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Taking care of yourself is key to feeling good and living a full life.
A life that fuels you and enables you to have the energy to do the things which matter most to you.
However, poor health, social conditioning and being people pleasers, drain your energy and prevent you flourishing and feeling your best.
It’s not your fault.
It is just the way life is.
So, today’s post is to a gentle reminder to take care of yourself
I work with entrepreneurs and leaders doing transformational or activist work.
Your big work puts enormous demands on your emotional resources–and I offer spiritual guidance and support to make sure that visionary leaders like you have the inner self-care resources, rituals and spiritual grounding that you need to sustain yourself, expand, flourish and flow into the work you are called to do – without burn out.
In our spiritual self-care, coaching space –Flourish & Flow, I’ll gently help you:
- Settle into your body and reset and re-balance your nervous system so we can start the session from a space that feels right for you.
- Be kind and gentle with yourself – especially when life spirals out of control.
- Press pause on the busyness of the day so you can tune in, listen and trust the quiet voice inside, and confidently move forward in life.
- Recognise the impact of structural inequalities on your wellbeing so you can place your concerns in context.
- Release tension and stress from your body so you feel more comfortable and at peace in your skin.
- Calm and focus your mind to facilitate deep inner listening, and quiet reflection which enables you to think creatively.
- Nurture your core so you stay spiritually nourished, sustained and expansive throughout the day.
While you show up, be present and lovingly engage with your family and friends, and lead with presence, confidence, a warm heart and a powerful connection with your team and communities you serve.
Our sessions are a curated blend of physical and spiritual practices and resources, wrapped up with love, care and personal attention, and drawn from my:
- 13+ years working as a Probation Officer supervising young offenders and adults in the community in deprived boroughs of SE London.
- 15+ years practical experience as a yoga teacher, mindfulness meditation teacher and yoga breathwork coach – working with diverse communities, individuals, with sections of the criminal justice system, corporate organisations and local authorities.
- 55+ years of life wisdom and experience including deciding to resign from my secure job as a Probation Officer to become a full-time yoga teacher; navigating the pain of dealing with a miscarriage, loss of my brother and cousin – and other loved ones, a horrible divorce, and the
- Most challenging and rewarding “job” as a mother of three young adult daughters!
Here’s a sampling of things some clients have accomplished in our work together:
- Found the courage to resign from a high-pressurised career to set up their own business.
- Successfully lead their team through a major internal financial investigation, while caring for their elderly parents.
- Learned how to step away, use their breath to unwind and relax while under pressure – which helped them avoid getting involved in fights while serving custodial sentences.
- Developed a deeper connection and bond with their teenage children – while working 80+ hours a week running their business.
- Had the “audacity to believe in themselves,” and “to raise their rates.”
- Improved ability to stay calm and be patience and empathetic when working with clients affected by domestic violence and parental substance abuse – while personally going through a harrowing divorce.
- Learned how to relax their body while undergoing fertility treatment, got pregnant and had a natural birth; plus renovated their home – and built a fresh team at work.
- Instrumental in launching and promoting lunch time yoga for staff and pupils at a local school.
- Lost a major business contract and bounced back from the financial fallout – while caring for a terminally ill relative.
- Running late for a meeting and shouting at their children to hurry, when their children quietly reminded them to “relax and breathe, mum!”
What Our Schedule and Work Will Look Like
- Individualised support: –
- I work with people 6 weeks at a time.
- My package is $1,500 for 6 weeks of 60 minutes weekly spiritual self-care, guidance and support sessions
- Voxer or email support in between sessions,
- Personalised mindfulness meditation practices, affirmations, journal prompts, gentle yoga/seated yoga, yoga breathwork, connections with other healing therapists.
- Spiritual guidance, care and support.
- and much, much more…
We start with a Clarity Call to make sure we are a suitable fit.
If we work together, you then make your payment and we schedule your spiritual self-care, guidance and support sessions.
The goal is to help you practice responsible leadership; be present with loved ones and family, enjoy your life and stay nourished, sustained, and flourish as you do the work.
Keep well, dear friend.
Peace and blessings for love and justice.
How Long Is A Personal one-to-one Lesson?
- Each lesson last 60 minutes.
What Time Are Lessons Available?
- Private Lessons are available by appointment.
- Voxer support in between sessions
- mindfulness meditation practices
- journal prompts
- gentle yoga/seated yoga
- yoga breathwork
- connections with other healing therapists
- Spiritual guidance, care and support.
- And much, much more to help you stay spiritually sustained, connected and expansive.
Payment Plans Available
- Email me to discuss in-person private lessons, presentations, and workshops.
What’s Your Cancellation Policy?
- You may make cancellations and appointment changes as long as I am given a clear 24 hours notice. Thank you.
- However, for any cancellation or appointment change made with less than twenty-four hours notice, you will fortify the lesson.
- Despite this, I recognise life happens.
- Sometimes it isn’t possible to give 24 hours notice. In those cases, I invite you to drop me an email/PM and we can chat and sort something out.
- Payment for lessons is for the term booked.
- You must take lessons within a three-month term from the start of your Package.
- Refunds will only be available in exceptional cases.
First, What is core strength and why is it important?
If you do a quick search on Google on “core strength”, you will find a lot of resources and exercises to strengthen the physical body, particularly your abdominals, lower back and pelvic regions.
On a structural level, a strong flexible back, toned belly, and supportive pelvic area are crucial in our desire to be healthy and well.
However, from a yogic perspective, your core strength relates to your inner sense of well-being and how strong you feel.
It is that fine balance between integrating your physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so you feel stable, safe, and secure inside.
What are the benefits of a strong core?
When you have a strong inner core you’ll be…
Strong enough to rise above any life obstacles and bounce back again.
Stable enough to fall off the wagon and know that’s OK, that’s life; you’re still beautiful.
Safe in your trust that life has your back and you’ll get through.
If you’re going through an emotionally challenging time, maybe a divorce, an unpleasant situation at work, or worried about your child, it is hard to tap into your inner core.
Instead of feeling strong, safe, and stable, you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted.
Your parasympathetic nervous system shuts down, your stress hormones ramp up and you function from a space of fear.
We’ve all been there.
Lost our sense of safety and security in life, and struggle to believe that things will change and get better.
Often, we can’t change external stimuli.
Society has a way of reinforcing all that is negative in the world and unless we take steps to strengthen our core, we fall apart.
So, to support you strengthen your inner core and be calm, strong, and balance your nervous system, today’s post is to remind you to keep up your self-care practices.
Self-care is often the first thing we neglect when we feel pressurised and operating in a reactive, self-preservation mode.
If your self-care has slipped, here are five simple self-care practices to help you take care of yourself and strengthen your core, so you can respond from a space of calm confidence.
These 5 self-care practices aren’t new yet make a difference when regularly practised.
5 Simple Self- Care Practices That Will Improve Your Core Strength
#1. “Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind Happiness, Yoga Shows the Way,” (Swami Vishnudevananda)
A regular yoga practice will help to strengthen your body and mind and improve your flexibility.
If you don’t have time to practice a full 60 minutes class, check out the simple Chair Yoga stretches in my book, which you can do at your desk, in bed or even on your train commute home.
A strong body gives you physical stamina and endurance to navigate the demands on your time and energy.
#2. Sleep Like a Baby
Like many people, I short change myself on sleep;Especially when the pressure is on, we struggle to unwind, go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep disrupts your nervous system and you wake up tired, exhausted, and irritable.
A few rounds of yoga breathing exercises as you settle into bed helps soften your nerves and makes it easier for you to fall asleep.
And when you get a good night’s sleep, you wake refreshed, energised and have the energy to get up and go.
#3. Mindful Eating to Feed Your Spirit
When you are feeling low and lack energy, our natural inclination is to eat high sugary snacks and meals to improve our mood.
Instead, a more calming and compassionate way to boost your energy naturally and improve your core strength is to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avocados and mangos are my favourite fruit!
If you are a snacker and graze through your day, snack on sunflower seeds or oatcakes instead of candy bars and cakes.
#4. Put Your Feet Up
Rest and relaxation are essential to help your body heal and repair from the stress and pressure of daily life.
Whenever you can, take a break during your day and practise Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra is the perfect anti-dote to support your core.
You’ll regain your sense of calm and balance and easily reconnect with your core.
#5. Calm Your Mind
A daily meditation practice changes the structure and function of the brain.
When we spend our time fighting and putting out fires, our brain is on hyper-vigilant mode, we don’t feel safe.
Meditation reduces stress, improves focus and clarity, and increases the brain’s capacity for happiness, empathy and compassion.
Regular practice helps slow down the calm and clear your mind, which aids focus and improves decision-making.
When your mind is calm and clear, you feel decisive, steady, and can respond from a space of strength and certainty inside yourself.
Remember, when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and going through a hard time, it is vital to keep up your self-care practices.
You’ll notice it becomes easier for you to bounce back and find your balance when things fall apart.
Practising yoga, meditation, yoga breathing exercises, eating well and getting more sleep won’t change your situation overnight, you’ll still go through troubled times.
But they can help you regulate your nervous system, help you settle down after a fright – without numbing, avoiding or stressing out even more.
You will lose loved ones; things will crop up at work – they may make you redundant and you’ll have mounting debts to clear.
So, whatever is going on in your life, take your time.
Practice loving-kindness and be gentle with yourself.
And slowly, one morning you’ll wake up and feel strong, safe and secure inside; ready to face your troubles with a steady heart and stronger inner core.
Sounds good, right?
Till next time, remember to look after yourself.
Hugs, peace and blessings.
P.S. Just to let you know, I adapted today’s blog from an article I originally published on Ezine Articles, which you can read here> Article Source:
In today’s post, I share a simple self-care routine you can use to relieve stress and overwhelm so you feel better better and enjoy the rest of your day.
Be honest. Much as you enjoy life have you ever woken up, feeling jaded, tired and desperate to spend a little longer in bed?
Your body aches and you don’t have the energy to wake up and get up?
You lie in bed, dreaming of taking -time out yet in the back of your mind you know you have to get up.
You wish you could stay all day snuggled deeper into your duvet.
Maybe your eyes feel puffy, your nose bunged up, shoulders ache and you feel bloated and heavy.
Perhaps your body is screaming out for you to stop, unwind and rest yet, you can’t take time off work because you have too much to do.
So you ignore your aches and pains and carry on.
If this sounds like you, it’s definitely time to take a self-care break,
Go ahead, read the following seven self-care activities, pick a couple and make a commitment that you’ll schedule time in your diary to fit them in as part of your self-care routine. [Read more…] about Simple Self-Care Routine For Busy Women To Relieve Stress And Overwhelm and Feel Better
If you’re already practising yoga, you are most likely doing so out of love, and part of your everyday simple self -care practices for your physical and mental well-being.
The fluid movements of yoga like contracting and stretching, in addition to focusing on your breathing, are some of the most beneficial aspects of regular yoga practice.
These components of yoga allow for moments of mindfulness — an awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the present moment.
Mindfulness and yoga are great forms of simple self-care.
But what is self-care and how can you implement it in your yoga practice?
Read on to discover the answers and delve into deeper insight on taking your yoga practice a step further. [Read more…] about Boost the Benefits of Yoga with Simple Self-Care Practices