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Digesting all your experiences

Hearing women talk about their bellies can be painful. This is the space of much shame, judgement and comparison that seems to poison our confidence and pleasure. It is also a space of physical pain for many women that has been overlooked or belittled. The fact that a woman with an appendix threatening to burst first needs to rule out period cramps is perhaps an indication of how much suffering has been normalised. However most women truck on with even much milder symptoms such as IBS, ovulation pain, cramps, bloating and nausea and consider that to be just a part of life.

Our relationship with our bellies is about learning to to digest all our experiences. Do we have the capacity to assimilate all that we see, read and hear? Thanks to the internet we can now bombard our senses with such a density of images, articles, chat and music that we feel overloaded. Do we have space to emotionally process all the inputs in daily life and release what is not serving us? Can we ever switch off and relax fully?

These last few years have challenged us on all levels to adjust how we work, parent and connect with others. Menstrual and digestive cycles have become disrupted and there is not much research being done about whether this is “just stress” or another little understood aspect of covid recovery. For others who have reached second spring in the land of post menopause, they might be surprised to find a whole new terrain of tummy woes just when they thought they had nailed menopause.

Loving your tum is a four week class to turn around your relationship with your tummy and listen to your gut and pelvis.

We explore:

  • simple techniques of gentle abdominal massage
  • breathwork to process our emotions
  • super gentle yoga for digestive support and hormonal balance (for all stages of life) and practices to reinstate our body rhythms for rest and digest mode
  • discover the magic poo button (I just might have renamed this) and easy acupressure points for supporting our digestion
  • delve into being able to love our bellies with acceptance and delight
  • 5 simple steps that you can start to ease bloating and discomfort

If that sounds like your cup of tea then come along and join in person or zoom in. Details are here and you can sign up here We start on Wed Sept 14th at 7pm

Beyond the blether of manifestation

Every time I see anything about manifestation or visualisation I feel a little bit sick. Surely the intended audience has not only a roof over their head, food in their belly, possibly even enough possessions to need to declutter, and yet like the Very Hungry Caterpillar they still want MORE. My curiosity about this desire for more inspired me to scratch around behind this need and discover the gaping wide hollow of emptiness.

Most people are doing what they think they want to with their time and resources but in reality they are simply ticking the boxes of what was socially prescribed for them. We have all had those mouse-wheel days of getting up, going to a job we loathe to pay the bills so that we can be sheltered and fed. We go to bed tired and wake up and repeat it again and again. On holiday we might remember Who We Are and then it gets stuffed away when we return to the grind. So I understand why people want the nice shiny things to give them hope and rewards for their suck-full week at work. How many times though have you purchased the clothing/holiday house/car/latest BBQ gadget and felt fantastic for a few days only to return to the dissatisfaction once more.

The Mucho Manifestival is not about getting the designer wardrobe, the Duran Duran yacht or the perfect bum. Instead it is a year long exploration of self study into all the programming that has driven your life up to this point and then hopefully (!) how you can be liberated from this. We explore the unconscious agreements that we never signed up for – those slimy little suckers that keep us in our place and often uphold unreasonable standards that benefit those in a place of power. We unravel the societal and familial expectations and even the limitations that we have placed upon ourselves, along with some simple and gentle techniques to release all the unprocessed emotions that have been triggering the hollow feeling. Often we realise that all our thoughts have been projecting out into the world and we have actually been very effective manifestors – it is just that we were not aware of what we really, truly desired. Throughout the year we delve into all this using the tools of yoga nidra, pranayama, tapping for unprocessed experiences, meditation, intention setting with lunar phases and morning pages/journal exploration.

My hope is that we emerge blinking like Moley in Springtime and see the bright light of endless possibilities and freedom. As we explore our dharma ( divine path and purpose) and sankalpa (intention) we can align our lives to better fit our path and purpose. Perhaps a desire will arise to connect on a deeper level with loved ones, community, perhaps we will feel the call to create a fair and equal society, perhaps we will simply want to grow our food and share our crops. Who knows what will emerge by January 2023? If you share this curiosity too then join in January 30th at 7pm

Traffic Lights and Group Agreements

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As we enter into the vaccine pass and traffic light system I have been wrestling with the fact that yoga means union for all and also liberation from all mental constructs. How do I marry my core belief that all are welcome when the law says otherwise? The good news is that we can find a happy balance and keep all safe according to the law and use commonsense and group agreements. Read below to find out how this can happen. Please note that if you attend my class at Love and Core or other studios then we must abide by their guidelines.

Under the new traffic light system my home classes do not have spacing or capacity limits though these will be discussed by the regular attendees as to what feels comfortable for us and bookings adjusted accordingly.

I am not required to use a vaccine pass system though I will happily tick your status on my database so that is registered. (Legally I can offer private or small classes to unvaccinated people – with cleaning before other classes.) Don’t forget that I offer plenty of zoom classes so all are welcome to attend those. Also if your class is fully booked then remember I can also offer hybrid zoom/in person classes as I do already for my Mon and Fri classes. You are always welcome to be in the Snug for my other 7am and 9am zoom classes as long as you book in. During these warmer summer months I can also offer outdoor classes in our garden that are open to all.

Once we have established our group agreements for each class then all new people wishing to attend that time slot will need to accept the agreements of that particular group or find out which class matches them best.

Since we are gathering in our home then I would like to disclose that I am fully vaccinated. Please respect our home with these guidelines above and also the following:

  • Please no do come to class if feeling unwell, awaiting test results, been in a location of interest etc and also please cancel your booking so that someone else can take your place
  • Please book in for classes via email or txt in advance
  • Please inform me immediately if you discover that you are a close contact and have been in a recent class
  • Please BYO mat and blanket and any other props you require
  • Please sign in the register so that you are easily contact traceable
  • Please do not ask others in the class what their vaccination status is – that is my job! I will make sure everyone is in the best class for them

I am also proposing that our classes become a covid-free sanctuary! Please no discussion of cases/numbers/theories etc during class time or in our practice space. Let’s give ourselves a breather from all the chaos, fear and news bombardment. You are however welcome to express your feelings and ask for support from our group. For example “I am feeling scared, anxious and lonely” , “I miss my grandchildren”, ” I am angry and frustrated”.

I hope this all makes sense ( I recommend reading the Ministry of Health and also Business guidelines if you are having trouble sleeping!) All this will be subject to change or course in the light of any local outbreaks or variants. Looking forward to seeing you all soon in one way or another.

Remember we all have to live with one another when we get through this so may we be filled with loving kindness as we fumble our way along…

Sap Rise – Connection with your Plant Friends

Rosa Cottage Maid

Most of our healing comes from a place of connection. This might mean feeling connected to your body and your feelings so that you experience a sense of wellness. Or it might mean that you sense a lack and you seek help with a health practitioner, a friend or an activity that helps you to feel that connection again. Sometimes the connection is literal and a medicine may connect missing functions so that you can renew your “factory setting”. Healing connection can also be simply a sense of belonging, maybe within your family, your friends, home or the land beneath your feet.

So when we do need medicine we often reach for a herb, a remedy or a prescribed drug with an expectation that it will deliver. We may not pay much attention to where it came from, how it was made or even what it was made from. We may feel gratitude if it works or even betrayal if it doesn’t.

In our first medicine making practicum of Pussy Power Lady Garden Academy we cultivate healing connection by developing a healing partnership with our Plant Friends. Just as nobody really cherishes those needy friends that you only hear from when they are having a crisis, our plant allies would prefer a healthier kinship. This relationship might be nurtured over time as you grow and tend your plants, or it may simply come from asking permission as you forage with a healing intention. Yes even the plant world appreciates consent!

In this practicum we learn how to befriend and communicate with plants and how to make a simple flower essence remedy for ourselves. This can be a bit of a paradigm shift for anyone who has not really contemplated this before! I consider plants, animals, rocks, mountains, lakes, oceans and rivers to be “People” and that we have ways of communicating that are beyond words in any tongue. We can learn to connect using all our senses, observing and listening on all levels. Come with an open mind, a sense of wonder and learn to make medicine in a holistic way. Details are here and bookings are here.

Seven Planets

Actually 5 planets and a star and a satellite

Seven planets and your life cycle – an intersection between Kabbalah and Kundalini Yoga

Do you ever wish you had a road map or an instruction manual for understanding what the heck is going on in life? This teensy 8 week course is to help shed some light on the life you have lived so far and possibly help to reframe your life ahead. The main framework for this is understanding that we are part of a cyclical universe and just as the planets above have their own speedy or slow cycles then so do us mere mortals on earth. As above so below!

Over my life I have been influenced by those who follow cyclical wisdom – my grandmother with the lunar cycles, Rabbis who dabbled in Kabbalah at Vic Uni, Steiner who shaped my understanding of biodynamic agriculture by the movement of the planets, ancient herbalists and also homeopath Ian Watson who incorporated planetary influences in my practitioner prescribing. My own body also provided abundant self knowledge through my menstrual cycle. All these strands have helped to weave a story of life that speaks more to my poetic than rational mind. It will possibly all make more sense in hindsight at the end of life but I rather enjoy it now in the manner of sitting down with a cryptic crossword and a cup of tea to nut it all out.

The course consists of one introductory class to explain the theory and how to have a hot date with a calendar, a timeline and a trip down memory lane. The following 7 classes are all Kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations to integrate each life phase. You are then equipped to apply the tools whenever you wish and be prepared for your future life cycles.

The classes run on Thursdays 9-10am from October 28th until Dec 16th. For class info and to book in hop over here