Do Yoga

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Do yoga

I’m not usually into telling people what they SHOULD do, or even what is good for them, however there is one thing I am CONVINCED of….

Yoga is good for EVERYONE.

I began my yoga journey about 8 years ago…

A race-head; full-throttle, pedal to the metal kinda gal…

“Why walk, when you can run?” was my motto.

I didn’t know how to stop.

From the moment I woke, to the moment I went to bed (that brief 4 hour period when I actually shut my eyes), I was WORKING…..

I LOVED IT!!

I did life FULL VOLUME….

Gave it my ALL…

I thrived this way…

I felt ALIVE and ON IT and ALWAYS brimming with energy…..

My high-paced life was bound to catch up with me though…

Was I so naïve to think that out of all humans “I” was immune to normality?!

Yep! I actually did!

Along came the stress fractures…. Life’s first attempt to slow me down…

I had no clue of the existence of the ones in my right shin, which I developed first, as I just kept running right through them!

Yeah, it hurt, but I was so focused on being fit (or a machine!), I kept going and my body must’ve adjusted to allow me to continue.

When they developed in the left shin….. I was in trouble….

I still remember the moment of being on the treadmill, and SO full of pain that I almost vomited.

Someone at gym who knew me, and how I train, could tell something was up.

I told her I just COULDN’T run…

I actually couldn’t even WALK….

Being a trainer and hearing and seeing my issue, she recommended I get off to a physio RIGHT THIS MOMENT….

I did.

X-rays confirmed the diagnosis…..

STRESS FRACTURES in both shins so bad I was lucky they hadn’t progressed to a full break!

I didn’t know how to deal with the news that running was OFF the agenda for a long time! And so was walking!!

This was like telling me to STOP breathing!

This is when the opening occurred for me to consider something I would NEVER normally consider :

YOGA…

There was a new guy in town and he was starting a yoga studio.

He had no students.

He asked me to be his guinea pig.

I thought, “Why not!”

He was a nice guy and I was curious to try it and help him out.

My first class was HELL.

I was aware of EVERY TICK of the CLOCK.

EVERY TICK.

Each minute was AGONY.

I couldn’t do the poses.

My body HURT.

My muscles were SO TIGHT and IMPOSSIBLE to maneuver and stretch in the way I was being shown….

I HATED Bryan!!!!

I couldn’t WAIT for the class to be over!

At the end I was supposed to lie in Savasana for 4-5 minutes….

I couldn’t HACK it….I found it SO uncomfortable….

Just LIE THERE?!

Noooooo!

I would always leave before this part, mumbling something about having to be somewhere…!
(Yes I was “someone” going “somewhere” back then and wanted NO one or nothing to hold me back! Not even a restorative and blissful and self-loving savasana!)

I’m not sure how Bryan convinced me to keep coming.

We were buddies. I liked him. I trusted him (BIG for me!) He had a good vibe going on and part of me must have known I needed his influence.

So I continued to be one of his few early students.

I noticed, with curiosity, that my BODY felt GOOD after the classes….

Despite the distaste of the actual class, I liked how I felt AFTERWARDS.

My next challenge came when Bryan upgraded to a studio with MIRRORS….

My heart sunk and my gut wrenched….

Not only did I have to survive 90 minutes of BEING PRESENT, and contortionism, but I also had to LOOK AT MYSELF for 5,400 seconds…

My self-loathing and self-criticism was OFF THE Richter Scale…!

All I could focus on was what I LOOKED LIKE!! (Especially being in the presence of just ONE male!!) Yep, fully INto MYSELF!! I was in my early-mid twenties…still very much the princess!)

Class after class I would return…..

LOATHING the process for the most part, but slowly also noticing the FEEL GOOD afterwards…..!

My muscles were relaxing and releasing…..

Bryan was VERY patient with me and taught me how to BREATHE properly…. Through the pain and strain of the poses….

He refined my technique and guided me on better ways to do the moves…

When I would actually have an outburst of my intense inner self-judgment, he would respond with kindness and compassion- never sleaziness!

SLOWLY but SURELY he taught me how to take this on board for myself….

By BEING patient, compassionate, kind and present, he lead by example….

Modeling a different way of being for this wound-up, intense and self-hating girl…

I consistently attended once or twice a week.

I began to HALF enjoy it ☺

I still remember the day, after 3 years of weekly practice, that I realized I LOVED this yoga thing.

It had taken a LONG time for me to surrender, relax, let go, and I really ONLY did that for the 90 minutes I was in the class, yet I was learning how to let this practice slowly penetrate me and my life….

Fast forward 8 years and I have JUST returned back to yoga THIS MORNING after an almost 18 month hiatus….

I KNOW I will be there weekly once again!

I actually made this decision whilst I was down south in Melbourne for the Christmas Holidays…

My heart just said a BIG YES when I stumbled across piccies of the new Yoga Vida Studio on Facebook and everything I love about this practice just came FLOODING back to me….

Perhaps I needed the BIG BREAK to really deeply GET WHY I love yoga so much and to get REALLY clear on what it does for me and HAS done for me as a person.

Hand on heart, I would NOT be the person I am today without this practice.

My mind used to race all day, everyday…

My head was constantly busy, elsewhere and full of chatter!

I actually forgot this was once my normal until one day speaking with a client I realized that most often these days, my mind is still and quiet and present ☺

Once upon a time I actually thought this was IMPOSSIBLE!

When I heard Eckhart Tolle and others talking about mindfulness and “being here now” I JUST DIDN’T GET IT!

I WANTED peace and I knew mindfulness was the answer to my depression, anxiety and health issues…..Yet I just DIDN’T get HOW……

Slowly but surely yoga taught me how….

The initial love-hate relationship; the gradual surrender; the release of stored emotions (including anger, grief, sorrow, sadness); the way my body FIXED itself when things went amiss; the learning to LOOK AT MYSELF in the mirror without the automatic onslaught of criticism, judgement and distaste; the patience, persistence and yes, presence and PEACE this practice has bought me, I’m sure NOTHING else could…

I truly think for these effects to occur, you need to do a SLOW yoga….

Not an intense or high-paced one, nor Bikram…

Others may disagree with me, and that’s ok! I’m just sharing my perspective!

When you are going slow and you have to pause, and your mind has to concentrate on holding a pose, THAT is where I find the MAGIC happens…

In the initial frustration; learning to BREATHE through it; learning to SURRENDER and RELAX and ACCEPT; and then the LOVING it ☺

It’s a beautiful flow that I feel can truly only come from this kind of slow, non-flowing yoga…..(Bryan practices a Hatha style yoga known as the Barkan Method and you can read more about it here)

But that’s just my thoughts and experiences ☺

I could go ON AND ON about what yoga does for your body, mind and soul- including triggering your body to start its own detoxification processes; strengthening of bones; improvements in flexibility; boosts to the immune system; stimulation of ALL organs; balancing of hormones, etc etc, however the only way to really GET this is to DO it and FEEL it ☺

I promise you, if you stick with it, you WILL love it and it WILL change your life!

Maybe it already has??

Id love to hear your thoughts, experiences or questions ☺

Comment below or email me on [email protected]

All my love,

 

BridgetJane

Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology Of Eating Coach

Newleafnutrition.com.au

Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

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My Reid Vintage Style Bike – Molly Minty

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You guys may recall that about 4 months ago I took the plunge and FINALLY grabbed one of these DREAMY Vintage Style bikes!! I had wanted one FOREVER and FINALLY (thanks to the generosity of someone special!) I was able to order one!! 🙂

My baby Molly Minty came fresh from Reid Cycles and I cannot begin to tell you HOW HAPPY I have been since the very first time I spoke with them about their spectacular customer service, their genuine passion for what they do and their unbelievably prompt and efficient follow up 🙂

I am absolutely STOKED and beyond proud to announce that I have partnered with the team at Reid to promote an active lifestyle as well as raise funds for my mission to raise $7500 for the Heart Foundation 🙂 You can read all about my crusade here 

Reid have gifted with with one of their BEAUTIFUL Vintage Ladies 7 Speed Classic Bikes to raffle and if you live in Australia you are eligible to be in the running! 🙂 Valued at $284 it will be without doubt THE BEST bike you’ve ever ridden!!

Mine even negotiates Noosa Hill like a dream so that is saying A LOT!! 🙂 Just this past weekend I took her to the Noosa Farmers market and was able to cart my loot home in the front basket 🙂

All you need to do to enter is :

Go to my Everyday Hero page, donate the corresponding amount of money for the number of tickets you’d like to buy ($5 for one; $20 for 5; $32 for 8; $50 for 12)

State in the message that you are entering the Reid/bike competition & make sure you PM/email me with your contact number so I can call you should you win

This will be filmed and drawn on the 1st October 🙂

Please share this AWESOME opportunity  with your friends, family, colleagues & networks.

There are only 400 tickets to be sold, so you are in with a real chance!

Every dollar donated in purchasing these tickets goes to the Heart Foundation to help raise funds, awareness and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle by all Australians

At this time I have $1300 left to raise to meet my target!!

I’m so impressed with what we’ve achieved together so far & id love someone to be rewarded in return!!

Thanks guys and GOOD LUCK! 🙂

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

Founder of The Glow Project www.theglowproject.com.au

I’m running the 2014 New York Marathon…. Why…

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Me as a kid2This is me….

Not now… But back then…

I was the same person inside… Loving…Caring…Curious….Craving Connection….

Yet, due to my external appearance I felt ever so alone, isolated, marginalised, separate, ashamed, UGLY and I was DEFINITELY unfit….

I could not run for more than 10 seconds without feeling out of breathe…. I would never EVER dream of wearing bathers in public….. T-shirt, boardies was standard…. Hiding my body at all costs was the priority…. My legs rubbed together, my school dress was tight around my arms…. I felt SO uncomfortable…. SO awkward…

That is why I NEVER EVER take for granted the health and fitness I have found… That is also why I ever so 100% relate to what it takes to CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR GOOD….

To start from a place of utter “un-fitness”…. To have the experience of being on the exercise bike for JUST 2 minutes and yet feel like I was going to DIE…..

THAT is why I am running this marathon…. Because I CAN…. Because I LOVE and APPRECIATE the blessing that is being able to MOVE….to be FIT… To have ENERGY… To FEEL AMAZING 🙂

Because I LOVE NEW YORK….. going there was a CHILDHOOD dream… And there I found myself last year…. NEVER did I imagine I’d be going back again so soon 🙂 But DAMN it feels right!! 🙂

And the Heart Foundation feel I am a great ambassador to represent their charitable organisation 🙂

I have thus been granted one of 25 places to run this iconic event on their behalf 🙂 To raise funds for a VERY important cause…. The Heart Foundation have done so much to progress our understanding, management, treatment, prevention and awareness of the NUMBER ONE killer here in Australia, Heart Disease….

I am ALL FOR a preventative approach… .I pride myself on being an ambassador for a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE… A way of life that honours our health 🙂

Because without our health, we cannot enjoy anything else…

I also believe in leading by example in the arena of following your dreams, of living a life that is true for you 🙂

It can seem a daunting path to set upon the journey of changing your life….

And I want to be someone who can show you how… Who can offer possibilities and options of what might work for you 🙂

So you don’t have to do it alone, and so you too can live your BEST life 🙂

So will you join with me? Will you make 2014 the year you turn it all around? The year you choose HEALTH, HAPPINESS and FULFILMENT…? The year you do something you NEVER dreamed possible?

If you are interested in following my journey, then please do…. Join my Facebook page, and also follow along on my Everyday Hero page 🙂 You may even like to contribute a small donation if I happen to inspire you in any way 🙂

AND, if you would like to know AS SOON as I am ready to launch my Train With Me – Training for Life program encompassing nutrition, movement, mindset and conditioning guidance, then please email me on

[email protected] or INBOX me on Facebook so I can add your name to the growing list of interest 🙂

Have a wonderful day and today, make a start…. 🙂 However small 🙂

 

All my love,

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BridgetJane

Dietitian, Counsellor, Psychology of Eating Coach

Newleafnutrition.com.au