Following our latest collaboration I thought I would catch up with Jo from Solasta Sounds to find out more about how Sound Therapy can support our wellbeing.
We have taken our Yoga & Sound sessions online via Zoom for the time being, and were really happy with how well it worked.
You can join us for our next event on Saturday 23rd May 4-6pm.
Head over to Jo's website to book your spot www.solastasounds.com.
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 week was really taking its toll.
The house was chaos, my marriage was falling apart, and the kids were shunted from different nannies to grandparents and back throughout the week. I was a wreck. Totally stressed out. Working my arse off but never quite making enough money to cover everything. I drank too much and craved escapism. Connecting with the children in a meaningful way was almost impossible as I was so stressed out and irritable. Life was a blur.
And then I had a health scare. I had to have a lump checked and then when it didn’t go away, I was referred for a biopsy. In that moment, I was shocked into re-assessing everything. I was petrified, I didn’t cope with stress well and catastrophised at the best of times. I got straight onto the phone with my Mum and she said, “Franny, whatever it is, you have to change something. You have been running around like a mad woman for years!” And so I quit my job. I called in sick the next day, and never went back.
Like so many others before me, I was lucky enough to fall into my Yoga practice in this time of worry and uncertainty. I was so lucky that my results came back and everything was fine. I’m well aware that many people don’t have it so easy.
Yoga was such a huge support during that time I was drawn to share it with others. I became fascinated with the power of the tools that Yoga offered. Not just the poses, but the practices like meditation, relaxation, intention, gratitude, kindness. Practices that we now know are scientifically proved to be good for our health and make us feel better.
I was drawn to study hypnotherapy and the potential that we have to change our behaviours and habits to further support a happy and healthy lifestyle.
I have a vision of a community space where these resources can be shared in a simple and accessible way. Resources to help relieve pain, suffering, isolation, and stress. Free of jargon and dogma. A place where someone who may have been intimidated by the idea of a Yoga class would feel comfortable.
I started with local classes and created a programme to combine techniques from both Yoga and Hypnotherapy. I then progressed to organising events, workshops and retreats to share these tools for managing stress and anxiety, for finding a way to live happily and healthily.
Since then I have taken my offering online, with this website and Facebook Group, a hub where you can join a live class, and find free resources to support your happy healthy lifestyle: short Yoga videos, meditations, relaxations and workshops.
All the Free resources I share on facebook are also uploaded to the website so No Facebook = No Problem!
My experience and belief is that if you focus on supporting your happiness and your health then everything else will follow.
I can help you to:
So THANK YOU, and I look forward to seeing you this week if you can make it.
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 been given the gift of slowing down. Sitting in the sunshine in the garden watching the children play. Reading to them more than I ever have before. Suddenly and strange clarity aware of how very little we need to feel joy.
And through all this, we are trying to adjust to the situation. Many of our usual routines no longer fit into this new way of living which has been asked of us. I don’t know about you, but I found myself during the last couple of weeks desperately trying to maintain some sense of normality and routine to get by.
Our daily lives run on patterns of behaviour, subconscious programs which mean that we can get on with things while still using our conscious minds to ponder. And suddenly these programmes have been rattled and some of them broken, now defunct. When these programmes are deep the change can bring up a lot of resistance.
One of the patterns that I notice in myself is the Being Busy program. The idea that I need to be busy in order to be productive/useful/of worth. It gets interesting when you dig down into this stuff doesn’t it. So, when my usual routines were interrupted by the escalating news of the virus my subconscious continued to drive me into those same patters – stay busy. And even restricted from my usual work patterns I managed to succeed at Being Busy.
The Being Busy program isn’t a joyful thing for me. It is a sense of compulsion, driven from a place of lack. I am not enough therefore I must do more. I don’t have enough therefore I must do more. I don’t make myself busy with stuff that brings me joy, I fall into victim mode and become resentful that I can’t do the things I want to do.
Do you ever feel that way?
Being Busy is just a question of how I currently choose to prioritise my time. About the habits that I have created based on my underlying subconscious beleifs..
There is a technique used in hypnotherapy called the pattern interrupt.
Where our automatic patterns are interrupted and the subconscious becomes more receptive and open to change. The sub-conscious doesn't know what to do next and awaits instruction.
It occurred to me this morning that we have all been given a collective pattern interrupt.
That's why even though this is a terrible situation, it is also an opportunity for many of us.
This is the perfect time to create new programs, to figure out what we want and what to change.
Our subconscious is awaiting new instructions, new programming. What new habits have you always wanted to install into your routine?
Here are a few of the habits that I want to cultivate:
More time with your children
Less screen time
A regular mediation practice
To make healthy, home cooked meals
To learn a new skill
This doesn’t mean that you should feel under pressure to achieve, this is simply a window of opportunity which can be utilised to form habits for the long term which will add richness to your life now and beyond lockdown.
With this in mind I am holding a Free Meditation on Thursday morning to explore this idea further. The meditation will offer space for creative visualisation. An opportunity to contemplate what you want, what brings you joy and what you love to do. To clarify what is meaningful to you, what you value and where to focus your attention.
What do we want to be saying "No" to more in our life, and what do we want to be saying "Yes" to in its place?
Where are the habits that don’t support our vision for our most fulfilled life coming from?
What stories are we telling ourselves over and over again that support these undesirable habits?
Just by following this line of self-enquiry we can begin to make change to the deeply ingrained thought patterns and behaviours. By shining a light on those unconscious programmes we can begin to move forward in the direction that we want to go.
So, I would love it if you could join me! All you need to do is head over and join the Happy Healthy facebook group, and I will be Live at 9.15am on Thursday morning to guide you in the meditation.
And finally, here is a link to a fascinating podcast with Dr Joe Dispenza on the Science of Changing Your Mind, if you are interested to hear more about how we have the potential to change our mindset.
Frances Robertson-Ritchie, Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist