Trust Yourself

peacefulmind10 years ago when I was entering the personal development world I explored what the concept of self confidence really meant. It was something I felt passionate about helping others grow within themselves, and still do. I came up with the conclusion it was the trust that you could deal with anything life throws you what ever the outcome.

This is something I have developed in my self through the ups and downs in my life and I’ve helped others strengthen within themselves through life coaching. Yoga helps with this too.

When we practice yoga it’s vital to listen to your body and trust what you hear. Trust yourself enough to slow down when your body feels tired. To do an alternative variation to a¬†pose in a class when your body is in pain. To trust that one day you will be able to do a headstand/¬†arm balance¬†(if you want to!) even if it feels like a long way off, patience and practice will prevail. Trust you have the strength within you. To¬†trust that right now you are perfect whole and complete anyway.

Life can pull us in all directions, deep down we want one thing but our fearful mind or people close to¬†us¬†may try to put us off. Yoga helps us to centre, to go within, to connect with our inner stillness, our heart and to listen to what is really true for us. Even if it is a bit scary. Life doesn’t change if we stay in our comfort zone, we don’t grow if we stay put.

Trust yourself enough to put one baby step forward towards your dream. Trust yourself enough to know that it’s all part of the process of life and how ever it turns out it’s exactly as it’s meant to be. No matter how difficult, there’s always lessons to be learned.

Trust yourself enough to listen (and act on)¬†to that nagging small voice when a situation or person doesn’t feel right. Trust yourself enough when something lights you up to just go for it.

Yoga has helped me to deepen and trust my intuition. Connecting to my body, paying attention to the different sensations it feels helps me to tell when something feels right or not. There’s been times in the past where for example in relationships I have had a flash insight that it’s not right, something’s wrong but I’ve gone ahead anyway not wanting to believe that to be true. Turns out it always was! Now when I feel a twinge in my body or a inner knowing about something, or someone,¬†I trust it.

Close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply and repeat an affirmation to yourself a few times. Something along the lines of….

“What ever happens I will be OK”

“What ever happens I can deal with it”

“I trust the process of life all I need is always taken care of”

“I listen to my inner voice and follow my heart”

“I trust myself”

If you feel drawn to having a yoga 1-1 with me I have an offer on at the moment for new clients. 2 sessions for ¬£65, instead of ¬£80. If you’d like to explore life coaching I am very happy to have a complimentary session with you to find out if it’s something you’d like to pursue.

Namaste

Louise x

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A Guided Meditation on the Beach

I love the beach first thing in the morning. When the sun is shining I go down there with a cup of tea and fill my self up with inspiration for the day ahead.  This morning whilst down there I record a guided meditation for you with the sound of the soothing waves in the back ground.

Listening to the waves helps to remind me of the ebb and flow of life, that it is constantly evolving. Nothing stays the same for long. Finding peace amongst the ripples in life is so beneficial for a healthy mind and body.

Find somewhere comfortable to sit and let’s meditate:

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What to expect from a yoga class with me!

 

The yoga platform where we'll be practising during my retreat in Turkey, September.

The yoga platform where we’ll be practising during my retreat in Turkey, September.There are so many different yoga styles to choose between and then each teacher shares yoga in a way that is authentic to them so the variety of yoga available out there is immense.

There are so many different yoga styles to choose between and then each teacher shares yoga in a way that is authentic to them so the variety of yoga available out there is immense.

It’s so important to find a yoga teacher that you resonate with and I believe there’s a teacher (or a few) out there for all of us! ¬†I have been to many different yoga classes over the years and some have been fine, I’ve done my yoga practice feeling good but then others I’ve left feeling totally inspired, like I have learned something, at peace and simply floating home. ¬†This is mainly what I look for from a class, so I that’s also my intention for my students.

We all want different things from yoga though. So if you are looking for an energetic practice where you want your body to have had a good work out too then you may not find a very slow relaxing class enough for you. An ashtanga, hot or vinyasa flow class might be better for you rather than a restorative or hatha class for example.

(I have learnt through my own practice though that the opposite of what we usually would do can be the most helpful. I used to naturally sway towards the more challenging classes until I learned that actually it’s good for me to balance my energy out by doing a slow class )

Some teachers will teach yoga in a very anatomical way, or as a form of exercise, or more as a spiritual or relaxing practice. Again everyone is looking to get different things from yoga so it’s important to find the right teacher that fits the experience you are looking for.

So to help you decide if I would be the right teacher for you here’s a few things of what to expect from a yoga class with me.

  • I focus on you finding the right variation of each pose for you, moving how feels good to you. There will be certain specific instructions for alignment in poses I will give to make sure you are looking after your body but there will also be lots of choice and room to play around to make sure you feel comfortable in the pose.
  • In a group class I don’t make too many hands on adjustments unless I know the student likes me to or I see someone putting their body at risk. I make more verbal cues and adjustments so you can find your own way in the pose through my suggestions.
  • Grounding and mindfulness. One thing I love about yoga is that is that it helps you to get out of your mind chatter and into your body, this helps to ground you in the present moment and connect to the earth, which is a stable, secure feeling. ¬†So I often give you cues to bring your mind to your connecting to the earth and to focus on the moment right now.
  • I also love the opportunity to connect with the heart and your inner voice, so sometimes I do bring moments to do this into the practice.
  • I often have a theme for the class, an intention, something to focus on. For example being playful, acceptance, connecting with joy, being in the moment and so on. You don’t have to focus on it it’s just a suggestion. I find intentions in every day life really helpful to create a life I choose and I see yoga as a way to practice living with intention.
  • I am also a life coach so sometimes I bring in insights about life from that area of my work too.
  • I often do a reading while you are relaxing, a meditation or share some insight around yoga.
  • I make sure you have at least 5 minutes in savasana (lying down relaxing at the end) and I guide you through relaxing the body.
  • My flow classes involve graceful movement with the breath.
  • My hatha class is slower more static poses after we have done some sun salutations to warm the body.
  • My yoga for a peaceful mind involves breath work, meditation, yoga nidra (deep guided relaxation) and yin based poses all designed to help you relax and just be.
  • Beginners are welcome in all my classes.
  • I encourage you to listen to your body and rest when you need to or try a next level pose if that is right for you. In fact I celebrate when you do this as it means you are truly practising yoga.

So if you like the sound of this then please come give one of my classes a go! I do also offer 1-1’s if you wish to learn the basics or take your practice to a deeper level. I blend my yoga knowledge, reiki and life coaching in to make the 1-1’s a holistic experience.

Namaste

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