Thursday, 22 March 2018

5 Reasons to See an RMT Today!

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1. Burst that stress bubble that you've been living in, for the last little while...
if you are nodding to this, maybe its time you gave yourself a time out!

2. Relieve tired and, oh so, achy muscles and joints!  
Massage helps to relax and restore the body as a whole,
soothing what's sore and kick starting that recharge button!

3. Massage Improves Digestion by activating the relaxation response - the 'rest and digest system,'
while simultaneously overriding, and therefore, shutting down the stress response -  'fight, flight or freeze.'
The two cannot co-exist! So which one would you choose...?
Isn’t it time you gave that 'ol stress response the boot and get back to better digestion?

4. Been feeling run down? Massage helps to boost the Immune System
by activating the body’s innate capacity to heal itself. Our bodies are very intelligent and know just what to do!
Sometimes all we have to do is just give our bodies a little space to do its thing.

5. And the 5th and final reason to see an rmt today…
You may have benefits that are waiting to be enjoyed by you! Go on, you deserve it!

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Friday, 18 August 2017


A stressful situation can hit at any moment, out of the blue, and can escalate quickly without warning.

What can you do when the heat of the moment has taken over? How do you react when you are experiencing strong emotions such as fear, anxiety? Is it even possible to turn it around? Maybe you already have a tool or technique that you employ that has been successful for you and that's great!

But what if kicking and screaming is about the only reaction accessible to you at the time? - which is not bad if that's how you feel. Better to express 'yo self and release it, then to keep it bottled up.

And what if there was another way to resolve the issue and move through the thick fog of emotions, would you consider the alternative?

A technique that I have used many a time is known by the acronym, RAIN.  It is simple in its recall, but its application is one that must be practised again and again (like Yoga) - but its pay off is well worth it, I assure you.  It takes a brave soul to make the journey inward...

RAIN is taken from the tradition of Kriya Yoga - the practise of internal action.  It helps one to stand in the fire of their own emotions; to burn up the impurities of one's past experiences, behavioural patterns and most of all the conditioning that happens as a result.  Maybe it could work for you!

But, don't take my word for any of this  - try it for yourself and see if it works for you (or not :))

So, here it is...

RECOGNIZE - Recognize what's happening right now. Recognize that yes, I am having an uncomfortable experience (whether you can name it or not, matters not).

ACCEPT - Accept that yes, I am having this experience - an uncomfortable one (whether you name it or not, still does not matter). Accept that yes, I am somewhere in the fear body at this moment without trying to change anything. Just accepting and acknowledging that yes, this feeling and moment, too, shall pass.

INVESTIGATE - Investigate further if you haven't recognized or accepted what you are feeling or experiencing. Investigate what this fear might be about?

NON - ATTACHMENT -  Create a non- attachment to it.  Try not to attach yourself to the concept of "I'' as having the experience.  According to Yogic Philosophy,  there is no permanent sense self that remains solidified indefinately, we are constantly changing; evolving. This falls in line with the law of impermanence with governs our very existance.  Thoughts are just the same-- impermanent, and so must come and go; arise and fall. Our thoughts do not make up who we are!

Friday, 4 August 2017

breathe | and begin again...

This quote came to me at a time when I needed to hear these exact words.
Simple. Yet profound when applied.
May it free your mind the way it did mine.

It isn’t about getting to that happy place and staying there,
but having the strength to journey back inward; to begin, yet again.
Whether through achievement or defeat,
the work is to stay with our Yoga practice...
Whether things are going well or not...

and just breathe...and begin again

If we can meet both Success and Failure with equal likeness,
we can be free.
These practises are the pathways of Yoga
The mind tracks that will help us cut through the illusions
that prevent us from seeing clearly.

If we run from what scares us and chase only after our desires,
the mind never settles.
It is constantly looking for the next best fix
to soothe the fluctuations of the whirling mind.

Instead of remaining still and present with whatever comes our way,
we are held a prisoner of our own minds,
stuck in the past; chasing the future.

To remain equal in mind through pleasure and pain- this is Yoga.
It is not a straight and tidy road, but it is a worthwhile and fruitful one.
And one that must be practised again and again.

Chapter 3, Verse 6 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras,
an sacred ancient text depicts the Yoga journey well...

Only through Yoga, Yoga is known

Only through Yoga, Yoga progresses

One who is patient with Yoga

Enjoys the fruits for a long time

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Patterns in the sand

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 J. Sgrignoli

My eyes have seen
The crystal mandala

The design inscribed in the stars

The timeless,

Infinite beauty of the universe
Imprinted in a grain of sand.

I have been waiting my whole life
To see the world through
These bejewelled eyes

A kaleidoscope of dreams
A deep awakening from the water’s edge

Spritz !

The ebb and flow of the tide
Mirrors my own heart’s content

I feel free
and humbled to feel
To speak the words
I love you
With genuity and grace
What else could there be?

Some people wait their whole lives for this...

Tell me-- what do you long for?

Friday, 10 June 2016

On holding the dark places...

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It’s not about going from dark to light, but being with all of it, and holding it all lightly--with an equal mind. This is what is referred to in Yoga as equanimity, or practising equanimity.

Often times, when I listen to people talk about Yoga, what I’m hearing is an escape from reality; a transportation to the land of bliss, a chance to leave the messy bits behind. Which is all fine if you are aware that’s where it’s taking you, (this is great learning in the making) but if it’s at the expense of accepting what is coming up for you in the present moment, it has the potential to create suffering.

Our reactions to emotional/ pyschological discormforts either play out as cravings for something that is desired, but not readily attainable, or aversions to something uncomfortable that isn’t welcomed. Either way, according to Yogic Psychology, this is what causes suffering.

As long as we remain aware that the projection or fantasy that we are creating is a desire to have or avoid something--past or future, and like everything else, will come to pass, we are making good progress.

I know it may sound morbid to view the world through the lens of “everything has its time and must eventually come to an end”, but rather, it becomes an acceptance of what inevitably will be. Enjoying the experience while we are in it, but accepting that it will come to pass, just as it came.

I once heard the saying, “resistance is futile”, and it made me think-- if I can accept universal law of impermanence, one I cannot change, then wouldn’t it be far better to roll with the punches, instead of getting knocked down by them? To flow with the nature of reality as it is, instead of against it!  What a fresh new perspective this brings for living each moment as it comes, whatever shade of colour it takes on.  

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Dare to Dream???

Photo and Quote by J.S

So, what makes us run for the hills when it comes to living out our wildest dreams? What brings us to the very edge of living out our dreams, before we put the brakes on-- bringing us to a dead stop?

I finally put together my vision board the other week-- only took me over 1 year!!! Funny how long it takes to just cut some pictures out and glue them onto a stinkin’ piece of cardboard!! Gahh!

So this got me thinking--what is actually behind my well-executed procrastination skills?  Believe me, I have had every excuse in the book for not cutting and pasting this one together. “Oh, everything I have wanted has already come true..This won’t change anything...I want it to look perfect and pretty, so I will avoid doing it at all because I’m scared of it not turning out the way I imagine it…” and on and on, enough to fill in a year’s worth of get the picture.

So, what is it that really holds us back from putting our dreams into reality? What is the real nitty gritty truth behind our deepest desires and what we will actually give ourselves permission to have; to be, essentially. And this isn’t about having in the sense of clinging to material wealth in order to be happy, but a comfort of living that brings us sustenance, nourishment and inspiration--allowing us to fulfill our life's purpose for the betterment of ourselves, others and the planet.

As a Yoga Teacher, I used to think that if I accepted money for what I did, then I wasn’t being authentic. I believed that since everyone deserves to be supported on the spiritual path, and it’s something that everyone is entitled to, who am I to charge for something that should be open and free to everyone? But a friend once said to me, “ I use money as a gauge to see how well I am fulfilling my mission in the world..” and that really struck me. That’s how I can continue to give back for the duration of my mission… Some food for thought...

I also used to think…

..."At some level, I know that I am in control of my destiny, and it scares me to think that I hold the key to my own happiness. And, surely, I don’t want to make any mistakes...”

..."What if...I dream the dream, and it never happens? Then I’ll just be left disappointed and discouraged….

…”How can it be possible to live the life of my dreams just by posting it up on a board, surely it takes more than that?"...

...“Am I ready? Ready to accept the changes and ripples effects this will make in my life?...”

…”Do I feel worthy/fortunate enough?"...

...”Who am I to deserve to live happily ever after? Surrounded by the richness of beautiful landscapes, living out the career of my dreams?"...

But now I know where all this is coming from.
It's coming straight from a place of doubt, fear and lack. 
And I know this reality isn't a state of "clear seeing," -- this is not me, and I don't have to become this, if I choose.

Does any of the above sound familiar?

This reminds me of a famous quote by Marianne Williamson- you may have heard it before, but it doesn’t hurt to have reminders now and then. We tend to forget how powerful we really are, to our own detriment.  

Here it goes...“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be…? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…”