Mantra of the month


Self-doubt is something that each and every one of us will face at some point in our lives. When we fail we ask ourselves if we are just not good enough and when we succeed we presume it was a fluke, we got lucky. Self-doubt can be very destructive and, if not dealt with, will stop us from reaching our highest potential. If a situation arises and you don't believe you will succeed or have a positive outcome, the best thing you can do is try your best and face the fear of failure head on in order to grow and succeed further down the line. I truly believe that past successes are the best weapon against self-doubt and the most effective tool towards believing in your potential. Taking my yoga teaching experience as an example, when I first started teaching I was terrified to hold the space. What if I forgot the flow? What if I froze? What if people didn't enjoy the class? But the more you do it and succeed with positive feedback, the easier it will be to believe you have what it takes.

This year has been a challenge for most of us in so many different ways. For some, difficulties in work life mean taking a new path and even learning new skills in order to make a living. It is very important that going into the new year we hold our heads high and believe we have what it takes to reach our highest potential in all aspects of life. Negativity will hold you back, positivity and selflove will drive you.

So goodbye 2020, hello to new beginnings.

Try this pose... One Leg Raised Upward Bow (Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana) This pose is perfect to accompany your mantra. It can be scary to go upside down and put yourself into unfamiliar shapes but with practice of upper body strength, know you can do it and once you're there, it feels great!

Kirstie Bird is a London-based yoga teacher and modern calligrapher (

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