Friday, 23 August 2013

Time for a catch up

Hi-de-hi campers
 
How are you?
 
Well, it's certainly been a while since the last blog post, so I thought it was time for a catch up. How does that sound? Make yourself a cup of chai tea and let's get comfortable :)
 
A lot has been happening of late! Since my last post, I've been accepted into a dance troupe *fist pump* ("fist pump" isn't the name of the troupe, by the way) and I went with a group of my swingy friends to Boomtown to do a few performances and generally dress up like loonies and wander round the festival aimlessly for three days. Good fun, until a) I realised that I dislike ska, and b)  I caught another coldy/fluey thing and had to take the following week off work. Derp. If you're new to camping, I have a tip for you: do not, I repeat - DO NOT - go camping without an airbed. You're welcome.
 
All these activities aside, what I actually wanted to talk about was meditation. My acupuncturist recommended a meditation company called 'Get Some Headspace' based in North London, run by a sexy former Buddhist monk and a sexy former advertising exec (yeah...they're both sexy...result!), as a way for me to get back into meditation. My lifestyle changes over the past year took me away from my daily meditations (read: I stopped doing it) and I was keen to get back into a routine but felt fairly daunted, much like when you run every day for a year and then stop...it suddenly seems like the greatest challenge to start again.
 
Get Some Headspace have an app available on iPhone called 'Headspace' which is free (result x2!) to download, and runs their 'Take10' programme. Ten minutes of guided meditation per day for ten days. It really couldn't be easier! I eagerly signed up to the programme, listening to Andy Puddicombe's lovely, calm and engaging voice guiding me through the meditation each day. I'd forgotten how it feels to make the choice to put that time aside to create calm and serenity in my life. After only two days, I noticed a big difference in my moods and ability to deal with situations at work and in my personal life. I felt lighter and my mind felt clearer, and I found myself seeking out that ten minutes of quiet each day.
 
Ten minutes is less than 1% of your day! In the craziness of modern life, it can feel as though we simply don't have time to sit and be still for any amount of time, but ten simple minutes is all it takes to have a noticeable, positive effect on your life.
 
As I've been walking around over the past week, I've spotted that I must be giving out a much happier aura, as I've been getting much more (sexy) male attention than I've ever had before. Yeah, it's all about the sexy today :) I've been less afraid of engaging eye contact with people rather than instantly looking away - a sign of feeling more open and free.
 
If you've been thinking about trying meditation, Headspace is a great and gentle way to ease yourself into the practice. I'm about to sign up to the Take15 programme to travel further down my meditation path again; when the benefits are obvious, it makes perfect sense to continue.
 
That's my ten cents for the day; I hope it's given you some food for thought...
 
Speaking of food, it's time for something to eat! Have a great bank holiday weekend everybody.
 
Mwah.
 
xx

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Venue Search

Hi yogis, and not yogis too :)

It's another gorgeous day isn't it? I just cycled to Angel to meet a friend for a catch-up, and am now back in my flat ready to cool down and research some venues so I can finally start running yoga classes for the public!

This is a bit of a shout out to anyone who knows of any good community halls, church halls, or just spaces in general that might be good for hosting yoga classes. Preferably in North and East London for now. If you do know of anywhere, let me know in the comments box below! Free yoga lesson for anyone who gives me a successful lead :D

Have a beautiful day everyone.

Muchos love.

xxx




Friday, 19 July 2013

Hello, Hello

Hello world! Or the interwebs anyway...

Where to start? It's a blisteringly hot day today, as it has been all week. *SHOCK HORROR* I know! 'Blisteringly hot' and 'England' are not two (well, three) words you'd usually think of together but we're having a heat-wave over here. I would love to say I'm enjoying it, but as a pale, freckly, English person, I'm quite honestly 1 degree away from melting into a puddle of sweat and sun block. You are welcome for that mental image.

I've had the past two weeks off work and it's been seriously AWESOME! Just having the chance to go exploring, meet friends for lunch, do yoga, go dancing and all the things, has been so good. Getting on my bike again has been fun - I forgot what a great way it is to travel, even around London which is admittedly a tad scary.

Tonight, my friend Alis from Dundee is coming to stay. I met Alis on my yoga TT last year; we really bonded in our second week and have kept in touch ever since, which is awesome because, well who doesn't love to make new friends? :) Alis works for Guide Dogs for the Blind, as well as teaching yoga - if you ever attend one of her classes, be prepared for some serious core work! She's a great teacher (and I'm not just saying that!) It's her birthday today so we're going out for dinner & a few cheeky cocktails later. Better get the Nurofen at the ready!

Right-o interwebs, have a great weekend, whatever it holds for you! I'm not going to promise that I'll write again soon, so I'll just say, see you next time.

TTFN!

xx





Monday, 18 March 2013

How Much is Too Much?

Hi. My name's Jackie and I'm addicted to social networking.
 
Yes hello, and welcome to your very own SNA (Social Networking Anonymous) Meeting. I've been reflecting lately on my usage of the internet and specifically, social networking sites. At a current tally, I have an account on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, and of course, Blogger. Of all these, I would say I'm a prolific Facebook and Instagram user, updating daily with random statuses and photos of my cat or other such things that are keeping my attention at any time.
 
As I write this, the thought is running in the back of my mind: why? In a positive context, social networking can be used for the greater good; to spread messages of happiness and health, to promote businesses, to communicate with friends and family while away from home and more. But lately, I've realised that these sites, and to an extent, the technology I use to access them, have become part of my psyche... and not in a good way. I noted to my cousin recently that my mobile has almost become a replacement for my hand for it is permanently glued to my palm in case I should need access it immediately (for what I ask you?) Upon waking in the morning, and after feeding my new cat, the first thing I do is check emails, Facebook and Instagram before going about my daily business. It's become an unhealthy obsession rather than a thing to use occasionally to keep up to date with what's going on elsewhere. These websites can be misconstrued as a genuine way of connecting to the outside world and can create a false sense of bonding and affection with others.
 
I'm not purposefully trying to focus on the negatives but merely to point them out, as I've become increasingly aware of my desire to use these sites and the effect they're having on me... In the spirit of personal growth and awareness, it's time for an internet detox! It's a good goal for anyone to undertake - to get off the internet and get back into the world!
 
So, it's goodbye for the next seven days as I try to cleanse my mind of my addiction to these things (for that's all they are) and focus on the more positive and enhancing activities that bring me pure joy. More yoga and dancing please!
 
See you in a week folks!
 
Jx
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Breakfast

Ok, so here's what you're going to do:

Take a small bowl, add some porridge oats and cover with your choice of milk (dairy, nut, soya...) then place it in your fridge and allow to soak overnight.

In the morning, head to your kitchen, remove said bowl from the fridge and make yourself a sexy breakfast! Add your choice of berries, nuts, flaxseed, hemp or anything that really floats your boat. Maybe even add a dollop of yoghurt on top of all of that health and goodness! 

To add to the awesomeness of this breakfast, you've also boiled the kettle, sliced yourself some lemon and made yourself a cup of hot water and lemon to cleanse that body of yours. This is going to be awesome!

Not forgetting to grab a spoon, you're now going to take your breakfast to the kitchen table and get stuck in. It's gorgeous, healthy and will keep you feeling full for hours. It's so easy to do and so delicious to taste!

Enjoy yogis xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

A Very Lazy Yoga Practice

I decided to record my yoga practice in my room today. There's not much space so apologies in advance for the boob/bum shots. It's a lazy and short practice but I wanted to get my spine moving and do a couple of inversions... I'm putting this video up for you to enjoy, it's not a serious practice, I wobble and make mistakes but that's the beauty of it. Today's practice will not be the same as tomorrow's!

video

Music by ODESZA (on Soundcloud)

Love xx

Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very happy and exciting new year!

I hope you have a wonderful evening of celebrations tonight wherever you are in the world. 

Reflecting back on 2012, I have so many things to be thankful for and I'm looking forward to 2013 and whatever it may bring! This is usually the time of year for people to think about what they wish for the new year ahead and I like to think of a word that will be my focus for the next 12 months. My word for 2013 is discipline. Take five minutes out of your day to think about what you're thankful for and perhaps what word you would like to take forward.

Wishing you all love and light