The Simple Life
When I was little, I would stay with my grandparents in the school holidays. My absolute favourite thing was to polish and organise their beautiful canteen of silver cutlery while Granny showed me photos and told me stories about her life in India and the West Indies.
My quiet Grandpa had the most wonderful garage with jars of screws, useful bits, and tools. Whenever something needed making or fixing, he immediately laid his hands on whatever was needed.
And the freezer! A huge chest freezer with two large blankets over the top, a pair of hand-knitted gloves hung to the side for cold hands. Inside was a treasure trove of boxes of fruit, stock, bread, vegetables from the garden, meat – all labelled and instantly find-able.
My overriding memory of their home was calm. Simple, tidy and calm.
That was the beginning of The Simple Life. A way to create the home you really want, with space to breathe and a natural flow to everything. A way to find that same peace and calm inside you. A way to find time for the things you really want to do.
Exhale Yoga Classes
From the moment you step on the mat, you can leave behind all the pressures, responsibilities, strains, worries and chaos that might dominate your life. For an hour and a half, it’s my pleasure to take care of you – in a place of stillness and a few laughs too.
But yoga isn’t just about what happens on your mat, once a week. It’s about how you live your life and I offer ideas for you to try if you want to.
I walked into my first yoga class when I was 18. I wish I could say I arrived there by intention and purpose but the truth is I was just a bit lost.
My mind was a washing machine of constant, exhausting thoughts and I was looking for a sense of stillness and peace. I had no idea what happened in a yoga class but, by serendipity, I found an amazing teacher who gifted me techniques that I still use today. In fact, she now comes to one of my classes.
With hindsight, I can see I was suffering with anxiety and depression and yoga gave me respite and the tools to manage day-to-day. And that is what I want to share with you. It all starts with an exhale. Learn how to use it and you’ll never look back.
If you’d like to try a yoga class or want to find your own Simple Life, get in touch!