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This week’s yoga and astral insights 02.11.20

Hunter’s moon

We are still feeling the effects of the powerful Hunter’s Moon in Taurus. This moon is pushing for change, bringing a very strong energy as we are being put in situations that demand radical changes. How do we deal with change emotionally? How do we cultivate trust?
Learning to be in the moment allows us to let go of depressive thoughts – attachment to the past – and letting go of anxious thoughts – worry about the future. Although it is true that everything is constantly changing – the only constant is change -, our long held sense of security, perhaps illusory to a point, is being challenged right now as we are having to change the way we live, work and be with others. Our own self-constructed and contidioned limits and boundaries are being challenged and we are being pushed to create new ways. May we find our new ways and hold eachother safe through our own trials. One thing we need to remember is that, this instability right now, is also going to change. We will get to the other side!

Mercury is goin direct tomorrow. Yay! But hold on if you have any important comms pending, wait for a few days. When Mercury starts going direct, it stays stationary for about three days. Mercury stationary can be even more tricky than Mercury retrograde, as there is no movement at all. On top of this, Mercury will square Saturn (planet of rules and limits) until November 10th, which will make negotiations and communication difficult… so be prepared!

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7pm – Moon Flow Yoga (Zoom)

Wednesday:
1pm – Lunchtime Yoga (Zoom)
7pm – Open Level Yoga (Zoom)

Saturday:
10 am – Open Level Yoga (Zoom)

If you’d like to do any of these classes but the times are not convenient for you, I am offering links to the recording of class which will be valid for three days. You can purchase this link either by booking for the class here or if the class has passed you can get in touch with me here.

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat sometime soon 💜

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This week’s yoga and astral insights 26.10.2020

This is my favourite time of the year as we approach Samhain or the Day of the Dead.

As the trees dress their beautiful autumn colours, they get ready to shed the ‘dead’ weight, dropping their old leaves to turn in and focus on new growth.

This is a time for us to do just that, to start shedding the old and make space for a bright new beginning. But first, we must spend the winter in the dark, doing our inner work and getting our roots strong and our trunks firm and healthy. These months ahead are a time for inner reflection in darkness, resting and nourishing our inner realms. This is the most important work, which is most times overlooked, as while it is happening we cannot see changes in the outside. But trust we must: clearing our outer and inner spaces, setting intentions and allowing moments for idleness… understanding that space has to be given for the inner workings to happen.

We have a full moon coming up for Halloween, on October 31st. This is a blue Hunter’s Moon in Taurus, one of the brightests moons in the year. The sun is in Scorpio and the moon will conjunct Uranus, the planet of the unexpected. This will bring lightening-like flashes of clarity. There is a huge illumination energy this whole week, culminating this Saturday. This is said by astrologers to be the most intense period of 2020. This full moon makes the unconscious become conscious. This is a great period to be spending time in meditation and journaling. Pay attention to your dreams as these may bring things to light.

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7pm – Moon Flow Yoga (Zoom)

Wednesday:
1pm – Lunch time Yoga (Zoom)

7pm – Open Level Yoga (Zoom)

Saturday:
10 am – Wild Yoga (if sunny, otherwise this will be an Open Level class via Zoom, will confirm the night before)

If you’d like to do any of these classes but the times are not convenient for you, I am offering links to the recording of class which will be valid for three days. You can purchase this link either by booking for the class here or if the class has passed you can get in touch with me here.

Wishing you all a beautiful Samhain and full moon week and looking forward to seeing you on the mat sometime soon 💜

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Full moon in Scorpio meditation and ritual

As the full moon reaches its peak tomorrow 10:45, I am writing this so you have enough time to prepare for your own full moon ritual. It will be very simple, with objects you have in your home. Rituals work best when you make them your own, so I will give you some ideas and guidelines and then all it takes is your creativity and commitment to follow through so your intention materialises.

Intention.
This is the most important thing in rituals. Make sure your intention is clear. Scorpio is the deepest, most emotional sign (feminine, fixed, water) and this full moon wants to illuminate those conditionings, fears, patterns which are buried deep into the psyche so they can be transformed. So I encourage you to sit in meditation before your ritual, to connect with the full moon. My own personal recommendation time-wise is to sit in meditation for a half hour.

Gather together:

– A candle, any candle or tea light, white is best – this represents fire. Preferably a match to light it

– Bring on your crystals, if you have any. Otherwise anything which represents earth for you can be used instead: a stone, sand, soil, branches

– Incense, sage, palo santo… to cleanse – these represent air

– And finally water in any form: a simple bowl of water will do

– On top of these bring an image / figure / your own drawing of a deity (any deity) you want present in your ritual. I chose Ganesh, destroyer of obstacles and he is holding up Fortuna, the Roman goddess representing luck and the ups and downs of life. The possibilities are endless here, so choose someone or something you truly connect with

– Any trinkets you want to bring in which will bring meaning and power to the ritual. I have Ganesh holding a red and blue feather, for example, this feather represents the freedom and lightness of flight; its colours water and fire; and she is being grounded by Ganesh and her round belly. So the four elements are also represented here

– Last you will need a piece of paper and a pencil or pen and a fire resistant bowl or plate

Find a space where you can be relaxed and won’t be interrupted. Outdoors is best, or anywhere where you can get a glimpse of the full moon. If you need to sit on a cushion or chair to be comfortable in meditation, make sure you bring it into the space.
Light the candle with the match stick and place it in the middle of this space.

Cast a circle of protection around the space you will be working in. There is many ways to do this. A very effective way is to light your incense / palo santo / smudge stick in the candle and walk around the space holding it, cleansing the space and casting a veil of protection around it. Use your own words here as you walk around the circle. You can just say: ‘I am safe inside this circle, I am protected’.

Now sit in front of the candle and gaze at it. Take the piece of paper and start burning its edges on the candle. Be careful as you do this and keep your mind focused. Make sure the whole edge of the paper is burned, this will seal its contents.

Next start preparing you altar for the ritual. Place the rest of the elements around the candle and the paper and pencil / pen close to you. Have a drink of water from the bowl so you start connecting with this element and sit comfortably. If you have a timer you can set to bring you out of the meditation, set it now – I recommend ‘Insight timer’ which is a free app with a very simple yet effective timer. Otherwise you may choose to bring yourself back whenever it feels like the right time. Ground your sit bones as you start your meditation and connect with the moon, visualise her beautiful pale white halo bathing you and ask her for insights: ‘what needs to be transformed?’ ‘what has reached its sell-by-date and needs to go?’ Be open and receptive, allow these insights to come to you.

Once your meditation is finished, download those insights into the fire sealed paper. Try not to think about it and just pour them onto the paper. This paper is sealed with the element of fire, standing for transformation, destruction and creation, purification. Once you finish, hold the paper in front of you, and visualise whatever your wrote in your paper, literally leaving your body and being absorbed by your paper. Now it is all sealed in the paper. Fold or loosely scrunch the paper and burn a corner with the candle flame. Be safe as you do so and quickly place it into the fire resistant bowl. Watch it burn and be conscious of how you feel as you do so. Do you feel lighter? More energised? More positive? If you write a journal, write these feelings down. What is your next step? How will this transformation manifest?
Write down what comes to you from the heart, to earth it. Make a commitment. Every day do something small which brings you closer to that change. The full moon will be back and then you can peel yet another layer, but, for now, well done and keep up the good work of being present and attuned to the moon cycles!

Much 💙

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Xmas timetable, Xmas offers, new classes, FREE restorative yoga taster and MORE!!!

Dear yogis and yoginis,
First I want to send out some full moon blessings for tonight’s full moon in Gemini. There’s a lot of numerical synchronicity with this full moon as it falls on the 12th day of the 12th month at 12:12h. In numerology we look at 1 + 2 = 3 —-> the energy of one individual in union with another gives birth to something new, creation. Creation can only happen where there has been separation (1+1) and duality exists (2) so union is possible in this realm and from that union there is a birth of something new. Repetition is usually a good omen of synchronicity and higher vibration.

I am only hoping that all the separation and extremism we are going through as a collective can take a new turn with the full moon falling on election’s day tomorrow and that indeed the numbers are right and it can be the birth of something new! We will be holding a meditation for positive change at the end of class tonight 8-8.15pm right under the moon at The Glass House. If you are not coming to class don’t worry, you can join us from wherever you are. The more the merrier!

On a different note, I have switched my Xmas lights ON today and I feel like spreading the love to my most loyal students with the following Xmas and New Year deals:

  • FREE class with every Class Pack* when bought before midnight December 31st
  • 1/2 price Pranayama and Meditation 6 Class Pack offer (only £16.5 for 6 classes) when buying any Yoga Class Pack* before midnight December 31st
  • FREE Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra TASTER on Thursday December 19th

*this offer does not include Complete Beginners Course class pack. Please do let me know when you have purchased the class pack so I can apply the offer to your account

Xmas timetable, new classes, and workshops

  • Saturday classes will continue throughout the Xmas break.
    No other classes from December 23rd until December 2nd
  • Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra, full workshop on the evening of Thursday January 2nd 7pm:
    +++ Start the year with an intention based Restorative Yoga class ending with Yoga Nidra +++Restorative yoga is restful, nourishing and healing – emphasising in comfort and deep rest, allowing the body to heal without interference.
    Inducing deep relaxation, restorative yoga will help your blood pressure and stress hormone levels to drop, reducing anxiety and helping you sleep better.
    It can also have therapeutic effects on the heart, and on the immune, digestive and other physiological systems.Yoga Nidra translates as ‘the yogic sleep’ – a deep state of consciousness when we are neither asleep nor awake but experience total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Even a short nidra can completely nourish and refresh the mind and body
  • Wednesday evening Level 2 class is moving to Tuesdays from January, still at the same time 7pm
  • NEW Complete Beginners Course starts Saturday February 1st 9:30am for the whole 5 Saturdays in February until February 29th

You can purchase your class packs and book your classes  here.

Any questions? Please feel free to drop me a message, I am here to help!

Much 🖤 

Astral insights, classes, meditation
The moon is swelling all the way up to the weekend and we will have a full moon in Scorpio on Saturday.
This will also be a blue moon which only happens every few years. A blue moon is an extra full moon in a season – it’s rare and special!
Join us in an hour of breath work, meditation and ritual to connect with the power of the moon at her fullest. Full moons illuminate the dark side of our psyche and are great for letting go and forgiveness.
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Please RSVP via PM here or email emma@staygoldyoga.com as spaces are limited.
Suggested donation £6.

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