Never has there been a more important time for us to invest in our wellbeing. But with kids to homeschool, work to juggle, clothes to wash, and potentially a partner to bicker with, there doesn’t leave much time to wade through the overwhelming options of classes and materials available, let alone actually do any of them.
So below I have listed my very favourite online wellbeing classes and services, which are helping to keep my mind chatter and anxiety at bay, and allowing me to dedicate a bit more time to myself. An essential part of keeping sane in isolation (and most certainly not selfish or a luxury – not matter what your busy brain tells you.)
I hope there is something here for everyone, but I would also love to know what you recommend. Please do get in touch on Instagram or Facebook, or email on email@example.com
Calm Mamas Club yoga teachers Madeleine Hart and Louise Foglia are both running fantastic yoga classes online at various times to suit you. So if you’ve been to an event and enjoyed a class previously, you’re in luck!
You can book Louise’s Beginners Class, Fridays at 12.30, via A Fine Balance Studio website: https://www.afinebalance.me
Madeleine is running classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, which are bookable via https://www.momoyoga.com/madelaine-hart/
Sonia Noy is an incredible pilates teacher, and her mother and baby classes were a lifeline to me after having my third baby. Sonia is running regular classes via Zoom and also a Wednesday morning Barre class, which I’m super keen to try.
To check out her timetable and book please visit her website https://www.sonianoypilates.com
HEALTH & WELLBEING COACHING
Lou Murray is a Health & Mindfulness Coach over at Live Well With Lou and is currently running a special Power Hour – Latte with Lou session, where you will receive 1-2-1 coaching for an hour. The session will assess your current lifestyle, concerns and goals to create tailored recommendations for your specific goals. You will receive practical nutrition, lifestyle and self-care knowledge, tools and practices that will move you towards reaching your personal goals. You will be given exercises to build healthy habits into your life to support your lifestyle and behaviour change and of course there will be some delicious, nourishing recipes included too! The session will end with a wonderfully nurturing mindful meditation session.
Sound good? Please check out Lou’s website https://www.livewellwithlou.com
If you’re anything like me, I spend the day exhausted and then when it comes to bedtime I watch the news and I can’t switch off. A recorded yoga nidra is perfect for this, which helps you relax and drift off into a wonderful sleep.
I love the recorded sessions from Sara Johnson at Connect to Calm, available to buy for adults and children. Use the code HOMERETREAT to receive a 20% discount, or you can join Sara on Monday evenings at 8pm for her free Facebook Live sessions.
For more information, hop over to https://www.connecttocalm.co.uk
You may already to know but I am currently training to become an accredited Ten of Zen Mindfulness Teacher, and I am loving my journey with mindfulness. I have a mind that doesn’t know when to quit and, despite the relentless chatter (even during the meditations, this is no bad thing people), it is still having a massively positive impact on my state of wellbeing.
Nikki Wilson’s Ten of Zen meditations are perfect for busy mums. A short 10 minutes, which encourage you to get comfy and switch off. They are also free on the 10 of Zen website and meditations range from “I made a crap choice,” to “top yourself up.” I couldn’t recommend highly enough.
Check out Nikki’s full library of free meditations over at https://www.10ofzen.com/welcometothelibrary
CHILD & FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST
These are unprecedented times for sure, which will be affecting the whole family. The shutdown of schools with the instruction to remain at home is a huge change, which is bound to bring up a whole range of feelings and emotions. If you feel like you need additional support to navigate this there is help available, including Dr Martha Deiros Collado, who is a Clinical Psychologist for Children, Young People and their Families.
Martha is available for therapy sessions online, which can be booked by contacting her on Martha@DrMDC.co.uk Or alternatively Martha hosts a live Twitter session for any questions 8-9pm every Wednesday evening.
PREGNANCY & FAMILY YOGA
I was lucky enough to attend Kat’s pregnancy yoga classes with my second and third pregnancies so I know how incredible they are. Kat is running pregnancy yoga classes online via the Bababoom Loughton Instagram page on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Plus Kat and her beautiful daughters are running Yoga Kats kids classes, suitable for the whole family.
You can find details on how to contact Kat via her website, http://loveuyoga.co.uk
MUM & BABY CLASSES
Finally, my week wouldn’t be complete without our Boggle Beats zoom classes. Run by professional singer and kids entertainer Jodie, my two year old daughter adores the class and, even in my shittest mood, Jodie has never failed to cheer me up.
Classes are just £3 each for the whole family and are available to book via the Hoop website https://hoop.co.uk/boggle-beats/Q7bdxx-boggle-beats-live-stream/
To check out more fantastic online wellbeing resources, designed to support us through this difficult time, please do hop over to the Calm Mamas Club website https://calmmamasclub.co.uk/wellbeing-directory/ Or follow Calm Mamas Club on Instagram of Facebook.
If you’re a wellbeing practitioner and you would like to be listed on the directory, please do message me on firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to have you included!