No, With Love.

IMG_6898If I were to list down some of the most breathtaking moments I’ve had in my life, walking down this strip of garden at the Crystal Castle in the Byron Shire will definitely be amongst the top ten in the list. I still remember how I felt on that cold, wet winter day. And no, I’m not just referring to the chill in the air that blew this tropical girl’s mind! While my friend had her cards read, I casually strolled through the garden and from beyond the trees, I stumbled across the huge Blessing Buddha. This came soon after getting lost in the little labyrinth (I suppose that happens very rarely but it did happen to me!), a crystal bowl/sound healing session, and walking trough (with tears, I might add) the Kalachakra Stupa, which is known as the World Peace Stupa. At that moment, I felt the vastness of the Universe, the power of God, and the sacredness of land.

Before leaving, we passed by the souvenir shop and I saw a wall flag which read “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”.

So for Day 2 of this #7DaysofSelfLove exploration, I am reminded that indeed, I, just as much as anybody else, deserve my love and affection

Today’s practice is Saying No. Continue reading “No, With Love.”

On Silence and Solitude

Over the past few days I have been thinking about self-love practices, and how I care for myself. Not just in the sense of talking care of my body and mind, but truly caring for my Being. This was prompted by a lot of self-reflexive exercises and practices of Dadirri, as inspired by my studies with Yoga For Humankind. This was driven home by some questions asked by my dear mentor and friends, and the exploration we are doing through the YogaPlus Wellness Won’t Wait Community.

That’s a hefty introduction for this #7daysofSelfLove practice I want to share with here today. I hope you’re still reading on!

Practice No.1 is Time in Silence and Solitude.

It may sound funny how, in this time of physical distancing and isolation, I found that one of the best practices of self-love for me is taking time in silence and solitude.

BC (before covid), that often meant taking a trip to the beach and sitting by the water under the sun in deep listening. No need for the internet, or Spotify, or a podcast of a book…just me and the song of the sea in harmony with the rhythm of the wind. So much was said and heard in those pockets of silence and solitude. Continue reading “On Silence and Solitude”

Wellness for All Bodies

Accessible Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Bigger BodiesI’ve been thinking about diet culture and fat phobia continues to affect folks and their ability to access wellness spaces and even medical treatments, especially as I have just finished my Accessible Yoga Training. I remember when I was first diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the first thing my doctor wanted me to do was lose weight. I will not discount the effects of that weight loss for me, but overtime, I regained all the weight that I had lost (and more) and found that it wasn’t really the weight loss, or perhaps changing what I ate that made the biggest difference, but it was my yoga practice. I was lucky, though, because I felt very supported by my doctor, and she has been a wonderful healthcare provider. I know others are not as lucky, and that a lot of folks in fat bodies are discriminated upon when they try to access wellness or medical support.

So it’s gotten me to thinking: how can I contribute to changing this dynamic?

Besides telling my story, I believe the creating spaces for other folks like me to feel safe to reach out for support is a first step. I might not have it all in place yet, but I am grateful for the opportunity to immerse more in this inquiry over the past two weeks, and to be in community with many like minded individuals who dream of the same thing . I am inspired to find new ways to move and practice, and to share that with others. It is my hope to continue being part of a shift in the way yoga and wellness is made accessible, and the way accessibility is understood —-that it’s not just an easy or simplified practice, but an empowering one that focuses on strength and personal agency.

As an Accessible Movement and Wellness (including but not limited to yoga and mindfulness) Facilitator, I commit to co-creating inclusive safe spaces for all folks, with the recognition of the wisdom, agency and power each one holds over their bodies and practices.

I will strive to participate in conversations that may sometimes be tender and messy, where all voices are heard and received with kindness, compassion and curiosity with the hope that together, we can foster a spirt of collective care and connection to our common humanity.

I commit to taking action by actively engaging in activities that create opportunities for all folks to have access to the practices of wellness I facilitate, and to stay connected to community to make this happen.

That being said: how can I help make yoga/movement/wellness more accessible to you? Please do feel free to reach out and let me know!