My growing love of meditation

I have been practicing meditation for a long time and now teach it. My belief in meditation, as importantt to health and well-being continues to grow. I have noticed how as I continue to practice there is a deepening in all my experiences.The inner silence and sense of peacefulness is carried forth more and more into my daily activity.
I am sure I used to be very black and white with strong opinions. I know sense that I can come from a place, where I know but I don’t know, so my mind is more open and receptive to receive.
The simple act of consciously inhaling and exhaling (breathe meditation) grounds us in our bodies, reminding us where we are, who we are and how precious our life is. When we connect deeply to our own existence in this way many of the petty thoughts and feelings that can dominate our minds dissolve without any effort
If you wish to attend a restorative yoga class where we prepare our bodies and minds, so we can settle into a lead meditative practice you would be very welcome. .nz

Women are not small men

I like this saying – Women are not small men. Often we work in a man’s world, trying to keep up with our male counterparts, forgetting that physiologically and physcologically we are very different species. Often I see young girls working hard out at the gym and opting for vigorous yoga practices when they are on their cycle. The old adage of taking time to rest and to care for themselves during their menses does not seem to occur. Menstruation is an opportunity not only for cleansing but also for rejuvenation. With each monthly cycle, enormous hormonal shifts occur. In Ayurveda your period can be understood as the body’s attempt to clean itself out. Not jut the lining of your uterus but also all the toxins that have built up in your body. Menstrual difficulties are related to the amount of ama (toxins) in your system. Menstrual irregularities can be avoided by keeping the system clear and eating clean appropriate food for your body type.

Ayurvedic Routine -” Live simply so that others may simply live” – mahatma Gandhi

What I love about Ayurveda is the emphasis on prevention of disease. Rather than waiting until there is a problem, you can strengthen your whole system and immunity by integrating the practices of Ayurveda into your life.We need to live in accord with the cycles of nature, and of course our own nature. Understanding our basic constitution enables us to establish an appropriate and regular daily routine.A lifestyle is nothing but the long-term pattern made up of daily routines and habits. Having a daily routine called “dinacharya” in Ayurveda is one of the most importnat elements. When the body adjusts to a daily routine and learns it can count on it, the nervous system can relax.We all know what happens when our habits are irregular; when we eat too much or eat the wrong food at the wrong time. Similarly when we sleep too little or too much; we can’t function as well. Too little exercise, or the wrong type of exercise can disrupt our equilibrium. In establishing a routine that suits us, our whole system works more effectively and we have the stamina and resilience to cope with what life throws at us. The reward is that you will feel healthier and stronger, and be less prone to sickness and disease.