From the mat… Yoga Rejuvenates

tumblr_narysxhHQ71rz5ibwo1_500If you practice yoga regularly then you will already know the powerful rejuvenating effect yoga has on your body, mind and spirit. Even now I am still astounded by its power. Most of us come home after work feeling physically and mentally drained. We go through the motions of making dinner (or ordering in), crashing on the couch and zoning out to the tv. My day job often leaves me feeling utterly exhausted, after which I get to be Mama to my girls and do what most Mamas do, and if I’m lucky, once a week I get to drive 30 minutes into the sunset to the yoga temple to attend class with my amazing teacher Adam. It is also where I am currently doing my yoga teacher training. You know when you’ve had a huge day, week, whatever and you know you really want to go to yoga but you’re so tired, you just want to curl up on the couch because it will feel so good… I know, I’ve been there. So you tell yourself some lame excuse, let’s face it, it’s pretty easy to talk ourselves out of doing what’s good for us, we are only human after all. But if you can just visualise how amazing you will feel if you actually go to yoga, remember how you feel inside and out during and most especially after class, you will make the effort. Because when you roll up your mat at the end of those 90 minutes, you will feel completely transformed. The effects of the prana radiating through your body is why you make the journey every week. It’s why you roll your mat out at home when you can’t get to the class, it’s why you practice at home when ever you can because it feels so freaking good! One minute you’re so tired you can’t think straight, your muscles and bones are aching and your head is full of thoughts of work and the week that was or is going to be. But, step onto that mat and you know you will be transformed back into your whole self again. You will come away with more energy, your mind will be clearer, you will feel calmer, centred and more present. Total bliss!

b06bd3acab0dc5993fac3a301e85d204So don’t give me that I’m too tired crap because you know if you want to feel good, feel better, feel awake and ready, then step onto the mat and let the healing begin!

Happy hump-day!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

ChristyTurlington-WarriorOne-StevenKlein-VogueUS2002Oct-b-zob_jpgChristy Turlington wears an orange satin crepe Prada slip frock while practicing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana also known as one-legged Chakrasana or Wheel pose. This intense yoga backbend stretches the whole body. This particular variation has an additional challenge by including a balance to the pose. You have to have strong thigh muscles and shoulders to practice this pose. I’ve been recovering from a trapped nerve recently so this pose is one I’ve not practiced lately. I love this entire editorial, photographer Steven Klein is a genius, but I guess it helps when your subject is Christy! This editorial is from American Vogue, October 2002.

Christy on yoga: “Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us.”

I can’t believe that I’m halfway through yoga teacher training. I’ve so much work to do over our break, so it’s not really going to be a break at all! I’m teaching Sky Warrior next week, very excited! Lots of talking in this one, lots of alignment cues to remember. I must remember to take it slow and to breathe!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

From the mat… I’m grateful

35e02ab0863b0e0d266d22a218b14289Today I felt the need to write a little post about how grateful I am to have my yoga practice and the teacher training in my life right now. It is an incredible gift! Yes, sometimes I am amazed with how much information my brain has to take in every Thursday, but by the time the next Thursday comes around I am ready for more!

946f569af4ebb8820ee8b7a831ba2f5dFor a while now I have had a day job that has been extremely difficult to fulfil with an open heart. I work in an environment that on the outside looks like heaven on earth, but the truth is that it is a microcosmos of negativity, micromanagement at its worst, and yes, that ugly word, bullying. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I haven’t ever written in detail about my day job before, but I felt compelled to share this with you now because having yoga and regular daily meditation in my life has kept me strong and given me the tools to manage my feelings with it all as I search for a new job. You might be wondering why I don’t just quit, and in the past I have quit much better jobs, yes.  The downside to the beautiful place where I live is that jobs are difficult to come by, so one doesn’t just quit, no matter how bad, at least, they don’t in my experience.  I’m not writing this because I feel like moaning about my life to you. I write because I simple must sing the praises of life with a daily yoga and meditation practice and how much it means to me. It has saved me from my life’s tough challenges. It is a blessing and I am grateful, grateful, grateful!

My wish is that these words may inspire someone else to take up yoga and change their life for the better.

love & light xo

 

Weekday Inspiration…

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My plan is to do this, as soon as the clouds leave and the sun returns.

I’m on holiday this week – I am taking a well-deserved break from work to rest as much as possible before yoga teacher training begins on Thursday after-which everything steps up a notch. So I decided to post a few pictures with the hope they inspire you to take a mini break too – even if it’s simply while on your lunch break or if from anything else that may be occupying your day and/or your headspace. Enjoy xo

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This looks like so much fun!

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I love market shopping on the weekend.

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I will make time to read an actual magazine this week.

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I will take the time to look at the starry night sky.

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I will make time to actually stop and drink my latte and soak in the atmosphere instead of grabbing a takeaway and consuming it as I drive to my next destination.

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I will continue to practice every day.

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I will read more, especially my book for book club because I’ve only read 2 pages and I’ve got at least 1000 pages to go!

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I will go to my zen place whenever necessary.

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I will do as much of this as possible… sleeping in, lying about, recharging my batteries is essential.

love & light xo

 

New Tricks

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Hello Everyone!

You may be wondering what I have been doing with myself while on my break from blogging? Well, the plain truth is that most of my time has been spent working (yes I know, sad) but in between endless work, being Mama to my girls, wife to my husband, etc, I’ve also applied and been accepted to Yoga Teacher Training! I’m very excited about this because it’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I began practicing yoga over ten years ago. Finally I think I’m ready!

And so with commitment to teacher training comes the pre-commitment – six months of abstaining from any mind-altering substances (as well as for the duration of the training period of 12 months). That’s 18 months in total. Now, this commitment is the least of my concerns because these days the extent of my mind-altering substances is limited to red wine. So giving up red wine is not all that hard. At least, that’s what I told myself initially.  The hard part is the commitment to a practice of daily mediation and yoga. That is the hard part for me. But more of that in a later post.

Of course you may be wondering – “So why the commitment to yoga teacher training then?” Well, it’s exactly for that reason. It’s because I need the commitment. I have to do it. The rebel side of Heidi is taunting me daily “you have no dedication, no staying power, no idea how hard this is going to be, ha!” Which is exactly why I must do it. What’s that saying by that writer? Oh yeah, “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it – Steven Pressfield, the War of Art.  Besides, fear and excitement are the same thing, right? Or is it that they just feel the same?

Mercifully, my darling husband has also decided to quit drinking for the duration so it’s not been so difficult. If it’s not in the house, then you’re not tempted right? Actually, I’ve not been tempted at all. And there were times when I would drink red wine a lot, it was my comfort, my numbing device, my self medication for the times when things were too horrible to face or I just wanted relief from the sharpness of life’s problems. After a glass or two of my red medicine, nothing seemed too bad.

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What I’ve noticed from not having anything to numb my bad days with is that I’m much more productive. I have loads more energy and I’m not struggling to help out more with homework, I’m sleeping better and my anxiety is much better. And while the house work is still my last priority, I’m not so annoyed about the tumble-weeds of dog hair that collect in the hallway anymore. 🙂

Another lovely thing that has come out of not drinking is my husband and I now have “tea time” every evening after the children have gone to bed. I make a pot of Chamomile tea and we sip this while nibbling on something I’ve baked like choc-chip cookies or something like that. It’s soothing, comforting and settling. Peaceful.

I’ve also begun a spa night for myself. Something I’ve not done for myself – ever! Scented candles, himalayan bath salts, face mask, a good book and I’m chill-axing in the tub. And if you know me at all, you would know I loath baths, but these days I am loving them!

Who says you can’t change a person?

love & light xo

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Wednesday Delight

Start your day with a light breakfast, do something different, sit where the sun can gently  bathe you so in its warmth.

Maybe a spot of yoga?

Do a little shopping, maybe pick up some stylish vintage dresses…

Maybe some new shoes…

Or perhaps you’re in the mood to splurge on a little Dior number (in my dreams!)

Maybe there’s time to visit a gallery…

Then return home to be creative and put your ideas on to paper.

Time to have a light dinner, maybe a delicious cheese, bacon and herb toasted sandwich?

Maybe then, settle in and watch a classic Meryl Streep movie. I just watched Heartburn. Meryl was great, and Jack was a cad, but he was great too.

Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your Wednesday. xx

Wednesday Delight

Following on from last week’s post about my weekend Tumblr-ing (is that even a word?), I have put together an eclectic mix of this and that for you. I have decided to call these posts Wednesday Delight in the hope that they delight you, perhaps evoke a memory or inspire an idea, or maybe release any mid-week funk you may be feeling. Anyway, I hope you like them.

Stripes via
Venice via
Marilyn via
Vivienne Westwood via
Red patent heels via
Yoga handstand via
Erdem via
Kate Moss via
Burberry Prorsum via
JCrew via

Hope your week has been going well, happy hump-day everyone!

Kisses,


Heidi

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Yoga and Me

Christy Turlington photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue October 2002

The truth is I have been trying to find an angle to work in a post about yoga for a while now. I’ve not written about yoga before and as it quite an important part of my life I have wanted to write about it over and over but I have struggled with how it would fit in with the whole ethos of my blog. I write about personal style, fashion and lifestyle, yoga seems so far removed from all of that to be honest. But, when I look at these pictures of Christy Turlington taken for Vogue in 2002 I kind of think… oh well, I’m just going to jump right in!

I guess you could say I have a deep and meaningful relationship with yoga. I find that my life is so much more chilled when I have a regular practice. I love the feeling I get when I am in what I like to call the “yoga zone”, which is me in yoga class practicing my asanas with my eyes closed, while all the while listening to the guidance of my amazing yoga teacher Angela. I love that certain poses challenge me from week to week, and how each time I practice, I get more accomplished with other poses.  

Yoga can offer up unexpected challenges too depending on what’s going on inside my head or with my body.  Sometimes this might be as simple as not being able to fully extend into pigeon if one of my hips is particularly tight, or if my shoulder is playing a game of “no, you’re not gonna get there tonight Heidi”.  Each class offers up the same wonderfully fulfilling mind, body and spirit benefits of yoga but it also allows me to be open to receiving and accessing insights that being in tune with my mind, body and soul offers.

I always feel like I’m really living in the moment when I practice yoga, do feel that way too?  

Here are a few perspectives from other yoga enthusiasts on the practice of yoga.

“I was interested in cleaning my body on a deeper level. Yoga really purifies your organs and blood. You feel that. You feel that circulation of energy. But the real lesson yoga gives you is learning how to be present.” – Christy Turlington
“Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body and your soul.” – Madonna
“Like music, yoga is a journey — one that is long enough so you keep developing, and keep learning. I don’t see an end to it.” – Sting

“Yoga is for everyone. I do an hour-and-a-half a day. It restores you. […] People say: ‘Oh no, it’s all right for you, but I haven’t got time.” It’s a false notion. We can all make time. There’s only one you – you’re only given one body, not a load of bodies.” – Trudie Styler
“Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother.” – Michelle Williams
I just love this one from Gwyneth Paltrow: “Ashtanga yoga has completely changed me. I try to do it every day, and the effect is amazing. It’s not just during the hours that I’m practicing. It’s about how it filters through into the rest of my life. It makes all the other bullshit dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.” 

What’s my favourite pose?  Child pose, for it’s restorative qualities.  I love how you can be holding a pose, sweating, breathing, really feeling it and then you get to go into child pose afterward.  You don’t get to do that in a gym work out, right?

 
Namaste.


Heidi 
 
 

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