Flexible & Flowing - The Water Element
The Sacral Chakra
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 but easier to feel.
Quite a few of my flow classes have been choreographed by me as I practiced at home, whilst listening to Sacred Earth.
I loved practcing them so much I wanted to share them with you.
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 Vicki❤
*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.
*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 then struggled with what to replace a job she didn't enjoy with and also not earning "her keep"
She has now started her own charity to help underprivilaged women in our society and realises her true value is not how much money she earns.
Oranges & Orange Essential Oil
An important healing fruit and oil for Kapha Dosha
It also has a special energy July 2017 Newsletter
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
Bringing it all together.
Water - Learn a little more in my Newsletter.
Physical focus is the lower spine, pelvis & hips.
Good for balancing emotions such as guilt, grief, depression, feeling down.
Musical Note D
Ayurvedic Treatment for colds & flus August 2018
Food Therapy Oranges/Yoga for Winter July 2017
Easy Chai for colds & flu August 2019
Moon Work. What do you think?
Can following the Moon guide you to a better life?
My newest qualification - I am now a Certified Moonologer with Yasmin Boland and it has taken my practice to a much deeper level which I wish to share with you
What is Moonology?
Connecting with natures months and cycles and using the knowledge for self-study of our own months and cycles. To help plan and change our lives, follow our hearts and create and live a beautiful life.
What has the moon got to do with yoga?
Become healthier in Body - asana, herbs, diet.
Mind - breathing exercise, mantra, yantra, mudra.
Spirit - feeling part of nature, part of everything, whole. (Following the moon cycles)
The health system of Yoga & Ayurveda is interconnected through an understanding of the elements of Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Space.
The Moon is part of the water element teachings. Connecting to the feminine energy.
The physical asana help us move out of our busy, overactive minds and experience/focus on our body and on our senses. They connect us to the earth element and ground us. This is the beginning of a journey inwards.
I hope to inspire you through the yoga teachings and wisdom to find happiness, contentment, beauty and peace and just as importantly to accept the "hard" times. Learn to "soften" and live a beautiful, rich and meaningful life.
A new moon is a time to start again. Another month. Another opportunity. A new beginning.
Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus - Known as a Blood Moon
Tuesday 8th November. The eclipse begins about 7.30 pm
Taurus the bull is an Earth sign
I always imagine a bull in a meadow of wildflowers contentedly grazing.
Solid and steady, yet you know there is a lot of power and determination.
You don't mess with a bull!
My Moonology card tells me it is time for a physical, emotional or spiritual detox.
I'm trying to put the two together.
Now I can see the blood moon. It's a full moon eclipse, which makes the moon have a red glow.
It's the last one till 2025
It is a time when magic can happen.
People used to fear these strange occurrences but we can explain and tell the exact time they will happen now.
So what is the magic?
Watching the moon is the magic.
Thinking what changes you need to make to clear and cleanse as the moon changes colour.
Using the power and determination within you.
Create a magical life for yourself.
Find your meadow of wildflowers
New Moon in Sagittarius
A fire sign.
Keeping things simple can add more layers and depth.
A simple sun meditation.
Practice it every day the sun shines "for you" for this month or forever.
Find a place to lay down or sit and give yourself 5 minutes to absorb the sun's nourishment.
Breathe it in, feel the warmth on your body and as you exhale imagine you are sending healing energy to every cell.
Be grateful for the simple pleasures in life.
Sit, swim, watch. Light and colour always changing.
Behind the waterfall
My Journal December 2021
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.
Amazing news about your book Julie, am so excited to see Bird Song in print. Signed copy obviously! 🙏🏻💚
Thank you for your kindness in sharing. I'd love to participate in the online learning
Morning Julie, would you have a spot in today’s 9.30 for a casual? Josephine
Hi Julie 😊,
Can I please go on the waitlist for Monday 8.15am class ?