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Spring and Stillness

Blessing for Spring "May you find the balance You desire and need Light and dark Spirit and body Mind and soul May you recognise the gradual powerful rebirth Happening within you May you awaken to the potential And the blossoming of your own self. And like the wild geese, may you find your way home."… Continue reading Spring and Stillness

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Turn to the Side

There are lots of reasons you might not want to lie down on your back for relaxation (not least the danger of being stood on by a toddler that I mentioned yesterday!) Sometimes lying on your back can just feel too exposed or vulnerable, sometimes it might be contra-indicated (like in third trimester of pregnancy), you… Continue reading Turn to the Side

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Soft Eyes, Warm Heart, All is Well

Twenty minutes of relaxation every day is easy for most people, even if you are working and busy you choose when to stop, how to spend your free time what to let go of in favour of a restful practice to reset your nervous system. There is one group of people however who, in my opinion,… Continue reading Soft Eyes, Warm Heart, All is Well

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She Smiled

Sharing today a smile from my yoga nest and a poem by the wonderful contemporary poetess Hollie McNish. he didn't know her but she smiled and he needed that today and he smiled back and she walked past and carried on the other way and he walked on and he kept pace and other people… Continue reading She Smiled

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Was it a miracle?

When the yogis are away the cats come out to play. I don't keep my love of cats secret, but did you know that in my early twenties I was absolutely allergic to my favourite animals? Even just to be in a house that contained a cat I would need to tank up on antihistamines… Continue reading Was it a miracle?

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Safety Match

Artists Juan Delcan and Valentina Izaguirre created the animation Safety Match to demonstrate the power of social distancing in halting the spread of the corona virus. I think it also shows that when we step aside to look at our anger, our fear, our sadness, or our frustration (the stuff that burns us up inside),… Continue reading Safety Match

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Flying Low

“Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word. I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I'm taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly… Continue reading Flying Low

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Fuzzy Head

Last night was a 'fuzzy head' night. I know I am not alone because many of you have written to tell me things like 'my head is all over the place', 'I had a restless night', 'I've had a severe headache', 'I need some head space'. I hear you. Me too! In fact, last night… Continue reading Fuzzy Head

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Recipe for Relaxation

When you try to practice relaxation, or meditation, you may find right now that it is really very difficult, that there is a lot of agitation in your mind, or in your body. It may feel very hard indeed to become still. I want to reassure you today that our bodies (and minds) crave relaxation… Continue reading Recipe for Relaxation