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      As I sit here updating my website (long overdue), I suddenly realised that I haven't done a blog for flipping ages!  I'm not very good at writing things down, i'm much better at talking at people, I'd say I'm an expert at talking...  So what to write about?  My last blog - which I didn't actually write - was in March.... so maybe I should write about what has happened since then.  But March was such a long time ago, so much has happened since then, both in the studio and in my life.  So I'll start by talking about an event that happened over the last 6 months that has impacted me the most.......      Here goes.....   Possibly the greatest life changer started on the last day of February.  I decided that it was time to go sober, to give up my daily wine habit.   As a studio owner most people think that you live the yogi lifestyle, eat green things and do lots of yoga.  Some studio owners probably do, but that certainly wasn't the case for me.  I was stuck in a rut of running around like a mad woman trying to hold together my family, run a business, organise 3 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, fit in some exercise (as teaching yoga doesn't count) and keep myself sane at the same time.  To be honest it didn't really work.  I would arrive home after various children's activities or work, then start on household stuff.  This normally involved me losing my temper and getting frustrated with anyone/thing in close range of me, and I would inevitably reach for the bottle to calm my frazzled mind.  Half a bottle of a full bodied red seemed to do the trick, but by that time I didn't want to stop.  Half a bottle turned into a bottle, then a bottle turned into a bottle and a half...... you get the picture.  Full bodied reds go really well with chocolate so that became part of the process too.  I was drinking on average 10-12 bottles of wine a week - to myself  When I read it out loud now I am amazed and shocked that I was still able to function on a daily basis.  So many people have asked me why I have stopped drinking rather than just cutting down, the problem was - I couldn't cut down, I'm an all or nothing kind of girl!  Honestly, I was a highly functioning alcoholic.  I was able to still function as a mum, I got the children organised and to school on time with the correct equipment.  I still got to the studio to teach my classes - the first down dog was an absolute killer.  Any excuse to start drinking and I would be the first one ordering the wine and nominating Greg to drive us home, it didn't matter which night of the week it was, I was always up for a bottle or 2.  What people didn't see was me fast asleep on the studio floor after finishing the morning classes, or me staring at my reflection in the studio mirror, vowing not to drink again, or the amount of times that I passed out on the sofa at home by 9pm, too drunk to get upstairs.  What people did see was the front that I put on every day, the fake Lou that I presented to the outside world.  I only let a very few people in to see the truth, as my shame and self-loathing were through the roof!  It really did have to stop, or I would lose everything.  I read a quote once...    Why keep one thing and lose everything when you can lose one thing and keep everything?    This rang so true with me and along with lots of other reasons (which I won't go into now at the risk of you never speaking to me again) I decided it was time to change  So i quit drinking..... cold turkey...... 168 days ago and according to my handy app, that is around   1022 glasses of wine  204 bottles of wine  £5100 saved - expensive taste!  127800 calories not consumed   That is shocking!  And the same as when I quit smoking (15 years ago), I now can't believe that I did it.    Why?  I still have a long way to go with my headspace and finding self-love but i am getting there and becoming the best version of myself possible is now actually looking possible!  I am starting to become comfortable in my own skin, I actually don't mind seeing myself in a mirror or a photograph.  Probably because my skin is now so clean and healthy looking and full of colour.  My eyes seem to sparkle again and I have energy - all day!  It hasn't been easy at all.  The wine witch is always close by, ready to give me a 'fuck it' ticket and pour me a glass of wine.  But I am staying strong and so far have had the strength to say no  I didn't intend on sitting down and writing this tonight.  I was just updating the staff profiles on the website.  But obviously it was the right time to share part of my story with whoever chooses to read this.  Yogabomb has been fundamental in getting me through the last 6 months.  The studio itself, the energy it has, the teachers, the people that turn up on their mats.  I wanted to create a space for normal people to practice yoga - hence the "yoga for normal people" tag line - I am a normal person, affected by normal problems.  I'm not a typical yogi or an instagram yogi.  But I am a wife, a mum, a daughter, a sister, a studio owner, a yoga teacher, a friend.  I am grieving the death of my dad last August. I also wanted to create a space where normal people would feel safe and included, where they would find compassion or quiet time,  where they could push their boundaries and step out of their comfort zone if they wanted to.  Normal people.... I'm not actually sure what that means now.  I guess my point is that I am just like the next person, and at times you have absolutely no idea what is going on in other people's lives.  So the next time you attend a yoga class, or go to the gym, or sit in a cafe, don't judge the person next to you......you have no clue what is going on for them at that moment in time.  Thanks for taking the time to read this, it means a lot. xx

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As I sit here updating my website (long overdue), I suddenly realised that I haven't done a blog for flipping ages!

I'm not very good at writing things down, i'm much better at talking at people, I'd say I'm an expert at talking...  So what to write about?

My last blog - which I didn't actually write - was in March.... so maybe I should write about what has happened since then.  But March was such a long time ago, so much has happened since then, both in the studio and in my life.

So I'll start by talking about an event that happened over the last 6 months that has impacted me the most.......      Here goes.....

Possibly the greatest life changer started on the last day of February.  I decided that it was time to go sober, to give up my daily wine habit.

As a studio owner most people think that you live the yogi lifestyle, eat green things and do lots of yoga.  Some studio owners probably do, but that certainly wasn't the case for me.  I was stuck in a rut of running around like a mad woman trying to hold together my family, run a business, organise 3 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, fit in some exercise (as teaching yoga doesn't count) and keep myself sane at the same time.  To be honest it didn't really work.  I would arrive home after various children's activities or work, then start on household stuff.  This normally involved me losing my temper and getting frustrated with anyone/thing in close range of me, and I would inevitably reach for the bottle to calm my frazzled mind.

Half a bottle of a full bodied red seemed to do the trick, but by that time I didn't want to stop.  Half a bottle turned into a bottle, then a bottle turned into a bottle and a half...... you get the picture.  Full bodied reds go really well with chocolate so that became part of the process too.  I was drinking on average 10-12 bottles of wine a week - to myself

When I read it out loud now I am amazed and shocked that I was still able to function on a daily basis.  So many people have asked me why I have stopped drinking rather than just cutting down, the problem was - I couldn't cut down, I'm an all or nothing kind of girl!  Honestly, I was a highly functioning alcoholic.  I was able to still function as a mum, I got the children organised and to school on time with the correct equipment.  I still got to the studio to teach my classes - the first down dog was an absolute killer.  Any excuse to start drinking and I would be the first one ordering the wine and nominating Greg to drive us home, it didn't matter which night of the week it was, I was always up for a bottle or 2.

What people didn't see was me fast asleep on the studio floor after finishing the morning classes, or me staring at my reflection in the studio mirror, vowing not to drink again, or the amount of times that I passed out on the sofa at home by 9pm, too drunk to get upstairs.  What people did see was the front that I put on every day, the fake Lou that I presented to the outside world.  I only let a very few people in to see the truth, as my shame and self-loathing were through the roof!

It really did have to stop, or I would lose everything.  I read a quote once...

Why keep one thing and lose everything when you can lose one thing and keep everything?

This rang so true with me and along with lots of other reasons (which I won't go into now at the risk of you never speaking to me again) I decided it was time to change

So i quit drinking..... cold turkey...... 168 days ago and according to my handy app, that is around

  • 1022 glasses of wine
  • 204 bottles of wine
  • £5100 saved - expensive taste!
  • 127800 calories not consumed

That is shocking!  And the same as when I quit smoking (15 years ago), I now can't believe that I did it.  

Why?

I still have a long way to go with my headspace and finding self-love but i am getting there and becoming the best version of myself possible is now actually looking possible!

I am starting to become comfortable in my own skin, I actually don't mind seeing myself in a mirror or a photograph.  Probably because my skin is now so clean and healthy looking and full of colour.  My eyes seem to sparkle again and I have energy - all day!

It hasn't been easy at all.  The wine witch is always close by, ready to give me a 'fuck it' ticket and pour me a glass of wine.  But I am staying strong and so far have had the strength to say no

I didn't intend on sitting down and writing this tonight.  I was just updating the staff profiles on the website.  But obviously it was the right time to share part of my story with whoever chooses to read this.

Yogabomb has been fundamental in getting me through the last 6 months.  The studio itself, the energy it has, the teachers, the people that turn up on their mats.  I wanted to create a space for normal people to practice yoga - hence the "yoga for normal people" tag line - I am a normal person, affected by normal problems.  I'm not a typical yogi or an instagram yogi.  But I am a wife, a mum, a daughter, a sister, a studio owner, a yoga teacher, a friend.  I am grieving the death of my dad last August. I also wanted to create a space where normal people would feel safe and included, where they would find compassion or quiet time,  where they could push their boundaries and step out of their comfort zone if they wanted to.  Normal people.... I'm not actually sure what that means now.  I guess my point is that I am just like the next person, and at times you have absolutely no idea what is going on in other people's lives.  So the next time you attend a yoga class, or go to the gym, or sit in a cafe, don't judge the person next to you......you have no clue what is going on for them at that moment in time.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, it means a lot. xx

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Tracy talks science..... and yoga!

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Tracy talks science..... and yoga!

For those who visit Yogabomb regularly, you may assume that all I do with my day is teach yoga and attend yoga classes. This is partly true; however, the rest of the day is dedicated to science, research, and education. My PhD involves examining the relationship between perfectionism, overthinking and emotions. I also teach at York St John University where I try to instil a passion for research, psychology and physical activity in students. Therefore, I am fascinated in the science behind helping people feel good about themselves and gaining more fulfilment.  For me, yoga is the answer. In the spirit of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I will aim to give you a snap shot of the scientific evidence supporting the suggestion that yoga is the answer to a better life. 

In examining the scientific evidence relevant to my argument that yoga is the answer to a better life, it is quite clear that research in the area is rather weak (e.g. a number of poorly designed studies) and I question some of the validity of the findings. Many studies have small sample sizes, do not have a control group, or do not compare yoga to other forms of physical activity.  However, the evidence does seem to suggest that yoga has many physical and emotional benefits. Yoga can help alleviate lower back pain, improve strength, flexibility and balance, and reduce inflammation in the body. Furthermore, research shows that yoga reduces cortisol, cholesterol and blood pressure, compared to active control (Pascoe et al, 2017). Hot yoga, in particular, was found to improve lower back and hamstring flexibility. Compared to non-heated yoga, heart rate and sweat rate is increasingly higher for those taking part in hot yoga (Campbell, 2015). Yoga also increases creativity, improves mood, and decreases anxiety. Yoga assists relaxation and promotes quality of sleep.

It has even been suggested the physical and psychological benefits of yoga can complement cancer treatment/therapy. Research also shows that yoga can help to reduce in anxiety in infertility patients. In 2000, Domar found that 55 percent of infertility patients became pregnant (and had a baby) within one year of participating in her 10-session yoga, meditation and acupuncture program. In a control group, just 20 percent had babies. According to Domar; "Yoga is really good for patients who are highly anxious, and fertility patients tend to be anxious. A lot of these patients are angry with their bodies for not doing what they want. Yoga gets them back in touch with their bodies."Domar suggests lighter forms of yoga to help with problems conceiving. At Yogabomb, we offer “yin chill” which is a gentler and mindful form of yoga.

Taking away the science, our woman in the studio, Rebecca Grant, ‘Yogi of the Month’, said: “I have to say the welcome and kindness from the community in Yogabomb along with the benefits of learning yoga and starting to form a practice have helped me greatly and I’m so grateful for finding my mat and meeting so many wonderful individuals – I am looking forward to this continued journey which I hope is for life.”

Another 'Yogi of the Month', Carole, said: “Coming to Yogabomb has been a lovely, relaxing experience. I have already, after 4 sessions, seen an improvement in my flexibility and balance and feel that yoga is right for my body now and in the future.”

Benefits of yoga also extend to those teaching it. In 2007, research showed that the brains of yoga practitioners exhibited higher rates of neurotransmitter that acts like an antidepressant. I can vouch for that. As a “Woman in Science”, I do not need a journal article to confirm that teaching yoga makes me extremely happy. 

In a nutshell, yoga is the answer to a better life.

Keywords: Yogabomb, York, hot yoga, women in science, yoga, science

Tracy Donachie, MSc, BS (Hons), FHEA
Believe. Positive Psychology.
http://believepositivepsychology.weebly.com
Follow me on Twitter: @tdona005
Tel: 07734854387

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Yogabomb's 1st birthday, our first social AND an awards night!

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Yogabomb's 1st birthday, our first social AND an awards night!

How quickly is time flying by?  

Only 2 more weeks until it will be Yogabomb's 1st birthday!  A whole year of hot yoga in York!  I'm planning on celebrating with a crazy party themed hot yoga flow, starting with a F**K IT meditation where we all learn how to 'let that sh*t go'......... And ending with the much promised Jagerbombs at Yogabomb which I have been threatening since day one!

But before that I have the Best Business Women Awards Evening in Welwyn, Hertfordshire - Yes indeed.... I AM A FINALIST!!!!

So tomorrow evening I am getting all togged up, leaving my lycra at home and attending the Awards dinner with the moral support of hubby Greg, and my close friends Fran, Melissa and The Palmers.  I have been lucky enough to be shortlisted as a finalist for the Most Inspiring Business Woman award.  I will obviously be delighted if I win but I am also totally chuffed to be a finalist!  Fran has promised to dance on the table if I win so I will be posting photographic evidence all over social media if this is the case!

I really don't think of myself as being 'Inspirational' as i'm just doing something that I love and sharing that with others.  But apparently I am - who knew?

I also would like to mention our first Yogabomb Social which took place last Saturday ...... it ended with lots of gin, knock off fashion and a very bruised chin - that's all i'm saying about it.  But we will definitely be doing it again with the same amount of style and grace!  Watch the Yogabomb diary for details

Coming up soon at Yogabomb we also have;

  • Halloween Flow - Spooktacular flow and playlist and optional fancy dress
  • Yogabomb's 1st birthday flow with F**K IT meditation
  • Chakra Rebalancing 2 hour Workshop with DoTerra Essential Oils on November 18th - more details to follow

Well good luck for me for tomorrow, fingers crossed and all that!

See you on your mats soon Yogis!

Namaste

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Award Entries and September Stupidity!

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Award Entries and September Stupidity!

September has been stupid!

Well it's fair to say that September has been a busy month at Yogabomb HQ.

September Stupidity has been an amazing success, 126 eager yogis signed up for 30 days of hot yoga for £30.  An absolute bargain for some!!  Some people just stuck to their usual 1 or 2 classes a week, still getting a saving on their regular price, others decided to really go for it and take the challenge.

We have 2 days left until the end of the month, this last week has seen a last minute flurry of bookings to get that final class in before September ends.  It has been a great way to reward  current Yogabombers, rekindle past Yogabombers and introduce new Yogabombers to the studio and to hot yoga in York.

Feedback has been really positive and the energy and vibe in and around the studio is awesome!  Lots of yogis have found their flow and detoxified their bodies like never before!

In a few days time I will collate the totals for the month and see who is chief Yogabomber and every name will be entered into the prize draw.

Award Entries are in!

I also decided to enter for a few women in business awards this month.  As if I don't have enough on with September Stupidity - I had to write thousands of words about myself and my business.  It sounds pretty easy but I found it so hard!  But to be fair once I got going I found it hard to keep within the word count!  Anyway I entered Yogabomb/me for the Best Business in Health and Wellness Industry and for the Most Inspiring Business Woman categories.  Nothing like leaving it until the last minute, the deadline was Tuesday 5pm and I posted mine on Monday with guaranteed delivery.  Fortunately they did receive my entry and I now have to wait to find out if I'm a finalist! The shortlist of finalists are announced next week so at least I don't have to wait long.

Entering these awards has made my realise how much I have achieved in the last eighteen months and how awesome I am! - No, seriously - how awesome Yogabomb has become.

I opened the yoga studio and put on the classes and teachers...... but it's all you wonderful yogis who turn up day after day, week after week, to find your flow on your mat, to live your yogic journey.  You guys make it all worthwhile..... Namaste. xx

 

 

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Yoga For Normal People

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Yoga For Normal People

It's coming up to the end of September and the children have been back to school for a few weeks now so inevitably I have caught a head cold from one of them.  Every down dog feels like my head is going to explode so I decided to take a day off from yoga - not a full one though that would never happen......  One of my gorgeous teachers kindly covered my morning classes and I arranged to go for a walk to clear my head.

I met up with some of my girlfriends for coffee and a natter, then two of us ventured out for a stomp along the river.  Melissa is a good friend of mine and also runs her own business, providing business owners with PR and Marketing skills, she definitely knows her stuff..... www.campfirecommunications.co.uk

Anyway, we started chatting about where our businesses were at this moment and ways in which we could take them further and develop ideas.  I struggle with being disciplined enough to write a blog on a weekly basis and this is an area that I really would like to work on.

So that is my intention for this week and going forward, I'm going to get my act together and start blogging... I might start bleating on about random things and go off on a tangent every now and again but my business tag line is 'YOGA FOR NORMAL PEOPLE' and that is what i am going to write about.  

How many ladies feel like they are going to suffocate themselves with their boobs in plough?

A lot of yoga teachers who you see online and in magazines (and in some studios) are bikini body perfect types who can bend into all sorts of unimaginable shapes, but in reality how many of us actually look like that and who can bend like that?  I don't and can't!

How many binds are elusive to people because they have a wine/beer belly?

Keep checking in with my blog and each week I am going to look at different postures, giving options for 'normal people'.  After all, yoga at Yogabomb is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, size or ability.  we all have our strengths and weaknesses, I have great upper body strength (for a girl) and a bendy back but my shoulders are tight and my arms are short (my excuse for not binding).  You don't have to be skinny and bendy to do yoga, just willing to give it a go and if that means adapting a posture for your body shape then that's fine too.  

It's all yoga baby!

Yogabomb.... the home of Hot Yoga in York FOR NORMAL PEOPLE

 

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