House of Coaching

House of Coaching - Karen Heras-Kelly

What happens when the shoes don’t fit anymore - How to lead from the heart and follow your gut instincts...

I was born with a strong sense of knowing what felt instinctively right or wrong.

And I do believe that we are all born with an innate ability to intuitively discern what is in our best interests and are naturally more emotionally intelligent. The human race actually depends on our inner wisdom - to create, to nurture, to bloom, teach and lead...

You only need to think about Mother Nature to see how she breeds and breathes life into the planet. To create life is surely the biggest form of self- expression that there is.

In business, I’ve always followed my instincts when it came to making big decisions, especially when it came to risk taking or working against values upheld by the ‘Status Quo.’

Yet despite this, it's taken me years to learn to fully trust my intuition, especially when it's throwing out some particularity crazy ideas that make little sense to my logical brain.

I launched ICONIC brands like GHD and repositioned others like St. Tropez, creating brands that the public fell in love with, and my most brilliant work was created from a core feeling inside my gut. I knew instinctively what needed to happen and no book, degree or formal training could have shown me the way.

Campaigns came out of nowhere. A spark of an idea, a feeling, being in the right place at the right time, saying 'no' to something to create space for a more profound 'yes.'

My best plans were founded from no plans, they came from a deeper, wiser place that knew nothing of an excel spreadsheet or critical path! At times it felt a little like skiing off piste and yes, I made some mistakes along the way, experienced steep learning curves and succeeded in building million dollar brands!

As a ‘Personal Brand Building’ expert and founder of ‘House of Coaching Limited’, I now train others to channel their true inner leaders. Leading more from a heart inspired place and connecting to their authentic selves and the wisdom that lies within. Working on the premise that; "everything we need to know is already inside us."

“Well if it was that easy wouldn’t we all do it,” I hear you cry? The truth is we all have the ability to lead from our hearts and follow our gut instinct, but it takes training, and confidence to live this way – breaking down your own self limiting beliefs is key to success, and it can be messy work at times. Lots of tears, snot, shouting and fully having all your emotions are all par the course and are proof that big changes are a foot. Isn’t that what being human is really all about?

Self development is definitely not for the ‘faint hearted,’ but the rewards are great and just imagine what could be created if you allowed yourself to step into a bigger pair of shoes...

How to tune into your heart and lead from your gut:

  1. Listen to your inner voice and not those of your peers.
  2. Ask yourself what really matters? What is important in your life/the currentsituation etc?
  3. Give up the story (moaning/gossiping/victimization etc) and start livingyour life in a way that will give you peak experiences.
  4. Use your voice to express your wants and needs (spend as much timepreening the inside, as the outward image and you will be off to a goodstart).
  5. Tune into the guidance of your heart and trust that it will not lead youastray.

Our creative juices are formed in our gut and it’s time to claim our natural wisdom, celebrating what we offer to the world as female leaders. Will you join me?

Karen Heras-Kelly is a Co-Active Professional Certified Coach and the Founder of House of Coaching. Contact her at Karen.heras-kelly@houseofcoaching.co.uk  for further information.


Disconnect to re-connect

Disconnect to re-connect

Modern life can be stressful. Juggling family, work commitments and relationships can mean we end up taking care of everyone but ourselves, never taking time to just be.
If we do find time to ourselves to ‘relax’ we’ll turn on the TV, listen to some music, surf the Internet or open a bottle of wine. All of which are very enjoyable but they are external distractions and even though we may seem to be, we are not truly relaxing. Modern life is fast paced and in our faces, we never switch off, we are always connected, social media, television, telephones, emails… Stress, stress, stress!
Stress causes tension. Tension in the body, tension in the mind and this can affect our emotions. Over time this tension we hold onto can manifest as illness. Heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, obesity… the list goes on.
Yoga can teach us how to deal with stress, how to release tension, emotionally, physically and mentally.
Even if we don’t feel stressed, relaxation is important for our health and well being. The art of relaxation through yogic techniques such as gentle asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and meditation provides us with much needed rest time and self reflection that can help bring us into balance.
Take time to care for yourself, you don’t just deserve it - you need it!
Find a yoga class or workshop near you, disconnect from social media, learn the art of relaxation and re-connect with yourself. Then you can start, by stopping….

#yoga #relaxation #peacewithin #selflove #peace

https://www.yogakulaleeds.co.uk/workshops/yogic-practices-for-relaxation/


Autumn Embrace

Autumn Embrace – Kula Well Woman Workshop

Autumn Embrace – Kula Well Woman Workshop

with Lara Heppell

Friday 17th October
7.30pm – 9.15pm

£17.50 drop in or
£15 pre-book
BOOK THIS WORKSHOP

“A WOMAN IN HARMONY WITH HER SPIRIT IS LIKE A RIVER FLOWING.”
-MAYA ANGELOU

At the Autumn Equinox (September 23rd) there is a shift of emphasis from outward achievement to inner reflection and contemplation.

Some nice thoughts on this have been extracted from a great website about seasonal yoga practices http://yogaseasonal.weebly.com/autumn-equinox.html, which I love to refer to for seasonal inspiration.

They suggest in Autumn we are moving from:

Autumn EmbraceSun to Moon
Light to Dark
Yang to Yin
Outer Achievements to Inner Reflection
Action to Contemplation
Fire to Water
Growth to Dormancy and Incubation
Fruitfulness to Composting
Building up to Letting go
Movement to Stillness
Samana (movement) to Langhana (stillness)

Red-autumn-morningWhen I think about Autumn it really makes me feel this way; the crisp colours, the change in temperature the slowing down, the more inward focus……starting to long for cosy fires and more quiet nights in.

If we extend this view of the cycles of nature to include the cycles a woman experiences every month then there is a definite stage of each monthly cycle which corresponds to that of Autumn. Alexandra Pope explains it in an article on her website Women’s Quest from which I have extracted some info below. http://www.womensquest.org/Articles/Details/period_pain_menstrual_health

“In fact, the ebb and flow of the cycle is so strong it can be compared to the seasons.

Although the timing of each of Pope's menstrual phases or 'seasons' is approximate, the four phases are generally fairly easy to pinpoint once you start to chart your cycle, says the author and facilitator, who suffered from severe endometriosis for many years………”

In a separate extract in the article she states. “From about day 21 to about day 25/26 you hit the pre-menstrual phase or 'autumn'.

"The wheel turns and you start to come off the high; you may feel on a bit of a downer," says Pope.

However, she reassures, this phase can be a very practical one.

"Although your energy may be dropping you're more sensitive to things; you have more insight into what is working and what's not working.

"Your eye becomes more critical and more assessing. You assess, analyse and edit."

In this phase it's also important to go a little more slowly and rest, she says.

"Don't push yourself too much. As this phase develops, a woman will feel like she wants to withdraw more.

"This is why women can get cranky and irritable around this time -- it's a time when you need to take care of yourself."

Women who don't understand the shifts in their cycle and its effects tend to be unnecessarily hard on themselves, she explains.

"You expect yourself to be the same as you were in previous phases and you are not. This phase is quite a creative time, it's also a good time to polish up your work so if you know what is going on you can capitalise on it."

If your energy levels are low and you feel less able to put yourself out, don't force yourself.

Around day 26 or so, she says, expect to move into the menstrual phase, or 'winter'………

So with this view in mind Autumn Embrace has been designed to hold us in a loving embrace, as we take time some time out of our busy lives to be with other women: to breathe, relax, nurture, ground and balance ourselves with the vital practices of Well Women yoga. Inviting in some much needed space and time for renewal, ensuring our energies can be restored and refocused for the rest of the year ahead.

A candlelit workshop encouraging us to slow down; reflect and welcome in the blessings for the rest of year… there will be treats afterwards and time for a shared supper and lots of chat!

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This workshop is open to all women at all ages/ stages of life (babes in arms are welcome too!)
Cannot wait, do join me ladies!


Job Opportunity at Leeds Pilates Place

Job Opportunity at Leeds Pilates Place

Dear friends of LPP

As some of you know in July this year, Liz bravely stepped into Lindsey's shoes, but sadly her time has come to move on to pastures new. So once more we are reaching out to you our trusted and loyal students, to ask if you know anyone (or yourself?!) who would like to join our LPP family as a permanent replacement Studio Co-ordinator/Office Manager to ensure that things at LPP headquarters continue to run smoothly.

Description

The role covers a wide range of responsibilities across the business. Primarily the Coordinator will be in charge of the day to day running of the studio, coordinating teachers, advising new clients, trouble shooting and supporting the studio directors to drive the business forward.

Person Specification

You will be confident, self motivated, experienced administrator who pays excellent attention to detail, has a problem solving nature and is able to prioritise and work efficiently. You will enjoy diversity and variety.  You will have a friendly, polite manner and happily deal with customers in ways that ensure enquiries are followed through to a satisfactory conclusion.

Duties

  • Front of house customer relations & sales
  • Delegate tasks to other employees
  • Address employee and/or customer issues
  • collaborate and implement various management decisions
  • Document & Implement company policies
  • Provide mediums for increased staff productivity
  • Work along with receptionist, directors and teachers
  • Conduct meetings, staff reviews, training and events
  • Prepare, analyse, and revise financial, organizational and administrative reports
  • Hire, train, and help to assimilate new employees.
  • Be in charge of and make decisions concerning office budgets, expenditures, supplies, structure, repairs, maintenance, and equipment
  • Liaise and coordinate events with partnering organisations
  • Personal Assistance to studio directors
  • Daily administrationmarketing, reception and studio housekeeping

Required Skills and Experience 

  • A range of GCSEs or equivalent
  • Proven commercial experience gained in a fast paced administrative or office manager role
  • Have strong competency in using Microsoft Office applications, email & social media
  • Have good time and project management skills
  • Have the ability to multi task
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills and experience dealing with a range of customer related situations
  • Must be dependable and trustworthy
  • Must exercise excellent customer service skills to both internal and external employees or clients
  • Must be self motivated, focused, and persistent
  • Must have excellent leadership, management and networking skills
  • Must be goal and detail oriented
  • Able to use initiative and work independently
  • Effective at prioritising assigned tasks
  • Handled payments and been responsible for cashing up and record keeping

Desired but not essential

  • Working within a small to medium sized business
  • Sage financials
  • Joomla or other CMS Website updating
  • Industry related qualifications(s)
  • It would be beneficial that the individual has experience or an interest in Pilates or health and fitness

Applications should be sent by email and include a covering letter and CV. Please make sure you title the email Studio Co-Ordinator Job Application.

Applications should be received by the 8th October 2014

You will be contacted within 14 days of your application if you are successful.

Email address - info@leedspilatesplace.co.uk

Hope you can help and look forward to seeing you all at the studio soon.

Kath & Claire


meditation workshop leeds

What is Meditation? by Clare Kerrigan

What is Meditation?

 By Clare Kerrigan

If you've never meditated before, you may recognise and welcome the peace you feel at the beginning of class when we practice breath awareness and during relaxation at the end of the asana (postures) practice. Calm, energised, clear headed, non judgmental, at peace with yourself and others.. It's good for you!

We may be especially drawn to meditation during times of need, when life takes an unexpected turn or we when we may need to bring order to our inner lives. It may begin with simple curiosity or a response to a spiritual yearning, whatever the reason meditation can act as a guide for us to return to a sense of wholeness.

My meditation diary

My first impressions of a self meditation practice was that it relaxed me, even though my mind kept flickering in and out of thoughts, memories and current situations. I concentrated on the breath entering my nostrils and inflating the parachute of the diaphragm. Having that image in my mind helped me to turn inwards. I meditated on the words Let Go with every inhale and exhale as peacefulness came.

And so my journey into meditation begins.. Distractions, bad alignment, stiffness and pins and needles. I've learnt I need to sit on a block to be comfortable. If I don't, I tend to collapse my lumbar spine and my shoulders start to sag which then affects and unsettles my mind, which makes it easier for my thoughts to wander and I stop listening to my inhale/exhale and the rise and fall of the breath entering my body.

The longer the sitting, the deeper the residue of calm and contentment I've been left with afterwards. I've experienced strong emotions linked to thoughts that have been chasing my mind, sometimes my mind has attached onto something that's upsetting and I've engaged with it, giving it the strength to curl and twist and develop, when this has happened I've concentrated on the mantra Breath in/ Breath out to bring me back to the present moment, this has helped clear the heaviness away.

Breath in/ Breath out and Let (inhale) Go (exhale) has helped me to let my mind chatter (citta vritti) pass by and not indulge myself in past stories and the feelings attached to them. I've realised I've needed my meditation practice the most on the days when I've been busy or felt overworked.

My meditation self practice is very precious to me and I definitely want to keep on exploring and moving deeper inwards. It's provided me with equal doses of strength and kindness that has already existed within me and it's encouraged me to let go of reactionary feelings, it's had a really positive effect on my life.

What is Meditation? By Clare Kerrigan If you've never meditated before, you may recognise and welcome the peace you feel at the beginning of class when we practice breath awareness and during relaxation at the end of the asana (postures) practice. Calm, energised, clear headed, non judgmental, at peace with yourself and others.. It's good for you! We may be especially drawn to meditation during times of need, when life takes an unexpected turn or we when we may need to bring order to our inner lives. It may begin with simple curiosity or a response to a spiritual yearning, whatever the reason meditation can act as a guide for us to return to a sense of wholeness. My meditation diary My first impressions of a self meditation practice was that it relaxed me, even though my mind kept flickering in and out of thoughts, memories and current situations. I concentrated on the breath entering my nostrils and inflating the parachute of the diaphragm. Having that image in my mind helped me to turn inwards. I meditated on the words Let Go with every inhale and exhale as peacefulness came. And so my journey into meditation begins.. Distractions, bad alignment, stiffness and pins and needles. I've learnt I need to sit on a block to be comfortable. If I don't, I tend to collapse my lumbar spine and my shoulders start to sag which then affects and unsettles my mind, which makes it easier for my thoughts to wander and I stop listening to my inhale/exhale and the rise and fall of the breath entering my body. The longer the sitting, the deeper the residue of calm and contentment I've been left with afterwards. I've experienced strong emotions linked to thoughts that have been chasing my mind, sometimes my mind has attached onto something that's upsetting and I've engaged with it, giving it the strength to curl and twist and develop, when this has happened I've concentrated on the mantra Breath in/ Breath out to bring me back to the present moment, this has helped clear the heaviness away. Breath in/ Breath out and Let (inhale) Go (exhale) has helped me to let my mind chatter (citta vritti) pass by and not indulge myself in past stories and the feelings attached to them. I've realised I've needed my meditation practice the most on the days when I've been busy or felt overworked. My meditation self practice is very precious to me and I definitely want to keep on exploring and moving deeper inwards. It's provided me with equal doses of strength and kindness that has already existed within me and it's encouraged me to let go of reactionary feelings, it's had a really positive effect on my life. If you're interested in learning more about meditation I'd highly recommend this book: Moving Inward, the journey to meditation. Rolf Sovik Join us at Yoga Kula on Saturday 27th September Meditation Workshop with Jon Pearson (Founder of the Calderdale Yoga Centre. Hebden Bridge) 2.30-4.30pm. £15 pre-book or £17.50 drop in. https://www.yogakulaleeds.co.uk/workshops/meditation-workshop/If you're interested in learning more about meditation I'd highly recommend this book:

Moving Inward, the journey to meditation. Rolf Sovik

Join us at Yoga Kula on Saturday 28th November.

Meditation Workshop with Jon Pearson

(Founder of the Calderdale Yoga Centre. Hebden Bridge)

2pm - 4pm.

£15 pre-book or £17.50 drop in.

https://www.yogakulaleeds.co.uk/workshops/meditation-workshop-2/


3 gunas

Understanding the Three Gunas by Clare Kerrigan

Understanding the Three Gunas by Clare Kerrigan

3 gunasThe three gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, are qualities or attributes of the mind.

Because of the vastness of our minds, the gunas give an outline to the complexities of our feelings.

Sattva: Brings lightness and clarity, knowledge, interest and contentment.

Rajas: Brings heat, compulsion, restlessness and desire.

Tamas: Can lead to feelings of ambivalence, delusion, lethargy and lack of clarity.

Cultivating an understanding about the gunas can heighten our awareness of self-knowledge on and off the mat. Being able to watch the streams of thoughts and feelings as they arise in our daily lives gives perspective and flexibility in terms of fully understanding ourselves.

It’s beneficial to know there is a parallel with the three doshas in Ayurveda because our diet and what we eat affects the mind, we need healthy nutrition to maintain a clear mind. The three doshas are a similar concept to distinguish body qualities and functions, they relate to the five elements. They are:

three-gunas-mayaVata: Air, dry and light.

Pitta: Fire, heat.

Kapha: Water and Earth, stability.

(The element of space is common to all three doshas).

When we speak of one of the gunas or doshas being out of balance it means that one of the qualities or functions has increased or decreased, therefore creating an imbalance.

In yoga Sattva (contentment) is the state of mind that we strive to attain - but none of the gunas are concrete, instead they constantly shift, moving like clouds, metamorphasising from one to another. As our feelings change, so do the different states represented by the gunas of rajas, tamas and sattva.

As a practitioner being able to stand back and observe what you need, rather than actively trying to capture the contentment (this leads you away from sattva and instead to rajas/desire). By being instinctive with your practice, knowing that on the days when you’re coming up with excuses, telling yourself that you’re too busy to practice - that these are the days when you need it the most. Alternatively on the days when you are driven by a compulsive state of activity, maybe slow the gift of your practice down, spending longer in certain postures: More yin than yang. By listening to your mind and acknowledging how you’re feeling in that moment and then by practicing yoga accordingly and without expectation.


Anahata Chakra Workshop

Anahata Chakra Workshop

Anahata Chakra Workshop

with Steve Thomas

Sunday 28th September
10am - 1pm
£25 drop in or £22.50 pre-book
BOOK THIS WORKSHOP

Anahata Chakra WorkshopThe fourth chakra is often referred to as the heart centre. It is one of the most powerful centres of the body and the home of compassion and universal love.

Focused on our fourth chakra, the workshop will include:
Pranayama, Dynamic asana, Restorative poses, Meditations, Gong bath in savasana.

The workshop will begin with a gentle guided meditation to release stress and tension. We will then investigate the aspects of Anahata chakra that resonate within each of us. After practising a led kundalini kriya, the workshop will end with a guided meditation and a 20-minute gong bath in savasana.

About Steve

Steve Thomas Yoga KulaWhat started out as a complement to playing rugby in 2004 has turned into a path that has changed Steve’s life. Initially practising Astanga yoga, Steve developed his practice further through Buddhist meditation, finally leading to him to do a teacher training course at the Rosedale School of Yoga with Edward Harpin. It was there he was introduced to practices focusing on kundalini and the chakras, which has added a new dimension to his practice.

Steve’s path has allowed him to develop as a yoga practitioner and as a teacher, giving him what he needed, when he needed it. Teaching yoga has given Steve a new dimension to his own practice and the opportunity to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with his students so that they too can benefit in a caring and relaxed environment.


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage Workshop

Deep Tissue Massage Workshop

with Harriet Morgan Thompson

Sunday 21st September
10am - 2pm
£35 pre-book
Book before 18th August for £30

BOOK THIS WORKSHOP
(Please bring 2 towels for the workshop)

Deep Tissue MassageBy exploring the parallels between soft tissue massage and yoga, this workshop will allow you to develop massage techniques needed to palpate and assess soft tissue. You will be introduced to a unique form of bodywork needed to release muscular tension and assist in enabling body realignment using acupressure, yoga positions and reflexology.

No massage experience is needed so the workshop will be suitable for all: yoga teachers, therapists or those wanting to learn new skills.

You will take away skills to be able to practice on friends and family or better still treat someone to the workshop to get them to rub you up the right way!

About Harriet

Harriet Morgan Thompson Deep Tissue Massage WorkshopHarriet Morgan Thompson has over 10 years massage experience within the sporting and entertainment industry. Morgan Sports Therapy is a clinical practice offering sports & remedial massage, reflexology and nutritional advice. She has developed and tutors sports & remedial massage courses at the University of Leeds.

Harriet understands and appreciates the power yoga has on rehabilitation. Having a regular yoga practice and recently travelling to Thailand to study Thai yoga massage and yoga therapy, she now uses these skills to enhance her massage treatments.


Hot Yoga Standing Posture Workshop

Hot Yoga Standing Posture Workshop

with Helena Byles

Sunday 14th September
10am - 12pm
£17.50 drop in or £15 pre-book
BOOK THIS WORKSHOP

Hot Yoga Standing Posture WorkshopCome and explore the standing postures of the hot yoga sequence to deepen your practice.
Learn about and apply correct alignment to your practice, to support your body.
Suitable for beginners and more regular students, we can all learn a lot by going back to the foundations of alignment and strength, whether to start a practice or deepen one.

About Helena

Helena BylesHelena discovered a passion for yoga back in 2010 after following a friend’s advice to try a Bikram class. Being a lover of intensive and endurance sports like long distance running and cycling yoga had never seemed like something that would be enjoyable – what a mistake! From the first class she was hooked.

From the start Helena was certain she wanted to teach, to share her love of hot yoga with other gym bunnies, athletes and people who think yoga is not for them. As a Sports and Clinical massage therapist she found she was forever referring people to yoga classes, so in October 2012 she travelled to Thailand to train at the Absolute Hot Yoga centre and here she is now as part of the Yoga Kula team.

Helena’s intention is to make yoga accessible to all – it is never too late to start your yoga journey! Helena is Yoga Kula’s resident Hot Yoga expert and sports and fitness lover – she teaches all of the hot yoga sessions.


Clare Kerrigan - Yoga Kula Leeds

How Yoga Can Relieve Stress

How Yoga Can Relieve Stress

Angela Sykes - Yoga Kula LeedsYoga can teach us how to bring stress under control, not only on a physical level, but on mental and spiritual levels too.
Stress is an integral part of our daily lives. How the mind reacts to perceived stress directly affects the body. If the mind interprets a stressful event as an emergency or danger, it triggers an immediate response from the automatic nervous system which activates a stress response from the sympathetic nervous system. The senses become heightened, the heart rate increases and the body and mind are ready to respond with energy and focus.

20130806-183428.jpgThe parasympathetic nervous system responsible for relaxation and emotional calm (rest and digest) can sometimes become overwhelmed by the sympathetic response. The mind and therefore the nervous system can over-respond to the pressures that we face day to day, even if the emergency exists purely in our imagination it can still trigger the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), leaving us with feelings of being tense, anxious and stressed out. Chronic stress can then appear in a host of many ways: Scattered nerves, insomnia, depression, chronic pain and so on.

Yoga helps to balance the two nervous systems, informing the mind and body how to respond subjectively Becky_Hill_031_lowresto stress by being in the present moment rather than being caught up in reaction.
Stress begins with our mind’s response to a perceived obstacle or situation. The mind creates a latent impression and particular patterns of thoughts (vrttis) that in turn become ingrained grooves and habitual ways of thinking.
The practice of yoga, consisting of postures, breathing and meditation gives the mind clarity and balance so that we can learn new thought patterns and the nervous system can learn new ways of reacting to stress. Yoga isn’t mystical, it’s completely logical and rational as it enables us to see things as they really are, empowering us to have the ability to see alternative solutions, handling life in a balanced and steady way.

Helen Ince - Yoga Kula Leeds‘Yoga Chitta vrtti nirodha’.
Yoga is to still the fluctuations of the mind. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 1:2

At the heart of our practice we use the breath to bring us to the present moment.
The mind can go in many directions in a split second, the breath has only one path: Inhale and exhale. By controlling the breath and observing its rhythm, we learn to breathe into any areas of physical and emotional stress. Returning the mind, body and consciousness back to a place of equilibrium.

Clare Kerrigan. August 2014