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Inspiration

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 www.trashplastic.com 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?

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Yoga Teaching – One Year 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. It was a fantastic experience and rather daunting, as at the start of any career you realise there is a long road ahead, and exciting one with lots of work to put in.

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So how have I approached my first year? Rather than put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve I thought I’d start by taking one class a week to put into practice the skills I had learnt. In the meantime, I took a part-time office job to ensure a regular income, whilst I continued to build my confidence and find my voice as a teacher.

My first regular class was in the gym at my old work place and it felt strange to have had a conversation with one of the attendees in January 2016 explaining what my plans were for the year ahead, I had to pinch myself that the goal had been realised!
My first regular class had a shelf life of a few months as the site was closing, and so I began plans to start a couple of my own classes that would fit in around my current work pattern.

Additional training
Yoga London offered an additional course to teach pre and post natal yoga. I booked myself on and started September 2016. I really enjoyed this course for many reasons, and I will blog about that at a later date. Overall my confidence grew a little bit more on this course, being able to put into practice what we had already learnt whilst learning new skills.

New year new classes
In January 2017 I had a couple of new classes ready to start. This is where the hard graft really started. How do I get people into my classes? How does social media work? Will my website get any traffic? So many things to think about as well as delivering a good yoga class.

I went in hoping that I would have a couple of people coming to my classes but knowing the reality could be no one turns up. The reality was sometimes only one person, however I enjoyed the opportunity to teach one on one, and if no one turned up it meant I could enjoy a solo practice in a beautiful big space. As the months went by a couple of the classes began to flourish and a couple of the others diminished. The ones that never picked up I finished, enabling more time to look at other opportunities, knowing that perhaps I’ll pick them up again in the future. It’s an expensive way of doing market research, but it is invaluable experience. Sometimes you don’t know how these things will pan out until you try them. Always review and make a note of what you have tried and note down what you could have done differently.

What next?
The list of training courses available is endless and there are so many interesting ones to choose from. I had a top three for this year and it took a while to decide on one, based on what would increase my customer base and what would I benefit from, in terms of building upon my current experience. In the end I decided on taking a sideways move to re-discover Pilates. Yoga has made me realised how poor my core generally is, it used to be really strong from martial arts and horse riding, but a desk job changed that.

Pilates would be great for:

• Improving my core
• Re-visiting the anatomy from yoga
• Add a different dimension to my teaching

All of these are equally important to me, however being able to diversify into another area of health and fitness stood out as a way to demonstrate that I’m serious about pursuing a new direction in life. Yoga is fantastic and I will continue my studies with it, however it is always great to cross-train in other areas, this applies to any industry. I first became aware of this when I was competing at Tae-kwon-do competitions. It’s great to be an expert in your field, however seeing and speaking to people who have cross-trained in other martial arts, demonstrate a better understanding of how the body works, and their flexibility and agility seemed to be so much greater. So, here’s to continued learning and development.

Thank you
I’m so very thankful to the teachers who gave me my first paid classes. I learnt so much from them, and it is always scary filling someone else’s shoes whom you admire. I will never forget it! A huge thank you to all my mentors you’ve been amazing, this includes friends and family for supporting me on this new adventure. Without your continued support and encouragement, it would have been so much harder, if not impossible.

Have you been teaching or are interesting in becoming a teacher. I would love to hear how your year as a teacher has been, new or experienced or even if you have aspirations to become a teacher.