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A love affair with exercise

A reminder to me,

I’ve been around many exercise environments, there is nothing I wouldn’t do or try. At times I have been in darkness, in defeat and in others in euphoric accomplishment bliss. Commonly the greatest thread of treasure that each experience holds is the blissful heady high of escapism. Removing the tensions, mumbles and muses held within my body and soul from wherever I am in that particular day. Exercise is self love, self respect, a soulful safe heady space.

Exercise is a river, my body is the only one that will fight for me, fall for me and love me. It is beautiful yet taken me years to learn this. Not a mirror beautiful world, an ultra ordinary miracle beauty at work. It thanks me for space, for peace and for the tranquility of acknowldgement of calling it in. It is an army of one; a full heart, driving it again, savouring its beat and vibration. At times its felt much like a love affair.

For me exercising isn’t a fight, it’s not always a gym, a heady run or a studio practice. At times its just been the utter awareness and continual up and down of the crazy days of exhausting mother day care. Yet within it I find its gem of treasures.

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From gym buff, to meditation on a mat, to hot yoga to the peaceful serene, each all complete me and ‘get me together’. They enable me to be at peace with my body, to value that I am a woman and to respect my feminine. I wonder at its ability to produce beautiful children, to carry the stresses and strains of gritty emotion, yet always deliver. If I look after it, it sheds its illness, it heals, it breathes a new life of lustful fire. Freedom; just love,  it becomes my most beautiful companion. A gorgeous crazy design.

Time sits well with my body. I have learnt that the glitches, its stories the pelvic traumas of birth are here to stay and its ‘our story’ of raw marriage. I have to accept it for its amazing and continual play.

I sit on my gym shoe strings, they show me peace and many places of new. Each gifting zeal, excitement and a rise to the gift I love. In my eyes I am grateful for it each and every day.

It shows up in hedonistic love, it is complimented, it breathes life to every day, experience, relationship and feeling.  It completes me.

I am in Love with every moment of our relationship. Thank you, you are my voice and I adore you.

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withgeorginaGeorgina is a yogini, mother, and has worked as a fitness instructor. A studier in sports medicine and sports coaching, yoga instruction & Reikii II Practition. She uses her knowledge from her degree studies to build on her passions; wellness and prevention. Founder of “A fat lot of good” she encourages women to live in the moment, love what they do, and love themselves in order to share that love with others. “We are all connected. In order to have a truly peaceful, loving, and mindful community, we first must have those values rooted

within ourselves.”

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Anger | The heart is a furnace

“When the inverted anger becomes part of the body, the simple effect is that you have absolutely no relationship with your Self…

Inferiority complex or superiority complex are a cover-up of inner anger.

Manipulation and lying are parts of inner anger.

Not being self-sustaining or having a foundation to work it out is an inner anger.

Misbehavior, wrong calculation, self-destruction, destroying the business, destroying the relationship are all inner anger…

On the other hand, anger comes from the place of the Agaan Granthi. It is the area of the heart, it is the blood, it is the circulation, it is the diaphragm, it is the heart pumping.

The whole life depends on it. So in the center of the heart is a furnace. Either it can cook for you or it can burn down your house and there is nothing in between. That is the tragedy of it.”


-Yogi Bhajan

Atmosphere | The oils of beautiful aroma

To create a light euphoric atmosphere sprinkle Clary sage around a room, or put a few drops into a bowl of warm water.

Having lived and worked with essential oils for several years I tend to take them for granted, yet visitors always comment on the beautiful aromas and I could not imagine life without this essence. I would rather live with the scent of freshly picked flowers and herbs than with the array of household pollutants we buy to freshen our spaces.

Essential oils should be chosen according to the ‘mood’ of the party or the occasion.

  • Bergamont, orange and rosewood for summers evenings
  • Frankincense, pine and orange for Christmas
  • Ylang Ylang and rose for romance
  • Orange and Lemon for energy and vibrance
  • Geranium and Lavender for relaxation and decadence
  • Rose or rosewood for feminine spaces

The choice and permutations are only subject to personal preference and budget – experiment!

Neroli | The oil of serenity

This oil can be used in the treatment of grief, shock or trauma, yet life can provide many stresses that aren’t necessarily as large yet mini traumas can be created as we have concerns or minor upsets.

Sometimes these stresses remain underneath the surface only to rear their head once we lay down and close our eyes in sleep.

Neroli has the most divine and uplifting scent, turning pessimism and agitation to serenity, this is a great oil to scent the bedroom and preparing a calming atmosphere.

Put a few drops of Neroli and sweet orange oil, which is an equally soothing oil and from the same plant family (Neroli from the blossom of the orange tree, sweet orange extracted from the find of the fruit) into an oil burner or diffuser half an hour before bed.

Rose | The oil of seduction

Rose oil has always been highly prized with Roman Emperors being so fond of the aroma that they poured rose water into the canals running through their gardens.

Certain essentail oils have ‘heady’ euphoric qualities and can bring the magic and mystique of ancient civilisations in return. With the heavier perfume note of rose being suited to bedrooms and seduction, as its our is on a level similar to that of body scent, as opposed to light citrus oils that are reminiscent of the fresh outdoors and open spaces.

Rose is the most favourite scent and perfume of all time. It has been used throughout centuries, being mentioned in the Kama Sutra and Perfumed Garden and is still being incorporated into most high class perfumes of today.

Rose otto has always been of cost, and always will be, due to the small yield of essential oil from each flower. Yet the cost is high in comparison to that of other essential oils.

Rose otto is distilled from the variety of rose know as rosa damascene. It is almost clear in colour and will solidify if in a refrigerator or cold place.

Another essential favourite rose; with similar properties although solvent extracted is from the variety of rose know as rosa centifolia (rose absolute).

Lavender | The oil of tension relief

Lavender can assist in letting go of pent up tension, it has a beneficial influence upon the respiratory tract, aiding deep breathing.

It has a supreme sedative effect making it a nervous system relaxant, whilst its soothing qualities make an excellent choice for calming the mind and body before sleep.

It is however often misused. The key is to ensure you keep the amount used to a small minimum, this method is called subtle aromatherapy and it can have a greater effect upon the mind and emotions.

Lavender can actually be quite stimulating when used in greater amounts and especially before sleep when our senses don’t need over stimulating. therefore splashing drops on a pillow is not as well served as a drop onto a handkerchief placed underneath the pillow.

Womens Balance | The oils of hormonal nurture

A balancing blend of relaxing patchouli, uplifting geranium, nurturing rose and rejuvenating frankincense.

The blend works together to relax, calm and restore balance to your body and mind.

This blend helps harmonise imbalances during menstruation and menopause both emotionally and physically.

The rose and geranium help take the edge off your emotions to support inner clarity and poise.

  • Ideal during hormonal changes
  • For serenity and poise
  • Calming when emotions run high

Diffusers & Burners

A natural air freshener, this technique creates a balancing ambiance and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser.

Inhalation

This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, pace a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby.

Resource: Neils Yard Remedies

Frankincense | The Oil of Truth

In kundalini we greet each other with the phrase Sat Nam. This mantra is loosely translated to I am Truth or Truth is My name. It is a reminder that everything is within us, that our value is infinite, that we are divine.

Frankincense is a perfect oil for kundalini as it supports us in living our truth and letting go of lower vibration thoughts. It helps us to connect with divine love and enhances meditation. It helps to reveal our truth and supports us in connecting with our Self.

This oil can be applied to the crown, the forehead and behind the ears. You can also place a few drops in your hand, rub and inhale.

In the morning before a yoga practice, to apply a drop to my forehead and inhale the aroma will enhance experience.

 

Thank you to The Dharma Temple for the content.