My life was changed when I was about 13. I spent 2 weeks in the school summer holidays in the Scottish Highlands with my Dad. Over those 2 weeks my father helped me become aware of my destructive behaviour and I started to adopt a new way of thinking and said goodbye to the anger, jealousy, fights, bitching and depression which once lurked by my side. It was a dramatic change but I was at a crisis point, slowly breaking down my relationships with family and friends. I knew something had to change. I remember my Dad telling me, ‘change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change,’ those words have transformed my life, because the truth is we can’t change others but we can change ourselves.
It took a while for things to change, breaking two years of bad habits wasn’t easy – but my goodness it was worth it!
I kept a little journal which reminded me of my goals and I used it to focus, I would phone Dad every day after I had an argument and he would help me become aware of my actions and how they may have made the other person feel agitated and then they may have responded violently.
I also meditated. At the time this was an alien concept to me but at that time in my life, I was desperate for change, so gave it a go. I found it hard at first, but things started to get better, I started to feel different on the inside, It made me realise that my thoughts weren’t actually reality, this gave me hope and a sense of control.
“watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits, watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” Lao Tzu
Small glimpses of positive change kept me motivated and before long I was up early before school having a strong yoga practice which acted as my foundation to set my day off to a great start.
Just one small change every day – changed my life.
I feel like a completely different person now, I feel compassionate and joyful and often look back and laugh with my friends at how dramatic the change was.
Although I’m really grateful now for everything I went through when I was younger, it wasn’t an easy journey and I think the hardest part was I had to teach myself and do all the hard work alone.
So the purpose of my yoga classes is to provide you with a pressure free space where you can come and have fun, forget the drama and just feel good, on the inside and the outside.
And the best news… you don’t have to do the hard part of teaching yourself – all you have to do is come along.
I’m so excited to meet you and start a wonderful community.