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Poem of Gentleness - Carrie-Anne Bridel


To Be Gentle

Emerging with softness, fluffy and full of feeling, I feel tingles arrive as I surrender to the heart of inner peace.

I can be alive with this gentleness, at peace with this gentleness. 

It is to me, a blessed arrival upon the nurturing doorstep of release.

Leaving no room for fear, anger, judgement or control.

I feel the tender touch of her silky smooth sentiments, driving away the harshness of past moments in time.

Love spills out, gratitude  looms and a sense of complete belonging, protection and security surround me.

When connected to her wonder, I need nothing more than to experience and appreciate before me, each second of her enlightenment, enticing a deeper surrender towards her power.

Stay with me, don’t let me fall into harshness!

Like an angel’s wings engulfing me, I cannot be tempted to stray from her grasp!

Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year! 

Lots of Love - Carrie-Anne.

Christmas Timetable and New Year Celebrations


Hello Yogis.

I will be taking a short break for Christmas so thought I would detail classes and events in one easy blog.

Dates for my weekly classes are as follows:


Yoga & Sound Relaxation

Time: 7.30pm-9.00pm

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 6PQ

Last Class - Monday 18th December

First Class Back - Monday 8th January

Contact me to book your place


Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wootton Community Centre, Curtly Hill, Wootton, Northampton, NN6 4ED

Last Class - Tuesday 19th December

First Class Back - Tuesday 9th January

Contact me to book your place

Yoga & Relaxation

Yoga: 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Relaxation: 8:00pm to 9:00pm

(7.45pm-8.00pm - Tea and Biscuits are provided)

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Northampton, NN2 6PQ.

Please contact me to book your place

Last Class - Wednesday 13th December

First Class Back - Wednesday 10th January

Special Events and Celebrations

Re-scheduled - Winter Deep Chill - Relaxation Evening  

Sunday 14th January - 6.30pm-9.00pm

Boughton Village Hall, Butcher's Lane, Boughton. NN2 8SH

Cost of the evening is £20 

Full details and booking info can be found here. 

Winter Solstice Celebration

Wednesday 20th December - 6.30-9.00pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ

Cost of the evening is £20

Full details and booking info can be found here. Bookings to be made and paid of in advance please as each guest receives a gift so I need to be sure on numbers. 

New Year Yoga and Gong Celebration

Wednesday 3rd January 6.30pm-9.00pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ

Cost of the evening is £8 Yoga, £10 Gongs or £14 for both - Bookings in advance as required due to the holiday period please. :-)

I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas and you feel ready to walk peacefully into 2018!

With warmest wishes.

"Use it or you'll lose it!"...That's what they say!


"If you don’t use it, you'll lose it!"

That famous saying is very true...

One can be mistaken into thinking that the body wears out with too much use but actually the opposite is true.
Cultures that keep moving, are known to live longer than those that don’t.

Cancer rates in the elderly are considered to be higher, not only because of age but because of lack of movement as one ages.

The more you use the body, the stronger and healthier it will become and the stronger and healthier for longer it will remain.

Many factors influence good health. 

Eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes is also recommended, as is drinking plenty of water each day. Getting plenty of rest, but not too much, is also advised.

Now is an excellent time to decide to take care of yourself!

New Year resolutions often don’t last because in order to create a long term change, you must turn that change into a habit. 
To support the change we first need to recognise our current habits.

Just a thought...

For the next week or two, make a written note of how many hours per day you catch yourself doing the following:

* Spending time browsing the internet at ‘nothing in particular’

* Driving your car when you could easily nip round the corner on foot.

* Choosing to go for that fast food snack instead of a delicious alternative…I have gone mad for fresh watermelon, scattered with linseeds, dried coconut, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. It is just delicious and takes seconds to prepare!

* Staying in bed for that extra 15 minutes, when you know you are just delaying the inevitable.

Why not instead…

* Jump out of bed and take that 15 minutes to do some conscious breathing or a few yoga stretches.

* Grab some healthy alternatives so you have them to hand the next time you get peckish…after a few weeks, your taste buds won’t give that doughnut a thank you!

* Take a ten minute walk to the shop or take the stairs instead of the lift.

* Instead of trawling the internet. Try sitting back and losing yourself in some relaxing music or a really inspiring audio book. 

I bet you will feel completely different within a matter of days!

If you would like a helping hand with making these changes, do let me know and I will offer some encouragement where I can.

Your body is your vehicle through which you experience this life, the healthier and more mobile it is, the better your life will become.

With lots of love and encouragement.

Carrie-Anne. xx

Motivation is easier than you think...


Hello Yogis.

Last month I shared with you some tips on how to keep your energy high and your summer glow well into the Winter months.

This month, I want to continue that journey by sharing with you some tips for keeping your motivation high.

I have been asked about my personal motivation and whether I struggle sometimes to get on my yoga mat or to keep my eating habits healthy. These tips are ones I personally turn to, to ensure I am feeling my best and working each day, towards the best ‘me’ I can possibly be.

1. Make sure the changes you are aspiring to, are the changes ‘you’ actually want to make.

It is an easy mistake to make, you decide you need to improve on this or that, maybe your aim is to stop smoking or to start a new exercise routine, just because you feel you should and not because you want to! 

Maybe someone is hounding you! Even if they are genuinely concerned for your wellbeing, if the motivation is coming from them and not you, it will be harder to stick to the plan.

Take a few moments, with a pad and pen and write down the changes you wish to make and also the reasons for those changes. If the changes are for health reasons, be sure to note how much better your life will be if you can embody those changes. 

Sometimes it does help to do something for someone you love, maybe you want to run around more with your children or grandchildren these may be genuine incentives for you.

Either way, being clear about your feelings and connecting with yourself, with honesty and with a sense of worth, will help to lay down the correct path for success.

2. Make small changes to start with.

Completely changing your diet or way of life is very difficult. Start by cutting out some of the things that are not helping your health or wellbeing and replace them with healthier alternatives. You will find it easier to stick with small changes rather than feel you can’t eat anything you used to eat or that you have to exercise for hours a day!

If you are bringing in a new exercise routine, make sure to do a small amount every day, 10-20 minutes is all it takes and it is far better for you than a single one hour block per week. 

Be sure to have written your motivation down in your notepad and have decided the reasons for this change.

3. Make a mental note of how good you feel, once you have achieved even one aspect of your chosen goal. 

It maybe that you have cut out sugar and have gone one whole day or even gone from 3 cups to 1 cup of tea with sugar in it. 
Slow and steady wins the race. 

Be sure to note down in your book, your achievements and how they make you feel. You can then read back on these for motivation in the future.

4. If you break your ‘rules’ for one day, don’t beat yourself up. 

Guilt and self loathing won’t help to keep your energy high and it will be harder for you to muster up the motivation from this point on. 

Just make a note that you felt better after completing the achievements you have made over previous days, and stay with that energy instead. 

Read back through your notebook of achievements to regain your motivation.

5. Don’t think too far ahead.

If you want to see lasting results, you have to create a habit. If you have an end goal of wanting to lose 5 stone and to be able to stand on your head, you may find that mountain too large. 

Trust that small changes, every day will lead you to your goal and be proud of yourself. Getting fitter and healthier is a journey and it is a rewarding one.

Habits take a while to form and they take a while to change too!

6. Spend time with people that naturally support your goal! 

You may want to join a fitness class or a weight watchers group, where you will find support and guidance.

People who are naturally ‘into’ or are passionate about the changes you are making can be great motivators; without even trying and just by being in their company, you will be walking the walk and talking the talk before you know it! 

A word of caution, don’t see their achievements as a mountain you have to climb, instead, draw from their enthusiasm and let it lift your motivation higher!

If you have decided on some changes as you move towards Christmas and the New Year, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try my best help you on your journey.

I always love to hear your feedback.

If you are serious about your goals, you may be interested in a Workshop I will be running on 21st October, aimed at helping you to establish a regular practice of Yoga, Meditation or Relaxation. Do get in touch if you feel you may find this helpful. Full details of the workshop can be found here.

With warmest of wishes.


Keeping that summer feeling alive!


My tips for keeping your energy high and that summer buzz alive!

The nights are drawing in and the sunshine is trying hard to stay strong but you don't need to fall into darkness.

I have put together a few tips for keeping the summer glow well into the winter months.

Enjoying the journey through winter can be easier than you think!

Below are a few tips I have found useful over the years.

I hope you will be able to use some of them as a pathway towards your inner sunshine.

Get outside!

When the weather turns grey, we tend to want to batten down the hatches and sit tight. There is nothing like a walk, even in the rain, to enliven your spirit. As children, jumping in puddles and getting covered in mud was fun! Why not try to connect with your inner child and see the joy in simple things.

You will receive daylight directly onto your skin, which will lift your mood. As you walk, stress hormones are reduced and your body will feel calmer and stronger.

Don’t be scared of the cold or the wet, dress appropriately and enjoy the feeling of the rain or fresh air on your skin. It beats the feeling of being cooped up day and night for months on end!

A weekend walk through nature is a great way to let the mood of winter lift away. I used to love getting muddy boots and a red nose, while picking berries and crunching through leaves!

Join a fitness class or hobby group!

As we hanker down, loneliness slips in and social activities move to the back burner. Join a group or fitness class to keep your social scene active and to keep you motivated!

You will find boredom is a distant memory as your attention is drawn towards the things you really love and that light your inner spark, rather than focussing on the grey weather and cold snaps!

Eat plenty of colourful foods!

We are what we eat. It is easier to eat light foods full of colour in the summer months but the cold weather can mean food cravings turn to heavier foods that can further deaden your appetite and energy levels. 

If time is limited, try having a smoothie once a day (home made smoothies are cheaper and easier), or if you prefer a cooked breakfast, have some raw or colourful foods to complement. I start my day with scrambled egg, avocado and raw tomatoes, sprinkled with seeds and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Check out my favourite smoothie recipes here.

Make the most of the early mornings!

As the days get darker for longer, getting out of bed on a dark morning can be really difficult.

In reality, this is the perfect time to get your energy moving, either with an exercise DVD or a brisk walk outside (whatever the weather). You will have strengthened your body, your immunity and your health and improved your mindset before heading off for the day! It will also help you to sleep better. Give it a few weeks to become a routine and you won’t look back…trust me!

When you do settle to watch the TV, be really choosy about what you watch.

Some of the soaps can be very depressing. Instead, try to find programmes that are packed full of fun and sunshine, laughter or lightheartedness. They will lift your mood instantly and you will sleep soundly.

Get to bed at a reasonable time!

I know I always say this, but it is one of the best things you can do. Your body will fall into a natural rhythm and balance and this alone could be enough to keep you energised, all winter long!

I hope you find these tips helpful!

With lots of love.


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