Lucy Small

For me, the ever-evolving postures (sometimes called 'asanas') literally get me out of my head. Meditation helps me accept what is. Breathwork (pranayama) allows me to stay connected to the 'now' and let go of what no longer serves me.  Taking this off the mat and in to my everyday life is a priceless gift.

The joy of sharing this is why I teach.  

 

Like my personal practice, my teaching is ever-evolving.  Join me for friendly, inclusive classes and retreats.

I am running several affordable Sunday retreats in beautiful Sussex countryside for 2022 (Feb 20th, April 3rd,12th June) plus two retreats to France later in the year. More info here: https://www.yogamusicflow.co.uk/events

 

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Lucy Small, tell us..........

1. How do you like to start your day?

In the week I get up at 6am, make a fresh lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper tea, then practice around 10 minutes of yoga movement and 10 minutes of meditation, in my PJs. I'm not strict though and if I'm really tired I'll skip this. At least once a week I swap this routine for a quick dip in the sea with friends. Cold water swimming kept us sane through lockdown. It's like instant meditation- the internal chatter stops. On weekends I never set my alarm and just do what feels right.

 


2. Top tip on including self care into your day?

 

Self care should be realistic and something you look forward to; rather than another chore. The reason I get up at 6am in the week is because nobody else is awake (apart from my cats!) and if I don't start the day like this, I find it hard to make time for my own practice as the day progresses. 20 minutes is also very doable. Self care doesn't have to be modern yoga movement and it definitely doesn't have to be expensive. I normally schedule a walk with a friend a couple of times a week- this is a nice way of exercising and socialising at the same time and costs nothing. Once or twice a week I'll do a yoga or weights class. Self care could be reading a book, grating fresh ginger in your tea or taking the time to make yourself some delicious and healthy food. Small yet big wins.

It's completely refreshing, and I don't have to think about it but it changes so much about how my body greets tastes, smells and sights. 


3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?

Russell Brand. I love his 'Under The Skin' Luminary podcasts; he interviews some fascinating minds. He still has a fairly large ego but he's aware of this now which somehow makes it smaller. I love the humour in his intros with producer Jenny May Finn and his insanely good use of language. One of my favourite interviews is with Dr Joe Dispenza: 'Can We Heal Ourselves Through Consciousness Alone?' but there are hundreds more brilliant conversations and his 'Above The Noise' meditations are awesome too. 

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4. Name a yoga pose that you love and why?

Headstand. You have to be really present in "the king of the asanas" so the monkey mind has to focus. I love the feeling of being upside down; literally looking at the world from a different perspective. It's a pretty cool endorphin rush and if you're properly "in it" you'll get the Brucey Bonus side effects of a strong core and arm strength. However, you don't have to actually 'get up' to get those benefits. The preparation is equally as challenging and rewarding. I love helping people in to this posture and have guided a wide range of people, ranging from 12 -70 years.

Tamsin Twrwhitt

Kundalini Yoga is ideal for all and is a proven way to relieve stress, strengthen your body, and calm your mind – you will look, feel and perform better.
Spiritually and physically rewarding, these classes are a combination of dynamic breath (pranayama), exercises, mantra and meditation. You will experience a profound sense of well-being, creativity and personal transformation as a result.
This practice will unite your body, mind and soul, taking you to a place of peace- ready for whatever life throws at you.
Consistent practice of Kundalini Yoga, even for a few minutes a day will allow better use of your time and energy, to align with your creative destiny and fulfil your greatest potential.

 

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Tamsin Twrwhitt, tell us..........

 

1. How do you like to start your day?

In kundalini yoga we practice sadhana. This is a daily practice that starts ideally in the magical time just before dawn. As long as I don't oversleep (!) I have enough time to do some movement, pranayama and mediation. Doing this daily practice has instilled in me a discipline that helped me to move into recovery. It has also been the bedrock to handle huge ups and downs in life. As a single mum of teenage boys, I need to set the vibration in my house before they unleash the chaos - I create the peace I want to see in my house and they pick up on it. 


2. Top tip on including self care into your day?

I am a firm believer that every mouthful of food is an opportunity for health, my mantra is 'plates over pills' and the way I show myself the most love is by nourishing my body temple with high vibrational/nutrient-packed food. I also walk in nature every day and hug lots of trees!


3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?

At present, I have committed to https://marianne.com/365-days-of-a-course-in-miracles/ and working with https://soniachoquette.net/your-guides/ to gain a deeper connection with my guides and angles. I simply resonate with both these incredible teachers and the beautiful wisdom they impart. 


4. Name a yoga pose you love and why?
I love Kundalini Frogs. It's yoga in stilettos! Guaranteed to move dense energy from your lower chakras to the higher, wonderful for igniting your creative spirit, fends off breast and testicular cancer and f you like me have suffered with insomnia - just do a few frogs before you hit the hay and you'll sleep like a dream. What's not to like?