Melting Forwards

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Unless you are in the southern hemisphere, July leads us into the peak of summer.  Here in the United Kingdom, it has been rather hot.  Temperature records are being broken throughout Europe, and I am surprised that the road tarmac in the UK has not melted yet?!

So what of our yoga practice?  When life heats up around us, what we should look to do is cool things down, rather than provoke the heat.  Too often I see people ploughing through their fitness workouts, driving forcefully ahead with their work, keep moving through a demanding yoga practice.

There is a time and season for everything.  There was a time when we used to respect the change in the seasons, and life, and danced with those changes.  We woke up when at sunrise and went to bed when the sun went down.

With technological changes, we seem to have lost touch with our deep rooted connection with nature.  Ultimately, we are still part of the animal kingdom and we do have the animal part of our brain.  Yet, we just ignore it.

What is the use of plundering through life?

What are you chasing?

Why are you pounding your body?

Yes, I am a driven individual, and there I have goals that I wish to attain; and that requires work.  I have also always realised that there is a time to move and a time to rest.  In my twenties, I refused to listen to my body and chose to listen to my ego; and I paid dearly for it.  Since then, I keep in flow with the life and my energy levels. That does not mean that I completely back off from what I am doing. I still keep “touching” the different aspects of our businesses, but I also rest.

So this month, I invite you to melt forwards.  On the yoga mat this month, we are focusing on gentle forward bends, with the use of the cooling breath, mindful salutation and cooling meditation.  Off the mat, we are still moving forwards in life, …. gently.  Live compassionately and in tune with Mother Nature, and notice how she will still guide you to where you are suppose to go.

Have a lovely month x

Bottoms Up

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Can you believe it’s June, and we’re almost half way through 2018?

This month’s Yoga Practice is about getting your bottom up!  And, it’s all about cultivating a different perspective on life.

So often, we go about our daily activities as a matter of routine.  We even approach our fitness training and yoga practice the same way.  Don’t get me wrong; we do mix up our training programme or our actual yoga practice.  Also, our days are varied, and we even mix up what we eat.

What we perhaps don’t mix up is how we do things.

Humans are essentially creatures of habit, and routine is good for us.  What yoga practice encourages us to do, is come to recognise habitual thought processes, because the way we think and approach something, is the way we think and approach anything.

Some of us have, as one of our business coaches says, “below the line” thinking, whilst others have “above the line” thinking.  Are we problems solvers or victims?

And, I see this in class, with the people I coach to be instructors and those I meet through networking and just randomly through life.

So this month’s yoga practice is about tipping the balance and getting a different perspective.  By having your head below your bottom, e.g. in a standing forward bend, or headstand, or downward dog, not only is your muscles having to work differently because gravitational pull on the body is different, but our thought processes have to function differently to cope with the change in balance and perception.

My intention is that by practicing this for the month, we can take this change of perception off the mat and into our lives.

Start thinking differently.

Like you would catch yourself losing your balance and even falling when practising inversions, catch yourself giving the same responses to certain questions or situations.

Are you a person who always says “no”, only to change your mind later?

Or perhaps you’re a “yes” person?

How about for the next 30 days, say the opposite to what you normally would say?

Who knows where that may lead you?

Have a great month!

May You Dream Awake

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It’s May! And, it’s my 50th birthday on Monday, and what we decided to do was make a 5-day trip to Kim’s dad’s favourite hotel in Portugal.

We haven’t been here since his dad started to get worse and then passed on just over a year ago.  He’s always loved this hotel and came back yearly for over 8 years.  Kim and I have been a few times prior, and it seemed fitting that we pay a visit, especially since they had a massive refurb.

And, it was like coming home!

It was so lovely to be greeted by some of the key staff as they’d seen our booking and were looking forward to seeing us again; and their condolences for Kim’s dad.  We’re only on our second day here, and the refurb is great and the view is breathtaking.

Being here I’ve had quite a few people message me to say that they hoped I was switching off and relaxing.  The thing is, I do make time for myself and I have time off to relax during my “normal” week.  It reminded me of what one of our business coaches said to Kim.  Most people associate “pain” with work, e.g. you work hard and then have a holiday.  That’s when you get to relax and switch off.

For me, my life is my kind of life.  The “work” I choose to do is part of that, as is my “time off”.  This is my kind of life, being able to write, read, reach out to people, coach our Arbonne team members via conference calling, etc. whilst in Portugal.  My day is the same, the view (and weather) is different.  The closing keynote speaker at the Arbonne global conference in Vegas a couple of weeks ago asked us if we were dreaming with our eyes closed or open.  Her mission is to show people that we can dream with our eyes wide open; dream whilst we are awake.

AND, IT’S NOT THAT HARD!

Would you honestly say no to beautiful weather, not having to cook, stunning views, and  the only catch I say to you is that you have to serve and help other people?

Would you?

We have but one life.

Live it well.  DREAM OUT LOUD.

Don’t work yourself to the ground only to take a holiday once a year, in some place that is within your budget. Don’t say to your children, take a gap year and enjoy it before you start on the career ladder, and when you have responsibilities. Don’t save up to work through your bucket list when you retire; you may never get to even start  on it.

I truly just desire that you live your life well, with no compromise and no regrets. It upsets me when people have too much month after each pay day, and when people settle.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been there, and I know how it feels.

Believe me when I say that it is possible to live life differently and on your terms.  It took a few coaches to help me see that.

ARE YOU READY to dream awake?

Would you like me to help you?

I look forward to hearing from you.  Know, from the bottom of my heart, that THERE IS NO PRESSURE FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF MY LIFE.

(I would love to share this space and time with you though).

Much love … Ann-See x