VIDEO: Morning Yoga for Beginners

I have a new video for you today – a morning yoga for beginners flow that I shot whilst running the Yoga Academy at Sea on a cruise to Japan.

I had just finished watching this amazing sunrise from my balcony…

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I then went up to the VIP deck and did my morning go-to yoga sequence.

Then I thought how cool would it be to to share this practice with you! And so I quickly grabbed my camera and shot this video before teaching my first class of the day. This is my typical morning practice to help me wake up and get set for the day ahead. Enjoy.

Just a few minutes of yoga can make all the difference in your day.

It opens up your body, works out all the kinks and makes you feel good. My day always runs more smoothly when it starts with a few minutes of yoga and meditation. ALWAYS. Try it for yourself and let me know how you get on!

It’s an incredible time for me at the moment – everything I have ever dreamed of is materialising right before my eyes – both in my professional and personal life. It seems like I have a manifestation button on speed dial! I’ve analysed what I’m doing differently (because obviously I want this to carry on!) and there a few things…

One is which is that I have decided to never settle and really go for the things I want. The hardest thing for me has always been to decide what I want – but I’ve done that. Have you?

Do you really know what you want in life? Try to make this crystal clear for yourself.

Once you’ve done this, ASK for what you want. Don’t hold back. The only way you’re ever going to get it is by being really clear and asking for it.

Don’t settle for anything less than extraordinary  because you deserve everything you want in life. This is something I touched upon this in my latest blog post – you can read it here.

But first do this short sequence and set yourself up for an amazing day!

Choosing a life less ordinary

How to choose a life less ordinary

How to choose a life less ordinary…. A few days ago, I landed in the picturesque island of Miyakojima. I was on a one week cruise from Hong Kong to Okinawa. It was pretty intense as I was running the ‘Yoga Academy at Sea’ on Dream Cruises, teaching yoga classes and giving presentations to a mainly Chinese audience.

I wasn’t used to students not understanding me and it was quite a steep learning curve working with a translator. I had to keep it simple, slow down and make every word count … oh and use lots of hand gestures when teaching!

So I was pretty chuffed to arrive in Japan knowing I would have a day to myself.

When I got off the ferry, I was faced with a choice: 

1. Turn right and walk 10 minutes to a decent beach with the convenience of a shop across the street; or

2. Turn left and walk about an hour to a remote, but beautiful beach with no amenities nearby

Now I was pretty tired that day so I turned right and walked towards the nearby beach. It was ok, but nothing special.

And that’s when it hit me… Why would I accept anything less than extraordinary? 

I wanted a life less ordinary. I had a day to explore and discover a part of the world I had never visited. Taking the easy route was well, easy, but a bit safe and boring. I’ve never settled for easy and boring and safe, so why would I start now?

I turned myself around and with new gusto, set off for Sunayama Beach.

Yes, it felt far, especially as I was wearing flip flops! But it was a new adventure.

It meant I met an old Japanese lady on the way who insisted on giving me a bottle of frozen water (I must have looked really hot – and not in a good way!).

It meant I discovered a cute little cafe with the most delicious mango shaved shaved ice (it tasted so much better than it sounds!).

It also meant that I arrived in this beautiful spot with emerald blue water and a secret little cove that ended up being the perfect spot for a few yoga photos (yes, I was lugging around my tripod and camera just in case!).

And most importantly it meant I had an amazing afternoon and memories that will last me a lifetime. It wasn’t the easiest choice, but it was definitely the most exciting and memorable one… and I’m so glad I made it.

 

 

So the next time you’re faced with making a decision – ask yourself this….

Am I settling and taking the easy route? Often we do this as it feels safe – and we wired to choose the safe route.

But know that you don’t have to accept anything less than extraordinary – your life was meant to be fun and exciting and full of new experiences. So embrace that – and enjoy it to the fullest.

In every moment you are the creator, director and actor of your own life. You have the power to decide exactly what you want to experience – and don’t settle for anything less.

You deserve a life less ordinary.

 

 

What is Yoga Nidra?

What is Yoga Nidra? I’ve been teaching Yoga Nidra classes and workshops for a couple of years now and have noticed the same questions cropping up time and time again.

So today, I’m going to answer the five most common questions I get about this incredible practice. This is just a little snippet – watch the video for all the juicy details!

What is Yoga Nidra? 

Also known as yogic sleep, yoga nidra is one of the deepest forms of relaxation. It’s a combination of allowing your body to relax while you keep your mind awake. By doing this, you reach a profound state of relaxation – on all levels of your being.

I like to think of it as a kind of internal yoga. It’s practiced lying on your back in savasana with your eyes closed –  and the hardest part is actually staying awake! It enables you to let go of all ingrained tension and stress.

But relaxation is just the beginning –  yoga nidra can truly transform your life.

How can Yoga Nidra help you apart from relaxation? 

During the practice, you access your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind – that part of you that tells you you can or cannot do something – that gets out of the way. By doing this you’re accessing your inner world. It’s like opening a door to your inner world.

This is the optimal setting to work on manifestation and to release the old, limited you.

Try it now!

What happens on a physical level during a Yoga Nidra session?

Well your breathing slows down. Your heart rate slows down. And your brain waves slow down as well.

So your nervous system is just unwinding itself and you’re allowing your body to just release all that pent up tension and stress.

What are the proven benefits of Yoga Nidra?

There are so many! But these are the main five:

– Yoga Nidra is deeply restorative. One hour of practice is said to be the equivalent of four hours of sleep.

– It helps you switch off your mind – that is why it’s been successfully used to treat insomnia.

–  Studies show that it is very effective at increasing learning capacity and memory.

–  Yoga Nidra increases creativity – new insights and ideas just drop in after a session.

– But the most powerful benefit of Yoga Nidra is the way it alters your unconscious programming.

How is Yoga Nidra is how is it different from meditation?

For starters, during Yoga Nidra you’re lying down in savasana and you’re trying to reach a state in between being awake and being asleep.

Whereas in meditation, typically you practice sitting – and you want your spine to be as erect as possible and you want to remain completely awake and alert the whole time.

That’s the starting point. But the main difference is that in a Yoga Nidra session you go through distinct stages and your focus is constantly shifting. This is a very different from meditation where you generally focus on one thing, such as your breath or mantra.

Yoga Nidra is a transformational practice that truly changed my life – and I know it can do the same for you. 

I started practicing more than a decade ago in Thailand. At the time, I was very nervous speaking in front of other people. I wanted something to help me overcome this debilitating fear – my heart would pound so hard in my chest every time to I had to speak up. I couldn’t focus on anything other than what I was about to say and when I did speak, my voice came out feeble and shaky! It was really holding me back on a professional and personal level.

So I turned to yoga nidra and it truly transformed my life. I consistently used the sankalpa ‘I speak with confidence and clarity’ in my practice. My fear subsided and slowly but surely I felt comfortable and confident speaking up. So much so, that I went on to fulfil my dream of working as a television journalist.

But don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself!

Download your free yoga nidra track.

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Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises

Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises…

Adventure is calling my name again as I’m getting ready to jump on a rather large cruise ship and sail away to Okinawa, Japan!

But this isn’t a holiday… I’m running the ‘Yoga Academy at Sea’ for one week aboard Dream Cruises.

I’m leading a whole host of classes and presentations from 29th September to 6th October.

Now some of those classes I know and love – like my full moon class, sunrise and sunset classes. Can you imagine how beautiful the setting will be for those?

I’m especially excited by the full moon class as it will be a full moon on 5th October and I really hope I can shoot a full moon class for you guys.  I’ll post it on my YouTube channel so watch out for that!

But other classes will be brand new to me… like Beer Yoga.

Personally, I do not like anything about beer – not the smell or the taste! Some of you know I’m Belgian (at least by passport!) and that is a big statement for a Belgian gal as the country is known for its craft beers. The only beer that I have ever liked is called ‘Kriek’. It’s a cherry beer and I only like it because it tastes more like a cocktail than a beer!

But anyway, this beer skeptic is going to be leading a few beer yoga classes.

Rather than poo poo it outright, I’ve decided that I’m just going to embrace it. It’s a chance to be a bit playful and light-hearted in my classes. It might tempt someone to try yoga who wouldn’t be interested in it otherwise. And yoga shouldn’t always be so serious – there is room to be silly and have some fun! But rest assured, my beer bottle will be emptied, thoroughly washed out and filled with water, ha, ha!

In addition to the group yoga classes, I’ll also giving three presentations and running private yoga sessions.

I’ll be talking about:

– What Yoga Can do for You: Five Reasons to Get on Your Yoga Mat
– How Yoga Can Help you Relax and Sleep Better
– Yoga at Any Age – It’s never Too Late to Start

You can follow along with my adventures on my Facebook and Instagram pages and of course Instagram stories!

Or even better, you can join us if you’re free – check out this brochure for the whole Yoga Academy at Sea schedule.

Celebrating 1,000 YouTube Subscribers

I was just uploading a new video on my YouTube channel when I saw it had hit 1,000 YouTube subscribers! What brilliant news to wake up to! Thank you to each and every one of my YouTube subscribers – this is only possible because of YOU! And if you don’t already subscribe, what are you waiting for ?!?

I’ve been making yoga videos for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it. I haven’t shown my channel much love lately though, but this news has totally re-motivated me to keep going!

What started as a way to document my sequences for my classes has turned into a way of connecting with my students across the world. I have students in the UK, France, the Channel Islands, the US, Canada and now Hong Kong! It’s so amazing to think that we can all practice together!

And that takes me to this week’s video… A Chair Yoga class. One of my former students in Jersey told me that her foot was in a plaster and she really missed yoga. So, I made this class that you can practice sitting on a chair! This is the perfect way to sneak some yoga into your day.

If you’re sitting at your desk at work and feel like a few minutes of yoga, then this class is for you! It’s also perfect if, like my student, you’re injured and are not able to practice on a mat.

So rather than rolling out your mat, pull up a chair and let’s get started!

And please let me know if you have any other requests or if you would be interested to practice live with me on YouTube. I’ve been toying with this idea and think it’s about time I stopped thinking about it and just did it!

Wishing you all an amazing day!

 

Full Moon Manifestation Ritual

FULL MOON MANIFESTATION RITUAL

Over the years, I have developed a full moon manifestation ritual, a way of tapping into the moon’s energy to connect to a deeper source… that all-knowing, higher version of myself. From this space, you can harness the incredible power of the moon’s energy to manifest your wildest dreams.

This ritual has served me extremely well over the years. I hope it will help you too in setting yourself up for an amazing month ahead.

This is an abridged version of an article I wrote for the Elephant Journal – you can read the full version here.

Full Moon Manifestation Ritual

On the eve of the full moon, take a glass filled with coconut water (or your favorite non-dairy milk) and sit in the moonlight. Do this outdoors or with the windows open, if possible.

Settle into a comfortable cross-legged position, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Set you intention to connect to the moon’s energy and just bask in the moonlight.

Take a few moments to visualise what you would like to focus on in the coming month. Think about the qualities you need to cultivate to manifest this.

Take hold of your glass in both hands and ask the moon to imbibe your drink with these qualities. Leave the glass in the direct moonlight overnight.

Drink your moon-infused cocktail first thing when you wake up the next day and get set for a magical month ahead.

If you have the time, then it’s even better to practice a few moon salutations before you begin. You can practice my full moon flow with me right here.

Photo: Taken at the beautiful Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong