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What's going on..

4 February
2014

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Are you ready London Yogis? It's time to get moving, stretching, running & relaxing... there is just SO MUCH GOING ON! What are you waiting for?? 

This year I decided to ramp up my fitness. As much as I love my daily yoga practice I realise that there was an element of being in my 'comfort zone' inside of that - it is time to shake things up a little and get a sweat on! So as part of the new mixed up fitness & health regime, I'm enjoying my yoga as well as: hot yoga, running, RealRyder (spinning), Pilates and personal training sessions.

Don't get me wrong... I am always a yogi at heart, through and through, and I'll never feel quite as natural lifting those weights or spinning on a bike, however it feels amazing to be challenging my mind and body in different ways. I'm amazed at the results of combining different fitness styles and methods, using my body in a variety of ways. Not only do I already feel stronger in general, but it's also having a really positive effect on my yoga practice too - with a stronger core, my arm balances are finally feeling a little lighter - result! My cardio has definitely been ramped up too, allowing me to move from a more heartfelt space on my mat. The most shocking of all is my improved flexibility, which is the one thing I wasn't expecting from my other workouts, however it seems that alongside my regular yoga, my body can recover quickly and the flexibility can actually be enhanced! 

Now as many of you know I'm always the most physically driven yogi, however my energy and clarity is definitely also getting a work out at the same time. The dedication it takes to go for a run in the cold, or push through another set of burpees, is very empowering, and knowing I've been able to do it feels incredibly rewarding at the end - and then it's off to my yoga mat to get that relaxing balance. 

Check out the best new ways to sweat... 

With this new inspiration I've been spending a lot of time looking into various ways to sweat, challenge myself and work out. So in case you've missed out on these hot new trends.. here are a few of the hottest! 

I've already tried many of these and will be spending the next few weeks trying and testing them out.. and of course filling you in along the way.. I CAN'T WAIT!

.. and of course let me know if you'd like to join me :-)

 

 

  • RealRyder @ Lomax -  Indoor cycling that takes spinning to a whole new level. These bikes steer, lean and feel like an actual bike making this a full body workout! For an extra challenge make sure you ask your instructor for the weighted vest.. and then get ready to pedal!
  • Barrecore - An intelligent, integrated workout combining interval training, and stretching of all the major muscle groups. I haven't made it there yet but will be heading there in the next few weeks.. want to join me? I'm excited! 
  • Barry's Bootcamp - From what I hear it's intense, amazing and addictive - Heading there next week! Come back to see how I get on. 
  • Pilates - I've been enjoying Pilates for a few years now and LOVE it! It works beautiful alongside yoga and also offers a great connection to the body, offering toning and lengthening to the whole body. Great for helping posture and back problems as it focuses on strengthening the core. I personally love the reformer, however there are some great teachers out there who mix things up a little. I'm currently trying out a few and will let you know where to find the top notch Pilates in London. 
  • Run Run Run! - It's free, it gets you outside in the (if you're lucky) sunshine, it's social if you find a run buddy and once you get the hang of it, it feels GREAT! I love running as its an easy one to fit in depending on how long you have, you don't have to go anywhere, just pop out the door and go! My only recommendation is to get a good set of trainers, make sure you have a good running form and pick some lovely locations to help boost the nature factor. Check out run routes near you here
It's gonna be a fun few weeks.. I can't wait!
Tash x 

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Tuning in to the Body

9 December
2013

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Dear lovely Yogis,

I've recently had the pleasure of wirintg a gurst bog for Dig Mondays and thought it would be nice to also share it with you. So here it is.. I hope you enjoy!

The word yoga is often translated as ‘union’, however another translation of the Sanskrit word is ‘yoke’.

The practice of yoga is seen as a yoking, maybe a yoking of mind and body, breath and movement, body and soul? I prefer the term yoke as there’s something less smooth about this transition, and more solid once it’s fused. A union is often an easy connection, like 2 perfect puzzle pieces, but when yoking there is a bit of effort made in order to bring the 2 elements together, and for me this is a much more accurate description.

When I started yoga there was nothing simple and easy about moving with the breath, or allowing my mind body to work as one. It’s alarming really…we would assume it’s natural for this to be how we function, but sadly, I found in both myself and as a yoga teacher, that many of us are disconnected from ourselves, our bodies, our emotions, even our hearts.

When we live in this state of disconnect then it’s easy to just go on without ever questioning what we’re doing, why are we doing it, how we feel about it or how it may be affecting us?

Through the practice of yoga I became much more in tune with my body. This tuning in – it wasn’t always easy! At times it was uncomfortable, frustrating and even reduced me to tears on my mat. Why? Not because I couldn’t perfect my downward facing dog, but because it was making me alive and awake in my body, and un-tapping my ‘stuff’ that I had potentially become numb to or plain ignored.

The beauty of it, is that once you are aware of this connection, once you really feel, then you can’t ignore it anymore!

The intuition of the mind and the body is an incredible thing. We are amazing creatures that can sense so much, but often we choose to not listen. Once we start to hear it, then amazing things can happen. We become aware of our true potential, we have a deeper understanding of who we are, what we stand for, and what we want to share with the world, and then the binds are untied and the wings start to grow – we can fly!

As a vinyasa yogi and teacher, my yoga is always flowing, and for me this perfectly mirrors life. Life should flow naturally, without the jarring and friction. Of course challenges will fall in our path, that is how we learn and grow, and often it is our approach to these challenges that in tern affect everything else, but ultimately if something is working out as it should then it feels natural and easy. When everything begins to work in this perfect flow, you know it is meant to be, it is yoking perfectly! 

I practice this on my mat every day, so that when I leave my mat and venture into the world I can approach everything with this clarity and intuition. The more I practice the more obvious it is when something isn’t flowing right, and that’s my cue that it’s not meant to be. So I get back on my mat, I listen deeply, and the more I listen, the louder the answers become. The more I practice and find that connection to all the elements that make up ME, the more I know how to take my next step – then everything falls into place, everything becomes yoked!

Namaste,
Natasha x 

 


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Meditate the City Way - Part 2

21 March
2013

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Dear Yogis, 

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet.. so make the most of it an get outside!!

We spend so much time in the city indoors and so why not spend time with nature again. I find nature to be the most fitting environment in which to meditate, think, and relax. I know personally I am most at one with myself when I'm in a place of true natural wonder. We are often so cut off form our natural habitat in a web of technology and modern luxuries that we sometimes forget that our beings need this connection in order to feel grounded, calm and nurtured. 

Our bodies need the sun to survive, it needs fresh air and the earth under our feet. I invite you to take your yoga practice and meditation outside.. anywhere at all. It may be to a local park, maybe  river or sea, depending on where you live. If you usually play music during your yoga practice or meditation, then try to resist and let the natural orchestra of life be your soundtrack. Begin to notice the sounds, smells, feelings all around you and let them be your guide. 

If a yoga practice or meditation isn't possible, then perhaps it is making the choice of taking the bus home instead of the tube so you can feel the sun on your face and watch the parks go by. Take your lunch outdoors and sit on a local bench or make the choice to walk a few stops on your way home, maybe stopping for a moment when you find a spot that looks pretty and peaceful to reflect.

Keep your eyes open for this meditation and let them absorb all the colours of nature, all the vibrant colours and textured around you. Let your attention take in all the sounds and the air on your skin. Start to become aware of the natural pulsation of life -the grass, the tress, the waves of the ocean, the insects, birds, animals -all moving to a rhythm that we are also alighned to but tend to switch off from. As you do this notice how you too are within this pulsation- your breath alone is working in beautiful unison with all of these things. The breath moving just like the waves of the ocean. 

With each inhalation think of taking in all of the beauty you see, the fresh air and sea breeze, or the smell of grass, taking it all into your body to create vibrance and colour within. With each exhalation let go of any stagnant energy that is no longer serving you - LET IT ALL GO! Think of each exhalation as a cleansing of your lungs and body, detoxing from the urban air and replacing it with fresh light air into the lungs and rejuvination your body and mind, refreshing your soul. 


Enjoy the beatiful gift of the outdoors :-)

Namaste, 

Tash xx 

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