In the spirit of Throwback Thursday today on my blog I'm sharing an article I wrote for the top U.S. lifestyle media brand Mind Body Green, inspired by my experience back and forth from London to Los Angeles for my father on hospice care. Some of you may or may not be familiar with the powerful benefits of yoga. Today's blog gives a glimpse into how this powerful practice can help you through a crisis. The original article can be found here.
This week’s blog is very much inspired by my own motivation for kicking off my retreat this weekend during the full moon. This time comes with a lot of heightened energy, bringing light to the dark, illuminating what has been in the shadows of our life. As a powerful moment to focus on personal growth, it’s one of the most potent times for meditation and reflection. As the full moon affects not only the deep oceans of planet earth but also our deep emotional self.
"Life is not merely being alive, but being well." - Marcus Valerius Martialis
Home sweet home. After spending ten days travelling from London to Los Angeles and back to Barcelona, I was inspired to re-post my top home healing tips published nearly two years ago to the day, as some family and friends are in a new home or about to move home while others just had a baby or pregnant with baby. I believe as parents, sometimes, it's easier to make conscious efforts for our son or daughter before we even think about doing it for ourselves. Every day as mothers or fathers we try our best in giving our children a great start in life. And hopefully from this parent awareness we can treat our own body, our temple, with the same respect and self-care as we begin living from the inside out.
Imagine starting your morning as you greet the sun shining down your face, with the fresh breeze against your skin, and the sound of birdsong energising you for the day ahead. Envision yourself having the space and time out of your normal routine to 'just be" and do whatever YOU want that will nourish YOUR soul. Consider meeting other like-minded people from around the world - where you're free to explore and connect in a city steeped with history, culture and beauty. Ponder the feeling of sand on your feet as you walk towards a private boat for your Mediterranean Sea tour. Anticipate learning new and healthy ways to shift your energy, change your perspective and transform your life. Imagine ending your day as the sun sets down on your face, with the night breeze against your skin, and the city sounds coming to a blissful end.
Did you FEEL that as you began to imagine yourself on retreat? Well you can!
Join me for my Spring retreat this May 21st - 25th. It's not too late to experience the richness of Barcelona and the healing, transformative work that allowed me and others to live a more fulfilling life.
Here is just some of what my students and clients experienced working with me after they said "YES" to invest in themselves - their health and well-being:
Unlike a dynamic yang practice that works the muscles through repetition, Yin works the deeper layers of the body such as the fascia, connective tissues, joints and bones. Yin is a deeply healing and nourishing practice with profound physical, emotional and energetic effects. During challenging times in our lives, our emotions can deplete our bodies of energy. The nourishing practice of Yin yoga helps to restore that energy for overall wellbeing.
Yin yoga continues to give me the strength and courage necessary to honor all the roles and responsibilities I have on my life's journey. I invite you to try a Yin yoga class, and to keep an open mind and heart. Through a Yin practice, we allow ourselves the space and time to touch base with who we truly are, beneath the stories we've created about ourselves — beneath the tragedy. It is here where we can begin to live with more grace, strength and courage.
Here five reasons why a Yin yoga practice will transform your life: