My new podcast. Who’s on the Mat?

Podcasting – there are so many out there! But isn’t that great? There is a podcast out there for everyone.

When I made the jump to full time self-employment last year (Jan 2019) I thought a podcast would be great fun, but it wasn’t on my agenda for the first year. 2020 came around and I re-visited the idea and felt comfortable to be able to start it, having settled into my current routine.

Starting the podcast

I announced at a couple of networking events that I was starting a podcast, nothing like committing in public your intentions to feel committed to your goals! I was just getting my ideas jotted down, and then along comes Covid-19, which gave me even more time to get my ideas into action. I was lucky that we already had the equipment at home to start. The next bit was to check in with idea and see it if worked and come up with a name, artwork and some music. I came across a photo I had previously taken which seemed to capture my idea, and helped me decide on the name too! I could have purchased some music, but me and I husband ended up spending one weekend playing around with some tunes of our own and what you hear is his second iteration of our first attempt. The first one was a bit too dramatic and dance-y, but it was a Friday night when we threw it together!

If you fancy hosting your own podcast there are some great resources out there, just doing a quick google search will bring up loads of resources. The best one I found that gave me a bit of focus and made sure I had covered all bases was from:

You can sign up receive a newsletter. Ross sends out a daily email for seven days covering different topics such as the equipment you should consider, themes and how to launch.

The hardest bit of the podcast

The hardest bit for me was learning how to use the free editing software Audacity. If you’ve never edited anything before, it might seem rather daunting. There are a few tutorials out there on Wikipedia and you tube. If you have a one hour recording then expect to spend four hours editing! Even if you don’t think there is much to edit, you’ll find things. Now I’m in full swing, it is much easier and quicker.  

My favourite bit

The best bit of the podcast is interviewing and chatting to guests! This was the whole reason why I started it. I enjoy chatting to people and understanding their drive and listening to their stories. I find them so inspiring.

Who’s been on the mat so far?

I’ve had a lovely range of people on so far, and all of them have something special to share:

Jen Watson from Future Choices talks about CBD and natural health

Anja Brierley Lange from Yoga Embodied talks about Yoga and Ayuveda, pelvic floor and a bit more.

Viv Vella from AuthenticQ talks about her passions, life, teaching and executive coaching.

Sandrine Olmi from Savoir Fayre talks about her passion for nutrition.

Simon Rogers from Restore Your Body Now talks about mindset, mental and physical well-being.

Who’s on the mat soon…

Release date 28th June. Louise Zimmerman talks about  running a business and giving birth during lockdown.

Release date 5th July Charmaine Evans talks about yoga, art and tv production.

What’s next for the podcast?

So far I’ve been lucky enough to release the podcasts weekly. However, as the current climate is changing then we might to need to adapt as we continue, but I’m hoping to keep the wonderful array of guests coming and keep the inspiring stories flowing.

Fancy being a guest? Then I’d love to chat.

Fancy hearing a specific topic? Drop me a message with your suggestion.

Fancy starting a podcast, but feel overwhelmed with where to start? I’d be happy to help where I can.


Skipping! I’ve had an urge to get back into skipping, because it’s such a great exercise and I love to do other exercises as well as yoga and Pilates. Having talked about skipping with a couple of people in classes it seems that some of you are also up for some skipping. The idea is to make it short enough that it is manageable for everyone, and you can always pick it up again whenever you fancy.  

So here it is the 10 day skipping challenge! #10dayskippingchallenge


In short: Because its quick and gives you a great work out.

I’ve always enjoyed a little bit of skipping and every now and then I go through a skipping phase. I’m not a runner and I’ve been advised by a physio not to run due to knee and hip issues, however for me, this is the next best thing, and is just as effective without wearing out the joints*. In fact some studies suggest the benefits are greater than running!

I’m ready to get stuck into the next phase of skipping so why not join me for this #10dayskippingchallenge

What do you need?

  • 1 x skipping rope
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Suitable shoes, ideally trainers to support the feet.
  • A clear space to skip.
  • If needed, a good sports bra!
My skipping rope

The challenge

  • Skip once a day for 10 days. You can choose your time frame, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 15 minutes.
  • If this is the first time you’re trying skipping you may wish to start with 30 second or 1 minute intervals and build up to 5 minutes over the 10 days.
  • Already a seasoned skipper? Then why not tag us with your favourite moves or tricks?
  • This is your challenge so feel free to mix it up to what works for you.Tag a friend whom you’d like to get involved.
  • Let’s get skipping!

Benefits, are you ready for the long list!

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness – making the body more efficient at delivering oxygen and nutrients to where they’re needed
  • Increase energy – a great way to wake up in the morning or get through that 3pm slump.
  • Improves muscle tone – great for the legs, arms and core.
  • Improves balance – Skipping strengthens the muscles and ligaments of the feet and legs and this in turn helps to main the keys areas that maintain our balance.
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Burns calories – the average person will burn up to 200 calories in 15 minutes.
  • Improves bone density
  • Improves endurance
  • Improves agility
  • Improves co-ordination


  • Suitable for anyone wanting to achieve the above benefits.
  • Always consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions or have any concerns starting new exercises.
  • If you have any foot or knee issues then you may find this hard on those areas.
  • Always know when to stop. Listen to your body.
  • Pelvic floor weakness – skipping will put pressure on your pelvic floor so start slowly and gently and build up over time. This will help pelvic floor over time, but it’s important to maintain control, to avoid irreversible damage. In addition to the skipping make sure you aim to practice pelvic floor exercises for 5 minutes, 3 times a day, you’ll start to notice an improvement in 6-20 weeks.

Research and further reading

Did someone say New Year’s resolution?

January, the month of diets, no drinking and resolutions. Not for me though. I can’t remember the last time I set a New Year’s resolution. January can be one of the worse months of the year, the sparkle of Christmas has gone and we’re left with cold, often damp, grey days. The first week back at work seems tough, but it’s not until the third Monday in January, which has been nicknamed Blue Monday, that is deemed the toughest day, as by this point most people have lost their New Year’s resolution(s) mojo.

January for me has become a month of celebrating birthdays and getting in a few belated Christmas catch ups that couldn’t be squeezed into December. It definitely brightens up the month. January should still be a month of hygee, a sense of being kind to yourself and nurturing the feelings of hibernation, light those candles and snuggle under a blanket.

Resolutions are not just for the New Year, you can set them at anytime. Each month I set out a plan and review at the end and start of each month.

  • What went well?
  • What challenges did I face?
  • What would I like to change?
  • What would I like to do again?

Last year I found this process to be extremely useful and have enjoyed reviewing the year to remind myself what I’ve achieved. Sometimes when you’re busy you forget to reflect, and it’s important to check in and see where you need to make changes.

Starting resolutions can be good for us, if it’s a lifestyle change, such as starting to increase activity or stop smoking. Even if you’re wanting to change your diet, start with small increments, and build the habit up over time, you’re much more likely to stick with. If you go all in at the beginning then research shows that you might not stick with it, hence Blue Monday. Perhaps if you use January to ease yourself into a new routine, then when February comes around make a change and amend the goal. February feels a lot fresher, the days are starting to draw out and it generally feels like a shorter month.

I mentioned I don’t commit to New Year resolutions, but if I’m being honest I have done something different, I haven’t stuck to it every day, as I’ve prioritised other tasks, and I haven’t beaten myself up about it. I fancied something that diverted my attention from all the online media about change your diet, change your life, grab a bargain in the sales etc…

The #30daysketchbookchallenge offered something different and has filled my facebook page with some wonderful art from all ages and all abilities from around the world. It doesn’t matter if you have never picked up a pencil or whether you’re a seasoned artist, everyone is welcome, and the idea is you spend 5-10 mins on a sketch in any media. I’ve enjoyed the process and it’s been great to see everyone else’s creations too. If you fancy giving it a go you can join up here:

My best effort for sketchbook challenge

So with the sketchbook challenge in mind, each month I’m going to try or do something new. Perhaps your something new could be;

  • Buy yourself some flowers.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Give yourself some dedicated me time.
  • Read a new book.
  • Visit somewhere new locally, a park, museum or art gallery.
Antony Gormley exhibition

Most importantly enjoy it. Have fun, and let me know what you get up too.

Still want to set a new resolution or goal?

  1. Write down your goal.
  2. Write down the motivation for your goal.
  3. Break down your goal into small achievable chunks.
  4. Is it realistic within your chosen time frame?
  5. Make one small change each week/day to move towards the goal.
  6. Write down how you will achieve the goal for that week, and review it each morning.
  7. Review your goal and what you have achieved at the end of each week and make any necessary adjustments to ensure you can continue the following week.

Avoid beating yourself up if you don’t meet your goal immediately, adjust the next goal and note what knocked you off track the first time. Remind yourself of your motivation.

Avoid setting too many goals. Focus on one change to start and when this becomes established, perhaps add an additional goal.

Don’t wait until a Monday or a new month to start. Start working towards your goal now.

Good luck and do share any ideas that have worked for you.

Why I teach

I’ve been asked this a couple of times, and I’ve always responded with ‘Lots of reasons!’, but mainly:

  1. I enjoy helping people to feel better.
  2. I love movement.
  3. I feel passionate about maintaining fitness, particularly as we get older.


I’ve felt the benefits of exercise physically as well as mentally whilst experiencing a tough bereavement. Prior to the bereavement I enjoyed high energy classes, but this was a kind of grief I had never experienced, and it seemed to occur during a period where a few people around us died. I still wanted to move but felt far too drained for a Spin class or Body Jam, so I tried yoga instead. I felt wonderful afterwards and was amazed at how even slow movements could bring about a sense of calm and increased energy. This is where my love of yoga and Pilates began.


How I moved into teaching

My previous job was in software test management, and I was put ‘at risk’ of redundancy due to an office move. I was at risk for 9 months, which gave me time to contemplate staying in a similar role or making a change. Let’s face it, even if we enjoy our job, we all day dream about other lifestyles!

I started to explore the idea of teaching yoga, plus I had never taken a sabbatical or gap year and thought somehow, I could weave the two together. Whilst I was ‘At Risk’ I booked onto a yoga foundation course to test the waters. I absolutely loved it and decided I wanted to sign up to the 200-hour course. I admit that I probably wasn’t ready for the course, but I had convinced myself that this was the right time to make the leap. Daily self-practice began in earnest before the start of the course.  My decision just felt right, and I went with my gut feeling. Sometimes I can approach things in a bit of a gung-ho fashion, but I believe sometimes for me that it just the best way. Throughout the course I continued to be in awe of how movement could provide such a sense of peace and calm within, and I wanted to be able to share this experience and help others.


What inspires and motivates me?

I’m inspired and motivated by people on a daily basis. Everyone has a story and I hear snippets of stories here and there.  I love how people adapt and move on physically and emotionally. This isn’t always the case, but we all have that capability to adapt, and its understanding how we can tune into our adaptability.


Padam Padam – Step by Step


It’s true that any exercise can help you move and adapt, and Yoga and Pilates may help people to transition through whatever life is throwing at you. Sometimes it might be the movement, or the breath, or sometimes it might be the social aspect of turning up to a class each week and seeing the same friendly faces.



Be kind to your body

As mentioned above I love high energy classes, but sadly my joints don’t. I want to move in a way that feels better for my joints and means they are maintained rather than worn down. Do what you can to make your joints last for as long as possible. Many people will need to adapt their exercise as they get older and sometimes you will need to add specific exercises to compliment your favourite activity, class or lifestyle. Yoga and Pilates are perfect for this.



Help! We’re on fire!

Imagine your house is on fire, you would want to get out of there as quickly as possible and save your loved ones. No doubt you would then try and extinguish the fire to save as much of your house and belongings as possible. I’ve never been in a house fire, but have seen a couple and it just seems like such a devastating situation to be in.

Right now it seems Earth is on fire, and yet for most people it seems to be out of mind and therefore out of sight! Is it out of mind or have we just become immune to such disaster stories? Are we all suffering from environmental overload?


When Notre Dame burned many people mourned its loss. How tragic that a building so old, 856 years, would be gone, but yet funds were pledged to help rebuild this iconic building. Perhaps it is the stories and the number of people that have visited it, that makes it so real.

So why then is it that the something 55 million years old doesn’t receive the same support, financially and emotionally? Perhaps there is this disconnect, that not as many people have visited the rainforest as Notre Dame, therefore it doesn’t seem quite as real to them? Is it because it’s so far away to see the immediate impact?

In Siberia this year 21,000 square miles have been burned, that’s the equivalent of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Devon. And yet this is another example where it seems to have passed people by. Russia after two months of fires have declared an emergency, but the logistics of reaching the fires to extinguish them is difficult, as it will be in the Amazon, if they declare an emergency.

It is important to remember that fires are good for nature, ashes are very nutritious for life to flourish, but the current spate of fires need to be controlled. To put out the fires it costs countries a lot of money, but the logistics of these fires also make them very hard to tackle. The global cost of these fires could be huge, causing concerns about:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Low air quality
  • Increase of Carbon Monoxide
  • Global food shortages
  • Price of food increases
  • Soot falling in the Artic speeding up the rate at which snow and ice melt.
  • Sea levels rise
  • Global temperature increases
  • Loss of life

The UK is tiny compared to countries like Russia, China and America. America have already recognised they have climate change refugees. People who have had to be relocated because the land they live on is being submerged by sea water. America is tracking how much land they have lost to the sea. shows you what they have tracked and how they are tackling local projects and communities. If you’re interested in seeing what’s happening in the UK and what strategies are being considered have a look at this:

Science states that urgent action is now needed to avert a global disaster. Politics will be discussing these matters at G7 in France 24-26th August 2019. As with all things in politics action can seem to be quite slow particularly when these countries do not form part of the 2019 G7 summit. Follow the details of the summit here No doubt the media will provide the key highlights from this event or you can catch up with some of the live streaming on the website.

Science is also the key to help us move forward in these challenging times. There are lots of scientific projects that occur in the background that don’t always get news coverage. One example was on the news today, 23rd August 2019, to show that 33 meters below street level produce is grown. You can even take tours and buy their produce.

How can you make a positive impact?

Our modern lives demand quite a lot of the earth’s resources and the more we consume the worse the impact, unless we make significant changes to stop this. There are many ways to make an impact.

  • Consume less – September see Oxfam introducing campaign to reduce the amount of clothes we buy.
  • Eat less
  • Reduce your travel, for example, work from home once a week, reduce your foreign travel.
  • What energy sources do you use at home? Can you switch to a company that uses more renewable energy? use 100% renewable energy.


What is in store for the future?

She may not be old enough to lead a government but Greta Thunberg is an inspiration for us all. We can all follow her lead and make changes. Check her out on Instagram @gretathunberg and you can follow her current journey across the Atlantic.

Sign a petition – there are plenty out there on which one you use is up to you. And if the right is not there, why not create one.

If you feel passionately about something why not get involved with your local community or government. Action speaks louder than words and we need people to carry that passion and implement change. To see how you can get involved with check out

Yoga teacher. Three years on.

Wow! Three years on after graduating from the 200 Hour Teacher training with Yoga London!

So what has changed since last year? At the beginning of this year I went into teaching yoga and Pilates full time. It was a huge step and I battled with the decision. Leaving a regular paid job to become responsible for my own cash flow, scary! Initially I wanted this to happen straight away but realised when working part-time, 4 days a week, this may take somewhere between 5-7 years after graduating that I’d be able to transition full time, but a couple of opportunities presented themselves, and it was time to go for it.

The transition from part-time teaching to full-time teaching.

  1. Know what your realistic minimum earnings need to be – have you also considered holidays, sick days & pension? With most corporate jobs all this will be included and if you’ve worked in this environment you’ll probably have a figure in mind you’d like to achieve. Maybe for the first year you don’t include this in your earnings, but make sure you add this in after year one!
  2. Consider other opportunities as well as teaching. What are your strengths. I’ve been lucky to take on a couple of admin tasks which I enjoy and it balances out the teaching a little bit. There are so many opportunities out there now, it’s just finding the right one for you!
  3. Plan to take holiday. Even if it’s just a week off at home reading a book, take time out before you burn out.


Additional training

This year I planned on going on a retreat instead of training, however the focus shifted to becoming self-employed and I signed up to a couple of courses to help boost my skill-set.

Level 3 in Exercise considerations of independently active, older clients – I already teach independently active, older clients and I just wanted to ensure I was offering the best in this area.

Level 3 in Exercise referral – exercise is still one of the best ways to tackle overall health and wellbeing, however there are many of us who suffer from:

Cardiovascular conditions,

Metabolic conditions,

Respiratory conditions,

Musculoskeletal conditions,

Psychological/mental health conditions

I was keen to get a better understanding of how exercise can be adapted and used as a support for the above conditions.

Baby Yoga – This is a great addition to the pregnancy and post-natal Yoga I teach and it’s wonderful to see parents and babies connecting with each other.

What’s next for training? This list is still very long! For now I’ll be putting into practice what I have learnt this year and keeping an eye on current research. I’d like to review all previous training and weave knowledge bites into classes.

What have I missed this year? Last year I missed being able to attend regular classes, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve found a couple of classes that I can get to during the day time. I thought I’d miss the regular routine of an office environment, but I’ve kept myself busy and I now have a bit of a routine, other than studying.

I’ve missed cycling to work and I haven’t been able to build that into my current routine so I’m joining a gym, which I’m excited about. I like some exercise on my own, but I do like to have company to stay motivated.

What have I loved?  I’ve loved being able to concentrate more on teaching and being able to teach all age ranges! I enjoy seeing people smiling and walking out of class feeling relaxed and happy. The power of movement and breath, whether it is in Pilates or Yoga is clear to see and it is lovely to hear how regular attendance each week has helped people to manage long term issues, improve strength and provide a greater sense of wellbeing.

Tips from year three.

These 5 tips are similar to how I felt at the end of year two but with greater emphasis placed on them this year.

  1. Monthly reviews – write down your monthly goals/objectives. Understand how you’re going to achieve those goals.
  2. Review your monthly goals/objectives and understand what worked well and what didn’t. What can you change for next month.
  3. Keep learning – New material will inspire your teaching and keep your classes fresh
  4. Cross train – Whether cross training in a different exercise or cross training to learn a new skill, both will make you more supple and stronger. Seeing how a different discipline works will strengthen your existing knowledge.
  5. Understand what motivates and inspires your work. This is key and can really define your purpose. More on this to come at a later date.


Thank you – As always, thank you to all of those that have supported the transition, attended classes, presented opportunities. I’m looking forward to sharing more yoga and Pilates with you!




March this year had had two dates dedicated to women: International women’s day and Mother’s day. A great way to remember and honour inspirational women who have inspired you, whether that is someone widely recognised or whether this is someone close to home, an everyday hero.

I find inspiration from various people on a daily basis, and it might even inspire me to do something stupid, like getting up early to practise hula hooping! I can think of at least four inspirations this month. Four inspirations in two categories: exercise and rubbish.

Inspiration 1 – Plastic

Plastic is so embedded in our culture. Stop for a moment and just look down at where you are and notice what items are plastic…

I’m at my desk at home and I can see a biro, lipsalve, notebook, phone cover and storage, all of which have an element of plastic.

I am aware of plastic and its impact on the environment, but that is not enough, I need to make some permanent changes to make an impact. Make-up has been one area I struggle with, to be fair, a lot of the stuff I buy last’s for ages, but that doesn’t make up for the zillions of years it takes for plastic to be broken down!

Looking at has provided me with some ideas and brands that I can try out. Check out Sophie’s website, she has done all the research so you only have to stop at her website for ideas and inspiration. I’m looking forward to trying some of the recommendations, and I’ll regularly check in for inspiration and reminders.

You might not have the time or inclination to make a huge change, but even if it’s one tiny change, every little helps.

N.B. If you are going to make a big change please, please don’t throw everything out to start afresh, make use of everything you have and make those small changes, that way the effect will become a habit and it will likely be a lifetime change. So many people start afresh, but that also becomes part of the problem.

Thank you Sophie for your inspiration!


Inspiration 2 – Rubbish

Speaking of throwing things out. Not everything ends up in a bin, sometimes it ends up in your garden or in the park where you take your kids and dogs for walks. Some people are completely oblivious to bins and seem to think this planet is big enough to hide all of our sins. Rubbish seems to be caught up everywhere, it floats around and is often visible out of the corner of your eye. Inspiration number two comes from seeing a local resident start her own litter pick one day and sharing how much she had collected in a short time. Just in time for Keep Britain tidy which runs from 22nd March to 23rd April this year. I’m joining a group on Saturday, it will be good to be part of a team effort, and hopefully make a bigger impact. Look out for community events, what a better time to be part of a spring clean. The cleaner our green spaces are, the more likely it will stay tidy.

Thank you Vici for your inspiration!


Inspiration 3 – Hula Hooping

I’ve always loved the idea of hula hooping but I’ve been particularly rubbish at it. One summer I combined a mini morning workout of skipping and hula, I spent more time picking up the hula hoop! Inspiration came from an older client who is brilliant at hula and we had a little practice before class one day. It inspired me to start up my outdoor skipping and hula morning workout again, better now the mornings are warmer and lighter.

Thank you Christine for your inspiration!


Inspiration 4 – Cycling

And finally…back in 2012 I felt inspired to cycle to Box Hill, I never made it, but I was cycling to work on a regular basis, so it was a start. After having a conversation with another regular class member about cycling outdoors I mentioned my target of Box Hill and committed to achieving this target by September!

Never commit to things publicly unless you’re serious!

I took my bike for a service at Cycle Power in Worcester park who did a great job. My bike always rides beautifully after it’s been in.  In fact they turned it around in time for a nice little warm up ride on Sunday, the first proper ride of the year. The Box Hill route is a 22 mile round trip, which doesn’t sound much, but there are quite a few steep hills along the way. I managed just 16 miles on Sunday which I thought was ok for a first ride out. Looking forward the view on Box Hill soon.

Thank you Janice for your inspiration!


I love chatting to people and hearing their stories, and I love that my job means I meet such a variety of people. Thank you to all the women who have inspired me this month and every day! Who has been your inspiration of the day, week, month or year?


Love thyself…

February the month of love! It’s nice to recognise the one you love on Valentine’s day, and any other day of the year, but how often do you recognise yourself?

What treats do you give yourself on a daily, weekly, monthly basis?

Weekly I like to check in to a regular yoga and Pilates class. It feels so good to be part of a class and enjoy someone else’s instruction. I try and tune in to some online classes every now and then too, but it really doesn’t beat being held in a space and getting instant feedback.

Monthly I would love to have a massage. I’ve got one booked in this month, but it might be a while before the next one!

I love the benefits of massage:

  • It’s relaxing, in the right environment and with the right masseuse.
  • Relieves mental tension
  • Aids natural detoxification
  • Promotes sleep
  • Reduces muscle tension and can improve performance

These are just some of the benefits I’ve experienced during a massage. A good yoga session can also feel just as good as a massage, it definitely contains the same benefits. Both also help me to float out of the door at the end of the session and some days I’ll walk out with a spring in my step.

So why treat yourself…why not?

If you look after yourself, then looking after others becomes much easier. Many of us work so hard that if we don’t give a little time to ourselves, we can get lost! Lost in work, lost in day to day monotony.

A treat could even be having the time to sit down and watch your favourite programme for half an hour without any distractions. Treats don’t have to be expensive, as long as it feels like a treat, then you’re treating yourself. I often treat myself to a bit of chocolate! Probably too much, but it is a treat and a delicious one at that!


“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball


Often loving yourself can also mean taking the time to exercise and eat healthily. It is so important to keep moving and fuel yourself in the right way. What you do exercise wise and in terms of eating will impact how your body is in later life. Perhaps if you were a smoker in your twenties, and have since stopped, you may have improved your lung capacity, whereas if you stop smoking in your forties, your body may not make a full recovery, but your health will dramatically be improved by making the change.

The same goes for exercise you may have been able to take part in lots of high energy activities when you’re younger, but as you get older you may need to be kinder to your joints. Some of us can take up running in our forties and some of us may focus more on Pilates and yoga. I fall into the latter camp. I love high energy activities, but I need to be mindful which ones they are. Running is a big no, no. I tried to get into a couple of times but have been advised to avoid it to lengthen the life of my joints. If you have a very symmetrical body then you’re one of the lucky ones, many people have asymmetrical bone structure. High impact sports will increase wear and tear on one side of the body, and when these imbalances start to increase pressure on one particular side of the body it can impact joints and muscles contributing to an even more unbalanced body.

So be kind to yourself when it comes to exercise. It’s good to build up a sweat and increase heart rate but be kind to your joints too. We need them to last as long as our heart does.

Choose an exercise that is right for your body and make it something you enjoy going too!



January Resolutions


…the month that many of us like to reinvent ourselves as better, brighter, fitter, healthier and generally remove any ounce of fun to make up for all the over indulgence we may have enjoyed in December. Why do we do this to ourselves during the month when there is probably more of a natural tendency to hibernate and give ourselves a little hygge*. Listen to your body and nurture it. There is nothing wrong with starting a new routine to make yourself healthier and fitter, but do this mindfully. Once you have a new routine established you can amend your goals.

So, tell me how your January goals are looking so far? Have you missed it by a mile, or have you smashed it? If you’ve smashed it, well done! If you’ve missed it, no problem.

Revisit your goals

As we’re nearing the end of January then you may want to revisit the goals set and adjust them for February.

  • What worked well?
  • What do you need to amend?
  • What distractions did you encounter?
  • What did you enjoy most?

Once you’ve had a think about these questions then setting new goals or adjusting the current one for February may seem a little easier. Remember to take into account anything outside of your normal routine, such as holidays or exams and factor it in to your plan.

How did my January goals go?

Normally my January goals are set three – six months before hand. This January was different due to a complete change in work/life balance. As well as teaching Yoga & Pilates I worked thirty hours in an office. This ended on 4th January, which means I technically have an extra thirty hours + a week to play with. Establishing a new routine whilst managing a bit of building work can really eat into those extra hours!! Rather than set goals I started to write down how I wanted a typical working month and week to look like. What goals would I like to achieve over the next few months and what long term goals would I like to explore.

I don’t imagine these goals will stay the same, goals can be organic, they grow and adapt as you do. Don’t stick to them if they don’t feel right. Trust your judgement and allow yourself to dream, adapt and go with the flow.

Help your plans come alive!

Write and talk. Write down your plans and split them out into categories.

Must do tasks such as:

  • Pay invoices
  • Update accounts
  • Answer emails
  • Planning

Creative or nice to do tasks/goals:

  • Blog posts
  • Podcasting
  • Workshops
  • Attend classes
  • Courses
  • Research

Think about what makes your business tick over on a day to day basis and incorporate that into the lists.

Write these plans in a note book, use an app or Office applications. Use what comes naturally to start with. You can then start to add how often you’d like to do these activities or how often they need to be looked at. Personally I love a good note book from paper chase to start planning.

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Fancy notebook

Talk about your tasks/goals. You may not necessarily want to talk about the must do tasks, but it might be useful to see how other people achieve their tasks such as accounting. Do you do your own or would you like someone else to pick up this task?

Most of us may enjoy talking about the nice to haves. I’ve found over the last few years that by talking about my goals with friends and work colleagues that in some ways they have enabled my goals to come alive. This has been through a combination of morale support, idea sharing, leads and opportunities. This is the same for networking groups too. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to join one, but there are so many great groups out there with genuine support from people wanting to see others do well.

Now is the time to plan for spring/summer

Look at where you want to be in summer and start making changes to achieve that now.

Do you want to increase you overall health and fitness? Maybe it is just making one change to your diet this week, perhaps adding fruit to your breakfast, five minutes of meditation or a ten minute walk at lunchtime. Start with baby steps and over time it will feel much easier to make additional changes. You wouldn’t run a marathon without building up first!

If your goal is to run a marathon then you break that goal down over a number of weeks/months into smaller manageable chunks. Perhaps your first task will be to walk/jog one mile, breaking it down into intervals or one minute walking and thirty seconds running. The following week you may increase the distance and switch to one minute running and thirty seconds walking.

It’s all about SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound

Good luck with your goals and don’t forget spring is just round the corner!

More fancy planning tools!

Yoga teacher – Two years on

When I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Yoga London in July 2016 I knew I had only just scratched the surface of my yoga journey…

So what has changed since last year? I’ve continued with the part time office job and along the way, opportunities to teach have kindly presented themselves. My teaching voice has developed, but I feel there is still room for improvement. I hope that people leave my classes feeling light and relaxed whilst having had a work out that strengthens and conditions the body.

Additional training

At the beginning of the year I attended Yoga Bananas Kids Teacher training course which was great fun. I’ve not had the capacity to utilise this training much; however, I’m hoping to create some opportunities soon. Get in touch if you’re interested in Yoga for children between 3 – 11 that incorporates original rhyming and sequencing.

I completed my Pilates teacher training and was very lucky to take on a regular class at the start of the year. It felt like starting to teach yoga all over again, particularly as this was an established class with an established teacher. Big shoes to fill. I learnt a lot in the first few weeks of that class.

I’ve also completed the Pilates pre and post-natal qualification and have been able to teach a couple of pre and post-natal classes. There will be a new and regular pre-natal Pilates class starting in September.

What’s on the training list menu? There are still so many wonderful courses to choose from and I haven’t quite decided which one I would like to take next. The list is still very long! If anything, I would like to attend more Pilates and Yoga classes to develop my own practice as this is just as beneficial as attending any additional courses and perhaps I maybe be able to treat myself to a Yoga and Pilates retreat soon!

What have I missed in the last year? As the teaching opportunities have increased, I’ve really missed attending regular classes with local teachers. I managed to attend a couple of classes, but they are few and far between at the moment. As time moves on, you start to realise it can be quite lonely as a self-employed teacher, so it is important to create opportunities to meet with like-minded people. I’m still working on this, and once I create more space in my diary, this will become easier!

What have I loved?  I’ve really valued seeing people enjoying themselves and leaving my classes feeling relaxed and happy in their bodies. The positive power of movement and breath, whether it is in Pilates or Yoga, is clear to see. It has also been lovely to hear how attending my classes each week has helped people to manage long term health issues. As we get older, Pilates and Yoga is much kinder to the body than other forms of exercise, and I love seeing the great age ranges that both these classes attract. The biggest age range so far is 84 years!

My teaching voice seems to have been my nemesis and a selling point! I have quite a soft voice which doesn’t always travel well but over time I’ve become much better at projecting my voice. Even with greater vocal projection I’ve still been able to maintain a calm and relaxing voice, something I didn’t think would achievable!

Tips from year two.

These 5 tips are similar to those from the end of year one and I’m sure they’ll work for anyone at any stage in their career.

  1. If you have a soft, quiet voice, practice projecting your voice or even singing! I started to sing in the car on the way to one of my classes to warm up my voice.
  2. Create your own opportunities – Write ideas down and chat to people who may be able to help or bring the ideas to life
  3. Keep learning – New material will inspire your teaching and keep your classes fresh
  4. Cross train – Whether cross training in a different exercise or cross training to learn a new skill, both will make you more supple and stronger. Seeing how a different discipline works will strengthen your existing knowledge.
  5. If you don’t enjoy it, stop! Simple. But…pause and understand what it is you don’t like.

If you have attended one of my classes I would just like to say thank you for your support. It’s a pleasure to have you in my class.