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October 27, 2016

"I love you" - 3 glorious words that we offer up to our partner, our family, friends, and maybe even to the drycleaners when he finally manages to remove that stain from our favourite piece of clothing... Some may even say that they are used way too much nowadays, maybe even to the point where they lose their meaning. One question for you though - how often do you say "I love you" to yourself?

Ah yes, self-love, that tricky bugger... We find it easier loving and appreciating others than we do ourselves.

In July of this year, while on holiday in Ibiza with a friend, I decided to write "I love you" in the sand for my husband. As I sat there looking at them, I couldn't help but smile. I began to look back on the past year and my own personal journey...

September 23, 2016

The sun is shining, it's the second day of autumn, and I decided to take my writing outside this morning, on a bench overlooking Hampstead Heath. What I love most about the Heath? The grass is not perfectly manicured and the trees are not perfectly trimmed. I love its wildness and roughness, beautifully imperfect, just as nature intended it to be.

We don't look out into nature and see flaws. All we see is beauty. So why do we look for flaws when we look at others? Worse even, why is it that often flaws are all we see in ourselves!

This leads beautifully to a quote I read a couple weeks ago when I was in Corsica (where this photo was taken), which inspired me to write this piece.

"Flaws aren't real. One of our biggest mistakes as a culture is accep...

August 18, 2016

How do you make your life's decisions? Do you listen to your head and decide on what seems most practical and logical? Or do you listen to your heart?

In our society, you might agree that listening to the heart is generally seen as weak or flighty, as opposed to smart and grounded. In my opinion, this is complete and utter nonsense. Learning to truly listen to your heart and intuition has the ability to transform your life. Bold statement I know. Some of you skeptics might even be rolling your eyes; these type of affirmations belong in fairyland, right? Wrong! How do I feel so confident in stating it? Because for a long time, I chose not to listen, I chose to ignore the voice that suggested I follow a different career path. In the gym or during...

June 30, 2016

I've been wanting to write a piece for my blog for a few days now, and although I had some ideas, I was at a loss for words on what to write. My mistake was that I was looking for inspiration in all the wrong places. Where did I end up finding it? Well on my yoga mat of course. I had quite a breakthrough during my practice this morning, but you'll have to read on to find out more :D

During my teacher training in NYC, we were introduced to the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse ancient Indian text. The verses that specifically stand out for me are as follows:

“The soul within the body passes from childhood to old age and then into another body at death. In the course of a life, happiness and distress come and go like the seasons. They are mere sensory imp...

May 30, 2016

“Who wants to share?” asked Paige Elenson, leader of Baptiste Yoga Level 2 training. “Do I want to get up in front of over 100 strangers to spill my guts out?” I thought to myself. This scenario was unlike any presentation I have had to give during my banking career. Why? This stuff was personal and unlike a financial model or a pitch to a client, I did NOT have all the answers. I could not come fully prepared. I could not hide behind my knowledge and confident facade of an investment banker. When someone got up to share, there was no hiding. We were fully exposed in all of our vulnerability. So did I want to go up and share? No chance in hell.

 

So I asked myself, what was I so afraid of? Sadly the answer was that I cared WAY too much about what...

April 22, 2016

I flew to the South West of France last week to meet my adorable five-month old nephew Eliott for the very first time. My sister-in-law and her husband live in Australia, so it was a treat to be able to spend time with them in Europe. Oh and the 20+ degree (celsius) sunny weather didn't hurt either! During one of many baby conversations with my sister-in-law, something she said stuck with me: "There are times when I feel exhausted, irritated and stressed, and tempted to completely lose my cool; but Eliott's presence forces me to take a step back, pause and then choose a different reaction and response."

 

I know all about losing my cool. I grew up not really knowing how to deal with feelings of intense frustration, anger and sadness. My automatic...

March 18, 2016

The first signs of spring have begun to emerge. Many believe that the arrival of the new season symbolises growth and new beginnings. It may just be pure and utter coincidence, but this period has been quite a transition for me, on a personal level. Over the past few weeks, I have experienced difficulties, uncertainty, breakthroughs, and then more uncertainties and more breakthroughs.

 

I don't believe I am alone when I say that sometimes I feel lost. I find myself asking questions like: What is the point? What is it all about? What does happiness truly mean? Yes... ridiculously heavy stuff, I know. If you are an over thinker and an over analyser like I am, perhaps you can relate. I'm not sure why just yet, but these questions seemed to come up q...

February 12, 2016

I was not a gymnast or a dancer, for heaven's sake I could barely touch my toes... So when I first started practising yoga, I would get frustrated. The perfectionist and Type A in me always pushed harder and strived more. My ego would surface during every class, ignoring all of my body's signals to slow down and breathe. I realised that I cared way too much about what others thought of me. It was almost as if I was determined to show to all the other practitioners in the room how strong I was, how flexible I was. And did they give a damn? Hell no. It sounds pretty ridiculous when you put it into words. Or maybe it wasn't about the others at all, perhaps I was determined to prove something to myself, out of fear that I would be a failure? Why do...

January 15, 2016

 

I remember it well. It was on the last night of my Baptiste Yoga Level 1 training in Arizona in June 2014, while I was scoffing down the most addictive caramelised pecans after dinner, that it suddenly dawned on me - I have an eating disorder.

 

I am not sure what it was that triggered this realisation; after all, it was certainly not the first time I had binged. Perhaps it was the week-long journey of self-inquiry and emotional breakdowns, I don't quite know, but I am grateful that it had finally hit me. Somewhere along the way my relationship with food had deteriorated, and for lack of a better word, I had become an "addict". We have only ever associated addiction with drugs and alcohol. Food addiction however, I believe, is much less unders...

December 30, 2015

As yet another year draws to a close, I reflect back on 2015, which represented for me a significant time of change. 

 

This year for me began with the conscious decision to leave the investment banking industry and pursue my passion for yoga, a practice that has transformed my body, mind and with the risk of sounding utterly cheesy, has transformed my life.

 

Many have since asked me what exactly drove me to this drastic career change. My answer is simple and is summed up perfectly by a few words uttered by Hollywood actor Bill Murray, funnily enough: 

 

"Life is so damn short. For fuck's sake, just do what makes you happy".

 

The first few months of 2015 were difficult for me, to say the least.  I was determined to wait until the...

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