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Be Inspired, free from pain and take care of you!

IdeasLast week, someone asked me where my ideas for this blog and newsletter come from.  Well, leading up to publication date, I jot down ideas, and note items I think might be of interest to the people who read it, and which are related to what I do. Some ideas come from other people’s blogs, I pick up ideas from tv and radio, from books and articles I read and from friends. This month, however, much of what I’m going to share with you, came up at a meeting of The Inspire Network.

The Inspire Network is an organisation for women and has members and regular meetings all over the North East. For me,  it’s a great way to meet interesting people involved in a wide range of businesses and activities; we share our experience and learn about what others in the network do.

Bright_light_lampThis month in Durham, we heard about:

  • the importance of self-care from Laura Agar Wilson author of the Wholeheartedly Healthy blog
  • a website for those with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • a free app with articles, hints and tips on emotional wellbeing
  • Embrace” – a film about body image to be shown at the Metrocentre this month. The film will be shown if there’s sufficient interest, so if you’re interested, you might want to book a ticket now.

SultanaAnd finally, a friend told me how her arthritis pain has gone since she started using a mix of gin and yellow raisins. It seems that most people have at least one of the ingredients in the house (and it’s not the raisins which come from health food stores). Here’s an article which explains why it may be effective. And here’s a recipe. Now I’m not necessarily recommending this. I haven’t tried it myself, but I find the idea intriguing. Let me know if you decide to give it a go!

Hoping you have had a great start to the New Year
Best wishes for February

PS. If you’d like more information about the raisins and gin idea, head over to the Health Ambition website where there’s a well-researched article by Helen Sanders on the subject.

Nia move of the month – Punch Down

There are four basic punches: Upward, Outward (forward), Across and Downward. as with the Blocks, they all begin and end in the Ready Position: A or Sumo Stance, knees soft and spring-loaded, hands in a fist with palms up, elbows in, forearms close to your body.

You can sound, “up!”, “out!”, “down!” or “across!” to engage your core and diaphragm.

Punches can help you move quickly and rhythmically. They develop strength in your core and arms and condition your back and legs too! and can really make you feel more powerful. Put on your favourite music and depending on the beat, play with strong, powerful, jazzy and gentle punches.

For Punch Down, start in Ready Position and bring one fist and forearm down in front of your body. The other elbow draws back at the same time.

Dates for your diaryCalendar

Move with Ease – Seated & Nia at Woodham

You may have noticed, if you’ve been over to the Classes and Events page of my website, that the seated class at Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the number of attendees was too low to make the class viable. I’m afraid the same was true of the Nia class at Woodham Community Centre.

Nia Classes at Keep Fit Darlington and Pioneering Care Centre

These two classes, by contrast, continue to grow and thrive.
A new block of five classes will start at each venue on Monday 13 February 2017.

Saturday 18th February, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Massage-hand-4
Bishop Middleham Village Hall,
Front Street, Bishop Middleham, Co.Durham DL17 9AJ

A day of taster sessions including therapies and massage, I.T. and language conversation cafe, with a Nia taster and a seated exercise taster.

Details are still being finalised.Check the Classes and Events page for more information closer to the date.

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Take 5 & Make the most of every minute

Weather_symbols_pCan you believe this weather? One day it’s snowing and the next, glorious sunshine. Unbelievable. I keep telling foreign friends that’s why the Brits are always discussing the weather – because we never know from one minute to the next what’s going to happen.

Like life, I suppose. You just never know what’s around the corner. But you don’t need me to tell you that, with news of so many “celebrity” deaths so far in 2016. The most recent coming as a huge shock to most of us:  Victoria Wood and Prince. And you may have read yesterday that astrologer Jonathan Cainer had died. The horoscope he had written for his own star sign for Monday read:

“We aren’t here for long. We should make the most of every moment. We all understand this yet don’t we forget it, many times? We get caught up in missions, battles and desires. We imagine that we have forever and a day.

In one way, we may be right – for are we not eternal spirits, temporarily residing in finite physical form?”

Now there I was at breakfast, bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t yet written this newsletter, that I have so much to do this week with work, classes, a talk for a local WI on Thursday and the relaxing weekend away at Haybergill starting Friday evening, and that horoscope by Jonathan Cainer served as a reminder to me to savour each moment, while thinking ahead and doing the preparation I need to do.

And on a less philosophical note, I’ll share with you a tool that I’m finding very useful in helping me to savour the moment because I know all I need to remember is written down in one place.

If, like me, you find you need to keep track of a number of projects, commitments and to-do lists, then you might just find a “Bullet Journal” useful too. I’ve shared the idea with a few friends but I don’t think I explained very well so here’s a how-to video. You can  read more on the bullet journal website. I’ve only been using mine for a couple of weeks, but it’s so good to have everything together in one portable booklet.

Nia Move of the week – Sink and Pivot Table Wipe

This move keeps improves agility in the feet, ankles, knees and hip joints and keeps the upper body mobile.

From an “A” stance, turn to your right, bending your knees and sinking slightly as you lift your left heel, placing the ball of the foot on the ground. Pivot your left thigh as you use your left hand to wipe an imaginary table (moving your hand from behind to the front). Repeat on alternate sides. Watch it here (and watch the video from the beginning to see all 52 Nia moves).

Classes and Events
Haybergill classEscape to the country:
Time to re-connect, relax and unwind.

Nia class at Haybergill, Cumbria. Saturday 7 May, 10 a.m. Cost: £5
Join us for a special class in the context of the weekend described above.
Why not, ome along for the class, follow it with a quick coffee or tea, then enjoy a walk in the wonderful Cumbrian countryside and have lunch or tea in nearby Appleby. Booking not necessary; just arrive 15 minutes before the class start.
Download:  Directions to Haybergill

and the class flyer: Haybergill class flyer.

Full details of classes and events

Take 5 & Change is in the air

Two things I need to apologise for this week.

sorryFirstly, to anyone who’s tried to send an email to me in the last few days. I’m afraid my mailbox was full and emails sent to me started bouncing back to their sender. It’s all sorted now. I did a huge de-clutter of all my email accounts last night. Amazing how all those messages build up without me noticing! I just don’t seem to get the time to read them all or delete them when I’ve read them.

That reminds me of something I read this morning when I checked out the Lifecycles website: If you’ve no time then it’s TIME to Change! 

I met Gillian (whose website it is) yesterday at the launch of her amazing new planning tool she’s called the “Dream Organiser“.  Part diary, part planning tool and a great way to really look at your goals and dreams. Worth taking a look at her webs ste and downloading her “Be Happy colouring sheet” and looking at all the really helpful resources she’s listed.  I’ve already coloured my sheet in and will make a start on the Dream Organiser just as soon as I’ve sent this out to you. And who knows – there may be more change in the air if I get myself organised!

The second appology is for anyone who comes to my Thursday classes. From 1 December, personal circumstances mean I won’t be available to teach in the afternoons any more.

The Woodham class will move to Wednesday mornings at 10 am  from Wednesday 2 December. However, in spite of the best efforts of all concerned, we haven’t managed to find a new time slot for the Thursday class at Bannatyne’s in Darlington. The Monday class will continue as normal.

Have a great week

Classes and Events:

Changes to Thursday classes

From 1 December, no Nia class at Bannatyne’s or Woodham Village on Thursday afternoons.

New class begins at Woodham Village Community Centre on Wednesday 2 December at 10 a.m. New people always welcome.
Please check the Classes and events page for details.

Relax your Mind, Move your Body, Revive your Spirit, 6-8 May 2016

If you’d like a relaxing weekend with some Nia, maybe a holistic therapy, some quiet time out in the country and a few surprises why not join us?

Please note that places will be allotted on a first come, first served basis to those who have completed and returned the booking form and paid their deposit. Please send yours as soon as possible. Rooms are filling up fast!

Contact me now to request a booking form or download one from the web page.

Take 5 & Sleep!

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and taking a well-deserved break. I have been slowing down over the past couple of weeks or so – partly because I’ve been tired and partly because I’ve had a cold. It’s been great to get some extra sleep too (see below for some tips on preparing for a good night’s sleep).

In fact, I felt sufficiently rested on Friday to be able to join half a dozen other Nia teachers for a great class at the Energibodi studio in Rossendale and a shared lunch, discussion and exchange of teaching tips. The company was good, the weather great and it was a lovely drive (I chose the M6 via the stunning Lake District countryside). And Saturday – I needed some sleep!

Have a great week.

Tip of the week: Take 5 & Sleep!

Do you have a “ritual” before bedtime? Mine is as follows. If at all possible, I like a soak in the bath followed by a cup of hot chocolate while reading a chapter or two of some light fiction (chick lit!). If I don’t have a book, then watching or listening to a comedy show. In other words: a complete break from the day’s activities before I settle down for the night.

Here’s a great article with a few more hints for preparing that wind down time before bed so that you get a good night’s sleep: 10 Smart Things to Do Before Bed Each Night

Sleep well!

Take 5 – another easy tip to keep you moving with Joy and Ease

Here’s another excuse to take a quick break and do something healthy! My tips are based on techniques I’ve learned and are just too good not to share with you.

Tip of the Week: catch that fly!

Sitting down or standing up – look at that fly, grab it and bring it in close. Then catch the next one. You can “catch flies” above your head, behind you or under your chair.

It’s all about hand-eye co-ordination. And if you’re using your arms, you’re also moving shoulders and spine. It gets your hands and wrists moving by flexing muscles, exercising joints and building up strength in your fingers.

And it’s a great game to play with small children – you might prefer to catch bubbles (real or imaginary) or fireflie, or butterflies…

What I’m watching

Did you catch this video of the US First Lady promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign? She can certainly move!

Where you can catch me

  • From 21 April  at Teesdale Leisure Centre for six weeks:
  • join us to Refresh, Revitalise, R-e-l-a-x. Download Flyer. Contact me to book a place.
  • On Friday 17  April you’d have found me visiting the new Business Central premises in Darlington: offices, meeting rooms, business support and drop-in work space.  What a great place to work and only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and the town centre.
  • All my regular classes. Please note that the Tuesday morning Bowburn class has been cancelled for the time being.

Stop press – date for your diary

Saturday 30 May, 2 workshops with David and Amanda of Access Movement. Details to be finalised but along the lines of “Learning to move without pain” and “Music, Movement, Magic” which they did for us at the end of March.