Flexible & Flowing - The Water Element

Spend more of your life in beautiful places. If you can't visit them, create them.

Plant a tree, grow herbs on a windowsill, dig a small pond.

Water

Yin & Restorative Yoga

We need to grow stronger...slowly.. but most of us also need to regain flexibility by learning to be still and relax.

This is the part of yoga that our society doesn't understand. Practicing Yin & Restorative yoga makes you more flexible. I am living proof. I was getting stiffer over the years and had a sore back and hip when I first started yoga. I have learnt... and it wasn't easy, to hold an asana and relax.

My mind would want me to keep moving.

What next? How much longer? Whats the point? This is boring...The chatter dissolved with my breath and peace and softening finally joined me as I practiced.. I realised I am not my thoughts. 

Find presence, poise and grace in the gentle asana first.

These positions are practiced sitting or lying down mainly and are held for much longer periods of time.

Yin Yoga asana are held for 2 to 3 minutes. This gives your muscles and mind the opportunity to relax and let go and as this happens over time you move deeper into the posture.

Restorative yoga is more gentle and nurturing and can be held for even longer usually with supports such as pillows.

They help free your body and mind from injury, pain, suffering. Both mental and physical

Link to yin & restorative class

1/Relax. Relax..Relax.. is a simple, gentle, restorative class which is practiced laying on your back. 

It is incredibly important for the health of your whole spine and nervous system

It is a gift to yourself, practice it often.

The Heart of Yoga

2/Saraswati Wisdom is an intermediate to advanced class.

I usually adapt a class I am practicing at home but this time I don't

Notice frustration if you can't practice some of the postures in this class, accept and adapt.

Emotions surface with the water classes in particular and like life they are not always "feel good."

Acknowlege them, watch them, breathe and release them. 

Strong Women

Flow Yoga

Flow yoga is beautiful to practice, very feminine and graceful.

Instead of holding the asana we move with the breath.

If you can't relax, if you can't sit still. Then flow........

Add specific mudra, add music or mantra and yoga becomes a spiritual practice.

It raises your spirit...hard to describe, try it and see.

The more you know your routine the quicker your mind will settle.

Make sure you know the postures well before flowing.

I am sitting in lotus but you might be sitting in a chair or cross legged.

It doesn't matter.

Links to two flow yoga classes

1/The Moon Flow Class is a favourite of many of my students. Strong Women

The first 10 minutes is standing and can be practiced by everyone with care.

Take your time to learn Shakti Mudra before you begin - Essence of feminine power hand gesture. If it is too challenging for your fingers place the tips of your fingers together and practice Hakini or Prayer. A student told me Shakti Mudra was too difficult for her, so we adapted. Thanks for your feedback Vickiā¤

*At the bottom of this page, you will find Moon Work a fortnightly guide to help bring you back insync with the feminine cycle of the moon. Time to look up at the sky, enjoy the dark, the yin, the cool & calm.

Recommended Books. I found them both in the local library and then bought them.

Lunar Abundance by Izzy Spencer

Moonology by Yasmin Bowland

Both are wonderful guides to inspire you to live a beautiful and happy life.

2/ Sacral Chakra Class is beginner/intermediate and also lovely to practice.

The Heart of Yoga

*THERE ARE 3 EXTRA TEACHING CLASSES AND MEDITATIONS for guided students

The beautiful & gentle Tree of Life flow class which ends with a face and neck massage.

A restorative yin flow class which ends with the Water Yantra teaching meditation.

Yogic Healing Class - The place of the Moon, increasing ojas the nectar of life.

 

Link to the teaching meditation - Orange Stone.

This meditation encourages you to create a beautiful life.

It is one of the chakra or rainbow teachings

One of my students gave up her job after practicing it in class.

I was a little shocked when she told me.

She has now started her own charity to help underprivilaged women in our society

Free Meditations

Oranges & Orange Essential Oil

An important healing fruit and oil for Kapha Dosha

It also has a special energy July 2017 Newsletter

Bird Song

Spend at least 2 months on this section of yoga classes & meditations as you work your way through Weeks 9 - 16 of  Bird Song 

My body & mind began to change quickly when I started my Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

I was once average health & flexibility, getting a bit stiffer through the years.

Now I am incredibly flexible...it happened through learning to relax & let go.

Learning to be still.

Learning Ocean Breath.

Dropping into my favourite restorative yoga positions any time of the day, in bed before sleep and sometimes at night when waking with a hot flush.....

Once you learn all this, yoga becomes an essential part of your life.

Now you don't need to be told what to aim for.

You start to feel the changes and you become more intuitive as you practice.

You may make up your own class. Be your own Guru. 

This is the missing part of many yoga classes, the feminine.

The Rainbow Teachings

Saraswati Wisdom

KAPHA DOSHA

Bringing it all together.

Water - Learn a little more in my Newsletter.

March 2021

Orange

Sacral Chakra

Vam

Physical focus is the lower spine, pelvis & hips.

Good for balancing emotions such as guilt, grief, depression, feeling down.

Musical Note D

Uddiyana Bandha

Apana Vayu

The Moon

The West

Winter

Ayurvedic Treatment for colds & flus  August 2018

Food Therapy Oranges/Yoga for Winter July 2017

Easy Chai for colds & flu  August 2019

 

 

 

Relax.Relax..Relax...

What do you think?

Can following the Moon guide you to a better life?

 

Moon Work - Full Moon Eclipse in Scorpio

They say an eclipse intensifies things.

They say Scorpio highlights the good and bad.

These next 2 weeks may help you see things more clearly.

Where is the beauty in your life?

Look for the soft times, the small things.

What is hard?

Can you let it go?

Stay focused on noticing for the next 2 weeks.

 

 

 

Sit, swim, watch. Light and colour always changing.

Eagle Point

"Moon"thly cycles

Summer visitor's

Behind the waterfall

Ready to learn more? 

Section 3 - Full Of Energy

My Journal December 2021

Moon Flow

Learning how to create and practice feminine and beautiful yoga classes has made yoga so much more of a spiritual practice for me. I have been practicing at home and adding some of them to my classes for years. It is deeply rewarding when someone tells me how much they enjoy the moon flow that I created or face massage. 

So I was looking forward to practicing, flowing yoga with music again and I love Yin & Restorative Yoga but suprisingly, practicing this section was really tough. Things happened and things from the past resurfaced and I cried a lot! 

But it was good, good to acknowledge, to forgive, to cry.

I also had a lot of guilt which travel restrictions brought up ...my Mum is in England, struggling and isolated. 

I am ready to move to the next section. I feel stronger now. I had to leave and live a different sort of life for my own spirit and well-being. I have learn't so much about myself. Most importantly I have forgiven myself and know that I made the right decision.