Value in being slow!

Bee Autumn

You might think I am crazy to even suggest slowing down! You might think – Really when there is so much to be done!

I have been noticing a lot of bees, butterflies, dragonflies this year! I have also realised how easy it is to miss seeing the bees when I am rushing, moving quickly, focussed on getting somewhere on time and therefore not fully present in the moment.

This is making me wonder what else do I miss when I move quickly! I know that it is not just the bees I notice when I slow down; I can also hear the sounds around me. Perhaps the sensory organs can engage better when I am able to slow down.

If I can remember to slow down for even one mouthful while eating, I know that I can savour the taste, the flavours better. My taste buds can engage and activate. The brain, digestive system, and all the organs, perhaps the whole body can engage and hopefully play its part in the whole process that food serves. We need to eat every day. It feels like food serves a much bigger purpose than simple nutrition. Perhaps by slowing down we can be present and deepen our understanding of this need we have and the value hidden underneath.

When I slow down while eating, I can remember to feel gratitude for all those involved in the process of helping to bring the food to me. Not just the people who may have helped prepare it, but all the people who helped procure, grow and sell it. And not just the people, but all the little creatures that play their part in helping food to grow like the bees, the worms… And not to forget all the elements – Light, Air, Water, Earth and the most subtle – Ether.

I invite you to take a few moments each day to slow down, perhaps while having a meal, or while walking home. And observe what is moving within you and around you in that moment. So much can move even when we slow down.

If you are a Reiki student, perhaps you would like to observe what the Life Force energy is moving inside you during your next Reiki self treatment – in those moments of being still and simply placing your Reiki hands on your body – when our own Life Force is aligned with the Universal Life Force energy and is being strengthened.

I know from personal experience that it is not easy to slow down. So please remember to bee compassionate to yourself if you struggle to slow down. I am still learning. Especially to be able to see the gift when life is forcing me to bee slow and things are not getting done!

I would love to hear what you gain by slowing down in this fast paced culture where speed is valued. Please do share your experience in the comments below so that we can learn from and inspire each other.

Struggling to love your parents!

While reflecting on a question that I was asked recently, I felt drawn to share it here. The question – ‘Why are we told to repair our relationship with our parents to heal from trauma? What if you don’t like your own mother/father? How do you reconcile?’

The simple answer to the question why is because we are deeply connected to our parents, they are a part of us. Whether we like them or not is immaterial. Not liking our parents, and not just our parents, but other members of our family, like our siblings, is similar to not liking parts of ourselves.

An integral part of our life purpose is to remember/learn to love all these different parts of ourselves. This is the path to reclaiming our wholeness to be able to live life with peace, love, joy, good health and prosperity – something most of us long for.

This is easier said than done though, especially if a difficulty exists in the relationship. Knowing something is easier than living it ie feeling it. Just because we are told to love our parents, is not enough to be able to feel the love.

For me, a daily spiritual practice helps to go within and figure out the way forward when I feel stuck or unable to move forward. It feels easier to love the part of me that is struggling to love the parents or someone else that I feel I ought to love. It feels easier to hold this part of me that is struggling with love and compassion, acknowledging that there is something painful, some difficulty, a wound perhaps, held in my being from the past.

It does not feel necessary to figure out the underlying cause. Trying to fix problems, ignoring them or running away from them does not seem to work either. It feels possible to transform difficulties with love.

Sometimes this approach can even help transform my feelings to gratitude from anger towards the person, gratitude for helping me to experience the difficulty and help this wound surface to my conscious awareness so that I do not have to keep experiencing it. Compassion and gratitude are different strands of love. It seems easier to feel compassion for the part of me that is struggling, than to feel it for another person.

For Reiki students, this question seems to be about the Principle – Honour your parents, teachers and elders.

For people interested in Astrology, I find it interesting that this question arose at this time of Sun in the sign of Cancer, the sign of home, family and feelings. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the planet/star of emotions and inner self. To me, this indicates how tuned in this person is to Universal flow.

This is where I am at this time, on the journey of learning to love and heal. With continued daily practice of Reiki, Yoga, Soul Plan healing, I trust that more insights will surface in time. I find comfort from this quote when I find myself struggling with a relationship:

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday.
You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity
.”
― Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher

Birthdays!

sunset

Birthdays come round every year. I did not used to make much of these anniversaries. I used to hesitate to mention my birthday to people around me. And then Facebook helped change it all. So many of my friends and family know about my birthday every year now! It feels wonderful to receive birthday wishes from so many people, from so many different parts of the world.

A couple of years ago, a wise friend wished me a few days in advance of my birthday. On asking her why she was wishing me in advance, she said that birthdays are about celebrating our life and it is good to start the celebrations early. Something deep started to move within me since that time. And I have started to be more open to this anniversary. I have actually started to enjoy my birthday.

This year I decided to go away for the weekend with my husband. I chose a cottage next to the river Test. Being in the open countryside, I wanted to watch a sunset. The day before my birthday, I was blessed with a gloriously spectacular sunset. It seemed a perfect way to end the previous year, and make space for the new to come through.  I remembered watching a sunset last year too, on my birthday. I think that I would like to continue with this ritual of watching a sunset near my birthday.

I had to walk up a hill to watch the sunset. I was amazed at being able to breathe with ease on the walk uphill. It seemed as if I could feel and use the muscles around the lower lungs, the diaphragm, to breathe on this uphill walk. Such a blessing to be able to breathe with ease again without having to use an inhaler!

On the way back to the cottage, we saw two swans with six cygnets in the river. In the fading light of dusk, the experience felt quite magical.
Interestingly this hill was called Bury Hill. This was the highest point around the village where we were staying. I kept thinking, we live in Highbury. Coming here seems to be quite significant. And the next day, walking to the farm shop nearby, I discovered a road named Highbury Road!

The whole weekend was full of many such synchronicities. I do not understand them. Perhaps I do not need to understand them. They were simply there to help me feel blessed and for the birthday weekend to feel magical.

Many insights flowed through during the weekend. Too many and too personal to share at this time. Watching a dragonfly land in the river, right under the bridge where I was standing taking some pictures, just before leaving the cottage on Sunday morning added some more magic to the trip. I had not seen a dragonfly with beautiful iridescent metallic blue and green colours before!

Dragon fly

This birthday brought up memories of the birthday last year. I could see many parallels that were not planned. Reflecting on what happened last year around my birthday, and this year again, it feels as if there is an opening that happens around the birthday. If I am able to welcome this anniversary as a celebration of my life, I am better placed to receive the light, strength and wisdom that is available at this time.

Children look forward to their birthdays. As grownups, one may not welcome them or become blase. I feel happy to be able to look forward to them again.

Listening to the body!

I saw a client for a Reiki treatment recently, who had been having heart palpitations. She ended up in A&E two days in a row. Fortunately they were not able to find anything wrong.

During the Reiki treatment, I was expecting to sense more in the heart area. I was initially surprised to feel tension in the solar plexus instead. Then I realised that the solar plexus is the seat for self esteem, self love, self care, valuing oneself. It felt as if her heart was longing for her to take better care of herself. Understandably not easy for a working mother of five year old twins, a nurse, to make time for her own needs!

In that moment I remembered Hawayo Takata’s teaching – to treat the solar plexus for heart issues. It felt as if I could understand why the solar plexus would need attention to relieve pressure on the heart.

It seems as if we learn to live with what gradually builds up within us, ignoring what we can bear to be with. To be fair, it’s not easy to figure out how to take better care of ourselves. Usually it is only when we are faced with an aggravation of symptoms – I like to think of it as the body starting to shout to get attention – that we start to think of seeking help, or doing something different to take better care of ourselves.

I cannot help wondering how life would be if I start to listen to my body on a regular basis – perhaps asking it every day “What do you need today, in this moment? How can I take good care of you?”

The body is the home for the soul. One of the ways the soul communicates is through the body. As I listen to the body, I am listening to the soul. As I listen to the soul (atma is the Hindi word for the soul), I am listening to the Spirit, Source, Divine – Paramatma – the Hindi word for the Supreme Being.

I need the body to function well to be able to relax and feel at ease with being in the body. Hopefully this sense of ease can help keep dis-ease away. I have to take care of myself to be able to do all that I need to do.

When I am listening to my body, asking the question “What do you need?”, I find it helpful to be still, silent and focussed on the breath. Rather than seeking an answer, I find it is better to wait patiently, and allow the answer to come to me. Being patient is not easy though, sometimes it can feel like waiting for a fruit to ripen!

Open Reiki Shares in London

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When I learnt Reiki in 2001, my Reiki Master used to offer Reiki Shares in London and I loved attending them. They felt very supportive and beneficial. It was not easy for me to attend her Reiki Shares regularly though as I had to arrange for a baby sitter – my children were about 2 and 6 at the time. So I started hosting Reiki Shares quite early in my Reiki journey, probably around 2003. I feel attending the Shares helped me to stay with the Reiki Practice over the years.

As I started teaching Reiki in 2008, I continued to offer Reiki Shares. I wanted to share what I had found helpful on my own journey as a new Reiki student.

Around 2011, I felt drawn to opening the Reiki Shares to all Reiki students, practising other forms of Reiki too. This was a big change from hosting the Reiki Shares for students practising Reiki, Usui Shiki Ryoho, the form of Reiki that I had learnt and taught. It was not an easy decision to open my doors to people I did not know, practising Reiki in many different ways. Reiki is probably practised in more than 100 ways around the world!

I found my way through this maze of different forms of Reiki, by requesting people to do the hand positions that I demonstrate during the Reiki Share, feeling that I can support only what I know. I try to make sure people understand that I am requesting them to do these hand positions just during the Reiki Share, that I am not asking them to change the way they have learnt to practise Reiki, and they need to honour the teachings that they have received from their Reiki Master – just as I need to honour my own.

On a practical note, I feel that I have to do this as we practice shared Reiki treatments usually on one, and sometimes on two treatment tables. So there are several people giving a Reiki treatment to the person lying on the treatment table, at the same time. If people were working on a one-to-one basis with each other, perhaps I may not have to ask them to do the same hand positions.

I am so glad that I decided to listen to my heart and opened my Reiki Shares to welcome all Reiki students – not just my own! Each Reiki Share, it feels as if an energy field gets created. Every person who joins the Reiki Share contributes something unique to this energy field, in a way that only they can. It feels as if together, with the help of this group energy, we are able to move some big heavy rocks that we may not be able to move on our own, by ourselves.

I continue to meet some amazing people through my Reiki Shares. I cannot help wondering if our paths would have crossed but for the open Reiki Shares! If our paths have crossed at my Reiki Share, I leave you with this quote from Hafiz “Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.” I would also love to hear about your experience of the Reiki Share(s). You can either leave a comment below or email me.

Tooth extraction and healing

I had a tooth extracted recently. The only tooth with a cavity that the dentist had been trying to save for more than 15 years, but the filling kept falling out every few years. Finally she tried an inlay but the tooth started to decay and the inlay fell out as well! It seems as if the tooth was taking time to mature. The healing and insights that have come through at this time, may not have happened if the tooth had been removed any earlier! I tried to work with this whole process quite consciously. I said goodbye to the tooth, I was grateful for how it had been serving me and hoped that I was able to let go of the tooth willingly. I made sure I received a Reiki treatment before the procedure and afterwards.

It was the last upper molar. It came out quite quickly and easily. When the dentist showed me the tooth afterwards, the roots of the tooth caught my attention. It felt as if something had been unplugged from the upper realm. It felt as if this had to happen to strengthen my roots in this realm, on Earth.

On the walk home from the dentist, it seemed as if the numbing of the anaesthetic was helping me remember how emotional numbing can help to avoid feeling pain. Just as the area around my tooth needed to be numbed to avoid feeling the pain of the tooth being released – the emotional numbing seems to have been protecting me from the pain of letting go of some past trauma. If part of me has been numb, I have not been doing something wrong, or not doing something I ought to have been doing. With this came acceptance of this part of me that has been numb, accompanied with a wave of peace.

The next day I realised that the healing I was experiencing was not just in the area of the wound, but my whole being was being healed. I realised that I have to be patient with this process and allow it all the time it needs. It was helpful to remember the Rumi poem – a wound is an opening for the light to come in.

I struggled for three days, not so much physically, more emotionally. On Saturday when I got home, and did not feel like doing much, it was a blessing to be able to rest with my Reiki hands on me. The next day I could also rest on my Yoga mat in a Restorative Yoga pose. The tooth was released with ease, the physical wound was not too bad. So I was struggling to understand why I was not able to function, why I was feeling so low.

The third day, it felt as if something moved inside me. I realised that I was resisting letting go of numbness that has been held within me. I realised that I have been avoiding feeling pain. I remembered that I have to be willing to feel the pain to be able to feel the joy of being alive, the joy of being in the body. I was sitting cross legged in meditation, it felt as if my sitting bones yielded deeper into the floor.

The whole experience has been so deeply insightful and healing that I can actually feel grateful for losing a tooth!  Deep gratitude to the tooth that sacrificed itself to enable me to experience this healing. Gratitude to my spiritual practices that help and support me to accept what is, learn and heal from how life is unfolding. Deeply grateful to all the people who supported me in this healing process.

Another Rumi poem feels very apt at this time:
Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

Desperation and Peace

I love learning in oral tradition. One of my favourite memories from childhood is my aunt visiting and telling us stories at bedtime. I am so grateful I found my way to Reiki taught in the oral tradition, in the spiritual lineage of Usui, Hayashi, Takata and Phyllis Lei Furumoto. This is the form of Reiki that I needed. There is something special for me about the spoken word. When I hear something, it can help move things deep inside me.

I know that I will not be able to stay with, or take in, each and every word that I hear. I have come to realise that it is not the words themselves but what the words are helping move within me that is more important. I have learnt to pay attention to what moves inside me. Sometimes I am aware of what is moving at the same time as I am listening. Sometimes the movement seems to happen at a subconscious level at the time and surfaces at a later date.

I listened to the Webinar – Living the Precepts – Reiki as a Way of Life. The next morning, after my Reiki self treatment, I remembered Phyllis Lei Furumoto talked about the desperation that people from Mexico must feel to want to leave their home to move to the US. I had read a book last year with a similar theme, The Year of the Runaways. This is about some men from India leaving home and in desperate search of a new life in the UK. I have not forgotten this book, and it kept surfacing in my consciousness ever since.

In that moment of rememberance, it seemed I needed to recognise the desperation in my own heart and tend to it. I felt that I do not have to understand what the desperation is about, I simply need to acknowledge it and own it. It felt like a physical ache in my heart. It felt as if tending to the desperation inside me will help me to accept the suffering, the seeming imperfections of the world. To me, acceptance of what is, seems to be a vital key to inner peace.

In that moment it felt as if through this realisation and recognition of the desperation within me, something moved and it will be easier to be at Home within myself, in my body and in the present moment.

There may be more layers that need to be peeled to live life in the present moment, in my body, at Home within myself. I trust that my daily spiritual practice of Reiki will help me recognise and work through these layers as they surface in my consciousness. It is a practice after all, a journey.

Feeling very grateful for my Reiki practice, all my teachers and the Global Reiki Community.

Thank you Phyllis and Rachel for the Global Reiki Webinars.

Spiced Hot Chocolate – healthy

spiced hot chocolate

I do not like drinking milk so I could never enjoy Hot Chocolate. But I love chocolate and the attraction has persisted. Last year I discovered turmeric Latte made with almond milk. It felt as if I was in heaven when I would have the time to make it with my own hands and savour drinking the cuppa.

With time, the attraction to Turmeric Latte waned. I know it sounds fickle. But wait for it, I was meant to go on to discover something even more delicious – Spiced Hot Chocolate. I tried Almond milk version of Hot chocolate. I loved it but missed the spices.

I decided to not listen to the strict inner voice telling me to keep the two drinks separate and pure. I tried adding raw cacao nibs to the turmeric latte recipe and loved the combination. To me it tastes divine. Last winter I felt that turmeric latte was my hot drink of the season. This year my vote goes to Spiced Hot Chocolate. You can try either of the two recipes, both are winners.

Turmeric Latte (makes one cup)

10 almonds soaked in water for at least 4 hours. I find it easier to let them soak overnight.

1 tsp powdered cinnamon

1 cm piece of fresh ginger

1 cm piece of fresh turmeric

1 green cardamom pods – skin discarded

1 date (you can use the sweetener of your choice. I prefer natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup rather than sugar)

1/2 tsp ghee/coconut oil

2-4 black pepper corns

I prefer to peel the almonds, discard the skin and any discoloured almonds. I know that it sounds laborious and time consuming. But do try to make the time for this ritual. Slow down, peel them really slowly, mindfully and see how it makes you feel inside. I find slowing down helps me to synchronise my rhythm to the rhythm of the Earth, slows down my breath and helps me to feel more in my body and in the present moment. Slowing down has also helped me to do the household chores with acceptance, dare I say it with enjoyment even! So much so that I do not like to use the word chore anymore for household work. Perhaps this is helping me to start understanding the Zen practice of ‘chop wood and carry water’.

If you wish to make Spiced Hot Chocolate, just add 1 tbsp of raw cacao nibs to the blender.

The recipe is simple – put all the ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of hot boiling water. Blend, pour in a cup and enjoy the drink. Make time to sit down, hold the warm cup between your hands. Savour the warmth in this cold weather. Drink slowly.

You can vary the ingredients to suit your taste. The recipe is very flexible. For example, you can replace ginger and turmeric with powdered version, if you do not have them fresh. I prefer the fresh version as it not only tastes nicer, I trust it is more nutritious, and will be absorbed more easily by the body. All the ingredients are so healthy, they may also help keep the bugs away at this time of the year.

I make 2 – 4 cups at a time, with just 1 cup water and store the leftover in the refrigerator once it has cooled down. It lasts for up to 2 days. All I have to do is add hot boiling water and my drink is ready.

It was not easy for me to pause, stop drinking this delicious creation and take a photograph. But when the inspiration comes, I know that I have to do this, the thoughts, the words keep coming and time becomes available in my day, to sit down and create a blog post.

Do try and leave a comment if my sharing inspires you in some way, either to try the recipe, make the drink or to slow down, or to do some writing or create something else in a way that only you can. Nobody else can do it in exactly the same way.

Any questions, I would love to be able to help. You can contact me through my website.

Small Restorative Yoga Class, Islington, London

Savasana Restorative Yoga

Small, slow, gentle Restorative Yoga class with maximum 3 people in Highbury, Islington, London.

To me, Restorative Yoga is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can be deeply restored and live life from this space of true strength. Deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga. Suitable for people who would like to benefit from Yoga, but may not find it easy.

Every Tuesday, Nov – Dec 2017.

Time: 2:30 pm to 4 pm

Cost: £15 per session

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces – very small group of 3. Please contact me to book a place.

Free Introduction to Reiki in London

autumn leaf

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and would like to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

Would you like to find out how you can learn to practice Reiki?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There may also be an opportunity to have a brief taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

It is not essential to attend this session before joining a Reiki class.

Date: Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU, London, UK

Cost: This is a free session. Mamta requests a donation to support the homeless and Connecting Reiki with Medicine Initiative.

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Struggling with forgetfulness!

sunrise highbury foelds

I have lost my wallet twice in the last few years. So I started to store some extra cash in a zipped pocket in my handbag. I had put £100 in the pocket recently for a payment I had to make. I took out the money to make the payment, ended up not having to make the payment so I put the money back in my bag. I was a bit distracted so the money did not go back in that same pocket!

The next day I needed the money for another payment. I looked for the money in the pocket where I usually store it and I could not find it. Initial response was worry – have I lost the money! The next worrying thought was – do I have enough money in my wallet to make this payment! Fortunately I did, as I could not have paid with a card.

On the way home, I decided to stop off in the park, and sat on a bench under the trees. There I found the money but it was in another pocket in my bag!

In that moment it felt as if this is how life works. We are born with all that we need in this lifetime. In the growing up process we tend to forget about some of these abilities, or they might get hidden or misplaced. But they are still there inside each one of us.

When we need these abilities, we tend to think – I don’t have this ability or I don’t have enough. This probably changes to ‘I am not enough’. With time this belief turns into anxiety and can show up as ‘Will I be able to cope the next time I need this ability?’

In that moment I remembered a similar experience where being in nature, with Mother Earth, had helped me remember what I seemed to have forgotten.

Another trick I am finding helpful when I forget something, I try to welcome it as an opportunity to remember who I truly am. I feel this is being kind to myself and so much more helpful than berating myself for being forgetful or looking at it as a sign of aging or not being mindful!

If it is true that we are born with all that we need in this lifetime, surely a vital key to this remembrance is in our early years. Perhaps this is another reason why it seems so important to love and heal our inner child. Surely the child within can help us remember where the ability to laugh, to have fun, to express ourselves, to be at ease, to breathe comfortably may be hidden or how it got suppressed.

I feel so grateful for Reiki, my daily spiritual practice that helps me listen to the whispers of life and receive such insightful gifts from seemingly mundane events.

Reiki for mothers and pregnancy

Giving a Reiki Treatment to an anxious mother-to-be this week, and meeting up with a dear friend, a mother, whom I found through this article I wrote for The Mother Magazine, a couple of years ago, reminded me to share this article with you – hoping more mothers may find something helpful here to alleviate the anxiety that can come with being pregnant and being a mother.

I wish that I had known some of this when I was going through the pregnancy phase of my life. I cannot turn the clock back for myself, but I can share what has been growing within me over the years, from the struggles I experienced.

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Reiki for mothers + pregnancy

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Yoga in the park – London, Highbury Fields

Gentle, relaxing, slow moving Yoga session in Highbury Fields on Tuesday mornings 10:30 am – very grounding. Recommended especially for people who may not be used to doing Yoga but would like to benefit from it.

I am a Restorative Yoga teacher. This Yoga session is based on the Restorative Yoga Principle of being comfortable in a Yoga pose so that one can stay in the pose for deeper relaxation and release of stress and tension.

Date & Time: Tuesday mornings Aug & Sep 2017; 10:30 am to 11:30 am – weather permitting!

Location: the fenced area of Highbury Fields, at the corner of Baalbec Road and Highbury Place, opposite the Highbury Baptist Church, N5 1QL. If you stand with your back to the church, you will be able to see us in the fields on your Right.

Cost: First session is free. Subsequent sessions – pay what you can. Suggested amount £5 – £10.
I would like this to be an inclusive event for everyone.

Please dress warm. Bring a yoga mat, or a mat to lie on as we will be doing a lot of lying down – especially if you are not comfortable lying on the wet grass. A picnic mat works quite well.

Please have breakfast about 2 hours earlier – it is easier to practice Yoga when the tummy is not too full.

Do contact me if you would like to join us. Please send me an email so that I can have your email address and keep you informed via email of any changes due to weather, and send you an email the day before to make sure it is happening.

Free Introduction to Reiki session

peonies and bee

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and would like to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There may also be an opportunity to have a brief taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Please know that it is not essential to attend this session before joining a Reiki class.

Date: Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU, London, UK

Cost: This is a free session. Mamta requests a donation to support the homeless and Connecting Reiki with Medicine Initiative.

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Restorative Yoga Class, Tuesday, London

To me, Restorative Yoga is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can be deeply restored and live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga. Suitable for people who would like to benefit from Yoga, but do not find it easy.

Every Tuesday in August 2017, starting Aug 1.

Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost: £15 per session

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces – small group. Please contact me to book a place.

Struggling with Change!

I love receiving the same message from more than one source on the same day, it can feel quite magical!

Earlier in the week, I woke up one morning reflecting on Change - about how we may struggle with change. If change is what we want ie something new in our life, and it comes too slowly, we struggle with the discomfort of being able to manifest it. Sometimes change can come quite quickly, before we may be ready to receive it. And we may struggle to adapt to the new!

Perhaps the underlying layer to this is our relationship with Time. After all, this realm that we live in, the Relative realm as it is called in some cultures and traditions, is the realm of body, mind and Time. Perhaps we are in this realm to experience the limitations of body, mind and/or time. So why are we unkind to ourselves when we struggle, thinking I am not doing what I need to do, or that I am doing something wrong!. Perhaps one of the keys to being able to navigate these times of struggle with ease, is to accept what is happening with gratitude. It seems easier to know things at a conscious level. It seems much harder to integrate it at a deeper level, to feel it so that I can live it in everyday life – especially when I am going through some deep discomfort. Perhaps this is the difference between knowledge, which is easier to acquire, and wisdom. Wisdom seems to come from either within, or from the Source or through practice and experience.

Perhaps when change seems to come slowly, I am being given the time I need to prepare for and adapt to the new. I feel so grateful for my daily Reiki self treatment practice, which helps me connect with the inner self, and the Source to be able to receive the light, strength and wisdom I need to be able to navigate life with more ease.

Later that morning, going to the garden I saw a squirrel. It is quite unusual to spot a squirrel in my garden. It did not scurry away on seeing me but came quite close to me. I felt it was bringing me a message. And on looking up the animal wisdom, the message I got was:
‘One thing you can be certain of in an uncertain world is the inevitability of change. So be adaptable and come into harmony with the cycles of change.’

On a practical note, one of the things that came up in the morning reflection with Change, was the  need to manifest a replacement boiler before Winter, and it has been taking time to find the right solution. The Squirrel wisdom started with the phrase ‘Squirrel teaches you to plan ahead for the winter’.

Then it got even more interesting. Going on to check the emails, I discovered the meditation message for the day:
“It is wise to bend rather than to break. Those who change will get spiritual wisdom. Conversely, those who have wisdom will decide to change. Change is the first law of Nature. In fact, change is the mark of Time.”

This reinforces my belief that we are all really connected, much more than we can imagine. And not just with other people, but to all life forms. I did not used to feel this way. Feeling very grateful to the daily practice of Reiki which helps me see life this way.

If you would like to learn Reiki with me, please visit my website for the next Reiki class dates.

Sharing this photo of a beautiful sunset, taken from my garden.

Restorative Yoga class in Highbury, London

restorative yoga

I am grateful to be able to continue offering Restorative Yoga (RY) class on Friday mornings.

To me, RY is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can be deeply restored and live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga.

Every Friday from June 16th and continuing in July 2017

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: £15 per session

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces – small group. Please contact me to book a place.

Restorative Yoga – Testimonials

I am loving teaching Restorative Yoga. All that I am, all that I have been learning, doing over the years seems to flow through this practice as well. Even though I have started teaching Restorative Yoga recently, it does not feel new to me. It seems as if I have been teaching this for a long time.

I decided to train as a Restorative Yoga teacher because I love this practice so much, I have been attending a weekly class regularly for more than a year now. I have also been deepening my yoga practice with various workshops in the last few months. Then I decided to go on a Restorative Yoga retreat in 2016 to learn and receive more from this practice. Not realizing that the workshop was also to learn how to teach Restorative Yoga. After some encouragement from my wonderful Restorative Yoga teacher, I decided to train as a Restorative Yoga teacher to be able to share this wonderful practice with the people around me. I would like you to benefit from this wonderful practice, just as I have been benefiting from it – nourishing myself at all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

I am so glad that I have started to teach Restorative Yoga. Teaching seems to be deepening and nourishing my own practice profoundly. I am loving teaching Restorative Yoga.

Please do let me know if you would like to attend a Restorative Yoga class with me.

If you have attended a Restorative Yoga session with me, and would like to share some feedback, it would nourish me even more. You might also help inspire someone to do some Restorative Yoga to restore their wellbeing!

Inner and Outer beauty

food ingredients for beauty

It is not easy to feel beautiful in today’s world. All the subliminal messages we receive from the fashion industry and the media do not help. One of the messages being that we need to buy lots of beauty products to look beautiful. Truth is that beauty does not need to cost much. I have been using food products from the kitchen for my beauty routine, for many years now. I feel much more comfortable using food that I am willing to put inside my body, on my skin, rather than using a shop bought product from a jar.

About fifteen years ago, when I started noticing some lines around my eyes, I bought a jar of a very good quality eye cream. Needless to say it was quite expensive too. I got an infection on my eye lid soon after I started using it. My homeopath suggested using coconut oil to help clear the infection. The anti bacterial properties of the oil worked wonders. I liked using coconut oil so much that I have continued using it since then.

For moisturiser, I use coconut oil with a small amount of Rescue Remedy cream on my face. I use coconut oil on the rest of my body too. According to Ayurveda, Coconut oil is cooling, so I use it in warm weather. In cold weather I switch over to Sesame oil as it is warming.

For cleansing the face, I keep a mix of honey & ghee(clarified butter) in the bathroom. I add a little lemon juice or milk or yogurt or simply few drops of water to the mix to apply it on my face. I have an aloe vera plant near the bathroom. Sometimes I use the gel from a leaf too. I gently massage it in and wash it off in the shower.

For face mask, mashed banana or avocado works wonder for my skin which tends to be dry. For oily skin papaya can be very good.

Before I learnt Reiki, my hands used to be quite rough. I tried many different hand creams and nothing seemed to help. Then I remembered what my mother used to do when I was little – apply diluted Vegetable Glycerin on the hands. This seems to work the best and it is such an economical solution. I use either water for dilution and add a drop of Rose essential oil, or Rosewater. Glycerin is a preservative so plain water works very well too and the mix keeps for ages.

Another subliminal message being perpetuated by the fashion industry is to have a perfect body. I do not enjoy clothes shopping much as I come away feeling quite unhappy about my body. Is it just me or do most clothes in the shops these days seem to be designed for slim bodies! After a recent experience looking for a T Shirt that I could wear for practicing Yoga, that would not highlight all the imperfections in my body, I realised that I have a choice. I can either continue to feel shame about what I see as imperfections in my body. Or I can look for the gift in these seeming imperfections.

I know that my body is the home for my soul. So the body I have is perfect for what my soul needs to experience in this lifetime. As I learn to accept the body I have, I will be able to work with what my soul is longing for and feel good within myself. As I feel good about myself, I am at ease, I am relaxed. When I am at ease, it does not matter what I wear (within reason!). I feel beautiful from within and it reflects in my appearance.

Perhaps one aspect of beauty is the ability to see perfection in the seeming imperfections in my own body. I know that as I am able to see the beauty in all the seeming imperfections within me, it will help me to able to see the beauty in others too.

Feeling very grateful for my daily practice of Reiki and also for Soul Plan healing. These help me to be able to look more deeply at what is bothering me and work through it. I trust that these healing practices will help me to grow the ability to see beauty in myself, others and in life itself.

Also feeling very grateful to my mother from whom I learnt so much, especially for growing up with Ayurveda as a way of life.

New Restorative Yoga class in Islington, London

Savasana Restorative Yoga

I am delighted to be able to offer Restorative Yoga (RY) class and share with you this practice that I have come to love so much.

To me, RY is a practice in beingness, helping us to remember who we truly are, helping release what blocks us, so that we can live life from this space of true strength. It is a deeply nourishing and relaxing way to benefit from Yoga.

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Every Friday in May 2017

Cost: £12

Venue: N5 1PU, Islington, Highbury, London, UK

Limited spaces. Please contact me to book a place.