Showing posts from December, 2021

The Morning Walk For Yoga

The Morning Walk for Yoga is an invitation for you to take a metaphoric 'walk' through your body.  I envision this short 3min video (posted below) as something you can come back to time and time again.  This is my New Years offering for 2022 with the intention to support you to be at peace in your body.  At peace in your mind.  I created it so you have something to listen to (although you are welcome to  watch), so you can focus as you begin your yoga practice.  Maybe you only have a few minutes to practice yoga.  Maybe The Morning Walk for Yoga IS your practice for the day.  Yoga, a practice developed thousands of years ago, is about developing a state of presence. We do not necessarily need to be on our mats to practice.    To be present, we simply need to be open to FEEL,  feel everything that arises, just as it is.    Yoga supports you to feel alive and present in your body and not be distracted by the stories and endless chatter of the mind.  As we cultivate this ability

How to blossom in your yoga practice

  If you find a flower that is closed you don't force it open. You know it's just a matter of time. You would not pull those unformed new petals apart and say: Hurry Up!  Be Beautiful Now!  I have to remind myself (and my students) to be gentle when we approach the body.  If I find that there is some tightness or restriction,  it does not help to force it and say OPEN NOW!  I have learnt from my teachers of  #scaravelli and #kaiut and #yogamais methods that I cannot force my progression.  No,  just as you can't force a flower to bloom before its time, you can't force your body to open before it's ready either. What you can do is make sure the conditions are right.  Our bodies need warmth, sunlight, water, good nourishment,  fresh air and love,  just like flowers do.  When we plant a flower, we know nothing happens for a while, as the plant spends time connecting to the environment, growing roots, grounding,  breathing, and it may appear as if nothing is changing or

Winter Solstice Meditation

Every winter solstice,  when I lived at the spiritual community of  Findhorn,  I would do a walking meditation through a beautifully prepared spiral of greenery with an unlit candle in my hand.  As I walked,  I would reflect on all the months of the previous year.  The people, places, situations I loved, was challenged by, grew from or connected with.  And I would release that old year.  It was a powerful way to acknowledge the return of the light. Then, in the middle of the circle was a huge lit candle.  I would take my little tea light and hold it to the flame.  Walking slowly out of the spiral, holding my light,  I now set my intentions for the year to come.   Finally,  I would sit and reflect, draw and an angel card  (from a deck developed by Findhorn community members) and so welcome that new quality as a guide for the next 12 months.   As I no longer live in Findhorn.  I have started to offer my own  free live guided meditation on zoom for The Winter Solstice each year.  To welco