The last Monday of January is known as Blue Monday, but we refuse to let that bring us down. Blue Monday is the day that we are all most likely to feel a little blue according to a unique formula British psychologist calculated by Dr. Cliff Arnall. We’ve decided to challenge this blue mood and to make this day a little brighter, because no matter the name or colour, we want to see every day as a chance to seek happiness! We asked 8 incredible women to take a moment to notice what they are grateful for and tell us, what makes them happy. Maybe some of the things that inspire their happiness can help us all to make a conscious decision to shift our perspective into a place of contentment and happiness from deep within.
Happiness to me is stepping on to my yoga mat and taking a full breath in, and an even fuller breath out to land into my space. Happiness is breaking through the clouds in a plane and knowing it’s always sunny up there somewhere, taking students on retreat and seeing their smiles grow wider as the days go by. But happiness is also the simple things in life: riding my bike around Copenhagen, meeting friends for afternoon hygge, and the daily meditation of walking my dog.
I really enjoy bringing people together and making things happen. It’s really important to me that yoga is accessible to the widest range of people possible, and that’s why at Yogahome we do outreach to disadvantaged groups. The thought that I can make a positive contribution to someone else’s life is what makes me happy.
My partner and my dog. My Family. The love I am surrounded by and the love I can give. Yoga fills my heart with joy and to be able to teach it and help other people listen to their body and find themselves through this practice. Warm, sunny days. The smell of the blossoming flowers in the spring. The sound of the ocean and the salty air. It makes me incredibly happy to be able to move, see, hear. To fill my heart with gratitude for all these things and more.
Spending time with my amazing friends, who crack me up constantly when we’re together. My New Year’s resolution is to try and see them more! I’m also a keen music fan and looking forward to dancing a field at Glastonbury this summer. Relaxing with a good book, preferably with my dog on one side of me and cat on the other is definitely up there too. And work wise: when people tell me about some difference coming to class has made in their life – that’s the most rewarding aspect of my job.
The moments I lose myself; moving on my yoga mat; pushing myself at crossfit; quiet breakfasts in my favourite coffee shop between busy things; picnics on the floor of our little house.
Small kind gesture from strangers. Healthy and happy friends and family. Yoga. My 8 month old puppy. Holidays. Salted popcorn, mango, and watching TV in front of my fire at home (ideally with a glass of red wine in hand).
Spending my days sharing quiet space, stillness and breath with an extraordinary group of communities gives me a remarkable sense of purpose. It makes me very happy to shift people’s perspective on how it’s absolutely possible for everybody to feel a sense of belonging in a yoga and meditative practices space.
Spending time with people I care about – family and friends. Having a good phone conversation. Going for a brisk walk or seeing a good film. Helping others. Every day I like to give 5 chocolate gold coins to people I don’t know, but who in some way are nice – like a receptionist who smiles at me. When I have given the 5 I feel really happy.