Posts by: Frances Robertson-Ritchie

Working through the “being busy” programme – exercise 1

I’ve just been doing a really interesting journalling exercise – I’ve been imagining that money is no object, that I am living in a dream house, which needs no work doing on it. Even the garden is perfect. So I have everything I need, and if I didn’t want to work, I wouldn’t have to, so I asked myself, how would I spend my time? And I got really specific, like right down to the hours per day. And, do you know what, it doesn’t look that different from the ways that my days go right now. I […]

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What is the core anyway? Becoming aware of the centre of your being.

Which parts of the body are we using in these poses that we are doing? How does it feel when we move the body in different ways? This week we are taking time to notice, movement, breath and the effects that these movements have on the body. Opening up enquiry. What’s happening, why are we doing this? Observing the sensations and thoughts that arise without judgement or expectation. Learning to listen. We were actually doing quite a lot of core work again this week, but I really wanted to […]

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Lessons in Lockdown

I had this dream of moving away somewhere remote.  Where we could roam through the countryside.  To have a wild patch of land on our doorstep which we would get to know like the back of our hand.  I dreamt of moving to Wales or Scotland, so we could be surrounded by green and hills and trees.  So that the children would be able to roam.   I also dreamt of taking the children out of school.  Of turning our backs on the consta […]

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From Chaos to Calm

Thanks for sticking with me so far on this crazy journey, made even crazier with the current challenges being imposed upon us.  I thought I would just tell you a little bit about myself, for those who don’t know me, and explain what I  want to create with this Happy Healthy community.I came to Yoga teaching from a major shift in my life. I had been working in London since leaving university, and now, with 3 kids, commuting to the city from our seaside town four days a we […]

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A collective Pattern Interrupt – why now is a great time to consider whether your habits are serving you.

This last few weeks has been a rollercoaster, right.  Emotions swinging all over the place.   One minute, anxiety and fear from the threat of this new illness which is tragically claiming the lives of so many. Unease about financial stability.  Bombarded with messages from the media, all with their own agenda, trying to sift through and find some truth to stay informed.   The next elation, enormous gratitude and heart-warming happiness at having […]

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Have you ever wondered in a yoga class, “Am I doing this right?”

Have you ever found yourself in class wondering, “Am I doing this right?”  Do you ever find yourself in class, getting frustrated that you can’t do the poses exactly how they are being taught.   Frustrated, because you don’t want to do the modified version that the teacher has offered?Maybe things don’t feel quite right in certain positions, you are feeling discomfort in particular areas of the body.  Or, perhaps you think you should be feeling mor […]

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