Reclaiming our inner world & the divine feminine
Life is a sacred dance between the divine masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti¹, light and dark. These energies exist within all of us and it is their balance that gives us the strength, power and wisdom to grow, heal and live our lives to the fullest potential. True sacred masculine energy is confidence, courage, loyalty and power that unites and builds, and this is balanced by the nurturing strength, wisdom, creativity, love and compassion of the sacred feminine.
DEMYSTIFYING YOGA- TANTRA
In the Western culture Tantra is largely misunderstood as an ancient and exotic practice that serves to heighten and prolong the sexual experience between partners. This idea of Tantra became widespread over 25 years ago when in a passing comment to a reporter, Sting boasted of 7 hour tantric-sex sessions with his wife Trudi. Suddenly 'Tantra' was famous and the American new age circuit went mad for what scholars now call neo-tantra; practices designed to make sex more enjoyable, last longer and enhance intimacy.
TODAYS MANTRA: I AM HERE TO GROW
The following mantra is inspired by teachings I received in a training; Swami Chetanananda said that we are in this world to grow, whatever the conflict or confusion; if we realise this, we can ask ourselves in every single experience, what is growing? As humans we are often stuck in a completely limited idea of ourselves, yet the mind has the potential to see love and opportunity for growth in every experience. If we can hold a real wish to grow in our heart, it will open up doorways to a richer and more peaceful life.
AN AUTUMN PRACTICE: GROUND & SURRENDER
This practice is designed to bring you into your body, activating both the downward flow of energy (apana vayu) to ground and the equalizing force (samana vayu) which reflects our capacity to slow down and rest on a deep internal level. The sequence is both gentle and powerful, including hip opening and grounding postures to improve our ability to feel, surrender and let go, a twist to help relax contraction in the muscles and connective tissues, and improve internal digestive and eliminative function and gentle backbends to open our hearts to greater love and freedom.
Visit the Free People Blog for the full 6 pose sequence and instructions to practice. Enjoy
THE EMBRACE OF CHANGE
The threshold between late Summer and early Autumn is the most exquisite teacher on the willingness to participate gracefully in transformation and the art of letting go. As the seasons shift and the days become wrapped in longer nights of darkness, nature calls out for us to quieten, to draw our attention inward and surrender to more stillness. We are reminded to ground, to tune back in and let the dust of the high summer settle. It is in stillness and silence that we can see clearly and connect to a deeper understanding of who were are, where we are and what we need, with the attitude of acceptance.
It is in the dark that the first seeds of new life are created.
Yoga is a process of transformation; if you practice you know this already and if you have stepped into a yoga studio or class, picked up a book or had a conversation about the topic you have most likely heard something on this.