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Stand back! Here are the WORST performing UK stocks over the last decade

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Paul Summers | Sunday, 19th January, 2020 | More on: CPR MTC POG Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Stand back! Here are the WORST performing UK stocks over the last decade Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Paul Summers Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Yesterday, I took a closer look at the three best performing UK stocks over the last decade, according to a recent report from financial data firm Refinitiv. Today, I’m focusing on the opposite end of the spectrum.Here are the three stocks that gave the most pain to their holders over the last 10 years. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Wealth killerConsidering the sea change in the fortunes of many high street retailers over the last decade, it is not surprising that two of them make the cut.In bronze medal position is baby goods seller Mothercare (LSE: MTC). According to Refinitiv, shares in the battered firm lost almost 96% of their value over the last decade, with a compound annual growth rate of -27.23%. Mothercare’s demise is a cautionary tale on the importance of moving with the times, at least as far as UK trading is concerned. While factors such as rising wages and expensive rents clearly played a role, it was the company’s inability to offer shoppers something distinct in terms of quality, price, or convenience that proved to be the final nail in its coffin.  With no sign that the onslaught from online-only operators is going to slow anytime soon, I think we can be fairly sure that Mothercare won’t be the last once-mighty name to fold.Money pitThe fact that a commodity-focused firm makes the list is another non-surprise. Weak prices led the Basic Materials sector to perform particularly poorly over the last decade with an annualised growth rate of just 3.1%.Occupying second spot on our list of stinkers is Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk (LSE: POG). Its shares fell a little more than 96% over the period, with a compound annual growth rate of -27.68%.That’s not to say that the company is done for. Despite its valuation tumbling over the years, Petropavlovsk remains a sizeable business with a market capitalisation of a little over £400m. What’s more, holders enjoyed a steller 2019 with shares almost doubling in value. With the gold price continuing to rise on concerns over the health of the global economy, it’s possible to imagine this stock could still make money for those brave (or reckless) enough to buy it. Just don’t expect a comfortable ride. And the winner is….Mothercare and Petropavlovsk have been awful stocks to own since 2010. There is, however, one UK-listed firm that’s fared even worse. Top spot among the worst shares over the last decade goes to floor covering supplier Carpetright (LSE: CPR). The value of the company fell 99% over the last decade with a compound annual growth rate of almost -40%.Like Mothercare, the firm’s value was destroyed by a challenging consumer market and crippling finances. It agreed to be purchased for a paltry £15.2m by its largest shareholder (Meditor) last November. At the time, the Purfleet-based business owed around £56m and said that it needed £80m if it was to return to growth. The fact that the stock traded around the 800p mark in 2010 and sold for just 5p per share a decade later shows just how brutal a game investing can sometimes be. It also provides Fools with a reminder of the importance of exiting a losing position as early as possible if the investment case changes.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Eilis Murray is new head at Philanthropy Ireland

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Eilis Murray is new head at Philanthropy Ireland Philanthropy Ireland, a body working to promote philanthropy in Ireland, has a new chief executive.Eilis Murray, Philanthropy Ireland’s  former Membership and Information Manager, has been appointed to replace Seamus Mulconry who has headed the organisation since 2010.PI’s mission is to expand the community of engaged donors who are regular, strategic, long-term contributors to good causes. PI was originally set up with support from Atlantic Philanthropies and has since received support from other foundations and the Irish government.Last year PI was embroiled in a controversy involving its former chairman, Frank Flannery, who was paid €60,000 a year as a consultant to the organisation. Mr Flannery helped secure €631,000 in 2012 for PI for a national giving campaign. Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Recruitment / people  58 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 13 March 2015 | Newslast_img read more


Digital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual…

first_imgNewsCommunityDigital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual meitheal’By Staff Reporter – March 17, 2020 607 Linkedin Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp Advertisement Print What is the Virtual Meitheal?Many years ago, communities in Ireland came together to help their neighbours physically – to save hay, to foot turf, whatever.This time, we need to limit our gathering in person. But we can still work together.This mapping initiative will use new technologies to allow us to help each other.We are relying on everyone to get involved where they can.Mapping LimerickReinventing Fintan Walsh’s (Limerick Leader) great GE2020 map tool, we now have his #selfisolationhelp map for Limerick.If you need help, to find an open pharmacy, to get someone to delivery you food, or you’ve run of gas for your heat and need someone to help, use the map to find the right help or volunteer nearby.People have been letting us know already that they are available to help or are already actively doing so. We are starting to map them all.Look and see if your neighbourhood is light on volunteers and put your hand up (virtually) to come on board and we can let others know you can help.You can access the map here.Email us on [email protected], follow @liveablelimk or any of our partners and we’ll try and make the connection.#FlattenTheCurve Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport TAGS#LiveableLimerickCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region PEOPLE of Limerick have come together in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to help those who may be in need over the coming weeks with the launch of a ‘virtual meitheal’ map.A spokesperson for the LiveableLimerick group who helped put the idea into action said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented our society with an unprecedented challenge.  But make no mistake, we will get through this Limerick and recover quickly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The coming days and weeks will require every one of us to help play our part to protect lives. It is as simple as that. We are in this together and stronger as one community.“Limerick has the Edge that is needed to take the right steps over the coming weeks. Limerick has the Embrace that is needed to show solidarity and support to all.“Lots of people are out there wanting to help and many need help. We want now to help join the dots.“Together, we have teamed up to make ours and your individual efforts most efficient.“We are creating our own Limerick virtual Meitheal and mapping it all in one place – www.limerick.live.The Limerick Leader, Liveable Limerick, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Post, Limerick Leader, Team Limerick Cleanup and Limerick Tidy Towns and the students of University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate are already on board. You can be too.” ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Facebook Twitter Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleUL Hospitals Group to curtail outpatient radiologyNext articleTaoiseach adresses COVID-19 pandemic in Ministerial Broadcast Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more


DAILY OIL PRICE: Feb. 27

first_img Twitter Crude Oil: 63.01 (-.90)Nymex MTD AVG: 62.2700.Natural Gas: 2.683 (-.003).Gasoline: 1.8034 (-0.0233).Spreads: April/May (+.11) May/June (+.27).Plains WTI Posting: 59.50 (-1.00). Congressman Mike Conaway talks to the Odessa American on Jan. 7, 2018. Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% Facebook Pinterest By admin – February 27, 2018 Local NewsBusiness DAILY OIL PRICE: Feb. 27 Snap Inc. to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2021 Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot center_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleOPD searching for hit and run suspectNext articleOPD: Man charged after throwing coffee at wife, infant admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Southern Style Potato SaladSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Pinterest Home Local News Business DAILY OIL PRICE: Feb. 27 WhatsApplast_img read more


*Special Weather Statement – 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian City of Ocean City, NJ – Office of Emergency ManagementSpecial Weather Statement:3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018  Coastal Flood and High Wind Warnings remain in effect for Ocean City on Friday (March 2). The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts sustained northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph on Friday afternoon and evening. The warning extends to 6 a.m. Saturday. Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. Make sure to fully charge mobile telephones and electronic devices, as power outages are possible. The winds will make driving hazardous. Please limit travel in these conditions.A coastal storm will affect Ocean City through several high tide cycles. The track and potential impact of the storm are still uncertain, but the NWS right now predicts a tide of 7.2 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for Saturday morning and Saturday evening. By comparison, the winter storm “Jonas” reached 7.66 feet in January 2016. See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context: www.ocnj.us/octides.Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at about 9:03 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Flooding also could occur during high tides at 8:44 p.m. Friday and 9:48 a.m. Sunday (6.8 feet MLW prediction).Street flooding could occur prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity  if you take advantage of this service).The forecast calls for winds to shift direction and blow from the north on Saturday and Sunday. The exact wind direction will help determine the severity of any potential flooding.For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. Many roads are currently under construction. Be aware that uneven surfaces and storm drainage fixtures could be hidden beneath flood waters.We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops.For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more


News story: Fidel develops new way for consumers to be rewarded for loyalty

first_imgA steady increase in customersToday, the Fidel API is powering several businesses, including Avios (British Airways). Customers will soon be able to earn Avios points automatically while shopping at their local supermarkets, restaurants, airports and coffee shops using any bank card.Other customers include TopCashBack, Perkbox, Airtime and Percent. Some of the merchants who are already connected to the platform include household names such as Debenhams, Gap, Burger King, House of Fraser, Cafe Nero and Subway.Fidel has also been invited by Japan’s 3 biggest banks to support the Japanese government’s aim of increasing card usage from 18% to 40% by 2020. By introducing Fidel’s technology platform, the banks hope to encourage more of their customers to take up cashless shopping.Fidel is expanding the service globally to Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia and the US, and has doubled the size of its team since completing the grant project in November 2017. See how other companies have benefited from funding and support from Innovate UK. We take care of all the heavy-lifting in the background whilst our partners can focus on building cool products that will ultimately drive transaction volumes and contribute towards the growth of the ecosystem. Next-generation services is one of the challenges of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Part of the challenge asks companies like Fidel to apply for funding to ensure UK service sectors are at the forefront of developing and using innovation.Find out more about the next-generation services challenge. When Fidel applied for the Innovate UK grant, we had little more than a vision. We were operating a customer engagement platform for SMEs and wanted to find a seamless way for customers to collect points and rewards without having to scan cards, key rings or mobile apps. I’m very excited about the progress we’ve made and where this is heading. The demand has been phenomenal and beyond our expectations. We had so much interest in the platform we were building, before the project had even ended, that we managed to secure further capital from one of the largest venture capital firms in the world, Horizons Ventures. This additional capital will now help us grow and commercialise the service in UK and internationally. Apply for innovation funding.center_img Customer loyalty schemes, such as Tesco Club Card, Boots Advantage Card and Nectar, are popular with shoppers and proven to encourage customer retention and increase sales, yet only 20% of offline retailers have a loyalty scheme.With 280,000 retailers in the UK generating £300 billion in revenue every year, London-based startup, Fidel, saw an opportunity to rethink the way shoppers can be rewarded for their custom.Fidel’s goal was to make loyalty and retention marketing simple for both merchants and consumers, and to enable retailers to increase revenues. The company developed a platform that makes it easier for consumers to receive rewards for their purchases. Instead of having to carry different loyalty cards or coupons for each store, they can use their normal debit or credit cards and rewards are allocated automatically at the point of sale.Turning a vision into global salesSubrata Dev, Fidel’s founder and CEO, said: The platform Fidel created makes it easy for developers to build innovative loyalty applications and services that are linked with payment cards, without having to integrate directly with each payment network (Visa, Mastercard and Amex). Fidel’s mission is to speed up the adoption of ‘card-linked loyalty’ by making the technology more accessible.Subrata Dev added: Fidel was funded through our open funding programme, which recognises that innovative ideas can come from any sector or technology area and at any time. Find out more about the open programme. Providing a secure interface for usersThe company has been careful to build in safeguards for consumers. It is PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) level 1 certified. The company handles and transmits all sensitive data via secure bank-level encryption methods.No personal information, such as a card number, is ever stored. The company cannot monitor transactions without explicit opt-in consent from cardholders and they monitor qualified transactions at participating merchant locations only to fulfil rewards. All data is stored on an anonymised and aggregated basis and the company never analyses or shares this data with third parties.last_img read more


Umphrey’s McGee Jams With TAUK Members For Talking Heads Cover In Portland Closer

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee returned to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR last night, playing the second showing of a major two-night run at the storied Northwestern venue. Umphrey’s came to rock, and with a sweet opening set from TAUK, the UMphreaks got down to business.The show opened with a “Nipple Trix > 40’s Theme” to keep everyone in the groove, and featured some great work on tracks like “Higgins” and a “Loose Ends > Space Funk Booty” combination. “Bad Friday” fit right into the first set, and the new song “Gone For Good” kept things rocking along. The band then busted out a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless,” played for the first time since 2014, and wrapped up the set with “Hurt Bird Bath.”Set two began with some “Puppet String” action, a song that wouldn’t be concluded until the final bars of the show. From “Puppet String,” the group jammed into “Hajimemashite” and wound into a “Bridgeless > Similar Skin” combination. Certainly one of the highlights of the show came in this second set, after “Cemetery Walk 2,” when TAUK’s keyboardist A.C. Carter and drummer Isaac Teel came out on stage for a cover of Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy.” What a jam!The set concluded with “Ringo > Bridgeless,” and “Day Nurse > Puppet String” closed out the encore of this wild Sunday show! Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of UM’s Twitter:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/13/16Set One: Nipple Trix > 40’s Theme, Higgins, Loose Ends > Space Funk Booty, Bad Friday, Gone For Good, Fearless, Hurt Bird BathSet Two: Puppet String > Hajimemashite, Bridgeless > Similar Skin, Cemetery Walk 2, Making Flippy Floppy*, Ringo > BridgelessEncore: Day Nurse > Puppet String* = w/ A.C. Carter and Isaac Teel of TAUKlast_img read more


Around the Schools: Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgLast year, pirates off the coast of Somalia attacked 217 ships, hijacked 47, and snatched $60 million in ransom.Worldwide, the zone of risk from piracy is a vast 2.5 million square miles. Ships have been waylaid as far as 1,000 miles from Somalia.But ahoy: More than two dozen recommendations for slowing marine piracy appear in a policy brief released Jan. 26, based on a meeting held in December under the auspices of the World Peace Foundation as the Cambridge Coalition to Combat Piracy. Hosting the event was the Harvard Kennedy School, where the foundation’s president, Robert Rotberg, author of the brief, directs the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution.Act in four broad ways, the 38 recommendations say: Discourage piracy on land, follow piracy’s illicit cash flow, make ships harder to capture, and strengthen legal responses.On land, for instance, create alternative employment for the 1,500 young men who are pirates. As for money: How about an international pact to cease paying ransoms?Making ships harder to capture could include arming them, greasing hulls to discourage boarding, or just ensuring sheer speed. Ships going faster than 15 knots are hard to attack.— Corydon Irelandlast_img read more


Topical treatment on hand for liver spots

first_imgAn investigation into the molecular mechanisms responsible for the most common type of benign skin lesion may lead to the first nonsurgical treatment for the growths called seborrheic keratoses (SKs), which can be cosmetically unattractive and often worrisome to patients. A paper by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), published online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, reports that blocking the action of a specific signaling enzyme leads to the death of cultured SK cells and the breakdown of SK lesions.“Our paper is the first to show that SKs are dependent on an enzyme called Akt for survival,” said Victor Neel, director of dermatologic surgery at MGH and lead author of the paper. “Inhibition of this enzyme in SK cells causes rapid cell death while having no effect on normal skin cells. We are confident that this paper heralds the development of an effective, topical treatment for SKs.”Sometimes called senile warts, barnacles, or liver spots, SKs vary in color from tan to black, can be flat or raised, and range in size from quite small to an inch or more across. They become more common with aging; most individuals over 40 are likely to have a few, and some have hundreds scattered across the torso and face. While SKs have some microscopic features in common with their malignant counterpart squamous cell carcinoma and most have mutations in genes known to be involved in cancer, SKs never become malignant.Previous research by members of the MGH team identified increased expression in SKs of growth factor receptors and other genes thought to be involved in skin cell differentiation and in skin cancer development. Neel explained, “We still don’t know why SKs resist malignant transformation, but we think studying SKs will help us identify factors that prevent benign lesions from becoming malignant.”The two genes that are most frequently mutated in SKs — called PI3K and FGFR3 –— code for proteins that affect the activation of the Akt kinase enzyme, which is known to block several cell-death related pathways. Although previous studies have reported higher levels of activated Akt in SKs than in normal skin, determining the significance of that finding was hampered by the inability to grow SK cells in the laboratory. Through trial and error and a bit of luck, the MGH team identified conditions that permit SK cells to be cultured, opening up an array of opportunities for studying their biology.Cultured SK cells were exposed to a panel of specific kinase inhibitors, confirming that the development and maintenance of SK cells requires the presence of activated Akt. One particular Akt inhibitor, called A44 (A-443654, produced by Abbvie Pharmaceuticals), was by far the most efficient at inducing the death of cultured SK cells. Small doses of A44 initiated a cell-death program called apoptosis. The researchers also found that applying A44 to intact SK lesions that had been excised from patients’ skin and maintained in culture caused the lesions to die through apoptosis.“Within 48 hours of exposure to A44, the SK lesions from patients completely disintegrated,” said co-author Anna Mandinova of MGH’s Cutaneous Research Biology Center. “This effect was very specific to SK lesions, as A44 was harmless both to normal skin cells and to malignant squamous cell carcinoma cells.”The MGH team is continuing to investigate the potential of A44 and several other compounds to identify the best candidate for clinical trials of a topical treatment for SKs. A patent application based on the study findings has been filed, and the team is continuing to pursue what SKs can reveal about the molecular differences between benign and malignant tumors.“Understanding why SKs never become malignant, even though they have mutations in classic oncogenes, was the primary question we wanted to address when we started studying this skin lesion. Finding a novel inhibitor of SKs was a serendipitous byproduct of that inquiry,” says Neel, who is an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. “We suspect that other, yet-to-be-determined mutations in SKs are incompatible with the mutations that lead to malignancy. For example, p53 is commonly mutated both in sun-damaged skin and in cancers like squamous cell carcinoma, but is never mutated in SKs.“We hope that pinpointing other mutations underlying SK development will help us understand how they resist becoming malignant, which could inform us of new ways of treating more dangerous tumors.”last_img read more


Transforming Your Life – One Step, One Class, or One Pose at a Time

first_imgLast winter I fell into a rut. Rather then enjoying life’s many blessings, I was simply trying to get through my daily routine: work, home, work, more work at home. My relationships felt off; I was unsatisfied by work and on many days, uncomfortable in my own skin. I prayed for wisdom. I prayed for strength. It is exhausting to be frustrated and uninspired.The yoga studio I had been attending advertised a class to start in the New Year: “Transform Your Life” was an introduction to a new way of living. I friend of mine and I decided to join. Every Tuesday night in January and February we joined 4 women and our teacher in the studio, to share, grow, and nourish body and soul. We became friends, journaled, were reminded to love ourselves and cherish our unique gifts. The class was more than I had hoped, and provided the jump-start I had so longed for. By March, I had engaged in intense self-study and knew for the first time in my adult life, how to build myself up. I felt whole and so happy.Many of my work colleagues and others would twist their lips in doubt as I discussed my class and the blessings that had been revealed on my yoga mat with new friends. My husband listened skeptically as I explained how I wanted to live each day with purpose, intention, placing an emphasis on what I needed to feel connected – quite time, time to pray, write, study.The yoga studio that hosted the class, Uttara, has been in downtown Roanoke for two years.  Our teacher is the studio owner, and my friend, Jill Loftis.A few weeks ago when I decided to write about being a fish out of water, about people who inspire us to go beyond and become our best selves, Jill was the first person who came to mind.Jill has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and started her teacher training program in 2005.  She shares her love for the practice, and her love of others with the same veracity and spirit.When I asked Jill what lesson yoga has taught her that has most shaped who she is, she explained that now, because of yoga, she knows what makes her feel healthy and strong, as well as what makes her life feel dull and uninspired.  Her practice has even changed the way she thinks about the world and its daily struggles. Yoga helps Jill to step away from the craziness and find ways to detach from it. She explains her practice gives her power over her mind, and the desire “to step away from it and find this endless peace and stillness.”While her explanation may not be familiar to everyone, the goal certainly is. How can we as people, focus on what really matters, and not be pulled into endless worry and drama of daily life?Jill explains (and I whole heartedly agree) that once you’ve gotten a glimpse of a life of peace, that stillness and realize that it is not outside of you, you will have a greater understanding of who you are and why you are here.All that from a yoga class?In my experience, yoga can remind you of that desire to lead a more purposeful life, and once the seed has been planted, change can happen.For those who have never practiced before, or even entered a studio, Jill encourages you to “try a few different classes and instructors.” She compares yoga classes to ice cream wherein “all the flavors are delicious, you just have to find what kind makes you happy.  Maybe you like slow, quiet, meditative yoga; maybe you like to rock out with an intense, sweaty class that blasts Bruce Springsteen.  Either class will take you where you want to go.”Sounds delicious.And what will you need to start? Jill insists you don’t have “to be a natural rubber band to practice,” or have the right gear. “You don’t even need to have a ton of time, or start the practice when you are young,” she explains.She advises that people who are interested and curious not to be afraid; “Start your practice NOW and whatever shape you’re in, whatever age you are, your strength and flexibility will improve.”And really, so much more could improve as well.   If a weekly yoga practice can help a stubborn lawyer like me focus on what really matters, my faith, my family, my purpose, I think the practice can be a blessing to anyone with an open heart or willing spirit. And if you really want to learn from Jill’s years of practice and wisdom, you can Transform Your Life with her new class this fall. Call the studio today or visit online  at www.uttarayogastudio.com.www.uttarayogastudio.com.jpgOr, just stop by your local studio and attend a few classes. I know I am so grateful I did.last_img read more