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  1. This sounds like a great idea. I am going to HAVE to make regular time in my life for yoga. Thanks guys x
  2. I really need yoga in my life: the positive impact is incredible, physically, mentally and emotionally. However, as a mother of two children, a wife who is solely in charge of everything kids and home related and a lawyer, I don't always find time for myself to practice. I am in the UK and would love to have a buddy in the same time zone - or in Europe. I'd just like to have someone to spur me on and someone who I can also motivate. It would be great if this person was more experienced, but that doesn't really matter - we can learn together. Looking forward to finding someone!
  3. Why not get the tattoo somewhere discreet as the symbolism is only for you and not for public consumption? Two bird, one stone. I have an OM symbol tattoo on my hip - cheesy positioning, but nobody is going to see it and it's mine. In all fairness, I'm Indian and a Hindu so nobody would have the right to judge me for cultural appropriation. You want to do it, just do it! But make sure you visit a few tattoo places and that the artist doing your tattoo allows you to watch one being done, if you should wish to see it being done. The guy who did mine (16 years ago! Omg I am getting old!) let me watch and the person being tattooed said this guys was so good that it was only tickling. He was right. dont forget to draw out the tattoo you want - the right one will "feel" right! Xx
  4. Hi, I hope you've managed to make a trip there since you wrote your concerns. If not: firstly, there is the BRATT diet - Bananas (peel able, and therefore unlikely to cause you a tummy upset; Rice (fresh, hot and steaming = good for your tummy); Apples -( peel them - don't eat the skin of fruit); Toast (cooked-fine; better than just bread); Tea (boiled so all the germs are dead). If food falls into any one of these categories, eat away! Secondly, go experience it! If you go in with an open mind and no expectations, you can't fail! There's so much to see and do and they cater to all budgets and styles, so if you want luxury and cleanliness in India go hang out at the Four Seasons or the Leela or any number of places. Please let us know if you go and how you felt about it!
  5. It very much is about finding the right person. And remember, when you're practising reiki you are giving yourself/your energy into healing someone. That's a huge ask, and you have to consider whether you're going to be able to treat others or whether you want to keep it for yourself - the idea is to share the power and the love and the healing. I hope you find what's right for you x
  6. Thanks Candace. It's definitely tightness in the hips - I've been practising (less regularly than I would like) and I can feel my hips becoming more comfortable in pigeon. I now have to learn to not compress my lower back. Thank you so much! ??
  7. About 10 mins after my post about reiki I went grocery shopping- came out and found this car parked next to's a sign!
  8. I have done my first degree (basic) reiki (years ago). It truly is an individual experience. When you do your first degree you have to learn self-treatment and you work on yourself to get to the right place physically, spiritually and emotionally before you are able to practice on anyone else. I found the self-treatment incredibly beneficial, emotionally and mentally. I find this with yoga too. It really depends on the type of illness you have and your own individual circumstances. It can't hurt to have a go. Reiki can take a number of sessions before you feel anything. It is based on a relationship between you and the practitioner and so there are many "things" which need to fall into place. Candace - I found the same with the osteopath. However, a physiotherapist was great. But I haven't taken to acupuncture - I had acupuncture on my face and there was some horrible form of infection (even though disposable needles were used) and I wasn't able to work for weeks because my face was wrecked! So emotionally and physically draining. Look forward to hearing about your experiences afriske! All the best!
  9. I'm going to give this book a read - although pretty sure I don't need any major life changes right now - this year has been ridiculously difficult enough! ? Cheesy but The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I first picked it up 12 years ago when my life was going in an unplanned, but unexpectedly amazing, way. It taught me to live in the moment and enjoy it. I'm still trying - it's not easy - but I don't worry about things not going to plan anymore. ?
  10. I discovered your YouTube channel a blog a few months ago. You have been an incredible help both physically and emotionally! An absolute lifesaver for those of us who aren't always able to get to a studio for set classes! I have been doing yoga on and off (more off than on) for many years now, so I'm not exactly a beginner. Anyhow, I am starting the Feb heart opening project now - yes, in November! My chosen pose is pigeon pose. For some reason I just cannot get comfortable in pigeon. It looks totally do-able, but I struggled with it even in yin, with a bolster! The leg that is forward and bent doesn't seem to be able to twist with the foot out and the hips feel uncomfortable and out of sync. Please could you help advise on how I can improve (or actually get into) pigeon with some comfort? Thank you!!