‘I am brave, I step into my light,’ is my mantra for 2017.
The seed for my mantra – brave, was planted by Dr Sam Collins, phenomenal CEO of Aspire Women, at the Making A Difference Mad (M.A.D) Leaders conference in London last November and the full wording came out of my heart through the light that Carole Bourne shines, a writer, healer and gorgeous goddess from the Rejuvenation Lounge.
Ask yourself what is it that I am?
It is something that I am asking my students when taking them into a beautiful recital of the affirmation, ‘I am, I am.’ I ask them to feel the words, to visualise that what they are and to enjoy the bliss that comes with it. Meditating on simple words such as, ‘I am happy,’ to ‘I am calm,’ create a beautiful ripple effect of love and energy within the room to the wider universe.
I had the honour of experiencing this last weekend when I ran a yoga and mindfulness session at the first ever Aspire Girls M.A.D Leaders conference. I spent time with the girls aged 11 to 18 years of age, explaining what yoga was, and wasn’t, to then working with the breath and mindful movement to ground the girls and open their hearts, leaving them calm, confident and energised for the day ahead.
The day didn’t end there for me as I volunteered throughout the day, and heard so many inspirational stories from young girls who are our future. Sophia, a Young Carers Support Worker, spoke of failure being a part of life, ‘accept it but take a step forward, visualise success and the woman you want to be.’ Poignant words with so much depth for the young and the old.
I was in awe of Team Malawi, a group of girls who raised money for their trip to Malawi who said, ‘perseverance is everything…the knock backs will come but you must persevere and rise strong.’ They explained that, ‘a child that doesn’t learn in Malawi has no future. Our efforts to build things like a library will change that.’
It was this recent experience at Aspire Girls that made something ‘click,’ in my heart and has shown me that my path forward is to support, nurture and champion young girls and women parallel to my sharing the benefits and joys of yoga with families and children – both equally important and close to my heart. I’m therefore doing something new and launching my first yoga and mindfulness workshop for teenagers in West London in mid-May. My angels have shown me that that, ‘self-love’ will be the first theme we explore together. In the safety and comfort of our circle, we will discuss what self-love means and use mindful breathing, yoga and affirmations to explore self-love.
I’d love for us to meet on the yoga mat in May…
Children's yoga (4-10 year olds) on Sunday 14th May from 10am - 10.50am at Pilates Corps, West Ealing, W13 9DJ
Yoga and Mindfulness for teenagers on Sunday 21st May from 10am to 10.50am in a West London venue TBC.