Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

As the year draws to an end I take my yoga/meditation students through their “Year in Review”.  Do you remember each year the media (television) going through events that occurred in the year, good and bad?  I suggest that the individual should do the same analysis for planning or goal setting for the coming year.

Here are some questions that should be asked:

  1. Were my goals for 2012 too big, achievable or were they unrealistic?
  2. Did I challenge myself?
  3. Did I make too many goals?


Set goals that are manageable, if you have a rather large goal, set smaller goals within the bigger goal/picture.  Sometimes a goal cannot be achieved in a year and needs to be broken up into manageable timelines.  Always be honest with yourself and be realistic in your goal setting.

If you fail don’t be hard on yourself, realise you did your best at the time.  Then:

  • Reassess the task;
  • reset; or,
  • abandon the task if it isn’t worthy of your attention; or,
  • be honest did you set enough time aside to complete the task; or
  • ask yourself do I need help?

Challenges: It is good to challenge yourself, in yoga the student is instructed to work within their comfort zone and then a little past that line of comfort.  Do the same with your goals, through challenges we grow.  If you didn’t set a goal or goals in 2012, think about setting some achievable ones in 2013 to strive towards.

The number of goals set: How many did you set in 2012?  If you made too many at first you will seem to be achieving your tasks but then it all becomes too much and they are left half done and few are achieved.  Set fewer goals and as you complete each goal, reward yourself, celebrate achievements, then set a few more goals.  Logically you’re wasting your valuable time and energy if your hearts not involved, “strive to do your best”.

Growth: Through reflection we can see our growth, areas of failure we can see where we need to improve strength or seek help, plan ahead and continue to grow.

We wish you well and hope “Your 2012 Year in Review” was a great one, if not then perhaps it was a good year and we hope 2013 will be a great year!

Best wishes,


18 December 2012




Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

As we unfortunately get older through general wear and tear and lifestyle conditions, stiffness and inflexibility creep into our joints and muscles.  Some of us develop arthritic conditions or other ailments, whatever your ailment or if you do not have an ailment think of general, moderate exercise and stretching as “preventative medicine”.

With lack of exercise our muscles become atrophic (waste away and become weak).  Moderate exercise and stretching could improve or help you maintain muscle strength and integrity; keep a good range of movement in joints and achieve a better quality of life by preventing possible pain syndromes and balance disorders.  There is an added bonus too as endorphins are released into our bodies making us feel good!

A suggestion, please think of your body as a temple:

ó      feed it good nourishing food;

ó      keep hydrated by sipping good quality water regularly;

ó      incorporate regular, moderate exercise into your lifestyle; and,

ó      look at attending a local Yoga class, exercise or walking group so you also meet like minded people.

However, I know we know the old saying “no pain no gain” remember overstretching or tearing a muscle or tendon is not good practice.  In Yoga we practice “Ahimsa, which means non violence, or harmlessness” this means in relation to others but also towards ourselves.  Work in your “comfort zone and maybe slightly past, but no more”.  You know you body better than anyone so please listen to its messages.

I hope you have enjoyed this article.  Best wishes. Gail


Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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