Slow down turbo ... you're here all week! I know it's exciting and you want to nail your headstand, meditate like the buddha, achieve enlightenment and find the secret to world peace in 7 days but remember to check into your energy levels during the week ;) Remember you're here to renew, revitalise and reflect as well as to rock it. I often say, the most advanced practitioner is not the one in the front doing the handstands, it's the yogi who assesses where she is anew every time she steps on her mat and responds intuitively to nurture herself through yoga. If that means going half as deep in a yin class because you're sore or skipping a few chaturangas ... go for it ... there are no yoga police here....
I've come to realise recently that travelling has provided me with as many life lessons as my yoga journey. The two are so intertwined that they merge into one. Those of you who have been on retreat with me this year will know that I'm talking a lot about how we show up in the world, how we live in line with our surroundings and honour the events that happen in our lives by leaning into them and being fully present. Travelling is a wonderful way to practice this...
Be flexible with your plans
When I went on my first backpacking adventure in my 20's I had a detailed itinerary of literally EVERYTHING I wanted to do and yes, it was in plastic wallets and in a ring binder (don't judge me!). The best thing that happ...
Be honest ... are you getting in your own way? Do you find yourself making excuses for why you haven't got time to practice? Or do self-limiting beliefs stop you from trying something new for fear of failure? If this is you ... I'm totally with you. Even after years of practice it can be very difficult to silence the voice of self doubt but honestly, your mindset is the single most important factor in developing a beautiful, intuitive yoga practice. With a little bit of mindset training your practice will come on leaps and bounds ... I promise you. Here are some simple ideas to get into the mindset of yoga.
Be your own loudest cheerleader
Alright, time to big yourself up yogis! And before you tell me that's egotistic...
I finished my retreat in Goa literally two hours ago and now I'm zooming up to Denpasar airport dressed in harem pants and long sleeved shirt to spend 5 days in an Indian ashram. Our programme begins at 5.30am tomorrow morning. Hmmm.
I'm beginning to question which part of me thought this would be a 'relaxing' way to spend a few days after three months of full power teaching but here I am, armed with the only 'covered up' clothes I own and and armful of jumpers for those early morning meditations.
Fast forward a few hours and we arrive at midnight to be directed to an enormous hallway with rows of cubicle beds. As we tiptoe down by the light of a torch looking for an empty space my companion points out that it's lik...
Still falling over in crow pose after a year of practicing?
Getting frustrated because your heels aren't on the ground in downward facing dog?
Struggling to find the motivation to get to your 9am Saturday morning class?
Lucky if your meditation lasts over 5 minutes without you giving up and putting the kettle on?
I hear you!!
The question is ... why is the yoga practice so goddamn hard?
In a word ... because it's supposed to be!
With any type of learning we have to put ourselves in unfamiliar territory to gain new skills and understanding.That is the definition of learning. And that my friend usually requires some amount of discomfort because we are delving outside of our comfort zones. Yoga is no different. Just beca...
Ok, now you've gotten over the picture of the beautiful Adam Levine in his rockstar pose ... you're welcome ;), lets get down to it. You want this year to be awesome, right? A healthy dollop of planning and a sprinkle of soul searching, topped with a whole lot of action is the perfect recipe for a super yummy and satisfying 2018. So what are you waiting for? Grab a beautiful notebook and your favourite pen and lets get cooking.
1) Its all in the planning
The first step in any life overhaul is to first figure out what it is you want and second, to plan easy manageable steps towards your outcome. Take 20 minutes or so to sit in meditation and contemplate what you really want to manifest. Pick the three most...
"Yoga is not about self improvement, it's about self acceptance"
- Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
What is happiness? Modern society would have you believe it magically appears when we lose 10lbs, nail that promotion or marry a hot banker. Maybe you'll experience it when you finally slide into the seat of the convertible car you're coveting. Or maybe it happens when you can hold your headstand away from the wall.
When we attach our happiness to external sources, often projecting into the future, we miss the opportunity to experience happiness in the present moment. After all, we can never control what happens from here on out ... the only thing that is certain is this very moment. By living in th...
"Hindsight is always twenty-twenty" - Billy Wilder
1) You'll never perfect any yoga posture
Yep thats right,. you've been trying for months to get your fingertips to the floor in forward fold and then the day it finally happens, your teacher tells you ... 'now put your hands flat'. When that happens its time to step on your hands, then touch your nose to your knees, then wrap your arms behind your legs etc etc! For every yoga posture you can bet your ass-ana that some creative yogi has come up with a 'progression'. The moral of the story? There is no end point, and while its great to have goals and something to work towards, the key really is to fall in love with the practice (the process) rather than the achievement of t...
"There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that
is less than one you are capable of living"
- Nelson Mandela
So here I am, 35 next month and my life is a million miles away from where I thought it would be. I am currently sitting on my childhood bed in my pants on a Thursday morning writing this blog. I am a nomad and a bit of a hippy. I am unmarried, unabashed and unattached. I don't own a car, or live in a house, and my most constant companion is a pink suitcase (it took me 3 years to upgrade from the backpack).
As we get older, many of us naturally feel the need to create some stability in our lives. Traditionally this means 'settling down', getting married, buying a house, having...
“There is no man living who isn't capable
of doing more than he thinks he can do"
- Henry Ford
'Hello, my name is Jenn and I'm an Instagram Yogi" ... pauses for reaction
Depending on where you stand, you're probably either grabbing your iPhone and doing a quick search for #thetravellingyogi or rolling your eyes, seconds away from pressing the little red 'x' at the top of your browser. Its a pretty hot topic nowadays and everybody seems to have an opinion - including me. So before you give up on me, let me take a minute to explain. Yes I post daily pictures on social media, AND I am also a full time yoga teacher and practitioner committed to bringing as many people onto their mats as possible.