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By handsonharmony, Dec 11 2018 07:56PM

Before I left to run my seventh yoga retreat, I had a clear intention; I wanted to inspire and help everyone there to live the best 2019 they possibly could. It might sound cheesy, but it's true.



Amongst others, I asked everyone - How do you want to feel in 2019? What promise are you going to make to yourself for 2019? What activities do you want to do in 2019?



Let's let go of distractions and the oh-I-would-love-to-but's and ask yourself those three same questions.



Are you wanting to commit to a yoga practice?

Is your promise to take better care of yourself?

Would you like to feel healthier?

Maybe you want to feel more settled and calmer?

You may wish to feel full of energy and life in 2019!

Do you want to put yourself first for a bit and switch off while you have fun too?




Hands on Harmony Yoga retreats are a wonderful place to focus on yoga; to learn ways to be healthier in body, mind and spirit; to take time out for you and they are specifically designed to furnish you with everything you need for complete joy and revitalisation.



Everyone and every body is welcome into our relaxing atmosphere, whether you’re looking to unwind, gain energy, connect with kindred spirits, start your new year perfectly or just create some time for you.



Here are 6 things I've learned from running yoga retreats:-



1. Choosing Your Retreat


Every time we start a retreat we ask people why they have chosen to come on that retreat. What made them decide to attend that retreat at that venue?


The answers can vary. Some come to spend time with a friend and others come to meet like minded people. Sometimes it's more planned than that. Some attendees want to expand their knowledge of yoga or get back into a lost practice and some want to give yoga a whirl in a safe environment. For others its a time for self-care, to treat themselves to rest and relaxation. For most it's to experience a sense of nurturing, being immersed and uplifted in peaceful yet energetic surroundings.

So ask yourself why do you want to come on a yoga retreat? What is your connection to it? Then let your heart guide you.



2. Leave The Guilt Behind


You know that backpack of guilt that you carry around with you? Leave it at home. Seriously. We can only give what we have and we can’t pour from an empty cup so give yourself a pat on the back for making the decision to take time for you, to look after yourself so that you can be a better person when you get back home. Click here to read more.

By handsonharmony, Dec 11 2018 11:40AM

Most people who contact me have many different questions about yoga, health and all things wellness.



Here are 6 common questions ANSWERED (wooo!) to help you embark on your yoga health path.



1. I've never done yoga before and I'm not flexible. Will I be able to do your classes?



Yes, absolutely! Many beginners worry that they won't be able to keep up with a class and that they need to be flexible. That's much the same as believing that you need to be able to paint a landscape before taking painting lessons. You will find that a yoga practice will help you to become more flexible, not just in your body, but also in your mind and outlook in life.



The classes that I run are infused with modifications and adaptations so all levels of students can enjoy the benefits of yoga, such as strength, improved cardio-vascular health, agility and so much more.



2. What does Namaste mean that we say at the end of class?



At the end of every yoga class you will see me bring my hands together in a prayer position, bow forward and say 'Namaste'.



For teacher and student, namaste allows individuals to come together energetically to a timeless place and connection, free from ego.



A definition of namaste is "I bow to your true self". The true self might be seen as a deeper version of yourself, less attached to any ego driven actions or thoughts, it's the kindest, calmest, gentlest, happiest, most compassionate and loving person you can be.



The exchange between students and teacher at the end of the class is a beautiful way to honour the true self in each of us.




3. Will yoga conflict with my religion?



No. Yoga does not conflict with religion. To read more click here

By handsonharmony, Sep 28 2018 03:25PM

The Energy of Creation



Here we are in August - slap bang in the middle of the summer.



There's a vibrancy that comes with the summer months - radiance. Fire energy is rapid at this time of year and passions are easily ignited, together with the enthusiasm and the high we experience when we know that anything is possible. It is the perfect time of year to "get things done".



The energy at this time of year can be one of creation. Starting new projects can be fairly easy to do, especially when fire energy is abundant - a new job, a new relationship, a new routine. On the other hand, it can also be fairly easy to end something when we feel we have bitten off more than we can chew. The challenge comes in maintaining what we have created.



Over the years people have asked me what they should do in order to have a successful yoga practice at home. My answer is always the same - keep it simple. You don't need to replicate what we do in class in your practice every day at home. If you set yourself a goal of doing a 75 minute practice every day at dawn, you're setting yourself a big challenge to maintain.



Creating, Maintaining & Destroying



In yoga philosophy there are three main deities - Bhrama (the creator), Vishnu (the maintainer) and Shiva (the destroyer). Vishnu is the protector and the one who keeps order. Out of these three deities, Vishnu is said to have the hardest job... To read more click here


By handsonharmony, Sep 28 2018 03:12PM

Entering into the realm of one-to-one classes can be an exciting prospect for both teacher and student and can offer a chance to really get to know your body and mind away from the influence of other students. One-to-one yoga is the traditional way of learning yoga. The ancient yogis knew the importance of personal yoga practice; ensuring the individualisation of each asana and pranayama so that each student could grow and tap into the best version of themselves.



Nowadays there are more individuals wishing to undertake a yoga practice and there just aren’t enough hours in a day to reach every student! Thankfully group classes are available which allow greater accessibility and also create an energising atmosphere which is affordable; however, in group classes the teachers are not always in a position (pardon the pun!) to be able to provide individual attention and guidance, which we all need from one time or another.



WHY GO PRIVATE?


People decide to embark on private yoga sessions for a variety of reasons... To read more click here

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