All posts tagged: yoga surrey

Let’s Talk about Shame…

Shame lurks deep undercover, like a snake in the grass that you don’t know is there but step too close to that which it’s guarding and it’ll rise up with with all it’s got. ‘No closer’ it says as you look towards the deep undergrowth, ‘what I’m guarding is secret, it can’t be shared’… It’s enough most of the time, for us to move away, to let it be and to avoid going back. If you’ve ever felt that there’s something about you which is really dark, really disgusting, something which is different. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t fit, like everyone else is getting the plot and you’re failing at trying, there’s a chance that shame is the gatekeeper to that feeling, like a snake in the grass wrapping itself around what it’s guarding and holding on tightly. For shame, the fear of exposure is deadly, so it’ll use everything it has to survive. Being a harbour for shame is playing it’s game, is conforming to it’s rules and steering clear of the …

My Yoga Playlist – Music to Get Your Flow On…

Music is a great way to access the emotions.  It’s there in high times, low times and the everywhere in-between.  The sounds of our musical peers reminds us that we’re not alone, whatever we face.  For every mood, there’s a melody, and for every social movement a distinct sound to define it…  So for me, music and yoga go hand in hand as a form of self-expression.  Where words fail me music very often speaks, where life overwhelms me and I become stuck movement and dance allows me to flow.  Often, music triggers unexpected mood, memory or emotion and at times can be an inspiration. Using music in Yoga practice can be controversial though.  It’s not for everyone.  In fact, it’s not always for me.  I would never practice Ashtanga to music for example.  The repetitive flow of the Ashtanga series can be deeply meditative.  A Place where we come up against ourselves in whatever state we are in.  Music here can be a diversion away from our inner experience, and the point of this …

Yoga, Depression & Anxiety… Navigating and Changing our Inner Landscape

Recent research from Boston University School of Medicine is showing Yoga to be more beneficial than other forms of exercise in improving mood.  Their studies relate to Anxiety and Depression specifically and measured increased and rising GABA levels (low levels of which are associated with depression and anxiety disorders) in the brains of their test groups.  In another study Yoga and deep breathing taken twice a week was shown to effectively reduce the symptoms of depression.  It’s promising and reassuring to hear the science emerging on the relationship between Yoga and mood, particularly as I have personal experience of how profoundly Yoga can change the mind… and with it the physical body…   As a yoga teacher I watch people leave my classes every week with a glow, facial tension having eased and often standing taller.  Feedback from clients is showing that a weekly class can effectively manage back pain as well as stress.  Many clients report improved sleep after classes too.  These are benefits I can relate too.   It’s harder to share the benefits which relate to …

New Year Escape – Detoxifying, Uplifting Yoga & Relaxation

Saturday 6th January 2017, 4pm – 6pm, The Harmony Centre, Ashley School, Walton-on-Thames Join Zone In Yoga and Black Dog Living for an uplifting 2 hour New Year Yoga & Relaxation escape… Blending a 60 minute flow featuring deep twists to aid detoxification and a 40 minute guided relaxation using uplifting and cleansing essential oils to get your new year off to a refreshing, healthy start… We’ll end the session with detoxifying herbal teas and fresh juice… Tickets are £25 in advance. To confirm your place please contact Lauren or Hannah: Hannah – zoneinyoga@hotmail.com / 07767 391324 Lauren – Lauren@blackdogliving.com / 07763 135146 Instagram I Twitter I Facebook

Autumnal Escape ~ Yoga & Relaxation

15th October 2016, 4pm – 6pm Join Zone In Yoga and Black Dog Living for a gentle 2 hour nurturing autumnal escape at the beautiful Harmony Centre at Ashley CofE School. Nourish your body with a 60 minute slow-flow Yoga led by Hannah, focused on rooting down and connecting with the earth. Indulge your senses with a 45 minute guided relaxation led by Lauren, using essential oils picked for the season.   We’ll finish the session with some spicy warming chai and wholesome sweet treats. Tickets are £25 in advance. To confirm your place please contact Lauren or Hannah: Hannah – zoneinyoga@hotmail.com / 07767 391324 Lauren – Lauren@blackdogliving.com / 07763 135146

Courgetti Ratatouille

So the bountiful August is well and truly in swing… filled with beans, potatoes, herbs, carrots, garlic, beetroot and of course courgettes… Our Allotmenting this year has been less productive than in previous years, mainly because I’ve been focused on getting my yoga class up and running alongside studying…I’m spread pretty thin but Tim and the kids have done a fab job of just about staying on top of the growth…and salvaging veg before the birds / rabbits / deer get there!  So here’s a vegan ratatouille recipe, originally posted on my instagram account, tried and tested by the lovely Mel Bevan (who’s family have given their seal of approval)!     Ingredients (serves 2): 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 1/2 red pepper 1 red chilli Pinch sea salt and crack of black pepper Sprig of fresh rosemary and thyme 1 can plum tomatoes 8 medium mushrooms 1 tsp agave nectar 1 large courgette 1 tbsp rapeseed oil Method: 1) Heat a tbsp rapeseed oil in a large pan or wok. 2) Finely slice …