Yoga, Mental Health & Michael Stone

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My personal world was rocked recently. It all started on Friday 14 July when a post on my social media newsfeed had such impact, that everything went to freeze-frame for what felt like a lengthy time.

 

A teacher, an inspiration, it's difficult to find the appropriate way to describe him, Michael Stone was all this and more, was said to be on life support in a coma in hospital.

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Supported Squats for Birth

Within the pregnancy yoga classes that I teach, I also incorporate aspects of active birth education too. It creates a more rounded class and allows context for many of the postures that lend themselves from yoga into the birth environment.

 

Squats are often discussed, and I like to offer two variations where the labouring woman feels totally supported. It also means that she is not bearing all the weight and effort.

 

Below you will find the variations I teach:

 

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Meditation on Oneness

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The women's meditation group that meets once-a-month in Central Watford, is currently working its way through Christina Feldman's book: Woman Awake.

 

It is creating something of a hotbed of discussion within our group, especially on typical themes of women's lives.

 

So what does this have to do with meditation?

 

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Woman Awake

Well, it's hello and goodbye.

 

Last Saturday, the Meditation & More group finished our reading guide - The Untethered Soul (Michael A Singer). Despite personal preferences, it has offered us a very rich source of topics for discussion. On Saturday, Chapter 17 (Contemplating Death), prompted much debate.

 

In particular, what stops us living a life of no regret or fear? How not to fear death, if we are living a  life that's full. "It shouldn't take death to challenge you to live your life at your highest level." (p158)

 

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A Mindful Woman

A Mindful Woman is a 5-week introduction to mindfulness for women, which starts on Monday 08 May at 19.30.

 

As a woman, are you...

 

Managing pain, juggling more thoughts than humanly (womanly) possible, or simply looking to find clarity in your life? If your life looks anything like the meme below, then perhaps you need to consider joining us.

 

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May 2017 Parvati Magazine

Here's the latest edition of Parvati Magazine - yours to read for free - enjoy!

 

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Sun & Moon Breath in Italy

The foundation of yoga is the breath. It is also an important aspect as a means of support for meditation too. So throughout your time on retreat at the Watermill, you will hear me mention the breath an awful lot.

 

We often give it very little regard unless we have a heavy cold and therefore blocked sinuses, or we may have asthma or other respiratory conditions.

 

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Creative Journal Writing for Women's Day

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Join us for a morning of creative journal writing to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 08 March.

 

I shall be hosting a 2-hour workshop at Watford Women’s Centre 83, Market Street, Watford, from 11.00 until 13.00.

 

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