Vive La France

Long live France!

I love France, I remember a school tour to Paris gazing up at the Eiffel Tower in total awe and wonderment.  Years of appreciation for their cuisine, wine and art.  I learnt to snowboard while living in the French Alps, my grasp of the French language hasn’t improved all that much, I can get from A to B, read a menu and ask C’est Combien (How much?) most important as the market culture is amazing!

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3HO Europe – Healthy Happy Holy

Why am I talking about France, I headed off two weeks ago to my first overseas yoga festival it was the biggest immersion of yoga since my training in Nepal. I got up each morning at 4am for seva, my seva for the festival was vegetable chopping with a team of people from all over Europe. We chopped for 3,000 people. My hands didn’t know what hit them!

What is seva? Seva is selfless service to others, the community, and the globe.  The Sanskrit word comes from the meaning to serve or to honour.  What we term in our culture as ‘Giving Back’ similar to the work I have done serving as a board trustee of VSO Ireland.  You may serve your community, school, local sport team by volunteering.  This is one of the highest forms of yoga.  Giving back has such powerful emotion behind it, you are honouring your true self.  Find a community or charity that resonates with you, provide support with the gifts and talents that you have to give. Time is one of the biggest gifts you have to give.

Suzanne my roomie from Sweden was on the same seva so that helped, if we didn’t have seva we went to Sadhana, the moon used to shine brightly our path to the Sadhana field where hundreds of people gathered to practice yoga, chanting and meditation.  A complete practice first thing in the morning led by wonderful teachers, live musicians on stage chanting as the sun rose in the sky!

Sadhana is a disciplined practice that you commit to yourself each morning, it’s a time of great connection to you.  No ego, no mind getting in the way, well of course it tries but with constant commitment and discipline you will find moments of inner peace and calm that make you feel so GOOD! True connection to the nature within you.  It’s truly beautiful.

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Sadhana

We know that the early riser catches the worm! Whether your practice is religious, spiritual, physical movement, reading sacred script.  What works for you, what makes your heart sing, takes you out of your head, within 21days you will have a habit, within 40days you’ll see numerous benefits. Do it!

Want to feel calm, trust the decisions you make are from the heart, be in your centre, and stay strong and grounded. This is for you.

With lots of love, if you want support for the process of cultivating sadhana in your life, follow my blog or Facebook.

Empowerment of Women

Yesterday in the University of Limerick, I attended a conference on the Empowerment of Women this was led by Dr Mary Ryan.  As an endocrinologist Mary is dealing with women with hormone imbalance on a daily basis and hormones control all muscles as well as the immune system.  Here’s an extract ‘Unfortunately because women of all ages lack self-esteem and self-belief they are constantly multitasking too much and burning out which is a major cause of hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, infertility and irritable bowel syndrome.’

I learnt so much on how my body works, we were presented with cases to show the similarities of conditions between women in their 30’s and 40’s.  The facts around the menopause, how the pituitary gland ‘master gland’ works and the rapid growth of obesity.

I’m not a medical professional, I do however want to learn the health challenges women are having as a result of low self-esteem and lack of self-care.

I had to learn to take care of myself as I was burning out and I mean learn.  My daily routine is a discipline now, it might seem extreme the word discipline but I’ve learnt from yoga and the practice of ‘loving kindness’ meditation that these are positive habits to preserve my mental and physical health.

Hope you enjoy this wonderful poem by Reese Leyva Remember Woman

#health #love #self-respect #boundaries #self-esteem