I recently returned from a trip visiting family in Luzern in Switzerland. Luzern has an enormous lake, surrounded by many mountains, two of which are pretty spectacular Rigi and Pilatus. 

There's something about the mountains. There's something humbling about their size, inspiring in their beauty and steadfastness, and rejuvenating in the air and vista they offer. 

 

On the trip I was continuing to read a book about teaching kids mindfulness. I had in fact already started using some of the practices myself during my 10 minute morning meditation. - 'I breathe in, I feel ___', 'I breathe out, it's OK to feel____' . This simple tool allowed me to connect in the moment with how I was feeling in my body, heart and mind and to allow that and in that allowing to soften the power of that feeling over me. 

 

During the trip I found myself using this technique often throughout the day. I'm not sure if it was the book that inspired me, the mountains, or having only one son with me...

I heard ‘rest is revolutionary’ on a yoga nidra teacher training course last year. Since then I have made rest part of my weekly yoga practice and it’s changed my life. 

Taking healing rest is something we usually don’t allow ourselves. Most of us forsake it in order to produce, create and move. As a populace we spend more time doing, achieving and acquiring and less time restoring, listening and being. As a result stress related health issues are prolific in society today. Over the last 30yrs science has shown connections between stress and most major diseases, diabetes, cancer, depression, stroke, immune disorders, the list goes on. Rest is a revolutionary because it goes against the tide and offers us another way of living. A revolution is exactly what we need.

Stress is perceived and felt differently by people. However one thing remains the same from person to person. Stress ensures we exist in the flight, fight or freeze sympathetic state of our nervous system. Here we fill our bodi...

 In this lifestyle crazy, wear this, eat that, think this world we live in, we're told all the time what’s good for us. When we think about being good to ourselves we usually think of ways we could improve ourselves or our lives. Exercising to get fitter, reading more to be better informed, eating certain foods to be healthier, using certain products in our homes and on our bodies to be safer.

 

It appears that being good to ourselves has become about doing and not listening.  If we choose to listen to the person on TV or the author of the article we loose the chance to be true to ourselves in the moment, to listen to our intuition. If we listen we can find all we need to know inside. 

 

To connect to this inner teacher, wisdom, intuition, whatever you call it we need a way to tap into ourselves. A simple practice the allows us to make space for doing what's truly good for us in the moment. The practice of kindness towards ourselves c...

 

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honourably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 

I am a certified British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda trained teacher with specialist training in pregnancy, post-natal, kids, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. I have been teaching now for 10 years.

 

Over the years my practice and teaching has changed to flow with my life; having children, being a mother and growing older. 

 

Nothing is more important to me than serving my students well on their yoga journey. Teaching is such a privilege and I hope to go on and share my love of yoga through my classes for many years to come. 

 

I hope to see you on your mat sometime soon. 

 

Hari Om Tat Sat

Helen

 

 

 

 

 

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