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Xmas and New Year Yoga

Welcome to that liminal time between Christmas and New Year… Endings to tie up and plans for new beginnings as we come out of the Xmas slumber and back into reality. And reality is uncertain right now. Even our NYE plans are uncertain as we wait for announcements with, possibly, more restrictions in the next few days.

Getting used to uncertainty takes time and practice. Being able to live in the present moment is not easy feat, especially when surrounded by chaos and fear. As human beings we need some kind of order in our lives. Some routines. We like to make plans.

The good news is that we ourselves can create those routines and rituals to bring in some much needed grounding, such as:

  • On waking: free-write three pages in your journal, let it run, whatever comes to your mind. Get it all out before you start your day!
  • Reward yourself with your favourite cuppa, tea or coffee, as you write your morning pages
  • Think of three things you are grateful for each day – you may choose to write these down in your journal so you can go back to them when you need to
  • Spend some time in meditation. Even if it’s just 5 minutes. I do 11 minutes each morning. I recommend some good noise canceling headphones and a simple timer – I use InsightTimer (you can choose your own background music and bells). Try to focus on your breath and every time you stray – and you will, we all do! – just bring yourself back to the breath. Start small, then slowly add more time if you feel you need to
  • If you sit down a lot for work, set some alarms in your phone throughout your working day to get up and move. Science tells us that moving the body also moves the mind (mind and body are one after all!), so play your favourite tune and have a little dance, or do some yoga, you will see how your creative juices start flowing!
  • Join a class – yes it is good to have recordings and freedom to practice whenever we feel like it instead of at an established time but hey, it is even better to connect with others and practice together, either online or in person. Connection is a human need, we are pack animals after all. Lack of connection brings feelings of ungroundedness and depression, as well as anxiety
  • Go for walks in nature. Get lost. Awaken your own intuition. Leave your phone’s maps behind and trust your gut. This is gold and we are totally missing this nowadays. But it is never too late to start to remember!

My two cents to structure and routine: I have added free recordings throughout the holidays until we reopen on 12.1.2022, every Wednesday and Sunday there’ll be an evening flow class and morning flow class recordings for you to access. Recordings for this week are already up and next week’s will be up next Monday. You can access these from now until the end of the day’s class (ie. Wednesday class ends at 8.15pm so you can access this class from now until that time only).

Wishing you a smashing walking out of 2021 and into 2022 with new perspectives and ways to navigate these times!

Much 💙

Astral insights, classes, featured, fullmoon, meditation, yoganidra

Full Moon in Aries – Breaking Through

You may already be feeling the energy of this swelling Aries moon, which will become full this Wednesday. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and deals with our primary needs, survival, the things we can not ‘be’ without. This is the sign of the ‘I’ and it’s ruled by Mars, the planet of action and fire. The full moon in Aries is calling us to pay attention to those non negotiable ‘I’ needs and to have a proper look at ourselves within relationship (Sun in Libra): What is it in ‘I’ that could be blocking the ‘us’? or, on the other hand, where in ‘us’ am I? Am I being heard, seen? This is the counterpart of the new moon in Libra at the beginning of this month and it will challenge or inspire us within relationship.

This full moon is calling the (fiery) emotions ruled by Mars to come out, the water is boiling, and we must pay attention to feelings of anger, or even rage – how do we deal with this emotions and how can we let them out without ‘burning’ others or ourselves? This fire is wanting to transform something in our lives that is stuck and this full moon is the portal through which this will be unstuck.

Mercury is going direct, but for the next few days it’ll be stationary – an even stronger energy than it going retrograde – it is important to think before we talk, as we could say things we may regret and not be able to take them back. Sometimes it is best to leave the room or go outside if we feel a volcano erupting within – finding an alternative way of channeling those emotions, perhaps through bodywork or the arts, using this energy in a creative way.

How do we take this planetary energy to the mat?

Wednesday’s class we will explore the energy of the Aries full moon during a Restorative and Yoga Nidra class – inviting our subconscious to talk to us while we allow those feelings and emotions to get unstuck in a safe environment.
Sunday’s will be a Morning Flow Yoga class – working with transforming that fire energy into wellbeing, more of a higher energy class. You can book both classes here online or in studio.

Wishing you a fantastic week.

🍂 🍁 🖤 🍁 🍂

Astral insights, classes, meditation

This week’s yoga and astral insights 02.09.2019

Dear yogis and yoginis,

Virgo season is here!
Autumn is starting to show – leaves are falling off trees, holidays are over, earlier nights… We start to organise ourselves and prepare for the transition to winter.

There are many astrological aspects this week but, following the Virgo spirit, I’m going to keep this organised and simple:

  • We just had a new Moon in Virgo, so the Moon is waxing now, gaining light and growing. Perfect timing to start new things, gain clarity and make the most of the energy increase.
  • We have a triple conjunction in Virgo: the Sun (conscience, presence), Mars (action) and Mercury (mind).
  • Virgo is the sign of the body.

This is the week to embody, be present, show up – experience life with your 5 senses. Get out of the mind – test-drive your dreams, learn by direct experience what works and what doesn’t; go out there and talk to people, minimise online interaction and put in the effort to show up.

I will show up and teach you this week at:

  • Tuesday 7pm
    Open Level @Goldendoor studio
  • Wednesday 7pm
    Wild Yoga @ Whittington Park
  • Thursday 10am
    Open Level @Goldendoor studio
  • Saturday 10am
    Open Level @Goldendoor studio

Please get in touch to book your mat.

Hope to see you on the mat soon!

Much 💛

Astral insights, classes

This week’s yoga and astral insights

Dear yogis and yoginis,

We had a blast on our Summer Solstice Yoga and Sound Bath last Saturday, celebrating this beautiful time of the year where the light is at its highest point. Do not worry if you missed this, we will keep you posted for our next one, the Autumn Equinox! But who wants to start thinking about the autumn when the summer is here! (is it?).

This week’s yoga

Wednesday, 7-8.15pm – Open Level @ Upper Hocking Hall, WPCA

Thursday, 10-11.15am – Open Level @ Goldendoor studio

Saturday, 11am-12.15pm – Wild Yoga at Whittington Park

Get in touch to book your mat.

Astral insights

Hello it’s eclipse season! Lets get ready!
We have a total solar eclipse on July 2nd followed by a partial lunar eclipse on July 16-17th…

What does this all mean?

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth at the right angle and alignment to cover the whole of the Sun’s surface. In this particular eclipse the Sun is on Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the home, where we feel secure and grounded be it our physical home or the ways we have identified with creating a home. An eclipse brings changes to those affected so this may mean a literal change of home or a change of our meaning of home, changing our approach to creating a home, a different way of feeling that security… A Solar eclipse is usually linked to new beginnings.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon. in this case we have a partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn. A Solar eclipse always comes followed by a lunar eclipse – note that Capricorn is the sign right opposite Cancer, as the Sun and the Moon are in opposition (the Sun is still in Cancer). Capricorn is the sign of family and career, so to those affected there may be changes in these areas of life. Lunar eclipses are usually linked to releasing and letting go.

Here’s last week’s mantra from Kaypacha:

Sometimes I simply need to withdraw,
From the madness going on,
To create, protect, and hold the space,
Of my peaceful, loving home.

Introspection and finding answers inside, best to use this time to prepare for the eclipse season and smoothly welcome any coming changes. You can watch the whole report here

Enjoy!

Much 💛

Astral insights, classes, meditation

This week’s yoga and astral insights 030619

New moon in Gemini

Dear yogis and yoginis,

Happy new moon in Gemini! Gemini is ruled by Mercury, planet of communication, technology and travel. There’s a link with the throat chakra, Visshudha – our purification centre. Balancing Visshudha allows us to speak our truth. The sun is also in Gemini so it is a time for networking and generally going out and get things done!
New moons are great times to set intentions and yesterday’s opens a 6 month window – up to the full moon in Gemini, December 11th. So if we start working through those truths we need to communicate, first to ourselves before sharing them with loved ones, we start manifesting us in a place closer to our authenticity in 6 months time.
Remember how great the power of intention is and use it to create you life, right now!

Modern take on 10 swords tarot card – author unknown. It is spot on!

This week’s yoga

  • Monday 7pm, Beginners – Goldendoor studio
  • Tuesday 7pm, Intermediate – Goldendoor studio
  • Wednesday 7pm, Open Level – WPCA
  • Thursday 10am, Open Level – Goldendoor studio

There’ll be NO CLASS on Saturday or next Wednesday.

Next week I will be teaching at:

  • Thursday 10am Open Level – Goldendoor studio
  • Saturday 11am Open Level – Wild Yoga at Whittington Park

Astral insights

Here’s the mantra for the week:

I’m here to blend the colors of light,
With the dark from the depths below,
Creating a masterpiece of my life,
As I move and change and grow.

Focusing on finding and maintaining our balance while we are being pulled to extremes is no easy feat! The silver-lining here is that only until we know our darkest we can get to know our brightest and then find that balance between the two. We want to feel those polarities and feel whole – that Gemini energy we all have may show up these days! But we know how to handle this – following a daily yoga practice is one way to do this 🙂

Here’s the full pele report for you to watch.

Enjoy and see you on the mat very soon!

Much 💚