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Yoga saved me

Hi,

I’m Gemma Linaker. British wheel of yoga teacher, Holistic therapist and owner of Lemonstem yoga studio.

In 2013 I was 26 years of age and I was working as a teacher at our town’s local college teaching beauty & holistic therapies. This was my first Job as a teacher after graduating from university with a teaching degree. I had my first home with my partner, a good job, degree and an abundant of family and friends around me. Things were looking beautiful from the “outside”

But that’s exactly it. “The outside”

On the inside I was battling with anxiety. This was the kind of anxiety that nestles deep in your entire being. This was the type of anxiety where you felt suffocated by your own thoughts. 

Each morning a beam of light shone through my curtains from my bed reminding me it’s a new day to walk side by side again with my shadow of darkness. I couldn’t wait for each day to be over in the hope that the next morning my shadow would be gone. 

 This anxiety gave me a foggy vision and a heavy heart. If I close my eyes, I can still feel the cold that the grey cloud swept me in.

I remember clearly being in the gym one evening and deciding to try a yoga class. I had never tried yoga before, but at the time I was very much into running half marathons and even my first full marathon, so I only went really because I thought I needed to stretch more. I never once thought yoga was as much about the mental healing as it is physical healing. 

I will never forget that first class. Something happened. I found a glimmer of myself inside. She only came out for a split second, but I found her. She was in there trapped. I needed to get her out.

I walked away from that class confused, enlightened, frightened, happy and curious! I know, what a mix bag of emotions hey

I wanted MORE! 

Each week I attended class. Sometimes with a heavy heart and other times I felt aligned and my mind clear as water. You see the thing is your yoga mat doesn’t care if you come with a jumbled mind, all it cares about is that you show up.

I began to yoga consistently and fall deeply in love with self help books. Even today you will always find me carrying a self-help book. My first self-help book that brought to me my first ever sprinkle of magic was the secret.

From here my holistic approach to wellness snowballed. I started to eat better, to move in a gentler approach as opposed to all the running I used to do. My mind felt clearer and I was taught how to see the beauty in every single moment and appreciate every loving breath I was given by this universe. 

In 2017 I was due to go back to the college after having a year off with my first child Freddie. Something didn’t feel right about it. I guess I felt this wasn’t no longer my path anymore. I had changed. Or better to say I had found my true self.

Later that year I followed my calling and trained to be a yoga teacher with the British wheel of yoga school. The rest is history! 

My career is beautiful. I get to share the beauty and healing properties of this ancient practice with our human race and it literally fills every cell of my body with humility and Joy.

If you have never tried a yoga class before then I urge you to try one. Yoga is a breath led practice which is simply the best gift you could ever give to yourself. 

There are many wonderful teachers out there all sharing a little piece of their own hearts with you. Each teacher will offer something different and you will find your teachers that you connect with, and when that happens, the magic surely arrives.

There is so much to explore with yoga, it doesn’t just stop after taking one class. The teachings are infinite, and this blog only gives you a glimmer.

But what I will promise you, is that once you begin to start working on yourself of all mentally, physically and spiritually you will never look back. You will always continue to be the best version of your true self.

So, what are you waiting for? Find your class, step onto your mat and watch your path enfold out Infront of you.

My favourite quote 

“Yoga isn’t about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down” – Jigar Gor

Love & Light

Gemma Linaker

Hi everyone!

My name is Lauren Firenza I am founder and creator crystal jewellery brand FIRENZA (Instagram: @iamfirenza).

I hand make and sell bespoke crystal necklaces, rings, earrings and Shad keychains!

I started my journey into hand made crystal jewellery in March 2017 when I was studying Business Management & Leadership at university.  I wanted (needed!) a creative release and outlet, as I felt I was trapped studying something I found interesting, but didn’t make me feel free. I felt somewhat restricted by how little I could express myself when I was in that environment. So FIRENZA was born!

My love for crystals began when my bohemian mum would put a little rose quartz in my school blazer pocket so I could carry her love with me everywhere. I realised I was a crystal magpie when I would go on school trips or go on holiday and the most exciting part for me was to go on the hunt for crystals!

Crystals have always been a part of me since I was young so growing up with such great love for them they have always been part of my inner healing and protection. They have helped me through desperate times, and they have helped me through life situations we all face. Things like break ups, family losses, anxiety and stress.

However working with crystals and their healing energy has been even more involved in my life this year when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. 

No one can prepare you for cancer. I went into my journey with it with a positive mindset of mind over matter. Super strong support system, understanding everything I have and am about to go through is temporary and throughout this journey having my trusty crystals by my side to keep me calm, focused and emotionally stable. I will share the ones I use with you below and their meanings and how you can also benefit from their magic.

You can also follow my cancer journey on Instagram: @glowing.withtheflow. I talk about my journey on here along with my spiritual practices and lots more on how I keep my positive mind set on cancer.

I have made a list of my top 5 crystal picks which have helped me in my everyday life and darkest times and these are:

 

 

1) Clear Quartz: This beautiful Crystal is my everyday crystal which I wear as a necklace and under my pillow at night. It’s used for emotional balancing and mental clarity. It also helps you stay focused during those rocky days you might feel a little uneasy about life. 

2) Amethyst: This crystal is for is relieving anxiety and is a great crystal to calm the mind and body. It is supportive of the emotional part of your body. So it brings those of you who may be overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to centre. For those of you who are un aware of what ‘back to centre’ means, this is a phrase used to explain the re-balance on our energies in our body.Its like a re set button.

The Amethyst also eases the mental anxieties and is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

3) Labradorite: This is my other everyday crystal that I live in! A crystal of “Transformation” and “Grounding”, Labradorite is a useful companion through change and perseverance. It provides strength, determination & intuition in times of change or conflict.

Not to mention, when it’s in the light, this stunning crystal flickers blues flashes and is completely mesmerising! 

4) Moonstone: A magical stone for “new beginnings”. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress. It also stabilises the emotions, providing you with calmness.

If you’re feeling lost, this is a great crystal to meditate with and in get in touch with our inner feelings. Again like the Labradorite this crystal becomes iridescent under light and also flickers stunning blue flashes!

5) Black Obsidian: Obsidian is the “Protection Stone”.  This is worn to grounds you, calm you & protect you from negative energy. Whether that be in a workplace, a relationship, a friendship or everyday life situations. It is also known as the “grief stone” as it helps those dealing with the loss of a loved one to identify hidden feelings of anger and grief, this then allows you to relieve emotional blockages so the healing process can begin.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope I have given you a simple understanding on crystals and the magic they possess and how they help me and can help you too.

I hope I have helped or can help anyone who may be going through any of the things I have spoken about in todays blog.

If you any questions or if you would like to purchase one of my crystal products to help you then please visit www.iamfirenza.com 

Alternatively you can inbox me on Instagram @iamfirenza 💕

Love and Light,

Lauren Firenza🙏🏼

 

In July 2017 when I started getting into my crystal healing.

This gorgeous lovely lady Lauren gifted me the most beautiful labradorite crystal necklace. This crystal is one of my most precious crystals. The energy and love that came with it just felt RIGHT. 

Warm, loving, healing and special. 

Whenever I feel like I need protecting this is the crystal I wear.

I feel fearless and powerful when I have it on and it does something  to my energy that just works like magic. 

Ever since Lauren gifted this to me we have stayed in contact. She has helped me with crystals, questions and experiences I have been through, always willing to help always generating positivity and knowledge so freely and so effortlessly. 

Since September last year I decided to up my spiritual journey through autumn / winter with goddess Kali with the help from my soul circle group and teacher Jayel.

Not many people will know what Iv been through, not many people will know the struggles I have faced. The main thing for me was to face them. To be brave, to surrender, to let go, to forgive, to move on, to learn and most of all to grow!

Spiritual growth is not pretty, it’s not all beautiful crystals walks and magic. It’s hard, it takes a lot of strength. 

You loose people, you gain people. You loose things you thought meant a lot to you, and you gain more you never knew you would think you needed. Your financial circumstances change, your work changes, your path takes you places you never imagined,the universe tests you, your morals and values surface.  You can’t hide you have to ride through the temporary pain. 

You learn to understand your mind through your body. You learn to understand your body! 

Your higher self guidance can not be ignored in order to grow. 

Once your inner shit is gone you begin a whole new life. That is the beautiful, pretty, magic you see on the outside and it’s so worth it.

I decided to spread my knowledge my gifts I was born with to help people via my social media. More and more people ask me every day so I decided to link it into my work life and Pretty Pink Princess. 

I want my customers to have FREE accessible information to help them to make them feel good inside.

This leads me back to to Lauren… 

I contacted her to ask if she wanted to write a blog about Crystal healing. Her reply was… 

 “I don’t know if you know but I’ve been diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and crystals are part of keeping my energy calm. So if you don’t mind I would love to include a little bit of that? … lets spread the word #fuckcancer “

Her positivity overwhelmed me especially after loosing my sister recently. Laura and I discussed mind set and positivity and belief, meditation and affirmations. We discussed my soul circle and my meditations,  she asked what I had learnt. She took everything on board and she believed in the magic! I wish more people had access to understand the power of spiritual healing. 

So for Laura too, me and Lauren have now teamed up to teach people more about how Crystal healing can help not only traumatic illness but also every day life struggles we may face. 

Lauren’s blog goes LIVE tomorrow on Pretty Pink Princess ‘Mind Body & Soul’ section. 

We can’t wait for you guys to read it.

❤️❤️❤️💫💫💫🙏🙏🙏

Once I started to get back into my spiritual journey around 5 years ago I had crystals but I didn’t really know what to do with them. I just thought they were there to leave on the side bring me some good energy and that was it really. I was more focused on my meditation.

I had them around me whilst I meditated but really I didn’t know much about how they worked or what ones to use.

It wasn’t until I started to get more into my journey that I started to research about how magical they can actually be.

I always suggest when you want a crystal you visit a shop and you pick one you are attracted to at that time. Crystals will come to you or set off an energy attracting you to them when the time is right for that particular one.

For an example, I have a sacred place where my crystals live and sometimes in the morning I am just drawn to a certain one. I can’t explain the feeling but its almost like a gut feeling to go and pick it up. Some days I am not attracted to any at all, some days I will choose a particular one to have with me that I know will help me with something I am doing that day.

Once I started to learn more about them through google, books, shops and through personal experiences I have had with particular crystals I began to realise the importance of cleansing them. Trust me, it is VITAL you cleanse them.

I always explain to people, crystals are like little pets, they are alive, they are energy, they are magic! They need looking after and attention just as much as a pet does. They need to live in the right place, they need to be washed (cleansed) and in return they love to help you.

So this brings me to HOW exactly do you do this!

1: Research on where your crystals like to live in your home.

2: Research what your crystals are for and what are they are here to help you with. All crystals differ.

3: Find a sacred place / space in your home where you can go to relax if you need some time out. You can place your crystals on here. This will give you that boost we all need every now and then.

4: Talk to them! Say thank you to your crystals for helping you, for giving you their energy. The universe hears your gratitude and after all crystals are all naturally formed from earth.

5: Cleanse your crystals. This restores your crystal to its natural state. Its just like us having a shower or taking your dog to the groomer!

I highly recommend a book called ‘Crystal bliss’ by Devi Brown. Its a great way to learn about crystals and its a really lovely book to read and enjoy as it is not too heavy. It also has a gorgeous pleasing cover so looks great on show too.

So more to the point, how do you cleanse them? …

When it comes to cleansing your crystals I personally find that burning sage is the best way. Once you have the above you can start to cleanse your crystals. A full moon is really good too, you can sage then leave your crystals out in the full moon for that extra energy. However a full moon is not essential.

RANDOM FACT: FYI if you wear diamonds or gem stones in your jewellery, rings, watch etc. These are also crystals and hold energy so I do recommend cleansing them regularly too.

 

STEP BY STEP

1: Light a candle and thank the universe for fire.

2: Find a SAFE place and away from children to burn the sage over the flame along with the crystal(s) you want to cleanse.You will start to see the sage smoke. It should not be on fire for more than a few seconds. All you need is the sage stick to be gently smoking. If you have trouble with keeping it smoking blow on the sage and this should do the trick.

3: Once you are happy with this you can now start! All you need to do is hold up the crystal and allow the smoke to hit the crystal. Turn the crystal around so the smoke covers  all of its surface area. I usually say a mantra to cleanse my crystals in my head or sometimes out loud.

I simply say “I cleanse this crystal of any negative energy, negative entities and bring only love, light,peace,  happiness and positivity.”

You may feel like you want to say something else or nothing at all. Maybe this crystal served you a great purpose, so you may want to thank it. I always go with my inner gut feelings at the time.

4: Once you have done this you can stub out the sage in the shell. Please make sure it is out so you don’t cause any fire hazards!

Place your crystals back in their desired living areas and thats them happy and refreshed!

I hope this blog has helped you get an insight in to how to look after your beautiful crystals.

Feel free to leave any comments on this blog space below.

Namaste

Grace

xxx

 

 

Hi! So most of you know me from Instagram @grac13_uk.

I started getting a lot of questions on my DM about the types of meditation I do.

My brand connects with summer, holidays, having fun, living life and feeling good about yourself. Thats why I design so you guys can feel and look great. So therefore, I want to share this with you, to guide you into a happier mind set for your spring and summer. Especially for those of you who don't get much time off so your summer holiday is extra important to you and you want to be the best possible version of yourself.

Now a lot of people will find meditation hard because you can't "switch off" or you can't find the time. Yet you want to start somewhere right? Or even just give it a go?

So I discovered a really easy time effective way to meditate. I started this on my own with no guidance about 4 years ago. I still do it once a week. However I am now years deep into my journey so I do other types of meditation and energy work.

This stuff doesn't just happen over night, so don't put yourself down if you don't get it first time round. It takes time, patience and most of all commitment. Not just commitment to the activities to better your soul but commitment to YOURSELF which inevitably reflects on your self love.

For some people this cleansing meditation will be more than enough when you do it daily and you might be happy with that. For others you may decide eventually you want to continue your journey and do more, there is no right or wrong, there is no judgement here.

I am a firm believer (in the words of Kyle Grey) that even if you just TRY every day to to connect with yourself  the universe will recognise your attempts and for this you will benefit.

Now, I do hear a lot of people say taking a cold shower in the morning is good for you and it should be part of your moring ritual. But if your anything like me, WHO THE HELL wants to wake up dreading having to be cold in the shower!!! NOT ME!

I want to start my day on a positive note and enjoy my morning , enjoy that ten minutes I have to just be on my own, no kids, no phone, no pets, just me before I go to work in warm water. So thats what I do! I love a nice hot bath or shower in the morning to boost my morning.

Now I personally have baths but this works in the shower too, especially if you are pushed for time. You don't have to do this in the morning, If you take a bath or a shower at night then thats totally fine too.

Anyway, I am really new to this so best crack on... but I mainly wanted to share this with you especially linked to my work because I know the pressure of work life, social life, personal life and social media life can be really hard to compress and cope with sometimes.

I hope this helps you like it did me and gives you that little boost you need each day to feel alive, because after all we are here to LIVE AND BE ALIVE and most of all be HAPPY 🙂

 

 

STEP 1: Light your candle in a safe place

STEP 2 FOR BATH: Pop some epsom salt in the bath and then being to fill it up to your required temperate.

STEP 2 FOR SHOWER: Turn your shower on to your required temperature

STEP 3: FOR BATH: Get in your bath and just relax for a moment let the water hit you and take three slow controlled deep breaths to release all tension until you sink into your body.

STEP 3 FOR SHOWER: Get in your shower and let the water fall over your body and take three slow controlled deep breaths to release all tension until you sink into your body.

I want you to say this mantra out loud or in your head for the next steps

" I am letting go of all the negativity and releasing it from this part of my body"

As you say this mantra I want you to imagine a black tar leaving that part of your body, being washed away by the water around you or falling on to you.

You might get overwhelmed the fist time you do it. If you get to a part of your body that needs more time then take the time on that part, if you feel like crying because your letting go, cry. Its all part of the process. I cry all the time when I do this, because when you start to do it you can feel the energy in certain areas of your body so it can be emotional.

Remember the mantra and the visualisation is very important for each step whilst keeping your breathing at a nice  controlled pace.

STEP 4 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Take your shampoo and wash your hair, as you are rubbing your shampoo into your head imagine you are rubbing away that black tar from your head. As you wash away the foam say the MANTRA and imagine the black tar washing down the drain leaving your head feeling light and almost empty.

STEP 5 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Take your face wash and repeat the same thing on your face and neck.

STEP 6 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Take your shower gel and move to your chest and heart area.You want to create space in your heart, you might feel its acing, this will help you release them toxic energies. Repeat the same thing.

STEP 7 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Move onto your arms start at the top and repeat the same thing pushing the foamy shower gel from the top of your arm to your finger tips repeating the same thing.

STEP 8 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Move onto your stomach where your anxiety lies , we want to release the knots. So massage your shower gel and then push from the middle out repeating the same thing until you feel light and almost empty.

Were almost there... keep going!

STEP 9 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Move onto your bum and repeat the same thing from the middle out.

STEP 1O FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Move to your legs, similar to how you pushed the black tar energy out of your arms, do the same from the top of your legs to the tips of your toes.

STEP 11 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Take 3 deep breaths and imagine your whole body is just light and almost empty ,you have now gotten rid of that negative black tar that was stuck inside your body creating blocks, so WELL DONE!

STEP 12 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: SMILE, and just let the water hit you / surround you.

We now go onto our second mantra.

"May my body mind and soul be filled with this golden light of positivity".

STEP 13 FOR BATH AND SHOWER: Take your conditioner and condition your hair give yourself a nice head massage, feel the relaxation of your body and how light you are. Imagine that conditioner is a bright gold light of positivity that has being massaged into your head and as you wash it out imagine it leading all the way down, through your face, your neck and back, your heart and chest, down your arms to the tips of your fingers, filling your whole body up with a soft golden magical light, as it passes through your stomach,lower back, bum, thighs all the way to the tips of your toes.

Now wiggle your toes and fingers and imagine your whole body filled with this amazing energy.

Dry off obviously!!

" Thank you for the water and the fire, air, earth and spirit, thank you universe" then blow out your candle.

I hope that was easy enough for you and I hope this helps you. Please be free to leave comments and good luck!

Love G xxx

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