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Journey with Nikita

Journey with Nikita

By Nikita Thakrar

Educating, through Dance, Yoga and Meditation.
Empowering, through Podcast, Poetry and Personal development.
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Sitting up v’s lying down
Sitting up v’s lying down
In one of my recent wellbeing workshops, a participant asked me if its ok to meditate lying down. They said that every morning and evening they listen to a guided meditation audio lying in bed and whilst they feel calm, they haven’t noticed that they are progressing spirituality. Let’s be clear, there is a big difference between relaxation and meditation! Relaxing can be lying down, giving your body and mind a chance to slow down and switch off. However meditation is a state of attaining a higher realm of consciousness and this my friend, can only be done sitting up.  Listen to this short podcast to find out why... To learn more about meditation or attend a wellbeing workshop/retreat visit: Life Coaching, Reiki Master, Meditation - Journey with Nikita
07:02
January 28, 2023
Light on the other side
Light on the other side
"WE CANT ALWAYS CHOOSE THE MUSIC LIFE PLAYS FOR US, BUT WE CAN CHOOSE HOW WE DANCE TO IT"... I'm Nikita and this time last year I sprained my ankle, well I thought it was a sprain. I was abroad and the x-ray there showed it was not broken. They sent me away without a crutch / support and I continued limping around and dancing on it for the next few months! The pain was getting increasingly severe which prompted me to get another x-ray done in this country. This time it showed the tibia bone was broken. Perhaps it had been from the time of the injury or moving on it broke it, I'll never know. Fear and panic set in as I genuinely thought my career as a dancer & yoga instructor was over... I struggled to demonstrate dance steps in classes and could no longer do some of the yoga postures in front of my students. I felt guilty and ashamed. I did a vigorous course of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, along with a lot of self healing (Reiki) and as a consequence, I was able to perform in TWO of my company's shows last year, albeit in discomfort. Now one year on and I honestly do not feel a thing, I am back to complete physical strength and my mindset is even more determined to do what I can while I can. I feel so grateful that I recovered well and even though I am aware this was only a minor injury, I want to share my story to inspire others not to give up! If you're going through a hurdle in your life where you feel stuck, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally I can assure you this is a temporary phase and you WILL overcome it, even stronger than you are now. I promise, there is LIGHT on the other side, if you stay strong, resilient and have hope 🙏 ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
03:17
January 25, 2023
Reflections of 2022
Reflections of 2022
As 2022 draws to a close, Nikita begins to reflect and explore what makes people avoid making decisions, which they know will benefit them in the long run. Overcoming fear, stepping out of our comfort zone and taking a leap of faith is going to be key as we enter the New Year. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
12:15
December 01, 2022
The THREE most important words you will ever say in your life
The THREE most important words you will ever say in your life
The three most important words you will ever say in your life... From my experience, we all come to a stage in our lives where we say three words to ourselves and no its not ‘I love you’. By saying these 3 words can potentially be a game changer and lead us down a path of deep, profound transformation. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
05:56
November 14, 2022
Third Eye Meditation
Third Eye Meditation
Awaken your third eye, to achieve clarity of thoughts and control over mind. Connect with your higher self and develop intuitive abilities, to draw on your wisdom and connection with the Universe. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
12:24
October 22, 2022
Weekend Meditation
Weekend Meditation
Regardless of how your week has been, settle into the space, connect with your breath and recharge with this 12-minute guided meditation. Be prepared to experience calming moments of comfort and reignite feelings of hope for the week ahead. If you resonate with this meditation, please share it with someone else who may benefit. Give someone special the gift of healing. With love, ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
12:27
August 27, 2022
Heart Chakra Meditation
Heart Chakra Meditation
How do I know if my heart chakra is blocked? You may feel discomfort or tightness in the chest area, difficulty to breathe or restlessness. You may associate this with feelings of anxiety or tension. Through this simple 15minute meditation, you can BEGIN the process of letting go of stuck energy in the heart space. By giving yourself 'permission' to release, Nikita will talk you through a comforting process of breathing techniques with visualisation. Find a comfortable position either sitting upright or lying down. If you benefit from this meditation you may choose to do it regularly to ensure that energy is flowing into this chakra (energy channel). Feel free to share it with others who are suffering from stress or anxiety. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
13:21
August 09, 2022
Being stressed isn't cool!
Being stressed isn't cool!
Many of us have come to think that showing people we are busy, exhausted and run down makes us look as though we are working hard. As a society, we have to come believe that being stressed is normal, in order to achieve and succeed. What if you can work hard and be calm? What if you can succeed and smile at the same time? In this podcast we explore the possibility of us enjoying the process and changing our perspective. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
02:54
March 15, 2022
What works for me...
What works for me...
What works for me and makes me happy everyday, by implementing key lifestyle changes into my routine. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
09:55
November 05, 2021
Productivity v's Speed
Productivity v's Speed
Many people think that if they have a lot to do they need to do it quickly, but if you have a lot to do you might as well enjoy doing it! We're told to make lists, write things down in order of priority and some say start with the hardest tasks first and then lead into the easier tasks as the day goes on. These are methods and ultimately in whatever order you do them, they all need to be done. Some people think that Meditation and Mindfulness might slow them down, it might deviate them from their tasks or goals. In my experience the practice of Meditation and application of Mindfulness has led me to be more productive. I have greater clarity and focus which means I can be more decisive, think clearer and be more present. In this short 5mins Podcast, I explore how you can be both productive AND have speed, by adding 3 simple steps into your daily life. If you would like to learn more or attend a BREATHE, RELAX & MEDITATE workshop with me click here. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
05:01
October 14, 2021
How to cope with negativity from others
How to cope with negativity from others
Do you find yourself, trying so hard to be positive only to be pulled down by other people?  Do you feel that when you're having a good day, someone can say or do something which changes your mood?  Do you find your energy getting depleted in the company of others? In this short Podcast I am going to discuss ways in which you can cope with negativity from others, so you don't get as affected and drained by it.  If you find this helpful and would like to learn more, subscribe to Nikita's YouTube channel for free guided meditations and positive thinking podcasts. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
05:41
October 05, 2021
Chakra Balancing Meditation
Chakra Balancing Meditation
This powerful chakra balancing guided meditation will align your chakras with a simple technique, in which you will be guided through each chakra, allowing energy to flow and blockages to be released.  This is an exercise which can be used by anyone at anytime, to harmonise and balance the body's energy channels.   ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
21:01
October 02, 2021
The fine line between self-belief and ego
The fine line between self-belief and ego
"The fine line between self-belief and ego" - by Nikita  I have always struggled with self-belief. When I was a teenager I was ambitious and wide eyed, but this soon got suppressed by the traditional system in which I studied Indian classical dance. My enthusiasm and curiosity got misunderstood for arrogance and so I was tamed to tone it down. As the years went on I became a better dancer but a more shy, self-conscious person. I went from being blindly confident to fearfully timid. As I got older it only became harder to manage and the more successful I became, the more I lost another layer of self-belief. If my voice resonates with you, get in touch with me and see if I can support you on your Personal Development journey.
05:41
September 23, 2021
What is Personal Development?
What is Personal Development?
Over the past few years, my successful dance career on its own hasn't been satisfying me. I stopped performing during the pandemic and although I LOVE teaching, I always felt like I wanted (and could) do more. I was frustrated sitting on my talents and resources, not knowing what to do… All I have ever known is, I want to help people become the best version of themselves... By drawing on my own pain, challenges, fears and resilience. During the pandemic, many people struggled with periods of isolation and uncertainty. However, finding certainty in uncertainty is something I have been living with for years through my ongoing health problems.  Through Personal Development I SHINE MY LIGHT. I want to use my skills and experiences to motivate others, to draw on their inner strength. I want to inspire young people to follow their dreams and most of all encourage people to develop a deeper connection with themselves, on a SOUL level. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
05:28
September 02, 2021
Who are you?
Who are you?
WHO AM I is an age old question that many of us may ask ourselves at different stages of our lives. Getting to know ourselves is a journey; from understanding our personalities, to embracing our core values and consequently appreciating the essence of who we really are. Even though we are always adapting and evolving, there is a part of us that remains unaffected by external change. The question of 'who am I' connects us to that deeper part of ourselves. To learn more and experience free guided meditations, visit: Journey with Nikita | Personal development through mindfulness, journaling and meditation ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
07:47
April 30, 2021
Positive thinking leads to a positive mindset
Positive thinking leads to a positive mindset
💥Do you know that the average person has around 60,000 thoughts per day, of which approximately 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts.  🗣️If we repeat those negative thoughts again and again, they turn into patterns which get imprinted on our minds. These patterns create beliefs and habits, which guide our actions. ⚡Is it therefore possible for us to stay positive, even when things are not going well for us? 🎧In this Podcast, I explore how can we lift our spirits using POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS to stay optimistic and empower our overall mindset. ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
15:01
April 23, 2021
Poem: My Purpose
Poem: My Purpose
Have you ever wondered if there is a deeper meaning to life? Do you question your place within the world? Are you curious about discovering your higher purpose? The word Purpose, in Sanskrit is 'Dharma', which is of the thinking that each one of us has a significant meaning of existence.  This poem was written many years ago when I started to discover my Dharma. It continues to evolve, even today but the path of searching is reflected in this poem: I want to be someone, I want to go somewhere, I want to spread my knowledge, I have a desire to share. The ideas are all there, The plans are in place, I need to make it happen, Need to run faster in this race. I have been given a task, An important role, I need to hold on tight, I cannot let go. Even if things get tough, Or if my vision gets lost, I have to keep my faith going, Keep going at any cost. I have so much more to do, Much more to achieve, More tasks to complete, More rewards to receive. My journey is still long, My aims are still high, I need to fulfil my purpose, Until the day I die... For more poems and guided meditations search 'Journey with Nikita' on YouTube. To attend Personal Development workshops with Nikita visit: http://journeywithnikita.com
01:55
April 03, 2021
Stepping back from my roles & responsibilities
Stepping back from my roles & responsibilities
Each one of us play a number of roles and have a variety of responsibilities, both professionally and personally. Is it possible to step away from my roles to give my mind a break? If I DETACH from my responsibilities, then am I neglecting my duties? ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
06:33
April 01, 2021
My Journey with Reiki
My Journey with Reiki
Reiki came into my life, like a bird fly's into a garden. It was natural and effortless, yet has sustained a significant impact on my physical health and emotional wellbeing. Since practicing Reiki on myself and others, I have found that I am in harmony with the Universal life force; it flows through me with ease.  I am passionate about inspiring others to connect with this powerful energy, known as Reiki (Japanese), Chi (chinese) or Prana (Indian). I believe we should all have access to this, so we can heal ourselves and others. To hear free guided meditations search 'Journey with Nikita' on YouTube. For more information about Reiki with Nikita, visit: http://journeywithnikita.com
09:15
March 28, 2021
Poem: It was all a dream
Poem: It was all a dream
A personal poem, written during a breakup. When relationships fall apart, we tend to blame ourselves and question what we did wrong. At the time we are going through it, we find it hard to see the bigger picture, and feel as though this hurt will last forever. Writing this poem helped me process my emotions and heal myself. It was all a dream; by Nikita Thakrar: I am trying to make it easier; Easier for my heart, Easier to understand, How my dreams got torn apart. Perhaps I shouldn’t dream, Or maybe it wasn’t real Perhaps it is meant to be like this, Is this an imbalance of the wheel? What I just don’t understand, Or what I can’t seem to digest, Is why this only happens to me, And why not to all the rest? Is it because I am cursed? Or do I simply not deserve love? Will my luck ever be reversed? Or will it always be this tough? I am looking for an answer, I am looking deep inside, If you know what I am going through, Then please, can I confide? My heart feels like a toy, Played with and used, My mind is asking questions, As my body feels abused. For more poems and guided meditations search 'Journey with Nikita' on YouTube. http://journeywithnikita.com/
02:02
March 24, 2021
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Do you have 15minutes to relax? Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice, used to gently ease the body into a deep state of relaxation, twice that of deep sleep. It is best performed lying down, in Savasana (corpse posture). You will be guided through a series of instructions and auto-suggestions to encourage your brain to send signals to each body part to RELAX. Towards the end there will be a Meditation, concluding with chanting of OM 3 times for sustained peace. If you do the full duration, you will feel calm and relaxed. Ideal to do in the evening to help you wind down before going to sleep. If you would like to hear more Meditations with beautiful scenic videos, search 'Journey with Nikita' on YouTube. http://journeywithnikita.com/ Om Shanti.
15:37
March 17, 2021
Poem: Meditation
Poem: Meditation
Meditation, by Nikita Thakrar: I sit still as I watch, my thoughts pass by,  Some fly past and others take time. I am not getting involved in the play of my mind,  I remain detached and stillness I find. Nothing remains, only my breath,   I am with the core of my being, my inner depth. I hear it sing and feel it vibrate,  I connect with myself, through a bond of faith. My thoughts and desires have now disappeared,  As I swim in the pool of emptiness, nothing is to be feared... Poem cannot be used for external sources without consent. For more poems and guided meditations by Nikita, please visit: Journey with Nikita - YouTube http://journeywithnikita.com/
02:17
March 14, 2021
Daring to dream...
Daring to dream...
The decisions we make when we are young go on to shape the rest of our lives... I chose GCSE subjects that I enjoyed, I chose A'levels that I was good at and I eventually chose NOT to go to University, despite it being the cultural norm in my family. It felt so natural for me to follow my passion and I was blessed to have parents who encouraged me to chase my dreams, even if they didn't work out.  I was ambitious and fearless, when making decisions, relying on my intuition and instinct (refer to poem: the voice inside). Thankfully today, I am in my dream job. I have flexibility and freedom. I have work-life balance, where i can pursue hobbies, interests, wellbeing and I don't have high levels of stress. I believe that everyone has a 'calling'. Its upto us if we are brave enough to connect to ourselves to listen and consequently follow it... For more poems and guided meditations by Nikita visit: Journey with Nikita - YouTube To attend a Personal Development workshop with Nikita visit: http://journeywithnikita.com/
06:47
March 11, 2021
Poem: The voice inside…
Poem: The voice inside…
POEM BY NIKITA: When you are feeling low, sad or down, Do not get affected, do not even frown, To know what to do, you just have to find, That deep inner voice, the voice inside. We all experience both pain and pleasure, But knowing how to embrace it, is the greatest treasure, Never have doubts, just let your faith ride, Listen to your inner voice, the voice inside. Find silence within and you will get all the answers, Touch your deep inner self and realise your pure conscience, The waves will be smooth and there will no longer be a tide, Your inner voice will save you, the voice inside. It is always there, it never goes away, It is ready to guide you and show you the way. So next time you need it, just confide, In your wise inner voice, the voice inside… Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone. Mahatma Gandhi For more poems and guided meditations by Nikita, please visit: Journey with Nikita - YouTube http://journeywithnikita.com/
02:01
March 09, 2021
Am I selfish if I practice self care?
Am I selfish if I practice self care?
What is the fine line between self care and self indulgence? In this bitesize podcast, Nikita explores the importance of taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually... ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
07:20
March 06, 2021
How I overcame health challenges, to become the healthiest (and happiest) version of myself...
How I overcame health challenges, to become the healthiest (and happiest) version of myself...
I believe in the power of the mind...  I accept that whilst we may not be able to change our circumstances or eliminate our condition(s), we can MANAGE our symptoms through positive thinking. In this intimate podcast, I share my own experiences of facing health problems, yet remaining strong and resilient throughout my personal challenges.   ©Nikita Thakrar https://journeywithnikita.com/
14:21
March 03, 2021
Guided Meditation, with Nikita
Guided Meditation, with Nikita
A short guided meditation (under 8mins), to encourage you to relax and turn your mind inwards away from external distractions. To listen to more guided meditations & poems please visit: Journey with Nikita - YouTube http://journeywithnikita.com/
07:51
March 01, 2021
My Journey through Yoga
My Journey through Yoga
From my first Yoga class at the back of a community hall aged 14, to teaching and running my own studio! In this podcast I reflect on more than two decades of learning and discovering Yoga. I share the profound impact it has had on my life, along with the beautiful souls I have met along the way. I am passionate about people embracing all aspects of Yoga and using it as a tool for self empowerment.  To enquire about learning Yoga with Nikita please visit: http://journeywithnikita.com/
52:03
February 25, 2021
Welcome to Journey with Nikita
Welcome to Journey with Nikita
Namaste! I am an Indian classical dancer, Yoga instructor, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach based in the UK. I aim to inspire people through my Poetry, Podcasts and Personal Development programme, to bring positive change in their lives.  Are you ready to join me on this journey of self-discovery? http://journeywithnikita.com/
03:35
February 25, 2021