Yoga For Wellness & Resilience!
I first found yoga when I was around 16/17 (back in 1985/6), a class at my Sixth Form College I took on a lunchtime with my girlfriends. I came back to yoga again but never really stuck with it until later in my life.
I worked as a doctor in the NHS for 25 years and was passionate about the work I did, and the people I worked with. However, I had to take ill-health retirement in 2017 which was quite a shock to me.
I had become unwell sometime before, and it was then I discovered Yoga again, my kind of Yoga. When one of my doctors said to me ‘we can’t treat chronic pain’, I was shocked, and worried. Then I realised, I had to do something myself, for me, to help me. I began practicing yoga every single day, in everything I did, I had to live it, not just do it!
The more I learnt, the more I wanted, so I trained as a Yoga teacher. Now, I know Yoga cannot cure, but I now know how much it can help any person with or without health difficulties. It can help manage life, and enjoy life. My amazing husband, Richard, changed his workshop into my yoga studio, so I could practice every day. I also began to share my kind of Yoga with other people. This kind of Yoga is really inspired by Kristine Kaoverii Weber and her teachings of Subtle® Yoga, underpinned by an understanding in neuroscience, understandably this resonated with me.
Anybody engaging in the physical practice of Yoga will have their own preferences, and for different reasons. However, there is progressively emerging evidence of how slow, mindful practice along with meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) can be beneficial to so many people. The brain is complex, and we are far from fully understanding it, but this growing field of research is showing us that Yoga can be helpful for people with stress, anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatic disorders, chronic pain, recovery following stroke, recovery from addictions to name just a few.
In a time where our health service is struggling to meet the needs of the population, there is also the recognition that ‘lifestyle’ changes, and ‘complementary’ therapies can help people, and without a doubt, this includes the slow and mindful practice of Yoga.
Now a word about Yoga Leggs!
Anybody who knows me knows I have always loved clothes, and some may say I was always a quirky dresser. I have been wearing leggings since the 80s, so when Kerrie Murray, my own wonderful Dru Yoga Teacher (The Yoga House Yarm), when she introduced me to Yoga Leggs I became instantly hooked! I became so hooked that Becki and Amanda never seemed surprised when I was in touch. I only recommend a small number of products on my website, but Yoga Leggs are up there in my list.
Grab your leggings, and allow yourself some slow and mindful practice, you, and your body deserve it.