Welcome to the very first Time to Thrive blog.
You will see our online store currently features products that are very dear to my heart, a culmination of years of wellness development that stemmed from Yoga.
The practice of Yoga has been with me for over twenty years and I love the way it strengthens the body and the mind simultaneously. It is a pure antidote to stress and is low impact, making it difficult to be injured thus making it a perfect practice for all ages. In India, yoga starts at 5 years of age and it is common for 85 year olds to still be practicing.
It has certainly helped me through some challenging periods and I just love how I feel after a session.
The Just Breathe philosophy was born out of this yoga practice as I really needed to be reminded to breathe and was so grateful during yoga to be reminded this. In times of stress we all hold our breath which makes the body feel more stressed, breathing slowly and calmly as in yogic breathing, helps the lungs to calm the heart rate.
Rapid breathing or shallow breathing causes the lungs to be overworked which can also increase the heart rate thus making one fell more anxious or stressed.
Likewise we often speak the words Just Breathe to our loved ones when they are in distress, when our children have fallen over and hurt themselves, we pick them up, hold them and stroke their backs saying ‘Its Okay, just breathe.’ It is also a phrase that encompasses nurture and reassurance. It comes from a place of love, soothing and protection.
The simple reminder on the tee shirt to Just Breathe is my way of saying Look after Yourself.
My wellness journey is not unlike many other people and it was a life changing chain of events that saw me change my diet, one of the first actions: sugar had to go. I discovered I had actually not been well for many years, always tired, with sugar cravings, waking up unrefreshed, dragging myself through the day and telling myself I was weak and should be stronger all whilst raising a family and all that went with it.
During this time I was at home one night and thinking about cravings. I knew there had to be a practical solution and so started the research. It fascinated me, that we have a craving center in our brain that actually tells us we are malnourished in some way and to seek out a particular food source.
Our excessive sugar, salt and fat intake which is very prevalent in a western diet causes this craving center to become confused and actually crave things that as it turns out: are bad for you. It is supposed to keep you healthy, for example when the body is low in iron we should crave a big bowl of spinach but for a lot of people when low in say magnesium, the brain can interpret this as a craving for chocolate. In actual fact one should reach for raw nuts and seeds to curb the craving.
Along this journey I also used Essential Oils in the healing path, along with meditation and writing. It was challenging as I had been very unwell at the the time but came out the other side feeling amazing. My energy levels were low, and were now super energised.
Thus emerged the idea for the Curb the Cravings Soy wax candle- a pure essential oil blend that captures an Aromatherapy recipe that may assist you in curbing cravings. The ideas were too good not to share!
Stay tuned to my Facebook page, website and of course this blog for new products as they are released; there will be Yoga BPA free drink bottles, yoga wear and so much more.
I also wanted to sincerely thank and give gratitude to the people that have supported this journey. I am so blessed to be surrounded by incredible people.
I really relish and love how seemingly ordinary people are capable of such extraordinary things. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things based on their inbuilt internal philosophy…
This quote is mesmerising; so I will sign off with the wisdom of ― Dalai Lama XIV
So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren't born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.”