mama baby

It’s time for me to say a temporary goodbye as I embark on a whole new joyous journey, one that I think will require me to call on my yoga in a completely new way, (!), as I excitedly step into motherhood for the very first time.

So I leave you with this parting message until we meet on the mat again soon, something I am very much looking forward to.

As the nights draw in and the craziness of the festive season draws many of you away from the quiet contemplation that we so often unbeknowingly need at this time of year, it’s even more important to take time out to take stock, to stop, to stand still and enjoy being present.  If your social schedule is busy, then time on your mat might be spent breathing, doing a yoga nidra, or some restorative poses.  Five minutes is fine if that’s all you have.

With that in mind, I’ve created a short seated sequence that should help to release tension and restore your energy levels in time for that Christmas night out or family gathering…

shoulder sequence

If you’re feeling run down or depleted in sleep, then I’d recommend yoga nidra, or yogic sleep.  Move over power nap, you have nothing on yoga nidra’s ability to leave you feeling revived and ready to roll!  Check out www.yoganidranetwork.org for some lovely downloads.

Also, take the opportunity at this time of year to sow the seeds of intention for 2016.  Last year, I painted the above picture to reflect my own personal desire to start a family, this was my sankalpa for 2014/15 and one that I held very dear to my heart and weaved through mantra and intention on and off my mat.  In times of stillness, think what is it that you would like for yourself in 2016, what is your heart’s longing, what would you like to see grow and flourish? Here’s a great article exploring this concept more with ideas on how to incorporate it into your daily life.  http://www.yogajournal.com/article/lifestyle/resolve-to-evolve/

For those of you on spotify and who have been asking about my recent playlist, here is a link to it:  Spotify Playlist Winter 2015

Lastly, let us remember the meaning of this time of year as a time of giving.  Contemplating that perhaps the best gift that you can give, is giving time back to yourself, so that you can truly and wholeheartedly give to others from a place of loving kindness.  Happy practice on and off your mats my yogi friends!

Namaste…. Caroline xx