New Moon Self Care Ritual for February 2017

This new moon falls on the 15th February at 22h05 (+1hrGMT) in Aquarius, the water bearer.  Aquarius is the innovator and helps us to break down traditional perhaps outdated ways of thinking so that we can navigate and create new patterns of existence. The solar eclipse takes place at 21h51 (and so not visible in Europe) almost at the same time as the new moon.  This solar eclipse is the climax of the lunar eclipse that took place two weeks ago.  We have been experiencing a period of waiting and great healing enabling us with the space to birth the new.  

It's Impossible to Fill Your Cup from an Empty Jug

Every morning I wake up, get the kids to school, get myself dressed in whatever I can find that is clean, grab a bite to eat as I run out of the door to work. I work all day with a quick break at lunchtime when I grab a sandwich on the run, trying to find some new shoes for my daughter because she's grown out of the old ones.

Super Blue Blood Moon Ritual for January

The second full moon of 2018 falls on the 31st January at 14.26.  This full moon is in Leo and is known as a Super Blue Blood Moon, the second super moon of the month where the moon will seem brighter and closer to earth than usual.  A blue moon refers to the fact that this is the second full moon of this month which is rare.  The blood moon refers to the lunar eclipse taking place that night.  What an intense energetic time,

New Moon Self Care Ritual for January 2017

This new moon falls here in Biscarrosse Plage on the 17th January at 03h17 in Capricorn which is an earth sign and represents hard work, determination, leadership and groundedness.  It is an extremely powerful new moon for the start of this year and an opportunity to make a big leap of progress towards your destiny, reclaiming your courage and strength.  

Keeping #YogaSober

Dear Yoga Teacher,

I’ve got something I need to say to you and I’m going to sound like a party pooper.

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t remember reading anywhere in the Bhagavad Gita that a fine glass of Merlot goes down well after a challenging Vinyasa class and I don’t think Patanjali was ever found to be swigging on a beer during practice.

How to Have a Happy Period

Periods.  The mere mention of them can make most women feel a bit yucky, embarrassed and certainly not ready to talk about them out loud. I know, I used to be one of those women. I realised that this view wasn't serving me and so instead of seeing my periods as an inconvenience, a time to hide away and pretend that nothing is happening to me, a time to put on my game face, I've started to do the opposite. 

Full Moon Ritual for January - Master and Manifest

The first full moon of 2018 falls on the 2nd January at 03.24.  This full moon is in Cancer and is known as the Wolf Moon, tradtionally named after howling wolves.  It is also a Supermoon and so the moon will seem brighter and closer to earth than usual.  The full moon in Cancer will direclty oppose the Capricorn Sun.  Attachments and love are ruled by Cancer whilst the Capricorn energy is all about sobriety, being responsible and accountable.  

Love Actually is All Around

Are you feeling a bit depressed this Christmas? Fed up of the over comsumption, the excess and struggling to find balance or even a little Christmas cheer?  I know the feeling.  Setting boundaries for myself and then living from a space of love has helped me to distance myself from the mania.  Christmas is about giving, love and acceptance. How then you can offer love to yourself and others without succombing to the madness that surrounds the festive season?

Sober Curious? 4 Tips to Help you Maintain your Sobriety this Christmas.

It's coming up to that time of year when anything goes because it's Christmas. At the height of my addiction I would go on a month long drinking binge, December was a blur of parties and alcohol, I loved the excuse that Christmas gave me to drink.  I can't remember how many times I tricked myself into drinking another bottle of wine "because it's Christmas." I've been sober since 28th December 2016 and today I wanted to share with you how you too can maintain your sobriety even during the festive season.

    All I want for Christmas is Consciousness

    Last year I had an over indulgent Christmas.  I worked hard all year and then spent my holidays spending money, drinking alcohol and eating chocolate, brainwashed by the madness that surrounds Christmas. This led to my second burnout of my career and I was in bed unable to do anything for 2 months.  Looking back I am grateful that I suffered this burnout because I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol

    Full Moon Self Care Ritual for December

    The full moon in December falls on the 3rd of this month at 16.46, GMT+1.  This full moon is in Gemini, the sign of communication, our instinct is to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. The full moon in Gemini also gives us an opportunity to shine light on any area of our life where we may be saying (or thinking) one thing yet doing another. Gemini also represents our inner child and so presents us with a great opportunity to balance and release any pain from our childhood.

    Self Care and Burnout Prevention for Yoga Teachers

    Imagine you are taking a flight and the air hostess explains that in the event of an emergency you must put your own oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else. I could never understand this. I would think to myself, "Why would I do that? Take care of myself before my loved ones, is she insane? She must've got it wrong."

    The No Poo Method

    I haven’t used shampoo or conditioner now for 2 years and my hair has never looked healthier. I started using the no poo method because I was sick of having to wash my hair everyday, even when I washed it it felt and looked greasy. I was also concerned about the chemicals that I was overloading my body with every time I used shampoo and conditioner.  

    Full Moon Self Care Ritual for November 2017

    The full moon in November falls on the 4th of this month at 06.23 GMT +1.  This full moon is in Taurus, the first earth sign which is ruled by Venus.  The energy will be abundant and beautiful leading to harmonious relationships.  The main theme for this full moon is safety and security.  It's a very powerful time to let go of things that aren't serving you anymore and to harness the vitality and potent powerful energy of the moon to focus on looking towards your future, creating a stable vision for your environment, your home, your family. 

    Transform fear into love this Halloween

    It's Halloween, the time for ghosts and ghouls, the spookiest time of the year.  However did you know that the origins of Halloween were not so spooky?  Halloween originates from Samhain, a Celtic festival which marks the end of the Harvest season and the beginning of Winter, the darkest time of the year.  It was also a liminal time when the boundaries between life and death were thought to be at their thinnest. 

    The Sobriety Stone

    If you've ever been to Yoga Beach House you will see lots of crystals placed in various places around the studio and home, to protect, calm, energise and support our practices.  Did you know that there is a crystal that can help you in your choice to be sober?

    New Moon Self Care Ritual for October 2017

    The new moon in October falls on the 19th of this month. It's a very powerful time to let go of things that aren't serving you anymore and to invite new things into your life.  This new moon is in Libra which makes it all about balance.  In order to find balance we need to ground ourselves. Take a moment to complete this short ritual which will help you to ground and then balance.