Category Archives: Uncategorized

On Saltwater Cures…

Standard

Whether you want to paddle or swim, the sea offers a cleansing and curative promise for your soul…her tides and shifting moods invite us to consider our own ebb & flow, of energy, of joy…she rages and crashes on the shore, but soon her rising tide laps gently to whisper over the sand and stones…her moods are transient, just as ours…her ebb & flow is echoed in our own rhythm of energy and the need to rest…I urge you, find your way into the waves, whether it is to dip your toes or swim with the tide…

If you can’t get to the sea, you might also want to consider crying…a good old sob brings us into our parasympathetic nervous system – research has shown that real tears contain higher levels of stress hormones and manganese (which helps to regulate mood), as opposed to the ones that lubricate the eye or come in response to irritation. In Japan, rui-katsu (tear-seeking) groups have emerged; participants watch tear-jerkers to prompt crying in a supportive community. If you don’t fancy getting snotty nosed and blotchy faced with strangers, grab a few friends and choose your favourite weepy movie, stock up on indulgent balm tissues and let yourselves ride the flood of tears.  Go on, grab the tissues and let your own salt-water cure flow…

You can also try this salt-water cure, the miraculous Sole (pronounced solay)…Sole is a highly-saturated salt water preparation, and you drink a tiny amount in a glass of water each day to help normalise the body’s mineralisation, stabilise pH and improve hydration by up to 10% (*please do not use Sole without consulting your health care provider if you have any issues with your blood pressure or any issues with sodium deficiency or sensitivity).

If you want to try Sole, this is how you make it…

What you need:

  • a glass jar with a lid (no metal)
  • spring water/mineral water
  • Himalayan rock salt (I prefer to use the big rock crystals but lots of options are available in health food stores and online)

Starting my fresh Sole

    Basically, you add a chunk of salt and fill the jar with water, then you wait for it to dissolve. You know when the water is super-saturated with the salt because eventually, there will be some that has not dissolved resting in the bottom of the jar – the water will take on an almost oily look when you look through it, it swirls and glimmers beautifully. It is by no means essential, but I like to prepare my Sole and charge it under the full moon each month – with intention, you can then treat it as blessed water for rituals, add it to your bath for relaxation and clarity and make it a part of your rewilding…

    My Sole charging u der the full moon

    Once you have the super-saturated solution, you can begin to use it. The solution is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it will never spoil, you can just continue to add water & salt as needed – always ensure you can see a few undissolved crystals of salt as this confirms the super-saturation of the water. Using a wooden or plastic spoon (never metal), add 2-3tsp to a glass of water (preferably filtered or mineral/spring water) and drink on an empty stomach in the morning.

    So what are the benefits? Rock salt contains inonised minerals (more than 90!) that also naturally occur in our blood. We’ve been told that salt is bad for us, and the highly refined white table salt we so often encounter is not especially beneficial since it contains only 2 minerals. We need salt in our diet to remain healthy, and with the added benefit of so many minerals, Sole has a multitude of health perks and these are now being confirmed by research:

    • stabilises irregular heartbeats
    • natural antihistamine (I can testify to this, I have dermatographia, which I manage mostly through yoga, but is definitely less evident when I drink Sole daily during periods of stress)
    • helps dissolve and eliminate sediments which lead to stones and various forms of rheumatism like arthritis and kidney and gall bladder stones
    • balances the alkalinity/acidity [pH] of the body
    • normalises blood pressure
    • clears up congestion of the sinuses – you can use a Sole solution for Neti too
    • reduces and prevents muscle cramps.
    • alleviates skin diseases by cleaning from inside out
    • aids clearance of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm from the lungs, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis
    • reduces excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells
    • balances blood sugar levels
    • vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in your body’s cells
    • promotes nerve cell function for communication and information processing
    • supports absorption of nutrients in the intestinal tract
    • salt and minerals are vital for optimum bone density. A shortage of minerals and water in the body can contribute to osteoporosis.
    • a few drops of Sole on your tongue can help stop persistent dry coughs

    Advocates of Sole report positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue, and nervous system functions. They also report improved sleep quality, increased energy & concentration levels, and have seen easier weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.

    Himalayan Crystal Salt – you can find out more and purchase the salt online here if there are no stockists in your area

    Water & Salt: The Essence of Life – this book discusses the results of a study at the University of Graz, Austria

    Advertisements

    Night of Mothers…

    Standard

    Yule was the pre-Christian period of celebration that lasted around 12 days, the Solstice and Modraniht were among the celebrations that honoured both the male and female aspects of Nature and divinity…

    Modraniht was the eve of Yule, though there is dispute about whether that was the eve of the Solstice or what has become Christmas…it celebrated the Mothers or Matrons, both as mothers in connection with the potential of women to bring forth new life and as such representing the rebirth of the Sun and the rebirth of Spring as the days slowly lengthened once more, as Matrons in the sense of female ancestors and as tribute to the female aspect of the divine…

    Life’s Companion by Susan Seddon Boulet

    As women rewilding, we do not have to adopt or shun faith but I see the power in recognising that once, we all honoured the male and the female…only recently in human history have we denied the true role of the divine feminine…even in Bible teachings, we read about the maiden-mother as birthing the light of the world…I do not think that is coincidental, I believe simply that as organised religion became more about control and power, the deeper teachings were lost and the influence of patriarchy grew….not least, women’s teachings were so often oral and so easily lost in a generation or two if they fell from favour…

    So this Christmas Eve, I invite you to remember your female ancestors, to honour your femininity, and to listen deep to the singing of your bones for the truth of who you are and how you came to be here…

    Bright blessings, may we all be merry, may there be peace and  goodwill for us all…
    OMx 

    Out of the darkness…

    Standard

    Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, the darkest deep of winter…As the darkness deepened it is no wonder our ancestors began to doubt the Sun would ever return, fear, anxiety, self-doubt, low mood are common at this time of year still…imagine being amongst those first humans before the slow awakening to cycles and seasons…but then imagine too the warmth of your tribe gathered together to face fear and darkness together, setting aside petty squabbles to unite against the dark and offer all you collectively could to turn the darkness aside and bring back the light…
    Today’s Solstice is known by the druids as Alban Arthan, Art – bear in Gaelic – referring to Ursa Major – the Great She-Bear…Artio is a germanic-celtic bear goddess who heralds new life and the resurgence of growth…

    It also happens to be the Last Quarter for the Moon.. this lunar phase encourages self-care, attention to detail and relection…

    Let Artio and the Moon inspire your practice today…

    Whether you gather with loved ones or honour the Solstice solo, now is the time to recognise your dark, acknowledge your past and reflect on how you came to be here today…

    And then turn to embrace your light, feel the warmth gathering inside, radiating, awakening, animating…

    Try the Shining Jewel Mudra from Energy Healing for Women as an opening meditation…then take a few moments to set your intentions…simply stating you are willing to let what is done go, that’s enough…recognise that it is done and give yourself permission to move forward at your own pace…now, consider how you wish to be in the coming months… no resolutions here sweet souls…keep it present and positive…”I am abundant” : “I keep life simple” : “I love myself and care well for myself”…What do you need, what do your bones long for, what yearning burns in your heart…I’m not asking you to set goals here…intention is the key…and now choose one simple, easy thing you can do today that will align you with your intention…

    OMx

    On community…

    Standard

    I love yoga, it keeps me grounded, I’m a better human because I have yoga in my life, and I trust it to support everyone I share it with…yoga means union, unity, joining, connection… we often view this simply as body, mind, soul…

    Through offering yoga for pregnancy and post natal recovery, I’ve been privileged to meet many women…they all teach me something… 

    What they have taught me time and again is the importance of connection…I encourage them to reconnect with body and breath to support them fixing their connection with their instincts and intuition to support gentle birthing and joyful mirhering…and to deepen their connection to baby… I offer partner work and group work to help them suport each other…

    It pays off, and I find myself tearful today after bumping into a mum who trusted me to help her through her mothering journey…she leaves our city in three days to start anew with her family in another country…she feels yoga made her a better mother and most importantly she thanked me for introducing her to her closest group of friends from the last 5 or 6 years, women she calls friends for life…I simply held the space that brought them together…

    And I am humbled that other groups have connected…I recently received and invite to join one group.. 

    “Dear Lucy, over a year ago when we all had bumps and not babies …me and the class all planned to do something healthy and ended up going for a curry, J was overdue, ha! we then started a Facebook group because of that and have used it to keep in touch. The group of ladies I met through your class has stayed strong and have been wonderful, funny, supportive, encouraging. We are having a christmas meal, our first ever meet up without kids…”

    And so, I find myself realising that all that I love about yoga, all that it has to offer, is so often expressed as connection…

    As we face the festive chaos, I wish you real world and virtual world connections that nourish you as deeply as your yoga practice…

    OMx

    Me She

    Standard

    ​I’m me

    Not sassy not sensual

    I’m sensuous, touch, taste, feel, be

    My form is supple

    Sliding from voluptuous to vulpine

    In the blink of an eye

    My curves are gentle, quiet inviting

    I’m not pneumatic or burlesque

    That’s not my version of She

    My wild woman wanders the woods in quiet reverence

    Witness to the Moon

    Tending her call

    Singing over bones

    Drumming my life’s rhythm

    La loba sees me, hears me, I become her

    But I don’t howl…unless I’m wounded

    And then I retreat deeply so only Her womb hears my call

    My voice can be heard but for truth, you’ll have to listen close

    I’ll whisper about me, 

    the real me, the me She

    I won’t scream her or shout her

    She’s mine, she’s yours

    You womb-anifest her your way

    This path is mine

    We can grasp hands, clasp fingers, gaze into the other’s eyes

    And She will be there to divine, Divine

    Glimpse her, hear her, listen deep

    She is in my bones

    Aeons old, born anew in me

    In you

    La que sabe

    She who knows

    We are birthed from her, live from her, die to her

    And so we return, again and again and again

    Circular, cyclical, rhythmic

    Writhing in dirt, grimed by time passing, marked by her bidding

    Over and over and over

    Rising, flowing, brightening, ebbing

    Heart river, her river

    Womb river, life giver

    Maiden, mother, wolf runner

    Woman

    I am She

    (My own words)

    OMx

    Beautiful woodcut, one of many, check out the amazing art of Jaclyn E. Atkinson:

    http://newjacktale.com/artwork/1784350-La-Loba.html

    Black Moon Rising

    Standard

    ​There was much made of September having a #BlackMoonRising but in the UK it is tomorrow’s #NewMoon that will rise as the second in a calendar month 🌒🌚🌘

    New Moon is a deeply feminine, intuitive and insightful time – traditionally the time a majority of women welcome their bleed, and we are considered more receptive and connected to Nature, Spirit, Goddess at this time in the #Lunar cycle 🌒🌚🌘

    We are invited by the flow of this phase to release, to let go. It is a time when darkness, solitude and introspection pervade. As we release that which no longer serves us #She offers darkness to our insight as Her earth offers darkness to the seed 🌒🌚🌘

    Ahead of the #newmoon tomorrow, consider what new seeds you wish to plant so that tomorrow you can release what has come before to make way for your new intentions to bloom. Whether you journal, ritual, light a candle, swim in the wild, mark it in a way that lets your soul sing. This #blackmoonrising may lend her potency to your seedling intentions – an even more auspicious opportunity 🌒🌚🌘

    Coincidentally, today marks the emergence of the #SouthseaRedTent and though travel with my family has kept me from attending, my love and blessings are with my #SouthseaSisters and I wish them all a beautiful beginning.

    OM x ॐ

    YoguiOla Magazine Launch

    Standard

    YoguiOla magazine is launching their first issue in English on June 15th, and they would like to celebrate it by making some workshops along Europe. The YoguiOla team will be in Portsmouth this Saturday, June 18th. Join them for some hours of yoga, meditation and fun, a complete yoga immersion that will renew your body and mind.

    The workshop will run for 3 hours. A fusion of many yoga styles to awaken and nourish your body and mind. A full rejuvenating practice, with asana, meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques), to help you tune into your true Self. We will practice yoga, talk about yoga, make some pictures for the forthcoming issues, and have a lot of fun.
    This yoga immersion shall consist of the following parts:
    1. Energetic yoga.
    2. Meditation in movement.
    3. Lovely hatha yoga practice.
    4. Pranayama.

    The teachers:

    • Ara Vercher (below left) Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer from Spain, currently living and teaching in Mauritania. Co-editor of the YoguiOla Magazine and co-organizer of the Spring Yoga Festival (Valencia, Spain).
    • Marta García Lumbreras (below right) Journalist, student and Yoga Teacher from Spain, co-editor of theYoguiOla Magazine.

    ARA

    MARTA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    18th June 2016 – 10am-1pm £25

    Portsmouth Yoga Studio, 153 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW

    Book your place here: info@yoguiola.com