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5 signs that you need to take rest

When our bodies and minds are tired, they certainly let us know. Most of the times, it seems we don’t listen until we near the point of burning out, or, our bodies force rest by becoming ill. Often we are too busy to see the signs of tiredness; or maybe we ignore it, thinking we can keep on keeping on. These are 5 signs to look out for when you need to take rest. 1. Your concentration is wavering Be it work, in between chatting with your friends or in your activities, you find blips of wavering concentration happening. One minute you’re listening to your friend, the other minute your mind is off into an abyss. Sign 1 that your mind is getting tired to sustain concentration and that you need some rest in your life! 2. Coffee uptake increases MMf, just really suddenly needing that second coffee (or third, or fourth) that you don’t normally drink in a day. Feeling irritable, feeling tired, give me that coffee! Interestingly, I’ve found that this is an early warning …

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Goals – How do they affect you?

Goals! I for one, naturally gravitate towards goals. Most often I don’t 100% set out my year with goals in order on a big yellow list to tick off, but in a general mind-pasteboard, I do have a handful of things I hope to achieve within the year. My goals for this year (ever changing, ever adding, ever subtracting) are: • Dedicate more of me (time, effort, mindfulness, thought, body) to learning more of Yoga • Up my climbing game, work on techniques that I don’t naturally gravitate towards, like climbing slabs, gaining more strength • Figuring out a work/yoga/life balance that allows my energies to be at a good level Just these three! Of course more will be added, and these might change as I chip away at them throughout the year. But yes these are the core three I am aiming at this year. In fact it has already changed since the beginning of the year. The 2nd goal has recently been added as upon working on my 1st goal, I’ve found that my …

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Teaching you, teaching me

I have been teaching yoga in my house for three weeks now, and I find myself coming away from a class firstly, with rainbows shining from my chest, and secondly, learning a heck of a lot myself. About what? Yes, so many things I am learning. How to teach a class, what to say, how to listen to my friends, to be aware of the others around me – are they breathing heavy? Are they tired? Are they struggling but not saying anything? Is this flow not satisfying enough to challenge? I am also discovering so much about myself. Finding the meaning and humility in putting others first, looking inward a lot more to realign my thoughts in myself before, during and after a class, and these things carry forward and longer into my normal bits of life, like when I’m at work, or when I’m going through frustrations and stress. I’ve been loving teaching so much and making this unexpected journey into discovering more about myself, coming head to head with questions that never occurred to …

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Women and competition

So! Here’s a sensitive subject. Only sensitive because it is sensitive to many women who will probably have some kind of internal reaction to even reading that title. It is no big secret that women, well, we get funny about being with other capable women. It has to do with our individual deep rooted fears and insecurities which normally we keep under a good confident lid, but when we meet someone we find is ‘more’ of what you think you are, that lid busts right out a big hole and all the worms come out. And it’s never very fun when it does. So it’s no surprise that our instinct kicks in really quickly when it comes to protecting ourselves from, well, ourselves. I’ve been asked before ‘why are you being such a b****?’ ‘why are you so mean to that person?’ and really, I never was. It was genuinely a giant reactive mechanism spouting from my insecurities to protect myself from reacting. But actually, the chain has already started with this ‘protective’ measure you’ve put out …

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Pushing yourself

There always comes a point when doing sport (of any sort) where you have a decision to make. ‘Do I push myself beyond what I perceive as my limit today, or listen to my mind and body’s limitation at this moment and stop?’ It is honestly a question that I constantly battle with; and I never know the right answer. Because how can you ever tell what is a limit? Are limits merely boundaries in our minds caused by fear? Are they meant to be persevered through? Yes in some instances, no in other instances.. so how do we know which road to go down when you find yourself asking that question? I personally find it varies from day to day and when it does happen, I take a breather from what I’m doing (it happened today while I was rock climbing) and reflect internally about what’s going on in your mind and body. These questions to myself generally help me make the decision to push through or to lay back a little. • How do I …