Free Friend Fortnight Yoga- 27 March until 8 April

For two weeks you can bring your friend(s) for free to any yoga class at the Dairy in Southport!  Starting on Monday 27 March 2017!

Spring is the ideal time to begin something new or return to yoga and meditation. And yoga is the perfect way to begin to move your body, connect with your breathing and boost your mood and mindset. I offer yoga classes which are accessible for everyone including meditation and philosophy classes designed to relax and improve your wellbeing.

This is a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to yoga and meditation and perhaps give yourself the re-start you need this year!

Please note that only one friend can come to a class at one time but the same person can join you as many times over that two weeks!

Booking is essential so please contact me on LGYogaSouthport@gmail.com to book your mat and one for your friend.

Liz x

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Latest course dates for mum and baby yoga in Southport

Yoga for new mums and babies – 4 week courses starting on 21 March 2017 and on 25 April 2017. Running every Tuesdays 10-11AM for 4 weeks.  
 
Sign up for this 4 week course to re-connect with your body after childbirth and return to exercise in a safe, relaxing and nourishing yoga class. Each class will offer you the opportunity to learn relaxation techniques, restore your energy and bond with your baby using tailored yoga poses and baby massage.
 
Postnatal Yoga classes are a perfect opportunity for new mums and babies (pre-crawlers only) to bond in a quiet and soothing environment. Postnatal Yoga encourages new Mums to gently work with their body building up their physical exercise safely and slowly. Yoga can provide new Mums with many benefits physically, energetically and emotionally, helping you to rest and improve sleep (when your baby allows!).
 
Liz, at Renewed You Yoga, welcomes new Mum’s and babies (pre-crawlers only) to the Old Dairy, 91A King Street, Southport PR8 1LQ (There is no parking at the venue).
 
The course must be pre-booked in advance for £40. Spaces are limited and there are 3 Early Bird places available at £36 first come first served.
 
This class is suitable for Mums six weeks after childbirth or eight weeks after a caesarean (and approved by your GP).
Contact Liz at LGYogaSouthport@gmail.com or on 07734180488 to book your place now.

All Things New

Just a quick update about the new classes available at the Dairy in Southport.

  • Monday’s Restore & Renew class is now on 19:30-20:30 to help you relax and de-stress at the end of the day. This class will help you rest your body in comfort and candlelight and aid a better night’s sleep. £6 per class. Full list of classes is available here.
  • Special offer for this Saturday 11th March 2017 – join me for Akhanda Hatha Yoga at 9.15-10.15 and then Sharon for Yin Yoga with Reiki at 10:30-11:30. Do the double for only £6. Please book on with me to take advantage of this offer.
  • The next monthly meditation class is on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 8pm. £5.

 

  • Starting on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 8pm (£5) New Well-being, philosophy and meditation class:
    • Yoga is so much more than just a physical exercise. It’s a science which can help us all deal more positively with the stresses of life. This is not a Yoga class but learning more about yoga philosophy can help us develop and focus on the importance in learning how to be kind to yourself, stay present and how to calm your mind.This class will involve a discussion about a philosophy behind the wellbeing tips of yoga and meditation and end with a guided meditation so you leave feeling peaceful and refreshed.This 45 minute class is £5.00.
Places in all classes must be booked in advance by providing payment in full to LGYogaSouthport@gmail.com via PayPal (or contact me for alternative payment methods).
If you’d like to book into a class or would like any further information then please let me know.
Liz x

Please accept my resignation…

I have been feeling a sense of resignation in certain aspects of my life recently. I am resigned to my never-ending to-do list. I am resigned that I shall not eat amazing vegan/vegetarian fare for a while since returning home from Oz. I am resigned that after gorging myself for two weeks on said vegan/vegetarian fare, copious amounts of cake, and alcoholic beverages (all in the name of wedding celebrations you see) that my leggings now feel tight! Yes, even lycra has failed to hide my indulgences.  I am resigned to unwanted body hair. I am resigned to the fact that my latest relationship has ended once again. And I am resigned, with a smile and a heavenwards glance, to the reality that I have absolutely no idea what my life will look like as I head towards my 34th birthday and that my brain begins to implode if I even begin to think past that!

In yoga there’s lots of talk of letting go and of living in the moment. That in order to find peace and happiness and your true self we need to let go of our attachments, of our own drama and ‘story’. Let go of fear and anxiety, and let go of people and things that hold you back. Well, it’s hard sometimes to figure out if I’ve ‘let go’ or if I have just simply resigned myself to the reality of a situation. A little like Eeyore perhaps? But I’m pretty sure the yogic path wasn’t quite meant to lead to aligning with AA Milne’s depressive donkey unless I’ve been mis-sold!

One fundamental principle of Akhanda Yoga is that we are born entitled to be happy, to be loved and to be at peace. We have the right to be happy.  It’s something that strikes my heart and clobbers me around the head every time a yoga teacher says it in class as it’s something I have yet to fully absorb. Is it something that you fundamentally believe in and feel each morning when you wake up?

You see I believe most people have adopted a work ethic that life is gruelling. That it’s a hard slog to the top of whatever hierarchy you’re in – man of the house, woman of the house, Partner of the law firm or manager of the team. That we need to slave away to deserve the holiday, the nice glass of wine at the end of the week, or to deserve that feeling of worth as we look at our car, our house, the physical manifestations of ‘wealth’ and feel that we ‘earned’ it. We did good. That we hide those feelings of inadequacy and insecurity, we fail to talk about how we’re struggling to juggle it all, and we just suck it up and keep on going because no one else seems to complain. That many of us feel we have lost our place in the busyness and the constant craziness and pace of life.

As a result of my change in lifestyle, my change in profession, and the change in my awareness of how I treat and talk to myself I have come to believe that we can be the author of our own misfortunes. I don’t mean the big life struggles but those occasions when we hold on to our grumpy mood after the alarm didn’t go off, or there was traffic all the way into the office – this, if we let it, feed it even, can permeate the rest of your day. It’s often those days where there’s a cumulative effect of frustration, when one little thing leads to the build up of a ‘BAD DAY’. And that entitlement to being happy is hidden deep somewhere, along with rainbows, unicorns and the tooth fairy.

On those grumpy mornings, people often jest that perhaps you just got out on the wrong side of bed. And actually I do think how you respond in those first few moments of your day can set the tone for whether you put your best foot forward out from under the duvet. Let me illuminate with my own example of failing exactly here…

Today, after a patchy night’s sleep, after turning off my alarm, I immediately turned my phone out of airplane mode and began to scroll through Facebook a little bleary eyed – some of it was checking my business page (because that makes it seem more justifiable) but most of it was aimlessly looking at posts of other people’s lives, or adverts of something and even yoga sells itself with products, hot bodies, latest courses and competition. I then read a couple of personal texts, checked my emails, aimlessly scrolled through Instagram before turning my phone back onto  airplane mode to get up and do my yoga practice. Now, I have my phone on airplane mode precisely to stop any external influences bombarding me when I first wake up but sometimes I am my own worst enemy. Sometimes we all are!

It struck me when doing my practice this morning that I had failed to give myself the opportunity to start my day off just for me. Instead, I willingly gave it up to Facebook and began to let the whirl of thoughts, planning, distraction and comparison enter my head. How did you start your day today? Perhaps you were roughly awoken by your crying child, or jumped on by your hungry/needy cat or dog? Perhaps your partner woke you up with snores or a grope? Or did you turn over at the sound of your alarm, pick up your phone and like me, immediately see what had happened in the land of social media during your time in the land of nod?

I know not everyone wants to spend an hour each morning doing yoga, and I know not everyone feasibly can, particularly with full time jobs and children thrown into the mix. But I often  encourage my students (and my friends) to try and take 5-10 mins in the morning to just sit and breathe, to meditate, to carve out some time first thing in the day just for themselves. And if that still seems impossible for you to fit in then you could instead try taking just 3 or 4 deep belly breaths when you first wake up. Before reacting to something, to someone, or to some Facebook post.

Another thing I am continuing with is my gratitude diary and on the most challenging of days I have found it even more vital to find 5 things at the end of the day to be grateful for. As part of this practice I also think to myself each morning: “what am I excited about today?” Sometimes it has just been breakfast. Sometimes it’s just the thought of returning to bed at the end of the day! And that’s ok. It’s still a reminder that there’s a reason to get out of bed and that there’s always something to be grateful for however dark the days and however frustrating Facebook is. And because sometimes there are the days, like today, when I was excited for my facial and back massage! Or last Wednesday when I was excited to teach my first class in my new yoga studio in Southport!

As I reminded myself this morning, it doesn’t matter if you fail to find 5 minutes for yourself today or tomorrow. The starting point to re-valuing yourself is to become aware of putting yourself first sometimes or becoming aware of when you haven’t. That’s the start of a new practice, a new sense of well-being and it’s something I am also resigned to. ; )