From old to new — why I chose to rebrand the blog
If you’re new to my blog (or forgotten who I am seeing as though it’s been a while since I posted…) let me introduce myself. I’m Bec Morris - northern martial artist, yoga teacher and wellbeing enthusiast.
Now on the topic of me not posting in a while, I have my reasons. Around a year ago a lot of things changed in my life and I found myself with a few other things to concentrate on, taking my attention away from this blog for a little while. I got in a great relationship, moved to the city, got a new job and then moved house again… all while trying to keep my head screwed on. So as you can imagine, things (and myself) have changed quite a lot.
Before my move, Yoi Dachi was pretty much my life. I trained regularly with my coach Owen (who I miss A LOT) and martial arts were a huge part of my life. My career as a yoga teacher had started up and I was loving every minute of it. Moving put a huge spanner in the works with these aspects of my life, as I lost my community and had to work on building that back up in a whole new place. It doesn’t sound much… But it’s kinda daunting when you don’t know anyone, or where to start.
A year on, I’m settled in my home and my job, and ready to build up a new empire. I just felt that something wasn’t quite the same anymore - and trying to run Yoi Dachi in the same way I was didn’t feel right. Don’t get me wrong, that spirit is still in me, but there has been a shift. I am yet to find a martial arts club to train at here, and I’m finding it difficult to force myself into trying them out. I had such a great family at my home club and grew so close to people like Owen that I feel as though I’m betraying them by looking elsewhere. I know Owen would be happy for me to continue training somewhere else, but I feel like everything I know I owe to him - and that I’ll also never find anyone who matches up to him. So this part of me in still in progress… It will return (hopefully soon) and I will carry on training and earning my belts.
Yoga however, has been an easier theme to slip back into. There are a lot of amazing yoga studios in Manchester, and with the help of some great friends I’ve experienced a lot of them and built up some new relationships by throwing myself in at the deep end. I teach my first workshop in January (more details to follow… watch this space) and am regularly going to classes around the city. I love the vibe here, and it feels a lot less commercial than some spots in London - which is really refreshing.
So as you can see, I’ve made quite a big transition. I feel like the whole thing is personal to me now in such a different way - and one of the ways I’ve expressed that is by renaming the blog. I’ve decided to use my own name, as it feels more honest and genuine. I’m also hoping it comes across as more personal and ‘human’ to you guys, and I’ve taken on a lot of feedback from my amazing readers.
Expect more yoga classes, updates on places to train/eat/do yoga in Manchester, recipes, personal accounts and so much more. I’d love your feedback at all points of my journey, and if there’s anything you’d like to see more of then don’t hesitate to let me know.
Thanks for following me from a humble idea three years ago to what this blog has transitioned into today. I promise to keep you entertained!