Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season lies before us, and virus is sky-rocketing! Like an impatient child in the back seat we might be feeling challenged and dismayed at the length of this journey.
I am in awe at the amount of patience, self-discipline and restraint you have shown. It has been a challenging year indeed. And just as there seemed to be a bit of light, we have the set-back of the third corona wave.
We muster our extraordinary resources of endurance and staying power. We develop the skills of undertaking new skills and increasing the ones we have. Most of us have become better in the kitchen and the garden. And some really determined folks managed to clear their garage! Simplify.
We also learn to reframe challenges into opportunities, to slow down when hurrying was habitual, and to enjoy the simple pleasure of a calm cup of tea. Many of us have navigated great loss whether financial, social or to losing family and friends who have crossed over. We all have to learn it: Impermanence.
My gratitude is so much around the gift of yoga, both as a relaxation practice, meditation practice and keep moving practice. Yes, there are so many awesome teachings and tools to keep us going. Mostly I am grateful to have friends and students to share the practice. Community, albeit virtual is so comforting.
Hello Dear Yogis, We have turned the corner in this pandemic, and it is a difficult corner! Now we are in summer, and the pandemic is still very much here, and the country is in upheaval. Darkness has come to light; our country’s racial shadow, corporate greed, climate change denial, is in plain sight and we are in enormous social upheaval. It is good to remember that big change only comes through chaos. We each handle this in the way we are called. More than ever we need the stabilizing energy of Yoga Practice. I am so thrilled that so many of you are receiving benefit from the classes that are on offer. The classes are growing, and I receive most heartening and appreciative emails, that energize me to continue to offer more. It seems we will be doing yoga online for a while yet. Please build your own little yoga space at home, Zoom in, practice and feel so much better! It’s really easier than driving classes.
Click here to be included on the list. My personal life has changed SO much. Chris and I are thoroughly grounded. Our Soul Gypsies Travel business is well and truly at stand-still. No more flights across the world to far-flung exotic cultures. Now we enjoy the memories, and the priceless value we received from those journeys; as well as exotic dishes that are prepared by the two of us in our little kitchen!
It has been a gift to return whole heartedly to my first love, which has always Yoga! I so hope you will join us on Zoom and try a class.
April 3rd 2020 Dear Yogis, The world has suddenly and truly changed! In the blink of an eye, we are confined to our own home shelter. A dreadful reason: the rapidly spreading deadly Covid 19 virus. Yet in spite of the global lock-down, there are extraordinary gifts to be found. It is a time to truly go inwards through reflection, pranayama, yoga practice, deep relaxation as well as meditation and prayer. I am here with excellent tools to help with anxiety, stress and depression, in a private Zoom consultation online, or by the group classes scheduled for the week. I, like many other Light workers all over the world, have been preparing many years for this time of great change. My offerings to support you in this intense transition period, are scheduled online. My home yoga garden studio has been turned into a broadcasting studio, with lights, camera and ‘action’ happening several times a week! Currently we are working with Zoom. We are investigating better platforms for future classes. This too is changing and definitely for the better! I would love to share my offering with you. The best way to stay up to date is to be on my email list. Click here to be included on the list. Currently I am sending one email a week with the following week’s program. All my love and blessings to you. We really are in this together in this time of “correction” or “reset.” Namaste Maggie
In this transformational workshop, learn a simple yet powerful pranayama that is not typically taught in yoga classes, and yet can create positive and lasting shifts in your life.
By raising Prana in the subtle bodies, this breathwork technique releases physical and emotional blocks, as well as stubborn mental constructs, and takes you into the celestial realms of Pure Awareness.
Maggie and Stella will guide you into a deeply relaxed and expanded state in a reclined position, using spoken word and evocative sacred sound, including native drum & sound bowls. Leave feeling enlightened!
***Please note: As this class involves breath retention, it is not suitable if you are pregnant, have heart disease, or you are on prescription medication to balance emotional levels.
Bring your yoga mat, or camping pad, eye pillow, blanket and bolster. (a few will be available)
Some of the reported experiences:
Release of mental, emotional and energetic blockages.
• Physical release and relaxation of areas of tension or constriction.
• Profound experiences of love, peace, and gratitude.
• Experience of expanded states of consciousness.
Are you struggling with the daily barrage of bad news?
Is the gravity of our world taking you down?
Would you like to be happier?
I would LOVE to share my findings to assist you. We spend four sessions together. We’ll be on chairs, don’t expect a yoga fitness class. Go home each week with a tool to integrate into your life. Easy and light, Let’s increase our mental and emotional fitness to feel better, and help those around us too.
We will practice conscious movement, breath work, mindful meditation, and conversation to reflect on how we can de-stress, reframe our lives and discover more joy.
These two guys are my heros! Desmond Tutu, suffered hugely at the hands of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and the Dalai Lama lost his homeland. Both have witnessed unbearable human suffering, yet they are always laughing! Together they published The Book of Joy! We too can learn to be happy in spite of everything.
Join me for a day of re-connection to Ourselves through Yoga and Nature.
Our home base is the newly completed Council House, a circular structure with a garden on the roof! Here we practice yoga in our circle of friends. Here we have the conversation about our lives, what we have harvested, and what we long for. We relax in Savasanah to enter the realm of lucid dreaming sleep to not only to relax our body minds, but also, to rewrite our programming, and create all that we long for.
A hearty healthy lunch under the shady oaks, a meditation under the ancient Teaching Tree, a beautiful hike through the winding oaks to the top of the hill. Here we enjoy the vistas and a connection to All That Is.
We return to lie in restorative postures, time to reflect, and once more dive deeply into the nidra state, to effortlessly Awaken to our True Nature. Return home in awe of the inner and outer beauty.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.” Jon Kabat Zin.
Yes, everything we do in our day to day living can be intentional, conscious and done with awareness. I love this so much, and yet have to constantly laugh at myself at failing so dismally at being intentional. Does this ever happen to you? I find myself in the house, retracing my steps in the attempt to remember why I walked into this room. Surely I came here to get something, what though? Ha ha, so much for being intentional. Yet the moments when I am fully engaged in what I am doing, time does expand, the moment does become vivid and I feel so alive.
This brilliant illumination came to me not in a Himalayan temple, but in my tiny kitchen. The dreaded task of emptying the dishwasher faces me again. Ugh, gotta get ‘r done quickly so I can move on to something more fun. What if I did this intentionally? What if I took the time to place each plate, glass and piece of cutlery intentionally into its assigned place? Aha, now I am placing my world in order. There is a satisfaction about that, a warm feeling of my breathing and of being productive. This is enjoyable and I feel vividly alive. I am transformed by simply taking time, this NOW time, my real life, and doing the simple task well. I am healing my unconscious habit of hurtling forward to the next thing, totally missing this moment!