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

I’m Fat!

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Yup!

That was one of the first things my mom said to me when I landed in Bangkok a couple of weeks ago.

“You’re fat.”

“You need to watch the middle-age spread.”

In the Chinese language, there isn’t a politically correct way of stating things like this.  You can’t say, “Oh, you’ve filled out a little.”  Or, “You’ve put a bit of weight.”

And, people in the Far East are just more direct.

What I love about it is that what they say is to the point.  It saves time, and it’s not personal.  It’s stating a fact.

Am I “fat” as we think fat is in the west?

No.

Has my body shape changed in the past 6-12 months?

Yes, it has.

I had a really bad shoulder injury, which restricted what exercise I could do.

My hormones are all over the place as I approach menopause.

I have been busy building our businesses, and therefore, haven’t exercised as much as I could (injury, or no injury).

Fact.

Truth.

Yes, it does make you wince when someone speaks the truth, but there’s no point arguing, or trying to come up with an excuse.

Own it and move on.

Either choose to do something about it, or let it go.

What truth have you been confronted with recently?

 

Year of the Dog

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It’s Chinese New Year on Friday, and it will be the year of the dog.

So, make sure you avoid cleaning clothes, using scissors and sweeping floors.  You’re also meant to avoid crying children …. I leave that one with you!

For the first time in 31 years, I will be celebrating the new year with my family.  It is amazing how time flies, and it really shocked me when I calculated how long I have been in the UK; and family, is something that we shouldn’t take for granted.

Rather than share with you what the year is expected to bring, I thought I would share one of the key marketing trends that is predicted.

Why?

Because we are now working with 2 business coaches and 1 business mentor to drive our businesses forwards.  We have big dreams for giving back and leaving a legacy and in order to do that, we need to get our businesses to a certain level.

With that thought in mind, the marketing trends in China, according to Forbes, include convenience, lower-tier cities, new retail, information partnerships, artificial intelligence, and finally, …

Green, natural, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Whilst these are the predicted trends for China, the final trend, I believe, will be worldwide.  It is already a growing trend and will continue to grow, and when China jumps on board, it will undoubtedly go through the roof.

My partner and I are independent consultants for Arbonne International, which are a vegan company.  For this reason, we do not trade in China, as China still enforces animal testing on the cosmetic and beauty industry.  With this prediction and pressure from global companies, I can see that China’s view on this will be dropped.  In this day and age, there is absolutely no need for this practice to be carried out.

I hope this will happen sooner, rather than later.

What are your thoughts?

In the mean time, much love for Valentine’s Day, and wishing you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!