It has certainly proved to be an opportunity in my life for self-assessment and reflection. I was in a phase of transition before, but with the pandemic came some quiet time which helped me feel more accepting of the transition in my life.
"In fact, the ability to embrace it bravely!"
I am not only referring to my life as a single person, but also as an older single woman. I feel ready to accept the changes in the way I look, naturally greying hair for one. I actually feel quite excited by this and look forward to seeing the end result, with the knowledge that it is a one-off transition phase in my life.
Once this is over, who knows what I would look like or even feel like? I feel confident to accept that I am getting older and hence not only being wiser, but certainly showing signs of that maturity.
It is a case of going with the flow and gracefully being true to myself. I love the liberation that comes with that and probably for the first time in my life, the confidence to just be who I am, including the way I look. Thanks to COVID-19 and the fewer hairdresser visits, the process started and then it was a case of slowly using the lightest colour on my hair as possible before it was evident that the only way forward was no hair colour and allowing the grey to shine through. It just feels right at this stage of my life.
"So, why am I sharing this you may ask?"
Well, it's not all due to the pandemic; it also has a lot to do with yoga. There is a process that unfolds with a regular yoga practice that leads to awareness of how you feel in your own body. Slowly this leads to acceptance of the self and a need to be authentically you.
A regular yoga client who is preparing to enter menopause mentioned to me that she no longer worries about her weight as she used to. There is more acceptance of her body and her weight without obsessing about how she looks. We both recently started running, something that, in my case, would never have happened if it was not for the slow transformation of my body and mind.
My hair in a total state of transformation and I just love this!
It is my wish for all the women (and men) out there who constantly fight the negative thoughts about their bodies to make the time for yourself to start your yoga journey, to allow the holistic system that is yoga to transform your life.
It is a slow process, which in time becomes a way of life. It is so worth giving it a try.
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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