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Free 7 Day Destress Guided Meditation ECourse For Beginners

IMG_6094I’m really excited to launch my first e-course … and it’s free. Check it out, share far and wide with anyone you think might benefit …

Would you like to have some me time, clear your head, quiet your mind and destress? All in the comfort of your own home? Join my new FREE Learn To Meditate 7 day ecourse delivered daily to your inbox. You’ll receive a 2 to 5 minute guided video meditation every day and there’s a ‘Learn to Meditate’ Facebook support group where you can share your journey and ask questions. Read more

Triangle pose on the beach

Yoga Class Schedule

Vrksasana on the beach

Vrksasana on the beach

Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon

6pm Wednesdays –  Gentle Beginners Yoga.
7.30pm Wednesdays –  Gentle Yoga – Relaxation & Winding Down. Also suitable for beginners.

10.15am Thursdays – Beginners & Continuer’s Yoga – Relax & Energise.
11.30am Thursdays – Strong Yoga – For athletic, fit folk or students who have attended beginners/continuers yoga for at least four terms and who feel that Downward Dog has become a comfortable resting pose. Class contains sun salutations, flow, asana, pranayama and meditation.

 

All classes include breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation time.
Current, previous and new students always welcomed.

One to one sessions and small group classes available by appointment.

€40 four weeks yoga. Catch any other class that week if you miss your regular class.
€12 drop in subject to availability.

Booking essential. Give me a shout with any questions, or to book, 086 8789546.

 

yoga poses for stronger legs

Four Yoga Poses For Stronger Legs & Self Love

yoga poses for stronger legsNot only will these asana help to improve the physical strength of your legs they are also a great way to bring your focus into the present moment , help you feel very grounded and clearly form your personal boundaries. Use them to increase your confidence levels and to decrease stress hormones.

Strike a Warrior 2 when you need to tap into your inner confidence, a Vrksasana tree pose to embrace your sway/balance, Trikonasana the triangle to help find a different perspective on life and Parsvakonasana for clarity. Any pose helps you to observe your self talk in a challenging situation, be kind with yourself, stay present, accept the challenge because stress arises when we can’t accept the reality of a situation that we are unable to change. Accept the now, with self love and trust that the rest will evolve and follow. Listen to the needs of your body, respect it’s limitations and be grateful for whatever level of pose you can move into today.

These are all strong poses that require guidance from a teacher until you know how to get into and out of them safely, so find a local teacher and then use reminders like this one to trigger your memory for your home practice.

How has yoga helped you?

 

New Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon.

yoga class jan 14Yoga classes in Carrick-on-Shannon 2015, suitable for beginners, gentle yoga. New class starts Tuesday 6th January 6-7pm.

Fitness requirements to join this class?

If you can walk up a flight of stairs,  sit on the floor and get from the floor to standing up then you will feel be able to do this class. This class is ideal for those who have had a health scare, have not exercised for a long time, who don’t feel comfortable going to the gym or exercising in a competitive environment. Work at your own pace, gentle movements, slowly build strength and confidence over weeks and months. Each exercise is offered at a variety of levels from basic to more challenging. You’ll be encouraged to find your own level in which to work, everyone is different. Going deeper into a pose is not the object or the aim. Working with your body and mind, and raising awareness of the processes of mind and body is the emphasis of the class.

What is Yoga all about?

Occupy your true self in the New Year. Yoga will help you to find clarity, peace, acceptance and motivation. It will help you to deepen your roots, grow with strength and foundation, outreach your branches and reach the sky. You’ll also notice changes to your body … stronger, more flexible, less pain, better sleep, less anxiety, improved digestion, regulated hormones, balance of weight issues, self assertiveness.

My classes specialise in anxiety reduction.

 

Class Times :
New class Tuesdays 6-7pm
Tuesday improvers 7.30-8.30pm
Thursday improvers 10.15-11.15am

€40 for a four week term.
Booking essential … call Rebecca 086 8789546

 

Meditation

Meditation, My Life Jacket

MeditationI’m a meditation fan. I first came across meditation by chance at the age of eleven or twelve. I am spiritual but not religious however like many of us in Ireland I was brought up a Catholic. I say this because the first time I ever heard about meditation was in a little booklet that I found in my local Church bookshop. I was completely fascinated by the cover, which I now know was a mandala. On this occasion I judged the book by its enticing cover and so I was led into the pages to discover a description of how to meditate. I tried it, I liked it, I grew to love it. It helped me map my way through the fall out of my parents break up.

Just knowing that I have meditation at my side feels like an anchor and strength whenever I find myself facing into turmoil. I throw on my meditative ‘life jacket’, buckle up, take hold of the oars and guide my boat through the storm, riding the waves and I keep on going. I can even enjoy the storm, the view can be quite spectacular, there are always things to make me laugh and smile, stormy skies are beautiful.

I have found that I need to practice meditation regularly for it to maintain effectiveness. Roughly fifteen minutes a day of meditation seems to do the trick, though of course I miss a day here and there, sometimes a week or two. It’s a bit like keeping fit, if you don’t exercise you begin to loose condition. It’s also like riding a bike and once you get back into practice its easy to find where you left off.

My advice would be, if you think meditation is worth a go, do it every day for at least three weeks. If possible start now, don’t wait for a crisis to arise before learning to do it. Have your meditation foundations set and your practice embedded in your life as a habit. That way you are fully equipped to stay calm and clear when a crisis, or as I prefer to call it, ‘a challenge’, arrives with your next set of life lessons.

They say the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. Similarly, the best time to learn to meditate is before a crisis hits. Have your lifejacket stowed under your seat before the storm hits and you’ll have a great chance of sailing through it.

Try out my two minute guided meditation. Sit comfortably cross legged on the floor or on a seat upright and feet flat on the floor. Let me know how you get on with this in the comments below.

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Understanding The Nature Of Stress, It’s Effect & How To Counteract It

Effects Of Stress On The BodyStress is a natural process that happens to all of us.  Stress evolved as a way to keep us safe from perceived danger in our primitive environment. Today those complex responses still exist and indeed sometimes we need them even in modern times in  order to help avert us from a dangerous situation or even fight for our lives.  In reality our stress response is not triggered  by life threatening situations but instead by perhaps an overwhelming workload, financial strain, an unhappy relationship or an unfulfilling job.

Long term exposure to stress in your life can have a deleterious effect on your health and manifest in a whole range of symptoms. Why? As your body thinks it is in danger the ‘fight or flight’ mechanisms are prioritised while other bodily functions are switched to a minimal gear, including your immune and natural repair systems.  Why would your body waste energy fighting off a virus or healing an injury if your hormones are telling you that you may need to invest all your energies at any moment into running like hell from a hairy mammoth or fighting for your life? We have evolved to deal with the immediated danger to ensure survival but living a modern life tricks our bodies into thinking our stresses are more important than eradicating cancer cells, repairing injuries or fighting infection.

But don’t stress about being stressed! There are a whole range of ways to tip the balance back in favour of a balanced mind and body. If we can’t remove the stress (some we can, some we cant and some we aren’t yet ready to) then we can develop habits that will give our body a chance to balance. Once we understand this we can take steps to nurture our mind and body. Taking time out to ‘relax’ brings our nervous system back into what is called a parasympathetic stat. It is the opposite of being stressed out. The opposite of ‘fight or flight’. Your body releases hormones of relaxation and happiness. Your body brings its attention back into investing nutrients and energy to your immune and natural repair systems.  There are many easy and accessible ways to take time out for relaxation which will begin to address and balance the stresses you experience.

Shiatsu therapy is certainly a great way to sink into the parasympathetic state and counteract stress. Of course, it’s my personal favourite, which is why I eventually trained to become a therapist too. During Shiatsu the bodymind connection is invited to restablish itself. Where we are holding physical or emotional pain becomes apparrent to the receiver and relaxation follows. I also like to include  one to one guided meditation towards the end of a Shiatsu session if the client is open to this. The practice of meditation can provide a very comforting and effective haven in times of stress and is another powerful tool to aid deep relaxation. Once you have learned the art of meditation, it is a simple but powerful tool you can call on during any time of stress or personal challenge.  Meditation is something that you can do daily at home and is extremely effective in reducing stress and anxiety levels. Why not try some of the recorded meditations on my YouTube channel?

I also offer advice about which acupressure points can effectively  be used at home to reduce stress between treatments .  Shiatsu restores peace of mind, clarity and calmness.  As well as finding a therapy that helps you to relax there are physical activities that will maintain and amplify these benefits when practiced regularly, alongside with the benefits of becoming part of a group, which in itself has positive health benefits. These specific body mind focused activities include yoga, tai chi and chi gong.

What do you find most effective to reduce and balance your stress?