Over the course of the last two weeks I have spent six days in the company of nine, sometimes more amazing women. Why? I've been teaching and assisting on the Lusthtums Post-Natal Yoga training course in Brighton.
For the first time in almost a whole year I felt I was once again in a real space with women. A space of honesty and love. At the beginning on the first day we spent three hours listening to and talking about some incredible stories Clare Maddelana had returned with from her recent Healthy Birth, Healthy Earth conference at Findehorn in Scotland.
Don't get me wrong there is a place for gentle every day chat with women you meet, other women colleagues, good friends and family members. But there is something very different about being in the company of women when we talk about our womenhood, our joy, our suffering, our rights of passage.
Only a handful of times in my life I have felt that sense of communion with other women. Have I truly allowed mys...
I heard ‘rest is revolutionary’ on a yoga nidra teacher training course last year. Since then I have made rest part of my weekly yoga practice and it’s changed my life.
Taking healing rest is something we usually don’t allow ourselves. Most of us forsake it in order to produce, create and move. As a populace we spend more time doing, achieving and acquiring and less time restoring, listening and being. As a result stress related health issues are prolific in society today. Over the last 30yrs science has shown connections between stress and most major diseases, diabetes, cancer, depression, stroke, immune disorders, the list goes on. Rest is a revolutionary because it goes against the tide and offers us another way of living. A revolution is exactly what we need.
Stress is perceived and felt differently by people. However one thing remains the same from person to person. Stress ensures we exist in the flight, fight or freeze sympathetic state of our nervous system. Here we fill our bodi...
In this lifestyle crazy, wear this, eat that, think this world we live in, we're told all the time what’s good for us. When we think about being good to ourselves we usually think of ways we could improve ourselves or our lives. Exercising to get fitter, reading more to be better informed, eating certain foods to be healthier, using certain products in our homes and on our bodies to be safer.
It appears that being good to ourselves has become about doing and not listening. If we choose to listen to the person on TV or the author of the article we loose the chance to be true to ourselves in the moment, to listen to our intuition. If we listen we can find all we need to know inside.
To connect to this inner teacher, wisdom, intuition, whatever you call it we need a way to tap into ourselves. A simple practice the allows us to make space for doing what's truly good for us in the moment. The practice of kindness towards ourselves c...