Yoga – It’s not just for girls!

Written by Linda on . Posted in Coaching, Uncategorized, yoga

As many of you may know, my recent studies alongside my passion for NLP, coaching and training, have been in becoming a yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner.  I am really enjoying combining NLP with yoga and mindfulness in the areas of stress management, presence and charisma, and leadership… and I am loving the difference yoga and mindfulness makes to my own health and wellbeing.   Having had a total hip replacement just over three months ago, due to an injury whilst on (or should I say coming off) a snowmobile six years ago, I am now back working, and practicing and teaching yoga.  It has transformed my life back to my normal activity levels for which I am so grateful.  I thought you might be interested to read the blog below (researched by Jacquie Perryman) to remind us all that yoga is not just for girls!

Also to let you know that together with Jacquie , who is also a yoga teacher, we are holding an afternoon of yoga on Saturday, 23rd July from 1pm – 4.30pm, £28,  in Basingstoke.  It will start with a yoga class focused on building strength, flexibility and balance, followed by a second session focused on restorative yoga to help relieve long term tightness by releasing the fascia and connective tissue with floor poses held for longer.  It is perfect for all levels, we will teach with modifications to all of the poses so that they are accessible for everyone.  And to top the afternoon off, we will be sharing home made cakes and tea and coffee.  Please email Linda on lsykes@axiom.uk.com for more information.

And now the blog –  ‘Yoga – it’s not just for girls…’

Edited from a 2012 article by Jordan Stirm on STACK TV magazine.

When you think of a person who practices yoga, you probably imagine an individual of petite stature, most likely female, who is flexible enough to pull her legs over her head while she’s flat on the ground. Although this type of person certainly exists, as a yoga stereotype it no longer holds true.

Lately, U.S. sports teams have been pushing their players to practice yoga. The Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants have even added yoga instructors to their staffs. Giant, hulking men holding steady in “crane” pose or stretching in “downward facing dog” are now a common sight in pro football training facilities.

The Welsh, English and Australian Rugby Teams, Jessica Ennis (heptathlete star), Jenson Button (F1), James Cracknell (Olympic rower), Andy Carroll (Premier League football player) and Andy Murray (tennis) all practice yoga.

Here are some other athletes who might surprise you with their yoga skills:

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player

Now retired, the 7’1″, 315-pound behemoth turned to yoga as his career wound down to help preserve his body. Shaq’s most famous yoga moment came as a Cleveland Cavalier during the 2009-2010 season, when he strolled into Cleveland Yoga and settled in for a class. The big man wasn’t too pleased with his performance though. He told the Associated Press that he was the “worst yoga student in the history of yoga.” When you are roughly the size of a cargo ship, you might get a pass on not mastering yoga on your first try.

LeBron James, forward for the Miami Heat

No small specimen himself, LeBron also began his foray into yoga during his time in Cleveland, and he brought the practice with him when he took his talents to South Beach.

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” James said back in 2009.  “I had some lower-back problems a few years ago and once I started to do the yoga, it has helped them go away for now.”

Rarely getting more than five minutes of rest per game during his career as a basketball player, James recently credited yoga as the catalyst for his incredible stamina. “Does it work for everybody? I don’t know. But it works for me,” said the King.

NZ All Blacks

 New Zealand All Blacks, rugby team

“Rugby” and “yoga” are two words that rarely appear in the same sentence. Giant    men slamming into each other and leaving the playing field covered in mud are  usually not the same men doing “child’s pose.” The New Zealand All Blacks team  is a prime example of how far the practice of yoga is spreading. Recently, after the  Blacks had failed to perform in big moments, the club hired yoga instructor  Lyndsey Benn to work with the players, “They all really loved the relaxing aspect of the yoga. Anything that grounded them and could get them laid down, relaxed and doing visualizations of the game ahead.”

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria, third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays

One of the premier young hitters in the game, Longoria has embraced yoga with open arms. He was drawn to the practice both as a way to stabilize his body at the plate and to give himself peace. “To be strong in general doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be strong from a baseball standpoint . . . When you’re hitting, you want to be as stable as you can and use the three-dimensional aspect—the rotation in your core—to actually translate to power.”


Enjoy the bank holiday weekend…














Telltale Signs That You’re Stuck and You Don’t Even Know It

Written by Linda on . Posted in Coaching, NLP, Uncategorized, yoga

Most of us, I believe, have been stuck at some point in their life. Stuck in a job, stuck in an unhealthy relationship, stuck in a lack of confidence, or stuck in worry about appearance or body confidence for example.

When we are stuck, the feeling becomes a habit, we keep making the same choices, continue in the same mindset, hang around the same people and participate in the same activities. We may long for something different, but don’t know how to break free from the cycle of being stuck, or maybe we can’t identify that we are stuck at all.

Either way, here are some telltale signs that you could be stuck:

  • You feel like you are going through the motions.  You know the feeling: you wake up, get ready, go to work, make dinner, watch tv, repeat.  If you are feeling this way, make sure you take time to connect with something you’re passionate about.  Think of that one special something that fills you with joy and make sure you do that thing once a day!  And if you don’t know what that one thing is, read on.
  • You keep making excuses to avoid change.  When we continue to come up with excuses, we’re not allowing for the possibility of a different outcome.  Bottom line – If you’re looking for an excuse you will find one.
  • You feel you have no idea what to do next, or fear what’s to come.  When we fear the future, we have lost our trust in the bigger picture.  There is a solution when it comes to fear, and the solution is inside of you this very moment.  There is no need to go searching for it.  Schedule time to engage with yourself and visualise a few different scenarios.  What feels right?  What excites you?  Make plans with people who inspire you and discuss your ideas with them.  How do they respond and how does that make you feel?
  • You feel scatterbrained. You are running round in circles in your mind,starting one task before finishing others.  Life resembles that terrible song that you can’t get out of your head and it’s driving you crazy!  To get unstuck from this pattern, it is essential to get our of your usual physical and mental space.  When this feeling comes over you, drive somewhere new, move your body in a different way, listen to different music.  If you are super-organised, get messy!  Do something different.

If any of the above points has resonated with you and you hear yourself saying, “I do that!”, you are most definitely not alone.  Let’s think about practical ways to change these habits to ones that serve you better:

To work on ways to get unstuck from a lack of confidence – come to one of the NLP Practice Groups next week:

8th September 7.30pm – 9.30pm – 21 Cliddesden Court, Basingtoke, Hants RG21 3ES

10th September 4pm – 6pm – Penna PLC, 1st Floor, 55 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V OEE

£10 including VAT.  Email Linda on lsykes@axiom.uk.com to book your place.

To work on getting clearer on understanding your passions, consider book a values coaching session.  Email Linda  to find out more about what this involves.

To work on gaining more confidence in your body, consider booking a one to one yoga session. Or come along to my yoga class on Thursday evenings. Email Linda on lsykes@axiom.uk.com to find out more about these sessions, that are tailored for your body and will take into account any injuries/limitations you might have.

Sometimes to get unstuck and take steps towards a life living your passions, it takes an impartial ear, a healthy nudge and an advocate to help guide you forwards.  Let’s get busy!




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Axiom Training » Coaching http://t.co/w1oJ1PM3zT - very insightful at such a tender age. NLP Training dates out for January!