mindfulness



"In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow". ~ Papiha Ghosh

You are enough. You are beautiful. You are meant to be in this world. But somehow this gets lost, downplayed or even muted from circumstances outside our own.  As children we’re young and naïve, simply yearning to feel loved and supported. But if your infancy needs were not met this wounded inner child ultimately stays with you emotionally, mentally and energetically. And while we may not remember everything about our childhood but the body remembers. This can manifest in adult life in a multitude of ways such as trust and intimacy issues, addictive/compulsive behaviours, narcissistic disorders and depression. Without a healthy inner healthy life we look for fulfilment outside ourselves. We live a life believing something or someone else can completely us and make us happy and at peace. When in fact, to move forward in life we must reclaim and heal our own inner child, because true fulfilment and peace must come from within


"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilised by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." ~ Walter Anderson

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.


"The quieter you become the more you can hear." -Ram Dass

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday and my signature workshop this Sunday in London, today I share on my blog the following article that was originally posted on the top U.S. lifestyle media brand Mind Body Green with nearly 26,000 shares and counting!!! 

Yin yoga is a deliciously deep, meditative and reflective practice in which floor-based postures are held for an extended period of time.

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.


"At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu 

It wasn't always about Om-ing, buying organic and being a vegetarian in my life. Twelve years ago, in Los Angeles B.C. (Before Children), on the outside I definitely looked as if I had it all - and in many ways I did. I had the financial freedom as a Real Estate entrepreneur, following a budding Entertainment career, owned a condo in one of the top Westside cities by the beach, drove a European convertible and was mother to two adorable Yorkshire puppies. So I was happy right? No. That could not have been further from the truth. It took time, dedication and investing in myself to learn how to steer a better course and live more mindfully.


In the spirit of Spring and Throwback Thursday today I share on my blog this article that was originally posted on the top U.S. lifestyle media brand Mind Body Green with 19,000 shares and counting!!! 

***

Spring is a time of renewal, welcoming the opportunity to begin again. By bringing new energy into the light we can let go and detox ourselves from all that no longer serves us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to different organs and their meridians — the subtle energy channels through which qi (aka Chi) flows. The liver and gall bladder are connected to the season of spring.

Our liver is the main organ for detoxification, while our gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver, aiding the digestive process. The main job of the liver meridian is to keep the energy in the entire body regulated.

When out of balance, we may physically experience fatigue, migraines, tight hips and low back pain. Emotionally, we may experience erratic emotions such as anger and frustration. When in balance, relief can come in the form of self-compassion, balanced emotions, flexibility to change, and letting go of frustrations. The liver has a huge impact on the overall health of your body, but also on the mind and emotional state.


“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”~ Judy Blume

Fear is absolutely normal. If there is one thing that holds us back from growing and becoming the best version of ourselves, fear is definitely at the top of the list. But at the same time fear has the power to push you outside your normal limits to a space and place you’ve never been before. It is outside your comfort zone that you can truly start to grow and transform, by shifting your perspective of what you’re capable of doing, feeling and achieving. The point is to not let fear prevent you from taking action and going after what you want in life, but rather understand that taking risks and massive action is essential to get you from where you are now to where you want to be - - to overcome your fear so that you know and trust just how capable you truly are.


Instead of beginning the first day of the new year with an excitement for new beginnings, I had lost my sense of hope. My husband and children were flying across the pond back to London but I stayed behind in Los Angeles to be with my father who was in intensive care. He was awaiting surgery for a debilitating condition.

But between the time I spent at the hospital I turned to my Yin yoga practice. As always, it became the lifeline that re-connected me with the power and strength to deal with the challenges I faced.

Here are three powerful ways that Yin yoga can be your lifeline during times of great need: