SS: Sunday Saves (#64)

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Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far; I’ve had a lovely weekend so far and I’m hoping for the same positive vibes today. On this week’s Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about gratitude, yoga and dreams this morning so I hope you enjoy.

1) From Lucy With Love (Weekly Gratitude)

As you know from reading the blog, I have been incorporating gratitude more into my daily life (If you want to read my blog post on it, it’s right here) and Lucy does this in blog form and I love it! If you’re just looking for gratitude inspiration or want to find out what she’s been grateful for, check out her post. And Lucy, the Tony Robbins documentary is amazing! I need to re-watch it again.

2) Brianne Etc. (10 Ways That Yoga Changed My Life)

Reading Brianne’s post made me get even more excited for heading back to my yoga practice tomorrow night after a four month break. Yoga can be revolutionary and it’s not an exaggeration that it can be life changing; it can change your mindset on so many elements of your life. I can’t say there isn’t one point where I don’t agree with Brianne, she really has hit the nail on the head, so if you want to find out how she thrives because of yoga, go check out her post!

3) Dolly Dowsie (National Dream Day | 9 Mind Blowing Facts About Your Dreams)

This post by Fiona is over two years ago but I seen it pop on my latest feed and thought it looked quite interesting. I’ve never really analysed my dreams before except if they have babies (because I’ve heard that’s meant to mean a death is coming) or if someone dies (because that’s meant to mean someone will have a baby, right?) Fiona’s post is all about dreams and more specifically, facts about dreams so it’s quite a nice read if you want to learn something new! (Because you should learn something new every day, right?)

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s picks and remember to give them a visit to see what they have to say. If you’re interested in reading any of my other Sunday Saves, click here and you’ll see my previous sixty-three posts. Have a great day and thank you for reading!

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SS: Sunday Saves (#57)

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Happy Sunday everyone! It’s the last Sunday of the month, this month has just flown by, I really can’t believe it! If you haven’t heard of my Sunday Saves before, it’s a weekly series I write to showcase my favourite blog posts I’ve read that week. You can find my other fifty six editions right here! Today I’ll be talking about kittens, essential oils and a new form of yoga.

1) Life of Bee (Meet The New Family Member)

Bee shows us her adorable new kitten ‘Sox’ and I love the name! It’s so cute, just like him and it reminds me of when I first got Audrey. Awww!

2) She and Life (Essential Oils and Why They Are Essential To Me)

Essential oils are something that have fascinated me for  the last few months and it’s something that I want to start looking more into, because I’ve heard about the benefits of them in their different forms. Tilly tells us about the oils that she uses on a daily basis and describes exactly why they are perfect for her and her family. If you need a quick guide on essential oils, Tilly has you covered.

3) Knel (An Introduction to Hot Pod Yoga)

Hot pod yoga? Yes, I’d never heard of it either; I’d heard of hot yoga before but I didn’t know there was such a thing as hot pod yoga. Katie tells us about her experience of a class, and I would love to give something like this a go. I’m not great in the heat mind you, so I would bet I would last a few minutes at the very most, but it’s a new experience after all, right?

That’s all from this week’s Sunday Saves. It felt very short and sweet but if you go on to the girls’ posts, you’ll see that they do most of the explaining for me; I hope you enjoy their posts! Thanks for reading!

Why I Enjoy Yoga.

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It was my second yoga birthday last week and last year I shared my story on how I got started (which you can find here!) and advice for those who are thinking of trying yoga for the first time (and you’ll find that right here!) So this time I wanted to share the five things that I enjoy the most about yoga.

1) It’s something to look forward to every week.

Now in my New Year’s Resolution post, I said that I wanted to incorporate more yoga into my home life but for right now,  I love having something to look forward to every week. I go on Monday nights after work so even though almost everyone hates Mondays, this softens the blow a little.

2) My progress is amazing!

I’m doing poses that I couldn’t do two years ago or even a year ago. I can straighten my legs in poses that I had struggled to do with a bent knee. With practice and constant progression in class, I’ve surprised myself and to me, that’s exactly what I want get out of learning any new skill. If you’re not learning then what are you doing?

3) I am “in the moment”.

I can only ever remember two yoga sessions I had where I couldn’t stop worrying about what was going on in my life and therefore, I didn’t enjoy the class. The majority of the time however I can completely zone out of my life for an hour and take every moment as it comes. I want to do that more this year and because yoga has already incorporated this element, I think I’ll find it easier to do it in other parts of my life.

4) It improves your gym workout.

I taught myself to sit up straighter on the rowing machine because of yoga. My posture when I’m doing weights is much stronger now because of yoga. My stretches at the end of my workout are now longer and more effective because of yoga. When people say it can change their performance in the gym, they really mean it.

5) It’s the start of a bigger journey.

I don’t know if I would have dived into the world of mindfulness and meditation  if it hadn’t have been for yoga. Mindfulness was really opened up to me in therapy but it was talked about during our weekly yoga classes from time to time. Meditation is something that we take part in at the beginning and the end of the class so when I do it at home, it’s second nature to me.

What do you love about yoga? Let me know your thoughts on all things yoga, good or bad, I want to hear them!

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❤ My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions ❤

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2017! It’s the year we’ve all been waiting for. I hope you all have a lovely year this year!

It’s Sunday today which means there’s normally a Sunday Saves but I wanted to post about my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions instead. Next week Sunday Saves will resume, and if you come back tomorrow, you’ll see a reflection of my 2016 Resolutions. (I’ll link it here when it’s live!)

1) Take part in Veganuary.
First and fore most because this starts in January, I’ll be participating in Veganuary. I’m planning on doing a blog post later on in the week about what exactly Veganuary is and about how I became vegetarian because I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet.

2) Create a morning and evening routine.
Having a morning and evening routine is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle in my opinion but yet, I don’t have either. I want to get up earlier and achieve more with my morning before I go to work. I want to have a healthier attitude to ‘bedtime’ and have a set routine that can settle me down for the night.

3) Create a sleep routine.
This ties in with the morning and evening routine goal. Over the past nine months or so, on an average work day, I have lived on about four or five hours sleep a day. It’s not healthy, I know it’s not. Every part of me has felt the effects so I’m committed to going to bed earlier and getting up earlier too. I’m slowly killing myself otherwise.

4) Meditate more.
Ideally, I would love to do a ten minute meditation in the morning and in the evening but I don’t want to throw myself in to such a big task at first. One meditation every other morning would suit me at the beginning of the year at first and then I would want to build it up to once or twice a day.

5) Practice more yoga at home.
Okay, so I’ve covered getting into yoga and advancing yoga over the past few years but I want to take that even further by making sure I practice yoga at home rather than just in the studio once a week.

6) Live in the moment.
This is really important to me because I am either so stuck in the past or the future. I never take time to appreciate where I am right now and how far I have come. I always float back to my past and how I can’t change it or I race to the future thinking “Okay, I need to be here in the least amount of time”. I really need to take each day as it comes, go with the flow of life and take it in my stride.

7) Expand my knowledge on mindfulness.
Through therapy and reading mental health blogs, I have been really interested in learning more about mindfulness and the techniques behind it. I tend to participate in it quite often but I would like to make it a daily routine of mine because when I do, I genuinely feel better about myself. So I want to practice it as well as do my own reading and research into the ‘science’ behind it too.

8) Keep a Happy Jar for the year.
I love this idea! I featured a jar like this on one of my recent Sunday Saves but I found a post that explains it more, so if you click here, you’ll see it. I’ll do a blog post on mine once I have it decorated!


If you have a New Year’s Resolutions or Goals posts or videos, please send me them via the comments below or over on my Twitter, I love finding out about everyone else’s goals!

SS: Sunday Saves (#19)

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday so far! I’m back with another Sunday Saves of course, and if you’ve missed any of my other posts in this series, you can click right here to find them all!

1. As Told by Chlxe (Yoga Log: Session 1)

I love reading about other people’s yoga experiences! I have written about mine; I talked about my first experience, my first yoga birthday and advice to those who were interested in starting. Chloe has been doing yoga logs which I can’t wait to see grow, but this post that I’m featuring is her first log so she talks about her perceptions of what she thought yoga might be like, how she felt beforehand, during and afterwards too. If you’re interested in finding out more about yoga, you should definitely keep up with Chloe’s yoga logs!

2. Ms. Mistry Blogs (Lets Talks About: Being A People Pleaser)

People pleasers. Yes, I used to be one and I guess part of me still is. I worry when I upset someone, I don’t want to let anyone down, I want to come across as this perfect person to everyone. Let’s be realistic though; that’s never going to happen, is it? I’m not a perfect person, I upset the people around me unintentionally and I feel like a failure when everything doesn’t go perfectly. I’m working on forgiving myself and realising that I can’t be this perfect person; things will go wrong, the little things I do won’t always go to plan, it’s just a case of me learning to accept those things over time. This post on Ms.Mistry Blogs is a guest post in her series, Let’s Talk About… where she has guest bloggers talk about their life or even about real-life events. Becky over at Blogger and the Geek was featured this month and she talks about how she is currently working on becoming less of a people pleaser by setting out a simple plan that she has found successful so far. It’s a very interesting read!

3. More About Cat (Life Lately: Onto The Next Chapter…)

Life updates are probably one of the most popular types of posts on lifestyle blogs but what I found so relatable on Cat’s post is that it just felt so relevant to me. Cat talks about feeling like she has so much going on her life that everything else hasn’t been a top priority, which is where I feel like I am now. She has had a lot of change in her life recently and I have as well. I obviously haven’t had the exact same changes but I feel like everything has gotten on top of me lately, almost to the point where it’s uncontrollable. In order to combat that, I’m planning on laying low on social media for the next few days, starting tomorrow (Monday 5th). Who knows if it will actually help but baby steps, right? It’s just nice reading about someone else’s life and their life changes, so if that’s something you’re interested in, you should give it a read.

That’s all this week for my Sunday Saves! Remember to click on all the girls I featured, and I hope you enjoyed this week’s post!

So you want to try yoga?

I’m not an expert in yoga at all but if you read my first yoga birthday post, I have some quite fresh experience in getting into the lifestyle, so I thought I would give you some advice if you’re new to yoga or even if you want to try it, but don’t know where to start.

Do your research.
Do you know anything about yoga? Do you know what type of yoga you would like to do? Have you done it before? Is this your first time or are you getting back into it again? These are all questions you have to ask yourself while researching about the practice.

Find classes in your area.
I’m all for watching videos online, I think it’s a fantastic resource and with so much free content out there, I don’t think you should let it go to waste. HOWEVER, for yoga especially, I think it’s an absolute must to go to a class and learn how to do the poses correctly. You will never know if you’re doing it right if you’re watching it and trying to copy it, you could end up hurting yourself.

It shouldn’t cost the earth.
It doesn’t have to be expensive either; depending on the area you live in, you can find affordable classes with experienced teachers. I live in Belfast so I learn through Yoga Belfast who have a range of classes for beginners right up to intermediates, in a range of areas, and are affordable too. There’s some drop in classes and others were you can sign up for a certain amount of weeks. There are many other yoga companies in Belfast of course, but I haven’t had any experience with them.

Get the right gear.
You don’t have to buy a £200 yoga mat, you don’t have to spend loads of money on new workout clothing, but make sure you’re equipped to work out properly. You don’t need to worry about trainers because yoga is done in either socks or in your bare feet. Try to avoid very loose clothing but don’t go really tight either, try and find a nice balance in between the two. I personally don’t like the cheap foam yoga mats because they can slide back on the floor (First week I went to yoga, this actually happened, so personal experience is talking.) but I got a good yoga mat from ASDA and it wasn’t expensive at all. I’ve heard TKMaxx or Sports Direct do some nice ones too.

Practice makes perfect.
This speaks for itself really. You can’t expect to get better at anything if you don’t practice. You’ll mess up, you’ll fall over, you’ll lose your balance, your posture will need corrected, but you know what? That’s okay, if you learn with someone who is willing to show you the ropes and if you’re willing to put the effort in, even one or two times a week, then you will gradually get better.

I am very thankful to have introduced yoga into my life, I don’t know what I would do without it. It has helped me physically; I’m now more flexible and that is particularly helpful when I go to the gym too. It has helped me mentally; I still get stressed and I still panic but yoga helps to bring me down (If only I could do yoga in work every day, now that would be heavenly!). I believe yoga is for everyone, no matter what your age, gender, flexibility, fitness level, lifestyle, whatever it is. It’s such a good focus for people to get stuck into and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope my advice has helped even just one person, good luck!

 

My First Yoga Birthday!

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A few weeks before the end of 2014, I decided to go to a drop in yoga class because I was always interested in finding out about it. I went on my own (but I’m used to going on my own to new things now) and I met Chandra who took the class and I had a blast. I remember I really struggled with some of the poses (but who doesn’t at their first class?) but I actually really surprised myself too. It was such a relaxed atmosphere and in all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect, but it was something I knew I wanted to take further. So a few weeks passed and I didn’t see the point in beginning just before Christmas so I waited to the New Year and I signed up to a six week class with Chandra again, and I’ve been attending ever since.

The date of that first class was Monday 5th January 2015, so the 5th January is the date I’m calling my first yoga birthday!

I never knew what a positive impact yoga would have on me. Physical, mentally and spiritually. I go on Monday nights after work (Thankfully it’s just a thirty second walk from work too) and it makes Monday a little more bearable. I’ve seen such a change in myself over the past year; obviously it’s not a complete miracle worker and I have gone through a few things during the year but I haven’t thrown yoga to the side, I’ve went even when I haven’t been feeling my best, and it might not have made me a positive bunny, it still helped me a little, so that in itself is the sign of a great practice.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to advance further in yoga. I want to challenge myself more, I want to do more, I want to see how far I can push myself (within reach of course) and  as I reflect over the past year, I don’t know what I would ever do without it now.