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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…

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    Virgo Full Moon brings a fuller perspective

    Under the light of this Virgo Full Moon we could have important realisations about the current balance between the needs of our heart and those of our intellect – this is a good time to start your Spring cleaning, from the inside out! The Indian festival of colours known as Holi is celebrated at the first full moon of Spring, and playing with colours helps to shake off the dullness of winter. It is traditionally a time to clean up and clear out stagnant energy in preparation for the activities Spring (after throwing coloured powder around!), as well as being a celebration of the vibrant life and colours of the…

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    Eclipsing old networks, associations and goals?

    Eclipses form a part of a larger cycle spanning about 19 years, so with today’s Partial Solar Eclipse (15/2) we can look back to February 1999. Significant themes in your outer and/or inner life will appear to be cycling around once again, since these current Eclipses are activating the exact same spots in your chart as 19 years ago (there was a Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 31st 1999, and a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius February 16th 1999). Can you remember your life’s major events back then? What was changing for you? Were you disengaging from certain social groups in order to explore your independence in a whole new…

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    Puppy love

    As much as Valentine’s Day can be a really sweet time, I can’t help but cringe as it rolls around each year.  Is it the commercial overtones? The awkwardly out-of-character expressions of love? Are we all going through the motions to avoid seeming like we don’t care? My inner rebel has always been conflicted about Valentine’s Day because I don’t quite know how to handle it. It feels rather churlish to ignore people who launch a barrage of hearts and messages of love, and it feels unfriendly not to say it to others myself. The social pressure – not to mention the commercial pressure – is even harder to avoid…

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    Total Lunar Eclipse – Where were you last summer?

    Today’s Full Moon is also a lunar eclipse, and because the moon is also at perigee (the closest it gets relative to the centre of the Earth) it’s a bit bigger than usual, which is why it’s also being called a super moon. Plus, being the second full moon in a calendar month (we started this year with a full moon), it is also traditionally known as a blue moon. Let’s see how this breaks down: Full Moon = strong astrological interest; Lunar Eclipse =  significant astrological interest; Super Moon = dubious astrological interest; Blue Moon = zero astrological interest. As much as some of you might roll your eyes…

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    Interbeing

    “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~ The Dalai Lama Imagine, or perhaps recall, the most painful experience of your life – a major loss, a traumatic event, some deep physical or emotional suffering. Now imagine experiencing that pain while being compelled to leave your home, your loved ones, your culture, your homeland. What cherished possessions would you bring with you? Would you have time to gather them together? Would you be fleeing alone, or would you also have to look out for your children and your…

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    Mindful relationships, starting with ourselves

    American spiritual teacher and 1960s icon Ram Dass quipped that if you’re arrogant enough to think you’re enlightened, you should spend some time with your family and see how that goes! Our most important relationships are very fertile ground indeed for self-awareness, and many of these close bonds are also our first ones so their roots run deep. Unconscious parenting can lead to unintended negative consequences. I was a very sensitive child and my parents rarely acknowledged my experiences, which were often minimised or dismissed as overly emotional or unimportant because – in retrospect – they were preoccupied with their own thoughts and emotions. The feeling of not being listened…

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    What about those goals and resolutions?

    Happy new year! Even though it’s just another moment in our lives, it’s hard to avoid getting excited about the change of calendar year, and all of the fresh new possibilities we can hope for. What are you aiming for this year? And what are you going to do about it? From the ancient wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to modern psychology and coaching of all sorts, it’s pretty clear that setting goals will help bring us to a higher level of accomplishment. Even if they have to be adjusted over time, meeting your goals also boosts self-esteem, which is an important factor in personal happiness and contentment as well…

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    Who’s your daddy?

    I recently returned from a very healing month in South India (the adjustment to Brussels has been tough, I’m not gonna lie!). It was great being offline and out of touch for a while because it gave me the chance to focus on myself without distraction, allowing me to get back in touch with my body and what it has been trying to tell me the last couple of years. The past few weeks have also brought me several occasions to reflect on what we collectively and individually give our power to, through things as diverse as gurus and ashrams (more on that in another post), bitcoin, social pressure, business…