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!

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.

What Star of THE SECRET said about our book

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Wow … as if I weren't already pinching myself about being part of the amazing Pay It Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self,  I have been truly touched that so many people are stepping up in support to make this magic happen. 

One of those people is the wonderful Marie Diamond.  Marie has written the foreword and, even more exciting, is coming to our book launch In London later this month. 

Woooo!! Yes, I am still pinching myself!

If you don’t know who Marie is she is just one of the stars in the hit film, book and inspiration The Secret, which has changed the lives of over 500 Million people around the world. No small feat.

Marie understands the beauty of serendipity – how we never know how just one tiny action we take, can literally transform the rest of our lives. 

You can read her whole message when the Kindle version of this book launches on Monday.   
Click here to know more about the kindle launch now

For now, here is just a snippet of what she had to say.... 

“Crossroads are an inevitable part of life, each situation offering us many different paths on which to travel. Like life, neither is black or white, right or wrong, feminine or masculine but a beautifully crafted, multi-faceted experience of contrast, allowing us to expand our souls, create new paths and increase our wealth of experience. 

As I am sure you will appreciate as you start reading this wonderful collection of stories from key women of contribution from around the world, that the hindsight that comes with wisdom, age, knowledge and growth, allows us to see these moments of contrast for the pure gift from the universe that they are, however at the time they can often be enough to plunge us into darkness and possibly despair.

My hope for you as you work your way through the book, is that you too can gain the wisdom and knowledge in their words, in their heartfelt notes back to their younger self. That you gain the understanding that you too can pay it forward and that you will be joining millions of women all around the globe who are awakening to the fact that together we can change the world. “ 

We’re so excited to be taking this book out there to make a HUGE difference and in our own way PAY it forwards. The ethos for the printed version of the book is that you read your copy, write a note or message in it to the next person and pass it on. 

Which is why we’re on a mission to reach 1million sales of this book and trust that each copy will be shared with many women. In all touching 1 billion lives along the way.”

Absolutely Perfect! And so say all of us! 

The film The Secret was integral in my own journey and for sure I would not be doing what I do now it it hadn’t been for that film. 

We do need your help though. For us to reach 1 billion lives around the world, the concept of paying it forward needs to be embodied.  

It begins with you saying YES to helping us join this wave of magic. 

We’re on a mission to make it an Amazon best seller and that means lots of people clicking the button to take action on that ONE day.  So on Monday 5thMarch, would you be able to help us by purchasing your Kindle version of this book for just 0.99p or 0.99¢? 

You can click here now to sign up to our waiting list to keep you posted, so we can share the link to Kindle purchase in the Amazon store as soon as it goes live. 

https://m.me/Thepayitforwardseriesnotestomyyoungerself

This is the techie part but its super easy.. the link will send you to a little messenger chat inside Facebook, where you need to leave your email address, and click YES you’re ready to support this. Then we will keep you updated from there.  

Just click here to get on the waiting list now and be a part of this. Thank you!  We are doing this!!

Thank you in advance and hope the stories hidden in the pages of this book no longer remain a secret and instead inspire you, and millions of other men and women, to make their difference in the world.  Imagine you shared this with just three women that you know, letting them know that the book is coming. The ripple effect will be seen across the globe.  Totally awesome!

Lots and Lots of love..

Laura

How sharing my bulimia secret was essential for my healing

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Good morning Beautiful,

I have some super exciting news coming out next week about  the amazing The Pay It Forward Series: Notes To My Younger Self, I can barely wait to tell you about it!!

When I was asked to collaborate on the book, I was over the moon and thrilled to be involved an such an incredible project, right from the get go.

I thought by sharing my 20 year battle with Bulimia (yikkes- another vulnerable moment) with the world, I would help others, but I had no idea how chathartic it would be for myself.

At first, I approached my chapter from a place of having "healed" and thought I would be simply sharing my pearls of wisdom to the greater good of womenkind. You go girl!

"Easy. Been there. Write about it. Help Others. Job Done."

However, it was not as simple as this. On the contrary, it was far from being "Job Done" - it opened old wounds and new vulnerabilities.

As I dug deeper, and started paring back old layers from a new place, I had insights that I'd never had before. In opening the old wounds I got to heal them all over again, but from a stronger and healthier place adding a new dimension to my recovery. Awesome.

I was blown away profoundly by the experience of going back, from a fresh perspective, and I was excited to be able to use my experience to help others. 

I explain a bit more here in this incredibly spontaneous video....

Already a great believer our strength lies in our vulnerability, I also realised that sharing the story was not only a good thing to do, but, if you are willing and able, an ESSENTIAL thing to do.

For the person sharing and the person receiving. 

Why?
Because once you know the power is inside you and you have an unwavering belief that, as long as you keep putting one foot in front the other, even when the storm is blowing in your face, you WILL succeed.... and if you have the summit of the mountain in your sights, even if you are not there yet......Something beautiful happens when you to reach your hand down and help another women up.

For both of you.

By sharing our stories we disarm the power they have over us, and give hope to others. 

Knowing you aren't "broken" and someone else has been there too, helps.  We are all in it together and doing our best.

I am not my story but without it I wouldn't be here today, with my amazing husband, family and friends, a colourful and full, happy life, making a living doing what I love, in Barcelona. 

Having revisited and reprocessed my story for the book, I am more connected to myself and my work and have more confidence and conviction in what I am doing and why. heartcorebody is thriving and seeing the benefits in my clients has been phenomenal..It's coming from the heart. It all makes sense now and it wouldn't be possible if I were me without my experience. The the magic is the journey. It's the same for us all.

I would not have changed a damn thing. 

We don't want to erase our stories, but we need to know how to weave them into our hearts and present lives, so we are empowered by them and not the victim of them.

I am grateful for all that I have and all that I am. Life truly is a terrific ride and I feel blessed. 

Thank you so much for reading this far and being in my little community. It means so much to me that you are here.