Only 23, Megan Preston is a woman of the future. Originally a professional dancer she now works with young women around the world using dance and yoga as tools to inspire confidence and self-belief. She is the founder of Awareness Through Dance and Dance London and is a qualified life coach and yoga instructor. 

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Letting our femininity get lost in the strive for equality

In trying to achieve this ‘desired state of equivalence’ in all aspects of our lives we find ourselves letting go of the very things that keep us feminine, we turn into fire-breathing, assertive and outwardly focused beings. Over time there is an internal imbalance that occurs, emptiness, fatigue and stress become daily occurrences.  It has never been more important for us to reconnect and remind ourselves of who we are, only then will we awaken the feminine power we all possess.

Megan PrestonThe importance of being, not doing

A wise person once reminded me that we are not human doings, we are human beings, and as I spend my days getting caught up in this masculine world, working hard to achieve my ambitious goals I have discovered that the most powerful way to just ‘be’ and reconnect to my ‘yin’ (feminine energy) is to dance or practice yoga. Both activities are not only a fun workout, but they invite a grounded, reflective process that disconnects you to the outside world and reminds you of who you are.

Dance has an incredible way of opening up all your senses, you become alive and absorbed by the movement and music, whether individually or as a group it becomes almost a meditative state of being. Yoga in a similar way invites you to slow down, breathe and internally focus on your mind and body. When I started practicing yoga I started thinking before acting and started living in the present moment rather than worrying about the past and the future.

Three things to do this week

In order to acknowledge our femininity there are lots of things you can do, but here are three simple things you can do this week to start the process off:

  1. Put your favourite music on in your bedroom and just dance, let yourself go.
  2. As your walking down the street, take your eyes off the floor and look up. Take a deep breath in and invite in the world around you.
  3. Lie on the floor for 10 minutes, focus on your breath, close your eyes and move through some gentle stretches. There are lots of great articles and YouTube videos if you need some guidance.