Today is the full moon, which is always a powerful and symbolic time of the month to reflect and think about what needs to be released.
This weekend my partner has been away, which has given me a great opportunity to have some ‘me time.’ Truth is, I didn’t really feel a strong urge in January to set goals or do deep reflections. Even though I did, it actually felt a little forceful.
Now that spring is approaching I am naturally feeling the desire to get clear on where I am, what I want, and what is getting in the way. I have been doing a lot of study recently into understanding the rhythms of the year (in my Urban Priestess course), which has helped me to feel so much more in-tune and aligned.
In January, we were still in the depths of winter, the time of hibernating, reflecting, and not so much the time of deep inspiration. Spring is the perfect time to do this. Just as the seeds are starting to sprout and burst through the soil, our minds and bodies often feel a little more hopeful, lighter and inspired.
One question that I have been journaling about and meditating on is:
~ What is the deepest expression of my heart’s desire? ~
~ What do I really want? ~
I know for myself, I can sometimes lose sight of this truth. My own truth starts to merge with the expectations of others, society, family, as well as my fears. I often convince myself that I ‘want’ something else, or that I’m fully happy with how things are, but I know deep within that it isn’t true.
When I connect with my truth within my body, it feels hopeful, alive, vibrant, energised. It is undoubtable.
Love. Connection. Authenticity. Freedom. Inspiration.
I feel this when I teach yoga; when I create new courses and birth them into the world; when I work with ideal 1-2-1 clients.
~ What gets in the way? What am I ready to release / let go of? ~
This is a big one, and requires us to get super honest with ourselves.
Through exploring the many layers of this question, some things for me are:
Fear of judgement. Fear of not earning enough money. Fear of failure.
I recognise that I often feel a push-pull in my career. I can struggle to feel like I am being my true self in my academic role. I sometimes feel like I will be judged, mocked or punished for my spiritual beliefs.
Before I got my PhD, I felt so excited about becoming a ‘Doctor.’ However at other times, it has felt like a curse. Can I be a ‘Dr’ and spiritual? Can I be a Dr and a Yoga teacher? Can I be a Dr and a ‘Priestess?!’ Should I just throw in the title?!
I teach others to stand in their throne and OWN their gifts and talents. Yes, I might not fit in the box. Yes, I might not follow a typical career. But, I earned that doctorate and my Psychology background influences everything that I do.
Many women seem to hold their fear of judgement deep in their bones. It is as though it goes back to the time where women were burned on the stake for speaking their truth.
So today I am making a declaration to myself and to you…
I am no longer going to limit myself through fear of judgement. I know that not everyone will connect with me, and that is ok. I give myself permission to be unapologetically me.
Why? Because what matters to me most is authenticity. Authenticity can feel vulnerable, however it is through this vulnerability that deep connections can blossom (and I crave deep connection).
I choose to release all perceived limitations and see things differently.
I invite you on this full moon to take some time exploring your inner truth… Ask yourself through journaling / meditation / taking a walk in nature:
~ What is the deepest expression of my heart’s desire? What do I really want? ~
~ What gets in the way? What am I ready to release / let go of? ~ (I suggest writing these things down and then burning them in a fire ritual).
With deep love and respect to you for listening to my truth <3
I would love to hear from you about anything that has been stirred up within you from this post.
If you feel called to connect with me more and develop the tools to create spaciousness and ease in your mind and body, I invite you to join me on one of my upcoming Yoga Therapy Courses (info below). If you have already completed a course with me, there will be new offerings coming forwards soon (I am allowing the creativity to arise in its own time!)
We finished the current cycle of both courses last week, and I have shared a snapshot of some of the feedback with you below. I am so incredibly grateful for all of you. These courses were simply a JOY to teach!
Love and blessings,
“I have loved this course, it really has been a journey of personal transformation. I have learnt so much about myself and it is just the beginning of an exciting journey.10/10 ” (Annabel, Chakra course)
“I came on the course to help me managed anxiety and low mood. It met my expectations and was a very positive experience. Lauren was a fantastic teacher, explained things so well and the course has been a good grounding for future practice. 10/10” (Emily, 8 week course)
“Beyond expectations. I’ve found it very transformational – both spiritual and practical. The group has been amazing and I can’t imagine a better teacher. 10/10” (Kelly, 8 week course)
“I enrolled on this course to enable me to have a clear mind as I approach career crossroads. I left with a real sense of knowing myself, my boundaries and what brings me joy. Thank you for all the inspiration, it will stay with me always. 10/10. (Tracey, Chakra course).
8 Week Yoga Therapy course
This course is ideal for anyone who is seeking inner peace, ways to reduce & manage stress and anxiety and wants to learn yoga and mindfulness tools that can be integrated into daily life.
– Couse starts: Wed 3rd May 2017. Click here for full information.
Download 8 week course registration form
Personal Transformation through the Chakras – 7 Week Yoga Therapy Course
This is an ideal follow-on course if you have already done the 8 week course, or if you have previous yoga experience and are looking for deeper self-transformation. This course takes you on a journey of self-inquiry and personal growth through yoga, meditation, lifestyle reflections and discussions.
– Course starts: Mon 8th May 2017. Click here for full information.
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Sardinia Yoga Retreats
I am really excited to be returning to Sardinia this summer with Sardinia Yoga. I will be there from 9th – 15th July and again from 2nd-9th September. The great thing about Sardinia Yoga is that you can stay for as long or as little as you’d like. The season is open all summer, with new teachers each week. Of course, I would love it if you could come when I’m there! You can find out more at http://www.sardiniayoga.com or email me if you have specific questions.
121 sessions and small groups
I also offer 1-2-1 private sessions using yoga therapy and / or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I can also offer small group sessions at my home.These take place on Monday and Friday daytimes. If you are interested in taking one of my Yoga Therapy courses but aren’t able to do evenings, please drop me an email and if I have enough people I can arrange a daytime course.