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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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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 💜

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New classes, new space – all change, all change!

Dear yogis and yoginis,

We have now settled at The Glass House, so I thought I will show you some pictures of yogini Tiger after her practice… she is definitely feeling the zen vibes and loving it!

It has been an intense move and process – still ongoing as we adjust to the new space. We discover new things with every class! The last discovery was the many uses of a reflective ceiling when laying down and doing our warm ups, it’s great!

This week we are introducing new classes:

Early morning Pranayama and Meditation:
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 8am

A half hour session, just before rush hour, to start the day grounded and clear minded.

Pranayama  is the fourth limb of yoga. It’s a Sanskrit term meaning  ‘extension of the life force’. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prāna meaning life force and āyāma, meaning to extend, draw out, restrain, or control. Prāna (life force) is carried by our breath, therefore by ‘controlling’ our breath we are able to adjust our life force. Different Pranayama techniques are used for different effects, some calming, some energising, some balancing. The benefits of Pranayama are too many to list here!

Dhyana (Meditation) is the 7th limb of yoga. In meditation we aim to retreat from our thoughts, calming our ‘monkey mind’. By shifting our attention away from our thoughts we are able to calm our nervous system and allow our intuition to flourish. Nurturing this practice will not only dramatically increase your wellbeing, but also open the door to your ‘inner knowing’ and help develop a strong feeling of contentment and acceptance of whatever life brings.

Open Level Community Yoga:
Wednesdays @10am

A more affordable class for those in concessions (students, OAPs, low waged).

Complete Beginners Yoga course:
Saturdays @9.45am

Our popular Complete Beginners Yoga course starts on Saturday November 2nd and runs for 5 weeks.

This course will be covering the basics in yoga in a friendly, down to earth environment. By the time you complete this course you should feel confident to move onto the Level 1 or Open Level classes with a clear understanding of the basic foundations in Yoga.
It is sometimes great to revisit these foundations even if you have been practising for a while, so if you feel like doing so you are welcome to join us!

You can book for these or any other classes here.

I hope you all have a smashing weekend and that you can come and visit The Glass House soon.

Much 💛

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This week’s yoga and astral insights 14.08.19

Dear yogis and yoginis…

Summer apologises for her recent behaviour. Due to super wet weather tonight’s class is cancelled. Hopefully Saturday will stay dry and Wild Yoga will be back on – register your interest with me for this session – if numbers are high enough we may be able to run it inside.

I apologise for my lack of e-mails of late… I am cooking a little project which will be announced very soon and between that, some of you going on holidays and the weather being too wild for our Wild Yoga, I may have missed a couple of newsletters…

Astral Insights

We are coming up to a full moon in Aquarius tomorrow at 1.29pm, but those a bit sensitive may have been feeling its energy during the last few days while in its waxing period. The veil seems somehow thinner and dreams, synchronicities, sudden insights popping without warning (with Uranus, Aquarius ruler still retrograde) – confusion between our inner and outer ‘knowings’. How do we discern which one is right? This is a time to trust your instincts as you are picking up info from different realms which may make no sense when you try to rationalise.

The Jewish tradition celebrates Tu B’av tomorrow, a celebration of love – which is the equivalent of Valentine’s day in Western tradition. A great day to open our hearts with the Sun in Leo and this massive full moon. Jupiter started going direct and with Leo firing us up we may start feeling that push towards fulfilling our purpose, being creative, sharing our gifts with the world and being authentic in ourselves. A chance to hit that re-start button and break long-term patterns in relationships and creative endeavours.The planets and stars are on your side!

Whatever you end up doing tomorrow, make sure it comes from the heart 🖤

Hopefully see you this Saturday on the mat!

Much  💛

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New Moon Ritual and Meditation

We are approaching a new moon in Gemini. Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods. Mercury deals with our day to day communication and how we express ourselves. It also touches on travel, the internet and all things techy as they are closely linked to networking.

Join us in an hour of breath work, meditation and ritual to prepare our intentions for this new moon. 
We will clear the last of the cobwebs to clearly see our truth and welcome the new! 
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Please RSVP via Contact page as spaces are limited.
Suggested donation £6.