Affirmation meditation is a mindfulness practice that combines traditional meditation techniques with positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are short, positive statements that you repeat to yourself in order to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging or negative thoughts. The goal of affirmation meditation is to cultivate a positive mindset and promote self-growth and well-being.
Here are some tips to try out your meditation:
Find a Quiet Space: Choose a quiet and comfortable place where you can sit or lie down without distractions.
Set an Intention: Begin by setting an intention for your meditation session. Decide on a specific aspect of your life that you want to focus on improving or a particular quality you wish to cultivate.
Choose Affirmations: Select positive affirmations that are related to your intention. These affirmations should be in present tense and phrased positively. For example, if your intention is to boost your self-confidence, your affirmation might be, “I am confident and capable.”
Relaxation: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind.
Repeat Affirmations: Start repeating your chosen affirmations silently or out loud. Focus on the words and let them resonate with you. You can repeat each affirmation several times.
Stay Present: If your mind starts to wander or negative thoughts arise, gently bring your focus back to the affirmations and your breath.
Practice Regularly: Consistency is key. Aim to practice affirmation meditation daily or as often as you can to reinforce the positive mindset you’re cultivating.
Affirmation meditation can be a powerful tool for shifting your thought patterns, improving self-esteem, reducing stress, and fostering a more optimistic outlook on life. However, it’s important to note that while positive affirmations can be beneficial, they are most effective when supported by genuine effort, action, and self-awareness. Simply repeating affirmations without taking meaningful steps toward your goals may not yield significant results.
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it’s all too easy to put off taking care of ourselves. We often find ourselves saying, “I’ll do it later” or “I’ll start tomorrow,” especially when it comes to practices like meditation and prioritising our own well-being. But here’s the thing – tomorrow never truly arrives.
Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and before we know it, we realise that we’ve been neglecting ourselves for far too long. We’ve become experts at pushing aside the things that truly matter, like finding moments of peace and tranquility. So, let me ask you again: When was the last time you genuinely carved out time for yourself? When was the last time you allowed yourself to unwind, to let go of the stress and worries that weigh you down, and to focus solely on your mental health?
Imagine waking up in the morning with the intention to prioritise yourself and your well-being. Picture yourself setting aside just five minutes, at the start of your day, to indulge in a rejuvenating Heart Meditation – a brief yet powerful experience that can bring remarkable clarity and calmness to your mind. It’s time to break free from the cycle of procrastination and self-neglect. Embrace the fact that you are worthy of those moments of self-care and peace.
It’s not just about setting aside time; it’s about giving yourself permission to be the best version of yourself. So, let’s make a commitment together, right now, to prioritise YOU.
Let’s make it a habit to honour our mental health, to embrace the tranquility of meditation, and to cherish the moments we truly deserve. The journey to self-discovery and well-being begins with a single step, and we invite you to take that step today. Embrace the beauty of finding peace within yourself, and allow it to radiate into all aspects of your life. Don’t let another day slip away with empty promises to yourself. Take the first step towards a happier, more centered you with this 5-minute Finding Peace meditation
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Baby, Toddler and Children’s activities in Keynsham and Beyond!
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9.30-11am(Term time only) Elim playgroup, Balmoral road, Keynsham. £1.50 per adult and up to 2 children, 50p per person thereafter.This price includes drinks and biscuits. No need to book, just turn up https://www.facebook.com/groups/810670809778812/
1.45pm – 2.45pm New Moon Mum & Baby Yoga,St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, BS31 2PW. Midwife led mum & baby yoga classes with Emily. The class offers an opportunity to move your changing body, ease common postnatal ailments and aid sleep. We will also cover postnatal and baby topics with an opportunity to discuss if desired. www.newmoonpregnancyyoga.com
6.50pm- 7.50pm Pregnancy Pilates with B Well Pilates & Wellbeing, Wellsway school, Lansdown hall, Keynsham Specialist Pregnancy Pilates sessions with Beth. Weekly sessions where you can work on your pelvic floor, core strength, whole body strength and conditioning for functional movement. Beth also runs postnatal mum and baby Pilates classes for when baby’s here. www.bwellpilates.co.uk
7.30pm – 8.30pm New Moon Pregnancy Yoga, St. Francis Church hall,Warwick Rd, Keynsham. Midwife led pregnancy yoga and birth preparation classes with Emily.The class offers an opportunity to move your changing body, ease common pregnancy ailments and aid sleep. We will also cover pregnancy and birth topics with an opportunity to discuss if desired. www.newmoonpregnancyyoga.com
9.30am or 11am Story Stars at Keynsham Scout Hut. Lots of sensory and messy play based around a different story each week. 0-18 months. www.story-stars.co.uk
9.30-11am (Term time only)Elim playgroup, Balmoral road, Keynsham £1.50 per adult and up to 2 children, 50p per person thereafter.This price includes drinks and biscuits.No need to book, just turn up. https://www.facebook.com/groups/810670809778812/
9:45 – 10:30am (under 1s), 10:45 – 11:30am (under 5s) Curious Babies, The Annex, The Crown Inn, 63 Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 2WA Environmentally conscious and fun class heavily influenced by The Curiosity Approach and Loose Parts Play. Each week exploring natural/ recycled or household objects in a playful, musical way, including parachute, sensory lights and of course… Bubbles!
10.00-11.00am Postnatal mum and baby PilatesB Well Pilates, Scout Hut, Keynsham. Booking essential. Diastasis recti check, work on your pelvic floor, safely strengthen your core and whole body strengthening & functional movement. Ease postnatal aches and niggles and meet other new mums locally. Fun, relaxed and friendly class.www.bwellpilates.co.uk
Rock Out Baby – Music sessions for mini Rock and Rollers, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street
10 – 10.35am – Mixed age range 10.50 – 11.20am – Under 1s class
9.15am Wellbeing walk (Buggies welcome). Contact Sandhya to book 07565 976 129
9.30 -11.00am (Term time only) Baby Comes Too, Key centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham No need to book. £1.50 for first child 50p for additional children. Toys, crafts, singing, ride-ons. Drinks and biscuits (sometimes homemade cake!), plus snack time (fruit) for children https://www.facebook.com/groups/babycomestookeynsham/
9.30 – 11am and 1 – 2.30pm Tea & Tots at Keynsham Baptist Church. Soft play & singing for under 5’s. £1 per child. Pre-booking required.This group is currently over-subscribed but please contact Ros with any enquiries: 0117 239 email@example.com
9.40-10.10am Hiit pilates fusion exercise class – PHIIT, Keynsham Scout Hut HQ, Ashton Way Buggies, babies, toddlers welcome! Higher and lower impact options given, music, relaxed atmosphere. Super fun class, we usually go for coffee after. Booking essentialwww.bwellpilates.co.uk
10 – 11.30am (Every 4th Saturday of the month) Who Let the Dads Out St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham Chance for children and dads to play together, along with bacon butties for dads and toast for children. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9.30 Messy Church breakfast club (3rd or 4th Sunday of every month) Keynsham Baptist Church, High Street Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Aimed at primary school aged children but younger siblings are welcome. Craft and activities/Christian family gathered time to finish.https://www.facebook.com/keynshambaptistchurch/?locale=en_GB
Bath Area Play Project Outdoor play in Bath and the surrounding areas during the Easter and Summer Holidays. Free play sessions which run for 4 hours with a range of free-play activities supported by play workers Bath Area Play project
Sciatica, also referred to as nerve root or radicular pain, is a prevalent condition. It is characterised by pain experienced in the leg and reaches all the way to the foot. Sciatica is typically originating from the lower back.
When it comes to sciatica, it is beneficial to consider Pilates as an option. Pilates can help alleviate sciatica pain and is a great rehabilitation tool. To witness the transformative power of Pilates, I recommend watching this video featuring Dave’s inspiring story. Discover how he managed to reduce his back pain and eliminated the need for back surgery.
Life can be busy and chaotic and we get caught up in the chaos of life, charging forward without a clear direction. But in those very moments, we have the power to choose differently.
We can choose to pause, to take a conscious breath, and to simply be. We can choose to walk slowly into the mystery of life, embracing the unknown with open arms. Each time we forget and find ourselves swept up in the frenzy, we have the opportunity to bring ourselves back to this choice. We can return to the practice of stillness and presence, finding solace in the unfolding of each moment.
So, let us remember the power of the breath, the significance of being still, and the profound impact it can have on our lives. May we cultivate the habit of slowing down, of cherishing the journey rather than fixating on the destination. For it is in these mindful pauses that we discover the richness and beauty that life has to offer.
Sometimes all we need is a gentle reminder to breathe, to take a pause and find stillness within ourselves. In those moments, something shifts inside of us. We begin to soften, to create space for imperfection. The once loud and critical voice of judgment fades into a mere whisper. And in that whisper, we remember the truth: life is not a relentless relay race. It is a journey we all embark on, and eventually, we will each reach the finish line. We have the choice to remind ourselves that the purpose of our existence is not to rush through life, but to awaken to it.
If you’re looking for a low-impact way to improve your strength, flexibility, and overall health, you may wonder whether yoga or Pilates is right for you. Both practices offer a variety of benefits, but they differ in their focus and approach. In the video below, you’ll hear a brief answer regarding which exercise may be more suitable for you.
So again, what’s the difference between the two?
While both yoga and Pilates offer a variety of benefits, there are some key differences between the two practices. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding which practice is best for you:
Focus: Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection and improving overall well-being, while Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving posture.
Breathing: While both practices incorporate breathing exercises, yoga places more emphasis on deep, rhythmic breathing, while Pilates focuses on lateral breathing to engage the core muscles.
Equipment: While yoga can be practiced with just a mat, Pilates often uses specialized equipment like a reformer or simple equipment such as bands, light weights or Pilates balls to enhance the exercises.
Ultimately, the decision between yoga and Pilates comes down to your personal goals and preferences.
Back pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition that affects many people. It may be caused by various factors, including poor posture, weak muscles, and injuries. If you’re dealing with back pain, you may be looking for a safe and effective way to alleviate your symptoms. Pilates can be an excellent choice for relieving back pain and improving spinal health! Watch these short yet helpful videos to give you an idea on how Pilates could you help you.
Pilates can be a powerful tool for relieving back pain and improving spinal health. Incorporating Pilates exercises into your routine can strengthen your core muscles, improve flexibility, prevent injuries, and increase your body awareness. Whether you’re dealing with chronic back pain or simply looking to prevent it, giving Pilates a go may give you a healthier, pain-free back!
Pilates is a popular form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles, improving flexibility, and enhancing overall fitness. If you’re new to Pilates, you may have some questions about how it works and what to expect. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Pilates:
What is Pilates?
What does Pilates do?
How to do Pilates with weights and equipment?
How to do Pilates? – Standing Exercise
Is 20 minutes of Pilates enough?
By watching these videos, you can learn how to perform Pilates exercises safely and effectively and discover the many benefits of this popular form of exercise. So, grab your yoga mat and get ready to explore the world of Pilates!
Upper body mobility is essential for maintaining good posture and preventing pain or discomfort in the shoulders, neck, and upper back. With this Upper Body Mobility playlist, you can improve your range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.
As with any exercise routine, it’s important to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard. Start with small movements and gradually work your way up to more challenging exercises. When you’re already comfortable, try these exercises next:
By incorporating these upper body mobility exercises into your routine, you can enjoy better posture, improved athletic performance, and reduced risk of injury. Give this playlist a try and see how it can benefit your upper body mobility!
Have you been looking for yoga classes in Keynsham? If you are wanting to Stretch, relax and reduce your stress levels, try one of my gentle Hatha Yoga classes.
Above is a list of Pilates and yoga equipment. I obtain a small commission if you purchase using these links. thank you. Any questions please ask.
Pilates classes, we will use Long bands, Loop bands, wrist weights and Pilates small balls.
Yoga classes we will use Yoga blocks and occssionaly long bands.
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