TALES FROM MY YOGA MAT: BREATH

How breath is key... not just in Yoga, but in life in general. Breath is intrinsically linked to our well being. All yoga postures and movement start with a single inhale or exhale. Breath is where our energy and power comes from when we need it, it is also the key to letting go and releasing in certain postures. Read more about how breath helps me reconnect and find some stillness....

When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.

Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.

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Holidays – dedicating August to a month of slow

Why I am dedicating a whole month to 'slow'... How to find a slower rhythm and why it is so good for your well being. Read more at Geoffrey & Grace...

There is something hypnotising about the summer that encourages a slower pace. I have written about it before, that particularly during the warmer months people noticeably have a strong desire to slow down.

Traditionally it’s when people go on holiday, which automatically invites a different rhythm from the rest of the year.

Bound by school terms for a large portion of childhood, maybe it’s ingrained in us from an early age, that the summer is the time to kick back and play. As adults with children, the free summer months still represent later starts and no school runs.

Perhaps also the warmer weather invites a slower lifestyle. Heat can definitely make you feel lethargic, after all the tradition of siestas became commonplace to help people avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

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time on the beach is good for the soul

time on the beach is good for the soul in collaboration with Petit Bateau

I feel so blessed that we are close to the sea – just a short stroll really. Having not had the best weather throughout August, we didn’t get down to the beach as much as I thought we would. It doesn’t have to be sunny for us to enjoy the beach though, and even a short dose of seaside air can lift the spirits.

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