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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Finding your comfort zone

    Finding your comfort zone

    Our Comfort Zone - what is it? The words are obvious. It is "that place" where we feel comfortable, right? So why can’t we stay there longer? Why does it consistently change? Why are we pushed out of that zone when it is comfortable and cosy? I started asking these questions when I began practicing yoga. I remember my teachers always saying: “To transform and change you need to move out of your comfort zone.” Back then, I was resistant. I didn’t want to get out. I liked where I was. Thinking more about “that place”, I had doubts and noticed that many things in my life felt different. The environment and the events, my body and mindset, even the ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Embrace Change

    Embrace Change

    Embrace Change Change is good, and we either crave or dread it. It built, and continues to build, civilizations. It led you to where you are right now. It could come as a result of a decision you have made (a self-imposed change), or it could just come out of the blue and catch you off guard. Whatever life throws at you, no matter how good, bad, scary or exciting a situation is, it will always change sooner or later. You may resist change or welcome it, but it is always there. Change is inevitable. It is a constant denominator. The only variable is your behavior. That is why, I made it my friend! For 10 years now in my 37 years of existence (turning 38 after a few more ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - What Is Your Why

    What Is Your Why

    What is your Why
    Why did you get up in the morning? Why did you eat what you ate? Why did you wear what you wore? Why did you go to work in the morning? Why are you here? These were the questions posed in the opening sequence of a movie I watched recently. They are powerful questions to which I personally need an answer. You see, I am not the sort of individual that can just drift through life; my bet is that neither are you! Unlike animals, which are driven simply to survive, humans crave more from life than mere existence. Without an answer to the question Why am I here? we can quickly fall into ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - A Tribute to Feminine Energy

    A Tribute to Feminine Energy

    It is international Women’s day March 8th. During the month we pay tribute to women by focussing on tapping into our feminine energy. At this point it is important to know that Feminine energy doesn’t necessarily represent the female human body and Masculine energy doesn’t necessarily represent the male human body. Furthermore, each of us has both the Feminine and Masculine energy inside us. If this weren’t the case, men couldn’t be creative and women would not have logical thought (though John sometimes accuses me of that!) Today’s world values, and is dominated by male energy. Let me explain what I mean. For years, I felt like I had to tap into ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Show the Love

    Show the Love

    The month of February is known for many things. One of the most common is Valentine’s Day, which has been taken over by commercial interests around the world to sell more chocolates, stuffed toys, greeting cards, jewellery, and to fill restaurants with people pursuing romance. Rather than be turned off by the gross commercialization of the day, I choose to focus on its roots; the expression of love (OK, go on, call me a hopeless romantic). When thinking about love, one of the pieces of literature which resonates with me is the following reading, which by the way, Elisa and I used at our wedding. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Living a Life of Abundance

    Living a Life of Abundance

    The end of one year and start of another is always a time of reflection on the year that was and the lessons we learnt along the way. It is also time for resolutions and a time to share good wishes for the upcoming year. Our wish for 2017 is a life of abundance for our family, friends and colleagues. Abundance and prosperity are buzzwords we hear quite often. For many people the first thing these words bring to mind are money and material possessions. That is too simplistic a view. Abundance is about much more than the number of zeros in your bank account; it is about being rich, with or without money. Abundance is:
    fundamental wellbeing.
    fulfilment that is not dependent on exterior ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Be Grateful and Be Happier

    Be Grateful and Be Happier

    Quoting Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne) may seem out of place; our advice, don’t scoff but take a look at some of his wonderful quotes – you will be inspired! This month we are talking about Gratitude. Recently someone sent me a link to an article in the New York Times titled: “Choose to be Grateful. You will be Happier.” At the time I briefly thought about the motivation - was it simply wanting to share a good article with a colleague who would appreciate this kind of philosophy or did he think that I needed help. For the record, I wasn’t offended and chose to treat it as a gift, something for which to be grateful. For those interested, it is worth reading the ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Living a Fulfilled Life

    Living a Fulfilled Life

    It’s very easy to live a full life, to go through the motions of living, without being fulfilled. I am as guilty as anyone else. Let me explain. Some years ago (read that as many) I sat down to reflect on my life. I had attained the items I thought I wanted to be happy and successful. Most were things - the house, car and clothes I coveted. On some level, I believed having the trappings of a successful life would translate into creating the feelings of a happy life. The reality was very different. My perspective at the time was flawed. Material things can be nice and they are fun to accumulate especially when they are part of a passion, hobby, or lifestyle you enjoy. But things and ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Setting an Intention and Dedicating your practice

    Setting an Intention and Dedicating your practice

    Recently, at the beginning of a class I was asked to close my eyes and set an intention for the upcoming session. At this stage, I was wondering, “What have I got myself into?” – this wasn’t new to me but I wasn’t attending a yoga class – I was attending an all day workshop at the Idea World Fitness Convention. Later I reflected on my thought process and questioned my reaction. Why was I so surprised? The speaker was simply asking me to be clear on what I wanted to gain from the programme. It was a very powerful invitation; I answered honestly and as a result had a clear purpose for the session (which was to gain specific knowledge on functional ageing). ....

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  • Faster Isn't Always Better: The Value of Slowing Down

    This is the age of speed dating, speed yoga, and, yes, even speed meditation. It’s a time of rush-rush-rush in the attempt to do more, sooner, faster. But there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of evidence that packing in more actually achieves more. If squeezing ever more into your day isn’t enabling you to accomplish more—and to feel good about the more that you accomplish—perhaps some slowing down is in order. There is a different idea called the Slow Movement. Carl Honoré is a key advocate of this movement. In his TED talk on the topic, he states the movement is designed to counteract the notion that faster is always better; the objective of the slow ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Taking 100% Responsibility for Your Life

    Taking 100% Responsibility for Your Life

    Part of our vacation in July, was spent at the Idea Fitness Convention in Los Angeles. We were surrounded by some of the biggest names in fitness and industry professionals from around the world. While we came away with many ideas, many of which you will see progressively introduced to the studio, one of the most inspiring sessions was from Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles. Jack had many key messages but the most important, and the message that resonated the most, was that there is only one person that is responsible for the quality of life that you live… and that is you! You are responsible for the success you achieve, the results you ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - The Power of Acceptance

    The Power of Acceptance

    Acceptance
    When we don't accept an undesired event, it becomes Anger; when we accept it, it becomes Tolerance. When we don't accept uncertainty, it becomes Fear; when we accept it, it becomes Adventure. When we don't accept other's bad behaviour towards us, it becomes Hatred; when we accept it, it becomes Forgiveness. When we don't accept other's success, it becomes Jealousy; when we accept it, it becomes Inspiration. Acceptance is the key to living life well. This month at Inspire we wanted to focus on the wisdom and courage that can be found when we learn to harness the power of acceptance. To many people, acceptance connotes vulnerability and weakness, perhaps even a sense of ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Brahmacharya ( Non Excess )

    Brahmacharya ( Non Excess )

    The Holy month of Ramadan is just a few days away. It is a month of introspection, devotion, self-discipline and fasting. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words. Fasting reminds us of how fortunate we are to have an abundance of food and shelter, and helps us cultivate empathy and compassion for those less fortunate. By sacrificing the comforts on which we may rely on for superficial happiness, fasting strengthens our commitment to spiritual values and inspires us to devote our lives to a greater purpose. While our Muslim brothers and sisters take an entire month ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - May Focus: Karma

    May Focus: Karma

    May Focus: Karma I’ve always been a firm believer in the saying “What goes around comes around” and that life is a continuous flow of energy that we send out and receive back. To put it simply, I believe in sort of Karma; not in a religious sense but in the context of our actions toward others affect our own lives. Those of you who have seen the movie “Pay it Forward” may understand the concept I am referring to. Living in Dubai where “excess” seem to be part of our everyday lives, we sometimes miss out on opportunities to cultivate good karma. We at Inspire would like to dedicate the month of May as a reminder that we can always incorporate ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - Effort and Surrender

    Effort and Surrender

    "Between Effort and Surrender is where Strength Resides" - Anthony Gary Lopedota The recent passing of my father made me reflect on how I’ve been living my yoga and everyday life. Finding the balance between effort and surrender is a continuous challenge to me and I’m sure to many. When do we push and when do we accept and surrender? Your yoga practice is like life… Each circumstance in which we find ourselves is like a pose; some poses are challenging, others are easy. It is how we apply ourselves to mastering the pose that determines whether or not we will suffer or grow. With both life and yoga, we can choose to listen to the drama of the ego or the wisdom of the ....

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  • Yoga in Dubai - Inspire Yoga Pilates And Fitness - March - Namaste

    March - Namaste

    Recently one of our newer members asked me “What does Namaste mean?”. I told him that it means, the divine light shines within me and it recognizes that the same divine light shines within you. When we both recognize this within each other, we are one. “Whoa,” he said. “I don’t know if I am ready for all that.” Fair enough. I understand; but let’s take a look at “Namaste”. The literal translation varies depending on your language; however, they are all pretty much saying the same thing. In Sanskrit, the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I, and ‘te’ means you, translating into “I bow to ....

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