Self-Love… Why I made friends with a yoga block!

Self-Love ...Why I made friends with a yoga block!

If you didn’t already know, yoga plays a huge role in my life and I endeavour to practice daily – both for my face and body!

But, I’ve noticed over the past few months (in a massive jaw dropping OMG way!) that my ego joins the mat before I do!!!

I’ve been practicing yoga for years, but when it comes to my hip flexibility and range of motion, they never seem to improve… and I’m realising I have my ego to thank!

I tend to hold most of my tension, stresses (and, therefore, emotions!) in and around my hips and have done for a very long time!  I remember when I had Chronic Fatigue, my hip pains were one of the first symptoms and knowing what I know now, I can see that a lot of that pain and exhaustion was emotionally driven.

So, it begs the question: How can I expect my hips to bend, flex and move fluidly when all this stuff in still in there?

You’d think given my knowledge and experience I’d leave my ego at the door and come to my mat meeting my body exactly where it is!  But NO, my ego has trotted off ahead of me and set the tone for my practice – I muuussstttt dooo this stretch and look like I’m the ‘perfect’ advert for yoga!  Which frankly, with my current hip status, is laughable – they are way too tight and I’ve been way too unkind to myself, by not modifying poses or acknowledging my body (and then wondering why I have more discomfort!)

So, meet my new best friend!  My yoga block – to sit on, lean on and flop on!  This trusty tool is helping me to meet my body and my emotions where they actually are, not where my ego thinks they should be!  

This to me, is part of loving myself – giving myself the permission and time to process, work through stored emotions and gradually release them, without judgment, expectation, or even a plan!  Yoga after all is about flow and unity of mind, body and soul!

What can you give yourself permission for?

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By Carolyn

I started ‘Qetello Face Yoga, Skin health and Wellbeing’ off the back of doing online ‘Beauty Boost Hours’ for friends and family during the pandemic! Qetello (which means destiny) is all about taking a holistic approach to your menopausal skin health and overall wellebing. My mission is to share knowledge, inspire and empower women to view their skin health from a wider perspective that includes, hormonal health, mental health, nutrition, sleep, lifestyle and product choices. My peri-menopause journey started when I was 38 and my son was just turning two – it was quite a shock but explained so much! As someone who has severe eczema and a history of chronic fatigue syndrome, I wanted to find ways to manage my symptoms as naturally as possible – the more I learned the more I felt drawn to share my knowledge and experience to help others and trained to become a menopause wellness practitioner in 2023. My passion for skin health comes from necessity! I had to find a way to manage my chronic eczema, as back in 2015, I was taken into hospital because my skin was so infected from head to toe that I needed emergency attention – my hair and eyebrows fell out and I was really quite unwell. It was a really tricky time in my life and I decided I could sink or swim, which is ironic as I lived on my boat at the time!! I chose to swim and learned as much as I could to empower myself to heal as quickly as possible. Over the years, I’ve taken an array of courses, presented by leading global universities such as Monash in Australia, Leeds and Liverpool in the UK and Harvard in the USA, on subjects such as food as medicine, nutrition, human disease and most recently dermatology, face yoga and meditation. I absolutely love sharing my passion, knowledge and experience to be able to help other women feel amazing in their skin, so do let me know if there’s anything I can help you with, With much love and gratitude, Carolyn xx

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