General ramblings of a wild mind, Yoga

Yoga isn’t just exercise

Yoga isn’t just an exercise regime that you do on your mat once a week, once a day or whenever you can. Yoga is a lifestyle science, it’s not a religion, it’s not about worshipping an almighty and repenting for sins, it’s not about doing things “right” or “wrong”. Yoga is a guidance of how to live a healthy life that leaves you more at peace with the world than when you started.

In the ancient texts enlightenment is talked about, this can sound very religious to some, out-there to others but for me I understand it as being at peace with all that is in yourself and around you.

Enlightenment to me is when you can truely love every part of yourself even the hard bits, where you understand fully who you are and have come to terms with this and where you are detached from the external wants, needs and desires that modern society places on you.

Yoga for many starts on the mat but what we learn on the mat or meditation cushion is then something we take into our everyday lives, and slowly through practice and patience our awareness shifts, our understanding alters and not only does our body become stronger more flexible and open but our mind let’s go of the things we try so desperately to hold onto, the patterns of behaviour and thoughts that we return to daily that don’t necessarily help us through life. And practice by practice breath by breath we return back to our true selves, the place where we realise we are all the same, the animals, the plants, the different humans on this earth and it is here that yoga becomes our lives.

This weekend take your yoga into your life, slow down, breathe, become aware of your surroundings, be present, give others your full attention, listen, let go of the commercial and reconnect with the natural, the humanness that’s around. Be a yogi.

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Have a beautiful bank holiday

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M O V I N G S L O W L Y

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My illness has taught me to enjoy the slowness, to luxuriate in the space that slow brings.

Life so often is fast, and we get pulled into the thought that fast = good. Fast means we’re working harder, doing more and ultimately being better humans.

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But does fast really mean that? Or is it just the opposite, does fast actually mean we’re missing out, by packing more and more in we’re missing the beauty, the moments of utter magic, the chance to take it in, the chance to feel alive.

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How often I used to get to the end of the day and I’d done so much I felt I’d been productive but I couldn’t remember half of what I’d done, I’d done it with so much speed that I’d not been present.

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I know that when I slow things down on my mat it becomes harder, stronger, deeper and ultimately I can’t be anywhere else but here in the moment, breathing moving and feeling.

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Through this I’ve learnt that to slow life down, to spend time doing something and only put a few things on my to do list rather than 100 I can fully appreciate each moment, then I feel alive, then I feel I’ve lived. πŸ’–

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S O M E T I M E S I T S J U S T H A R D

Sometimes the lessons the universe send us are HARD, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine when your working with your deep inner self, life isn’t always easy even when you’re following the flow.

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Being connected with your true self is about listening and learning, and yes whilst we listen ugly stuff may come up, things we don’t like about ourselves or how we dealt with certain situations, but this is all the path, it’s about taking that on board and learning.

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Once you start to listen you start to tune in and you’re main effort is not to keep repeating the same patterns, so therefore as each cycle comes round, you learn a little more, life gets a little more bright

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But then there are the times where the big shifts happen, a fundamental reorganisation of your inner self, the times where you just cry and cry and have no idea why, where you are utterly exhausted and can’t seem to find that energy, where the universe feels like it’s sending you all hell of challenges and life feels hard, these are the times where the big stuff is happening and you have two choices, you can ignore it, stuff it back down, box it back up, sweep it under the carpet, bury your head in the sand and then wait for it to come again, and an even bigger wave next time, maybe one to knock you off your feet so much that there’s no way to ignore it any longer. OOORRRR you can release into it, believe that if you let go to it and nurture it you can find a path to the other side where life is lighter and brighter.

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Even though this doesn’t sound fun, even though this isn’t sweetness and sunshine, it’s all part of connecting deeper with who you are, releasing the old ancient baggage and coming up for air feeling fresher and stronger before, opening your self up is never easy, it’s sometimes really hard.

If the universe is sending you stuff and it’s big don’t hide away, allow yourself to listen, open your heart and mind and ride the wave. Because ultimately whatever is being sent your way is there to teach you and help you grow. Especially when it’s really hard.

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Ways to help yourself through, write 5 things you’re grateful for each morning and each night, allow yourself to visualise what your dreams are, see yourself on the other side living them, don’t beat yourself up or stifle your feelings, crying is a natural form of shedding and releasing, trying to “be fine” all the time is not a good place to be, be honest with yourself, what emotions are hanging around, what lessons are you learning, is it a repeating cycle getting stronger and stronger each time? What does the universe want you to shed?

Start seeing what is really there, and you will finally start to release it. There may be a few tears involved, some anger, but ultimately if you fully allow this to release it will be gone forever

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M A N I F E S T I N G D R E A M S πŸ’«

Most people’s default when they have a big dream is to not speak about it, incase it doesn’t happen. To not get their hopes up in case they’re not successful or to worry about all the ways that it may never happen. Even when the dream is so close to being achieved people don’t like to speak about it incase anything falls through in the last moment or problems crop up.

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I can see why they do this, I was one of them, I’d never get excited about things until they arrived, I wouldn’t believe they’d happen until after they had, I never really spoke about things I wanted because I was worried those things wouldn’t work out, but all I was doing was bringing negative energy into the situations, sending out negative vibes, showing my lack of confidence in the universe.

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In order to really receive your dreams you need to be open and positive to what is sent your way, yes we can’t control the future but we can put an energy out there that attracts the good stuff in.

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You know the people that are always negative and negative stuff always happens to them, and then there are the people that seem to have it all and are positive with it so more good stuff happens.

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Checking out you project your future dreams is important, manifesting positivity is vital and even going so far as seeing yourself in the dream, visualising it like it’s real will send a big HELL YES to the universe that it is what you want.

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In essence the whole not committing thing is all about not trusting, not trusting in the universe that it will provide and will look after you.

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When I started trusting and believing that all was going to be ok, the universe came through in droves and it still does

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Yes the big stuff, the really big stuff that’s where my work needs to go, the stuff that is buried deep, the dreams that are so close to my heart that I need to give up to the universe and trust all will be ok, that’s where I need to work.

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Where are you lacking trust, where do you need to do more positive manifesting rather than predicting the worst? Where do you need to believe in yourself and all around that all will be ok?

What’s coming up that you’re stopping yourself from getting excited about “just in case”? What’s sitting on your shoulder worrying you in the future that it’s not going to happen? Recognise and change your view, see it happening, believe the universe will look after you, look for signs that the universe has your back and GET EXCITED because it will happen if it’s meant to & if it doesn’t that means something far better is round the corner

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Gratitude

Sometimes I wonder how life became this good, not to long ago I was bed bound, and before that I was riddled with stress and a feeling of utter exhaustion before each day had started, a want to pull the covers back and not face the day, my illness was rife and I felt trapped, I loved what I did but what I did wasn’t good for me, the universe was screaming at me to change but I just plodded on thinking I couldn’t do anything else. All I knew was to teach riding, all I knew was horses.

And then, the walls crumbled and I couldn’t go on, I sat and broke, I couldn’t see a way out and all I saw was illness, exhaustion and stress. Life wasn’t worth living.

But somehow a tiny bit inside me didn’t want to give up, I found yoga, I absorbed myself in it, and through yoga I found love, love for myself, love for my life, love for living, love for my illness, love for all around. The stillness of the practice allowed me space to listen, the movement of the practice allowed me time to switch off, through writing a gratitude diary, meditating, studying, and practicing I found my way back. I found a new path, a new journey and new way of living.

My wonder of how life got this good is answered, through slowing down, breathing, believing and ultimately through finding love.

Each day I’m so grateful for all I have, my journey, the hard times, the really shit times, the times I’ll never speak about, the times I cried until I couldn’t stop, the times I sat and thought I couldn’t go on, I’m grateful for it all as it all brought me to where I am today.

Teaching beautiful people on a beautiful evening and connecting deeper with life than I’d ever connected before.

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P E R S P E C T I V E

Change your perspective and you change your life

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How we view things is a choice, we can choose to see them in a negative way or choose to find the positive. There is always an alternative way to view life.

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Where someone may see a weed another sees a flower, where someone may see and opportunity another sees a brick wall, a closed door can be a new door to open, that pile of work can be a way of earning money, the job you dread can be your key to unlocking your future, that meeting your putting off could be your next big break….

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How we look at life effects how we live, what attitude we attach to things effects how we see them, if we spend our life seeing things in a negative slant we end up living in a negative world, surrounded by negative people and situations, but if we choose to see things with a view of openness, positivity, opportunity, creativity and ultimately LOVE then we make a world for ourselves full of all these things.

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Notice what your projecting, how are you seeing life, what you have, what you do, notice what type of energy you attach to it and if it’s not a helpful energy make the choice to change

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Yes it’s work, it takes practice, yes you’ll slip up but slowly but surely you’ll delink the pathways on the brain to find the good side of life, and then quickly more good stuff will come your way, until life is awesome again

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Monday night thoughts

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General ramblings of a wild mind, Yoga

Be Here Now

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If there's nothing more than nature and animals teach me is to be present. Nothing in nature ever gets caught in the what ifs, the stories of the past or the worries of the future, nature and animals are all about the here and now
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Our monkey brain 🙈 likes to take us off on stories about what the futures going to be like, it does it so well that we find ourselves getting caught in it like we're actually really there. Sometimes this is lovely when we're imagining the good stuff, but more often than not it's a story of woe and worry, it's a story about how life's going to be hard and the journey more difficult, its worries about money, work or what people are going to say.
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How many times have you had to have an awkward conversation rehearsed it over and over again, imagined all the horrid things that could happen, worked yourself up about it and then when the ACTUAL REALITY came it was nothing like you'd thought?
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The energy that process extracts from you and the time taken being caught in this web of stories and made up worlds becomes exhausting. And all along your missing out on the actual world and actually living.
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Listen to what your projecting, how are you seeing the next few days, months and years panning out, is it all negative worries or positive reinforcements? Because whichever way round it is I can let you into natures little secret, YOU HAVE NO REAL IDEA WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN!!
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You can only know what's happening right here, right now, the rest is all a mystery.

So you have a choice, live in the maze of tails your monkey brain tells you, live in a state of worry about what may never happen OORRRR live in the moment, be present, enjoy what is right in front of you now, and if what is right in front of you now isn't so good don't get taken on a journey of how it's going to get worse. Be present because life is constantly changing and this too shall pass.
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And if you are going to project, jump forwards and make up stories. Make them good ones, make them full of your dreams and not your worries, because that's a far better place to live.
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BE HERE NOW
Happy Sunday beauties
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