Attachments: what are you clinging to?

Goodness me, 18 January already - this month feels like it's marching ahead with some kind purpose (or is that just me?)

 


Classes are all now underway and it's good to see many students who've returned following our break for the New Year, and it's also so lovely to meet those who are new or returning after a break of a period of time.

 


Today I have shifted my 'office' to a temporary setting (the sofa). Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that you need a little more care.

 

 

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Why Women Need Yoga

Fortunately for me, I've practised yoga spanning some 28+ years now (teaching for 25) and in that time, it has supported me through various stages in my life.

 

Yoga is so adaptable (in the hands of an experienced teacher) and can serve you in your own unique way.

 

Having experienced many years of endometriosis and other gynae issues, my yoga mat become my haven. The art of rolling out my mat and stepping on to it became a ritual. The coolness of the mat beneath my feet at first, then, lying down, it was like being received and supported all at once.

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Conscious Journaling

So much of our time is spent in front of one sort of screen or another - it's either our phones, laptops or even both at the same time. The one thing that is the same is the way we input what we wish to write - via a keypad or keyboard.

 

Whilst fast and efficient (I still remember my RSA Shorthand and Typing training days on a manual typewriter!) it is more a linear approach.

 

When we swap out our keypad for a pen (pencil, crayon, whatever is close to hand), it accesses a different part of the brain - and more importantly, it can be the subconscious part.

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Meditation: How we bring our life onto the cushion

2016 is probably going to be marked as the year that has seen so many upsets. From the loss of so many well known stars that we've all adored right across to the political spectrum producing shocking results.

 

One thing that's something of a constant is that voice that says, "it shouldn't be like this".

 

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Nurturing & Empowering

artwork by Rita Loyd www.NurturingArt.com

Produced with permission

 

“So great that you had just taught us contraction breathing techniques, this got me through 12 hours of 1st stage labour at home without any medication & just a bit of extra help from swaying on a swiss ball.

Thanks again for a brilliant pregnancy yoga course”.

 

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Visual Meditation

This Saturday (08 October), I shall be introducing my monthly meditation group to a new meditation practice. A visual one.

 

Some may think that meditation is simply sitting - that's it.

 

Well, in essence it is, but it isn't.

 

I teach Shamatha (Calm Abiding / Shinay (Tib) meditation. Which means 'with support'.

 

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Dates (the fruity kind) & pregnancy

A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology found that women who ate dates daily during the final month of pregnancy were less likely to need induction of labour, as opposed to non-date eaters.

 

There's more!

 

When arriving at hospital, these women had also progressed further (were more dilated) and laboured in seven hours or less!

 

Melinda Johnson of Academy of Nutrition & Diatetics says that it would seem dates have a compound that mimics the hormone oxytocin (which causes contractions).

 

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Women's Stories: What our words say about us

Within each woman, there's a story to be told. I was first captured by this after watching the film, 'The Bridges of Madison County' starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. In fact, I've watched it several times and it never loses its appeal.

 

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