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    Transformational Retreat at Basunti in India

    This is it!  The retreat you’ve been waiting for – a chance to discover India in relaxed and genteel comfort, practice yoga, take care of yourself and explore your own life at the same time. ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT! BOOKING CLOSES ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 Join us at Basunti for an unforgettable and life-changing holiday. Basunti is an idyllic private lakeside retreat centre, set on a promontory in a nature reserve nestling in the foothills of the great Indian Himalayas. Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India and surrounded by the waters of the Maharana Pratap Sagar, it sits at the heart of a wildlife reserve and…

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    A Uranian impetus for change at this New Moon in Taurus

      Big things are happening this week! Taurus likes security and predictability and usually resists change, but the energy this week is going to (yet again!) stimulate a long cycle of unavoidable and probably long overdue upheavals and changes in our personal and collective lives, so keep a flexible contingency plan in mind for whatever you’ve got in the works right now. On May 15th, Mars, the planet of action, moves into socially conscious, freedom-loving and innovative Aquarius while unpredictable, disruptive and rebellious Uranus moves into Taurus for the first time since 1934. On top of both of them changing signs and thereby stirring up fresh energy, they also form a…

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    A bit about your privacy & how your information is stored

    By now you will be tired of reading about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in the EU on May 25. This new legislation is designed to give you greater security, transparency, and control of your personal data online. The upcoming changes impact companies based in the European Union, or those processing the personal data of people residing in the EU. I do all I can to manage and protect your data, which for most of you includes your name and email address, and in some cases a phone number. If you have had your natal chart interpreted by me, I also keep your time, date…

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    Full Moon in Scorpio

    You might have experienced a sense of irritability or more than the usual amount of stress or agitation over the past few days leading up to the Full Moon in Scorpio overnight from Sunday to Monday (12:57 am UTC). The pressure is lifting now and the next few days will bring you a more uplifting and productive energy, so be sure to use it to your advantage while it lasts! The lunar nodes are strongly squaring this Full Moon, which suggests that after weeks of talking and thinking about how to move on and make the needed changes in some area of your life, you will finally be making a…

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    This Full Moon celebrates the Buddha

    Today’s full moon is traditionally dedicated to the Buddha’s birthday and is known as Buddha Purnima (the full moon of the Buddha). Historians can’t agree when he was born exactly, but it was certainly over 2500 years ago. His teachings are unparalleled for their understanding of human nature and psychology. If people could get beyond the mistaken notion that Buddhism is a religion (although through local adaptations in some cultures it has effectively become one), it would be clear that what the Buddha taught is of universal benefit and far from exclusive or dogmatic. Some yoga practitioners, including many yoga teachers, are not sure why the Buddha so often shows…

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    You say you want a Revolution? Alright!

    You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, We’d all love to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know, We’d all love to change the world But when you talk about destruction Don’t you know that you can count me out Don’t you know it’s gonna be All right, all right, all right You say you got a real solution Well, you know, We’d all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know, We’re all doing what we can But if you want money for people with minds that hate Well all I can tell you is brother…

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    Starting a new two-year cycle of action & ambition

    Today’s Full Moon in Libra highlights relationships, especially what we might need to change in ourselves or in our relationship to others. But before we decide what needs changing, we first need to find out what we want going forward and where we want to end up. What kind of future do you envisage? What are your goals and hopes for the future? Feelings can be intense around this time – keep your temper, especially if others can’t keep theirs! There might be a lot of communicating around needs and desires, which can be difficult to balance with those of others. Solutions might not be obvious right now, and compromise and…

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    Ready, set, GO! A good time for an upgrade.

    Feeling ready to move on in life? With a new lunar cycle just underway, and a new solar cycle about to begin at the Vernal Equinox on Tuesday afternoon, these are good days to make serious plans for what you want to create in the weeks and months ahead, and start taking action this week. In yoga, we use Sankalpa to plant the seeds of what we want to manifest in our lives. Ideally, this is done in a fully relaxed state such as during yoga nidra when the mind is in the liminal state between sleep and wakefulness, making it highly receptive to suggestion (essentially a hypnotic state). Unlike…

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    Happy Women’s Day to everyone who ever had a mother

    Dear students and friends in yoga, It says a lot about our era that we need to be reminded to celebrate women today, International Women’s Day. In distant times, the power of the divine feminine was understood to underlie all life, and across the world we can find traces of ancient shamanic and religious rituals and artefacts worshipping the principle of female energy in gratitude for this fragile gift. For so, so long, women and the nurturing, life-giving energy we provide were dismissed as less important than men and their outer drives for power. This imbalance has led us to live in a world where the feminine forces that sustain…

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    Perception, proprioception and purpose

    Given the extreme cold of the past few weeks, I am a very reluctant dog walker these days. Living through twenty-four Canadian winters was plenty enough for me; I’m definitely a warm weather gal! Metta has learned to start looking hopeful only once my second cup of masala chai is finished, by which point I have run out of excuses. By the time I head out the door I am wearing about five layers of clothing, which makes it harder to move freely and to gauge my new, temporarily puffier shape.  Muffled into these layers changes the way I perceive my body and how I relate to the world around…