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13 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Self love for valentines day

Looks like Valentines Day is on the way again.  Are you hoping for flowers and romance?

 

While it’s nice to be adored, it’s a truism that we have to love ourselves first. No matter how much attention is showered on us by friends and lovers, if we don’t love ourselves enough to truly believe we’re worth all the effort, we can remain curiously unsatisfied (and even anxious– “What if they find out I’m really not that nice/pretty after all and abandon me?!”)

 

If you can’t offer yourself love and compassion, it’s hard to believe you deserve it from somebody else. And the worst culprits for neglecting to appreciate and care for themselves?  Women who spend a lot of time caring for others. OK, disclosure time. That’s me too.

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11 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Bedtime meditation for kids

What does the word ‘Bed-time’ conjure up for you? Images of fluffy pillows and crisp white sheets? Maybe a glass of warm milk and a good book? If you’re the parent of a young child, chances are the images in your head are not quite so tranquil!

Bed time is often the most challenging part of the day. 

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06 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Meditation? I'd love to but I don't have time...

Yeah, that was me. I'd spent years thinking about meditating, reading articles about it and telling my friends how good it was. I even bought a meditation cushion. But I never got around to actually meditating. I tried to concentrate on those breathing exercises at the end of my yoga classes, but my mind kept wandering off to domestic tasks, jobs left undone, shopping lists to write etc. etc. etc.

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02 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The day i lost my yoga students

 

At first, I thought it was the weather – a wet week often sees student numbers drop at the yoga studio. Then the sun came out, but the students didn’t return.

 

In my heart of hearts, I knew why my students had gone. I was a rotten teacher. I hadn’t started off that way. My passion for sharing the healing magic of yoga had seen my classes numbers build, with many students coming back term after term.

 

But things had changed and I knew I wasn’t giving my students what they needed. I couldn’t. I had nothing left to give.

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12 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

a room of one's own for meditation

Virginia Woolf famously wrote that a woman needs a room of her own. She was talking about having a space in which to write fiction, but any woman who’s brain is scrambled by the demands of family and work will understand the appeal of a tranquil space in which to relax the body and calm the mind.

I’m on holiday with my family, and, after a week of 24/7 exposure to my very active children, I’m longing for a room of my own! I love my kids. I love my work. But I go mad if I don’t have the time to retreat into my own space and restore my inner balance.

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25 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

making meditation easy

Does this sound familiar: you really, really want to meditate. But within seconds of sitting still, your mind’s a riot of buzzing thoughts. You love the idea of meditation, but it just isn’t working for you. Why?

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30 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

why i don't meditate

Why I DON'T Meditate

 

1. I don't have time

 

2. My mind is too busy

 

3. There's always something more important that needs doing

 

4. I have two very active kids

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