Going on a day, weekend, week or longer retreat can be really beneficial. Depending on the retreat chosen you might have a digital detox, be outdoors on adventures, learning to meditate, deepening your yoga practice, eating home-cooked healthy food, making new friends, spending time alone ... the list could go on. But in the last … Continue reading How to create your own retreat at home
I can be a bit of a hoarder and have several boxes of things in my attic which I haven't looked at for years. Do I need them? Probably not. But I'm also a bit of a procrastinator so haven't got round to sorting through them and deciding what to keep, donate, recycle, or sadly … Continue reading Letting things go
Recently I went on a wild goose chase. On a bicycle. It actually wasn't as silly as it sounds. Several migratory bird species come to the area where I live every autumn to spend their winter here, where it's a lot warmer than where they come from. A festival is held in early October to … Continue reading Wild goose chase, migration and being seasonal
Although cultural appropriation is not new, the term itself has become used in the last 40 years of so, and particularly in the last 5-10 years, within a variety of settings including yoga. As a white, Western, middle-class woman of many privileges (check yours here) who is appalled by repression, oppression, racism and sexim and … Continue reading Yoga, cultural appropriation and appreciation
Today (22nd April) is Earth Day. In 2020 this is the 50th year that the day has been marked, and this year the organisers have identified climate change as the single biggest issue facing the planet. The history of Earth Day is rooted in civil action and growing awareness of environmental issues, and for 2020 … Continue reading Earth day: a movement not a day
I don't know about anyone else but sometimes you just get to the point when it all gets a bit too much. I was at that point at 4am this morning! My mind was whirring around, I was mentally drafting blog posts, wondering what do to about planned classes and events, worrying about friends and … Continue reading Feel the fear and find a better way to be
With parts of the world burning, species and forests being lost, and the polar ice caps melting, it's easy to become despondent and depressed about the state of the world, with the climate crisis now recognised by many local and national governments, scientists, and internationally, as an emergency. We might feel that the scale of … Continue reading What can I do about the climate crisis?
It's the summer solstice here in Scotland, and being almost half way through the year seems like a good time to review how the year is going. Do you set new year goals or resolutions? It might be a matter of semantics but some years ago I stopped setting new year resolutions and decided to … Continue reading Pause and reflect at the solstice