How Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve

By Lesley | August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Below is the transcript of an article which was published in the August 2019 edition of Yoga Magazine. It’s called ‘How Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve.’ I wrote it from somewhere deep within & it seemed to resonate with many readers. I hope it resonates with you too. I’m sitting on my yoga mat, eyes closed, I feel the earth both supporting and grounding me. I hear a gentle breeze through the trees, then it gently caresses my skin. All around me are the sounds of rural India: a myriad of birds, the occasional cow, a pair of noisy chipmunks running around inside the roof, and the gentle rhythm of the fans. I feel energy moving round my body and I’m very calm and peaceful deep within. For the first time in my life I realise there’s nowhere to go and nothing to achieve because it’s all here; I am whole, my life is complete, I am enough. I’m practising yoga in an ashram in India and it feels like home. As the truth of how much I’ve changed hits me I feel an unstoppable wave of emotion rise up in my chest and out of my eyes.  Until a couple of years ago I put everything I didn’t want to feel into a box. Grief from 6 unsuccessful rounds of IVF, into the box it went, grief from the death of my mum, into the box. Then grief from the death of my dad, you guessed it, straight into … Read moreHow Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve

Learn from Andy Murray how to develop Something Inside so Strong

By Lesley / July 9, 2013 / 0

I’ve been to two events this week where I’ve sung the song “Something Inside so Strong’ and it started me thinking how for me personally having something inside so strong … Read moreLearn from Andy Murray how to develop Something Inside so Strong

How I plan to support childless women

By Lesley / June 28, 2013 / 2

When I set up my coaching business about a year ago, I knew in my heart that supporting childless women was what I really wanted to do, but I wasn’t … Read moreHow I plan to support childless women

5 reasons you need a guide even when you know where you want to go

By Lesley / June 17, 2013 / 0

A few months ago I decided to change my business to specifically provide support for childless women. Making the decision to change was the easy part. Then I was stuck. … Read more5 reasons you need a guide even when you know where you want to go

Which books helped you to come to terms with childlessness?

By Lesley / June 1, 2013 / 1

I saw recently that the book chain Waterstones is inviting readers to name a book that altered their lives, it’s part of a project called ‘The Book That Made Me’ … Read moreWhich books helped you to come to terms with childlessness?

How do you nurture yourself and how do you play?

By Lesley / May 17, 2013 / 1

I read in the paper recently that a new international study by the Journal of Consumer Research found that “listening to sad music was the best way to recover from … Read moreHow do you nurture yourself and how do you play?

Speaking with my Authentic Childless Voice (part 2)

By Lesley / May 10, 2013 / 0

A few weeks ago I wrote about how hard I found it to speak openly about being childless, how by not doing so I was hiding my true self from … Read moreSpeaking with my Authentic Childless Voice (part 2)

Living a Happy life – what do you want; the importance of values?

By Lesley / May 3, 2013 / 0

Here’s the first in my series on tips and tricks to help childless women live a happy life.  This week I’m going to discuss values.  Basically the more your values … Read moreLiving a Happy life – what do you want; the importance of values?

Once again the media are portraying a rosy picture of ivf

By Lesley / April 23, 2013 / 0

At lunchtime today I spent a couple of hours listening to the BBC Radio 5 programme about ivf, a 2hr programme recorded in the Midland Fertility Services (MFS) Clinic in … Read moreOnce again the media are portraying a rosy picture of ivf

Today I’m feeling grateful

By Lesley / April 11, 2013 / 0

Last week I wrote about some of the negatives of being childless, and as I write this the sun is shining (albeit briefly) so I feel that it’s a good … Read moreToday I’m feeling grateful

What’s it like to be childless?

By Lesley / April 5, 2013 / 1

In the last couple of weeks, in a quest to really understand what it’s like to be childless I’ve interviewed almost 20 women.  I can’t thank them enough for sharing … Read moreWhat’s it like to be childless?

Speaking with my Authentic Childless Voice

By Lesley / March 20, 2013 / 2

I know how hard I’ve found it to speak openly about being childless, and I also know that by not doing so I’ve been hiding my true self from the … Read moreSpeaking with my Authentic Childless Voice

Childless or Childfree – what’s the difference & does it matter?

By Lesley / March 7, 2013 / 0

I’ve been using the term Childless to describe myself for over 10 years since we stopped trying to have children and jumped off the IVF rollercoaster.  Having read various other … Read moreChildless or Childfree – what’s the difference & does it matter?

Lessons from the film UP

By Lesley / January 11, 2013 / 0

I’m wondering whether you watched the film UP when it was on TV recently and if so how did it motivate you? Animated films work on many levels these days; … Read moreLessons from the film UP

Putting your new beliefs into practice

By Lesley / December 21, 2012 / 0

You can spend your life being busy. But if deep down you don’t believe you will succeed, chances are you won’t.  If, however you believe in yourself, then you are … Read morePutting your new beliefs into practice

Final 2 beliefs

By Lesley / December 17, 2012 / 0

So here are the final 2 beliefs There is a solution to every problem What do you do when something goes wrong?  If you’re like me it depends…. perhaps sometimes … Read moreFinal 2 beliefs

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