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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.

🍂 🍁 🖤 🍁 🍂

classes, featured, Uncategorized, wild yoga

This week’s yoga – about gratitude 🙏🏽

Dear yogis and yoginis,  

Transitions are always difficult as they require an adjustment period – trying and testing new methods and ways of doing things, seeing what works and doesn’t work and keeping it up without feeling disheartened. Tough!
It does come in waves though… Sometimes it takes a complete breakdown of an old system for a new one to be born.

This is why I want to thank all of you who have been loyal to Stay Gold Yoga through these hard times and those who are being flexible through the adjustment period. Thanks to you I can try and test new ways to keep Stay Gold Yoga alive. Thanks to you I can keep teaching and sharing that which I am passionate about. Thanks to you I have pulled through the lows and reached the highs. Thank you for coming with me through this journey from our WPCA classes to the Glass House, from online yoga to Wild Yoga and to a mix of all and beyond! My heart swells with gratitude 💖

Yoga helps you ground through ungrounding times. Yoga helps you to be flexible, not just in your body, but also in your mind. Yoga will keep you focused in times when focus is hard to find. It is not about where or how we practice yoga – it’ll be easier in the quiet, so the challenge of noise is a gift to be embraced for a stronger, fuller practice. It is what happens inside, behind the scenes of this 3D body, which matters; and it radiates through to the outside, to our tangible realm. It is food for the soul.

So our weekly schedule may go through small changes as I aim to teach as many outdoor classes (Wild Yoga) as possible through the summer to make the most of this glorious weather. As the Saturday Wild Yoga was so successful – sorry to those who couldn’t make it due to the number restrictions – I will add a second Saturday Wild Yoga session at 11am if the 10am class gets full. These classes are restricted to 5 students for now so this is my offering to you so you all can benefit from our Wild Yoga at the park!

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7pm – Level 1 Yoga (online)

Tuesday:
1pm – Lunchtime Yoga (online)
7pm – Wild Yoga

Wednesday:
10am – Slow Flow Yoga (online)

Saturday:
10am – Wild Yoga
11am – Wild Yoga (tbc)

You can book for class here.

I hope to see you on the mat soon!

Much 💛

Astral insights, classes, meditation, studio, Uncategorized

This week’s yoga and astral insights 24.02.20

Dear yogis and yoginis,

Today marks the exact midpoint of this Mercury retrograde in Pisces – run away and hide! Mercury retrograde has acquired pretty bad rep – failed communications, failed travel, failed connections… But what Mercury retrograde is really offering us is another chance – an opportunity to stop and recalibrate. If we take it for what it is and work with this energy instead of trying to push through with our own (generally busy) agenda, we can find true hidden treasures! Pay attention to your dreams. Meditate. Go out for a walk in nature. Rest a little more…

As new structures are trying to come into place, it is normal to feel a bit (or a lot!) confused during this Mercury retrograde in Pisces (dreams, emotions, water, intuition) – this is our chance to (re)find our truest ideas, perhaps some of which came to us long ago and had to be parked aside due to limiting conditionings we had back then. Well, now is the time to reflect on those, dust them out and see if they are still true to who we are.

There are a couple of sextiles coming close to the weekend. The first one is a Mercury retrograde in Pisces sextile to Mars in Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn has a very sensual energy, and calls for us to be true to ourselves through our intuition (Mercury retrograde in Pisces). This could mean synchronicities and people from the past coming back in to our lives, be it past lovers or ex-partners who could support said ideas. If this is the case then it could be the right time now to find the new structures to ground those dreams and ideas.

The second sextile happens on Friday, Mercury retrograde in Pisces sextile Venus in Taurus. This is a great time to end addictions and patterns which no longer serve us, such as toxic relationships.

As Mercury retrogrades in Pisces there is a double edge of confusion as we will have to tune in and discern whether that synchronicity or person from the past is here to stay or whether it is a toxic pattern we need to put an end to… So have fun working this one out!

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga

Saturday:
9:30am – Complete Beginners (week 5/5)
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes  here.

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat soon!

Much 💜

Astral insights, Ayurveda, classes, meditation, studio

This week’s yoga and astral insights

Utkata Konasana, Goddess stance or horse stance – This asana tones and strengthens the core muscles, strengthens the quadriceps and inner thigh muscles, heats the body and increases circulation

Happy Imbolc yogis and yoginis!

Imbolc celebrates the re-emergence of the life force, the re-awakening of the Earth as the Sun’s energy starts to increase. With Imbolc, meaning ‘in the belly’, starts the period of incubation after conception. It is the moment when the kundalini serpent raises up through the spine in sacred and sexual union in which the self merges with the infinite.

There is a lot of second chakra, Svadhisthana, energy in this period – our pelvis and sexual organs, our intuition flowing with the water element, the return of emotional Pisces towards the end of the month. It is important to check now for any old debris which may still be lingering around in the form of patterns or conditionings which we no longer need and are stopping us from stepping ahead into the new. By clearing our space we welcome the new!
This is a fantastic time to start bringing your plans to life, start ‘cooking’ and rooting stuff.

This week’s yoga

This week’s yoga will be flowing like the water element, reinforcing Svadhisthana through asana and pranayama. Preparing the grounds for what is coming to flourish in a healthy and fertile soil. Focusing on what is really important to us through meditation.

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga

Wednesday:
8:30am – Pranayama and Meditation
10am – Community Yoga

Saturday:
9:30am – Complete Beginners (week 2/5)
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes  here.

I hope to see you on the mat very soon!

Much 💚