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Article for Choreography 2 Go: 8th November 2012

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Does any of this sound familiar to you?? Maybe now, or maybe in the past?? Or perhaps this is happening to someone close to you??

 “I’m stuck in a relationship that is going nowhere. He has become like an annoying brother that I love, but no longer like. I know that I deserve more but it’s just so much easier to stay in the safety of what I know rather than going through the hassle of breaking up, and starting over.”

“I drink too much. I know I drink too much, but it relaxes me and helps me cope with what life throws at me. If I didn’t have that glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed, then I don’t think I would survive.”

“I hate my job. I’m stuck on a merry-go-round of doing what I have to to survive and pay the bills, but deep down I know that there must be something better and more fulfilling out there for me.”

“I’m really struggling financially. When the phone rings I worry about who is on the other end, and have no idea how it got this bad. I know it’s serious because I’m taking cash out on one credit card to pay the minimum payment on all the others.”

All of these conversations were once me. I’ve had addictions to cocaine, cigarettes and alcohol (amongst other substances). I’ve been in an abusive relationship for 10 years which I tried to get out of for 9, and worked in the same building in the same job for 12 years! When I finally broke free from the above (the alcohol proved to be most stubborn however), I travelled to Thailand where I set up business and stayed for a number of years. When I returned to the UK I got caught up in an expensive franchise deal which looked good on paper, but resulted in terrible debt and ultimately bankruptcy.

Through all of these life dramas, and drama is to be expected in life, I have been lucky enough to have had a very strong yoga and meditation practice. It has literally saved me….sounds corny but it’s true. Yoga is like my best friend. It supports me, helps me, calms me, balances me and makes me feel happy to be alive. It has helped me to let go of the job that bored me, relationship that hurt me, and addictions that imprisoned me. Yoga and meditation gave me the belief in myself that I deserved to be happy, successful, loved and abundant.

I’m lucky, really lucky because my life could have turned out very very differently.

And it doesn’t matter what your source of strength and motivation is….it could be yoga like me, or step, dance, bootcamp, HIIT, pilates or personal training. As instructors we have found a purpose and can carry the inspiration that we found for ourselves to our students, and so it moves onwards and outwards.

I have been teaching yoga and meditation for nearly 12 years now and have watched as my students have fought their own battles, each one with a different struggle. Each stuck in they’re own way.

Now I want to share my own personal story with you, to hopefully inspire and motivate you to believe in your dreams and face life head-on. Ask yourself this question right now:

‘If You Could Have Anything…..What Would It Be?’

This is the title of my first novel which has just been published. I have broken down my own life ‘stories’ into 5 characters: Rob, Sam, Grant, Joss and Meg. Each of them stuck, each of them finding their way out, and each starting to understand how they fit in the world.

The book is for anyone that feels stuck in one or more of these areas. This book is also a brilliant present for someone you know that might be struggling and needs an inspirational boost through the journey of someone that has been there and escaped!

‘If You Could Have Anything…..What Would It Be?’ is currently available on Amazon:


Or can be ordered via my website (I can sign these copies for you!) www.innerguidance.co.uk/jos-book

It was really great to meet Rachel and Jayne last week at the yoga show, as I’ve been a big fan for a long time…..this newsletter has been a great source of inspiration to me for many years, and it’s great to now be a contributor  : )


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