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Done is better than perfect. Yoga for procrasination

I tend to procrasinate. Do you know what I mean? Im sure I'm not alone.  "Shoot for the stars", you tell yourself "I'm going to start that today" but you don't, and the days roll by and nothing gets moving. Why? Is it too big? Are we incapable of star shooting? Of course, not but it makes me feel so bad about myself.

I don't want to feel bad. I'm in the business of feeling good. Feeling fabulous, in fact.  I'm excited about sharing my work so why procrastinate on it? 

Perfectionism maybe? I want to have the perfect teaching style, moves and content that will set the world on fire, before I expose myself? Well, yes, doesnt everyone?

But Im not a perfectionist. In fact, I suggested this to my husband and he nearly spat out his coffee..

"No Laura, you are procrastinating because you are afraid" He said.

"You are right" I said "I am afraid. I'm afraid of being seen, afraid of being crticised, afraid of being compared to others, afraid noone will like what I do. Which is why it needs to be perfect."

"Well", he said "it will never be perfect, because there is no such thing as perfect, and perfect is boring? Just be you and get your stuff done. Done is better than perfect" 

Which I quite liked. Of course, I want to produce a high standard of work that people enjoy and connect with (who doesn't), but accepting it isnt' going to be perfect, and not everyone will like it, is really liberating. 

Start before you are ready, isnt that what they say?

You see, I've realised achieving goals and making things happen evolve one imperfect step at a time. By connecting with people and taking action, even when your afraid. By falling on your arse......and by knowing you are never ready.

Below, with an awesome cameo from my daughter Grace, is a super spontaneous, short Yoga set for procrastination.  It's far from perfect.  

By opening up through the chest and rotating the ribs, and stretching the psoas through the hip this set helps feel strong, capable and confident to be your authentic self and to "get you stuff done".

Do it with conviction, breathing deeping as you move your body. It will set you up for shooting for the stars!

And so the proof is in the pudding.  I am super excited that my next course starts Monday 22nd May. I got my stuff done! Yay!! If you are in Barcelona there a still a couple of places left.

http://www.lauraceppelli.com/upcoming-classes  

Thank you!!

Meditation for Prosperity

"I want to live a poor and impoverished life" said nobody, ever, surely?

When we think of prosperity we think first of financial wealth, however, it isn't about wealth or poverty, its about finding, organising and using the resources we need to live a full life whatever our financial situation. A sense of meaning in what we do and why we do it. It's more about satisfying relationships and having clarity in chaos than money.

Thriving whatever the given circumstances, making your world juicy and full.

However,  although wealth is not the direct goal, it usually is the indirect resultfor the prosperous person, as their characteristics support creation, delivery and fulfilment in any given situation. Wealth seems to happen anyway.

We all know people who seem to have a knack of turning things to gold whatever they do. Is it luck or do people make their own luck?

What is it about some people?

This underlies the law of attraction and putting out those vibrations. It's just as much about having a sensitivity, or faith, of what to do next in order keep our purpose and our wellbeing thriving. This means we can follow our intuition and can ask the universe for what we need with confidence and success. When we feel balanced and in control this kind of flows.

Sometimes we have different ingrained beliefs about wealth and to want it seems a little un-zen in some way, but it's okay to want to be wealthy. Why not? Money isn't naughty if the people who have it aren´t.

The Meditation for Prosperity below comes with a WARNING!

"This meditation can be done for up to 11 minutes. Its so powerful in bringing prosperity that more than 11 minutes would be greedy" said Yoghi Bajan (Who brought Kundalini Yoga from India to the West in 1969)  about the timing of this meditation

"This meditation stimulates the mind, the mood centre and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together, there is no way in the world you will not create wealth" 

- Yogi Bhajan

In the video below we will do it together for the minimum 3 minutes but between 3-11 minutes is the usually the go.

It's has a little chant, "Har" where the tip of the tongue hits the roof of the mouth. Eyes are 9/10 closed looking down toward the tip of the nose.  It has a little hand movement and all these things together create the conditions of prosperity. Lets give it a whirl.

Thank you!

Pilates magic to motivate and move

How are you feeling? I hope you are having a great first month of the year.. So shiny and new and full of promise...Still? Yes?

I recently heard that the 17th of this month is the date people usually give up on the New Year Resolutions....Really? 

Over so soon? Noooooooo....Keep going you - You can do it!!

Although I was a bit surprised at first (and thought it a bit cynical) I can, in fact, relate to it completely. I'm sure we all can?

Setting out ideas for the New Year feels super exciting - A new start; fresh and clean, and full of hope - Ooooo lovely.... but sometimes the dream is one thing and necessary steps are quite another, especially if the result seems too far away, vague or the path unclear. 

Motivation starts to wane and life gets in the way..

But here's a secret I learned that works for me..

Knowing the What and the Why of your Want you will help your staying power..

Knowing that this year you want a strong, healthy spine and flexibility (What), to keep your body youthful and injury free to enjoy life (Why), for example, and reminding yourself of these reasons, really helps you commit to the goal.

Or knowing you want a firm, strong bum (what) to counter your sitting at a desk all day and power around the park with the kids (and feel good in jeans ;) (why), Or a healthy nervous system (what) to feel calmer and a connection to life (why) etc..

Whatever. Doesn't have to be related to your health. Career, Relationships, Recreation....It's the same for anything you want to make a success at.

You have to know WHAT you want and the WHY you want it.  Be specific.. Write it down. The deeper you go with the Why, can help to understand your motives in the first place. Knowing what you actually want can be a challenge too. I get it.

But bringing a reason you can really connect with will help get you down on the Mat, and move life into your body, day after day.  It will help you do anything.

Whatever the whats, and whatever your whys, in your 2017 plan you'll be able to stick at them with more energy and balance in your body with a small daily practice...

Below is ... What? Another short fantastic, but more dynamic, abdominal focused 10 minute Pilates workout.   Why? To get you moving, get you balanced, keep you motivated and feeling fabulous, of course :P..

Yaya! I hope you enjoy!

Pilates Detox and Recharge

An extremely enthusiastic Happy New Year to you! (See the video to see just how enthusiastic it is..haha) What can I say - I get excited!

Over a week in and the festive season seems a long time ago now. The new year is in full swing and I hope has started off well for you. It's going to be a goodie!!

Exciting times full of adventure and possibility...

Whether it's been a hectic time or a quiet time, it's almost inevitable that the wellbeing routine was wound down or sidelined, and you had taken the foot of the accelerator in some areas. Me too. In my opinion, it's a must.

We all need a bit downtime: a necessary lull in prep for an new start...

Getting back on the horse is more fun sometimes than staying on, no?

But now into the throes of it with gusto! Business as usual and the wheels of routine are back in motion.... but with new exciting ideas and goals added to make time for.

And so here it is; The time is now ... Commitment to new desires and things we want to achieve and make happen..

Whatever you want to accomplish in any of the areas of your life; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Business and Career, Adventure.. Whatever your dreams and desires - a clear mind, strong body plus a super charge of energy will help to get you going....

Dream Big, Plan Small, Get moving!

Remember you are already enough..

So with that said,  a short Pilates workout Suitable for beginners and experienced alike. 

A well needed detox and body recharge. If there is a time that we need a bit of bodywork to get the blood flowing, flushed and relieve a bit of nervous energy that can build up around this time of year, then the time is now.

Detoxing and recharging will set up you for anything.. It Feels so good

Full of deep, cleansing breaths to re-oxygenate the blood, rotation of the torso to expel stale air lurking at the bottom or the lungs, and to give the intestines and internal organs a little massage,.. Plus rolling of the spine from top to bottom and bottom to top, massaging the spine, stimulating the circulation and putting energy and life into your support system. Oh yes!

Warning: My "Happy New Year" greeting in the video is extremely enthusiastic (a bit startling, in fact), but once you get passed that you'll be fine. My husband told me to leave it in, as that's how I am.. Hahaha

I hope you enjoy the video.. It was fun to make for you.

Thank you!! 

Leave a comment if you have any questions, queries or concerns.. I'd love to hear from you.

 

The Sun Salutation - The Best Stretch Sequence Ever

The best things tend to stand the test of time and, although the exact origins are not agreed upon, The Sun Salutation, has about 2,500 years under its belt.  

It was performed in honour of our gargantuan, natural heat and light source and, for thousands of years, the Sun has been revered as responsible for our entire world and for all life on it. 

The reason we can sustain life on earth deserves a "salute" or two, no?

Ancient Yogis for millennia have taught that each of us is a mirror of our world; that we are the mountains, the sea, the sun and the moon, that we are made up of the same elements and that the Sun is a symbol of consciousness within. We feel connected and in tune with ourselves, and our world, when we feel the "light" within us is turned on, right?

The Sun, they say (the ancient yogis again) is an outer world representation of our own “inner sun,” our heart.

It is claimed by skeptics however, that it was invented by the raja of Aundh (a former state in India) just over 100 years ago. Boooo!!

No matter - Start the day by appreciating your beautiful life, body and self. Simple. 

How or when it originated doesn't matter and there are over 20 recorded versions of The Sun Salutation to boot. Whichever one you do, its a beautiful way to start the day, honouring your own light; getting out of your head and into body, giving it a really good stretch and calming the mind.

"Salute" like you mean it....

More than just a good stretch of course be sure to practice your Sun Salutation like you mean it  -  with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation and a conscious awareness to the postures. After all, the sequence is essentially a humble appreciation of the light within you.

Giving it your all turns a nice stretch into an fantastic experience for yourself.

Make each movement as mindful and precise as possible, especially as you near the end of each round, as its a bit tiring.

As a start 3 to 5 rounds is good, working up to about 10.....108 is not uncommon so you'll be fine!! C'mon,  Lets give it whirl!

Ego Eradicator - Instant Energy Boost

Yay! I got there..the first video and post. It's September and I always feel so excited this time of year. Its a good time for new beginnings and promising adventures, more so than a new year, I reckon. Remembering the start of a new school term, new shoes, new classes and new possibilities, this time of year still provokes that excitement and positive expectation of the new things to be discovered and learned... So here we go. This is the first!

And since you always remember your first ...

...I want to share one of my favourite meditations, one that raises your energy levels, super fast, to super alertness and clarity and one that you wont forget.

Perfect for when we could do with a boost, this meditation provides an alternative to yet another cup of coffee or sugar hit. Although you might get funny looks in the office (you'll see why when you watch the video) you can do it whenever and you feel amazing. 

It works by balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, oxygenating the blood and recalibrating the psycho- electromagnetic field. That's the science! 

It has a great name. It's called Ego Eradicator ..Do it for 3 minutes everyday for 40 days you'll know why....

It can be quite challenging at first, but try and push through your resistances as the work is going on internally and the magic is in the aftermath. You can do it!

 You can feel the affects of increase in alertness and energy immediately! 

The long term affects, if done daily for 3 minutes a day for 40 days and beyond, are an increased mental clarity and the breaking down of subconscious blocks. You'll find yourself able to see a big bigger picture and you will feel yourself moving forward where perhaps you have been feeling a bit stuck. You'll become aware that you are able to take steps in a direction that you once felt were blocked off to you....

...and wonder what was stopping you before!

This short and sweet meditation can get your verve on super quick, in the moment, and changes things long term. It's great.

Give it a whirl below.. Thanks I hope you like it.