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Who Am I

Who Am I

Born Innocent

Who Am I is a powerful question at the heart of the non-dual or Advaita teachings. Am I this body? Mind? Belief System? Let’s inquire here together and attempt to undo some of our confusion.

As babies we are naturally expansive beings, innocent and open to the great mystery of life with wonder and trust. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a young child, you will get this. Sadly, as we grow we slowly lose this easy connection with the great mystery. Sweet innocence and awe fades away as we develop as a separate identity called Me… Being-ness transforms slowly into me against the world… So what happens?

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Self-Care with Daily Mindful Balance Rituals

Self Care and Mindfulness

Could you do with a little more self-care? How about some simple daily mindful balancing rituals?  As a teacher, writer, musician, wife and mother I fit a lot into my day. I’m sure you do too. The thing is… I love everything I do. So I have developed ways to nourish my body and nervous system so I’ve plenty of energy for the things I love. I achieve this by taking time for my daily mindful-balance rituals

They’re pretty simple but make all the difference. Let’s face it life can throw up some big challenges, and the more relaxed we are the better we respond. A daily dose of healthy Selfing, (taking care of our energy levels) is not selfish but vital for our health and happiness.

I’m sure you’ve heard that saying: ‘If Mumma ain’t happy nobody’s happy”. So I am going to share my daily mindful-balance rituals with you.

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Yoga Nidra Meditation – holistic medicine

Yoga Nidra Meditation

Yoga Nidra is a classical meditation or relaxation practiced lying supine comfortably in shavasana. Deeply relaxing and rejuvenating for body, mind and spirit, yoga nidra is the perfect antidote for life’s everyday stresses. In fact it is a modern day panacea which can be incorporated with any healing modality to enhance rejuvenation.  Being deeply calming it is perfect for many forms of anxiety, trauma or periods of rehabilitation after illness. It can be practiced in hospital, while traveling for jet-lag and in bed for insomnia. As a widowed mum with busy growing boys Yoga Nidra was a life saver for me in the 90’s.

Keep Calm and Practice Yoga Nidra

The calming and relaxing benefits of yoga nidra helped maintain my energy levels so I could keep up with my 4 active boys. And, still have the energy to run a naturopathic practice and yoga studio. I noticed when I did my yoga nidra practice daily I didn’t experience that sense of grumpy exhaustion around dinner time. This is sometimes called the witching hour by tired parents. Weary from a full day already, this was when I really felt the difference yoga nidra offered to my day. Read below how Yoga Nidra can help overcome anxiety and benefit your brain health.

A Scientifically Validated Practice

Yoga Nidra, in its modern form is now known and used all over the world by yoga teachers and health professionals alike. It is a simple yet scientifically validated practice. It has been used for war veterans,  for vibrant health and rejuvenation. 

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be very difficult to live with. It can be triggered unexpectedly and cause great distress. Yoga Nidra offers relief from this state of high alert. For some war veterans, it has proven to relax their mental state and been an effective way of managing the traumas of war. It can also assist with factors that lead to depression.”

 

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