Long time no blog & how to use affirmations

Hello all!

Apologies for the lengthy delay between blog posts! My daughter who helps me manage the blog just started her master’s degree in primary teaching this year and there has been little spare time for… anything! But you can definitely look forward to more regular blog updates from now on.

Stress in daily life can be the big things or the little things. Stress can keep life interesting, and can provide us with motivation, but too much stress can have a negative impact on your body and soul. Meditation can remedy stress and allow us to stay centred and grounded. There are many ways to meditate and trying a variety will allow you to find the style that works best for you. Here is one that you can try:

1. Choose a simple word or phrase, like love, calm, peace…

2. Repeat that word to yourself, either out loud or in your head, every second or so.

3. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.

4. Block out everyday thoughts when they pop into your mind.

It is important to treat our minds with a little time off, and meditation is the perfect way to do it.

Other techniques to try while meditating:

  • Chanting
  • Candle gazing
  • Tracing an object
  • Rolling something under your foot
  • Visualisation
  • Using music (check out YouTube for a huge variety of meditation music for free!)
  • Walking around barefoot, Zen walking
  • Having a bath
  • Touching your skin with your finger, for example around the palm of your hand.

I will post some more positive affirmations next time.

Yours in yoga,










Breathing technique for managing anxiety and stress

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Image credit: Garry Pepper Vintage

Controlled breathing technique

1- Breathe in (without taking a deep breath). Hold your breath for a count of five.

2- When you get to five, gently breathe out saying to yourself “relax” or “calm”.

3- Then just breathe in and out slowly, through your nose, counting three with each breath in, and three with each breath out.


4- Breathe this way for 10 breaths, and then start the cycle again by holding your breath and counting to five (step one).

5- Continue this controlled breathing until all the symptoms of over-breathing have gone.


  • Use the technique immediately when the first signs of over-breathing, panic, or growing anxiety occur.
  • Practice the technique at least four times a day.
  • Practice the technique until it becomes an automatic response, so that it can be used quickly to prevent anxiety escalating.
  • Spend enough time practicing the technique for it to fell comfortable.
  • Practice the technique whenever you notice sensations of anxiety.