Freebies in February!

It is a long, dreary winter and now the rain is back. Time for a competition!

Here’s your chance to win some great yoga wear from Fabletics, my favourite brand of yoga leggings, and I have tried a lot! Lots of leggings look good on the hanger, or the website, but get them on, and they slide down, cut into your belly, crawl up your crack or you lean over and find that they are see-thru! This has happened to me in class and it is not good- especially when there are leggings selling for upwards of £100! I have tried top brands and cheap ones, and find that Fabletics are my favourite. I bought my first pair in the US five years ago, and still wear them regularly— they are that durable. They also have great variety of styles, sizes and other great athletic/leisure wear. I have 2 pairs of leggings & a sports top to give away.

What to do? 1- Like and share this post :) 2- Tag a friend who might be interested! That enters you for the on-line draw. There is a separate draw for those of you who attend class! (1 entry per class between now & Feb 13th). So— get in with a chance to win!

Here is a link if you are interested in ordering your own Fabletics clothing: https://www.fabletics.co.uk/invite/79448423/

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Intentions for a Happier Life

It is still January… what often seems like a dreary, long, sobering month after a season of celebration & overindulgence. Yet, this year, January has been pleasant, often dry and with more sunlight than normal- lending to better moods to start the new year.

The start of the year is a time for many to reflect on what worked (or didn’t work) in the past year, and set intentions or resolutions for the changes we desire in the upcoming year. It is a great time to re-set our behaviour, our mindset, or to commit to a new routine or hobby. As a teacher & parent, I have always found September to be a great time for this too— the start of a new school year, yet another fresh slate.

Intention is also something coming up more and more in discussions about mindfulness- both in meditation & yoga. Both are times where we limit our focus and commit to being in the moment.

But how do you pick??

Well, it isn’t a marriage or long-term commitment— you can choose an intention for as long as you want to focus on it— one class, one month, or until you notice a shift in your feelings. Our feelings are really where we find our intentions… how are we feeling about our families? our social life? health & fitness? How do you feel about the way we spend our time? The way we speak?

Focus on you feelings, and find your intention. If you are feeling lonely, create an intention of community. If you are feeling insecure, create an intention of Confidence. If you are struggling with sadness or loss, bring an intention of joy into your heart. Feeling fearful?? We all are, about something- it is the feelings that pushes human more than anything else… set an intention for safety, security or comfort. If you feel weak or ill, set an intention for strength.

Find your feeling, set your intention. You can focus on a single word, such as HEALTH, or a mantra or short phrase or positive affirmation, like I AM HEALTHY. Keep language in the present tense— the old adage of ‘fake it tie your make it’ stands true here. It is what we repeat in our minds/hearts, that we believe.

I AM BRAVE.

I AM STRONG.

I AM FREE.

I HAVE BALANCE IN MY LIFE.

MY LIFE IS FILLED WITH LOVE.

I HAVE LOVING RELATIONSHIPS.

I AM FULFILLED IN MY WORK.

How do you want to FEEL? Focus on that. Forget goals, don’t set an intention to lose weight, or to be ‘healthier’ or walk 3x a week. Stick to I AM HEALTHY or I CARE FOR MY BODY & MIND.

So, try to set an intention for your next meditation, your next yoga class, or even your next walk. Keep it in your mind, repeat it and start to feel it!

Good luck!

Michele

Fun, at any age...

Monthly ‘Circus Class’ delves into doubles floor & hammock-based moves, along with trapeze & aerial hoop! 

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The monthly class is plain fun! The group ranges in age from 17-55 years, and we all have our strengths 😂 and weaknesses! It is 2 hours of fitness challenges & belly laughs.  Our next session is this Sunday (Nov 11th) from 5-7pm, and costs a mere €20.  Booking REQUIRED.  086-854-0023

Season of Change

Autumn has always been a season of both excitement (as a child and adult it begets a new school year, new books, clothes, change of weather & routine after a long summer) and calm (settling in for the new ‘year’ beginning).  If you have kids, are a student, or a teacher like me... September is like January... a new year.   It is a fresh start... a new beginning.  A chance to shed bad habits & initiate new ones.  Autumn is a season of change & intent! 

 

Try some ‘new ways’ this month!  Just see if new doors begin to open for you😊🙏🏻 

Try some ‘new ways’ this month!  Just see if new doors begin to open for you😊🙏🏻 

Let’s commit to our intent between now & our next break (Christmas/New Year hols).  What do you really want to change, to acheive, or to gain control of?  There are roughly 90 days left in the year, and 90 days is more than enough time to create real changes- in our health [maybe adding exercise, curbing sugar, fatty foods or drink...]  or in our well-being [time for meditation, journaling, meeting with friends, self-care].  

SET YOUR INTENTION! Pick one or two things & commit!! Don’t try to change everything!  Then start! A little bit every day... make autumn your season of change😊🌥🍂🕸🍁🌾☺️ 

Pushing into power

Last week I climbed Croagh Patrick...

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It was the hottest day 🌞🔥 in over forty years, I was wearing cheap runners & not enough sun screen... and we didn’t bring much water😫 BUT we pushed through.  My husband, always the optimist, was positive every moment, laughing and making jokes to keep our 12-year-old focused. They both moved at a swift pace, without fear, while I was calculating risk, noticing dangers... anticipating the next fall or near-miss while staring at every rough rock making up the ground.  When I would look up, the height & breeze made my legs shake as we approached the summit⛰.  I was scared.  I felt powerless.  Powerlesness is the absolute WORST feeling for me. I hated it! 

At the same time, I knew I wasn’t going to quit.  I knew it was going to end AND that I would be happy afterwards, proud.  I wanted the memories with my family, I wanted the experience, even if it mostly sucked (which it kinda did).  I was disappointed at the top and even more terrified and sore coming down.  But then there was a cool stream to dunk my feet & legs in, we got to the bottom & found water again💧😊 ... we got cooled off in the car & ate lunch.  Then we laughed😂💪🏼 And felt good about what we had done.  We felt power-full & accomplished.  It was good.  

Sometimes... most times, we need to nudge ourselves into doing things.  Push ourselves into our power, even when it first makes us feel powerless.  That is where the growth happens.  It’s where we make memories & build our internal strength.  So, this week, get out of your comfort zone!!

Start yoga if you haven’t yet😊🧘🏼‍♀️ Beginners is Tuesday @8pm or push yourself harder and try POWER 💪🏼 Yoga Monday @8pm.... or try a 2-hour workshop this Friday in Beginner Aerial Circus🎪😅 So much fun... if you just push into it.  Enjoy the week. 

Namaste

Michele

Growing gratitude

School is out.  My daughter has just finished college. The sun has been around for nearly two weeks.  Life is good.  It is easy to feel grateful right now🙏🏻🌞 

 

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We need to remember to relish these moments and all the good memories, meals & times we enjoy, and take a moment to feel gratitude. In recognizing these moments, we grow our gratitude. In less enjoyable times, we can look back, but also find simpler things to be grateful for— the roof over our head, our bed, hot shower, etc...

Take a few minutes sometime this week to list 25 things you are grateful for. Tuck it away or stick it on the fridge... have it for a rainy day⚡️☔️🌤 

Grow that gratitude!  

It’s May!

Time is flying! A few busy weeks in a row, and a bank holiday weekend is upon us once again🎉☀️😀 That means family & community activities (Cycle Against Suicide coming thru town) , rest (hopefully)  and a very special meditation session on Sunday, May 6th.  We will be welcoming Ava Brogan to play the harp in studio for a sensational mindfulness meditation practice🧘🏼‍♀️💗🎼💕🧘🏻‍♂️.  Booking is required, as space is limited!  7pm Sunday - €10.  Text or call 086-854-0023🙏🏻 Have a safe & peaceful holiday weekend! 

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108 Challenge!

Tomorrow (Monday 30th April) will be our 2nd challenge to complete 108 Sun Salutions!  There is a great group booked in😊🎉💪🏼 and we will take lots of breaks- you don’t have to be super-fit. Bring water and determination☺️ 8pm

Text Michele to book: 086-854-0023

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Earn this sticker! Be a survivor😊💪🏼 

Wanted!

I am currently trying to find someone to play live music during a few yoga and/or meditation sessions this summer.  If you, or someone you know plays classical or Spanish guitar, or other classical music, plase be in touch!

086-854-0023.   

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March Madness!

The weather seems to have a mind of it’s own... another ten (or more) days of wind, rain and maybe even snow! 🤣😉😬😝 

Luckily, we’ve got another 3-day weekend🎉🇮🇪☘️ and Power Yoga! on (Bank holiday) Monday @8. 

Try to fit a stretch in over the weekend! Happy St. Patrick’s Day☘️😊🧡☘️

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The snow has melted

We can finally come out of hibernation! The snow is melting, roads clear and schools open... so back to Yoga😊

Monday- Teen @6:30 and Power @8

Tuesday- Beginners @8

Wednesday- Beginners @6:30 and Aerial Fit @8

Text 086-854-0023 to save a spot!  

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