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Embrace the Lunar Eclipse

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Happy Full Moon on January 21st and even better it is a lunar eclipse. Sadly we won’t see it here in NZ due to the timing at 6.12pm but we can still feel it. This eclipse season has been all about creating strong foundations, learning to trust in times of change and embracing self care.

I have been doing a favourite meditation to embrace this season and will continue to do it daily until next new moon. It helps to find your connection with the earth, build strength in your pelvic floor muscles and find peace in breath suspension. It is officially called “Meditation for a stable body” or sometimes “Meditation for the Pranic Body”. I just do it when I have living in my head too much and need to get back to earth.

Sit in a position that lets you keep a straight spine. Make fists with both hands, with the thumbs sticking up as if you are going to hitch a lift. The right hand is level with the heart centre and the left hand is level with your navel centre. The eyes are almost closed and focused at the third eye centre. Tuck your chin back gently. Inhale sharply and deeply and exhale completely with gusto. Hold the breath out and rhythmically draw up your pelvic floor muscles up to 26 times. Only do this for as long as it feels comfortable to hold the breath out, or for your pelvic floor muscles. As you are holding the breath visualize the energy moving from the base of your spine all the way up to the crown of your head. Repeat this for 3 mins and up to 11 mins if you are super keen.

If you live locally and want to grow moonflowers then let me know and I shall save you some seed. They magically open as the moon rises, smell delicious and each flower only lasts for one night. The perfect reminder to seize the day (or night in this case).

 

About Odette

photo of Odette Rowe in yoga pose- Sat Nam

Kia Ora, I’m Odette Rowe. I’m a Kundalini, perinatal and children’s yoga teacher and a qualified homeopath. For the past 18 years I have taught yoga in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in studios, natural health clinics,  workplaces and artist’s squats.

Now I bring you the Yoga Snug – cosy little classes and workshops in homes, community spaces and studios dotted around the Wairarapa. I’m based in Carterton, and hold classes in two venues there (including my own snug) and also in Featherston and Martinborough.

I have not the slightest interest in tricky poses in spandex. I am instead passionate about people discovering enjoyment and ease as they move their body without pain or anxiety. I love witnessing people cherishing themselves, just as they are so they can be healthy, happy and live out their life purpose.

My aim is to encourage people to see that all their actions and interactions with others has a ripple effect. Changing the world ultimately starts with the dialogue you have with yourself on a daily basis and this quiet revolution starts on your meditation cushion. Come along to a class to stretch and unwind but you might also leave with some seeds or herbal tea.

Weed of the week – Violets

Violets (Viola odorata) are in full flush in August, and would have to be the prettiest weed. I could happily let them romp all over my garden. I put the leaves and flowers in my salads and green smoothies daily for their delicious taste, smell and herbal properties. Miss Violet is rich in Vitamin A and C and supports the liver, gallbladder, digestive and urinary system. If you have a really bountiful patch then you can make the thrill last all year by making your own violet vinegar.

Violet Apple Cider Vinegar

Pluck as many violets as you can into a glass jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar and stir about with a chopstick regularly, ensuring that the flowers sink into the liquid. Cover with a lid (line with paper if it is a metal lid) and leave in a dark spot in your kitchen for two weeks. Keep an eye on it and stir whenever it calls to you. The vinegar will take on the most beautiful rosy glow from the flowers and smell heavenly. Strain using a muslin cloth or soft tea towel into a clean glass bottle and store in a the dark. If you are feeling particularly witchy and want a potent brew, pick on the new moon and strain on the full moon. This vinegar is delicious splashed on salads or added as a few drops to your morning glass of water.