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How to make 2015 count

Wow, the start of a new year. A blank canvas soon to be filled with memories and experiences. This snow white, quiet time is traditionally used to commit to New Year’s resolutions.

Resolutions, however, are a little old school. They don’t tend to have much effect because they’re lopsidedly left brain commands, like ‘start yoga now!’

In January, I’m coaching my clients to set intentions instead of resolutions. Intentions lead to transformation when they integrate both the left (doing) and the right (being) brain.

So we work on a realistic and practical plan of how you’ll start yoga, while at the same time internalising the importance of optimising your health so you can live your life fully.

Here are 3 tips to turn your New Year’s resolutions into powerful intentions.

1. Saying yes means saying no

One of the biggest mistakes people make in setting their intentions, is to only say yes, without saying no. If you want to practice yoga 1 hour a day, then you’ll have to stop doing what you’re currently doing for that 1 hour. Otherwise the intention is likely to fizzle out in January.

So for every ‘saying yes’ intention, make sure there’s a ‘saying no’ counterpart. For example: ‘I won’t stay out later than 10pm so I can wake up in time to do my yoga practice before going to work.’

2. Visualising

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Let’s visualise your perfect 2015. Imagine you have everything going for you, that 2015 is fulfilling year straight from your heart. What does this ideal year feel like, what are the colours, the sensations? Let it all come so alive you can almost taste it.

Visualisation matters because your brain is more motivated to change when the left brain plan ‘do yoga 1 hour a day’ is complemented by the right brain feeling light, fit and flexible. Click here to read more about the neuroscience behind this.

Visualising your ideal year also matters because you anchor your intentions into what is most important to you. Ultimately it’s not about doing yoga, but about fully expressing your gift to the world. Ask yourself, what do you need from 2015 to live your life purpose?

3. Completing

Finally, make up the books for 2014. What are you proud of? What are you grateful for? What have you learnt? What is no longer serving you?

Completion matters because it will allow your energy to be focused on what’s next for you, and because you can use your lessons learnt to make 2015 even more awesome.

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Now your New Year’s intentions are firmly rooted in your conscious and subconscious. It’s time to sit back and observe. While resolutions are hard work, intentions tend to happen with little effort.

If you’re interested in doing a 1:1 Intentions Workshop over skype or in person in South India, get in touch with me. We’ll anchor your intentions in your values and ensure each intention has both a powerful left brain plan, and right brain experience. You’ll be fully committed to making 2015 count!

5 tips to make ordinary days extraordinary

Check out my article on online wellness magazine MindBodyGreen!

“Days come, days go. Some last an eternity, others fly by. Some are cheerful, others uneventful. Yet you can be sure that the sun and the moon will rise and set, that the birds will sing in the morning.

I used to have a busy corporate job in London. Once I learned to live my days mindfully, I noticed how I became much more relaxed. The days weren’t less stressful, but I wasn’t as stressed anymore. Instead, I was feeling grateful for my life.

I often help clients of my coaching practice improve their work-life balance. These five tips have helped them to anchor their days and have more fun. They gained time as they prioritized according to their values.

1. Wake up mindfully

[…] To read more click here.

 

India, land of paradox

Living in India is a great reminder of the power of paradox. I love paradoxes because embracing them creates so much new energy and possibilities in my own life. And I often work with clients on discovering how they may hold themselves back by self limiting beliefs.

Predominantly Hindu, India is also the second largest Muslim country in the world. It’s daily life is infused with spirituality, yet there is a strong atheist tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages. It’s poor, and yet immensely rich. It’s chaotic and dirty, yet beautifully pure and quiet.

There’s a great lesson in this. Having no option but to embrace paradox, we have to accept that two extremes can exist at the same time. And life becomes much simpler. Why waste energy arguing that it’s this or that when it can be both at the same?

However, our mind seems keen to keep things black and white.

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Water retreat

Amsterdam North, the Netherlands (location tbc, 30 min cycle ride from Amsterdam Central station)

Join me for a life coaching weekend. Jump on the ferry away from busy Amsterdam town and take in the quiet harbour perspective. See the sun or rain drops play with the water.

Register by 5th July to qualify for the early bird fee!


“Totally exceeded expectations! I learnt to really listen to myself and others, finding new answers in an amazingly open group. Great gentle, firm facilitation by Julie.”

Manreet Deol, Owner and Creative Director, Manifest Design, Pondicherry, India

“Inspiring, attitude changing. An opportunity to take a good look at yourself, listen to your heart, and have fun with amazing people!”

Meryem Lukka, Social Worker, The Hague, Netherlands

 


Do you want to feel:

  • Refreshed and energised to live your life fully?
  • Clear minded when your life is at a cross roads?
  • Empowered to set your own conventions?
  • Eager to take on what’s next for you?
  • Confident in your ability to listen to yourself and others at a deeper level?

Inspired by the popular weekend retreats in Pondicherry, South India, I’m very excited to host this last in a series of four yoga and life coaching retreats in Europe this summer (2014).

During the two days of workshops you’ll not only get to know yourself better and what’s next for you, you’ll also learn basic coaching skills. In a joyful and open learning environment, you’ll experience the impact you can have with enhanced listening and questioning skills, such as an immediate connection with your fellow participants.

Get in touch with me to reserve your place!


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On Friday night we’ll have a sunset dream hunt dinner to connect with each other and our dreams for the future. On Saturday the focus will be on building your listening and intuitive capacity so you develop a greater sense of focus and awareness of yourself and others. We’ll do this through group exercises and 1:1 break outs so you have an immediate opportunity to experience and practice the new skills.

Then on Sunday we’ll work mostly on finding your edge and what’s next for you to really step into your full potential and live your life purpose. We’ll connect with that life affirming fulfilment energy and create true commitment.

We’ll be working in a small group of 4-8 people, all diverse and international. We’ll start around 9am and finish by 5.30pm at the latest, with a long lunch break in between so we can enjoy the local scenery.


Price: £175/€210 plus 25% off 1:1 session with Julie, or £150/€180 for concessions.

Get in touch with me if you think you qualify for concessionary rate. Prices include lunch and tea, and exclude accommodation and other meals.

yoga & coaching

12-13th July, Synchronicity yoga studio, Clapham, London SW9

Join Laura and Julie for an urban retreat to build awareness in your body, mind and soul through yoga and coaching.

Do you want to feel:

  • Empowered to take home a personalised daily self practice
  • Committed to making your practice work for you
  • Present to the different parts of your being
  • Aware of how to access your intuition and how to use it
  • Mindful of finding a balance between discipline and compassion for your body

Laura and Julie have been working together for the past year on fusing yoga and coaching. We’re super excited to share our learning with you on three key themes: listening, intuition and balance.

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Yoga and coaching invite you to listen to the conversations going on between your mind, body and soul. You learn to recognise the different voices and to find your own path, in your life and on the mat.

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green retreat

19-20th July, Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, UK (1.5hr train journey from London Paddington station)

Join me for a life coaching weekend in the green forests and village life of rural England. Rejuvenate and explore in a beautiful garden home.

“Totally exceeded expectations! I learnt to really listen to myself and others, finding new answers in an amazingly open group. Great gentle, firm facilitation by Julie.”

Manreet Deol, Owner and Creative Director, Manifest Design, Pondicherry, India

“Inspiring, attitude changing. An opportunity to take a good look at yourself, listen to your heart, and have fun with amazing people!”

Meryem Lukka, Social Worker, The Hague, Netherlands

The green retreat, 19-20th July, Cotswolds

Do you want to feel:

  • Refreshed and energised to live your life fully?
  • Clear minded when your life is at a cross roads?
  • Empowered to set your own conventions?
  • Eager to take on what’s next for you?
  • Confident in your ability to listen to yourself and others at a deeper level?

Inspired by the popular weekend retreats in Pondicherry, South India, I’m very excited to host this second in a series of four yoga and life coaching retreats in Europe this summer (2014).

During the two days of workshops you’ll not only get to know yourself better and what’s next for you, you’ll also learn basic coaching skills. In a joyful and open learning environment, you’ll experience the impact you can have with enhanced listening and questioning skills, such as an immediate connection with your fellow participants.

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During the retreat, we’ll draw upon the beauty of the natural environment. The Cotswolds is a very pretty part of South West England with rolling hills and little historic villages arranged around the village green. In July the sun shines peacefully and the forests and flowers are in full bloom! It’s a place close to my heart for its natural beauty and quiet.

Get in touch with me to reserve your place!

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On Friday night we’ll have a sunset dream hunt dinner to connect with each other and our dreams for the future. On Saturday the focus will be on building your listening and intuitive capacity so you develop a greater sense of focus and awareness of yourself and others. We’ll do this through group exercises and 1:1 break outs so you have an immediate opportunity to experience and practice the new skills.

Then on Sunday we’ll work mostly on finding your edge and what’s next for you to really step into your full potential and live your life purpose. We’ll connect with that life affirming fulfilment energy and create true commitment.

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We’ll be working in a small group of 4-8 people, all diverse and international. We’ll start around 9 and finish by 5.30 at the latest, with a long lunch break in between so we can enjoy the local scenery.

Price: £175/€210 plus 25% off 1:1 session with Julie, or £150/€180 for concessions.

Get in touch with me if you think you qualify for concessionary rate. Prices include lunch and tea, and exclude accommodation and other meals.

You can book your accommodation at the venue of the retreat via holidaylettings.co.uk.

THE LAVENDER RETREAT

28-29th June, Bonnieux, Provence, France (1hr drive from Marseille airport)

Join me for a life coaching weekend to explore your full potential in the fresh early summer in the Luberon. Sample the air filled with herbs, lavender and the gentle sun.

The lavender retreat

Inspired by the popular weekend retreats in Pondicherry, South India, I’m very excited to host this last in a series of four yoga and life coaching retreats in Europe this summer (2014).

During the retreat, we’ll draw upon the beauty of the natural environment. The Luberon is a very pretty part of the Provence with rolling hills and little historic villages perched on top. In June the sun is still gentle and the lavender should be in full purple bloom! It’s a place close to my heart for its natural beauty and because my parents live there.

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“Totally exceeded expectations! I learnt to really listen to myself and others, finding new answers in an amazingly open group. Great gentle, firm facilitation by Julie.”

Manreet Deol, Owner and Creative Director, Manifest Design, Pondicherry, India

“Inspiring, attitude changing. An opportunity to take a good look at yourself, listen to your heart, and have fun with amazing people!”

Meryem Lukka, Social Worker, The Hague, Netherlands


lavender retreat pool side

Do you want to feel:

  • Refreshed and energised to live your life fully?
  • Clear minded when your life is at a cross roads?
  • Empowered to set your own conventions?
  • Eager to take on what’s next for you?
  • Confident in your ability to listen to yourself and others at a deeper level?

Inspired by the popular weekend retreats in Pondicherry, South India, I’m very excited to host this first in a series of four yoga and life coaching retreats in Europe this summer (2014).

During the two days of workshops you’ll not only get to know yourself better and what’s next for you, you’ll also learn basic coaching skills. In a joyful and open learning environment, you’ll experience the impact you can have with enhanced listening and questioning skills, such as an immediate connection with your fellow participants.

Get in touch with me to reserve your place!


lavender retreat back terrace

On Friday night we’ll have a sunset dream hunt dinner to connect with each other and our dreams for the future. On Saturday the focus will be on building your listening and intuitive capacity so you develop a greater sense of focus and awareness of yourself and others. We’ll do this through group exercises and 1:1 break outs so you have an immediate opportunity to experience and practice the new skills.

Then on Sunday we’ll work mostly on finding your edge and what’s next for you to really step into your full potential and live your life purpose. We’ll connect with that life affirming fulfilment energy and create true commitment.

We’ll be working in a small group of 4-8 people, all diverse and international. We’ll start around 9am and finish by 5.30pm at the latest, with a long lunch break in between so we can enjoy the local scenery.


Price: £175/€210 plus 25% off 1:1 session with Julie, or £150/€180 for concessions.

Get in touch with me if you think you qualify for concessionary rate. Prices include lunch and tea, and exclude accommodation and other meals.

I recommend staying in Mas des deux puits and Le Clos d’Estellan. There are many lovely places around Bonnieux – check out Tripadvisor or ask Julie for more info.

About meditation

On Thursday I came out of a 5 day silent meditation retreat in the green mountains of Sri Lanka. I would like to share with you 5 insights I gained as many of my coaching clients are keen to keep up a regular meditation practice and lead more mindful lives.

I often work with clients on addressing the balance between being and doing. Meditation is a great antidote against our tendency to perceive ourselves as ‘human doings’ instead of ‘human beings’.

1. The middle way

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One of the challenges of meditation is finding the middle way between trying too hard and too little. The meditation instructor at the retreat explained that he generally taught Northern Europeans to reduce their current effort by 50%. Southern Europeans should reduce their effort by 25%, while Sri Lankans should increase their effort by 500%.

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