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  • Writer's pictureChé

Yoga for mental health & wellbeing

In a world where we are encouraged to look outward for answers, it is no wonder many of us find ourselves in a situation where day-to-day stresses are hard to manage.

Long before we get to this feeling our intuitive bodies signal that we are slipping into a life of anxiety and depression. We find it hard to fall asleep at night, our mood swings are changeable and we feel increasingly disconnected from the ones we love.

Then comes the question; "what is wrong with me? Why do I feel like this? I can't cope!"

We try to be grateful for the life we have, yet this overwhelming sense of sadness is always there, lurking in the background. We have no energy or willingness to see people for fear of anyone knowing what we are going through.

If you have ever found yourself in this situation I want you to know you are not alone. So often we allow ourselves to get to this point because our thoughts, behaviours and often childhood experiences keep us stuck in the same life cycle. We label ourselves with all sorts of titles and allow the same patterns to govern our life every day which hold us back from our true potential.

The truth is, no matter what your situation, you have within you the power to change the course you have been on and begin living your wildest dreams right now. I know this because I have learned through my yoga practice how important it is to be conscious and aware of what is going on inside the mind. Each one of us has the power to change our mindset and learn the ancient ways of the yogi through practice and devotion.

It begins with a shift, a jolt or worst case scenario a life-changing event. Something that awakens within guiding you towards change. As someone who has experienced all of these, I can guarantee that if you start practising yoga and meditation regularly you will find your way towards a life full of love, joy and abundance. This might mean that through your practice you find the courage to see your Doctor and explain what is going on or make an appointment to see a therapist.

Practising yoga regularly will allow you to create space in your life for inward reflection. Rolling out your mat each day, whether it's for 5mins meditation or a 20min practice will become your time to learn how to love and accept yourself just as you are. You are not broken or damaged but rather on a detour from your life purpose and I would like to remind you that through all suffering comes immense growth. So lean in, find space and breathe.

If I reflect on the times of darkness in my own life, I am truly grateful for every detour on my journey; as I now draw strength from these challenges; trusting that the universe took me there so that I may grow and evolve as a spiritual being. Whilst there are still some days when I feel anxious and down I now recognise the feelings immediately and know that I can choose to let them go as swiftly as they enter my thoughts. I have a toolbox full of breathing exercises, poses and meditations that I do often to stay connected to my inner guides and loving energy.

It has not been easy and there are no quick fixes but if you keep showing up each day for yourself to release what is going on outside and move within you will find a path leading you towards more love and light.

If you feel like you need guidance finding your way, I currently work 1:1 online and in person around Reading, Berkshire and would be delighted to be your guide along the Yogic way of life. Perhaps you would like to explore my teaching before you decide. Click on the Blog and Online Video tab on my website, choose a yoga video and start practising now.

I also offer group classes in Woodley, Reading on Monday at 09:15 and 18:30, Thursday at 10:30 and Friday at 09:15 each weekday.

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