As women, we spend a big part of our lives on our period. It took me some time to see the beauty, the magic and the benefits of this cyclical phenomena. In TCM, the Chinese see the pre-menstrual/ menstrual phase as Yin time. Yin, meaning inwards, quiet, still time. It is said that a woman needs rest and stillness most at this time. If she doesn’t respect this need, her body will respond with extra tiredness, pain and cramps. If
Around this time of year autumn, the leaves turn into beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. At this time as well, our body begins to feel the first signs of winter approaching. Daylight shortens and the cold intensifies. We begin to snuggle into warm clothes and nourish our bodies with hot drinks and soups. In the same way our yoga practice can adapt and reflect our need to go inwards to rest and rejuvenate body and mind. If we
Yoga has been in my life for over 16 years. Little did I know the impact that it would have or how it would shape my life. I can remember first becoming aware of it as a teenager. My dad was really into it at the time. He would practice it everyday. I remember him in his boxers upside down doing a headstand. I started noticing how much he was enjoying it and how his body was changing. Always slim,
At present our world, our planet is at crossroads. There is no denying that our existence is at peril. As human beings, our species will either survive or become extinct. At this time when a man like Donald Trump is running for president, when a nuclear war is a real global threat, when global warming is rampant, when Calais’ camps are overwhelmed with refugees in need, when… the list continues on and on. Yet I say that there is hope.
Next time you are somewhere public, look at the people around you. Observe how they breathe. The likelihood is that they are taking light shallow breaths. A big consequence of our modern day living is that we have forgotten how to breathe. This results from indoor living, cramped working conditions, less time spent in nature, less time exercising and a lot of time thinking. Over thinking often makes us live in a constant state of anxiety and unrest. This fear