Here are just a few of the things that we cover in the 6 week Happy Healthy programme. My aim is to give you tools to be able to live more peacefully, more mindfully. To grow and become open to new possibilities. If this resonates with you at all feel free to get in touch. I have availability during the day or in the evening for appointments. You can call me on 07828456333 or send me an email if you would like to chat more about how the programme is structured.
In the programme we work together to develop a home yoga practice to suit you and your lifestyle. I want to empower you to be able to own and demystify your yoga practice. Through a regular yoga practice we begin to develop more awareness, of our bodies, our thoughts, behaviours, emotions and the world around us. We become more conscious, more awake. We can start to recognise obstacles on the path to where we want to be, and notice our limiting beliefs.
You will begin the programme by setting an intention to move your energy in the direction that you want to go. Your intention gives you direction but there is no attachment to an end result.
Often when we want something instead of focussing on the thing that we want we focus on the negative. How we don’t have that thing already. This isn’t going to help us get to where we want to go. We need to let go of that conflict with ourselves, beating ourselves up for not being or having what we want and instead focus our attention on where we want to go, looking forward in a positive direction.
When we are relaxed we can more easily access the subconscious mind where all of our beliefs are created and held. We are then more likely to take the intention on.
We will explore creative visualisation. I will pose some questions to you while you are in a relaxed state and you can allow your mind to be free and see what comes up for you. This is a great opportunity to dream big, imagine your goals bright and colourful, noticing all the detail. The mind does not know the difference between real and imagined experience so holding your vision of your future self as you want to be can be very powerful.
✨Managing The Stress Response
Through the breath we can send a powerful message to our nervous system, body, and brain to relax, and to become calm. Stress activates the fight or flight response which is useful if we are being chased but not if we are just nervous because we have to stand up and make a speech. The breath can activate the parasympathetic nervous system – overriding the fight or flight response and signalling to the body and mind to relax.
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I’ve really enjoyed my two months covering a friend’s corporate class in London but it has made me think about Yoga in the workplace. In many ways I feel like things like yoga, meditation and mindfulness get thrown into a corporate environment to make up for stress in the workplace. Don’t get me wrong, these are great tools for stress management. However, something doesn’t sit right when these practices are used as a sticking plaster to make up for a company which maintains an unhealthy culture. Corporations need to address the culture which causes the stress in the first place as an hour of yoga at lunch time isn’t going to fix those problems.
I don’t meant that yoga in the workplace is a bad thing. I even came up with a presentation to target employers, encouraging them to bring yoga into the workplace, and to train their employees to recognise and mange their stress. But this only works if it is part of a holistic approach to employee wellbeing.
A friend of mine who is super happy where she works told me about what makes it so good - there is no blame culture, the staff aren’t expected to work late, staff are free to bring their kids to work if they have any childcare issues, or leave early or take time off without guilt. They are encouraged to share something that they are grateful for with their colleagues daily. All this alongside Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness in the workplace. And this comes from the top down – the CEO leads by example to create this positive working environment where everyone loves their job and prides themselves on getting their jobs done.
Anyway, I’ve decided I don’t want to be the Yoga teacher who helps you to manage your stressful job that you hate and makes you miserable. I want to be the Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist who helps you to change your life for the better. To take positive action towards the things that you want to do, the things that bring you joy. It’s interesting to me that three of my Happy Healthy clients are now pursuing their dream jobs, taking positive action towards their goals. I did it, they are doing it and you can too!
Get in touch if you want to talk more about this with me.
Be warned, I might help you to escape the rat race.
Napping, rest, relaxation, stillness, quiet, all these things are radical acts in this society as we have been brainwashed by capitalism to believe that to rest and relax is lazy. All those worker bees out there, feeling like they are too busy to stop for even a moment, I wonder if they realise that they have been conned? Misled not for the benefit of you, but for the system, the man, big business, those in power with the most money and the most to gain from your productivity. What would happen if you just stopped for a moment? What would happen if you weren’t working flat out to your maximum range of ability at all times. When do you recharge the energy you expel working so hard? When do you replenish yourself?
And do you pass this ethic onto your children? Do you encourage them to be busy all of the time? Because that is what we expect will make them successful, just like we are successful. Do we want them to be just like us? Work hard, get a good home, a car, a wife or husband, have a couple of kids and start all over again. The schools are turning out those worker bees in drones now – teaching our children how to fit in, how to get a good job. How to thrive in the world today. And if they don’t fit in they are not normal.
We have this idea that something is only worth doing if you are good at it. There is no room for enjoyment any more. There isn’t enough time, is there? We are too busy for things to just be fun. They have to be productive as well. We have to make the most of our time.
Were you told at school that you weren’t creative? You hear it all the time, “I’m just not creative, I haven’t got a creative bone in my body.” Is this because you didn’t fit into your school’s idea of what is good, in the one art class that you have a week? And who’s to say they even know what they are talking about? Creativity isn’t just art either, it’s is so many things, it can almost be anything. Anything that allows you to express yourself freely. And it shouldn’t even matter if you are good at it. That’s not the point. You shouldn’t have to be good at something to enjoy doing it.
Relaxation is an art form. It’s not easy and its not comfortable. Especially when we have been conditioned to think that it makes us lazy. Its is an art form to be practiced like any other. And its ok to practice it even if you aren’t good at it.
Lets get radical – let’s practice more relaxation, nap more, set your boundaries,
take time to replenish your reserves. Lets set an example for our children, that its ok to look after ourselves, in fact it’s a responsibility.
Patience. Everything is as it should be. Everything is. You are.
Are you with me? Together we are stronger.
Frances Robertson-Ritchie, Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist