You're here because you want to make a change right? First, you need to know more about what change you'd like to make. Answer each of the following questions in your head, or maybe write down your answers to really get you thinking. Write whatever comes into you head first for each question: 1. What is it you'd like to change? 2. Why do you want to make that change? 3. What will happen IF you make that change? 4. What will happen if you do NOT make that change?

The thing that will STOP you from changing your lifestyle is your mindset. Let's take the example of someone looking for a healthier lifestyle and wanting to do yoga every day. First of all can you imagine life if you did yoga three times per week? (Or whatever you want to change). When would you do yoga? In the morning? In the evening? What times exactly? Then once you've decided this, start in small steps. For the yoga example you could start once per week. Then once you've been doing yoga for 1 day per week for a while, bump it up to 2 days, 3 days etc.. but don't rush it! You could spend a whole year at the first step and that would be a success!

You've imagined how your life could be, now what's stopping you from making that change in your life? As humans, we like to operate from our comfort zones. We are not pleasure seeking creatures, we are discomfort avoiding. This is known as the pleasure principle in psychology, which means: 1. We want to avoid pain / discomfort 2. We want to pursue pleasure

What's REALLY interesting about this is that we are far more driven to avoid pain / discomfort than we are to seek pleasure! Ask yourself, how do you respond to stress in your life? Do you avoid it somehow? How do you avoid it? What are your unhealthy habits? (We all have them!) Once you know more about how you avoid making that change in your life, you'll learn how to make the change lasting and sustainable for YOU!

Stress, pain avoiding and the fear of failure.

As humans we hate to feel failure. In order to make a change in your life you NEED to fail. Failure is your best friend! Why? Because you can’t be successful in making your changes until you start making mistakes.

You need to fail. You need to feel awkward and kiss a lot of frogs in order to be successful. Once you start to see failure as a stepping stone towards making the changes you want in your life, towards achieving your goals, you are more likely to take action! But.. if you see failure as awful. If you continue to avoid failure and feel useless whenever you do fail... then you are probably going to stay in your comfort zone. Growth doesn't come from comfort zones, neither does change. All great achievements are the result of many small achievements and small changes, small actions that you take in your life and small habits your form.

As a result of failure you gain valuable feedback towards something better. Towards that change that you want to make in your life.

So don't be afraid to stumble and fall. See failure as a great thing! You should be most of afraid of not failing at a yoga pose, not "doing it wrong".

Because it's there that you're most unlikely to grow and progress.

I would LOVE to hear your experience with making changes in your life? What you find helps you, and your own personal techniques. Message me on Instagram @yogabygeorgia, comment below, or maybe even share in our Whatsapp group to inspire your fellow Sancti community! Lots of love and light, Georgia xxx

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I believe that starting your day right is one of the best ways to continue make your days happy & healthy!

Creating a morning routine is something that's helped me stay productive even on those "meh" kinda days. Before we get going, THE most important thing for you to know is that you can change your morning routine and adapt it to suit you and your lifestyle. Nothing is permanent and it's not the end of the world if you don't have time for everything in the beginning. Keep working on it and keep making time for you in the mornings, you'll get there eventually. Here's the morning routine that I'm getting on with really well right now: 1. Wake up: when my alarm goes off, I flick on my bedside lamp and head off to make a glass of gold water and my morning coffee (I'm a HUGE coffee lover, but morning hydration is SO key so make sure not to forget the aqua!).

I'm also a vitamin fan, Height's brain vitamins are my absolute favourites because they're full of vitamins and nutrients that you're not necessarily getting from a typical diet.

2. Read: take my water and coffee back to bed for some reading. Even just 10-15 mins of reading is a great way to wake up. (I love a business or mindset book to start the day and get my brain excited - but anything goes!) P.s. I LOVE to read in the morning as it keeps me AWAY from my phone! Your brain is very impressionable in the mornings first thing, so it's such a great habit to keep yourself away from your phone for at least your first hour in the morning. Claim your life back!

3. Meditation / yoga / journaling / workout: I don't usually do ALL of these things! Depending on the day and how I'm feeling, I'll choose whether to meditate, do some morning yoga, spend some time journalling or working out. Typically meditation and journalling win, especially because I'll usually teach yoga in the evenings! If you want to add these into your morning routine, you can always pick and choose which ones to do each day and mix it up. Morning routines don't have to be the same every day!

4. Morning skincare routine and make up: Once I've showered I'll get ready for my day by washing / cleansing my face, and putting on my makeup. I love to listen to a business, or mindset / motivational podcast whilst I'm putting on my makeup. It makes me feel productive and gets my mind going! My favourite podcasts are: Creative Rebels, Conversations of Inspiration, Diary of a CEO, Happy Place. 5. Smoothie or tea: Before I settle down to work, I make myself a cup of tea or a smoothie. In the summer a smoothie and sunshine kind of vibe is one that I love! In autumn and winter, I usually go for a cup of tea (peppermint is my fave), and light a candle to get my office space really homely.

5. Get to work! I work from home, so I just get out my laptop and to-do-list and I'm set for the day!

I would LOVE to hear your morning routines? Or maybe you fancy giving elements of my morning routine a try. Let me know how you get on, there's nothing I love more than to hear your feedback. So drop a comment below, or drop me a message on Instagram: @yogabygeorgia Lots of love, Georgia x

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You might think it's obvious right? Now really have a think, look for a definition in your head right now.. what is yoga? It seems that it's pretty likely that your idea of yoga may be pretty different to the next person who reads this.

All you have to do is a quick google search "what is yoga", to realise that there are hundreds of different interpretations of what yoga is, or really can be. This is something that FASCINATED me in my yoga teacher training (YTT). Yoga is hugely popular all over the world, yet nobody can really agree on what yoga really is? From my YTT and through my own research I understand yoga as something that can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Yoga isn't about touching your toes, it's about what you learn on the way down - Jigar Gor

The first time yoga is mentioned in history was thousands of years ago, notably in ancient Indian texts known as the Vedas. The Vedas are highly spiritual texts, relating to the practice of what we know as meditation. There's actually no reference to movement or pulling your legs behind your head.. certainly nothing like the idea of modern yoga we have today! It's only in the past 150 years or so that yoga has been brought to the Western world and had any reference to the physical asana practice we know and see today. Not to mention the many styles of yoga out there, here's some (but not all):

  • Vinyasa

  • Hatha

  • Iyengar

  • Kundalini

  • Ashtanga

  • Yin

  • Restorative yoga

Then there's many different definitions of yoga, from various sources and yogis around the world!

Here's a few to give you a little flavour:

  • Ananda: "Yoga means union. Etymologically, it is connected to the English word, yoke. Yoga means union with God, or, union of the little, ego-self with the divine Self, the infinite Spirit."

  • Oneflowyoga "The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create union between body, mind and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness."

  • "Awareness is the secret of yoga."

  • "Yoga is simply meditation, they are the same thing"

  • NHS England: "Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing."

None of these are right or wrong, but very interesting!

As far as I see it, it's up to you what yoga really is. Each time you step onto your mat to practice, immediately it becomes just that.. your practice. It's nobody else's experience but your own.

Yoga can be different for each of us and that's what makes it so empowering. There's no real "right" or "wrong" way to do yoga. There's so many different styles. So you can pick one, or maybe a few that suit you! Here's a short poem of my own as to embody what I believe yoga is to me:

Yoga isn't about perfecting a pose
Yoga isn't about perfect balance
Yoga isn't about standing on your head or doing the splits
Yoga is connecting with yourself
Yoga gives you perspective
Yoga teaches you how capable you are
Yoga shows you that if you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything!
Yoga guides the way to healing yourself
Yoga shows you the real you
The real you that the world is so blessed to have walking this earth
Yoga shows you that the bliss is real
Let's do this

What is yoga to you? - Let me know in the comments!

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