LIFESTYLE & BALANCE RETREATS, EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS, YOGA TEACHER, AND HOST OF THE ‘MUM TALK’ PODCAST
At this time in my life mindfulness is a huge daily focus. This may sound selfish but mindfulness has to start with me at the moment. I am entering a new stage in my life: I am pregnant and have had to truly check-in with myself so that I can be the best I can be for myself and others. Being self-employed and running my own business, switching between teaching daily yoga classes, lifestyle & balance events and workshops, planning and running retreats, recording and running my podcast ‘Mum Talk’, I am pulled in so many different directions with my mind jumping all over the place.
Mindfulness is important for me, and for my mental health, so I can give effectively to others and continually check back in with myself. I sleep with my phone in the other room so I am not tempted to do the social media scroll whilst still in bed. In fact, I have a personal rule of no phone before 9am at the very earliest, although there are often exceptions.
I don’t have a mindfulness routine at this point in my life, but each day holds what I need it to. In the mornings I tend to wake up around 7.30am, take a moment in bed to gather my thoughts, wonder about my dreams, feel what I am grateful for, have a little stretch to check in physically and then I am up and out.
I am most connected to my ‘self’ when I am practicing yoga, whether that be an asana-based practice on my mat where I can be truly mindful of my body, or taking a walk along the sea cliffs, or taking a swim or surf and connecting with nature. It’s about just giving myself time to take a look inside, to ask, how am I feeling, and remembering to breathe effectively.
Over the last 4 or 5 years I have become so much more mindful of how our existence on this planet affects this beautiful place we call home. Going about my daily life I am now so much more mindful of what I buy, what I throw away and how. I truly believe if we can all be more mindful towards ourselves, others, our planet, how we live and what we consume, we can make a huge difference to so much around us, leading to a softer, kinder existence for all.