Sunday Self Love; SLOW down

With so much change occurring in my life; taking the leap to work for myself doing what I love, I have been filled with so much excitement and nervously (graciously) overwhelmed with disbelief about how quickly it is happening for me. I’ve been finding it hard to return to myself, to be calm, and be still.

‘You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside’.

IMG_0110I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a master class with Nicole Walsh (absolutely amazing and accredited with years of experience) at Flow Athletic today (perhaps the owner Kate knew I was needing it 😉

After a morning working away at my love/hate affair with In design (trying to get the images for the second book edit complete), I was well aware I needed a break. Research shows you are productive for a period of no longer than 90 minutes, then its best to walk away and do something else (this can be hard to do when you feel the pressure of a deadline/to do list). In fact professional musicians and athletes alike will train intensely for this period of time, rest then return and train/practise again.

I decided I needed the well deserved break and the master class; unwind & let go (even the name sounded exactly perfect for what I was needing) was a perfect reason for one.



As we were welcomed by Nicole, I couldn’t help but be in awe of this beautiful woman, she had something inside of her, a warmth, kindness, love that radiated out. There was an instant feeling of calm being in her class, and as she mentioned that we wouldn’t be doing any intense asanas (a slight sigh of relief on a sunday afternoon), but we would be returning to the breath, to calm our nervous system and be still.

I wasnt quite sure what to expect, 2 hrs of breathing? I must admit, I have  been dedicated to my yoga practice (5 x per week for 2 whole weeks! Yes, a little proud) I was nervously anticipating the 2 hr class, I wasnt to sure how I would actually manage (I was feeling slightly sore after personal training the day prior).


Nicole opened the class with a humming breathing technique; Bhramari Pranayama (Bee breath). I’ve never practised this, or heard of it before, but my goodness, how pretty, it felt so soft on the throat, and so soft on the ears.

As Nicole guided us with her gentle voice through gentle asanas (postures), we were reminded to return to the breath at all times. In a way of meditation; mediation does not mean to not think, (you can never not think, but it means to focus your thought and be aware), so always returning our focus to the breath whilst feeling the body relax (sometimes breathing into the fire/stretch) and wind down.

The  class was over before I knew it! There was a relaxation period to promote Yogic sleep, and Im still unsure if I fell into this yogic sleep (not actually asleep) or if I actually fell completely asleep.

‎”The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

When I left the class it felt as though I was floating on air, (even thought it was an earthing/grounding class), I felt a certain freedom, perhaps as though the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders, I was present in the moment and it felt like I was free.

“Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.”

Todays self-love remember to be calm. To be still can be as effective as to be chaotic/busy trying to get things done. In actual fact, spending some time rewarding your mind-body and soul works in a regenerative manner, and can benefit that ‘to do’ list you feel is weighing you down.

IMG_0190Take some time out. Your body, your mind will love you for it (and we love a little self loving)

Love & light, Charlie x.

If you would like to try yoga, my suggestion is find a good studio, I LOVE

If you would like to be inspired and do a little more, follow Nicole:

Thank you Nicole & Kate for having me in class x.

‘The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga’ Yogi Bhajan



6 responses

  1. This is so true and something I also have to keep reminding myself to do… quieten the mind. I find I’m much more productive and happy with a quieter mind.

  2. Hello my dear, So good to read all about what you are up to. Hey I have been slowing down since I broke my ankle 8 weeks ago so have had a lot of time to do not much!!! I am out of plaster now and in a moon boot for a few more weeks. Bruce has just spent 10 days playing badminton in the Australian Masters games. He came back last night- on his 60th birthday!!! Karina spent a lot of time yesterday proof reading your script. Hopefully she was doing it okay. Has the publisher seen it yet? Will be great to get it published. Well my dear I am so pleased all is going well for you. You back to Wellington for a wedding soon? Takecare. I know you are. Lots of love to you. Dot xox

    • Im so sorry to hear that! Hope you are getting some rest and perhaps some reading in 🙂 Yes, I pulled in a big favour with my amazing couisin to proof it for me, I just couldnt see the words anymore! The publisher has seen it, Im just trying to finish the second edit now and aiming for a December release (fingers crossed 🙂 So, I know what the family will be getting for christmas presents! Sending you so much love xxx.

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