of 20 people looking at me expectantly. The class I was covering was one I attend as a student on a regular basis which meant that I knew almost everyone in there. I'm not sure whether this was a good or a bad thing... On the plus side I knew the style of class they liked to practice but on the negative side I was thinking 'what will they think of me if I muck up?' Being someone who historically has never been very confident speaking in front of a group of people teaching a class is very much out of my comfort zone, but that's what I want to do so I faced my fear head on. I taught a strong flow class that evening and I got lots of positive feedback at the end ~ I felt on top of the world and instantly fell in love with sharing my passion for yoga with people. There is nothing to fear.
I have learnt never to listen to the voices ~ which is something Mercedes told us and she is so so right. I was worried throughout the class last night and again in my class this morning that people would hate it. I was worried that people might walk out. That it was too strong or not strong enough. It's hard to judge what students are experiencing in a yoga class, you cannot see into their heads so don't listen to the voices in yours.
I'm finding my feet, finding my voice and going with the flow!