Thank you, Anna, for choreographing and organising this Acroyoga sequence… and for inviting me to be a part of it all. This has truly been a great week for yoga! =) Bry, Nat, Maria… t’was fun hangin’ – literally 😉 / Kav, thank you so much for coming to watch and support, and for capturing as much of it on film as possible. Meant a lot to have someone from home there in the audience =) x / A bit of what you fancy… great way to start the day with Kat, Aunty Janice and Teddy. x
Thank you, Clare, for getting the coffee and croissant this morning =) Had a lovely time helping you out at the Mind Body Spirit festival and so glad everything came together in the end =) We did good =) / #53 reason it’s awesome living with Kat: same size, same likes, same budget, same house makes for very easy shopping trip 😉 Gotta love that retail therapy. Grateful! =) / Very much appreciated my one-on-one hang out with Aunty Janice… grateful! =) / Thanks, Anna, for introducing me to Trentemoller… fave new band of the week. Grateful! =) x
#futureplanning. status: 3 hrs + 14 mins further down the line… GRATEFUL. =) / AcroYoga playtime with Kavesh. Grateful! / Going to Edgware Road for the first time and having amazing falafels at Beirut Express. Grateful! / Melons. Grateful! (PS – admit it, you can smell it now, can’tcha! =p ) x
Grateful for the 2 new people I got to practice acro yoga with today. At least my base-ing is getting better =) / Love fresh lemonade, especially after class =) / Grateful I finally figured out how to empty our hoover and could do a proper clean! / Grateful, at least, that it was not my white clothes that were in the wash today… Well, we did say we needed more clothes!
Grateful for the opportunity to teach my 4th yoga class today. / And the moment Behull, Kavesh and I decided to stack our bones on top of each other into a 3-tiered table! / Grateful for the long overdue catch up with Banans today. Thank you, for continuing to be a part of my life. Love you x / Grateful for the always great food at Tas! =) x
Today, I am grateful for having a body that will endure pretty much whatever I put it through. / Grateful for the Power 2 class this morning. It’s funny… There’s not a lot of things I will get out of bed for in the morning. But promise me yoga and I will roll out of bed, gladly, at 5.30 am just as I have every other day this week =) / Grateful for our last family hike of the year. / Really, really happy I got to practice some Acroyoga and mess around with my mom and sister on the beach this afternoon… I have really, really missed this.
Loved ending class today with the almighty dragon pose =) One day I’ll bring my camera so I don’t have to keep stealing these off the internet! =p / Loved it even more when I realized the XX was part of our yoga playlist for today. Friggin’ good taste or what! =D / I love tea times at Patisserie Valerie. / I love how you can spend 2 hours at a coffee shop catching up with a friend and walk away from it feeling your friendship has just hit a new level. Dani – thanks for a great afternoon and throwing me a lifeline! Very much appreciated. Love x / PS – you can tell from the picture above that we really used to not like each other… hahaha. joke! =p x
Today, I am grateful that for the first time in my life, finally, I have step foot in Africa. There are no words to describe how it felt stepping off that plane and onto the tarmac; getting hit by the first wave of crisp, Morrocan air (already tinted with the first hint of spices); feeling the Marrakechian ground rush up to meet the soles of my very excited little feet. I almost had to stomp and jump around, just to make sure that yup, I’ve definitely landed and I. am. most definitely here. / Our villa, Dar Cherif, is actually a dream home (possibly mine!). What a perfect place for a retreat. So therein lies the goal: get my yoga certificate, practice some yoga and get a group of fellow enthusiasts out here for a very special (acro) yoga retreat. Maybe I can even get my momma to come… Now that would be something! 😉 Jo and I got the 2-person suite right next to the pool… (see above). The O.C. much? =D / I am in love …
”May we always remember that our life on earth has a purpose larger than we see…” – Thank you, Swami Nikhilananda, for translating the Bhagavad Gita to make it more accessible to the rest of the world and people like me who don’t (yet) understand Sanskrit. I look forward to more learning, more growing and more understanding over the upcoming months. / I love the picture above, not because I’ve been to Texas or because I was at a yoga conference recently. Not even because I did this pose myself! I love the picture above because finally, I’m becoming stronger acting as a base and I actually got our yoga teacher flying this while balancing on my little feet. =) Woohoo! After all, you can’t really say you do acroyoga unless you can base and fly. =) / 7 minutes – that’s how long I kept someone flying for while learning more of the therapeutic, recovery and massage sequences of acroyoga =) / Chicken Shawarma = YUM! NOM! x
If there is one thing I have learned in the last few months, it’s to accept the things we cannot change; accept that really, we have control over nothing except our own selves, our actions and the way we choose to proceed and step forward in this life; and to embrace every moment in its entirety, regardless of whatever emotion we find it pregnant with. You know what the great thing about acceptance is? It has this magical effect of putting a positive spin on everything. Because when you accept things, you stop wishing them to be anything other than what they truly are. Instead of trying to change the outcome, you let it present itself to you. Then you nod. You smile. You acknowledge it for what it is. And you go, “Alright. I understand.” It’s about managing expectations. And it’s how we learn to hug the cactus moments in life. You can’t move forward, until you deal with the present. And either you go about it aggressively and with resistance, leaving a wake …