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Conscious Breath

“While we practice conscious breath, our thinking will slow down, and we give ourselves a real rest. Most of the time we think too much , and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful. It helps us stop thinking so much and stop being possesed by sorrows of the past and worries about the future. It enables us to be in touch with life, which is wonderful in the present moment”

Thich Nhat Hanh

True Happiness

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Resolution and Determination

“Always  bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing”

Abraham Lincon

Moksha

Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha .

Sivananda

Avidya

Sutra 2.5

“to mistake the impermanent for the eternal, the impure for the pure, sorrow for happiness and the not self for the true self”

A letter to 2015

Inspired by a recent blog post from the wonderful teacher Elena Brower as we enter 2016. I look back on 2015 with gratitude.

Thank you for bringing Ida into my world. For opening my eyes to the true meaning of selflessness and dedication. Thank you for connecting me deeper and closer to my mother – and family. 

Thank you for guiding me to delve deeper into meditation and an exploration of my true self.

Thank you for giving me the gift of health and the profound experience of childbirth and motherhood. Thank you for my teaching platform and ability to share my knowledge , wisdom and healing with others.

Thank you for throwing up the challenges within my relationship to give me more insight into myself and past patterns. Thank you for giving me the ability to listen to myself and have beautiful supportive friends surround me.

I leave behind self doubt and negativity that doesn’t serve me or my family. I leave behind comparisons and evoke deep faith and trust in my path.

May I gain whole all encompassing perspective.

 

 

Reclaiming my body and connecting to soul.

The first time back on the mat after giving birth was humbling and empowering even though my body was no longer strong….I had been here before, the feeling of weakness, like I was standing at the bottom of a mountain looking up.

The first time back to the mat was so powerful… I connected to source, to my soul, found quiet in all the madness of the previous weeks. It reminded me that this really is our goal in the practice and what a beautiful practice it is.
Asana is a beautiful thing, a gateway but it’s not everything..
I really felt like I lost my body and all its strength but really I have just used by body for something more wonderful , more powerful than any asana…growing a being inside, making that connection during pregnancy and then delivering baba really is nothing short of a miracle..

I know my strength will return, I have been here before when I had cancer and once again I learn a wonderful lesson. The practice supports you at any stage of your life, in sickness and in health, in youth and old age, in motherhood.
As I slowly make my way back to the mat, with a new approach, I feel such a love for the practice, a determination to get strong and perhaps a new perspective in my teaching.

My teacher came to meet Ida and gave me a card with the words “she will bring more dedication and love than you thought possible” and she was right. I feel it already.

Hypnobirthing- the power of the breath

I decided that I wanted to enrol onto a hypnobirthing course. There was one at the studio where I teach and so I started it 6 weeks before I was due. I know the power of the mind as well as the breath and I really wanted to try and have a natural birth. My yogi friend had introduced me to Ina May books and really felt that I had everything I needed to do it.

I was so blessed with my labour. I sensed the day before that it would happen and at 7am the following morning it began. I was so shocked by the enormity of the contraction pains. Something came over me, a deep inherent instinct, my body knew exactly what to do. My breath became my strength and friend just like in my yoga practice. We left for hospital at 8.30am and I knew babba would come soon.

A 10 minute walk from the car to birth centre took 45minute as the contractions were coming thick and fast.

Nuala was our midwife, a down to earth Irish woman with wisdom beaming out of every pore. She told me it would be the best and worst day of my life and she was right!! I got into the pool at 12, Nuala told me to trust my body and all would be well.

Ida was born at 1pm into her waters in the pool – a miracle and such a blessing. We will never forget that day or Nuala.IMG_5006

The Milk of Wisdom

Like butter hidden in milk,

Wisdom dwells in all living beings.

With the mind as the churning rod,

One should ever churn out wisdom from within oneself.

Brahma-Bindu-Upanishad