There is a comfort in the rituals of Christmas and it's a good time to take a moment to truly appreciate all that we have and all that we have managed to do.
And talking to you all, how fully we all live our lives! From getting married this year to having our first baby to further education, new jobs, new romances and travel - aren't we all lucky?
Research carried out by the University of California showed that a regular practice of appreciation improves emotional and physical health, as well as strengthens relationships and communities.
People who kept an appreciation diary exercised more frequently, reported fewer physical symptoms of pain and were more optimistic. Plus they made better progressions towards their personal goals over a two-month period.
Here's an easy practice of appreciation that you can do every day in the morning, before you go to bed, before you eat, before you make an important decision and whenever life feels challenging.
Sit up on your sit bones with the soles of the feet on the ground. Imagine your head is like a helium balloon lifting up towards the sky and your spine feels tall and spacious.
Take your breath and awareness to the space behind your breastbone and breathe from here for a few breaths. Now think about something, no matter how small, in your life that gives you joy. It could be a walk in the park or the sun on your face, it can be anything at all that makes you smile.
Allow the corners of your lips to turn up and breathe that feeling all the way into your fingers and toes and exhale all the way back to the space behind the breastbone.
Do this 10 times and then slowly open your eyes.
Tweet to let us know what YOU are truly appreciative of in your life and we will enter you into a prize draw to win a #Good Vibes goody bag. #appreciation. Competition ends on the 31st Dec and winner gets picked at the end of the year.
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In the countdown to Christmas, step on it to get in shape. Don't forget if you hold a 12 or 24 pack you canbring a friend to class for FREE.
Whichever option you go for, try it for 12 months and we promise that you will be in a much better place.
Keep on keeping on throughout the holidays, for the Christmas timetable please see here.
Yoga Holiday in Turkey 13th - 20th July
As the cold creeps in our thoughts turn to sunshine. Come away with Founder Nahid and founding Glow teacher Ruth in July to the beautiful Turkish turquoise coast.
We’ve created a week of carefully themed and structured classes underpinned by yogic philosophy and current anatomical awareness to take you on a personal journey.
You will come away from your holiday feeling nourished in mind, body and soul. This holiday is all about feeling good inside and out, we will work and learn together in a small community of like-minded souls and we will smile a lot!
Early bird discount ends on the 31st January 2015 - looking forward to spending time in the sunshine with you!
15 December 2014