Mountain Yoga!

Mountain Yoga!

lundi 27 mai 2013

I have learnt over the years to expect the unexpected.
Planning and control can only get you so far and can sometimes even be a hindrance especially if the planning leads to inflexibility and stiffness, the inability to change and learn, bend and be flexible to all eventualities.

My beautiful friend Lisa taught to love life and appreciate every moment you have, unpecting the unexpected become the norm for her as she learnt about her cancer just 2 weekes after giving birth to her forth child Alex and then fighting and living with cancer for over 9 years until it finally beat us all.

Lisa also taught me that within the unexpected wa the very special and precious gift of time. Little sections of present moment to be enjoyed to the full, precious shared moments, special instances on our own or with friends and family. The gift of time is an incredible precious and valuable one- one that you can take for yourself, not selfishly but with full appreciation that the time you are "taking" is nourishing you fully - and one you can give. Give to your children as you play, laugh, share, read a story, chat - to your partner, your family, your friends..... or even to strangers. Time is an amazing gift.

We all seem to be chasing time so just sometimes take a few moments in your day to take stock. Look around you, look up to the sky and admire the view, take a huge deep breath, close your eyes into the sun, smile at someone you love or someone you don't even know.... just let yourself fully appreciate the present moment. A tiny yet precious moment in time.

Lisa may not pysically be here to share a few moments in time over a cup of tea as we did so many afternoons but she is a constant reminder in my life that you need to live your life in technicolour not in black and white.

So enjoy every minute of every day, breath it in, dive deeply and smile!
It is so good to be alive!

jeudi 9 mai 2013

Wellicious have posted my article on Ayurvedic retreats and yoga in the Ardeche   http://www.wellicious.com/wellblog/2013/04/29/ayurvedic-cooking-yoga-put-inside-what-you-hope-to-get-out/


Life has been more than hectic of late as one season closes and another begins
The Winter is now a distant memory and we are busy getting the Ardeche property ready for retreats and Summer guests - endless days of weeding, cleaning, painting, replacing broken things, shopping......
Thank God my parents are here and Dad is busy cookng away and Mum is looking after the kids - well they both are.
Such a God send I don't what I would do without them....

The ardeche is just an amazing place to ressource yourself and despite the had work the pace is different and we are slowly shifting into Summer mode
The children have changed schools down frm the 28 kid classrooms to about 14 in the whole school and seem happy enough in their new surroundings
I have stopped teaching in the evening which makes the pace of my life so much softer thank goodness - wee all need to get smething back to be able to give and we are getting used (as is our cat) to the space we suddenly have after living in 70 square metres we now have a lounge that size!

so has the sun sets down here and the nightime rain nourrishes the garden I smile and look forward to new challenges.....

namaste