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..

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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 

 

 

 

How you can Pay It Forward...and 1 min meditation for anxiety.

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Hi Lovely,

I mean't to write last week but I had a nasty tummy bug, and then the school holidays and, well, everything got shelved for a while.

My body and my mind needed a bit of downtime and I took it... And now I feel great again. Yay!

I have so many things to tell you about - We had a blast the weekend before last at the official launch of our amazing book The Pay It Forward Series; Notes To My Younger Self. 

I felt like a film star. We all did.

Not only was it awesome to spend some quality time with my mum, cousin and friends and feel their love and support, but it was great, if not a bit overwhelming, to actually meet my co.authors

I had total imposter syndrome and feelings of inadequacy being thrown in with these formidible women and was a bag of nerves. I've been feeling a bit anxious generally lately.

I often get a bit of anxiety from time to time, and have been using my Kundalini Yoga tools to bring me back into my body (check out the 2 minute alternate nostril breathing technique here and below) but everybody was super lovely and I relaxed straight away and felt the compassion and comradarie.  The sisterhood vibe was super high!

It felt like I'd known them all for years. 

Not only were we sharing the pages of the same book, but we had been back to dark places and then brought them into light for everyone to see and black and white. We all knew how that felt. Vulnerable but powerful - and you could feel it. We also had loads of support and a good male presence which put the yang in our yin and it was dynamite.

The energy was so bright and vibrant that it felt like a rocket launch rather than a book launch.

So now its time to read the book and Pay It Forward. 

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To someone you know or someone you don't.  By telling our stories we can plant the seeds of hope and we can cultivate the growth of inner strength. Here's how you can reach out and let someone know that they are not alone.

1. Buy two books: amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B42YM62
Keep one for yourself, then...

2. Before you give the second book away, use the message box on page 7 to write your own words of hope, wisdom, knowledge and inspiration to the next woman you are going to pay it forward to 🙂

3. Give it to a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger by leaving it on a bus, a train, a park bench, or even on the table in your local cafe.

4. Take a picture of where you left it (or with the person you've given it to) and post it on social media with the words, "I left mine (on the sink of the loo in )" and share it, tagging me in with these hashtags

#womenofcontribution #payitforward #1billionlives

And what happens if the wrong person picks it up?  I don't think there ever a wrong person and it will always find it's way to the right person. The right story will resonate.  I was just chased down the street after leaving it on a bus.. "Hey Madam,  You have forgotten your book".. "Oh Thank you", I said (to not the right person) and left it again, at another spot for another finder.  Maybe the new finder won't need it either...... but her sister/friend/mother/stranger might.  

Check out the alternate nostril breathing 1 minute meditation for anxiety. It really works.

Thank you.

20 minutes of heartcorebody magic.. It's not perfect but it is awesome

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How are you? I am very well and excited to share my first offical heartcorebody video.. A heady, hearty blend of Pilates, barre and Kundalini Yoga. Oh My!

A mini workout followed by a mini work-in. 

20 minutes of magic that gets the heart going so your organs get a beautiful internal shower, feeling yourself come alive, toning and strengthening the legs and working with balance. A bit of core and deep abdoninal work and ending with a Kundalini Yoga meditation that re-oxygenates the bloody and balances your electro magnetic field. Puts a bit of va va voom into your whole body, mind and spirit.

Ignite your inner fire. It can't help but set you up for all you need to do today.

I'm a bit apprehensive because although the essence is there, it isn't perfect. I fluff my lines in places and there are a few cringy bits I would want to change..

It's not comfy seeing yourself on camera, I tell you! 

However, since my mistakes aren't crucial to the integrity of the work, and since I am among friends, I am going to let it slide. In the name of getting things done rather than perfect, I am bringing you the best I can today. Move on, learn from the experience and accept imperfection, that's what I say!

“Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way…” - Paul Arden

Indeed, I will never be perfect although I will always try and deliver my best. And that's all any of us have. It's a bit more real and certainly more liberating.

"Perfection is a faux. Its a mask carved by our own poor esteem to hide who we really are and make others see what really isn't us" - Chinonye J Chidoule

So, in the spirit of striving to do your best, rather than aiming for perfection, give the video a whirl. You don't have to be super flexible or super spiritual to get down on the mat, to move and connect with your body. You just have to get down on the mat, move and connect with your body. And that's it. You'll love it.

This video is about heartcorebody, Pilates and Kundalini Yoga to energise, invigorate and nurture.