I get asked quite a lot about alternative medicines and ways of clearing without the 'take a pill to feel better' the doctors love!
I love to tell clients about my reiki experiences because it sheds love and light inwards, at the same time as clearly the shit we don't need to hold onto.
I hadn't had reiki before but went in very open to the experience. When I arrived the practitioner explained what she would do and what in turn I should do, I would focus on my breath - taking long deep complete breaths while she worked her magic (literally). I laid on the bed and crystals placed over chakra points in the colours I was familiar with from studying yoga.
Throughout the reiki, I had my eyes closed and laid still. The practitioner was quiet and never physically touched me, although I could feel her hands close to me as she moved slowly through my chakra points (from head down to toes).
I found I had a slight, not painful, headache while she tapped in and cleared my crown chakra and third eye which soon passed as she got to my throat chakra. This for me was the most intense feeling as I had a very sore throat while she worked on my communication centre! From there as I felt her energy over my heart space and chest I felt very emotional and actually cried a few tears, it was a beautiful shedding like feeling while the crystal on my chest felt super warm and felt as though it was vibrating slightly too. I didn't feel much at all while she worked into my belly and then the real intense e-learning feeling begin as she moved to my feet. My left foot was twitching and legs felt extremely hot too!
After the reiki, we sat and discussed these feelings and some explanation was given as to why I felt those feelings and emotions, for example the twitchy left foot is the energy clearing and leaving the body, and the few tears I shed while she worked on my heart chakra was a clearing process too. My communication centre (throat) was the most intense as it was probably most out of balance, it could have been because I talk a lot during teaching, I like to sing and express myself through speech, but also I could of been holding onto something I hadn't expressed too... interesting right!!
Overall I loved the reiki experience and would recommend if you are thinking about it! Let me know in the comments below your experience of reiki, or if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Amy x
Hiya! How are you doing? I mean really, how are you doing?
Gosh, what a time it is to be alive! With so much unknown and instability it is so normal to feel anxiety about, well, just about everything it seems!
Anxiety and stress does not serve us and we need to be doing all we can to feel powerful and hopeful at a time like this to set us up to thrive in the next few weeks and months coming out of lockdown.
We can't control what happens to us, but we can choose our responses! Here is how we can respond to kick the big A's arse!
Everything starts with mindset, and to help our mindset we meditate. I think just about all of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, and you don't have to be a 'pro' to reap the rewards. Even if you just find a little bit of quiet for 5-10 minutes a day to give yourself permission to just sit, be still and and focus on the breath will be absolutely enough to feel a little or a lot of peace. Trust me, it is so POWERFUL! Something as simple as this every morning leaves me feeling calm and level headed.
Practicing meditating leads to feeling inspired! After meditating, it is a great idea to journal, which I think it is bit of a funny words to just jotting down some words about thoughts and feelings that came up throughout your mediation. Once you become aware of how you feel, you can then brainstorm some ideas to move past the challenges in our mind.
Ultimately, you are giving your mind some space to observe, because if we pay attention to what is going on, you can catch yourself if you're feeling low.
So how to feel inspired?
There are so many ways to get inspired, from watching a youtube video or listening to a podcast in the car on the way to work or while brushing your teeth! When I do this I feel my energy change and I feel hopeful and motivated, BRING THE WORLD ON!
When you feel inspired we feel like we have more options and opportunities, things become more clear. This all helps our mindset and kicks anxiety out the door and down the road!!
Super quick and easy, these tuna tacos are filling and fun food for all!
Ingredients for two adults
- Two tins of tuna
- Handful of black and/or green olives
- Half red onion
- 1 Little gem lettuce
- One pack of wholegrain rice
- Handful of grated cheese
Of course you can add any other veg in, for example sweetcorn or tomatoes
I thought I'd share with you a couple of flows I have put together and taught in classes recently in case you want to practice them in your own time or didn't quite manage to catch me in classes.
Please ensure you warm up with some poses and stretches before flowing on the mat and to spend more time on the mat also practice3-5 Namaskara A and 1-3 Namaskara B too,
Feel free to add your little flair to these flows and feel free to tag me in your practice, it would be awesome to see you on your mat!
Flow One -
Flow Two - hold each pose for 3-5 breaths:
Enjoy and let me know how you get on,
This recipe is super easy, quick, fresh, and healthy!
It really hits the spot every time I cook it, and after the amazing dinner feedback I received from my yogis on my retreat in November last year, I want to share it with you!
Wholewheat pasta - spaghetti is best I think (of course use GF or other alternatives)
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
Handful of black olives
Splash of Olive Oil
3 or 4 beetroot balls (one pack)
Pinch of salt and pepper
1. Boil pasta
While the pasta is cooking, there is plenty of time to prep the pasta sauce
2. Chop the red pepper, red onion and two garlic gloves
3. Add red pepper, garlic, black olives, coriander and beets to a blender/mixer, add a splash of olive oil to get things mixing! Thats it, simple!
4. When the pasta has cooked, mix in the sauce and enjoy
A little crumbled goats cheese on top is delicious and looks the part to serve. Of course you could add a source of protein like chicken or salmon too.
Give it a go and let me know your thoughts in the comment box below x
If you had asked me a few years ago what resemblance does the moon cycle have on my life I would have probably tilted my head to the side and said, ' Jaffa cakes use it in an advert'!!!
It was only when I went to Portugal in September 2020, pretty much a year on from completing my YTT, to celebrate and reflect on my first year being a yoga teacher that I started learning and opening up to how the moon cycle, especially the Full and new Moon phases have such significance to our thoughts, emotions, energy levels and much more!
On that trip I took part in my first full moon ceremony with 10/15 other ladies and it was bloody powerful. It completely inspired me to continue researching online and looking inwards to my own personal journey and body to see if I could find any patterns that link to the moon cycle.... Since then I have held my own full moon ceremony and learning workshop at a local yoga studio to enlighten and share with others my findings. As well as that, every full and new moon I share posts on social media with information in too.
Full moon: So what is it all about... Well, on the full moon which happens around once a month, the moon will admit the highest amount of energy as it is appears as its biggest shape to earth. It is said that we are more likely to experience sleepless nights on a full moon as the moon is at its brightest and the energy is super high too! Our energy within us can also be elevated: we might feel we have bundles of energy to emit and feel less grounded in ourselves wanting to do something crazy or exciting! Also, little fun facts - in films they always show a full moon when the climax is coming and back in real life, there are always more police on the streets patrolling because of the full moon energy! Oh also, all the ladies out there... If you are starting to bleed on or around the full moon date it can mean you are super in-sync!
New moon: So on a new moon, the skinniest looking phase of the moon, energy levels of the moon and us can be at our lowest. But you might feel super grounded and homely, sleeping well and balances in yoga feel super strong!
So what happens in a full moon ceremony... Sit down and take time to think of the last month - think about something you would like to let go of, maybe something that has happened or a certain thinking habit and let that shit go, leaving it right there and then! Then start to manifest something you want to project out into the world, maybe you want to make more money this month or improve on a relationship with someone or yourself. Throughout the moon cycle reflect back onto that thought and watch what happens. This can be a super powerful way to practice and feels very special!
Those who use crystals will also put them out under a full moon to cleanse and re-charge them.
There is lots of information out there about the moon, if you enjoyed this post then head out and explore for yourself or look inwards and see if you can relate. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below :)
My energy balls have been quite the hit! I have made them as snacks for my workshops and shared photos of them on Instagram. After a few requests, here is the super easy recipe!
1. Dates - de-stoned, a cup full (for that sticky consistency)
2. Chia Seeds 2 teaspoon
3. Granola a cup full
4. Cacao powder 2/3 teaspoon depending on how chocolatey you like things
5. Goji berries 3 teaspoon
6. Peanut butter 2 tablespoon
7. 70% or 80% chocolate half a bar
= Mix half 3 and 1-6 together in a blender into a mixture.
= Add other half of 3 after blending to thicken the mixture
= Roll into small balls using your hands
= Put energy balls into fridge to set for half an hour
= Melt down 7 with some water
= Cover energy balls with the chocolate by either dipping into the chocolate or pouring carefully over the top
= Put back into fridge to set for at least half an hour. Store in the fridge too!
I love to make them at the beginning of the week when I prep my meals... they are a great quite snack and healthier than grabbing a pack of crisps or chocolate bar, they will also keep you fuller for longer! Enjoy!
We often suffer from sore shoulders due to weak deep neck flexors! The deep neck flexor muscles run down the front of the neck, more on these later! Unfortunately, the trapezius muscles, located at the top of the shoulders feel achey and sore because they are working too hard and too much.
Massages are great to relieve the tension and stress in the muscles, but if you're repeating the same habits, the achey muscles will return in no time!
So, what can we do to help our those poor trapezius muscles (traps)... Here is all the info you need:
Back in the day, I mean really back in the day when we were cave men, we used to look over our shoulders and turn our heads a lot, to hunt food and the fear of being hunted ourselves! But nowadays, we don't need to worry about those things and everything we need is in front of us: our laptops, phones, even the new tech cars with cameras and parking sensors mean we don't even need to turn our heads to look into the rearview mirror! So, my point is, our deep neck flexor muscles don't fire up and have become lazy/weak because essentially we don't have to use them as much in day to day life.
If you get achey shoulders, this is a sure sign that you need to strengthen the deep neck flexors and allow those poor traps to relax.. You can see this if you look in the mirror, turn to the side and see your head jolting forward... Instead, give yourself a double chin, draw the chin back to the back of the neck and you've just fired up the deep neck flexors and switched off the muscles that are achey.
Unfortunately there is no quick fix to this, you have to catch yourself in the act with the chin forward shortening the neck and give yourself a double chin every time! Soon, your posture and shoulders will feel a lot better.
Another great exercise to do is the chicken or pigeon head, the chin sticks out then draw it back slowly... feels easy, okay add a bit of resistance! Interlace your fingers round the back of your head and push back onto the hands, this is awesome!! Or another idea is get a tennis ball, or soft ball and put it behind your head on the wall and push back into it! Also firing up and building those deep neck flexors!!
Yoga is great for helping the neck flexors too as we look over our shoulders a lot in twists and when we open our heart space to the ceiling... tadahhh!
I hope this has been helpful, if you have any questions do just pop me a message.
Hyper mobility is super common and has a HUGE impact on your yoga practice.
What is it? Well it is exactly what it says on the tin - where the joint (knee, shoulder, elbow etc) can go beyond it's intended range of movement and is therefore the joint is hyper (over) mobile.
How does it affect your practice? Hyper mobility impacts not only your yoga practice but every day life and other exercise. You want to encourage strength in your body and hyper mobility encourages laziness and damage to joints. Basically, hyper extension means you hang out in joints rather than using muscles which is detrimental to overall heath.
Why does it matter to me so much? Well, following my first blog post about having a safe practice, hyper mobility is not save, when you over extend you sit into the joint: into the tendons and ligaments instead of using your muscles to support the joint, making it weak and prone to injury in the long run.
How to manage hyper mobility? Unfortunately there is no easy way to manage hyper mobility other than to be aware of movement, especially while on your yoga mat. Instead of finding that end range of movement, full extension or flexion, you have to keep a slight bend into the joint - for example in plank pose to keep a slight bend through the elbows and knees. You will find it harder at first as you will engage more muscles but I promise you will get stronger!
I posted an IGTV on my Instagram to explain this visually too, head to my page @amyogainsta to check it out! To find out if you have hyper mobility or want to ask a question, please comment below.
For my first blog entry I think it is only right to explain to you why I teach the way I do!
I receive a lot of feedback from clients after class saying 'Thank you, you explain poses so clearly', and 'it is great, you always tell me what to do with my body and remind me to breathe'.
I feel passionately about making your practice as safe as possible every time you come into class. Don't think for one minute this means 'boring'! It just means having an awareness of your body alignment in each pose, and that is the key word, alignment! For example, when you play jenga, you look at how to take the next brick out of the solid stack without damaging the structure so you keep the alignment and stability. When we move, on or off the mat, we should be doing the same, as you take one foot off the mat to step forward, without realising (or maybe we need to realise more) you stabilise through the rest of your body with balance so you don't fall over!
Unfortunately yoga has a slight reputation for sustaining injuries, and that needs to change. From little things like flinging your head back in cobra to think you are going 'deeper' into the pose, but really you just load the neck with extra weight of the heaviest part of the body, or to taking a bind over and over again in warrior two or triangle pose because it is the deepest you can come into, This is great but that is repetitive internal rotation of the shoulder joint, something we should be trying to avoid too much of because we spend too much time already rounding the shoulders, collapsing inwards - instead we want to be opening up with external rotation i.e., cactus arms (bending at the elbows, elbows at shoulder height).
I have always found body mechanics interesting, At Sixth Form I studied Physical Education at A-Level which gave me a good understanding of the anatomy of the body and to take this knowledge through to my yoga. The yoga teaching training (YTT) course I chose had a deep anatomy focus to it and we covered 80 yoga poses - alignment information and adjustments to give in each of them, an online anatomy course all culminating in an exam on body function at the end of the course.
So yes, I focus on alignment and give constant cues to keep you safe to help you build muscle and strength in key areas of the body, but most of all so you can feel the pose to gain the most out of it. Those little tweaks of the hips, arms, head or toes all aid your practice. But don't worry too much, as my inspiration and fellow yoga teacher, Celest always says, 'any movement is better than no movement!'
If you found this blog useful, I welcome your comments.