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Festive greetings

25th December 2018

For any of you in the middle of a stressful and emotionally-draining holiday season, I hear you, it’s a tough one sometimes!
The JOY you felt as a kid is very different as an “adult” with responsibilities. It becomes about finding the right gifts, hours cooking in the kitchen and for some us family disagreements or the memories and grief of lost ones.
Acknowledge that you are not alone this time of year, (please do reach out if you need a chat or a virtual hug!!)
Take some “DOWNTIME”
Find time (even if its 30 seconds in the loo) to allow yourself to feel all the energy around you (good and bad) and EMBRACE it.

RITUALS
Those tiny things you do to help you have a great day; lighting a candle or incense and setting an intention, deep breathing practise, taking time to make your morning cup of tea, meditation or gentle movements of your body. Whatever you usually do, try to still incorporate these rituals during the festive season (it’s when you’ll need them most).

Continue with any practice you have no matter how big or small. Simply sitting and taking 3 deep breaths before you start roasting the potatoes will help keep you in check for the day.

THANKFUL
Practise gratitude for the things that happen today, the tiny gifts you receive, being present with family or friends or your cat. The wonderful gift of having a FULL stomach! The ability to move, think, feel, breathe, touch, see, hear, taste etc.

RECHARGING EXERCISE: Keeping your inner light lit

Once the bellies are full, and the dishes washed and everyone is drifting off slowly on the sofa. Take the time to recharge yourself. Take a few breaths and sit up nice and tall. Imagine a warm glowing light at the centre of your heart. With each inhale the light spreads, gradually filling your entire body. Then imagine the light going beyond yourself and spreading to those you hold dear. Gently bring your attention back to yourself, in this room on this day. Take 3 deep breaths, gently open your eyes and smile.

Other tips and tricks for the busy festive season:

-Drink warm to hot fluids and sip throughout the day. (ginger keeps the digestive fire going and camomile soothes the mind and body.

-An eye pillow is one of the best investments you’ll ever make! (filled with flaxseed and sometimes lavender, the weight surrounds your eyes, temples and forehead like a gentle cuddle). If you don’t have one, a woolly thick sock does the trick!

-Three deep breaths can be done anytime and anywhere.

Wherever you are and however you do or don’t celebrate this festive season, I wish you all the peace and happiness you deserve.

Join me for a unique yoga experience at the museum of brands in London. Surrounded by temporary exhibitions and iconic displays, I will lead an all levels practice. If you haven’t experienced my teaching before, my main form of teaching is Hatha yoga, focusing on correctly aligning the body to improve general posture, breathing and circulation.

The perfect way to start the new year!

Following the class, socialize in the museum café, relax in the exotic award-winning garden or visit the Time Tunnel, where you’ll find over 20,000 iconic items from the past 150 years exploring how brands shape our world.

Please bring along your own yoga mat and a blanket or shawl.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Classes take place every Tuesday at 7:45am (from January 22nd). Tickets are released one month in advance.

If you would like any further information or I can be of any assistance, please do reach out to me.

Winter oat face cleanser

6th December 2018

 

How are you nourishing yourself during the colder months? I truly believe that the secret to healthy glowing skin is not just what you put on it, but what you put inside your body, how you move and how you breathe. Along with a heathy balanced diet, plenty of hydration from water and fruit it is also important that we take a look at the ingredients we expose our skin to. During the winter, our skin needs an extra bit of care. Try this simple winter face routine for a little extra glow.

For this natural and gentle face cleanser, we are using ground oats/ oat flour.

Oats aren’t just great for porridge, they make a wonderful cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Place a cup of oats in a blender and make into a powder (or buy oat flour if you wish).

Splash and soak your face with warm water to soften the skin.

In the palm of your hand add a spoon of the oat flour and mix with warm water to make a paste.

Gently press into your face and slowly massage in.

Rinse off with warm water and leave the face damp. (you can also spritz with some rose water here if you have that on hand)

With the tip of your fingers massage in some almond, sesame or olive oil. (apply on damp skin for better absorption).

Take 2 deep breaths, send yourself some love, have a great day!