No Longer and Not Yet - The Uncomfortable Space

I like to write about things once I have completed my thinking about them. I think it must be an academic trait, think your thought to its completion (or until the deadline strikes) and then write about it. But it’s harder to do that when you want to write about life. Life never seems complete and your thinking about it evolves with each new experience.

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I'm in VOGUE!

Sooo, my obsession with sharing pure and therapeutic grade oils from doTERRA has become so pervasive that I landed myself on the virtual pages of Vogue. How cool is that?! You can read the full article here. It’s beautifully written by Poppy Roy and it gives you lots of ideas on how to bring wellness into your life in 2019.

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What Not Celebrating Yourself Does to You

Recently I reached the level of Elite in my doTERRA business and I gained a new yoga class, my first one in London. And the same thing that often happens to me happened again. A voice inside said: “well, that’s nothing”, or “that wasn’t you, it was your team that made it happen”, or “yeah, but you still don’t have a proper salary”. This is a familiar and a very unhelpful pattern.

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The Sacred Feminine Moves in Mysterious Ways - My Journey with Burlesque

Last year I decided, rather spontaneously, to take an eight week course in Burlesque at “The Cheek of It” school that would force me to perform live. What made me do it? Well, I was seeking to connect to a part of me that I felt I had shut off. I have never felt particularly feminine or sexy, partly due to growing up in a culture (Russian) where femininity has very specific rules, many of which I don’t follow.

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Five Things to “Improve” Your Yoga Practice Without Doing Yoga

Sometimes we can get stuck with our yoga practice, either doing the same thing over and over or just not feeling that connection we normally feel. Rather than forcing it, I believe that there is a way to connect back to your love of yoga, and even improve your yoga practice, without doing any of it.

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Discovering Meditation

When I first started yoga, I decided to go to the local Buddhist centre because I felt that this is where I was going to get the most ‘authentic’ yoga. I was looking for yoga that was more than just a physical practice, that had a deeper spiritual element. To be honest, I was looking for yoga and meditation to fix me, and signed up for a meditation course at the same time to make sure I was covering all the bases.

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Essential Oils for Anxiety – Bergamot

Over the last few months I have been hit by periods of anxiety. Sometimes it is obvious where they come from (stress, pressure, expectations) and sometimes I’m not so sure. Either way, there are several things that I can do to help myself. Yoga and meditation are always there, sometimes physical and vigorous yoga is good to move the energy, and sometimes I need to be still.

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Having A Beginner's Mind

Zen Buddhism discusses the openness that comes with having such an approach. The Buddhist thinker Shunryū Suzuki famously said: "in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." Yet, as important as it is to cultivate and admire this openness of the beginner's mind, it is also important to remember that there are many things that also cloud the beginner’s mind.

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Keep It Simple - 30 min Yoga Practice

Like so many people, I like to overcomplicate things, overachieve and challenge myself. In response to that, and to our complex world, I offer my first yoga video that is all about simplicity. Stopping the need to achieve so we can just be. This is an all-level class covering the basic postures of Forrest Yoga. Focused on breath and slow movement. 

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