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Tuesday
Nov252014

Mindful exercise? Sure, but how do you get mindful?

You have probably heard this before, that exercise improves your health, physical, mental and emotional state and will generally make you feel better about yourself.

BUT - many people do that without thinking, they exercise like a 'robot'. This kind of exercise can do more damage than good.

When you exercise, any kind, a heavy session in the gym, or going for a brisk walk, are you doing it with mindfulness, or is it more like running away from emotions that you find tricky to deal with?

With mindfulness, your muscles are more likely to get strong and released, rather than stiff and contracted. But how do you get mindful?

Being mindful is really about being present, and that can be tricky. I have found that meditation helps me with being present.

Research shows that practicing meditation helps your wellbeing on all levels. Now - what kind of meditation should you practice, you might wonder? There are many, many ways to meditate, from two seconds to hours.

Get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about what kind of meditation to practice, I might be able to suggest something that would work for you.

A little bit of fun...

His name is Puppetji, here is his thought about meditation.

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Do you feel liberated, stuck in a rut or somewhere between?

The definition of 'liberated', according to the Collins English Dictionary, is: 

freed, released.

If you yearn for feeling more liberated, what does it take for you to get there? What is stopping you from getting there?

Or to put it in another way, what is the reason you don't feel more liberated in your life?

Also - to remind you about the new class on Fridays at 11:30 - 12:30 "Dance Sweat and Live", for women going through menopause, or who one day might. 

Here is a song to express feeling liberated.

 

Tuesday
Oct282014

Stop and Rest for 2-4 Seconds

Stress, stress, and stress. Running around like busy bees, do this do that, have to do this, have to do that... And it goes on and on and on!

So this week I have a really powerful tip: Stop and Rest for 2-4 seconds.

Seriously - it really works. When you are running around, literally, or running around in your head thinking about millions of things that need to be done or should have been done differently, physically and mentally just:

STOP what you're doing.

 

Take a breath in.

 

And then breathe out.

 

Stay with it for 2-4 seconds.

 

When you do this, you are treating yourself with a moment of being in the present and stillness. It's food for your well-being. 

Cim*

Beautiful music and beautiful autumnal pictures in this video.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Move to feel Graceful and Alive

Now it's coming! The new, 4-week series of Nia classes on Fridays, starting Friday, 17 October: Dance - Sweat - Live!

I've been thinking a lot about this, what would be the reason for you to come to this 4-week movement and dance class?

Since I turned 50, a couple years ago, I've had a number of conversations with women who are going through menopause, and its symptoms. It can be lonely and frustrating. So I decided to dedicate these four weeks to women who are experiencing those symptoms.

In this 4-week Nia "course", we'll dance and move, feeling graceful and energised, with the aim of enjoying life despite going through the symptoms of menopause.

Each class will have a different focus to help you to cope better with the totally natural transition that the menopause is. The different focus subjects will be:

  • Physical Energy
  • Mental Energy
  • Emotional Energy
  • Spiritual Energy

Any woman is welcome to come and Dance - Sweat and Live. If you are not going through menopause or don't have any symptoms, come along anyway and support us who are, that would be lovely!

 I'm looking forward to seeing you and dancing with you soon.

 

Monday
Sep222014

Be kind to your Body this week

You might already know that I'm passionate about moving and dancing, primarily with Nia, of course, but almost any kind of movement. Every time I move with Nia I know and I can sense that I'm treating my body with kindness.

Here is a suggestion for you:Set up this week for you to be extra kind to your body. If you think about being kind to your body when you are exercising, moving, or dancing, you are being mindful. And with a "kind" intention I bet you enjoy it more, and are more likely to keep doing it.

What is the one thing you could do at least once a day this week?

Set it up so that you are more likely to remember doing it by choosing a certain thing that you do in a day, for example:

  • First thing in the morning, do some sort of stretching in bed before you get up, for a minute or so.
  • Wiggle your toes when you sit on the loo, perhaps one foot at a time to make sure you don't wiggle yourself off the loo!
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    Have fun with it. And remember to think about being kind to your body whenever you are doing your exercise. I'd love to hear your experience. 

    I often observe, if I get the chance, how a baby or a small child moves.

    Have a look at this two-year-old's moves.

    It's good for your body to connect to remember those innocent and freeing moves.