Her first reaction was “woooooow hoooooo – I’m dancing – woooo hoooo Super fantastic and great xxxx”
“Wow, Fantastic! Yoga and Horse-riding – I love it – and in magnificent Greece! Yes – I feel so blessed!! Loving the abundance, joy and fun life is bringing to me ”
“I am so delighted to be able to share this prize – gift with my gorgeous friend Gillian Gavin – she is an amazing Biodanza teacher – and facilitates Divine Feminine workshops – We are going to have a really great fun time together . Love Love Love”
“The programme for your retreat looks great – lots of fun – and I am so looking forward to being re-aquainted with horses and horse riding!”
If you entered the competition but you didn’t get lucky this time, we still have a gift for you on our next retreat:
Bring your friend for free!
A week of horse riding, yoga and photography in paradise!
Dates: 28th April to 4th May, Price: £795 (Two for the price of one! )
Daily horse riding, hacks or lessons in the ring
Breakfast and lunch or dinner (depending on the day’s programme)
Morning yoga practice
Pick up from your arrival port in Evia
Does not include:
flights and airport transfer, optional excursions, taverna nights out
Be quick, we are going soon, and there are only a few places available!
Healing Through Yoga
Be it a mindful or physical approach, yoga is highly beneficial for any persons in convalescence, no matter how big or small a problem appears. Yoga offers an abundance of tools for challenging situations, with profound healing effects from restorative and recuperative, to uplifting qualities for optimum health and living. Yoga can be modified to support all lifestyles, surroundings and seasons, making recovery accessible for almost everyone.
With stress a common ailment of modern living, let’s start here: When under too much pressure, the mental field shuts down preceding the ‘will’ to continue. Hence the expressions under stress, a strain putting our innate wisdom out of reach. In this stage we lose sight of what is actually happening in a body and personality of sensations, emotions and feelings. Symptoms already onset by the immune system under attack due to stress, perpetuate physical, emotional and psychological problems. Often, the root cause of stress begins with surface personality and identifying with external layers we shape; push ourselves into, to fit in with society. This constant absorption of external influence, mask our core truths. Yoga however, brings us back.
Conscious or not, a process of emotional and mental responsive data accumulates to that which we speak, eat, smell, taste, touch, feel and think. Our senses, governed by the nervous system and chemical make-up designed within the formations of the endocrine system, define our personal characteristics. It is both these functions that ‘manage’ sensory overloads. That in mind you can understand how our personalities and different roles of characteristics create false impression of which our true nature is seemingly contained in. Not to mention the intricate linear matrix born out of conditionings, patterned from all lifetimes on a soul level. When stress ‘put to one side,’ the inevitable soon manifests as pain in the physical body, in one form or another. In this time the physical body may demand precedence in the initial stages of healing through yoga before we can go beyond. The breakthrough is found within change, recognising the pain body is the trigger of what needs releasing. This change requires courage and effort, soon to reap through the very act of yoga itself.
A gentle approach in Yoga should not be dismissed because of its simple appearance, as it brings a profound effect on body and mind. Its preventative and curative qualities put pressures far from reach because it changes how we react to the world inside, instead of trying to change the world outside.
How healing through Yoga works?
Each posture applies direct pressure on the nerves and glands, therefore tunes and tones the nerves and balances hormones. This in turn has a cleansing effect since the lymphatic system is also simulated, increasing functionality of the organs. Yoga releases and removes blockages, boosting a free flow of energy to body and mind. Having a direct influence on the nervous system not only becomes highly effective for the treatment of stress, tension and nervousness, in addition, provides nurture and repair to damaged tissue and joints. A gentle and harmonious approach combined with subtle exercise, avoids the risk of further damage to connective tissue, whilst actively stimulating life-giving blood flow, through breathing into areas of neglect and injury.
The Bihar school of Yoga found that muscles relax by directing attention along with integrating breath to a specific area, send relaxed impulses back to the brain thus relaxing the mind. Synchronizing movements with the awareness of breath activates the attentive mind, allowing us to not otherwise ponder on tensions and stress. Here, neutrality arises. There is a subtle shift of brain waves that deepen our capacity to relax back to our natural state; a crucial stage for healing to take place. One must be fully absorbed in the practice and be relaxed in order to reach cellular level, freeing physical knots and tensions in body and mind. Once beyond the physicality of yoga, a consistent practice allows spontaneity to arise, thus practise integrates through daily life. A more peaceful state of ‘being’ is experienced.
When you re-establish the self, moving away from the ‘I’ the individual personality, you start living inner peacefully, nurturing self again. This reflects externally, no longer redundant from healing resources that lay within, attracting healthier living.
Shifting mood through asana:
The appearance of moods can lead us to believe we are not in the mood to do yoga. It is important to consider our moods/emotions are not our ultimate truth, and such moods can be shifted. Have you noticed the luminosity at the end of a yoga practice where you feel completely removed from a heavy feeling or thought, prior to the practice? This is the alchemical effects of yoga. Though seemingly easier to stay bored or stuck in a mood, it is far from satisfying, especially for Soul. Letting initial impulse to do… pass… creates bigger challenge for mind to want to do, best get out of mind and in body to change your mind, this activates the force eded to stimulate the energetic system, thus shifting mood. Don’t listen to the mind …just do the doing! A simple act of not reacting to the minds thoughts can change perspective and lift the mind.
Useful advice in practicing Yoga:
The intention of sequenced postures is each one prepares the body and mind to support the next. As time goes on each practice lends itself to the other. All parallel, complement and enhance the other. When practicing yoga try not to worry about creating a perfect picture with your posture; by forcing into a ‘perfect’ shape. This disconnects your flow. You can’t breath properly, your muscles cannot breath properly and you create further tension, (your nerves shrink back into state of feeling under pressure). Rather merge mind with body and breath, into a more expansive field. When soul’s colours morph into life, the real picture reveals; the luminous self.
During practice you may experience opposing forces of constant push and pull, allow gravity to pronounce its very nature and work with it rather than against, try not to create a fight. Watch how your body responds in awe, observing your mental and emotional capacity in relation to current life circumstance and attitudes. Embrace the unknown. Let your physical body grow and expand in its own time – a jovial approach will certainly give a richer and freer experience. Allow mind observe for acceptance to arise thus a meditative practice transpires, watching and not reacting to what is happening. Watching and accepting all that arises, knowing this too changes.
Your yoga practice is an ongoing process, never give up. Despite all life’s glories and woes, persevere, the rewards are abundant and never ever give up.
Teaching for over 10 years, Niamh experiences Yoga as a Gift to Self since she has observed growth and change available to ALL, no matter how big or small a problem appears.
Specialisms -Hridaya Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow, Stress and Pain Management , Yoga for Healing (including fears, tendencies and emotions), Hridaya Meditation, Pranayama / Breathwork ,Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).
by Niamh Kavanagh, Hridaya Yoga,
*Understanding the influences that interfere with the free flow of truth*
February 15 , Sunday. London, Cromwell Avenue, Hammersmith 9am to 4 pm £45 and February 16, Sunday. London Talk for Thamesside dowsers. 11 am
The Cricketers, Richmond Green, Richmond Contact Judith 07905676901
We are here to share our own unique truth with the world we live in. Whenever we do radiate our own truth we feel immensely fulfilled and everything we need and desire comes effortlessly to us. However most of us have acquired alternative identities (personae) which can lock into place in the presence of certain triggers. Instead of operating direct from the soul we use these identities to deal with the world around us.
Although these identities do serve some purpose (or have served some purpose in our past), they interfere with or completely cover over the truth of our inner being. When we give energy to any of these identities it will create its own reality, the reality it was designed for, the reality it expects! This may be far removed from the reality we really want. It may even be the opposite! Thus, although they may seem to provide some of the things that we want, like belonging, being wanted, earning enough to survive, they do not bring us the whole of what we could be having were our truth to be flowing freely into life.Also, because our inner being remembers and naturally longs for the reality that could be created by the soul, we will feel sadness, frustration and longing. We may even feel resignation despair and a sense of separation from joy, beauty and light. We may even become physically ill.
So this workshop is about accessing a clear awareness of who you really are, identifying your own soul’s truth, realising how perfect and powerful it is, allowing yourself to love it and trust it enough to be faithful to it and understanding what it can do for you and your life. We should have some time to examine some of the influences that stimulate the production of alternative identities and consider simple strategies to neutralise these influences and replace them with a free flow of soul’s truth.
Please bring notebooks and food to share for lunch. Nearest tube Ravenscourt park Parking is free in this area at weekends.
February 16, Sunday. London Talk for Thamesside dowsers. 11 am
The Cricketers, Richmond Green, Richmond Contact Judith 07905676901
*Understanding the inflences that interfere with the free flow of truth*
This is a one hour talk and demonstration that shows the effects on the humanaura and on the environment of some of the various influences that can shift us out of our own centre. Also includes suggestions how to counteract these influences. Afterwards we can all talk over pub lunch!
More info http://www.drhelenford.co.uk
Namaste, and a happy new year!
Are you feeling radiant? Are you feeling excited about new beginnings, new opportunities?
This new year started with a new moon, a rare occasion (last time we started the new year with a new moon was 19 years ago!).
New moon is all about new beginnings and fresh starts.
Is there something you would like to change in your life this year? What dreams would you like to see come to reality?
I would like to invite you to explore two questions:
1. What leaves me feeling nourished?
2. What leaves me feeling empty?
Now, I have a dream: I would love to take you back to where it all started, in 2010, with Francis d’Angelo, to our luxury villa retreat in Tuscany.
As you all know, Francis had a major incident in 2011 which left him half way paralysed, but he is doing so much better and slowly getting ready to teach again.
What we would like to offer is a friend’s retreat in our Tuscan paradise, with Yoga Nidra and mantra chanting (by Francis) and Yoga, Dance and Creative Expression (by Carmen – yes, I am finally doing my Yoga teacher training and will be certified in June).
For food: we can either bring a fabulous raw food chef with us, or do self catering, cooking up a storm together in this fantastic kitchen, which would be great fun!
I would love to hear back from you, whether you are up for it, what you would put on your wish list, we could design this retreat together.
We need a minimum of 8 people for this to go ahead. The price will be a friends’ price, which means just splitting the costs, there will be no fee for my teaching or organising work.
The price works out between £600 and £800 (in September), with 2 people sharing a room, and less if 3 people share a room.
This price includes your accommodation in the fabulous villa with pool and tennis court, your yoga and meditations, your food (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Additional costs are flights and airport transfers, drinks and going out money if you want to explore more. It is recommended to leave a tip to the staff at the end of the stay (there is daily room service – cleaning).
(In 2010 I heavily subsidised the price, that’s why you got a break in paradise for only £500).
There is also a horse riding stable just on top of where we are, which was not open yet in 2010.
I am looking forward to your feedback.
It would be great to make this happen again this year!
Love and happiness to one and all,
If you like mantras, here is a beautiful offering by Deva Premal and Miten: