yoga



"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.


 

"I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I'm here to tell you that the way to a moe productive, more inspired, more joyful life is: getting enough sleep." ~ Arianna Huffington

In the spirit of throwback Thursday I'm sharing an article I wrote for Mind Body Green. The original article can be found here.

Yoga can help alleviate physical aches and calm mental/emotional stress, both of which help us get a good night’s sleep. This simple yoga sequence is appropriate for just about everyone. It's designed to increase flexibility in the lower body while supporting the low back in a supine position (lying down).


"In the end, yoga has less to do with what you can do with your body and more to do with the happiness that unfolds from realizing your full potential." ~ Rod Stryker

Nine years ago I was inspired by this beautiful yogini, Tara Lee, who helped me find and instil peace and strength during both my pregnancies. She radiates such calm and joy and I would always think to myself "I want some of that! How do I get that?" And it was because of her I was inspired to continue and explore yoga as a student and eventually teacher. It was an honour and pleasure to have spoken with Tara this week.  And it's no secret why she's notably "one of the top 5 teachers in the UK today" (Evening Standard). Through yoga, Tara is changing the experience of motherhood—and life—for women throughout the U.K. and abroad. For those of you interested in practicing with Tara keep reading for a chance to win one of her award-winning DVDs!


“People don’t cry because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long” – Johnny Depp

Three years ago, I attended my first ever wellness retreat. As I’m writing this a day before attending a wellness retreat, in my hometown of Los Angeles, 6,000 miles away from my new home of Barcelona, I’m reminded and inspired by the life-changing benefits of retreats.


"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.


“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” - Hermann Hesse

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:


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!!! 

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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.