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I know, for some, easier said than done right? I used to be someone who at night would crack a film on, snuggle on the sofa with my dogs (and husband obviously!) and stay up till my eyes felt blurry and my head heavy. Which then meant I would snooze my alarm over and over again - Some of you will know what I mean - ‘I will just give myself 10 more minutes’ (10 mins later…) ‘5 more mins’….I even used to pull ‘I need to get out of bed on an even number Tom so just one more minute’… I would then get out of bed to start my day how I ended it the night before; with blurry eyes and a heavy head. To be perfectly honest - It’s not that nice of a feeling. I wouldn’t feel fully functional until lunch time most days! But for some time now I have been in a pattern of bed early - up early - and I feel rather epic.
Here are the tips that I followed to get me into this awesome pattern:
Light Food and Drink after 7pm (Saying no to late night Cookie time is always a toughie!)
Spend 30 mins to an hour before bed reading or just relaxing but away from the super bright lights of your TV, Laptop, Ipad, Phone etc.
And also in this time dim the lights!
I also listen to a chilled out playlist - highly recommend Spotify for their ready made playlists!
Breath practices - count your Inhale, make your exhale a second or two longer.
Before you go up to bed make sure you set your alarm for an awesome time in the morning, try 6am OR even try 5.30, rock out of bed, throw some yoga clothes on and move, whether its 10 minutes or an hour, whether you just want to sit and focus on your breath, meditate, or whether you want to go out there and find a class that will make you feel like you can take on the day in a total bad ass kind of way…and on that note; did I mention I have a new early morning class at McKinstry Family Martial Arts on Burscough Industrial Estate, Wednesdays, 6.15-7.15am? (Shameless plug…sorry!) The first class on the 5th August is FREE and till September it is bring a friend and get your class FREE. I hope to see you on your mat someday...perhaps even early in the morning as there will be more classes to come!! *Spotify playlist I recommend: 'The Most Beautiful Songs in the World'
- In the Deep Shade ~ The Frames
- re:stacks ~ Bon Iver
- Spring ~ The Innocence Mission
- The Lonely Mountsisns ~ Kim Janssen
- Erased Duet ~ Valgeir Sigurosson
- Jo ~ Goldfrapp
- Premiere Gymnopedie ~ Erik Satie, Alecxandre Thara
- The Wisp Sings ~ Winter Aid
- 301210 ~ Antonymes
- Love Like This ~ RY X
- Wash ~ Bon Iver
- Image-Autumn-Womb ~ Goldmund
- I offer prosperity and eternal life ~ Valgeir Sigurosson
Before I went to LA I felt like a fake yogi; like I was walking into my classes, plastering a huge smile on my face and teaching a class that was fun. As soon as the last student left, my energy would quite literally be zapped out of me.
To brief; before I started teaching Yoga I worked full time in a job that I thought I would love. However I was made to feel like I didn’t belong. I also had a tough time outside of work, sadly my Grandad, my Uncle and my Nan, whom I really looked up to, all passed away within a few months of each other. Every day at work, I would pull in and my heart would sink as I knew I had to get out of my car and willingly walk in to spend 8+ hours with some people who chose to make me feel invisible.This hit me hard – I wear my heart on my sleeve and negativity affects me deeply. I was stressed, sad and ill all the time; urinary retention, IBS, recurring shingles. I felt like a shadow of myself; so finally, I left.
I started teaching Yoga and found my business grew quickly. However, something was still missing. Stress followed me like a shadow; getting shingles every month. My yoga practice wasn’t dedicated; I had no energy.
One day, I stumbled upon a picture of Liz Arch and like everyone these days, I googled; Primal Yoga® appeared [http://www.lizarch.com/primal-yoga/]. I found a video and was in awe; graceful, beautiful, powerful, inspirational…
I live in the UK; when I realised Liz and her classes where in LA, I was gutted. My fingers were crossed as I emailed her.
I was ecstatic when she replied informing me of a teacher training course. The problem - it would be in LA. I had a long chat with my husband, from what I wanted to do with my life to what I had been through over the past few years. He has been understanding and a rock through everything. This was a chance to start again and he supported my decision to take a huge step ‘across the Atlantic’ in the right direction.
Course, flights, accommodation all paid for. Suitcase packed. I was walking to ‘Red Diamond Yoga Studio’ in no time. I met inspiring yogis all with their own story and different reasons for being there. We had all been drawn to Liz Arch and her beautiful practice.
I will never forget my first full experience of Primal Yoga ®. We flowed through some of the most beautiful transitions I have ever experienced; a ‘harmonious dance’ (as Liz says).I lay on my mat in savasana and felt tears on my cheeks. I felt an unbelievable sense of happiness spreading through me and was truly grateful for stumbling across this style.I have been to many classes, workshops, had my own practice but never felt such emotion on my mat. It just shows there are so many styles of yoga – if you attend a class and it’s not for you – try a different one. Yoga really is for everyone, you just need to find the style and teacher that resonate with you.
Over the duration of the course I learnt more about my body than ever before and met Dr. Ramirez, a Master in Martial Arts and practitioner of Eastern Medicine. A kind and remarkable man described as ‘The Healing Warrior’. I spoke with him about my recurring shingles and booked with him to try acupuncture. Thanks to this, my immune imbalance is healing and my shingles scar has gone down in colour and size. The relief I felt at finding a simple solution to an ongoing problem was enormous. [http://neijingeasternmedicine.com/faqs/]
I realised and accepted that I store up too much emotion; I let it build to a point where it has to come out in one form or another. I have learnt to ask for help when I need it and that sometimes just talking to someone can go a long way in relieving that weight of emotion.
The course finished in what seemed like no time at all. The final class was an emotional affair, we all cried at the end of an incredible experience but for us all it is the start of something magical as we spread the Primal Yoga® Flow practice in the UK, Canada, Mexico and LA.
I am back home and practice Primal Yoga every morning®, I feel lighter, happier, and in control of myself – no longer a fake yogi.
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