Dive deeper …
Gift yourself that little bit of extra space in your full life to truly slow down, lean in and reconnect with your thoughts, feelings and the wisdom of your body.
… align …
Sunday Feb 23rd
1.30 – 4.30pm
Includes afternoon tea with handmade herb teas
Begin your year with a quiet afternoon of introspection, illumination and intention alignment. Take the time to turn the soil of your being and to listen wholeheartedly to the wisdom arising naturally from the centre of your light well. Make space to tune into the pulse of your heart and t contemplate how to align your life with your deepest yearnings as they emerge organically from the simple practice of being still and quiet.
You are a truly unique, truly magnificent multidimensional creature. Your awareness of your energy being manifests on many different planes known in the yoga tradition as koshas. We all have these five bodies, each made of increasingly subtler grades of energy. The five progressively subtler bodies that compose our personality are described in a yoga classic called the Taittiriya Upanishad. If we wish to live a fully balanced and healthy life, the Taittiriya Upanishad tells us, all our bodies need to be kept in good condition.
Come together in a sacred circle to align your belly, heart and head with an intention setting meditation practice. Margot will guide you through a body weathering practice inviting you to tap into what is present now in your unique body-mind-spirit hemisphere. The restorative practice is simple and pared back with generous holds for each pose. Taking it slowly and attentively, you will be encouraged to relax, release and unwind tension, discomfort or disconnect through each of the five koshas or sheaths.
… the energy body …
Sunday 1.30 – 4.00pm
“Inside this is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.”
This is the second yin intensive in my series of five practices exploring the Koshas or sheaths of our embodiment. The koshas are progressively subtler bodies – physical, energetic, emotional, wisdom and bliss – that exist in all of us. Each kosha influences the others as they are intertwined and interconnected just like the fascia or connective tissue in your physical body. Prana pervades our entire organism coursing through internal rivers on the breath. Invite in more prana with yin yoga to energise and free your whole body.
Prana is our vital force, life itself. It is often considered to be our breath. It literally means ‘breathing forth’. Just as water requires banks before it can become a river, prana also requires a path along which to travel and these are called nadis in the Indian Yoga tradition or meridians in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system. In the yogic practice we call this flow of energy prana, the universal force of life, the Chinese called it ‘chi’; whatever its name, it is the vital force of life pulsing within us. When we open space in the body through the slow and lingering holding of yin shapes we open the gateways within and prana flows.
In this intensive, we unravel with a deep focus on the breath as we travel the inner waterways or meridians lines of our body. The legs, hips and spine will be honoured with shapes to open and soothe lower body meridian lines and release tension in the spinal column. Beginning with shorter holds we build intensity increasing time held in poses until we reach a crescendo with long 10minute hold to finish before drifting down into a long savasana.
for perimenopause & menopause
… liberate …
Sunday March 29th
1.30 – 4.30pm
Includes afternoon tea with handmade herb teas and probiotic elixirs
Menopause marks the transition into the WISE WOMAN phase of our feminine life cycle; one in which we can choose to step up and share the wisdom of our lives, or one in which we slip into the shadows and hide our treasures, hide our collected and often hard-earned wisdom.
When we are faced with the challenge of fluctuating hormones as is the way for many women during the disorientating period of perimenopause and menopause, we may experience physical, energetic, emotional, mental or spiritual shifts that can rock our world. Whether these changes manifest as aches and pains, fatigue, emotional turbulence, confusion or a sense of disconnection sometimes for women at this time of life it can be really difficult to get a grasp on what exactly is happening.
The simple act of just sitting with ourselves can give us clarity and help pave a path of acceptance of the shifts, the alchemy of menopause. Margot will guide you through a meditation focusing on inviting you to liberate yourself from any limiting beliefs associated with this phase of life. An open floor talk on the changes during perimenopause and menopause provides with an opportunity for you to be seen and heard. The simple act of sitting in sacred circle with other women can bring about a sense of solidarity and gratitude.
With this newly awakened awareness of our WISE WOMAN magnificence relax down into long held restorative yoga poses and allow yourself to truly rest deeply in the embodied wisdom of your body mind spirit vessel you can begin to get a better sense of where you are, how you are and perhaps even a shaft of jubilant light for your journey so far. Move with grace and dignity into your wisdom body and into your manifestation of the wise woman.