Fast forward a few millennium and women of today are predominately living under artificial lights, consuming poorer quality food, likely using birth control and subject to modern consumerism. Naturally we live in a different time, different place and we are certainly different people to our ancestors. However some of us have been called to return to a simpler, more authentic style of living. We have noticed something missing. We may have experienced issues with infertility, endometriosis, a less than ideal menopause or fluctuating hormones and subsequent emotional imbalances. Life may seem difficult running around just trying to keep our heads above water. We may seem like we are drowning in our modern way of living.
Women (and Men) are out of sync with their bodies and the natural flow of cyclic energy. Yoga and meditation are increasingly being used to assist with that “coming home” to the body. Yet more and more I am beginning to observe and even feel that modern yoga and meditation are missing the point. Or perhaps I am being a bit hard and it’s just a personal interpretation of it. Maybe we are so out of sync with ourselves and still too busy to allow a full assimilation with this sense of returning to our bodies.
My own quest to return to my body began a few years ago. I had divorced, remarried, tried unsuccessfully to have children, subjected myself to a myriad of hormonal treatment, miscarried, been diagnosed with depression and was 15kg over my ideal weight. I was literally out of control emotionally, mentally and physically. However something in me made me recognise this disconnection I had.
As a young girl I spent time playing in the garden, planting, tending, harvesting and collecting eggs from my chickens. I look back and I believe was connected with nature and perhaps even to her energetic cycles. Once I hit my teens I still spent time in the garden but I started to expand my wings. I got a job, I went out with my friends, and I did everything I could to deny myself an authentic way of living. I began to rebel against what felt right for my body simply because I wanted to be like everyone else. I clearly didn’t recognise at my tender age how I was disconnecting from my authentic self and moving away from what was natural. This journey of disconnect lasted for nearly 2 decades before that switch flipped back to that youthful prepubescent girl and I realised I was missing something. I was missing my authenticity.
So in my early thirties I stepped onto the path of rediscovering. It has taken me nearly another decade to come to the realisation that moving with the cycles of nature and honouring those cycles within my life and my body is what will bring me home to my authentic self.
There are many tools that I have employed to get me to this point however one I wish to share with everyone is Moon Phase yoga. Honouring the cycles of the feminine body with the cycles of the moon through the practice of yoga has been a tradition encouraged by many different gurus.
This Friday I will be facilitating an 8 week Moon Phase Yoga program. Based on different teachings I have prepared this program so that each week we will explore different yoga poses for different aspects of the menstrual cycle. The practice however goes deeper than exploring menstruation. Throughout the weeks we will discuss the ability for all women no matter what phase of their life they are at, pre-menstrual, menstruating, and pre-menopause or post menopause and how honouring our bodies and our connection to the cyclic energies around us can empower us to step into our authenticity.
I truly look forward to facilitating these classes over the coming weeks and into the future.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to connect with me directly.