Exciting News…. Meet Mike

Hello gorgeous people!!

Meet my amazing friend Mike, he is awesome! He is inspirational and I think you all need to meet him!

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of meditation and love my daily practice of either breath work, visualisation meditations or one of my favourite’s, Yogic Nidra (I’ll post a do-along-at-home version for you all to try soon!)

After spending the past few years practicing Buddhism, Mike wants to share his amazing knowledge with everyone, if you’d like to come we’d love to have you!

So….I’m very excited to let you know he will be guest hosting this Monday’s meditation evening starting 7 pm @ The Move and Nourish Studio.

This will be an amazing opportunity to learn what life is like in Buddhist monasteries, some Buddhist meditation techniques and learn more about happiness through teachings of the Buddha. I can’t wait to hear and learn more!

 

Mike is so incredibly passionate about health and happiness through the combination of amazing nutrition, exercise and of course meditation!

To attend this wonderful evening please message myself or the lovely Mike and we just kindly ask for just a donation to the Worcester Snoezelen charity on the evening.

Happy weekend everyone and here’s to an even happier week!!

Love Aimie xx

Relaxation Weekend!!!

Relaxation Weekend SeptHello Lovely People!!!

We are now in September!!! Wooo Hoooo!!! Our awesome relaxation weekend will soon be here! spaces have been filling up and Nigel and I can’t wait to introduce you to some really amazing relaxation techniques, delicious raw food and lovely yoga moves and flows!

We’ve got Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th, if you would love to learn to relax and enjoy each day more you can try just one day or both. Please message me or hello@moveandnourish.com to secure your spot!

Love Aimie xx

A Super Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie For You…

Hey there awesome people!

Happy Christmas and I hope you are all having an amazing time over this festive period!

Today Matt dragged my butt out of bed for a 6.45 am spin session…. I grumbled, but feel soooo much better for doing it followed by a fun, functional weights session, then off shopping to get some greens, I made the most delicious post-workout green smoothie to date….Here we go…

The great thing with food is that we don’t have to waste much at all, yesterday I made a not so delicious smoothie which was a bit thick. I used the leftover smoothie from yesterday to bulk out today’s which was…

pineapple
chard from my garden
cucumber
banana

and mixed it with some fresh ingredients today….

100g spinach
1 mango
1 banana
1 passion fruit
1/2 tub vanilla coyo
and water…

blended it all together and enjoyed in the morning sunshine!

I normally go heavier on the greens, but this creamy, fruity treat would convert even the most skeptical!

Give it a go!xx

My top 5 Tips for Happiness…

Hello Lovely People!

This subject has come up quite a lot recently… Happiness!

I’ve been asked by quite a few people, “What makes you so happy?” and it got me thinking about the most important things I do that keep me happy. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t always been this happy, it has taken work, a lot of reading, a lot of practicing things that help me stay happy, a lot of falling of my happiness wagon and a lot of listening. So here are my top 5 tips that keep me happy…

1. Gratitude… Everyday I make sure that I am grateful for everything I have, I have 2 arms, 2 legs, a face, a head of hair and a house and a job and that’s more than a lot of people. Once you start to feel grateful for the things we take for granted we become grateful for little things we would never have noticed! Like a smile from someone walking past, like having a great friend, like saving a snail from an oncoming bicycle, like watching a bee flying from flower to flower, like being able to help someone because you know it will help them and brighten their day! Simply by becoming grateful your world will change! Check out the book “Magic”, by Rhonda Byrne. This is a step by step guide to gratitude and has actually helped one of my athletes cure her frozen shoulder (in a week!)

So right now list 5 things you are grateful for and why…Go on…Now… Just do it….You will feel better for it, I promise 🙂

Tony Robbins says that he has met so many people who seem so successful and have achieved all their goals, but feel unfulfilled, “when you are grateful you are rich!”

2. Move More Every Day! Emotion comes from motion, if you are sat down hunched over, chances are you will not feel energetic enough to do a cartwheel! When we move we feel alive! So make it a habit to move every day, just go for a walk, while your at it think of 10 things your grateful for, just get outside and move, do something fun, or even try a power pose, simply standing in the wonder woman or Superman posture for 2 minutes will massively improve your hormone balance, slashing your stress hormone cortisol and bumping up your more well balanced testosterone! Do something fun you enjoy, like dancing, tai chi, yoga, line dancing, doing handstands with the kids, jump in puddles or rock out to some music, just move!

3. Meditate – Give yourself the gift of time, your time, you deserve it. I’ve met so many people, myself included who can fall into a pattern of putting everyone else’s needs before their own. Simply down load the “calm app” on the iPhone or iPad and just start doing 2 minutes a day, then after a week try 5 minutes a day! It will actually help you to be the best you you know you can be! It will stop you just grabbing junk food, or putting something you wish you hadn’t on facebook or just feeling so exhausted.

Did you know that it is proven that meditation improves brain function? Plus, deep breathing actually boosts your metabolism? It also slows the ageing process! So we will be slimmer, smarter, younger versions of ourselves in no time!

4. Eating as well as you can and staying hydrated is essential to my happiness! If I don’t eat right for me I don’t feel as bouncy, light, happy, energetic or fun! By eating lots of alkaline, raw foods we are feeding our cells, digestion is easier and we spend less time recovering from what we’ve eaten or drank. My good friend Suzie doesn’t drink alcohol, so when she goes out and the shots are given out she throws it over her shoulder (no-one notices) make a decision for yourself that you deserve to be happy and healthy and do it for you! No-one else! When you do it for yourself you will stick to it and any peer-pressure will roll off your back!

When I was little I always felt sick and it wasn’t until I’d lost 4 stone and given up dairy that I started waking up without a headache! I didn’t know it was an option! Just because you’ve never felt the benefits of feeling amazing doesn’t mean you can’t start!

You are worth this!

5. Have a chat with your inner 5 year old… Ok, this may sound strange, but I often refer back to my 5 year old self, would she think I was a cool grown-up? If not, I know I’m doing something wrong! My inner 5 year old wanted to jump off stuff, she wanted to feed the world and do good things, she wasn’t interested in material things, she wanted to play. She wanted to help starving people in Africa and donate shoe boxes at Christmas and get up early because there was so much fun stuff to do at the weekend! If there was an option to play, that was always the option, so make a play date with yourself to do something you used to do, like sewing, knitting, karate classes, litter picking (I loved litter picking at school) spinning in circles until you fell over, reconnect with that fun part of yourself and drop the baggage that comes with being an adult, it’s much more fun!

So there you have it… The things that make me happy, give them a go and let me know how you get on! I’d love to hear what inspires you!

Have fun lovely ones!xx

Weight Loss Tip 2 – Relax

Ok, this is a tip everyone seems shocked by, but in today’s hectic lives where families have both parents working, trying to do their best , we seem to have more and more pressure, commitments and things to do, who doesn’t feel like we need more hours in the day?

I meet people every week who find it hard to exercise enough, eat right or even just have a glass of water…So, this tip is very high on my list of priorities!

Meditation, mindfullness, being still or just simply being able to sit and watch your own breath are fantastic tools to improve your immune system, to help your brain to actually be able to uptake information much more effectively, to help you feel better and to actually reduce pain. When our sympathetic nervous systems are over taxed we can feel less than awesome, we can be scared, stressed, anxious, nervous, angry or lethargic. Giving yourself time to relax every day balances your nervous system and changes your outlook. This in turn can reduce your pain, actually calm your stomach, improving digestion and will make you more effective in every way, even in losing excess body fat .

Deep breathing is alkalising and calming and resets your metabolism, I was working away about 2 years ago and decided to start some simple meditation methods, I was really surprized to see my stomach get flatter and my thighs get trimmer, simply from breathing and relaxing! Cool Huh? Not to mention, I felt amazing! Calmer, lighter, more present, I really started to listen to people who spoke to me…

So why not try simply sitting and counting your in and out breaths for a few moments, or download the calm app, Nigel and I are actually working on a new website which will have 1 years worth of meditations for everyone to try, plus exercise and nutrition videos, which I personally can’t wait for!

So, to round up this post I’d just like you to think about how no-one can ever be as mean to us as we are to ourselves, we can be guilty of beating ourselves up or over thinking a conversation we had, possibly thinking we are at fault in a made up scenario in our minds, I think we can agree, this isn’t much use and does not get us closer to being who we truly are, so please, just be kind to yourself, nourish yourself with delicious healthy foods, hydrate and take a little time out to breathe and feel peaceful!

You are worth it!

Love Aimie x