Category Archives: Yoga

Highlights from my Colchester book launch at the delightful Tree Room

Evestanding

I adore this space. Right in the heart of Colchester town yet peaceful and quiet. When I got in touch with the owner about the possibility of having a Colchester book signing  / workshop event, I liked the space so much I decided to expand my practice from Witham (where my Feel Better Every Day Consultancy is based) to offer a few slots each week in Colchester.

On Saturday, I facilitated a yoga and meditation workshop in the loveliest space I’ve ever taught in.

Evesitting

We had a little visitor before the yoga nidra segment.

Cat

Enormous thanks, Jo, for welcoming me to your spectacular space.

JoReception

love,

Eve

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Book signing and yoga and meditation workshop at the Tree Room, Colchester

TreeRoomSigningPoster30917

Am delighted to not only be doing a book signing (free) with yoga and meditation workshop (£5) at Colchester’s beautiful Tree Room (click HERE for more information), but to be offering some sessions from Colchester (initially Monday evenings) alongside my Witham practice.

 If you’d like to join us for the book signing, I look forward to seeing you then.

Spaces are limited for the yoga and meditation workshop so please get in touch (click HERE) to check availability and book your space today.

It’s for all levels and beginners are especially welcome.

And if you’d like to find out about booking a session with me, for integrative clinical supervision, counselling, therapeutic coaching, EFT, NLP, yoga, meditation, working with crystals and more, click HERE.

I hope to see you there!

love,

Eve

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

My yoga feature in Happiful magazine (published June 2017)

happifulcoverjune17 effectsofeverydayyogajune17

I still have quite the backlog re features I’m meaning to upload to my blog… Here’s one from a few weeks ago (available online this week).

You can click HERE to read it.

If you were to do just one yoga pose each day (not forever but for now), what would it be?

What benefits does it offer you?

Feel free to comment below.

love,

Eve

 

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

My 5pp healthy heart feature for My Weekly’s Special (published 23/2/17)

MWcirculatorypic

Thanks again to Drs Toni Hazell and Sanjay Gupta and Kathie Bishop, David Stead and Julia Buckley for their advice.

You can click here to read it – MWspecialCirculatorySystem23217

How do you feel about your circulatory system?

How might you take extra good care of it?

What helps you feel like it’s in good shape?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

 

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

You can read my Psychologies feature, ‘A year of self-care’ here (February 2017)

PsychologiesYearofSelfCarePic

 

I loved writing this piece to tie in with my book (out in May) and hope you’ll find it helpful:

PsychologiesYearofSelfCarep1

PsychologiesYearofSelfCarep2

PsychologiesYearofSelfCarep3

PsychologiesYearofSelfCarep4

What helps you when you need to boost your own self-care?

Feel free to comment below.

love,

Eve

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Meditating with the MagnifiCat

MeditatingwiththeMagnifiCat

Clients and students often ask me about creating and sustaining a meditative practice when their children are demanding their time, energy and attention.

I recommend making them a part of their practice (being fully present with whatever’s going on). Sometimes, I tell them about how I use Rainbow MagnifiCat’s interruptions during the day to enhance my mindfulness practice. As she looks expectantly for attention, I make my lap available for her, pausing work or whatever (unless I’m with a telephone or online client, obviously) and relax into the Rainbow Appreciation Time, hearing her purr, feeling her fur (and claws and weight) and generally feeling pleasantly present and grounded.

This morning, I realised that this is not (of course) the full story. Most days, I let her out while I do my morning meditation and a little yoga. My eyes frequently open and glance towards the door, checking in case she wants to come in.

This morning, with a lot of pent up energy from her snow avoiding time indoors yesterday, she didn’t want to go out while I meditated. I told her (and her angel) that I’d be meditating and focusing on my experience yet still noticed myself getting very distracted. Lots of opportunities this morning for noticing this (with as much self-compassion and curiosity as I could muster) and gently bringing my mind back to the meditation.

And Rainbow’s a cat. Babies and children (and puppies and goats etc) are far more demanding.

What can you do to make them part of your practice in a way that’s practical for them and you?

As with everything, some days, it’s much easier to be present than others. Many mornings, Rainbow’s so peaceful and quiet on the bed, I do my meditation next to her there before I even brush my teeth.

This morning, I could have easily locked Rainbow out of the room but I wanted to challenge myself to stay focused. (I can almost hear her howl, ‘Mwah hahahaha’ from the other room where she’s been peaceful and still since I finished and put my yoga mat away.)

Children and animals are wonderful at bringing us into the present moment.

This isn’t to say it’s always easy. Just as it’s often easier to be aware of our bodies and what they need when we feel strong, fit and healthy, it’s when we’re in pain that the biggest benefits of being present and really paying attention to what we need can pay off.

Do you include your children and/or animals in your meditative practices?

When is it easiest?

When is it most challenging?

What helps you most?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Are you letting strangers tell you you *should* be feeling blue?

 BlueMonday
Apparently, Monday’s ‘blue Monday’. Maybe, if you’re already feeling blue, knowing you’re not alone helps? Perhaps you’re bewildered as you’re having a brilliant 2017?
Today, Monday and everyday, let yourself feel however you actually feel. Amazing or really low, it’ll pass.
If you’re feeling a bit fragile, be extra kind to yourself. This means different things for all of us – ask yourself what might help you most right now.
If you want to lift your mood, notice how you want to move. If you enjoy yoga, gentle backbends can help us feel happier. You might want to play with these: Click here for Restorative Fish,  here for Bow and here for Camel.
Ultimately, every day of the year (of your life) you know yourself best. Tune into what you need instead of being swayed by others’ perceptions – especially when they’re worse than how you might actually be feeling.
Do you buy into Blue Monday?
When do you notice low mood?
What helps YOU?
How might you do more of those things?
Feel free to post below.
love,
Eve
(PS – I’ve tried editing this several times but can’t correct the formatting)
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

My (and others’) tips on using yoga to boost mood in Surrey Occasions (published October 2016)

SurreyOccassionsYogaDepressionAnxietyOct16

Click here to read it

Thanks Karen Glaser for including my tips on using yoga for anxiety and depression.

What helps you feel better naturally (this is NOT about not taking prescribed medication or getting medical help and advice from your GP – complementary not alternative)?

Feel free to comment below.

love,

Eve

 

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Yoga and mindfulness classes in Witham, Essex

yogaclasseswitham

Apart from private classes and yoga and mindfulness in organisations, which can be arranged at a mutually convenient time, I have some availability for my Wednesday classes at Feel Better Every Day (on the high street).

You can book with me directly.

All my classes include mindfulness of the breath and other pranayama practices, asana (poses), some psychoeducation about how poses impact our bodies and minds (especially mental and emotional health) and yoga nidra and/or other relaxation and meditative tools.

These are from 12.30-1.30pm. My current regulars enjoy this very gentle class with a full 30 minutes for yoga nidra at the end.

I also teach at Benton Hall on Thursdays (12.30-1.45pm). The yoga nidras for these classes are around 20 minutes.

BentonHall

They (along with others I cover there) are bookable via Benton Hall’s reception.

If you’d like to join me but can’t make these classes or private ones, what time of day/week would be best for you? 

Feel free to comment below or get in touch.

love,

Eve x

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Some benefits of Shoulder Stand

shoulderstand

Shoulder Stand can be deceptively relaxing. If it feels good to ease into it today, start from Legs Up Against the Wall and after you’ve warmed up the spine with that gentle inhale up, exhale down massage, as you’re up, draw the elbows towards the midline and bring the hands to the lower back to support you as you aim the soles of the feet towards the ceiling.

Notice the breath, aiming to continue with that longer exhalation and full abdominal breath or your Ujjayi. If it’s comfortable to hold for five complete breaths, do so and then, come out either by taking Plough pose or by bringing your legs back up against the wall.

While it should be avoided if you have any neck or shoulder issues (and if you’re going into it, ensure your head and neck stay still), it can also be quite beneficial if done carefully.

The other day, I hurt my left shoulder (made quite the change from my usual right) by lifting Wheelberforce (my bike) awkwardly. While honouring what it seemed to be telling me, doing my best to pay attention to my edge in terms of mobilising it without making anything worse, I did a yoga class then swam but didn’t do the full hour.

When I got home, it hurt a lot and I wanted to lie with the top left of the shoulder on the ground to benefit from some of the earth’s healing benefits. Not wanting to look too odd, I decided to do some spinal rocks in the garden and this really helped. I went up into Shoulder Stand and then into Plough and am sure that this helped it heal faster than previous shoulder injuries.

Having said that, attempting any cartwheels or handstands would have been completely wrong for it. And previous shoulder and neck injuries would have made Shoulder Stand a Very Bad Idea at those times.

Other precautions include high blood pressure, hypertension, glaucoma and pregnancy.

You know your body best but talk to a yoga therapist, physiotherapist or even GP to ensure you never take unnecessary risks or do more damage. Yoga is all about becoming friendlier with our own bodies.

What do you think of Shoulder Stand?

Feel free to comment below.

love,

Eve x

butterflysiglogo

 

 

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail