You should go and Love yourself

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My friends its been a while.
Sincerest apologies for not checking in with you sooner. I was away for 4 whole weeks living my best life in Australia with my beloved, meeting family and having a break. My first Christmas at my home away from home and it was glorious. 

Over the past year I’ve had to embrace the change, flip my perspective and get rid of everyday habitual fears that held me back. If we constantly worry about money, routine, what others think and so on, we’ll never have any fun or a fulfilling life. If you stay in the routine you neither love nor hate, you’ll end up working hard for no pay off and that’s no fun at all. Its a slippery slope and a downward spiral we have the capability to save ourselves form. 

Every so often you have to stop. Check in with yourself and deeply listen to what your body is telling you. What you thought you always wanted is allowed to change. Its so difficult to let go of an idea or a dream you once lived for. But when does that dream that used to inspire you turn to one that holds you back? There’s no clear cut path to your destiny. Its not a straight line and you’ll go off course sometimes. Break the habitual chain and invest in your life. Always have something to look forward to. Hustle hard and reward yourself for it. Be your own motivation, give yourself all the love and step away from the constant desire of approval from others. It’ll come naturally if you break the mould and be bold, adventurous and brave. But above all of that. Be Kind.  

True, honest kindness can be a rarity. To be totally aware, on all mediums in which we promote ourselves can be a challenge but it shouldn't be. I feel a bit stuck in a world where we can never do enough or simply be enough. There is always someone somewhere telling you off. So often its arguably from a very important place or with seemingly good intentions but along the way its turned from uplifting activism into an opportunity to degrade one another. That’s not kind. We are all here trying to work everything out together. We have to start with the self. Easier said than done but everything else on the greater scale may just have to wait until we conquer that ‘small’ feat. What we can always be consciously doing, is offer support, compassion, empathy, love and ultimately kindness.

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I have to quote a good yoga friend Mischa from her email earlier this week- ‘It’s time to remember what yoga is all about - It is total acceptance of all that is, exactly as it is.’ I love this explanation of yoga as it stops it being for only the physically able, the young, the flexible and the ones on instagram. To quote another dear yoga friend Liz Jacobs - ‘Yoga is a practice of acceptance, openness and willingness. It is not about outcomes’. Its not about deserving more out of life because you go to 6 yoga classes a week, can stand on your head, post a photo and get a free pair of leggings and 100 followers over night from it. Somewhere along the way the yoga industry has become swamped with disingenuous practitioners, exploiting the system to make it all about them, in a strange fame hungry fashion. Sadly so many people are fooling for the facade and as a result being taught a very superficial style of yoga designed for the highly privilege few with hyper mobility and the ability to buy expensive clobber. I’m passionate about this subject because to quote Mischa one more time- ‘it's more important to live and embody the teachings than talk, post or quote them.’ Of course we will still do those three things and we should be able to but the importance really must lie in the embodiment. If you do not embody kindness then what you preach will always come across as fake and unauthentic. 

So as we embark on the week of love. Love yourself. Invest in yourself. Be kind to yourself. First and foremost. 

This photo was taken in Melbourne just after an almighty storm. Just like us, the weather goes through twists and turns of ferocity and serenity. Love is not just joy and comfort, it is also a whirlwind of pain and discomfort. Its all love and its all necessary. There is beauty in all of it. 

This photo was taken in Melbourne just after an almighty storm.
Just like us, the weather goes through twists and turns of ferocity and serenity. Love is not just joy and comfort, it is also a whirlwind of pain and discomfort. Its all love and its all necessary. There is beauty in all of it. 

I don’t have anything to promote other than my usual teaching schedule which you can check out here on my website. I just wanted to check in and spread the self love to all of you.

I am teaching a lot at the new Blok Studio in Shoreditch which you should come a check out if you get the chance. I highly recommend teachers such as Hannah Almond and Rishin Paonaskar on the timetable. Wonderfully grounding teachers that come from the most honest place. Check them out. 

I also want to recommend a great podcast for your ears.  Rachel Perry- Elevated Elephant . Listen to her interview with Adam Hocke. If you're searching for more honesty in the yoga industry I highly recommend this one. 

I also want to recommend a great podcast for your ears. Rachel Perry- Elevated Elephant. Listen to her interview with Adam Hocke. If you're searching for more honesty in the yoga industry I highly recommend this one. 

Again here is a link as always to my Spotify page to enjoy all the yoga tunes. 

Please remember, If you ever have any questions about yoga, want private sessions or need to let off some steam, I’m here and love to hear all about it. 

 

All the Love, 

Alice 

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Accept yourself, just as you are.  This weeks Mudra.  Hridaya (Heart)  Compassion.  Love. 

Accept yourself, just as you are. 
This weeks Mudra. 
Hridaya (Heart) 
Compassion. 
Love. 

Alice Trow