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Treat yourself with care

“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha

Words from the master!  So important to look after yourself … if you can’t do that, then can you really look after others?

In yoga we have the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ interpreted as non-violence – to yourself and others.  If we live with the concept of ahimsa then we treat our bodies with kindness – from eating nourish food, to a good programme of exercise …. and of course some lovely yoga!

Some people use the phrase ‘your body is a temple’ and I guess this is a similar concept – treat your body with respect – I wouldn’t go so far as to say ‘worship it’ … but certainly look after it.




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Making a living or making a life

Just read a thought provoking blog under the heading ‘I’ve learned making a living is not the same thing as making a life’.

This really resonated with me.  For many years I strove to gain a top leadership role – studied and worked  for 50-60 hours a week.  Yet having reached what I thought was my goal … somehow it didn’t bring me the satisfaction I’d craved.

I’d been attending yoga classes regularly, and decided to deepen my practice my embarking on a Foundation Course run by the British Wheel of Yoga …. and I was hooked.  I’d started to work out what was real and what wasn’t, and  to define myself by something other than a job title or earnings.

The next step was a two year yoga teaching diploma course and as I discovered more and more, I started to find that sense of peace and wellbeing.

8 years on I do a basic job and am endeavouring to reduce my hours of work so there’s more time to devote to yoga and the things that really matter … and am so glad … I earn less than half what I used to but feel so much happier, less stressed and so much more healthy.





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