In recognising how much mobility and stress relief YOGA has given me and celebrating INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY, here is a short 15 minute practice to help you ease out the strain of tight back muscles. Mobility training has definitely moved up the list of priorities for HOW I move and what I believe is good for my body today. For example, I spent the whole week traveling for work and while I got out for the odd run, I didn’t have the mental motivation to look for a gym and do my regular workouts. When I woke up, all I had the energy for was a 30-minute yoga practice and so that is what I did!
It’s so important that we really tune in to what our body is telling us we need, without letting feelings or thoughts of guilt about not maintaining your “training” goals seep in.
If you’ve had a chance to listen to EPISODE ONE: Hormones and Sleep with Dr Wendy Sweet, PhD you’ll know how much our hormones can mess with our sleep. Here’s a simple 15 minute yoga practice to help you wind down and reset your body before bed. Enjoy!
Inspired by Princess Zatashah's PODCAST interview, I've been thinking about things that make my heart sing. So many things - my family, my friends, warm weather and beaches, music, nice wine, the hairdressers, reading in the sun, walks with my podcasts, time alone thinking, yoga and DANCE!
I started dance from a young age and continued right up until I left university. My after school hours were spent in the dance studio. My weekends were spent on stage. I even had a nightmare once that I broke my legs and the surgeon told me I would never dance again! Dramatic much! I was hovering on pursuing a career in dance but chose OPTION B - physical education. But my dance journey wasn't finished. I started to teach dance style workouts and continue even today!
I still love to dance. I crave it. The beat of the music and the way my body responds. The endorphins. The smile that you can't wipe from my face. Whether it's teaching a barre class to my favourite playlist or hitting the dance floor with my girlfriends, dance will always be a part of me. It ages with me and reminds me that my soul finds joy in movement to music. What about you? What lights you up? Have you put aside your favourite activity because you are questioning whether it's "age appropriate" or not? Have you let the naysayers convince you to put it away? Why?
I'm sharing a little YouTube MOVE video of a barre workout - it's just 20 minutes but it makes me happy. I hope it can do the same for you!