• You never know what's around the corner....

    It feels very poignant reading through my last blog (posted in September 2018) as I really had no idea how much my life would change in the following 8 months. In short and for reasons I won't bore you with, I had a complete stress induced breakdown that forced me to abandon my classes and to give up my business completely.

    I literally had no idea what was going on at that time which is a very frightening place to be; I thought I had something physically very wrong with me and never for a moment considered my issues might be related to my mental health rather than my physical health.

    It's been (or has seemed) a long and difficult road to travel whilst I've come to better understand what happened to me and I'm still unsure what finally felled me at the end of September last year. In the last couple of months my Mum sadly passed away quite unexpectedly and I ended up having a full hysterectomy the day after the funeral....not the happiest time in my life.

    I'd been aware that I was feeling very stressed at the end of the summer, but I'd always thought I was invincible....turned out I wasn't.

    I'm telling you this not to elicit sympathy, but to tell you that I'm still alive, recovering well, am physically fitter than ever, haven't retired and am feeling positive about the future.

    Life sometimes deals us a hand that we have no idea how to cope with, but those times test us to the absolute limits of our mental and emotional strength.

    My life has changed dramatically in the last 8 months, but I have found out so much about myself in the process. I have no wish to be my 'old self' again, but am slowly building a new self that is more forgiving and more flexible; I'm learning how to be much kinder to myself...finally!

    I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know I still have a lot to give and share with others in terms of health, fitness and wellness. How that manifests in terms of my work will become clear over the coming months.

    I am hoping to run a few 'sunset yoga' classes in local parks during the summer months so keep a look out for those if you're interested.

    I miss everyone who came to my classes and I truly hope you're all settled into a new class routine. I had to stop teaching pretty dramatically so that was a tough time for me. Letting my business go was a massive loss, but my health was at stake so I had to concentrate on getting well.

    Thankfully and with the help of my amazing and wonderful husband, loving and supportive friends and family, a brilliant psychotherapist, regular exercise and changing my behaviour patterns, I'm feeling so much better. Often it takes something dramatic to make us look at ourselves and the way we behave, but if that leads to greater contentment and be it.

    Have a great summer :-) Much love, Karen xx


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