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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

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

 

 

CLEANSE WATER MEDITATION

The welfare of our customers mental health has and is always a priority for us.

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?

We have a really easy time efficiant way to meditate... in the bath and in the shower!

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 mind, body and 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 we are all individuals on our own journey.

Here at Pretty Pink Princess we are firm believers (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, we often read or hear people saying to take a cold shower in the morning is good for you and it should be part of your moring ritual. But if your anything like the most of us WHO THE HELL wants to wake up dreading having to be cold in the shower!!

Our aim is to guide you to start your day on a positive note and enjoy your mornings. Enjoy that ten minutes you have to just be on your own, no kids, no phone, no pets, just you before you go to work.

Baths and showers are very effective. However showers are a lot quicker especially if you are pushed for time. You don't have to do this in the morning though, If you take a bath or a shower at night then thats totally fine too. What ever works for you is right for you.

We hope this helps you like it has for our team, we do hope it 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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