A Week Of Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

 "Sister to sister. Hand to hand. Four goddesses, together we stand."  Tessa Buon Viso And so I returned to the place where it all began 5 long years ago. When I first walked back into Suryalila it was quite amazing how comfortable and energised I immediately felt. Then seeing all the progress and development that [...]

Let go of what doesn’t serve you…

“Anger is like flowing water; there's nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that [...]

the language of the soul

I haven’t posted in weeks, again! I keep thinking, it’s not the right time or I don't have enough of it but sometimes it’s just because the clarity of what I want to say hasn’t crystallised yet. Well after this insane weekend, it has. We have witnessed a wonderful and dedicated group of women transform and [...]

The Truth About Those Spinning Plates

The kids are amazing, they are simply gorgeous and fringe yoga is progressing nicely. The teacher training has been epic and the classes that I am managing to teach I am loving. I find it relatively easy to immerse myself in one or the other but trying to do both things at once or even [...]

Love Over Fear

Choose love over fear. Times of uncertainty can ignite fear in our hearts and unknowingly close ourselves off to love and openness. We must do everything in our power to overcome this approach and live life to the fullest. If we don't the only people who will suffer are ourselves. Although recent choices may not [...]

I Bend So I Don’t Break

Both life and yoga are full of challenges. No-one knows what is around the corner and we need to be flexible in so many ways to be able to cope with the things that happen on and off the mat. Even if you haven't physically bent today, I can bet that figuratively you have. We [...]

Blue Skies Are Just Behind The Clouds……

A week away in Portugal usually conjures up an image of reliable sunshine and blue skies. It is November so no one expects sunbathing weather but at least a step up from home. However, we were greeted with monsoon like rainfall and freezing temperatures. We were lucky where we stayed as we only experienced a [...]

Find Your Calm Within The Storm…….

I write this blog every week and talk about issues that are relevant in my life. Not because I've got it right and my life is fully balanced and filled with meditation and self practice, oh how I wish it was. I write this blog because I want to let others know where I fall [...]

Who You Are Is Not Determined By Your Size…..Love Your Body At Every Stage Of Life

There are so many changes going on in my body and my skin. Hormones are flying in all directions, my boobs already feel humungous and heavy and popping paracetamol every morning is becoming the norm. But then I feel this little baby move inside me and all of those changes feel so insignificant. We are going [...]

How Do You Respond To Stress……Yoga Can Help!!

I am not suggesting yoga can make stress simply disappear through the sound of an Om or from one sun salutation. But what it most definitely can offer are stress-reduction techniques for anxious moments and also the option to delve deeper, transforming how the mind and body intuitively respond to stress. With enough practice we can train ourselves [...]

Autumn Detox – A Few Little Healthy Tips To Try, Now The Summer’s Said Goodbye!

Finding the discipline not to reach for the biscuits and pig out on a filling, carb heavy dish as the weather grows colder is extremely hard. I am definitely noticing the need to comsume heart warming food now that summer is a thing of the past. What happens to our body during this "season of wind" is [...]

Turn Life On Its Head For A Change Of Perspective…..Working Towards Headstand!

Sometimes the easiest way to gain a new perspective on things is to turn everything upside down. Change the way you think by seeing the world differently, taking a leap of faith and building self confidence. It is never too late to prepare the body for the "king of asanas" Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) and it [...]

The Miracle Of Life…..Baby #2 Is On The Way!!!

As those of you who read my blogs will know this year has been a challenging one for me and my family. However, despite pain and grief it is so important to see the absolute wondrous beauty in everything around you. Even death, even pain because if we didn't know these feelings and emotions then how [...]

Patience is Power

It is so much easier said than done to be patient, to breathe and take each day as it comes accepting whatever lies ahead of us. I have been lucky enough to meet some incredibly patient and calm people and I always wonder how they do it. How they never seem to get in a [...]

YOGA to restore HEALTH & VITALITY

Fed up of watching the rain hammering at our windows in August?.....I definitely am. I have written before about how the seasons and the weather can affect our mental state and how yoga can help to improve and restore your mood regardless of how depressing it is outside. For example, we hosted our YOGA BEAUTY BRUNCH at [...]

The Way To An Open Heart

It's been a rough week but I think I am through the worst. I found the courage to visit dad's grave for the first time, the anniversary is over and once again I have been reminded about how lucky I am to have such amazing friends and family. The heart warming support from my nearest and dearest [...]

Surviving The Struggle…….. Stand Your Ground

This Thursday is the day I have been dreading for the past year. For some reason the first anniversary of a person's death makes it all so real. I have been trying to stay distracted and our two week holiday has been a perfect way to do just that. Then Andrew and I have had [...]

How NOT TO Overindulge Whilst On Holiday!!

It is beyond tempting whilst on your holidays to completely overindulge, booze it up and not exercise very much! In order to find the perfect balance between a relaxed and indulging holiday and not feeling like absolute crap when you get home you do need to adhere to some level of discipline. By discipline, I absolutely [...]

Travelling Traumas and How Yoga Can Improve Your Journey!

Its holiday season and I am currently writing this from the beautiful Portugal with a lovely view of blue skies and beach. Wow does it feel nice to be here! Getting here however was a different story. You know it will be worth every single second of waiting in queues, being cramped in your seat [...]

Yoga for Truth….to find it, to live it, to set you free

  truth noun the quality or state of being true. Sometimes we bottle things up inside. Those feelings and words we want to express get buried into ourselves and we can't find a way to get them out. Have you ever had mouth ulcers, a sore neck or a thyroid problem? Have you ever felt it hard [...]

No More Slouching…….Yoga for Posture, Positivity & Confidence

Be strong but not rude. Be kind but not weak. Be bold but don't bully. Be humble but not shy. Be CONFIDENT but not arrogant. When I look at my little girl playing on the floor with her toys, her posture is amazing! Her back is completely straight when she's sitting and squatting, as when she's [...]

HOW ARE ALLOWED TO PUT THIS INTO OUR BODIES???? – being aware of the everyday products and food that can cause health issues!

It has been a pretty hectic week for me. Keeping busy and productive, teaching lots of classes and a little bit of partying on a fab girls night out at The Box! Quite obviously, we in the O'Brien household were looking forward to a calm and super chilled weekend....needless to say it didn't quite work out [...]

What Makes A Real Yogi!!! And Learning To Rise Above Other People’s Bullsh*t !

What is a yogi? There are so many preconceptions of what a "yogi" is. When you think of a yoga teacher you probably think of a perfectly toned body, softly spoken and fully kitted out with the latest yoga gear. We inevitably think of someone who emanates zen, has love seeping out of their pores and is totally [...]

DETOX AND CLEANSE for that SUMMER BODY but Don’t Forget The Mind! Also CURA APOTHECARY and fringe.yoga team up for the first YOGA BEAUTY BRUNCH 19TH JULY!!

Hello yogis, I am writing this in my office for the weekend, IZZY's of course! We are having the most wonderful weekend away in Portugal. It is sometimes so refreshing to escape for a quick break. However, arriving in the crazy heat here in Portugal, not that I am complaining, but I found that my entire [...]

YOUR BODY ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH……PHYSICAL PAIN OFTEN COMES FROM EMOTIONAL TRAUMA

This weekend Fringe.yoga hosted the incredible Beta Lisboa for a yin fascial release workshop. Now being completely honest, I knew very very little about fascia and the importance of it in the body, until this weekend. "By its action we live and by its failure we die." Andrew Taylor Still I wasn't quite sure what exactly to [...]

Intention and Compassion; Yoga to Open The Heart and Listen To Your Inner Self

I imagine setting an intention like seeing a forrest instead of the trees. It is something greater than yourself, a way to give back and be part of the bigger picture. It really is the BIG question.....how can me being a part of this world make it a better place? What is my purpose and how can [...]

We Did It – Fringe.Yoga’s First Week and LAUNCH PARTY! And Top Tips for Dealing With Stress!

I cannot believe it!!! Fringe.Yoga is officially open and running!! We had the launch party on Saturday and were absolutely blown away by the support and help that our friends, family, students and fellow yogis gave us. We are feeling very blessed and lucky to have such wonderful people in our life. There is definitely a strange [...]

FRINGE YOGA OPENS TOMORROW! Breathe, Believe And Anything Is Possible!

This is a BIG week for me and my partner Jodie. Fringe Yoga is opening on Monday evening and I am so excited to begin to teach there. The studio is coming together so nicely. It really has come such a long way from being a junk filled room to a beautiful, calm and relaxing space. [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Falling and Yoga Poses for Sexy Summer Arms

What is fear? The "flight or flight"response that your body has when under threat causes the heart rate to increase, the veins to constrict so the blood rushes to the major organs and the muscles tense up. Its no wonder that if you are afraid of something, such as a headstand, handstand or an arm [...]

Never forget Who You Are….Bikini Ready Bodies and HOLIDAYS ROCK!!

Don't forget who you are. You may be a mum, you may be a sister, a friend, a lover, a spouse but you are still "you". Whatever your job is, you are still "you". I have found it really challenging to achieve the perfect balance between being mummy/wife/me. Those first six weeks were so so tough. [...]

The Road Less Travelled……….Listen To Your Gut……AND OUR NEW BUSINESS VENTURE – FRINGE.YOGA !!!

The Road Not Taken BY ROBERT FROST I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. It is sometimes so very had to make a decision. The decision making [...]

PRECIOUS TIME – how do you use it?………Being present in your practice and in your mind!

TIME, possibly the most valuable commodity of all! What is time? Where does it go? How do we get more? All pertinent questions, of which we know no answers. All we know is how to measure it (thank you Napoleon) and most importantly how quickly it flies by. Andrew and I watched "The Theory Of [...]

Never fear, Summer is here…..yoga to combat seasonal affective disorder and depression!

I hold my hands up, my mood is seriously affected by the weather. There is no better feeling than waking up opening the curtains to feel the sun's rays streaming into the room. Birds singing away and out come this seasons latest sandals/birkenstocks/flip flops, chuck on a maxi and I am outta here....with child in tow of [...]

Accept Fate But Make Your Own Destiny………The Stars Align, The Spine Aligns

Have you ever had an experience where you just know that right here, right now is where you are meant to be? That somehow, despite whatever difficulties you are dealing with, past or present, this moment feels right and maybe, just maybe you were led here for a reason? Yes, we went there, jumped straight [...]

The Truth About 15 Minutes of Fame, Getting Grounded and Tips for Toned Summer Ready Legs

So it's nearly that time again, we are on the cusp of summer and already getting moments of arm baring weather, how terribly exciting!!! That also means that it's time to get those legs out and bare the flesh! Bye bye Winter tights but my first thought was yikes, I may be half-Indian but I am [...]

EASTER TIPS TO FEEL GOOD AS NEW – The Perfect Healthy Mimosa, Poses to Refresh and Renew Body And Mind

Happy Easter!!!! I hope you have and are having a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend with chocolate eggs in abundance, drinkypoos and of course, lots of yoga to balance it all out!! So I know on a bank holiday we all love a drink, my personal favourite is a mimosa also known as bucksfizz. Champagne and orange juice [...]

Be A Little Kinder Than Necessary

Let me be a little kinder,   Let me be a little blinder   To the faults of those about me.   Let me love a little more.   Let me be when I am weary   Just a little bit more cheery.   Let me think more of my neighbor   And a little [...]

Spring – A New Start, A Happy Spine and Eternal Love

Happy spring yogis! It’s official, the daffodils are blooming beautifully and the weather is “slightly” warming up. Well, kind of! the beautiful daffodils blooming in our garden This week was such a positive one for me. A lot of good things occurred personally and professionally and even my little monkey was on good form! I think I [...]

Beauty Is A Light In The Heart…….Let It Shine!

"People are like stained-glass windows.They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross What is it that makes us shine from the inside.....serene inner peace, contentment, love, happiness? Who truly knows the answer? It is different [...]

Teaching Schedule

9 30 - 1030 am on Mondays @ YOGA VIBE - HOT FLOW Studio in Sawbridgeworth (please email raquelleg@yahoo.com or yogavibe.hotflow@gmail.com to book or for directions) 12- 1 pm on Tuesdays @ High Wych Memorial Hall (please email raquelleg@yahoo.com to book or call 07810868825) High Wych Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire CM21 0HZ Also available for private [...]

Fun and Fabulous Yoga For The Feel Good Factor

Good morning yogis, I find that life can sometimes get so serious, between responsibilities, children and day to day living, it can easily get on top of you. This week has been just that for me, and I found myself thinking when did I last have a real belly laugh. You know the one where [...]