Exploring the Depths of Yoga through a Journey of Personal Growth

Yoga practice has been my companion for over a decade now. Although I’ve tried various styles like Aero and Acro yoga (did you know there are over 21 styles of yoga?), it’s the simplicity and depth of traditional yoga that keeps calling me back: Pranayama (breath work), asanas (physical practice), and dhyana (meditation). There are another 5 limbs of yoga, but that’s something for another article. Reflecting on my journey, I realise that when I first started practising, my focus was mainly on mastering the poses, or asanas. But over time, my yoga journey has become about so much more. It’s become a means for me to connect with my inner self and explore the depths of my spirit. One of the most valuable lessons yoga has taught me is humility. Being surrounded by yogis who effortlessly flow through challenging poses could easily lead to feelings of inadequacy. But instead, I’ve learned to look at them with admiration rather than envy. I’ve come to understand that my journey is unique and that every step, no matter how challenging, is a part of my growth. My yoga journey hasn’t been without obstacles. A hip injury once stopped my practice for two years. But through patience and perseverance, guided by the principles of Vairagya and Abhyasa, I’ve not only healed but also regained strength and flexibility. Vairagya, often translated as detachment, refers to the ability to let go of attachments and aversions. It’s about creating a mindset of non-attachment to outcomes, allowing oneself to surrender to the present moment without being overly influenced by desires or fears. Abhyasa, on the other hand, is the practice of perseverance. It’s the commitment to showing up on the mat, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. Through the practice, I not only regained my physical strength and flexibility but also cultivated a deeper understanding of myself and my relationship with yoga. I even became a Yoga Teacher and am now sharing the art of yoga with the communities in my local city of Sheffield. My ultimate goal? To maintain this vitality well into my later years – to still be able to bend down and tie my own shoelaces when I’m eighty! A central aspect of yoga is learning to listen to our bodies. It’s about tuning in, observing our sensations, and responding with kindness and awareness. This practice of self-awareness extends beyond the mat, offering valuable insights into our thoughts, emotions, and actions. I am currently in the wonderful process of learning how to understand my emotions and how our bodies communicate their needs to us. Unfortunately, we often become detached from our bodies and emotions, becoming too attached to our thoughts. As OSHO once said, “The world is nothing but your own magnified mind.” It is a deep thought, making me realise that ‘Where there is NO THOUGHT there is no problem’. We create the world around us by speaking and thinking specific words. ‘Where there is NO THOUGHT there is no problem’. I can tell you that one of the most difficult skills to obtain in your personal development journey is the ability to become an observer, observing your own thoughts. See them thoughts as if they were clouds, coming and going… I’m very grateful for the guidance of all of my yoga teachers. Their wisdom and compassion have not only helped me progress in my physical practice but have also nurtured my soul, helping me to create a deeper connection to yoga and to myself. While many instructors are wonderful at guiding physical movements, only a select few have the ability to touch the soul. Through my yoga practice, I’ve experienced this profound transformation – a journey of self-discovery, growth, and inner peace. In essence, yoga practice isn’t just about performing poses; it’s a philosophy, a way of life. It’s a journey of exploration and self-discovery that transcends physical boundaries and opens the door to profound personal growth and connection. 🙏✨ Namaste

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A Guide to Chakra-themed Yoga Classes for Holistic Wellness

In the world of yoga and wellness, chakras are like hidden energy hubs within us. They’re not something we can touch or see, but they play a big role in how we feel. Picture them as little energy wheels spinning away, helping to keep us balanced and connected. While some might think of them as existing on another level, like in another dimension, I don’t mind using that idea. It’s like imagining something beyond what we can see with our eyes or detect with our machines. It’s not about proving anything; it’s just about being open to different ways of understanding the world. Think about it this way: Back in the day, scientists couldn’t even imagine things like radio waves, let alone all the tiny particles that make up everything around us. Our understanding keeps growing, and who knows what we’ll discover next? It’s a bit like how yoga helps us explore new things about ourselves, always evolving and learning along the way. In my yoga classes, I like bringing in the idea of chakras. Each week, we focus on a different one, using poses, colours, and mantras to help us get to know them better. In this article, we will explore the significance of each chakra and provide practical guidance on how to incorporate chakra themes into yoga and mindfulness classes, promoting holistic well-being and spiritual growth. Understanding the Chakras: There are seven main chakras located along the spine, each with its own special qualities. They start at the base of the spine and go up from there: Root Chakra (Muladhara): Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra governs our sense of stability, security, and survival instincts. Colour: Red. Mantra: “LAM” Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana): Situated in the lower abdomen, the sacral chakra is associated with creativity, pleasure, and emotional well-being. Colour: Orange, Mantra: “VAM” Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): Found in the upper abdomen, the solar plexus chakra represents personal power, confidence, and self-esteem. Colour: Yellow, Mantra: “RAM” Heart Chakra (Anahata): Positioned at the centre of the chest, the heart chakra is the seat of love, compassion, and emotional balance. Colour: Green Mantra: “YAM” Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): Located in the throat region, the throat chakra governs communication, self-expression, and authenticity. Colour: Blue, Mantra: “HAM” Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): Situated between the eyebrows, the third eye chakra is associated with intuition, insight, and inner wisdom. Colour: Indigo, Mantra: “OM”  Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): Positioned at the top of the head, the crown chakra represents spiritual connection, enlightenment, and universal consciousness. Colour: Violet or White. Mantra: “OM” or Silence.  Incorporating Chakra Themes into Your Classes: Begin with a brief introduction, explaining the location of the specific chakra, the colour associated with it, and its responsibilities. Chakra-focused Asanas: In your classes introduce poses that specifically target each chakra. For example, grounding poses like Warrior II Pose  and Mountain Pose can activate the root chakra, while hip-opening poses like Goddess Pose can stimulate the sacral chakra. Pranayama and Breath work: Incorporate pranayama techniques such as alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana) to balance the flow of energy through the nadis (energy channels) and activate the chakras. Encourage students to focus their breath on the area corresponding to each chakra, bringing balance and harmony. Chakra Meditation and Visualisation: Guide your students through a chakra meditation where they focus on each energy centre sequentially, visualising a corresponding colour and affirmations. Encourage them to visualise a bright red light at the base of the spine for the root chakra, a vibrant orange light in the lower abdomen for the sacral chakra, and so on. Chakra-themed Affirmations: Integrate chakra-themed affirmations into your class to reinforce positive energy and intentions. For example, affirmations like “I am grounded and secure” for the root chakra, “I embrace my creativity and joy” for the sacral chakra, and “I speak my truth with clarity and authenticity” for the throat chakra can empower students to connect with their inner selves. Using chakra themes in yoga classes helps students connect to their bodies, minds, and spirits, it allows for the holistic approach to wellness and self discovery. By exploring the wisdom of the chakras, we can create experiences that are transformative and enriching, both on and off the mat. So let’s keep exploring and learning together, one chakra at a time.

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From Doubt to Discovery

Last year, I had a tough time. I came back from India, where I became a yoga teacher, and found myself at home not exactly knowing which directions I wanted to go…  I didn’t want to go back to coaching 35+ clients in the office or over the phone. Becoming a yoga teacher seemed daunting because, how do you even do that?! Then, one sunny day in May last year, when my head was full of ‘black clouds’ and confusion I sat in a café with my laptop and typed ‘Yoga teacher job in Sheffield.’  The Virgin gym popped up, saying, ‘We are looking for yoga teachers, apply here.’ My body felt the hunch. I clicked the button, sent my certificate, and applied. For the next two months, I heard nothing, so I lost hope and forgot about it. At the end of July, I received an email: ‘Thanks for your application, send us a 10-minute video of you leading a yoga class.’ I was fortunate that through my coaching practice, I’d guided others on overcoming the fear of being on camera for years, so that was easy. I quickly put together a 10-minute sequence and submitted it. Weeks passed with no response. At the end of August, I received a message saying I was invited to Virgin training for teachers. I was over the moon! Yet, at the training, doubts flooded in when they told me the classes held up to 38 students.  ‘Are you mad?’ I thought. ‘How the hell am I going to lead classes with so many humans?’  It’s true what they say: ‘The fear has big eyes.’  It was scary to put myself out there. I had to fly to see my family before starting this adventure and get some mental support. I’m glad I did, as my dad shared some great stories from when he led a team in his job. Taking a leap of faith and jumping off the cliff always feels scary, even for someone like me who has been working on personal development for the last 18 years. It never gets easier; our mindset just gets stronger.  I know it’s only when you reach that tipping point of ‘oh shit’ that you can pivot to the other side of fear. That’s why I just joined Flight Yogi School—to get even better at the ‘oh shit’ stuff. As a mindset, body and spirituality coach, I know from personal experience that having the support of like-minded people can elevate you to levels you could never reach alone. It is not just about learning how to do inversion poses, but rather about exploring your own fears, limiting beliefs and getting rid of all that conditioning of : “why I shouldn’t do that, bs*.”  I have a huge vision for my life of sharing the magic of yoga and personal development with other humans.  This is where the idea of Mindset, Body, and Spirituality coaching came from. My coaching has always revolved around these principles, but now we meet on the mat, working together through everything that needs addressing. Guided by a personalised program co-created after an initial consultation, this package goes beyond fitness. I integrate coaching sessions to provide support and insights, addressing life’s challenges and fostering holistic growth. If you’re seeking a condensed yet comprehensive approach to self-discovery, this MIND, BODY, SPIRITUALITY YOGA & COACHING PACKAGE is your gateway to a more balanced and fulfilled life. I am turning 45 next month. I believe It’s never too late to become who you always wanted to be.  At the certain age we become brave enough to finally let go of “what would others think of me” allowing yourself to understand, that it isn’t about what others think of you, but rather what YOU think of  YOURSELF… ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.’

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Your Retrograde Survival Guide

Hey there, cosmic explorers! It’s your friendly Aquarius Life Coach and visionary here, ready to dive into the mesmerizing dance of retrogrades. Don’t worry, I’ve got a cosmic compass and a touch of wit to guide us through this enchanting journey. Buckle up, because the planets are in rewind mode! Unraveling Retrogrades: A Brief Intro: Ever felt like the universe hit the rewind button? That’s what retrogrades are all about! Picture the planets doing a cha-cha in the cosmic ballroom, and you’re right in the middle of it. During retrogrades, planets appear to move backward in the sky – but don’t panic, it’s just an optical illusion. These celestial shimmies happen from time to time, shaking up our lives and asking us to slow down. Retrograde Dates for 2023: Venus Retrograde: July 23 to September 4 Mercury Retrograde: August 24 to September 16 Pluto Retrograde: May 11 to October 22 Saturn Retrograde: June 18 to November 4 Neptune Retrograde: July 1 to December 6 Jupiter Retrograde: September 5 to December 31 Venus Retrograde: Love in the Cosmic Blender: Venus, the cosmic love guru, takes a spin in reverse. Time to rethink matters of the heart! Old flames may pop up, and relationships might get a cosmic makeover. Whether you’re single or partnered up, embrace the cosmic blend and let love’s flavors surprise you. Mercury Retrograde: Cosmic Chit-Chat Chaos: Ah, Mercury, the trickster of the cosmic circus! Prepare for mischievous misunderstandings and tech hiccups during this retrograde. But hey, it’s not all bad. Use this time to revisit old ideas and reconnect with pals you haven’t talked to in eons. Pluto Retrograde: Unearthing Your Inner Gems: Pluto, the cosmic archaeologist, invites you to dig deep into your soul’s layers. Old patterns? Say goodbye. It’s time to let go of what’s been holding you back and embrace your hidden potential. Saturn Retrograde: Saturn’s School of Hard Knocks: Saturn’s cosmic classroom is open, and lessons are in session! This retrograde pushes you to face challenges head-on. It’s like a boot camp for personal growth. Embrace the grind and watch your strength skyrocket. Neptune Retrograde: Dreamy Detox and Clarity: Neptune’s cosmic fog machine takes a break, revealing truths and lifting illusions. This retrograde detoxifies your dreamscape, helping you see things as they are. Embrace the clarity and reset your creative compass. Jupiter Retrograde: Cosmic Wisdom Unleashed: Jupiter, the cosmic philosopher, encourages you to tap into your inner sage. This retrograde challenges you to seek knowledge within and reevaluate your beliefs. Remember, wisdom is a lifelong quest. Embrace the Cosmic Reel: As an Aquarius, and a spiritual being I’m all about embracing the unconventional. Retrogrades might throw you for a loop, but they’re here to teach and guide. So, rock that cosmic waltz, cosmic beings! Use this rewind time to reflect, reset, and reignite. Remember, life’s a dance – even when the planets twirl in reverse. There you have it, starry souls! The cosmic rewind is in full swing, and we’re navigating it together. These planetary pirouettes offer us a chance to slow down, learn, and rediscover. So, as the planets boogie backward, tap into your wisdom and make the most of this enchanting cosmic choreography. Happy retrograding! 🌌

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Discover Your Personal Year in Numerology A Simple Guide to the Journey Ahead

Hello there, seekers of self-discovery! I’m thrilled to share a powerful tool with you today that can shed light on your journey ahead – it’s called Numerology. Specifically, we’ll dive into calculating your Personal Year, a number that holds the key to understanding the themes and energies influencing your life during any given year. Whether you’re new to Numerology or already intrigued, let’s break down the process together. Understanding Numerology:  Numerology is an ancient practice that connects numbers to the vibrations of the universe and our lives. Each number carries its unique energy and significance, which can help us gain insights into various aspects of our journey. Write Down Your Birthdate: Begin by noting down your birthdate in the format of month, day, and year. For example, if your birthdate is July 10, 1990, write it as 7/10/1990. Break Down the Month and Day: Break down the month and day of your birthdate into individual digits. Using the example above, July 10 becomes 7 (month) + 10 (day). 1+0+7 = 8 Calculate the Universal Year Number: Determine the Universal Year number for the current year. To do this, add up the digits of the current year. For instance, if the current year is 2023, calculate it as 2 + 0 + 2 + 3 = 7. Add Your Birthdate Digits and Universal Year Number: Now, add the digits from step 2 (month and day) to the Universal Year number obtained in step 3.  Reduce to a Single Digit: If the sum from step 4 is a two-digit number, further reduce it to a single digit. For example, if the sum is 15, reduce it to 1 + 5 = 6. Determine Your Personal Year: The single-digit result from step 5 is your Personal Year number. This number holds the key to understanding the predominant energy and themes that will shape your experiences in the upcoming year. Interpreting Your Personal Year:  Now that you’ve calculated your Personal Year number, let’s understand what it means: Personal Year 1: A year of new beginnings and opportunities. You’ll feel a surge of independence and motivation to start fresh. Personal Year 2: Cooperation and partnerships take the forefront. It’s a time to build connections and find harmony. Personal Year 3: Creativity and self-expression shine. Embrace joy, social interactions, and personal growth. Personal Year 4: Focus on foundations and hard work. Lay the groundwork for future success with diligence. Personal Year 5: Embrace change and adventure. This year brings transformation and a thirst for exploration. Personal Year 6: Love and responsibility take center stage. It’s a time for family, community, and nurturing. Personal Year 7: Dive into introspection and spiritual growth. Seek inner wisdom and deeper understanding. Personal Year 8: Manifestation and abundance are the themes. Focus on material and financial goals. Personal Year 9: Completion and transition. Reflect on the past year, let go, and prepare for new beginnings. Embrace the Journey: Your Personal Year number offers a roadmap for the year ahead, guiding you through its unique energy. Remember, life is a journey, and each year brings its lessons and blessings. Use this Numerology tool to align yourself with the universe’s rhythms and make the most of every chapter. As a Personal Development life coach, I encourage you to explore your Personal Year in Numerology – it’s a wonderful way to gain insights into your path and make intentional choices. Remember, you have the power to shape your destiny! Discovering your Personal Year in Numerology is like having a personal compass for the year ahead. With a few simple calculations, you can unlock valuable insights into the energies that will influence your journey. Embrace the lessons, opportunities, and growth that each year brings, and step into the flow of life with intention. Happy calculating and may your journey be filled with abundance and joy! Let me know in the comments if your year resonates with you. 

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Legs, Bums, and Tums: Mirroring the Harmony of Mind, Body, and Soul

In the pursuit of holistic well-being, it is essential to recognize that our physical and mental aspects are interconnected. Just as the mind, body, and soul are inseparable entities, so too are our legs, bums, and tums integral parts of our overall health. In this blog post, we explore the significance of integrating these components and how they contribute to our sense of wholeness. Legs – The Foundation of Strength: Our legs, symbolizing physical strength and stability, provide the foundation upon which we stand and move through life. Building strong legs not only enhances our physical capabilities but also cultivates resilience and determination. As we strengthen our legs, we gain the confidence to face the challenges that come our way. Bums – Thriving in the World: The bum, representing our core and power, is crucial for thriving in today’s fast-paced world. It supports us in maintaining balance, stability, and endurance. Just as a tough bum allows us to rise above adversity, it propels us forward, enabling us to navigate the ups and downs of life with grace and resilience. Tums – The Elasticity of the Soul: Our tums, referring to our stomach and abdominal area, symbolize the elasticity of our soul within. A soft and toned tummy is not just about physical appearance; it reflects the state of our emotional and spiritual well-being. Nurturing our tums involves cultivating self-compassion, embracing vulnerability, and fostering a healthy relationship with our inner selves. Integration for Wholeness: To become the whole version of ourselves, we must integrate these three elements. Just as a strong mind and strong legs go hand in hand, a tough bum provides the foundation for success in various aspects of life. Likewise, a soft and toned tummy allows our soul to expand and adapt to the ever-changing circumstances we encounter. Practical Steps for Integration: Physical Fitness: Engage in regular exercise routines that focus on leg strength, core stability, and overall body toning and explore yoga poses that strengthen your legs, engage your bums, and nurture your tummy. Mindfulness and Mental Health: Practice mindfulness meditation, cultivate positive thoughts, and engage in activities that promote mental well-being. Emotional Wellness: Prioritize self-care practices, express emotions authentically, and develop a healthy relationship with your inner self. It’s not just about having strong legs, a tough bum, or a toned tummy – it’s about nurturing the mind, body, and soul to create a complete and vibrant self. By recognizing their significance and integrating them into our lives, we can experience a sense of wholeness. Let us strive for strength, resilience, and inner harmony as we embrace the journey towards a balanced and fulfilling existence. Legs, Bums, and Tums: Mirroring the Harmony of Mind, Body, and Soul

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Cutting cords to let go of the past

Our past experiences and relationships can have a powerful impact on our lives, shaping our thoughts, emotions, and behavior in ways that we may not even realize. Whether it’s a traumatic event, a toxic relationship, or simply a series of negative experiences, our past can hold us back from becoming the person we are truly meant to be. Cutting cords is a spiritual practice that can be incredibly powerful in helping us to let go of the past and move forward with our lives. The idea behind cutting cords is that we all have energetic cords that connect us to people, experiences, and emotions from our past. These cords can hold us back, draining our energy and preventing us from fully embracing the present and creating a better future. By asking the angels to help us cut these cords, we can release the energy of trapped emotions and negative patterns that may be blocking our path to personal growth and healing. This process requires us to be willing to let go of old hurts and resentments, and to trust in the power of the universe to support us in our journey. It’s important to note that cutting cords is not about denying or repressing our past experiences. Rather, it’s about acknowledging them, learning from them, and then releasing the energetic attachments that may be holding us back. By doing so, we can create space for new, positive experiences and relationships to come into our lives. Cutting cords is just one tool in a larger toolbox for personal growth and healing. It’s important to approach this practice with an open heart and a willingness to let go of the past. By doing so, we can create a brighter, more positive future for ourselves and those around us. Remember that we are all capable of healing and moving forward, and that the angels are always there to guide and support us along the way.

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