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My Journey into Yoga

I can still remember the first time I did yoga. I was in Mauritius staying at an aryuvedic spa hotel called the Shanti Maurice. I was not in a very good place. I was going through lots of stuff. I needed to get away. I wanted to go somewhere different and somewhere that inspired me.

I went onto a travel website and found the Shanti Maurice. I had a beautiful room overlooking the Indian Ocean and I walked out every morning and felt an incredible sense of gratitude.

I found it all terribly fascinating. I remember going to the outdoor yoga studio with a couple of other people and following the instruction of the yogic teacher. Afterwards, I felt very calm and centered.

I do lots of exercise and experiment with lots of different sports but what intrigued me the most with yoga was the connection to the breath. Connecting to the breath allowed everything to quieten and I found stillness.

I am eternally grateful. It has changed my life.


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How did I get here?

I am sitting at the kitchen table at the moment at Pennybridge at a detox retreat listening to amazing meditation music and watching Brydie, the chef, prepare the most amazing detox meals for our guests. I am wondering how I got here.

I am working with Emily from Amaveda. We met at a networking meeting in London. It was a bizarre set of circumstances and I think we both knew that there was more to this encounter than met the eye.

Emily’s knowledge of the healing properties of food is endless as only a life time of learning can create. I was fascinated by her career choice as soon as she told me and I suggested to her in the first moments of our meeting that I would love to work with her.

Two months later we have collaborated together to host this retreat and, as I sit here, I marvel at the energy which is flowing through the house and ultimately into each one of us who is involved. We have nine beautiful guests. Each one brings there own point of view on life and conversations around the dinner table are truly inspirational.

Emily has put together an amazing team. She convinced Brydie to leave her sixteen month old baby for the first time (with her husband) and come and cook for us. Emily worked with Brydie in Brighton years ago and Emily recognised a kindred spirit…someone truly passionate about ingredients, creativity and esthectics. The plates are beautiful, delicious and, on top of everything else, healthy. The dishes are inspired by macrobiotics and ayruveda traditions.

The yoga teacher, Clive from Hello Yoga, has organised the classes to reflect the mood of the group. We have had the option of meditative, restorative, or flow/energetic practices. He recites beautiful poetry and it has been fascinating to spend time with him and learn more about his journey onto this path of enlightenment.

Rachel is an amazing massage therapist. She has not stopped and each and every guest has enjoyed the the gift which she possesses and shares with each of her clients.

The guests have enjoyed spending time in the spa/pool building. It is a beautiful space and it is hard not to let all your worries and stresses disappear as you relax in the hot tub, sauna, steam room or do lengths in the pool.

As the hostess I am trying to be as helpful as possible to both the team and the guests. This is something I have dreamed of doing. I have been to many retreats before and have wondered about what it would be like to be involved in one from the other side. I can tell you…it is hard work.

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Time alone

It is highly unusual for a woman to be completely immersed in a domestic career and then have a complete about face. That is what happened to me. I was married for twenty years and had three children. It was a very busy time in my life. Then I  got divorced and the children grew up. Now I am on my own. I think this experience gives me a unique perspective on life and I hope to be able to help others who might experience something similar through bereavement or other life changing experiences. Continue Reading

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Yoga is my God!

Sunday is International Yoga Day and funny enough I have just had a wonderful session in the garden at Pennybridge with my lovely yoga instructor Lolly from Firefly. Lolly is an amazing person and I get so much out of my time with her. I enjoy doing yoga not only for what it gives me but also for the people I meet along the way.

Yoga is like a spiritual practice to me. Spirituality means something different to everyone. For some, it is a threatening term which brings up all sorts of negative connotations. This is a sad state of affairs and one which I would love to remedy given the chance. For others it is a time of reflection which brings a sense of calm. That is what yoga does for me. I love moving my body into different yogic positions and breathing into it. The breath is so important in yoga and I find it inspirational to focus on it. All my pent up tension and stress is released when I practice yoga and I feel at one with the environment and nature. Doing yoga outside was the ultimate experience as it made me feel grounded to the earth and connected to the sky. It was divine.

Do you have a spiritual practice that makes you feel calm and enlightened? If not maybe it is time to find one. Why not join me on Sunday morning? I am going to get out of bed early and do a yoga practice as the sun rises. Sunday is also Father’s Day and I will say a prayer for my dad who is up in the sky watching over me.