So, if you read my blog last week you’ll know I took a last-minute trip to Manchester to attend the Om Yoga Show. It also had a surprise – the Mind Body Soul Event was happening alongside the larger Yoga event and I ended up spending more time there than in the big hall!
The travel all went very smoothly – we left Glasgow at 8.40am and arrived back at 10.20pm with one train change each way and a five minute walk to the exhibition centre in Manchester. It is a far cry from the expense and time it took me to attend the same event in London from Northern Ireland a couple of years ago. It just reminds me why I love living on “the mainland” because travel is SO much easier than it used to be.
Saying that, I’m travelling home next week for the penultimate weekend of the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training and I’m really looking forward to seeing my students, as we had time off over Easter, and to seeing An Cregan now that spring has well and truly sprung. (Don’t forget, if you want to see An Creagan yourself, there are still a couple of spaces at the Summer Solstice Retreat on 21st and 22nd June so contact me for more details or to book your place. It’s going to be a blast!)
Now, as for the event itself – it was much more a spending spree for me than a “proper” yogic experience. I didn’t attend any yoga workshops because I was too busy watching the Vitamix (fancy blender) demonstration and getting my college colleague to stop me from buying it. I bought myself all sorts of fancy yoga trousers and t-shirts as well as some yoga-inspired jewellery and a gorgeous ring that has Green Obsidian in which is supposed to protect me from Electro-Magnetic Frequencies.
However, it was more than just retail therapy. We met a wonderful woman, Marie-Claire Carlyle, who has written a number of books and we attended her workshop on “Becoming a Money Magnet”. I was pretty sceptical but just wanted a wee sit down after wandering round for a couple of hours. The workshop was an hour long and was all about breaking down self-limiting beliefs.
We were asked to remember our first experience with money as this is where some of these beliefs come from. A number of people mentioned that their families didn’t talk about money as if it was a dirty secret and one woman remembered how the tooth fairy gave her money … BUT she had to give something of herself in order to get it! That once struck a chord with me. As we left, we were told to look out for money coming into our lives. And guess what? During the workshop my phone, which wasn’t on silent, rang loudly and I scrambled around to switch it off. When I got out, I checked my messages and it was my Mum letting me know that she’d randomly put £150 into my bank account!