HELLO SUNSHINE 🌞
There are so many benefits to being outdoors, especially when the weather is as beautiful as today! I have always found it so therapeutic🌻
Vitamin D (from sunlight) helps your body function more efficiently, natural light regulates your body’s melatonin production which helps you sleep, fresh air improves blood pressure and (my favourite fact) there are special geometric shapes that can only be found in nature which reduce the stress response in our brains without us even realising. SO COOL😎
Don’t forget, yoga this evening, 6-7PM in Worthgate Hall. Also, keep your eyes peeled for outdoor classes too when the weather warms up a bit! 💛
We all suffer from aches and pains to a greater or lesser degree. At @teambuckleyosteophysio (the place I’ve been going to for the past decade years to sort out my own gymnastics injuries!), I’m working with a range of clients: some are recovering from car accidents, some have severe arthritis and some are just struggling with the effects of ageing!
My whole philosophy around exercise is that it should be used to make you feel good and help you function well in everyday life 🤩 I think in the gym world, a lot of the focus is on the aesthetic benefits of exercise...the bicep gains, the flat tummies, the big butts etc. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this and start comparing our physical appearance to someone else.
Since working with people who have a very limited range of movement or are in constant pain, my perspective has definitely changed. I feel so grateful to have a functioning body; the intention of my workouts now are to just have fun and keep me fit, strong and mobile (because I want to still be able to do a cartwheel when I’m 95) 🤸🏻♀️
L O V E 💛 “There is nothing greater than love. It is the essence of who we all are; it is here we recognise that we are not separate and alone, but one with all and totally safe.” ~ Jennie Lee, True Yoga 🌻
There may seem to be a lot of hate in the world at the moment, but I truly believe the love is always stronger. I watched a video last night of a group of men performing the Haka outside of the mosques in NZ and I found it so moving.
One of the key principles we learn in yogi school is AHIMSA which literally means respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others. I often incorporate this concept into my classes, as well as in my daily life (though I am by no means perfect). Whatever you do today, just be kind: give someone a smile, a compliment, a hug, offer a listening ear, hold the door open...it can be anything! Guaranteed the more loving acts you offer out in your day, no matter how seemingly small, the better you and the people around you will feel.