Let's talk about the menopause...

Today is #WorldMenopauseDay. I realise a number of you will now stop reading this post and that's ok... but just remember half of us will go through it and the other half will have to deal with someone going through it! 

Lots of people don't like talking about it or thinking about it. But it is the daily reality for many women and there is a real concern at the moment about the shortage of HRT drugs and the possible impact of Brexit (sorry, I've been trying not to mention it!).

I've written about it before because I've been experiencing "peri-menopausal" symptoms. Tiredness, irritability and issues with my periods. I've spoken to so many women in their late 30s and early 40s who are having these symptoms and feel worried, wondering if they're alone.

Trust me...you're not!

Having spoken to my GP, none of the options available from modern medicine sounded appealing to me. So I've been making changes to my diet, using yoga and taking ayurvedic herbs to manage my symptoms and things have improved massively for me. 

I'm delighted to talk to anyone who wants to share their experiences. So if you feel like you're losing your mind, hang in there and drop me an email any time. 

If there is a lady in your life who seems to be gradually turning into a serial killer for no apparent reason then please try to be patient. She's probably confused and scared and just as impatient and bewildered as you are.

Answers are hard to come by, research is ongoing and everyone is different but I really think that talking about it openly is a good place to start...


Yoga in the Park!

Absolutely loved doing a yoga session in beautiful sunshine this morning with Jo from Strength & Soul.

This was a free event in Polkemmet Country Park and we hope to run more throughout the Summer if the weather cooperates!

Fingers crossed for more sun salutations in the sunshine ☀️


Pre school yoga with Meddy Teddy

Meet Meddy Teddy…


This morning Meddy Teddy and I introduced yoga to the pre school children and staff at Bright Horizons Nursery in Livingston. We would like to send a massive thank you to the staff and children for making us so welcome! We had lots of fun and particularly loved the spontaneous rendition of “Alice the Camel” during camel pose! Go Alice Go!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! I hope it’s a wonderful year for you all, full of love and laughter and maybe even a little yoga!

It’s hard to get going in January after the Christmas break, it’s cold and dark and everyone is bankrupt! However it feels good to get moving again…I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get on my mat and I feel so much better.

Take a deep breath and get moving! Hope to see you at a class…🙏🧘‍♀️😉

Classes will continue this Autumn at Williamston Primary!

I have loved teaching my free classes at Williamston, thank you to all of the lovely ladies who have been coming along and trying yoga! Hope you’re all finding it is a great way to release tension, build strength and let go of your worries! Tuesday 25 September is full and there is only one space left in the final class!

As we head into Autumn, I am delighted to say that these classes will continue at Williamston on Tuesday nights 6.30 - 7.30 during term time.

Keep an eye on the web site, it will be updated with new dates and prices after the last free class on 9 October!

Hope to see you all there!


As the trees let their leaves fall, let go of your worries….stay calm and do yoga!

As the trees let their leaves fall, let go of your worries….stay calm and do yoga!

Do one thing every day that scares you...

Eleanor Roosevelt said that we should do one thing every day that scares us.  On Tuesday, I took my first full yoga class.  17 lovely ladies came along and almost all of them had never done yoga before.  We were all doing something that scared us.

It felt good to overcome those nerves and spend a lovely hour together with such a warm, supportive group.

Let's do it all again next week...😃🧘‍♀️🙏


This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering that it’s a feather bed.
— Terence McKenna

Flip your perspective

Inversions in yoga are poses where you are upside down.  It's a good way to see the world differently.  This week my lovely yoga instructor gave me the opportunity to teach part of her class. I left my mat and took her spot at the front of the room.  I was nervous but I knew I had prepared carefully and everyone was so welcoming.  Strangely enough, the biggest hurdle I had to overcome was adjusting to that new perspective, being at the front with all eyes on me.  It was terrifying and wonderful and exciting all at the same time.  

I am so grateful to Jo for giving me the opportunity to teach a short lesson like that as an introduction.  I will start teaching at their beautiful studio the week commencing 10 September and this experience will make it less daunting!  For info and booking go to http://www.strengthandsoul.co.uk

Can you change how you look at something?  Have a go...you might see something you never noticed before....