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WORKSHOP - Combating Insomnia

23-08-2018

Insomnia is such a common problem. Most of us will go through spells of it at some time or another. 

For some people it is a chronic state that seems to have taken control of their life and in some cases, has ruined their day to day happiness.

In this workshop, I will explore with you some of the common causes of insomnia.

Many daily stressors contribute to the inability to let go of the day and to rest properly.

I will share with you simple ways you can begin to prevent falling into the insomnia cycle. You will learn restful tools, allowing you to manage a night when you find that you just can't sleep. 

A technique known as Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxation technique that will carry you through even the most difficult night. 

One hour of Yoga Nidra deep relaxation is the equivalent of 4 hours sleep; in terms of rest for the body and mind!

Yoga Nidra encourages the body to sleep and allows the mind to rest within a state of gentle awareness. I will lead you through a short Yoga

Nidra session during the workshop to help you to let go of the physical and mental tension that may be keeping you awake each night. You can then practice this technique at home.

This workshop will introduce you to some gentle yoga poses; known to relax the body and mind, so you can get back into bed and fall sleep.


You cannot force yourself to fall asleep, you have to allow yourself to fall asleep! - This workshop will help you to do just that!

Tea and biscuits will be served during the morning.

You will need to bring with you the following items:

2 pillows, 2 LARGE Towels and 2 Blankets, and a Yoga Mat. Should you need me to lend you a mat, please let me know and I will ensure I have one for you. -These items will be used as props, you won't be getting wet! 

I anticipate this workshop will fill up quickly so do let me know if you wish to book your place.

Venue: 

Hardingstone Village Hall

Hardingstone.

Northampton.

NN4 6DA

Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm - Please arrive promptly for a relaxed start.

Saturday 8th September 2018

The cost of the workshop is £40.

I was recently interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton

23-08-2018

Hello Yogis.

I received a phone call last Monday from BBC Radio Northampton, to enquire whether I would be happy to discuss some of the benefits of yoga and to open up a little to what the practice of yoga actually means.

Going out live on air is quite nerve wracking, especially when all you know is you are going to be in a 3 way conversation about how yoga can benefit those who are unable to or would prefer not to go out and about to exercise, or those who find physical activity unpleasant or painful.

I am pleased to share with you this short interview.

It prompted me to ask you the question, what has your yoga practice brought to you?

I find Yoga fills my life with purpose, strength, health, vitality and it gives me the opportunity to choose my actions, and intentions day to day, minute by minute. 

Please do get in touch if you wish to share your story, you can comment on the blog below.

If you would like to listen to the interview, it is about 1.23 minutes into the show, from this link!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06g38qk

With love, Carrie-Anne. xx

Benefits of Tadasana - Mountain Pose!

18-07-2018

Benefits of Mountain Pose - Tadasana - Allow time to stand still!


You don't have to be able to do put your foot behind your head to gain the mental and physical benefits of Yoga.

There is one pose that most of us do during the day anyway, that when practiced with attention and with an awareness of the breath, can bring so many benefits and can give the feeling of slowing down time

Stand with your feet about an inch apart and make contact with the floor. With your toes pointed forward distribute your weight evenly across the soles of your feet. You should be able to lift your toes off the floor. This shows you are distributing your weight correctly and not gripping the floor with your toes. Spread your toes and push down into the floor evenly with both feet to ground yourself. Extend upwards through your spine to the crown of your head, roll your shoulder blades down your back to open through the chest, pull your stomach in and tuck the tailbone under by engaging your thighs towards each other gently. Allow your knee caps to lift but do not lock your knees. Check your chin is parallel to the floor by dipping it slightly and drawing the back of the head slightly backwards. With each breath, extend upwards through the crown of your head and lengthen downwards into your feet simultaneously. Rest your hands down by your side, with fingers touching gently alongside each other, and extending down the outside of your thighs. Feel the centre of the pose from feet to crown.

Stay connected to your breath as it flows up and down the length of the posture. Feeling a connection to your feet as you breath in and a connection to the crown as you breath out. Be aware of the outer parts of your body on the in breath and your core stability on each out breath.

Variations


You can practice this pose in a relaxed way, where you just feel the stillness of being in the moment and do not actively energise the pose.

You can stand with your big toes touching, heels of the feet a whisper apart. 

Bringing your hands to your heart in prayer Mudra, connecting mentally through the palms as the wrists drop to elbow level, brings further balance between the left and right sides of the body.

Sitting on a chair and feeling your back against the back of the chair, while your feet rest firmly on the floor or supported on a block.

Mental Benefits.


This pose promotes stillness in both the mind and the body, you learn to just ‘be’. It is a very upright pose that brings a feeling of strength and confidence. it is also very opening, which frees you from fear. It is a very grounding posture because of the connection to the earth through the soles of the feet. It also connects you to the sky because you are extending upward and standing as tall as you can be. Balance is also an important factor in this posture. As you practice it you are balancing your energy from left to right, from front to back, from earth to sky and the mind and body become united. Through the awareness of all of these things you are freed from fear and your consciousness is raised. You also feel uplifted. This pose teaches awareness of the breath, of the body and of the mind. A mountain is a symbol of strength, stillness and presence. You benefit from all these things when practicing this posture.

Chakras


Tadasana balances the crown, 3rd eye, the heart and the navel chakras. The root chakra is also balanced as a connection to the Earth and the present moment is established. You will get the mental and physical benefits of working these chakras.


Contra-indications.


As with any balance, if you are suffering from any disorder that can affect your balance, it is wise to practice the asana near a wall, chair or table for support. Pregnant women and menstruating women should stand with their feet hip distance apart. People with low blood pressure should be careful when standing still for extended periods of time. 


Enjoy!


Thank you!

31-05-2018

Hello Yogis.

It seems to me that the more safety minded we all become, the more fear seems to creep into daily consciousness.

I have realised that I spend a lot of my time, having to logically plan, think about, check, double check and analyse so many aspects of my day! 

Naturally, I am a bit of a dreamer and I have always chosen to stand back a little from life; choosing not to place myself in the spotlight or to join in with the crowd; instead I preferred to watch and reflect.

Teaching yoga has brought another side out of me. I was so passionate about the benefits, joys and strengths of yoga, I found a voice I didn’t know I had.

I truly value every second I am teaching this wonderful science and I am passionate about rising above the world of fear that is trying so hard to dim the light of individuality and personal choice. There is a movement now towards personal choice and it is welcomed. It is important that we embrace the changes happening in the world but that we do so with full awareness.

While I understand the world is changing at an alarming rate, I feel it is my duty to continue to highlight that there is a higher perspective at work, one that is an all knowing and fully trustworthy perspective. In order to access this wisdom, we need to continue to practice inner reflection. Getting to know what we feel as individuals; what is speaking out to us through our emotions and through the highs and lows of life.

Every day delivers the chance to make a change in the world. It may be a smile at a stranger, or an opportunity to consider honestly whether to say 'yes' or 'no' to something that will eventually contribute to yet another worldly change. 

Your individual thoughts, your actions, and your voice matter to each and every one of us!

Never underestimate the power you have as an individual to bring about a movement of change in this fast actioning world.

I thank you again for staying around and for contributing to my life, each and every time you get in touch or join me in one of my classes.

I am forever grateful.

Carrie-Anne. xx

Fantastic New Yoga Mat

03-05-2018

As it was Kenny's birthday on 1st May, I bought him a shiny new yoga mat.

I was so impressed with it, I thought I would share details incase you wanted to invest in one.

I love it because it is thick but it also sticks well to the ground, so it offers comfort but does not become a surf board along the floor!

It is also very grippy, which is sometimes difficult to find.

The best thing of all is that it is made of Eco-friendly material so it is non toxic.

I purchased it from Amazon directly and it came really quickly.

Full details are here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MSS4F9K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Carrie-Anne. xx

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