They say we should live in the moment but I am not entirely sure about that philosophy. How can we find balance if we are not putting different elements on the scale at different times and is that not a conscious decision?
I agree we must give all of our attention to the task at hand and I think this is something many people struggle to do. It is hard to concentrate. It takes some effort to stay focused. It does not come naturally or easily. That is what living in the moment means to me but I think we need to pay attention to decisions we make in our daily lives to try to create more balance.
So how do we do that? I shall never forget the moment when I started my studies at IIN and they spoke about balancing four elements in our lives: career, relationships, spirituality and physical exercise. This was a real eye opener for me. When I am feeling overwhelmed with my life I look at what is out of balance and I know that is the area that I need to focus on.
Career and relationships are somewhat diametrically opposed and again one must make conscious decisions to find the balance. Work time or relationship time? That is the question we need to ask ourselves sometimes. Quite often it is work that takes over and becomes the priority. Sometimes it is important to put friends and family first. It is that simple. Intuitively we know what the right answer is but too often we ignore our intuition.
I had no idea what they meant about spirituality when I first started studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014, but since that time I have developed a spiritual practice through my yoga and it is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life. Yoga is not a religion but depending how you develop your practice it can be very spiritual and this was the bit that was missing from my life.
Finally, physical exercise must be present throughout ones life for the body is meant to move and it is the easiest way to maintain physical and mental health. The more you do the more you want to do. It needs to be part of a daily or weekly practice. It will make you feel so much better and you will find it easier to handle the stresses of everyday life.
I realise the importance of finding balance in my life and I hope to be able to help others do the same. I will be offering a treatment program including massage and yoga on a one to one basis. It is so important to take time for yourself. It allows you to tap into your intuition and this ultimately helps you make better decisions and create more balance. Lets work on that together. Please get in touch with me by email if you would like more information.
Monday the 13th August was an auspicious day for me. I decided to go live with an idea I have about bringing yoga to Bedgebury. I think Bedgebury has a special magic and it suits yoga well. It is my dream to bring more wellness into Bedgebury and this is the first step.
We have launched the facebook page and are updating social media accounts to get the message out there. We are working on the studio and intend to launch our opening class on the 23rd September.
The class will be led by a teacher I am collaborating with who is living onsite. I am thrilled to be able to work alongside Sumit. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more.
Or sign up opposite and we will keep you up to date with developments and class dates and times.
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.
Time is money or so they told me at the gathering of entrepreneurs I attended in London last week. It is an interesting time for me at the moment as I am restructuring my business interests in order to ‘make money”.
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.
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.
Big changes are coming and it is all very exciting. After completely turning my life upside down by choosing to get divorced I feel like I have finally found myself through the work I have been doing with Bedgebury Wellbeing. This is directly related to my studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
One of the founding premises of the course with IIN is the fact that primary foods (relationships, career, physical exercise and spiritual practice) are just as important if not more important than secondary foods (the actual foods that you eat).
Throughout this year I have been focusing on my career, relationships, and spiritual practice. Physical activity has never been an issue with me!! The internet can be an amazing tool when used properly and I have been delving into self help sites and listening to motivational speakers to help me find the confidence to believe in myself and move forward positively.
I am moving house in the next few weeks and this is a very symbolic gesture for me, especially after having lived in the same home for fifteen years. I feel like it is a new beginning or perhaps I can liken it to the beautiful butterfly born out of the caterpillar. This metaphor symbolises my feelings towards this life changing event in a positive way.
I have created Bedgebury Wellbeing to be my voice of hope and enlightenment. I hope to share my thoughts with other like minded people who are on a similar journey. I would love to hear your story.