April rush

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April has been a busy month to say the least. Jon has been in London twice and in Madrid for photoshoots and I have been in Brighton. Like two ships passing in the night, we haven’t seen each other for nearly 3 weeks and on top of that, when we both came back home we had to go back to our original 9-5 working hours, Jon back in the studio and myself back in my part time job until this weekend gone.

This bank holiday weekend we went to a friend’s wedding at Bristol Zoo and it was wicked! It was just so nice to finally spend time together for such a lovely occasion. The weather was slightly grim but the day was full of laughter and happiness. The idea to have a a wedding at a zoo is genius and later we all ventured to a local Inn for the after party which included a to-die-for cake, acoustic guitarist and a quirky mash-up cover band.

So far May seems like it’s going to be a quiet month. I’ll be starting the Dance Therapy diploma and we are looking into visiting my Mum in Bulgaria towards the end of the month and may include a short stay in Bucharest, Romania too.
Jon is also on the verge of buying a new car because our Citroen is having numerous problems from old age, our Cee Cee has served us well and she has been a lovely car to drive in but since Jon commutes with work he needs a car that will be reliable and safe as he drives around the UK.

Other than that I hope to strengthen my yoga and belly dance practice as I’ve been a little lazy lately due to procrastination via writing which will take a hiatus over the summer to make more room for other endeavors. I realized that writing articles takes too much of my time and I end up pushing other commitments to the back seat so I need to take a break from producing articles. Hopefully you’ll see more dancing, more yoga and more illustrated poetry and maybe I’ll have the time to make a dream-catcher or two?

I’m a Kid’s Yoga Teacher!

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So I am officially a kid’s yoga teacher through YogaDance Kids teacher training! I spent 6 days in Brighton to take this course and what was great about this training was that it was facilitated by a kid’s yoga teacher who also worked as a Steiner teacher and within the intensive training she taught us how to make yoga fun and accessible to kids by turning yoga into a dance, story telling, yoga games, cute meditations and much more.

I will be incorporating all that I have learned from the training into my activity leader position for a kid’s language school over the summer, which will be a great frame work to practice leading yoga workshops within an educational setting and then in September I will branch out on my own and promote myself as freelance within and around my local community.

Next up I will be starting the Dance Therapy Diploma I have been wanting to do for ages and an intro short course into TEFL teaching (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) because I may do the full course in September (I hope you see where I am going with this plan).

Yogi Approved: The Heart Chakra

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The heart chakra is the central powerhouse of the subtle body. This is the focal point or bridge that connects the first three chakras relating to the external world to the three higher chakras associated with intuition and spirituality. The heart is the mediator between body and spirit, and it directly determines their strength and health.

The heart chakra, or Anahata, deals with unconditional love and emotional power. At its core, this chakra is emotional and propels us to enhance our emotional development. The heart embodies a gentle wisdom that teaches us the ways of love and compassion. It is in this fourth chakra that we begin to recognize that the most powerful energy on earth is Love….

To read more click here: The Heart Chakra: How it impacts your ability to love & be loved

Missed other articles in this chakra series? Click on the links below.

The Base Chakra
The Sacral Chakra
The Solar Plexus

Just got back from Brighton and I am very tired however a write-up, photos and a video will be posted next week.
This bank holiday weekend Jon & I are off to a wedding at Bristol Zoo!
Have a great weekend and I shall catch up with you all next week!

Elephant Journal: Let your life fall apart

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Some time last week, in the early hours of the morning, I was wide awake and my brain was full of words, like a storm in tea cup and I originally wrote a blog post. But then I looked at what I had written and felt it could be edited to be a prose poem so I did exactly that. I happened to be reading a short piece of prose on Elephant Journal and in the corner of my eye I saw the WRITE Button. In the heat of the moment and in such a delirious state of awake and dreaming I submitted my prose poem to them. I honestly thought I’d never hear back from them or perhaps receive an email telling me my article was rejected. Because lets face it, Elephant Journal are HUGE with millions of viewers reading their articles and I am pretty sure they are picky as to who they decide to publish with them.

And yet, with the space of 24 hours an email was sent to me by one of the editors telling me they loved what I submitted want to publish my piece! I was over the moon! Elephant Journal chose me! WOW! This has been a mini goal of mine to show work with them and it came true!
This article is very personal about my childhood and how at 30 I now want to re-discover and heal my inner child through Yoga…..

I grew up in a turbulent childhood, I don’t want to dwell on the past or get the violins out; it’s just a fact I have made peace with (or, at least am trying to).

Growing up fast was vital, I was molded into a serious, quiet kid and expectations of me to be clever, independent and mature were very high.

The invisible rule book was my bible and my mother’s stern words were my psalms.

I was the trophy child, the one who had her entire life mapped out for herself by the age of 10, the perfect teenager who didn’t get wasted or come home past curfew and the respectable 20-something who found pleasure in being a domestic goddess, cheerily catering to ex-partner’s every need and being the nicest doormat you’d ever walk all over. I never stepped out of line, and I was dutiful to a fault.

I was so consumed with being the prissy good girl, I lost myself completely in the people-pleasing madness.

And yet I ached to break free.

I desired to be delightfully wayward.

I needed to be unabashedly playful….

So without further adieu you can read the rest of my first article with Elephant Journal here!

Wednesday musings

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So, I did some yoga in delicious blustery weather on the grounds of Saltram house a few weeks ago. Jon wanted to play with his new steady cam (Gimbal) and I was his model for the afternoon.
The picture above is a film still, hence the reason why it’s not a high quality image and we are editing a very short clip primarily to upload onto instagram but I shall see if I can put it up on the blog too.

I just want to take a moment to say I am really proud of the image above, this is my first EVER strong wheel pose (or crab) and about a year ago I believed I would never have the strength and even the courage to hold my body up in an upside down shape. And I honestly believe it is because my mental attitude towards my life began to shift as I turned 30.

30 is a strong age for me, my mother always said I was older than my years, I was such an inquisitive and philosophical child. Now at 30 I feel young and refreshed and I feel connected to my body more than I ever did.

I am off to Brighton now for 5 days to do the Kids YogaDance teacher training. I am only able to do this training course because of a very kind uncle who noticed I was struggling so he did something about it. Too often we see others falling apart and we ridicule them and tell them to toughen up which I believe is a disgusting attitude. Why people do that to each other is beyond me?
I am thankful for my Uncle’s kindness, I really am.

I will be staying with a lovely woman named Sarah during my stay, it feels good knowing I have someone waiting in Brighton making sure I’m OK. Which is what I need right now, just understanding, patient and supportive people.
She originally lives in Worthing and is kind enough to hop on the train to pick me up from Brighton coach station just to make sure I don’t get lost and have a panic attack and that small act of kindness means a lot to me.

However as the month of May approaches I will be taking a loooong break from EVERYTHING. I suffer with anxiety and it’s been a pretty difficult few months trying to keep it together. I am even going to take a break from writing, articles are still scheduled for publication but I won’t be writing anything new over the summer. I have also decided to visit my Mum for a couple of weeks to recuperate and find my balance, I need this time to reflect on my life. I will still post to this blog my musings but I will also go quiet. My anxiety makes me physically tired so I need rest.

Wish me well for my time in Brighton and I will blog about the experience very soon.

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