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    Virgo New Moon

    Yesterday’s New Moon in Virgo highlights the theme of societal and governmental transformation that we have been grappling with for quite a long time now, while at the same time showing us where we need to be our own authority and how we are taking care – or not – of our personal structures like our body, our health and our daily routines. It will also have us wanting to ground something in ‘reality’ which might have been in the works since April or May. If you’re working on something and it’s still not ready, take some more time and get it right – Virgo wants to see all t‘s…

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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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    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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    New moon, new impetus for change

    Today the Moon meets the Sun in Libra beginning a new month-long cycle which will especially reveal issues in relationship – how you handle them and with whom. Uranus is directly opposite the Sun and Moon, meaning that outcomes can be very different to what was expected.  Either way, relationships will be changing a lot around this time – either within an existing relationship, or through endings or beginnings. Liberation and expanding consciousness is the key! If you like to use New Moon periods for intention-setting, reflect on your plans now and begin new things once the moon begins to reappear in the sky, over the weekend. Om cham chandraya…

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    Fear is a sign to come home to yourself

    Fear seems to be a major driver in our world these days and adds to a generalised feeling of instability and upset that requires constant examination and rebalancing, lest we get sucked into the turmoil. A couple of weeks ago, following a series of tests on my beleaguered hip, an orthopaedic surgeon recommended operating as a way of resolving the pain and damage that had accrued successive accidents over the past 18 months. It was a pretty heavy programme – with no certainty of success, and ultimately leading to 6 weeks on crutches – which was hard for me to get my head around.  I found myself agreeing to a…

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    The art of planning without expectation or attachment

    Things rarely go the way we hope they will, yet we continue to operate day to day as if we know what is coming next. For most people, the word ‘planning’ probably conjures up some form or implicit or explicit to-do list along with an expectation that things will work out accordingly.  Alas, as the saying goes, God laughs when we’re making plans! So how can we reconcile this paradox of wanting to plan for the future with having to let go of knowing what the future might hold? This challenge seems especially poignant these days when so many of our social foundations are crumbling around us in disturbing and unpredictable…

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    A fresh start!

    One of the highest teachings of all the great spiritual traditions inevitably also turns out to be one of the most difficult to implement. Non-attachment makes so much sense intellectually, but in practice we find ourselves twisted up in emotions and habits that make letting go of the past a pretty sticky affair. But exhale deeply folks, because if ever there was a time to practice non-attachment, this would be it! Over the past few years we have been challenged collectively and as individuals to create something new and better suited to our current needs and ambitions, and at this moment we have a lot of cosmic support to really…

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    Introduction to Elemental Yoga

    Dive into Water under the Gaze of the Moon Special series of 3 Workshops on the Moon days of 11 & 26 February plus 12 March 2017 We are all created uniquely and therefore we each have our own imbalances. Yoga can become our own inner medicine when we know how to listen to what the body is asking for. Elemental Yoga helps us to access the qualities of Nature that are in operation in the Universe and within us. The result is gaining awareness and understanding of our deeper Nature. Elemental Yoga is the practice of balancing within us the 5 Elements that we can see active in Nature:…

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    Life is a gift. Live every day as a thank you note!

    Fifteen years ago last week, I nearly died due to a medical accident at the age of 35. The incident left me with a whole new appreciation of the preciousness – and fragility – of life, along with complex feelings of resentment and anger towards the doctor responsible for the mistake (who I felt had robbed me of my wellbeing and energy for my two-year-old daughter and 7-week-old son) and a deep gratitude to the out-of-town surgeon who stepped in hours later to save my life. The outpatient intervention turned into a 9-day hospital stay, and on the day I came home I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, and…