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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

Make that Change!

04-04-2018


As the world constantly changes around us, we must learn to move inwards to find stability and peace.

It is never going to be the case that all is completely well in the world.

Things are in a constant state of flux. Light and dark battle each other for dominance and the winds of change can leave devastation in their midsts. Because of this the only stability that can be found, is within the hearts and minds of those who are witnessing this dance called life. 

Faster and Faster

As life spins faster and faster and with the constant demand of work stresses, personal expectations and the seemingly endless demands of society in general, it can be increasingly difficult to close off from the mind’s desires and worries and to really feel peaceful and a true sense of happiness.

The physical effects of stress are free to wreak havoc on the body, and on all other aspects of life; such as the relationships we hold with friends, loved ones and colleagues. 

I feel so saddened by the way we are lead to believe that striving in life is the key to happiness. With the message being for us to work harder, for longer and to want more and more. All that will happen in the end is a complete burn out.

Burnout

Burnout happens when the demands above find us constantly living from the fight and flight response, blindly following the leader into battle.

When burnout happens, dis-ease is already closing in; as the body loses it’s delicate balance and begins to struggle to maintain the fine communication needed to keep it healthy and strong.

The mind-body connection is huge, whatever you think you feel, whatever you feel you then think. This leads to becoming what we think and feel and so the cycle goes around. Over time, a habit is formed and we become the pattern known as fear, anger, frustration, or guilt and the body takes over as it learns from you; the teacher!

If you feel you can relate to the above, I want you to know that change is easier than you may think. 

It does however take time and dedication but the rewards are endless. 

The art is in becoming conscious of this pattern within ourselves and to begin to bring changes in thought, attitude and daily life that will begin to move you towards a much more harmonious way of being.

I hear so many people say they are not flexible enough to do yoga, or there is not enough time in the day to dedicate time to this practice. 

If you are reading this, you are already interested in making lasting changes that will enrich your life.

I recently started doing a regular hour long meditation each day, rather than the usual 15 minutes and I have found the effects to be beneficial beyond belief. (Going to bed earlier and getting up earlier is all it took!)

Joy

Each day will feel completely different. I promise! But most of all, you will get to know how you work. Most importantly you will begin to recognise the control you have had in your life so far, that has lead you to feel the way you do and the control you have, to put your life back on track, and where you want it to be.

Last month I dedicated an hour of free meditation tuition to whomever wished to join me and this was greeted with great interest.

I have decided to run another of these free sessions on: 

Wednesday 11th April 8.00-9.00pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ. Full details can be found here.

In addition to this, I am starting another Beginners Yoga Mini Course on 

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 7.00-8.15pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 6PQ. Full details can be found here.

I see so many people struggling with the demands of this life and I so wish to help them to find a more peaceful centre from which they are then free to fly into the life they wish to create.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With warmest wishes.

Carrie-Anne xx

Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Sessions

02-03-2018

Hello Yogis.

What you may have been looking for

As you are reading this blog, you may have, in the past, contacted me to receive news and advice about the ancient science that is ‘Yoga’.

You may have wanted help achieving better health, a fitter and stronger physical body, or a happier and calmer mind; all of which lead you towards a much more productive and fulfilled day to day existence. 

You may have a deeper calling to find out more about why you are here and what this life is all about.

What it all means

The philosophical goal of yoga, according to the Sutras of Patanjali, Sutra 2, Book 1 is, “Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah”.

Yogas = Yoga, 
Chitta = of the mind-stuff; 
Viitti = Modifications; 
Nirodhah = Restraint. 

Translated this means “The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga” (taken from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In theory, all the other aspects of yoga, such as the physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation practices, are designed to lead you towards this destination. 

Today's Stress

With all the stress in the world today, making life hard; if we could each achieve this clarity, the world would be happier, healthier, calmer, and more productive. The world would also be kinder and more compassionate. Moving into this space leads to a passion towards giving rather than receiving, allowing us to be more at peace with whatever is experienced in this lifetime.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t.

One of the struggles modern society has with this goal, is giving it time to flourish. Yoga is a practice that takes time to master. It is like anything, if you want to do well at it, you have to invest the time to do so.

I am really lucky because I have managed to work towards a way of life that is filled with a passion for and a deep interest in, all that I practice myself every day.

How I want to help move this forward

In order to help society along the way, I have decided to dedicate one hour a week complementary tuition for the study of meditation, breath work (pranayama), gentle asana and deep relaxation. I will also be touching on aspects of Yoga Philosophy, such as that listed above to encourage you on your journey.

In return, all I ask is that you dedicate a few minutes each day to taking the teaching and putting it into practice. There is a saying that if something is free, it is not valued. You can add value to this by dedicating time and attention.

I will help you to manage the chatter of the mind and to help you to become aware of when you are self-sabotaging your own efforts.

If you would like to join us, the complementary one hour session will take place once a month on a Wednesday evening in Kingsthorpe, for 3 months, initially.

Booking is essential as this class is designed to encourage a continued and dedicated practice. 

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. 

The first session will be on 14th March 

The Second Session will be on 11th April

Moving Forwards Together - Complementary Meditation and Philosophy Evening 

8.00pm-9.00pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
Balmoral Road
Kingsthorpe
Northampton
NN26PQ

As this is not yet bookable online, do let me know if you wish to attend by contacting me here. You can also book via text or calling 07984191016.

Yoga Freedom reserves the right to cease the delivery of these sessions at any time. Sessions are subject to the completion of a short health questionnaire.


Why do a Seated Forward Fold every day?

02-03-2018

Paschimottanasana - Seated Forward Fold - Back Stretching Pose


Performing this posture

Sit with your legs outstretched, feet together and hands on knees.

Check that you can sit comfortably, with a lift that is tall and upright through your spine with your legs straight, if you find you are leaning back and curling the pelvis under, or if there is any pain or tension in your lower back or hamstrings, it would be safer for you to practice with your knees bent. You may be more comfortable with a yoga block placed under your hips.

Be sure to draw the toes towards you and allow the heals to press gently into the floor. 

Your legs are parallel and the toes are pointing towards the ceiling.

Slowly bend forward from the hips, keeping a natural length in your spine, by drawing softly in the public bone, and the lower rib, whilst gently lengthening up through the collar bones; to allow the shoulder blades to slide effortlessly down your back.

Allow your lower ribs to rest comfortably onto your thighs. Your lower ribs should remain in contact with the thighs throughout the performance of the posture.

Allow yourself to be comfortable. You can measure this by ensuring your breath feels smooth and steady with no feeling of constriction or restriction around the breath.

The edges of the body should gently soften and lengthen into each inhalation, as you imagine the breath passing through the skin.

Now let your body relax into each exhalation; only moving deeper into the pose when you feel the edges of your body relaxing into nothingness.

Flow into and out of this posture a few times and then allow yourself to hold the posture, while breathing softly and smoothly for a few rounds of breath. 

Let your mind dissolve into the sensations of gentle expansion and the deep connection to stillness that this pose evokes. 

Physical Benefits

This asana stretches the hamstrings and increases flexibility within the hips and legs. The abdomen is strengthened and the internal organs are compressed and massaged. 

The spinal column lengthens and the rib cage gently expands within each breath, allowing greater movement and a rejuvenation of those areas of the body.

Emotional Benefits

When resting completely into this posture, the gaze is turned inwards as the eyes look down towards the tip of the nose. This helps to calm the mind as the focus is drawn away from external distractions.

Once you can lie down comfortably and completely onto your legs, you may like to turn the gaze upwards towards the eyebrows. This will help you to lengthen the spine further. You can then experience a lengthening from tailbone to the top of the pallet and back again as you breath.

A lengthening of the exhalation is promoted due to the forward motion of the posture, which gives rise to a feeling of deep inner peace.

Cautions and Contra-indications.

Students who have a slipped disc or who are suffering from sciatica should not perform this posture.

As with all yoga postures, it is best to seek the guidance of an experienced teacher when attempting any posture that is new to you, or if you suffer from any injury or illness you feel may impact on the safety of your practice.

Pregnant women should not draw up the abdomen in any asana but may practice a seated forward fold, softly and with knees bent and legs apart; and under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.


*Yoga Freedom is not liable for any loss or injury sustained due to the guidance given in this article.


Valentines Day Offer - Show them how much you care!

02-02-2018

Come along to a heart warming yoga session and bring your partner for FREE!

You will still have time to have that romantic dinner following the class!

Class time 6.30pm-7.45pm on Wednesday 14th February

Church of the Holy Trinity,

Balmoral Road

Kingsthorpe

Northampton

NN2 6PQ

Booking is essential as space will be limited.

One free guest per paid student. - Cost to paying student £8.50

Class is suitable for beginner level and above.

Your booking will be secured on receipt of payment. As places are limited, this evening is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Payment details will be given at time of enquiry.

For more details and to book your special place!

With warmest wishes.

Carrie-Anne.

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