Living on autopilot is basically the opposite of being mindful. If you’re on autopilot, you’re letting your brain’s automatic function kick in for daily habits, thought processes and decisions and that means you can easily find yourself missing parts of your life, missing chances to learn or grow and getting caught in a spiral of the mundane. Here’s how you can tell if you’re on autopilot, and most importantly, how to take back control!
No longer just reserved for teenage girls and smelly backpackers, journalling is now widely accepted as a mindfulness tool to help us to become more present, peaceful & in tune with our thoughts & feelings. But if you’re not a natural writer, how do you get started? Here are my top tips for starting a journal.
Meditation is widely known for helping to calm a chaotic mind, increase brain & immune function and reduce the production of stress hormones, and while the practice is becoming increasingly popular in western cultures, there is a still an air of mystery surrounding it.
Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer are doing wonders for helping regular people with busy lives access meditation, but I meet plenty of people on a daily basis who meditate or try to meditate often but still have questions. I’m not claiming to be an expert in meditation, by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve put together the biggest/most common questions I get from my students when it comes to meditation & tried to answer them here.
Once I had decided on my rituals, I wrote them down & vowed to get started in 2019….until it hit me. Why on earth would I wait a month to get started on small daily habits, instead of just starting them now? Why do we always put something off until it seems like the ‘right time’ to start? Why not start now?
Be it financial stress, social pressures, or proximity-to-family based anxiety the holiday season can be pretty tough for some, if not all, of us at times. You might be feeling under pressure to be the perfect host, or maybe you’re feeling lonely or the loss of a loved one; whatever your reasons, self- care is super important at this time of year, more than any other. I’ve put together some practical ways to take care of yourself while still having fun, and performing any social duties you might have (and not a bubble-bath in sight!).
There are many different types of meditation you can try, but they all focus around the same principal; directing your mind's focus towards something in particular. Think of it as a work-out for the mind. The more we practice controlling where the mind wanders to, the easier it will be to do that when we really need to. Here are a few ideas for you when you're starting out. This is by no means an extensive list, but just a few that I've tried and have worked for me!
Whenever I meet people who are in to yoga I usually always hear the same thing: “I started yoga to be more flexible / get fitter / stronger / lose weight, but I can’t believe it’s changed my life in so many other ways!” It’s a common story that you come to yoga for the physical benefits, and stay for the mental ones but what does this actually mean, and what can you expect if you’re a complete newcomer to the practice? In this post I’ll be looking at one of my favourite ‘by-products’ of yoga; self-awareness, and how what we learn in our yoga class can help us off the mat!
It’s a word you probably have had enough of by now; especially if you feel like you don’t have the time or the ‘energy’ to dedicate to this seemingly new ‘pop-culture’ practice. However, before you switch off because you think you’ve heard it all before…indulge me for just a moment while I explain what mindfulness is to me, how it really can have a positive effect on all areas of your life, and how you can incorporate it into your day-to-day routine with very little change.
I want to talk a bit about fear. They say that life starts at the edge of your comfort zone, and as I reach the final weeks of my first solo backpacking trip never has that statement rung so true to me.
The study and practice of yoga is more than just the physical side of the practice which you might be more familiar with and a lot of yogic philosophy is focussed on the chakras, or energy points, within the body. You might have heard your yoga teacher refer to your heart chakra, or your root chakra or even your third eye in class, but what does that actually mean?