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14 Day Challenge - When was the last time you enjoyed the sunrise?

15-05-2019


Challenge commences Monday 3rd June.

Hello Yogis.

Those of you who know me, know that I am passionate about the yoga I teach. I take the journey of yoga seriously and I hold a love and lightness in my heart for the practices I teach.

I have worked the 9-5 lifestyle for years in my life, I have been a busy working mum, a single mum, a single mum who was working and studying and I have faced many challenges along the way.

I decided I wanted more!

12 years ago I embarked on a yoga teacher training course and I completely threw myself into every assignment and every workshop with the passion that yoga had delivered to me through my previous 15 years of personal practice.

In the 25 years since I first stepped onto my yoga mat, I find myself now fully supported; financially, physically and emotionally by this amazing science!

My typical day!

I regularly wake in the morning around 6.00am, and make my way downstairs. Kettle boiling, I prepare a drink of lemon, honey and ginger to hydrate and wake up my system, or a freshly prepared juice of Celery, Apple, Cucumber and Beetroot.

I journey into my little yoga room and sit quietly for a few minutes. 

Luckily for me, the yoga room window faces the sunrise each morning, and at this time of year, it is a real pleasure to be practicing as the sun comes up! I enjoy being awake when the world around me is still asleep, and I enjoy the feeling of the sun waking up, stretching and glowing, just as I am doing the same!

Inspiring my mind, my body and my life!

My practice starts with a connection to the breath, I then follow the practice my energy is asking for, whether that be a strong energetic flow or a more gentle, slower mindful practice.

Practicing the physical poses, for between 45 - 60 minutes, I then meditate for 15 minutes and take a relaxation for 10-20 minutes.

Rolling over to my right, I come to seated and connect again to my breath and to my new inner feeling of strength, peace, clarity and contentment.

I used to need to sleep until 7.30am but a regular morning practice has attuned my system to this new routine. I literally wake up without an alarm and my body wants to get moving!

Daily rituals and decisions for a positive and happy life!

It is well documented that yoga increases your inner energy, inner resilience and resolve, and I can certainly vouch for all those benefits!

Following my practice, I make breakfast of cashew milk porridge, chopped fruit, nuts and seeds, with a sprinkle of raw honey. I then shower and I venture outside for a walk of 40 minutes and enjoy just being in nature. 

I make my way to my first class of the day and find a connection with my students that lifts my spirits and opens my heart! I always teach what I am working through within my own practice. I share with you my deepest insights and experience.

Following class, I take a vegan lunch and answer my emails, send you lovely people texts for the evening classes and prepare my classes for the evening.

Late afternoon is usually shared with my cat, meditating for another 20 minutes or so, to prepare my body and mind for class.

I prepare a light evening meal before going out to teach and I get to spend my evening with you, sharing yet more wonderful teachings that light up all of our lives!

You could say I live a blessed life!

So, what motivated me to move this direction in life? 

I am sure that everyone knows all too well, that tiny inner voice that repeats your desires, your regrets, your wants and what-ifs, If only you could follow that voice and bring into being the dreams in your heart. For me, my personal yoga practice of 25 years inspired me to move forwards on this journey!

When a passion is cultivated, a new journey through life is born.

Without that spark of recognition, I may not be doing what I love so much.

Why did I want to share this story with you?

If you had found the secret to happiness in life, to great health, to resilience and inner strength, to a passion that walks you forwards through any storm and that allows the sunrise to shine on you every day, would you not want to share it with everyone you know!

The point is, every day presents a new opportunity to become a light of inspiration, a new opportunity to discover the part of you that has been hidden under your ‘to-do’ lists.

If you are worried that it is too late, please put that thought out of your mind.

Whether it's Yoga or gardening...it's never too late to start cultivating your passion!

If you would like a helping hand…

Why not follow the Yoga Freedom 14 Day Challenge!

I would like to offer you a 14 day challenge to inspire commitment to your self.

Commencing on Monday 3rd June, I will ask you to set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual each day for 14 days, (this may require you to venture to bed earlier!).

I will then inspire you to spend that 30 minutes, as the sun rises, feeding your body, your inner energy and your mind with insights and practices designed to bring your life into a new way of being.

Yoga may not be the only way you achieve the happiness you need. You may choose to follow a few minutes of yoga stretches with an early morning walk or jog, or 30 minutes reading an inspirational book, spending 30 extra minutes with your family, in an activity you wouldn’t normally do, or doing something for your neighbour of friend. As long as your action is a conscious action, a deep connection to the inner most part of your self, and incorporates some movement of the body and breath; that’s all you need!

If you would like to be more present in your day, more present with your physical body, more able to adapt your energy to anything that is thrown at you, then a few minutes feeding your passion, every morning is the way forward.

How does the challenge unfold?

In order to help you along, I have created a closed Facebook group, where I will be making regular Facebook live video posts to inspire your practice each day. It will also be a place where you can share your experiences with other members of the group. The group will be 'closed', which means only members of the group will see comments, suggestions and inspirations. You will need to request to join the group and I can approve that request for you. For the 14 days, I will incorporate at least one yoga posture and a breathing technique that you can follow each day.

If you are not a member of Facebook but would like to receive insights, please do email me to let me know and I will try my best to accommodate. 

The 14 day challenge will start on Monday 3rd June to allow for the school holidays to pass and for you to join the Facebook group

You can join the Facebook Group here.

I am so looking forward to sharing these insights with you! 

Carrie-Anne.

Have you ever stopped to think...

11-04-2019

Have you ever considered how amazing the process of life actually is?

Imagine spinning plates, all keeping the perfect speed, at a frequency that allows them to stay in position. So many factors in any one moment could knock them off balance and…smash!!

We are very much like spinning plates. On the smallest level, our bodies operate on a very intricate balance of subtle vibrations. These vibrations can be detected scientifically. 

The energy running our physical system, can fluctuate in a seconds thought, a moments scare, or the flash of a smile from someone we love! 
When we are feeling balanced, and happy, when we feel life is in harmony with our deepest feelings and desires, this state influences a positive state of health and wellbeing within the physical body. 

Day to day stresses begin to affect the natural frequency and balance of the body and over time can begin to cause a lowering of that frequency. When the energy in a particular part of the body becomes too low for a sustained amount of time, the imbalance can lead to the some of the most common stress related illnesses of our time. 80-95% of illnesses today are stress related or have been brought about by diet or environmental conditions. 

Though very very rare, It has now been proven that a person can actually die from a broken heart! That is purely an energetic change that has happened within the body, due to strong emotions that the body is finding hard to process, thereby lowering the frequencies and energy field within the body. 

Helping you to heal.

I have been working with sound for around 4 years now and I continue to be amazed by the results I see from the wonderful students who experience the gong and sound healing evenings I run.

Using Yoga and other systems to bring about perfect health has so fascinated me that I am currently taking a Diploma on using frequencies from Sound Healing to Colour therapy and Crystal healing, to begin to bring back to balance the natural health of the body. Using the Chakra System, I will aim to help the body to find its own healing energy and help you to stimulate your body into full health.

I will eventually be offering one to one healing sessions but I have put together a wonderful evening of Sound, crystals and Yoga that will help your body to find a healthy frequency and vitality!

In the mean time, you can begin to bring about health every second of your day by taking care of your life in the simple ways listed below.


The food you eat. 

As the food you eat contains its own frequency, what you choose to eat will immediately impact on the energy and frequency your body is a-tuning to. If the food has been carefully grown and is in its natural state, the energy of the food will be pure and vibrant.

The colour of the food resinates at a frequency that will blend with the chakra system, and energy body, thereby bringing about a natural balance so eat food of all colours!

Intention plays a huge part in frequency too. If you cook with loving intention, you will be feeding the food with a heightened energy for health.

The water you drink.

We are mostly water; upwards of 60%, with parts of the body such as the lungs being nearer 85% water, therefore the water that we consume is a vital source of energy. 

Water has been proven to attract energies close to it, for example, I read of an experiment where a small, perfectly sealed vile of poison was dropped into a jug of pure water and left to stand. The water was then given to rats and the rats died as if they had been given the poison. On testing the water, it was clear of any poison but the vibration of the water in the jug had changed and aligned with that of the poison so it had the same effect on the energy system of the rats and killed them. 

Our drinking water has passed through many people before it arrives at our tap. It is also forced to move unnaturally around sharp corners as it travels through the pipework. The pipework is located under the ground and is channelled under houses, roads, and places of work, so the water is absorbing all the energies of the places it is passing through, without any daylight to bring it to life! By the time the water reaches your glass, it is lifeless and full of contaminants. 

You can purify your water by using a filter and squeezing half a lemon into it. This will bring instant life back. You can also place crystals within the water to bring the frequency up, and even placing beautiful words on a piece of paper and sticking it to the jug of water that you are leaving to stand, will lift the waters life giving energies.

Your thoughts and actions.

Each second, the thoughts in your head, create a lifting or lowering of the frequencies in the body, so as you become more conscious of your thought patterns you can begin to keep your vibration high by focussing on those thoughts that make you feel good.

Allow your relationships to be harmonious and in line with your truth. Speaking and listening with kindness to others brings in the element of intention and your relationships will improve with your constant and loving attention to higher vibrations.

Choose nature over technology.

EMF frequencies that are released from electronic devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, can react negatively with the body's energy system. Try turning off your devices and wifi router whenever possible and enjoy walking in nature as much as possible as this will rebalance your natural energy. Why not choose a stroll in the park, rather than a scroll through the internet!

Above all, be kind to yourself and to others. You are your body’s best friend and no one can or will look after it like you can! 



With loving vibrations Carrie-Anne.

Crystal Bowls to Silence - Vibrational Healing Evening

11-04-2019

September 4th 6.30-9.00pm

I am so excited to be sharing this transformational evening with you!

The evening will begin with a Chakra Balancing Yoga Sequence, where we will work through the Chakras, one posture at a time, using mantra, visualisation and the vibration of the breath.

Following a short break, you will be invited to sit for a while, where I will work with a soothing pranayama breath, that will continue the vibrational healing. 

Once your body is ready, you will lie down and I will bath the room in sound using Quartz Crystal Singing bowls, to align your inner energy and to bring about a sense of deep peace. 

Finally you will rest in silence, to allow your body to balance and restore.


The evening will consist of 2 journeys, to enable you to choose to attend both or one of the journeys. Each journey will be complete in itself.


6.30pm to 7.45pm Chakra Balancing Yoga - £9 Drop in.

7.45pm-8.00pm Tea and Biscuits - FREE

8.00pm-9.00pm Crystal Singing Bowls to Silence meditation - £15

Attend the whole evening £20

Please do contact me to book your place. Paypal payments can be sent to carrieanne@yogafreedom.co.uk. Please state the event you would like to attend. 

You can also pay via Bank Transfer on request.

Payment is required to secure your place.

With warmest wishes.

Carrie-Anne.


How to look after your spine!

07-03-2019


Your precious spine

The spine is the central motorway for the nervous system of the body. It delivers messages from every part of your body, directly to your brain.
Keep the spine healthy and flexible and you will be looking after and nourishing your nervous system.

98% of people have stiffness in the lower spine. Stiffness can also be found across the collar bone. 

Yogi’s say that you are only as young as your spine is flexible.

Benefits of mobilising the spine

People often store stress in their body that then manifests as knotted muscles. Releasing the trapped energy increases confidence. 

A lot of stiffness that manifests as pain and discomfort, is often rooted from a deeper feeling of fear. The fear builds up in childhood. As an adult this tension becomes a habit and one may continue to hold all fear in the body. It then becomes locked in.

During mobilisation of the spine, it is this trapped energy that we are trying to release through the gentle practice of yoga. When fear is released  from along the spine, you will feel free and energised. 

Use the breath to help open and release the body during your yoga practice.

Things to remember when practicing a Spinal Twist

A spinal twist will wring out your body and release tension.

On the release of the twist the organs and muscles are cleaned and nourished as freshly oxygenated blood flows in.

The entire spine is involved. Muscles linking the vertebrae are toned, balanced and strengthened.

The spine is the M1 of the body.  Looking after the spine is nourishing to the whole of the nervous system. All the senses are energised. It is most important to relax and lengthen the spine first before attempting deeper postures.

Lengthening creates space between the vertebrae which allows the twist to be stronger and deeper and therefore more beneficial.

Rotating the spine to its maximum releases tension and so not only improves circulation but also releases a lot of trapped energy.

The position of the legs also helps to massage inner organs to improve digestion and elimination.

In every good Yoga class there will be a spinal twist, a forward bend, a sideways bend, a back bend and postures in which you would lie down, sit and stand.

Every Yoga session will contain BLISS
B – Back - floor based postures
L – Lying on front
I – Inverted (i.e. dog)
S – Standing
S – Seated

Spiritual benefits of looking after the spine

The spine is an important part of our spiritual development. We have 7 chakras situated along it. When working with the spine we are working on these 7 chakras.

The body sends energy around its system through the nadis. You could think of them in a similar way to blood being transported through veins and capillaries. The nadis entwine round the spine, and use it to carry prana (energy) throughout our bodies.

Kundalini energy lies at the base of the spine in the form or a serpent. As you practice yoga and cleanse the body, the practice will begin to raise this energy so that the serpents head moves towards the crown chakra, leaving its tail at the base.  It is also said that Shakti, the female god resides at the base of the spine, while Shiva the male god resides at the crown. When you raise kundalini, Shakti and Shiva meet, this is known as a cosmic orgasm and brings self realisation.

Anatomy of the spine

The spine is made up of three sections;

Cervical – the seven vertebrae of the neck.

Thoracic - twelve chest vertebrae that support the rib cage. 

Lumbar – the five vertebrae of the lower back. This area of the spine supports the weight of the head and the torso.

There is also the Pelvis and the Sacrum. 

The sacrum is five bones that are fused together. There are also three to five bones that form the coccyx. 

The pelvis is not as likely to be damaged during a yoga practice, but it does form the base to most postures.

Posture safety

Inversions

Postures such as headstand and shoulder stand can damage the cervical vertebrae by grinding them into the floor and over time wearing them.

Use a blanket under your neck to help cushion the bones from rubbing on the floor. You must also avoid turning the head whilst in a shoulder stand, headstand or bridge. This can damage the vertebrae, tendons or ligaments that run throughout the length of the spine. 

Backbends and Twists

Backbends and twists are centred round the thoracic vertebrae, so over twisting or bending can cause damage here. You should always be body aware and never twist further than is comfortable. When performing a spinal twist, the spine must be fully extended. As people age, their vertebrae can knit together. This means that any twist that is performed without having released the spine first, won’t be fully beneficial. It could also put pressure on the spinal column and trap or damage some of the delicate nerves that run along it. Do not use the arm to mobilise a twist, it should only be used to support it.

The lumbar region of the spine is barely able to rotate, its main purpose is supporting weight. Over twisting in this area will place a greater strain on the lower thoracic vertebrae. 

Forward bending

Always remember to keep your head lifted and your spine extended during forward bends. This helps bear some of the weight that your lower back has to endure when carrying the weight of your head down to your toes. 

If your hamstrings are tight or if you have a tender lower back, bend your knees when practicing forward bends; whether standing or sitting or lying flat on your back.

Spinal movement

The spine is self supporting. The structure of the ligaments, cartilage and bones mean that it does not rely on the muscles surrounding it to keep it together. Freeing the tight muscles that surround the spine frees the spine by giving it back its natural movement and energy. 

Without the restriction placed on it by the tight muscles surrounding it, our spine can return to its natural alignment. 

The spine can bend in four ways, forwards, backwards and from side to side.

Counterposing

It is always important to counter pose postures in a yoga class. If you have done a spinal twist or a back bend, you can counter pose this with a forward bend, or the coil position. Downward dog is an excellent position for realigning the body.

If you have any questions regarding the benefits yoga can bring to your back, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Love Carrie-Anne. x


Valentines Yoga - Bring your partner or guest - No charge

31-01-2019

Hello Yogis.

It is always a pleasure to share yoga and meditation with you each week. 

In celebration of Valentines day, the yoga classes I offer on week commencing Monday 11th February, will be offered for FREE to any partner/guest of a paying guest; subject to booking and availability and excluding the Gym classes I teach.

Spots will be offered on a first come, first served basis!

Why not share the love and benefits of yoga with those nearest and dearest to you!

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