I had some lovely, quiet down time between Christmas and the New Year, time to reflect, rest and rejuvenate. I realise how deeply rest is needed. We have such busy lives and don’t always give ourselves permission to drop the ball and sink into quietness and relaxation. I did loads of Yoga Nidra during my quiet time and feel so much better for it. And also see how much more productive and creative I am when I give myself the down time. It’s easy to just keep ploughing on without stopping, but is it worthwhile? If we don’t slow down, we tend to ‘react’ to life from habitual thinking and conditioning, rather than ‘respond’. By slowing down, we have the possibility to see where we are putting our energy and time, if we are using them wisely, and what is really important for us. I know for me, that when I rush through life, I make mistakes, get in a muddle and end up chasing my tail. So my intention for the year is to slow things down a bit…and I know that by doing that, I am more likely, paradoxically, to be more productive and creative! And feel much better too.
What are your dreams and aspirations for your life this year? Rather than setting the usual resolutions (which is too hard a word to use and usually leads to failure), how about pondering intentions instead. Rather than setting ourselves up for failure, can we be kinder and more gentle with ourselves? The classic of course, after all those mince pies and goodies, is to set a resolution to lose a stone or whatever it looks like. How often have you set a resolution only to abandon it a week or so later? How about having the intention to eat more healthily and watch the goodies, to treat ourselves to a relaxation or yoga class weekly, instead of setting a target amount to lose? Just an example of how we can be gentle rather than hard. Intentions are about easing into a new way of being without bashing ourselves over the head – maybe taking a moment to light a candle as you make your intention. Candles always help me to bring some light to what it is I am easing into, and makes it a sacred moment.
Women’s Workshop – New Year, New Beginnings
Sunday 20th January 10.30am – 1.30pm
I am holding an exquisite workshop on Sunday 20th January especially for women, as a blessing for our New Year- New Beginnings. Why not come along and align with your intentions, supporting and nourishing each other? It is such a healing act for women to spend time with other like-minded women in a circle of sacred sisterhood, and to honour ourselves with self-nurture and support. I do hope you will join us for this magical event.
New classes also starting this year – Nourishing Yoga and Yoga Nidra – and dedicated Women’s Wellness Yoga monthly class for mornings of deep self-care and joyful practices! See here for more details. I am also planning some great workshops for women which will be coming on line soon.
Whatever your year looks like, may it include some deeply nourishing practices, some self-honouring and loads of joy and laughter! And new things to experiment with! I am also intending to try things outside of my comfort zone this year and see where it leads…Om Shanty!