Live Well Festival- London

Hi guys!

I just got back from Live Well Festival in London, where I attended the Saturday.

We had planned to attend 3 classes and had booked onto these, to give our day some structure. We had barre in the morning, Kobox at lunchtime and Yoga at 5pm.

Barre was not at all what we were expecting. It was basically a hiit workout, not at all the gentle ‘ barre’ class I was expecting. After that we were pretty shattered. We had coffee with oat milk and an energy ball (of course). And explored the various stalls.

We took part in a gong sound bath which was very interesting as an experience I’ve always sought. However the room was too big and we ended up sitting so I couldn’t fully relax (at one point I was worried I’d fall over I was so relaxed) I’m defo going to try to get to a sound bath where I can lie with an eye pillow, a bolster and maybe a blanket or too!

By lunch time, we were shattered so decided to attend the drop in class which was so good.4 45 minute power vinyasa flow with all of the low lunges and a side crow or two. At the end of the class, the teacher let us know someone had a golden ticket under their mat, and that person won a prize, I really liked that idea!

We ended the lunch after that with a Greek halloumi wrap and called it a day, hopefully next year they have more exhibitors so we can spend more time shopping, Lululemon maybe 😁🀞🏻😁.

Last weeks yoga classes- 3 (including 45 min class at live well!)

Yoga- A home practice?!

Over the last few months I’ve talked a lot about starting a home practice, I’ve sought advice on how to get started how to structure yourself, dreamed of flows to do on the mat and frantically jotted them down whenever a pose or transition has come to me. But I’ve always felt intimidated stepping on my mat with no direction.

I did yoganuary with Cat Meffan and practiced at home every day, I practice at the studio 3 times a week. I know I’m capable of stepping on my mat and stretching for 30 mins or so, but knowing something and actually doing it are different things.

Recently I’ve made a yoga playlist on Spotify. My songs are relaxed but vibey (is that a word?!) I’ve stepped onto my mat, at home with no direction a few times this month and I’ve decided the less I think about it, the more I go with the flow (literally) with my music in the background, the easier it is to flow. I’ve even stepped off the mat and journelled my practice because I enjoyed it so much, I can return to it another time.

So over experimenting over the last few months I’ve learned:

  • Don’t push a home practice, it’ll happen when you let it
  • Make a playlist that inspires you and go where the music leads
  • You don’t have to flow continuously from asana to Adana like in a class, take DFD/ child’s pose if you need inspo
  • Slow it down. Don’t rush through a sequence for fear or forgetting it. Hold the poses for a count of at least 3
  • Start with sun salutations, and adapt them where necessary, your body will lead from there, once the mind lets go
  • Smile πŸ™‚

Bookworm

I’m working my way through my pre- reading list! Compulsory reads are:

– The Bhagavad Gita

– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

– Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

Recommended pre reading:

– Instructing Hatha yoga by Kathy Lee Kappmeier

– Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bhanda by Sarah Satyananda Swam

– Yoga Anatomy byLeslie Kaminoff

So far I’ve finished the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita, both of which I really enjoyed (particularly the Gita).

I thought the Gita was difficult to get into but once I had started to understand the way it’s narrated and the layout of the book I really got into it, reading a chapter a day. I’m going to re-visit this book before I start my training as I think the more you read it the more you’ll get from it. I may also read the Upanishads, though this probably won’t be before I start training.

I just started on Key muscles of Yoga by Ray Long and oh my god! I don’t understand it at all! So many new words and concepts, again I’m going to read through once, before reading again and taking notes!

I have a reading list of my own which is like to get through before I begin my training, these include:

– the Power of Now by Elkhart Tolle

– The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Last weeks yoga- 2 classes

Exercise- 1 TRIB3 class

Sh*t is about to get real

I booked my YTT in November 2018, to start in September 2019. This option worked for me largely because it gave me time to save but also because I was full of doubt ‘am I good enough?’ ‘will I manage?’. The 10 months between booking and beginning my training were supposed to be wholly dedicated to becoming as good as I could possibly be at Yoga. In January I signed up to Cat Meffan’s Yoganuary so I practiced every day (mostly) from home and visited the studio about once a week for a class. Since then (writing on the 19th February) I’ve practiced maybe… once. Before I booked my training I was practicing about 3 times a week. So why can’t I get my ass into gear now?!

I work full time and admittedly things have been hectic at work, but that’s just an excuse.

So here is my commitment: from now on, I will practice three times a week at the studio and at least once a week from home.

I’ll make a note on here each week of the number of times I rolled out my mat… Bridget Jones style!

I had also intended to supplement yoga with fitness classes in the run up to YTT as I often struggle with my level of fitness. This year I’ve been to 1 fitness class. So again, my commitment:

I will attend at least one fitness class (outside yoga) each week.

Hopefully by writing this for the world to see, I’ll get my ass into motion… Let’s do this πŸ’ͺ🏻

There’s no better time than now…

I’ve wanted to teach yoga pretty much from my first class. When I got home that day I googled yoga, and realised people were doing it, a LOT of people. The more I googled the more I found. I found cute studios, cool studios, Hot (?!) studios. I found clothing brands made for yogis with leggings of different lengths different patterns and all the colours of the rainbow. I found out there were 1001 different mats you could buy. I found people on Instagram like Rachel Brathen and Kino McGregor who did Instagram in beautiful places and made it look more like art than exercise. I started spending my (small) paycheck in Sweaty Betty. I would spend my days at work googling and found that yoga teacher training was a thing (remember I was new to the game!) and would look at the entry requirements for most of the courses ( a minimum of 2 years continuous practice) and wish the time away. Basically, I was obsessed. I was like a child in a candy store.

I continued in this way for a couple of years before moving home to Newcastle from London. In Newcastle, or rather my small hometown outside of Newcastle, there were no studios I could get to easily so I had a break from yoga. When I moved to Leeds and found Yoga Hero a short walk from my house, I started going to yoga again infrequently. I loved it while I was there and wished I was there when I wasn’t, slowly I started going more and more regularly. I started attending workshops and different classes I hadn’t tried before (having only ever done Ashtanga). After about a year of attending more frequently in Leeds, I saw Yoga Hero offered a YTT course. I considered it but I decided I wasn’t ready, I didn’t have enough money, other people were better than me, I couldn’t handstand. I couldn’t stop thinking about it though, so about 6 months later I set myself a challenge. If I could save the money for the deposit, I’d put it down and sign up. My savings after a few months didn’t even come close! But then finally, I got a call from my mum, she was calling her to say she had found a lump and it was cancerous. I had just finished an intense yoga class in London with Cat Meffan when she called me and the emotions were conflicting. I’d just achieved a goal of mine (to go to a class by Cat Meffan) so was happy and excited, not to mention zen πŸ™πŸΌ. But I had also just had some pretty bad news which was shocking and obviously devastating. I drew strength from yoga, as I have many times since my first class in 2013. And in that moment I realised life is too short not to follow your dreams. You can make excuses forever but you’ll only regret what you don’t do, not what you do, do. My mum will be fine, she’s had it rough but things will get better, for all of us. I am focusing on yoga this year, and preparing myself for YTT as much as I possibly can to help with the ‘am I ready?!’, Im working on my handstand πŸ˜‰ and selling anything I can get my hands on to help with the ‘I can’t afford it’ Finally, I’m keeping this blog to share my thoughts and progress along the way 🌠

The Journey Begins

Hi, I’m Lucy. Thanks for joining me!

So, I did it!! I signed up to My first 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training course!

The title of this post is a little bit misleading. My journey to reach this point has been long, but the goal, YTT has been something I wanted since I first started practicing yoga in 2014.

My first yoga class was in my office, I had graduated from my undergrad and aged 21 moved to London. Someone in the office was running a weekly class in one of the meeting rooms for Β£3 a class (!). I was nervous to start but gathered a few friends and gave it a try. From the first class I loved it, I felt like I had finally found the form of exercise for me. My friends never went back to yoga, but after that first class, I was hooked.

I’ve researched Teacher training courses pretty much since that first class, dreaming of what it would be like to do one.

Now I’ve signed up, I’m nervous, am I good enough? will I be able to keep up? Will I teach afterwards?

In this blog I’m going to talk about my journey to signing up to YTT, I’ll also keep note of my journey from now until the beginning of YTT, as I try to prepare myself, and will blog through my YTT. Hopefully you will relate to this if you’re thinking of doing your YTT now or in the future.