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A blog about Yoga and Wellbeing, with details of Yoga classes and workshops.

Chill Out!


Welcome to Amber's wellbeing blog. Unearthing new health and beauty finds, discussing yoga and mindfulness, great healthy recipes and much more!

Chill Out!

Amber Macintosh

Are you monitoring stress in your life? I have noticed that people compete over stress levels and if you are super busy and don't moan about it people think you are a multitasking superstar. It's very important to put things into perspective and if you are under a lot of pressure, be that kids driving you crazy or heavy negotiations in the boardroom, take stock, and think about meditating, yes meditating!  

I have practised yoga for over 10 years and during that time have tried them all - Iyengar (the bendy one), Hatha (the classic one), Sivananda (the culty one), Power (the celeb one), Bikram (the hot one!) and Kundalini (the meditative one). The last remains my favourite because it focuses on the importance of the breath and involves a lot of meditation. Learning to use your breath to it's full potential is incredibly powerful and healing, it can work miracles on even the most stressed out people.  In the past I have tended to bore friends about it and they usually say they would not have the patience to sit down and 'relax'.

I used to laugh this off but have come to the realisation that it is important for everyone to at least experience the sense of true inner calm that can be achieved after meditating. Far from relaxing meditation takes all the powers of concentration to accomplish correctly. It improves mental concentration, sharpens awareness and gives a greater sense of self.  You can find Kundalini yoga teachers near to you through Kundalini Yoga and teachers of all other yoga disciplines from the British Wheel of Yoga. If you are one of those couples that argues about whether a day looking after the kids is more stressful than a day in the city you might indulge yourself in a one on one couples meditation?!