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It’s time to bring you our regular meditation, courtesy of Amanda Penalver.

Amanda is a meditation expert and founder of True Rest®. Her work is devoted to challenging, inspiring & motivating her clients to live a more growth-full, rich & deeply fulfilling life.

Amanda offers True Rest classes & guided meditations to uplift, restore, replenish & re-energise you to live on purpose, fully awake, fully embodied & deeply connected.

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“Peaceful pause” –  meditation

Take a deep dive into the medicine of inner peace within yourself.

This yoga nidra style meditation starts with a quote by Thich Nhat Hahn and finishes with his peace chant ‘The End of Suffering’.

This is a live class from March 10th, 2022.

Good for sleep, anxiety & stress.

Find out more about Amanda’s brilliant work at mandypenalver.com

 

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On 4th April, ‘Authentic April’ my BRAND NEW monthly fitness challenge was released onto the website.

This 4 week fitness challenge will really focuses on making you feel wonderfully sculpted and toned. Using more of the small equipment this month.

This programme includes:

💥4 varied classes a week targeting different parts of the body.

💥 A motivational pack with wall chart planner to chart your progress.

💥 2 brand new 30 min workouts each week in addition to the other 2 workouts each week, hand picked by me from our back catalogue, to complement the 2 new weekly classes .

💥Every class within this programme is completely different with inventive choreography ..

This is my 15th 😳 monthly fitness and Pilates challenge that I have released onto my website (the others are all still available) and from the thousands of comments and emails I receive I know you will enjoy them. So I’m just so thrilled to give you another one to make you look and feel the best yet about yourself……..and once again

💥 This programme will be included as part of the Weekly Workout Club at no additional cost, along with my Menopause Metamorphosis programme.

💥 Click here if you are interested in joining the club and becoming part of the Weekly Workout Family… Let’s do this together! 🥰

My guiding quote for ‘Authentic April’

 

Above is my guiding quote for this month’s Pilates Body Conditioning Programme.

It really resonated with me as I think in these days of fast living we forget about being authentic, both to ourselves and to others.

Both physically and mentally there is always a pressure to look or perform in certain ways, masking both our true personalities and persona. We often lose ourselves trying to maybe look a certain way or behave in a certain way. This can mean that we lose the true sight of our own beauty, both externally and internally.

As I get older, I am realising the importance of staying true to oneself and not getting caught up in the “bullshit.”

Sometimes this takes courage … as in this quote by Brené Brown …

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make everyday.
It’s about the choice to show up and be real.
The choice to be honest.
The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

So have the courage to be just you … If thats as simple as just embracing the lines on our faces that we all have laughed and cried so hard to get … or learning to love move the moment we are in, remember …

“Be Authentic. Be Genuine. Be Real. Be You.’

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Hi! I’m Helen Gambarota and I am delighted to be back with Jo’s Weekly Workout Family to share my love of books with you.

I am a total book nerd and an avid reader and a compulsive book buyer, although I do need to slow down on the book buying as there are piles of books all around the house. I started reviewing books on Instagram as @BestBookFoward almost 4 years ago and I love chatting about books and sharing my passion for reading.

Each month I bring you my recommendation of a must-read book. I read a variety of genres so it could be anything from fiction, non-fiction, romance, historical fiction or a thriller and I really hope that you’ll enjoy each of them as much as I do.

If you’d like more book inspiration you can find my reviews on my Instagram account which is @BestBookForward, on Facebook or on my website bestbookforward.org

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As we find ourselves in uncertain and stressful times again I’ve really been struggling to find a book to recommend for you this month and so I thought I’d go for something completely different.  I hope you’ll love it.

The book is The Joy in Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson.

I often have books that I can dip in and out of by my bed and if I’m feeling really anxious or stressed I find them really soothing.  I loved this one as the chapters are very short and there are so many that I could really relate to.
When I finished reading this one I sat and wrote a list of the small things that give me joy and just making that list made me feel really happy.  As we’re coming into my favourite season here are a few of things that bring me joy:
  • Feeling the sun on my face; even when its a bit chilly out its just a wonderful feeling.
  • My nine year old twins still wanting to hold my hand.
  • Blossom on the trees
  • Hanging my washing outside
  • Naps – oh I love a nap
  • The feeling you get after doing one of Jo’s workouts ❤️
I wonder what might be on your list?  I hope you enjoy reading it

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You can buy your copy from Amazon here, or from all good bookshops.

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