Let’s not call it Meditation any more. 

There’s a perception shared by many: meditation is boring, we hate it, it’s dull. Blank the mind? Impossible. Dwell in peace and stillness … yes that bit sounds lovely, but how?

The particular words used to describe something can have a huge impact on whether we ‘get it’ or not. They can immediately alienate or immediately resonate. Instead of asking you to meditate, how with it go for you if I asked you do the following?

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Beginners at Sylvia's Yoga

They say the world is full of two kinds of people. The people who do yoga and the people who think they are going to start a yoga practice soon. If you are the latter, fear not! I will talk you through that initial first experience so you can easily find yourself in the former group... the people who do yoga. Yogis. It’s easy to become one, all you have to do is do yoga. The definition of a yogi is someone who does yoga. Intent and commitment are all that’s required!

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Summer newsletter!

Wishing you all a season of growth. If that growth comes from resting, rest deeply. If it comes from action, make your actions considered. 

“How do you know you are growing in the right direction? You can breath more deeply, think more clearly, and feel calmness and happiness flow more strongly through your being.” Yung Pueblo. 

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Rediscover your best posture as you sit with ease.

It can take a bit of time and tuning-in to discover the best position to be in. As a child you did this instinctively; this is the way you used to move before bad postural habits and tension crept in. So in a way you are re-discovering. You are peeling back the layers of tension and stress that have made their imprint on your body for all those years and when you re-discover your own effortless state of optimal alignment it’s as familiar as reconnecting with an old friend.

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Tracing your breath: a meditation .. and a true story!

When you have settled into a pleasant, easy, rhythm, see if you can go a level deeper into your meditation practice by allowing the breath to start and the movement to follow a moment later. Breath first, movement follows right behind. It’s like you become a passive follower of your own, natural, relaxed, rhythm of breathing. This helps switch off your busy ‘thinking’ mind and allows you to dwell in your quieter ‘being’ mind.

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Three weeks in: strength makes you softer.

I started on this journey because I want a boost, I wanted to add some oomph to my life. The opposite has happened. I’m quieter. I’m compelled to spend more time and energy at home. The work I have to do next, my next stage of adventuring and growth, is me moving deeper inside to the unexplored terrain within the complexities of my own mind. Recognising my power, embracing it, and allowing it to quietly shine out in it’s own time.

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Yogi to weightlifter: one week in

My body is amazing. Looks-wise not much has changed. But as I move through my day I feel like Superman. I am wearing a suit. A suit of toned muscles just under my skin, I am cruising through life like a rock star even if you can’t see it on the outside.

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