I'm settling into my last round of yoga therapy training here in the states, in the beautiful Berkshire mountains and the crisp air is starting to warm up as spring blossoms. Sitting here I'm reminded of mountains thousands of miles away in Peru. And I'm reflecting on the reasons why I decided to collaborate with my dear friend, fellow yoga therapist and healer, Katie Randall, to co-host the Sacred Valley Plant Cleanse Retreat Sept 7-17th 2018. I've come up with seven reasons, and lots of photos below!Read More
On Saturday I hosted a meditation at Spice Harmony Yoga in honor of the new year transition. This is a time when many of us are hopeful for a fresh start, yet in need of grounding after the intensity that the holidays season often brings.
The session consisted of three segments: a compassion meditation, a interval breathing (Viloma Pranayama) practice and a longer chakra balancing meditation.
Here are the first two parts as a New Year Gift to You! Each one is about 9 mins long. Fun fact, I also recorded the 30 min chakra balancing meditation but one of the participants fell asleep and was snoring. I'm guilty of this myself at times, so all I could do was smile when I heard the recording.
This first recording was inspired by a meditative prayer for compassion by Stephanie Dowrick in 'Heaven on Earth: Timeless Prayers of Wisdom and Love'. I read her words to begin the meditation and then guide a simple process of breathing compassion in to self and out to all beings.
This second part of the session is a guided Viloma Pranayama (Interval Breathing) a simple, breathing technique that can be done at any time to cultivate steady balance. You may also want to grab your favorite essential oil or light incense since there is an aromatherapy portion at the end. It is followed by an opportunity to set an intention for the new year, for a new day...for a new hour even.
I'm often asked 'How do you do so much?' and my Bullet Journal is the answer. This simple way of managing to-do lists and tracking my life was created by Ryder Carroll and has been evolved by users who've adopted it. It's named after the bullet points you use to track your notes etc. Reflecting on how that I incorporate creative healing into my life for my upcoming day retreat I realize that this is one major way.
One little google search will give you a sense of all the different ways people modify their Bullet Journal system to suit their own lives (eg. some people don't use any of these spreads pictured). I suggest keeping it very simple when you first begin.
I love this unique and adaptable system because it helps me prioritize self-care right along side my business tasks. The truth is our health and wellbeing is more important than our work, yet its easy to let our healthy habits go in the midst of our busy-ness. Have a peek at my quick video flip through and explanation of my July pages.
If you want to see more videos breaking down how I actually implement the bullet journal system in my daily life like the video & comment below!
Another treat for you! After an almost 24hr journey just to get to Bahamas, I re-balance with a little yoga soon as I check in.