Yoga – With Jen
I hear people say they are worried they will feel intimidated in a Yoga Class
I hear “Im not flexible enough” or “I need to lose weight first” or “Ive never done Yoga before” or “Im scared I wont be good enough”
Can I just say that by turning up on the mat…you are doing Yoga, by standing on your mat, connecting to your heart and breathing….you are doing Yoga
Lead with your intention
Lead with your heart
There is no judgement with me, no egos and no comparing….I encourage my classes to “feel” the pose rather than worry how they look or worry how anyone else looks.
In the nicest way possible…”No-One gives a sh*t” what you look like…and I mean that, everyone is there concentrating on themselves, how they feel and trying not to fall or wobble.
Focus on You
Focus on what happens on your mat
Dont worry about others
Everyone is at a different part of their Yoga Journey…even me, as the teacher I am on a journey with myself and with you too
Yoga isn’t about touching your toes, its about what you learn on the way down, its about the feeling when you are in the poses, its about connecting with your breath and its just about being kind to yourself and giving yourself the time and the space to just be present on the mat
When you come to my Yoga Class I want you to leave feeling connected, feeling that love and light inside your body and leave with gratitude for yourself…for taking the time to show up on the mat
Yoga is a journey
Overtime you turn up on the mat it will be different
Just focus on that present moment and yourself and dont worry about past or future classes or about anyone else in the class.
In my classes if you come and all you do is go into childs pose and breath, but leave feeling 10000% better, then I am happy.
Allow yourself that time
I hope to see you on the mat soon
Are you ready to shine?
This morning I went to Yoga at 7am and then went for a 6km walk down Otterspool Prom…why am I telling you this??….well read on…
The sun was shining, I seen people smiling, saying our Good Mornings, I seen people running, cycling and out waling their dogs….each and every person had a glow to them, a sense of “Yes the sun is out” and a feeling of happiness surrounded them
Now Im not saying these people are usually miserable, BUT its amazing what a change in weather can do,.
When the sun is shining, it makes me feel alive, like I can take on the world. It makes me want to be outdoors and soaking up ALL the Vitamin D
I definitely think the sunshine makes people happy, it makes you feel good. The warmth on your skin, the feeling that anything is possible, the happiness and the sun warming up your bones…who’s with me?
Make the most of this sunshine…get out for a walk/jog or sit and read a book….smile at passers by and allow the sunshine to make YOU shine from the inside out
What did I learn from my walk in the sunshine this morning….I learnt that its OK…Its ok to have a wobble, its OK to feel down sometimes But to never forget to celebrate all your wins and to embrace everyday and be utterly grateful for every moment you breath…..life is sh*t at times, we all have tough times….but when we realize our true potential and we realize just how amazing life really is…WOW its the “Shift”….Yeh I got that from a walk
I got all thats from a walk…why? Because lately I haven’t been too good, Ive been down, not leading from love or form my heart, Ive been leading from fear…full of worry, upset and disappointment….and Id gotten myself into a rut, into a bad place, but on ym walk today something just “clicked” and I decided that from now on….I wont wallow in my sadness, I will use it to drive me forward, I will do everything I want to do and I will NOT let anything stop me….Ive been holding back for far too long now, scared and full of fear – BUT NO MORE, I will follow my heart (but of course take my head with me) and start to see my true potential and go forth with my ideas and make them a reality.
If you take anything from this today…please let it be that a walk does wonders for your mental health as well as your physical
Warmer days are here (for how long – who knows) so its even more important to stay hydrated…especially if exercising, as we will be sweating more and losing more water/salts!! Stay hydrated….keep water handy and add lemon/ginger/lime/mint to make it refreshing!!
Please stay hydrated – especially when exercising and when in the sun!!
Our body needs water!!!
More than a Class
Sometimes a class can be just that – a class and then sometimes it touches your heart in ways you never knew possible
Today I taught my last ever class at Spindles – Ive been teaching my gang for 6 years….we started with just a few of us and the Aqua grew to nearly 30 people a class
We have so many memories, have shared ups and downs together and we have laughed and cried
This group – is more than a class – its a family….a family that met and just connected….this was more than just a weekly class….it was the connection we all had
You see this is where my passion meets my job…not only do I get to teach and inspire people…I got to make lifelong friends
I am so grateful to have met an amazing bunch of people who I know will be in my life forever….and I couldnt love them more
People quite often become our friends under weird circumstances and we build friendships that we didnt know we were looking for
I am going to miss my Spindles gang so much – we will always have the amazing memories and hopefully make a lot more as “friends”
Today knocked me – ME – yes ME – I bloody cried, couldnt get my words out
Thank you to everyone of my class members at Spindles for a wonderful 6 years
And as the saying goes “we’ll meet again”
Love you all and thank you
The scales dont define you or your progress….now Im not saying they arent a good benchmark and a good tool to use BUT they are NOT the be all and end all…..your progress, your worth and YOU are not defined by the scales and the number!!!
Start focusing on how YOU FEEL, do you feel good, energised? How do you feel in your clothes? Naked? These are sooooo better than constantly jumping on the scales and depressing yourself
Define yourself by how u FEEL…..stop caring about the scales and the numbers!!!
Because I tell u now….unless u r happy with yourself (and I mean inside) right now – you will never be happy no matter how much weight u lose!!!
Turn ur focus inwards!!!!
Realise how amazing YOU are
Feel and Love