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Meditation As A Cure For Modern Madness

3 Jul

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness& Therapy Education, London, UK. 

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I don’t know who actually said it but it’s priceless….‘Thoughts are just things!’  Indeed, they are but when we constantly stay in the ‘noise’ of daily life we don’t give ourselves an opportunity to ponder and process events with sufficient depth.  The kind of depth that means we don’t over-react, take things personally and blow our tops when it’s not quite the right thing to do ;-(.  Anyway, committing to a daily meditation practice, even for 5-10 mins a day can dramatically improve our ability to process the onslaught of information that we are all fed daily and develop the power of ‘witnessing’ and ‘observing’ events with a lot less judgement and reaction.

For the last 3 years I’ve been a dedicated (most days) student of meditation and on the 30th May, I’ll return to teaching  ‘class’ but no jumping up and down for me 🙂  Instead, I’ll be sitting in virtual silence and won’t be moving very much at all!  I’m teaching my very own meditation class!  It’s a HUGE nod to simply doing what makes me happy, regardless of potential income, and without obsessing about the number of potential attendees.  But I know they’ll come, because PEOPLE JUST NEED THE TINIEST PERMISSION TO STOP! Especially here in London.

It’s being promoted, targetted at local workers, I’ve planned an awesome class and will be turning up with my cushion and my singing bowl and IT FEELS AWESOME!  Over the last couple of years ‘thanks’ to a bout of ill health,  I have finally truly come to love and crave being silent and simply STOPPING and I just want to share the power of silence with as many people as I can because I know with every fibre in my body,   IT WORKS and can be the portal for astounding transformation.  It costs virtually nothing but it’s worth its weight in gold to your sanity and mental wellbeing.  Isn’t that just like most of the things that we hold dearest in this life.

So, in the pursuit of fame, fortune and building 6-figure empires (hmmm), let’s not forget to do the stuff that just ‘feels wonderful!  Remember, on our death beds, not one of us will wish we had worked more 🙂

If you fancy a cheeky afternoon lie-down and you’re in the in the Covent Garden area of London on Wednesdays at 12 noon, come and join me – IT’S COOL TO BE QUIET!  Location: the beautiful, Good Vibes warm yoga studio, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London.

Check out this simple style below by the lovely Tommy Rosen…..We’ll be doing great stuff like this!

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An Indirect Path To A Smaller Bum!

21 May

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy Education, London, UK. 

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I’ve just spent 2 days teaching my Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage course at NLSSM and it proved to be a timely intervention.   It is without a doubt, extremely high on the list of my favourite things to do IN THE WHOLE WORLD!  No kidding.  You see, there was not a single person in that room (12 amazing women – below) who didn’t instinctively know that, to truly walk the path of  ‘showing up’ for your own life you’ve got to do AN INSIDE OUT JOB not visa versa! And that’s OK.

You see, I work mostly with fitness people and in my younger days, I too did my part to fortify the myth that looking good on the outside was a key to happiness.  Oh the folly of youth! I now consider this to be high class BS if your internal landscape looks like a bombsite, literally or spiritually.  Without a doubt, spending time in this awesome environment, got me ‘plugged back in’  to some key fundamentals of our human journey and the guiding principle that cultivating an awesome heart/head-space and a compassionate outlook for others and yourself is KING because it is actually a high self-regard that means you treat yourself well, slay your addiction and personality monsters (food, booze, co-dependence etc) and generally do no harm to others.  A high self- regard means that you instinctively steer clear of people, places and things that don’t keep you ‘in the light’.  A high self-regard means you can smell a rat at a hundred paces and head for the hills 🙂

If you’re not familiar with how much of this type of educatin is delivered, here’s a snapshot…..

  • During practically all of your education (in some cases, over the course of years) and on CPD’s you spend a lot of time undressed and physically exposed!
  • You make friends with a complete stranger, undress infront of them and the rest of the room without fear of judgement and allow them to get skin-to-skin with you.
  • You allow a perfect stranger to touch you intimatelyand to perform an  exchange of energy with you.
  • You allow someone you’ve never met before to to help you, to heal you, to perform an act caring and compassion for you and most of all, you instantly TRUST this complete stranger to do you no harm.

It’s only in this style of hands-on education that I ever truly see egalitarian interaction.  Everyone brings their take on the situation to the table and we all openly learn from and observe each other working, we’re happy to receive praise for great work and equally open to have someone guide us to a better solution.  In this environment,  interaction occurs without the GAME-FACE because we know that our bodies can’t lie to anyone, and what the ‘client and the therapist’ both feel as the treatment progresses is THE SIMPLE TRUTH.  So people get real, say real stuff, share rarely-voiced thoughts, ask questions easily and are happy when the answer is a shrug of the shoulders or some other ineffable or simply accept that ‘feeling a shift in energy or awareness’ IS the answer.  Love it!  But the hugest bonus is when the treatment is finished, your partner is up and dressed and you look each other in the eyes with gratitude and sincerity and you know that you JUST GOT RECONNECTED TO ANOTHER HUMAN SOUL AND TO THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF !  And isn’t that actually what we came here for?

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The No-Diet Fat Loss Ten Commandments

17 May

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy, London, UK.

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Image1.       INSULIN IS ONE OF OUR MASTER HORMONES IN TERMS OF FAT LOSS  – TO PREVENT FAT BEING STORED WE NEED TO GOOD CONTROL OVER IT.  For most people this means 3 things, reduce/moderating their intake of STARCHY CARBS, CUTTING BACK ON ALCOHOL AND AVOIDING SUGAR – YOUR OVERALL DAILY INTAKE SHOULD LOOK LIKE THE PLATE ABOVE.

2.       Eat more protein especially in the morning (first meal of the day), it sets the scene for your intake for the remainder of the day ie., you will crave less carbs.

3.       Focus on avoiding C.R.A.P – Excess starchy carbs, Refined Sugar, Alcohol and Packaged/Processed Foods.

4.       Keep well hydrated – aim for 2 litres of water a day – add a little Himalayan mountain salt and  the juice of ½ a lemon to ‘supersize’. Water is VITAL TO FAT LOSS.

5.       Supplement – Omega 3 and a High Quality Multi-Vitamin & Mineral – GOOD FATS ARE VITAL TO FAT LOSS.

6.       Perform 20 mins of High Intensity  Interval Training 3-4 times per week that involves whole body movements – THIS PUSHES YOUR BODY TO BURN MORE FAT. You need to get HOT, SWEATY, OUT OF BREATH AND YOUR MUSCLES NEED TO BURN.  Intensity and brevity are king.  Forget about hours on the treadmill.  Get going, work hard, go home!

7.       Increase your general level of walking and lower level activity on the days when you are not performing HIIT.

8.       Perform some kind of stretching daily & prioritize rest/quiet time – INACTIVITY IS JUST AS VITAL AS ACTIVITY.

9.       Identify your stressors and start work to eradicate or minimize them – STRESS MAKES YOU FAT!

10.   Base your daily intake and actions on the fact that: YOU ONLY GET 1 BODY, WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT OUR HEALTH AND VITALITY. Movement and great nutrition are your way of showing daily gratitude for the body and health you have been gifted 🙂

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Got Beef?…..Do ‘The Work’ With Byron Katie!

14 May

 

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education (www.burrelleducation.com)
Specialist Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy Education

“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.”Byron Katie

There is absolutely no point in me trying to explain this woman, I’ve seen her live a few time and it’s mesmerising.  No matter how affronted you are about anyone’s behaviour towards you or whatever beef you have – guess what?  Doing ‘The Work’ will smash it to pieces.  It’s totally hilarious how by the end of the evening you end up feeling that actually, you’re the ass!  Ha ha.  On a serious note, it’s DEEP, DEEP, DEEP.  It will ROCK  YOUR WORLD!   I remember when I went to see Katie, I managed to find a seat in a packed auditorium and sat next a woman who pulled out a massive stack of tissues and placed them at her feet.  I thought she was being a bit dramatic but trust me, we got through the whole lot.

Check out Byron Katie, she’s a gift to us all.

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How to Improve Your 10K Time – By Andy DuBois

9 May

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education (www.burrelleducation.com)
Specialist Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy Education

Ok, so I’m 3 weeks out from the Run For Congo Women 10K here in London (Regents Park – Sunday 3rd June)!   I’m also doing the warm-up, which should be interesting 🙂

http://www.runforcongowomen.org/

Anyway, I’m finally starting to feel like a runner again and getting a bit keen, so I asked my good friend, former colleague and uber-awesome fitpro Andy Dubois, who’s in Sydney – yes – Australia – to share with us, his top 3 tips for running faster.  He knows a thing or two about this a) he runs ultra-distance – nuff said! b) that’s him below – nuff said!

I asked him to give us 3 tips that cover performing intervals, strength training to boost speed and fuelling for success.  So here they are – thanks Andy!

To Improve Your 10k Time

Speed Session

400 metre repeats at a pace that is slightly faster than your target 10k pace. So if you aim to run 50 minutes for 10km then look at running your 400 metres in 1 min 50 seconds. Jog slowly for 60-90 seconds and aim to perform 8-12 repetitions.

If you don’t have access to a track simply run for 2 minutes at slightly faster than race pace then jog easily for 60-90 seconds and repeat 8-12 times.

Strength Exercise

Outside

One of the best strength exercises for runners when approaching competition is hill sprints. Find a hill that takes around 10 seconds to run up. Once you are warmed up sprint uphill, focusing on driving the arms , lifting the knees and long , powerful strides. Rest for about 60 seconds in between each effort and repeat 10 times

In the Gym

In the final month before a race the focus needs to be on speed not strength. Plyometrics are perfect for this. Jump Lunges are an excellent exercise that can be performed by anyone with a basic level of strength in their legs. Simply stand with one foot forward , quickly squat down , jump up and bring your back leg forward and your front leg back so that you land with the other leg forward. Upon landing immediately jump back up again and swap legs. Perform as many reps in 20-30 seconds as you can and then give yourself a good 1-2 minutes rest before repeating the exercise twice more.

It is not necessary to bend the knees that much when landing , a 20-30 degree bend will be plenty. Focus on keep your ground contact time as short as possible.

Fuelling Before Speed Sessions

Despite what sports drink manufacturers would have you believe it is not essential to consume sports drink during a speed session. As long as you have eaten something 2-3 hours before your session you will be fine. If however you run first thing in the morning or after 4-5 hours after a meal then you may need something to pick your blood sugar levels up so a sports drink may come in handy, a slice of toast or banana would be just as good.

Thanks to the power of the internet, Andy also does remote coaching, his details are below:

0432 838 241
www.mile27.com.au
He also has a great blog too !

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A Tool To Tame The Ego!

9 May

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education (www.burrelleducation.com)
Specialist Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy Education

And I say this to myself too…….

When we’re inpatient and frustrated WE PUSH because we think we are our own ‘higher power’, we think we are running the show – the ego is very naughty! Tell it to hush next time you think you might speak or act without true consideration for others or demand things get done ONLY your way!  The world we live in is moving so fast, but we humans are still basic and slow at heart – there’s a place for slow………

Sit back and WAIT, WATCH AND WONDER as it all unfolds EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD & WILL DO.

‘Why has it turned out like that?’ you ask……BECAUSE IT HAS! 🙂  As Byron Katie says…..’If you argue with reality, you’ll lose EVERYTIME!’

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Eat Like a Dog And Stay Slim!

5 May

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy, London, UK.

That title got your attention didn’t it!

In a time when everyone is obsessed with restricting, it’s almost akin to swearing in church to advocate eating more, but that’s not quite what I meant….I meant, eat like MY DOG – PRINCESS POPPY!

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, and as my body and brain is in non-work mode, I thought I’d do a ‘light’ post without all the latin and facts and absoultely nothing to do with Pregnancy and Post Natal, so here goes…….

I do believe that dear Poppy has greater emotional and literal intelligence than most human beings….and all the dog owners out there know what I mean here… this is the regime she employs to keep her figure:

1.  She employs INTERMITTENT FASTING, somedays she eats masses, somedays not much at all.

2.  Poppy always drinks her water, all day long.

3.   Poppy doesn’t eat sweet things, processed food, trans fats or anything rubbish – just high class OPTIMUM NUTRITION dog food.

4.  Oddly for a dog, she loves fish!  A bit of smoked salmon goes down very well 🙂

5.  She rests, lols around and sleeps most of the day in the comfiest spot in the house – some posh furry cushions ON MY BED!

6.  She takes formal exercise 3 times a day and is always gagging for it, if I just mention the word OUT and she’s on my heels til we head out.

7.  When on the lead, she heads off at a pace, employing the POWER WALKING STRATEGY.

8.  When released from her lead she bombs around the park for 20 mins employing the HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING STRATEGY.

9.  Nevermind 8 hours sleep, I’m sure she’s on more like 14!  Truly and obviously obeying her CIRCADIAN RYTHMNS!

10.  She is friendly, outgoing, extremely good natured and likes EVERYONE! She therefore is welcomed everywhere she goes and is always treated well by humans and her other doggy pals – OBVIOUSLY HAS VERY GOOD SELF-ESTEEM.

11.  She is never angry, growly or bitey…..unless you are the postman…..what is that?

12.  She has high emotional intelligence ie.,  shifts very quickly when I start swearing and stays very very close when I cry.

13.  She only gets stressed when little children are around…she is scared of them for some reason!  If they are in the park when she arrives, she turns around to leave.  A perfect demonstration of knowing what’s good for her and walking away from things that aren’t.  I BET HER CORTISOL ISN’T VERY HIGH!

14.  She accepts all kind words and deeds offered graciously – tail wags when you praise her and you could easily get a numb arm just sitting there rubbing her belly for over an hour 🙂 SHE OBVIOUSLY HAS  HIGH SELF-WORTH!

15.  Finally, she hates going in the car!!!! Just pure organic walking for this simple girl.

Hhmmmm….so back to the title, don’t you agree – EAT, REST AND LIVE like Poppy and we’ve got it licked!

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