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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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Yogic Breath & Effective Body Movement Therapy

Week #1 

The power within poise

Creating time to give our emotional system some much-needed attention and expansion can be hard to resource or understand. Making room in your life for tending to your emotions on a regular basis will and does keep a healthy, balanced and ready for life you.

Kundalini Yoga has taught me an everyday practice; to wash the stress from the body, allowing me to reclaim myself a space to quieten the minds noise and to open into a peaceful and calm stillness.

A little slice of personal time, with regularity and patience has added a beauty of balance to my life. A way to process the emotions regularly; accompanied to journalling and yogic diaries allowing acknowledgement and the release of emotions. A tending to my emotional garden, thus keeping me healthy and within a neutral mindset.

The hardest working muscle in the body, the heart, functions this way. It does not stop from the time it takes its first beat while we are still in the womb, until we take our last breath. Yet, notice the beat of the heart: action, pause, action, pause. In a similar way, it is not the stress itself that is unhealthy; it is staying continually in stress response without pause that is unhealthy.

-Dr. Khalsa 

Over time, we create our own individual stress response patterns through our thoughts and beliefs, our emotional responses, the way we breathe, and the way we hold and move our body. This pattern becomes set at a certain point, and although this response is intended to be helpful, more often than not our personal stress response pattern blocks the natural flow of ease in the body, and we become frequently sick, easily tired, often irritable, and generally “stressed out.”

Where we hold tension and how quickly we release it—our individual, personal stress response—determines what happens in our body, how much energy we have, how healthy we stay, and how we feel at the end of the day. One characteristic of a healthy stress response is to take action when action is needed and to pause, or rest internally, when it is not.

“Kundalini Yoga is a method to become nothing, so everything can flow through you.”

-Yogi Bhajan

Yogic Breath 

Yogis teach that the breath is the life of the mind. This means that the quality of our thoughts and emotional responses is determined by our breathing. Breath can therefore be thought of as our direct link to our spirit, mood, energy, and hopefulness.

Challenge One

Throughout the day how often do you notice your breathing pattern and where you hold tension in your body? Do you hold your breath when thinking? When listening? When performing certain tasks? Do you lift your shoulders or tighten your stomach? These are all part of your personal stress response pattern.

Once you are aware of your pattern, you can interact with it, modify it, learn from it, expand upon it and allow it ri work for and with you.

Effective Body Movement

Why is Kundalini Yoga more uniquely suited to effective stress reduction than 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise within the gym? 

Whilst most forms of exercise reduce stress, Kundalini Yoga is suited due to its positive effects on the glands and nerves. The movements within its set sequences (breath, meditation and movement), directly release tension built out over time from holding the breath and within various muscles and patterns of your own individual particular stress response blueprint. Best described as a nervous system detox and cleanse.

The practice of Kundalini Yoga releases tension from the inner organs, nerves and glands and creates an internal biochemistry of calm, inner balance and depth of self. It is beyond an experience of a bodily response from physical exertion alone; one of a deep glandular experience.

Thus to reverse the the ill effects of long-term stress, and to increase our capacity to form and maintain healthy stress response patterns; learning breath, meditation, and movement patterns become essential stress busters tools.

On a physical level, how can you start today? 

The practice of various yogic breathing techniques can strengthen the nervous system and balance the action of the glandular system. This system is a key to a healthy stress response; by making them both strong through corrected breathing can break learnt patterns and form a healthy stress response.

TIP ONE – By breathing from the navel point, we develop a deeper relationship with the core of the body, bringing a greater grounded centre of confidence and calm.

TIP TWO – Taken from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan the following breath meditation (pranayam) every evening can alleviate stress patterns and wash the body, filling it with calm, quiet, balance and prana (vital life force).


Posture: Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with a straight spine; chin in; chest lifted, hands in Gyan Mudra(hands resting upon the knees) or any other comfortable meditative mudra.

Eyes: Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath.

Breath: Inhale through the nose in 8 equal strokes. Exhale through the nose in one deep and powerful stroke.

Time: 11 minutes.

To End: Inhale deeply and hold the breath 5-10 seconds. Exhale. Inhale deeply and hold the breath 15-20 seconds and roll your shoulders. Exhale powerfully. Inhale deeply and hold the breath 15-20 seconds and roll the shoulders as fast as you can. Exhale and relax.


 

Forty Day Practice

If you are looking to truly shift your energy and cultivate a sense of deep calm and balance; Kundalini Yoga encourages the use of one set consistent practice for a period of 40 days as a newbie; so why not dip your toe into the water and give the above stress busting meditation a go as part of your bedtime ritual in the month ahead. Thus creating and cultivating a lasting change;  learning a profound new breathing skill as a coping mechanism to soothe and self manage a stress busting coping mechanism.

I teach regular nature workshops and teaching for women that speak to the soul and soothe the nervous system. Evoking an inner awareness and new dialogue to your life, through learning the positivity to be found within poise.

The teachings of Kundalini Yogi combine breath, hand position (mudra), eye focus, meditation, asana (posture) and sometimes mantra. Having a more potent effect on our physiology and neurophysiology than mindfulness meditation or other types of meditation. Kundalini Yogic theory strengthens the nerves, repatterns the brains wiring, helps balance the glandular system, develops a sense of will and strengthens the mind. It has changed my life in a poised way and given a mode to find peace.

As a yoga teacher and sports coach I do not diagnose, I encourage the natural healing process by the use of movement kriyas and meditations. Healing in this sense is an ongoing natural maintenance of the body/minds ability to heal itself. 

Kundalini yoga is a source to elevate awareness and maintain the flow of energy in the mind and body, which will enliven any healing approach, and help people care for themselves with a positive lifestyle.

By practicing kriyas in a group is to enter into a safe collective self healing space. A healing circle is where we meditate our muses together in specific ways to multiply the effects of our individual source through the power of the group projection.

All of my womens spaces are small in number, nurturing and groups hidden away in beautifully intimate rooms for a unique safe experience. An oasis for the mind in peaceful settings where you can establish a new healing routine of self nurture practice and self love method, allowing your inner calm to surface.

Subject to limited availability (small or individual group bookings)

Face to Face dates and booking enquiries with Lanes Counselling

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All workshops are supported with Neals Yards Organic Health & Beauty Remedies

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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