4 little things to help you through the year

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Happy New Year to you..Its going to be simply great!

I hope you have had a wonderful festive season, have been able to catch up with yourself and those you love and are excited for the incredible New Year ahead.

I was talking, just before Christmas, with a beautiful friend of mine about how we often miss the magic of the moments, with family and friends, as we are rushing around trying to get it all done, trying to stay in control and get everything right..

"Life is really simple but we insist in making it complicated" - Confucious

So I made a conscious effort to let go, be in the moment and simplify... And I had the best Christmas in years. It was really warm and nourishing and I was able to catch up with everyone special to me, and feel the love that sometimes I miss in the stress and chaos of it all.

Being present in a series of moments was more than the sum of the whole.

Usually, in my excitment, I'm charging to the New Year in with big, bold statements and have lists of the things I want to accomplish, which is all great and, absolutely I still have big dreams, but sometimes this declaration of "I will do, I will be" makes me feel that I'm not okay as I am, and I need to accomplish to be worthy.

This means we can miss the magic of our life today, as it is how we are...Which is pretty awesome already, for the most part.

This is what I love about my work with Pilates and Kundalini Yoga and meditation, and what it teaches me every single day. It's all a journey back to the present and thats where the miracles are. All around us right now and we are enough.

There is a difference between living a conscious life being the best version of yourself and "proving your worth".. I'm done with the latter.

So simplifying doesnt mean copping out or giving up. It's actually really tricky to decipher what is necessary and whats not sometimes. Where you are hiding behind stuff and when you making things complicated for yourself.

Sometimes it feels easier to be busy that it is to just be.

"Simple can be harder than complex:You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains" - Steve Jobs

So still incredibly excited and motivated for the New Year and all it brings, still with big dreams in my heart and ideas and techniques to share with you this year for me is all about

Simplifying
Being Present
Being of Service
Sustainability


Without rushing, pushing, expectation, self flagelation let's ease ourselves into the New Year, simplifying and letting things evolve naturally, enjoying the now.

Creating heartfelt, sustainable practices to reach our goals and live our dreams, whatever they maybe. Let's see the magic in the moments and the miracles all around us. With heaps and heaps of gratitute.

If you’re in Barcelona my Simply Limitless will take place on January 12th - click here for details

Can Pilates and Yoga make you fit?

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Last weekend I took part in a Spartan Super Race… and it was super hard. Mamma Mia it was!

For those of you that don’t know what that is (and I didn’t know exactly, until I was there!), it’s a race set over a course, in this case it was 13km of mountainous terrain, and is peppered with obstacles that you have to climb, carry or negotiate yourself through, under or over…and wade through alot of mud.

It was a huge challenge, on so many levels, and I went into it blind.. I thought Ignorance would be bliss...

I was wrong - Ignorance was foolish, and another thing that was foolish was to buy a pair of super cheap trainers (As I knew there would be mud, and they would get ruined) that were also on the small side, and expect them not to rub.

My feet were blistered but it was one of the least painful things that was going on so I kind of didnt notice..

I had not trained and I thank my lucky stars that my husband was so supportive, as was our teammate Andy, and that I have been a practioner of Pilates and Kundalini Yoga for years and years. They all saved my bacon! Also, Andy’s wife Kez was an intricate part of the team as she looked after our children and this an important factor when families embark on adventures. It was a team effort!

The race was not a race for winning but an experience of commitment, teamwork, love, kindness and faith.

The emotions I went through over the course went from excitement and determination, to desperation, regret, hopelessness, shame through to elation, invincibility, strength, pride, inspiration, motivation, love, empathy, compassion and back to desparation, anxiety and fear (I had a near panic attack about 2km from the end and started trembling and crying) and then back to love, comittment, determination, hope and joy.

Boy, it was a roller coaster and I could not have done it without my husband’s love and support and encouragement both physically and emotionally helping through (over and under) the obstacles. Maybe not for everyone but teamwork got me through..

It was an amazing bonding experience for us both and connected us back into each other and our relationship. So often we are busy with life and forget how much we love each other’s spirit and soul so it was a great opportunity to be together and be present on adventure out of our normal environment.

It was like we got to see the real person again, with the curtains of life drawn back - It was raw and real and we loved it.

I did not train but I did it. Up, up and up mountains and down, down down, over rocks and through mud, up monkey bars and under barbed wire.. I believe that having Pilates in my body, being balanced and strong and able to move efficiently with a reinforced core stability got me through physically. Kundalini Yoga whilst also helped with the physical challenge, helped me with the commitment, the mindset and faith to get me through. Absolutely.

My work blending Pilates and Kundalini Yoga is fortifying and keeps you strong and capable, not for only Spartan races but for life. We need a strong body and mind so we can get on with our everyday things. We are more resilent and can see the magic of life around us, which makes us happier and more content. We can show up fully and be the best version of ourselves on any given day. You have super powers inside you and do anything when you want to..

There is a beautiful Chinese Proverb “The person who says it cannot be done should not interupt the person doing it”

Yoga move to relieve nagging lower back pain..

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How are you? Can you believe it is October already? What happened to September? It absolutely flew by…I hope you are all settled back in and feeling good…

It already seems such a long time ago now but we had a wonderful late summer holiday in Umbria in Italy - Myself, my husband and daughter. We cycled 100km over 3 days through stunning countryside. I was blown away by Assisi and the medieval towns passed through and was in awe of the magic of nature and the incredible history in all it’s splendour. Incredible.

I was able to be really present, something which is easier said than done and could appreciate the everyday miracles are all around us. Im doing it now, back in Barcelona tapping on these keys and watching the falling words into my brain appear on the page.. in the now…Oooo that was nice.

I was also in awe of my my daughter, who is only 8 years old and cycled the whole way taking the challenge in her stride. I was so proud of her. It was a really beautiful and bonding time for us all and I am filled with gratitude..

but boy I could feel that cycle ride in my back.. Yikkes!

A Pilates and yoga teacher with a bad back? Oh yes, people… It was super stiff I can tell you!

Most of us suffer from lower back pain at sometime in our lives and for some of us feel a constant niggle or tightness in this area. Lifestyle is often to blame for this kind of pain, constant sitting in chairs and on sofas, lack of exercise, bad mattresses.. Our backs take the brunt.

We also hold fear, insecurity, anxiety about who we are, lack of trust all down here in this energy centre which can play havoc on our back and on our eliminiation systems that give us toilet trouble and age our skin.

Having a healthy lower back can make life much more enjoyable. We can get on and do our things with grace and ease…Imagine being pain free with a spring in your step and being able to move without all that stiffness? Yes please!

Here we have an exercise to relieve lower back pain and stiffness.

Follow the link below which will take you to my facebook page video that shows you a really simple movement that will help you relieve pain in your lower spine and give you more flexibility. It also gets the spinal fluid going that helps the digestive system and helps us detox.. (Of course, if you are in severe pain, have an injury or a special condition please consult a doctor)

The energy that is balanced here helps us stay youthful

https://www.facebook.com/lauraceppelliyogaandpilates/videos/535355120244222/

Thank loads and and I hope that helps…

Life is balance of holding on & letting go

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Hello, hello. I hope all is well.

I wanted to talk to you today about the holy grail of modern life, the ever elusive "life balance".  Search no further people, the truth is..

... "There is no such thing as work life balance. It's all life. The balance has to be within you"  - Sadhguru

My clients often come to me burnt out, overwhelmed and trying to spin so many plates. Life is busy. There are no two ways about it but there is STILL something out there that seems to make us think that we should be doing it ALL, and doing it all PERFECTLY.

It's not possible, although some people make it look like it is, and we start to come down with a serious case of comparisonitis.

This can make us feel inadequate when we are far from it. This fear of inadequacy and being "found out" fuels us to keep going, planning, time mangaging.. to fit something else in, to forget about that thing we were going to do for ourselves (not important, right? )... and get it ALL done.  Eventually we just collapse in a heap of self doubt and exhaustion.

Enough, I say!

"You can do anything, but not everything" David Allen

Overwhelm and stress caused by modern pressures is a biggie.  My clients come to me frazzled. They are running at 100 miles an hour to keep on top of it, missing the present moment too often and life is passing so fast. Although they know it's damaging their health and relationships, they don't know where to start

The idea of getting strong, healthy and balanced, physically and emotionally, is not so you can DO more, powering through life like a supersonic robot getting it all done perfectly, but to get strong and balanced so you can do what you have to do with resilience, humour, and joy. Then also discern whats important and necessary, and get on with those things and have the confidence and courage to let other stuff go. 

When you take time to cultivate a strong, balanced body, meditative mind and a health nervous system, you are connected back into your life. 

Pilates and Kundalini Yoga can help with this internal balance. You can be more present and get on with your busy life with verve and vitality.

Overwhelm and anxiety will always come up as a part of life but letting go of the need to do it all and be perfect, knowing that you are safe and your world and doing just fine helps. Staying in Overwhelm and anxiety is where the damage happens. Let stuff go, practically and emotionally. You have more freedom, which according to Thich Nhat Hanh is they only condition for happiness. 

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.” 

I believe that looking after our bodies and our minds this way has never more essential. We are younger longer, our bodies have to last a long time and we are living a demanding lifestyle - That isn't going to change, and we are still going to have to do loads of things that we are obligated to do. Life is still going to be busy and thats okay.  It doesnt have to be ovewhelming though.  We can ride the stormy waves and enjoy the adventure.

You'll get a pocket meditation on how to get out of overwhelm and get your balance in my Facebook Live on Wednesday 8th August at 09:30 (CET). I'll put it in the Laura Ceppelli Yoga and Pilates Page and in the Limitless group. 

Thank you :)

If you would like to talk to me about my work grab a coffee and cake call and we can chat. I would love to talk to you.

Yes, let's have coffee and cake

Acceptance might just be the single best thing you can do for your health

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Apart from drinking water. Water is magic.. And sleeping, and meditating, walking in nature..

Okay... So are there many single best things but why is acceptance so important to your health and wellbeing?

Firstly,  for life changing tools and tips from all things from self acceptance, to reviving your mojo, to feeling strong and supple, come on over to my newly minted Facebook live in my Limitless Facebook group every Wednesday at 9:30 (Central European Time).

Acceptance is where is all begins. Its like the prequel to forgivenss. If you don't accept what's going on for you, past or present, then you get stuck in judgements and resentments and the stress these emotions have on your body can wreck havoc. and illness can manifest..

"To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee" Anonymous

You can't make good new choices for yourself when you are unaccepting. Accepting doesnt mean condoning or saying it's okay, not at all, so many things are "unacceptable" but accepting allows you to take constructive action or move forward and make your peace.

Unacceptance is like denial which keeps us trapped and in a funk, and acceptance is one part of the recipe for a free, lighter and limitless life.

In accepting people and situations around you, including your stress levels and your crazy boss, it's absolutely essential to accept yourself.

"If you accept and learn not to criticise yourself you will find true health - physically, mentally spiritually" Yogi Bhajan

Studies have shown, one in particular by Harvard Medical school that self acceptance has physical and emotional benefits.

So how do we do it?

We have to accept others, when you accept others you can accept yourself. You will feel light and free. Let that stuff go!

Acceptance exercise.. Just for one day try and notice how you are judging and when you do catch yourself breath deeply and choose to Let it go. You can even say "I let you go".. Then consciously go through your mental list - accept your parents, your boss, your spouse, and people who have hurt you in some way. There might be things you cannot accept, but that's okay, just accept that you arent ready yet. One day you will be and you will feel light and free and alive. You can decide if you its worth doing again tomorrow, no pressure - self accptance all the way. I talk you through it in my live.

We have to take responsibilty that our feelings about people and stuff are our own contruct, and we have a choice feel better about things.

"There is nothing good, nothing bad -thinking makes it so" Yogi Bahjan

See you in the Facebook Limitless group

The video below is the replay of the Live I talked about in my Limitless group last week

If you are struggling with balance, and you would like to know if I can help you sort your exercise and wellbeing routine out then I have a few space for a few calls where I give you important things you can do to get you on your way.

Thank you. I hope to see you soon.

5 Benefits of practising Yoga Outdoors..

Beautiful view from Parc Guell, over looking the city of Barcelona

Beautiful view from Parc Guell, over looking the city of Barcelona

Thank you so much for staying on board after the GDPR craziness, and if you are new, Hello and Welcome!

It's been a crazy busy few weeks but, when I think about it, they always are these days, and I have to be really conscious not to get overwhelmed.

Is it just me? Can you relate to that feeling that time is flying and you are meeting yourself coming back?

Stop and breathe..  Just little moments, but conscious moments help.  

"When you control your breath you can control your life"  Yogi Bahjan

Get outside if you can.. Take a moment to get present and feel the grass beneath my feet feels so good.
 
I went for a walk the other morning, with my husband and my daughter, to our local park, over looking the city. Although, we intended to practice Yoga, I didn't intend to film it, hence the camera is propped up against a shoe and you get to watch us all, mainly my husband, a bit distorted.. Keeping it real people! You can follow it and might even make more sense upside down.

It's not about getting the postures or the transitions perfect, its about giving it a whirl, on a personal level and enjoying the process.

As you can see my husband is not an advanced practitioner, but he gives it his best and feels amazing from doing so. Even a small amount has greatly improved his balance, flexibilty, stamina and... stress levels.  

Never a competition - Accept yourself and enjoy.

So why practice yoga outdoors?

1. It gets you in touch with nature and the enviornment, which is ultimately part of you. The sun on your face, the breeze on your skin, the fresh air and grass smells are a symphony for the senses and deepen your experience. Its good for the spirit and gets you into your body. This harmony induces wellbeing.

2. This deeper connection can reduce the stress hormones adreneline and cortisol and relieve anxiety and overwhelm, more so than when practiced in a large group studio class. Science!

3. Balance and stability are challenged by uneven terrain and the internal experience is different. Muscles work harder to stabilise and make necesary micro adjustments. 

4. Concentration is also challenged, by unforseen sounds and activity - a cold, dark cloud passes. people might be walking by, and you have to call on some inner resources that you wouldn't need in the studio. Riding the waves of sensations helps you bring yourself to a clam state.

5. Sense of freedom. You are alive. You are a child of the universe and belong, just as you are. Perfectly imperfect and that it's just perfect. Breathe and Love it! 

As well as connecting you to you, practising with others anywhere is fun and bonding too. It connects you and therefore being outdoors together, and aligning with nature is a beautiful little cherry on the cake. 

As always, please check with your doctor if you have any injuries or health concerns, and always listen to your body and go within your limits. Have fun!

Can Pilates tone and lift my bum and is it even important?

I want to talk to you about your bum!

My tagline "Lift your Bum, Lift your Vibration, Rock your World" is my way of  letting you know my work involves the physical self and the spiritual self and the vibe is playful. 

It's a bit tongue in cheek (no pun intended..haha) and works.

Most of us, given the choice, would like a toned bum and to look good in our jeans, however, a bum that could crack walnuts might be superfluous to requirements and, lets be fair, who the heck has time?.....These are fair points. 

In fact, with all we have to do, a walnut cracking bum is just not on the To-Do list... but for the sake of your back do give a little bit of bum strength some thought. 

In reality, with the pace of life as it is we absolutely need to have strength and flexibility in our bodies, but we also need connect to our inner power, universal energy too. We want to get clarity and peace internally, since our external worlds are so highly pressured and often overwhleming. Sometimes getting the balance with what our body needs and what our heart needs to thrive is tricky. Which is more important? Doesn't something have to give?

Is the strength of my bum that important? You may ask

Yes, a strong bum is important to your physical wellbeing as it supports the spine and keeps the pelvis stable.  You don't have to go mad but some strength and tone really can help.

Pilates helps you tone and strengthen your bum, which actually helps relieve lower back pain and support the whole spine, along with the help of abdominals. Having a shapely bum might be nice, but having a strong bum makes you feel good, in balance and moves your body more efficiently, and this what is important.

A supported spine keeps you young and, since we are younger longer,  you need to keep your body up for the task in hand...

..A full juicy life.

You can move with ease and grace when your hip area is balanced and muscles are doing the right thing at the right time. The whole body is supported and you can do your things in flow, pain free and feeling fantastic.

Looking good in jeans is great, but being strong and feeling good in jeans even better.

Its win win.

So go on, take the stairs next time, your back will thank you for it.

The 20 minute video below is not bum specific, but as part of a rounded set it's great to get you strong, energised and invigorated, and connected in your heart, your core and your body..

If you have any health concerns please consult a doctor, always listen to your body and go within your limits. Thank you. I hope you enjoy..

Thank you again!

When envy is not the root of all evil

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I want to talk about an unusul, strong emotion gave me a light bulb moment.

Envy..

Now, I am not up for envy or coverting the achievements and success of others. Although I lack a bit of self confidence, I feel blessed to be who I am and lead the life I lead. I love my adventure and the people in it, and I rarely feel I want what other people have. Envy and I are not well aquainted, thankfully. 

So when one day last week I felt a surge of envy that brought me to my knees, I was really surprised and totally out of my comfort zone. 

As a proud Ambassador of the Women of Contribulation movement I am about support, celebration, inspiration and being delighted by the lives and work of others, especially women, so I felt ashamed and really confused.

What could this mean?

I had been watching a webinar replay of a woman I admire, and became so emotional as she talked. Not only has she found her purpose, but was so in tune with it that when she spoke about it her energy could raise the roof, she had developed her own fantastic method and was serving loads of people with her work and making a good living doing so.  

"I want some of that!" "When will it happen for me", I cried like a baby.

Of course, I was absolutely so happy for her and still felt celebration, admiration and proud of a woman in her power, showing up in the world. I was happy she was living her bliss.

Absolutely Yes! This is not the point.

But I was in self judgement and comparision and it did not feel good.  I felt that I was failing. I felt that I was not on purpose, not succeeding and I wanted to be as sure as she was. I wanted to raise the roof when I talked about my work and I hadn't been recently. 

So, Envy, Thank you for the wake up call.

The strong emotion was a message that I was out of alignment. That I was pushing too hard against the grain, and not allowing. I wasn't being patient. I was in fear. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear or critcism, fear of not being good enough. I felt like I wasnt going to find my way.

"Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts"  Jean Vanier

I realised I had been teaching but not putting much time into my own practice, which I love and need, I realised I had been ignoring my intuition about a few things that weren't working and I was on my own path, it was unique and that's okay. I realised that everything is working out perfectly and the universe has my back if I let it.  I am good enough.

And since that moment of realisation and surrender I feel different, like something shifted. I feel more peaceful and faith is restored. My classes have gone well, including my children's classes which can sometimes be wild, and I have had lovely feedback from clients.

I changed some funky energy and I have Envy to thank.

There are no negative emotions only flags, signposts and alarms that give us messages. Staying in the emotion and dwelling, culviatiing stories and excuses is where the pain sets in..

Listen to the message, reflect and process.. Job done.. ..until the next time. 

"As Iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious eaten by envy" Anon

Thank you