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Yoga & Wellness with Vicky Meikle

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By Vicky Meikle, Mar 1 2016 05:00AM

When you mention to people that you do yoga do you ever hear “I’m not flexible enough to do that!”

Its a pretty common limitation for why many don’t get on the mat - especially as we are a society of achievers. Stepping onto a yoga mat for the first time can seem pretty daunting if you have never moved your body in that way before.

I know for many though, working on their flexibility is one of the instigators for going to their first class - they start to notice that their body has aches and niggles that weren’t there before, this is definitely true for me. When I started my flexibility was very limited due to many years playing sports and constant gym sessions!

For some bodies it can definitely feel like a slow process working with flexibility - I know I felt like that.

I’ve always said I have tight hips, every time I come into a hip opener I would just think to myself that I wasn’t going any further that my hips would always be tight, there have been times where I’ve been disheartened as I look around the yoga room (not that I’m comparing but hey I bet everyone has done this!) and see how everyones hips are much more open and they can go deeper in the poses. All I’m thinking is when will these dam hips open!

Overtime though - and for me its been years (!) I’ve slowly lessened the desire to believe that I need to go deeper into the poses and to stretch more, in order to get more out of my practice. It can be frustrating at times, but this is the practice hey! Noticing what comes up for you and how you react to different situations and challenges. This for me is being FLEXIBLE - not how deep you go into the pose but adapting to whatever your day throws at you.

So when you think you are not flexible enough to do that pose or you get frustrated or disappointed that you can’t get your body to do what you’d like to - be aware how it makes you feel, completely accept that feeling no matter what it is - learn from it, be mindful that this may translate to how you feel in your day when things don’t go to plan and YES you are flexble enough to do yoga - no matter, what age or size you are!

By Vicky Meikle, Feb 23 2016 05:00AM

I bet you are pretty good at filling your days? Do you feel like you should be doing something every second of the day otherwise you are not being productive or satisfied with what you have done?

If you are not busy are you being lazy?

How many times do you start a conversation with “Are you keeping busy?” I think we we feel inclined to justify ourselves on a busy scale - we compete over being busy and busyness can be a sign of status and that your leading a full and worthy life.

Hectic, whirlwind, crazy and constantly on the run, way too fast……. I bet you hear these words on a regular basis now - they have become words and phrases that are interlinked with how many of us feel on a day to day basis.

Creating busyness even when it didn’t exist…….

When I made the shift from my intense event management days into building my own yoga biz, I found that I needed to justify what I was doing in my days - I felt the need to constantly keep busy, to fill my days with tasks and actions so that I’d answer the “Are you busy” questions with yes, I’ve being doing this, this and this. In reality I was creating busyness even when it didn’t exist!!

When we get busy we forget to invest in ourselves - our food choices may suffer as we grab what we can, we don’t have time to spend with family and friends, we miss that yoga class as we are too busy, all the things that we know work for us get dropped to the bottom of the list - its can take days, weeks or even years to realise that you have completely lost connection with the most important person - thats YOU!

One of the reasons I wanted to build my own business was to shift away from the constant busyness in my days. Its not been easy and every day is a learning curve. Don’t get me wrong I can very easily fill my days, but for me its about prorities - and lookng at it this way has helped me see whats important for me to function at my best!

What allows you to function at your best?

By Vicky Meikle, Feb 16 2016 05:00AM

Imagine how it would feel if you could shift the way you were feeling when you get caught up in the day to day overwhelm of your life - the traffic jam making you want to scream, your boss showing you up, that comment that digs deep or the stupid argument you had before you left home.

Guess what - we all have the capacity and power within us to shift these feelings, to ease the racing thoughts and worry and transform our state to welcome calm, its all in your beautiful breath……….

Did you know that breathing techniques (like ones we use in yoga, pranayama) can positively affect your actions and thoughts? Thats because every thought we have changes the rhythm of our breath. You might have noticed that when you feel happy you breathing is easy, relaxed and if you really pay attention (we don’t often notice out breath though do we!) that its rhythmic. I bet you’ve noticed though that when you are stressed when you feel like you need to count to 10 or take deep sighs that your breathing is really irregular and interrupted or you may even hold your breath! Tune in next tim your remember to watch your breath in different situations, this is the first step to really understanding the power of your breath.

This is why yoga is so special…… we give ourselves the opportunity to bring breathing techniques into our day so that we can create calm in our lives. Its not just limited to a yoga mat though - you can just do this walking down the street and you’ll get the same impact.

You could try out this technique where I offer you a simple approach to finding a place of calm when you need it. See for yourself how it makes you feel HERE

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