Full Moon Blessings from Rani Sheilagh

Happy August Full Moon!

Those of you who have practiced with me in classes, workshops and sessions will have already heard my thoughts on the full moon and new moon in relation to yoga and meditation - and will know that I love the Moon! and personally resonate with its nurturing energy

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Moon cycles are a useful rhythm and present an opportunity to take time to pause, to reflect and to quietly contemplate what brings us harmony, generates joy and fuels our be happy feel good.

I remind and encourage us all to take time around the Full Moon, this month (26 August) and every month, to invite release and let go of what no longer serves us, to complete what we intended to do and make space for the new.

Let's send our intention to the universe to free any blocks, shift what needs to shift, to put in motion our intentions and empower us in taking actions that manifest our 'highest' aspirations - with gratitude for exactly where we are right now and appreciation for the journey ahead.

Sending Full Moon Blessings, Rani x

LIVING INTENTION = AUGUST 2018 Focus of the Month

* In case you missed our focus of the monthS for July+August (originally posted on 1st July) - Or if you want to read it again, review and refresh  *

The focus for both July + August 2018 is Living Intention & Setting Intentions and will inspire and fuel our yoga and meditation classes, workshops, sessions, and my own personal practices. (Yes, this focus is extending over 2 months)

As we move into July and onwards into August, with relaxed sunny, summer days, it feels like a perfect time of year to consider Intention a little more deeply, to share some thoughts and practical ways we might bring or re-ignite intention in our lives.

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Intentions are a wonderful way to help us stay grounded, connected and to reconnect with what matters to us most.

Inviting an intention into the centre of our mind and our heart space that is in union with our personal thoughts, values and perspective on life is a beautiful way to connect to our own inherit wisdom and guidance.

 

Silently stating our intention(s) at the beginning of our meditation or yoga practice is a great place to start but we can choose any moment to set an intention like when you wake, before you go to sleep, over a coffee anytime that feels right!

I find it most useful and beneficial to make my statement of intentions as clear and as specific as possible.

For me, this means that I often need to take a little bit of time to reflect on what my current personal intentions might be or daydream and allow an intention to come to me - and I usually stay with the same intentions for a good few weeks, months or sometimes longer as feels right for me.

Here are some ‘thought-starters’ that I like to use sometimes and that may help get you started in forming and connecting to an intention:

  • What are you grateful for?

  • What matters most to you right now?

  • What would you like to build, create, nurture or invite in your life?

  • What would you like to let go of? Or Who would you like to forgive in your life?

  • What fears would you like to release?

  • What makes you feel good about yourself?

  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?

  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?

 

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Once our intentions have come to mind and into our hearts, it is important to keep it positive, to state them in the present with us taking an active role in the intention(s).

For example, instead of saying “Stop being a coward” - Say positivley and actively  “I am courageous, brave and capable”

Here are some simple, positive ideas for statement of intentions:

  • I am grateful / I am grateful for…

  • I nourish my body, mind, spirit and soul…

  • I am healthy and able…

  • I invite peace…

  • I invite and attract abundance in all its forms…

  • I am a magnet for miracles…

  • I am perfect just as I am in this moment, that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement, and there is no contradiction in this.

We can also choose to use simple word or phrases for intentions that we’d like to align ourselves- Here are some examples for inspiration:

  • Balanced

  • Open mind and heart

  • Peace

  • Steady, Calm and Focused

  • I act with courage

  • I embrace change

  • Give and receive Love

  • I allow myself to be vulnerable

  • Connected with others

  • Love

I hope that you find some of these intention setting ideas useful or that they resonate, but most important is that you connect and create something that is personal for you.

We’ve been enjoying such beautiful summer here in Ireland, hope your enjoying this time of year no matter where you are!

And over these coming summer months (in the northern hemisphere), I invite us all to reflect inwards ,to connect, to live everyday with intention – and to invite, allow and manifest in being whatever it is we aspire to that brings joy, freedom and feel good into our lives!

With Love & Blessings 

LIVING INTENTION = JULY + AUGUST Focus of the Month

The focus for both July + August 2018 is Living Intention & Setting Intentions and will inspire and fuel our yoga and meditation classes, workshops, sessions, and my own personal practices. (Yes, this focus is extending over 2 months)

As we move into July and onwards into August, with relaxed sunny, summer days, it feels like a perfect time of year to consider Intention a little more deeply, to share some thoughts and practical ways we might bring or re-ignite intention in our lives.

live-everyday-with-intention-yogarani_julyaug2018.png

Intentions are a wonderful way to help us stay grounded, connected and to reconnect with what matters to us most.

Inviting an intention into the centre of our mind and our heart space that is in union with our personal thoughts, values and perspective on life is a beautiful way to connect to our own inherit wisdom and guidance.

 

Silently stating our intention(s) at the beginning of our meditation or yoga practice is a great place to start but we can choose any moment to set an intention like when you wake, before you go to sleep, over a coffee anytime that feels right!

I find it most useful and beneficial to make my statement of intentions as clear and as specific as possible.

For me, this means that I often need to take a little bit of time to reflect on what my current personal intentions might be or daydream and allow an intention to come to me - and I usually stay with the same intentions for a good few weeks, months or sometimes longer as feels right for me.

Here are some ‘thought-starters’ that I like to use sometimes and that may help get you started in forming and connecting to an intention:

  • What are you grateful for?

  • What matters most to you right now?

  • What would you like to build, create, nurture or invite in your life?

  • What would you like to let go of? Or Who would you like to forgive in your life?

  • What fears would you like to release?

  • What makes you feel good about yourself?

  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?

  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?

 

Intention-Setting-yogarani-ranisheilagh-focusofthemonth.jpg

Once our intentions have come to mind and into our hearts, it is important to keep it positive, to state them in the present with us taking an active role in the intention(s).

For example, instead of saying “Stop being a coward” - Say positivley and actively  “I am courageous, brave and capable”

Here are some simple, positive ideas for statement of intentions:

  • I am grateful / I am grateful for…

  • I nourish my body, mind, spirit and soul…

  • I am healthy and able…

  • I invite peace…

  • I invite and attract abundance in all its forms…

  • I am a magnet for miracles…

  • I am perfect just as I am in this moment, that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement, and there is no contradiction in this.

We can also choose to use simple word or phrases for intentions that we’d like to align ourselves- Here are some examples for inspiration:

  • Balanced

  • Open mind and heart

  • Peace

  • Steady, Calm and Focused

  • I act with courage

  • I embrace change

  • Give and receive Love

  • I allow myself to be vulnerable

  • Connected with others

  • Love

I hope that you find some of these intention setting ideas useful or that they resonate, but most important is that you connect and create something that is personal for you.

We’ve been enjoying such beautiful summer here in Ireland, hope your enjoying this time of year no matter where you are!

And over these coming summer months (in the northern hemisphere), I invite us all to reflect inwards ,to connect, to live everyday with intention – and to invite, allow and manifest in being whatever it is we aspire to that brings joy, freedom and feel good into our lives!

With Love & Blessings 

LOVE = February 2018 Focus of the Month

The focus for February 2018 is LOVE, and will inspire yoga and meditation classes, workshops, sessions with private clients and my own personal practices.

The word Love itself brings up so many feelings, images emotions and notions.

And as we come out of January, it is natural to reflect on our well intended new year starts - however, in this process Love can often get lost.

The internal critical voice can arise as we review and assess what has been done and what hasn't been done and often we judge ourselves and others harshly.  

So this month I encourage to focus and consider...

Love is an Action!  (rather than a feeling or emotion) 

Take thoughts, words and actions that foster a strong warmth and affection for yourself and towards others.

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This can be tricky; some habits and internal scripts are hard to shift. 

The Narada Bhakti Sutra suggests that before you say something, to yourself or to another ask yourself: Is it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary? 

This pause for thought takes just one mindful moment and can be practiced in yoga posture practice, in meditation, on social media, in our exchanges with others and in all aspects daily life! (And I truly love this simple practice)

It feels good to be loving, considerate and kind, and by cultivating openness we let go of judgements that ultimately do not serve.

By connecting mindfully to Love in action we are attracting and allowing positive energy and experiences to flow into our lives - and we share that possibility with others as well.

So let's awaken our Spiritual Warrior and Open our Hearts with gratitude, with appreciation and with celebration to support and fuel us all along the journey.

With Love & Blessings 

PS: Give yourself a little more love this year and join me for a YOGAHEDON transformational holiday & retreat? Soul Journey on the Secret Side of Ibiza 26 May to 1 June 2018 - It is going to be absolutley magical, Just say yes :)

INTENTION = January 2018 focus

The focus for January 2018 is INTENTION, and will inspire yoga and meditation classes, workshops, sessions with private clients and my own personal pratices.

Intention comes from the Latin intentio(n- ) meaning  ‘stretching, purpose

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This purpose and the power of intention enables us to live our best life, to take action, to manifest in the physical; prosperity, opportunities, creativity, spirituality... 

Intention supports us and anchors us along our journey

While we navigate the the ebb and flow of life, intention roots and grounds us into being present and it reminds us to celebrate being here.

So never mind those pesky resolutions in which we often speak to ourselves in negative scripts and set ourselves up for self-criticism and self-judgement.

Let's remember we are all perfect in this moment. 

Let's focus our energy and speak to ourselves in an affirmative, positive voice. 

Let's root and ground into our purpose and our intention so we can empower ourselves to take actions and to manifest dreams and aspirations into being

Happy New Year! 

With Love & Blessings 

CORE-TASTIC! Why the Yogic Core is so Delicious

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“The Core” in Yoga is considered to be both a physical and energetic space.

It is literally the centre of our balance and our strength, on and off the mat. It is a key foundation and aspect of yoga practice that is accesible to everyone, and benefits practitioners of all levels and abilties.

On a physical level, core posture practice focuses on the entire abdonimal region, the waist and the belly, through what I refer to as engaging the external dynamic.

Cultivating the external dynamic, and dynamic activation, in core posture (asana), practice, with focused breathe work (pranayama) and specific core sequences (ullola) builds strength, tones the belly, flattens abdominals, supports the lower back, protects the sacrial joint, and has many other potential physical benefits including improving posture, increasing metabolism and aiding digestion.

But if nothing else, flowing gently through a core practice with some belly busting movements certainly awakens focus, internal awareness and connects us to the inherit intelligence that we already have in body and in mind.

This core connection brings us to an energetic space, through what I refer to as engaging the internal dynamic. 

Through this internal dynamic, with mindful movement, we relax the mind bringing ease and effortlessness into our practice and into ourselves.

By awakening the internal dynamic, and internal activation, we also become aware of our core energy.  We feel the power of the yogic core as it cultivates resilience, uplifts and energises – and as our practice becomes a little more juicy and delicious!

 

MOON ME!  Why Yoga & the Full Moon Matters

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The issue of the moon and its effects has long been discussed in both science and yoga communities – and I have to admit I am one of those people who loves the moon!

Science tells us that the moon affects tidal rhythms - influencing the rise and fall of sea water levels with an increase in movement from the gravitaional attraction and pull of the Full Moon. (And if you’re wondering if the new moon also affects tides? It does, but I’ll write more about yoga and the new moon another time.)

Midwifes and childbirth professionals often swear that there is a surge in births during the Full Moon. My friend, an experienced midwife and labour & delivery nurse, says she never wants to work on a Full Moon because “it’s so intense” with expectant mother’s waters breaking and a ridiculously high number of deliveries. Ironically, she was born on a Full Moon herself!

On a Full Moon, you will also often hear people comment that their sleep was disrupted, and some studies have shown a Full Moon does affect the level of melatonin (sleep hormone) we produce, so it seems that the moon may indeed affect our sleep.

Some people feel the Full Moon alters their mood or behaviour saying “they went a bit mad.”  The word “lunacy”, meaning madness, does come from the ancient Latin word “luna”, meaning moon. And I have found myself and others on a spontaneous night out in unusually ‘top galavanting form’ on more than one Full Moon night, so maybe there’s something in that too!

The moon is said to have a similar effect on us as it has on the sea, causing movement in our internal tides, thus impacting energy levels, joints, muscles, physical and even our emotional life.

We know that biologically humans are made up of  mainly water. In adults the percentage of water in our body ranges from aprox. 60% to 70%, and in infants it’s even higher.

Simply put, on a Full Moon there is motion in the ocean, and in ourselves!

So what does any of this have to do with Yoga?

This Full Moon motion happening within our bodies and in ourselves, whether it is felt physically, emotionally or in some other way offers us a rich opportunity.

Yoga posture practice (asana) invites the balance between ‘opposites’, sun and moon, male and female, right and left, and so on. This is expressed in the Sanskrit word “hatha.” All physical aspects of yoga, or yoga posture practice, is a form of ‘ha-tha.’ Translated from Sanskrit, ‘ha’ means “sun”, and ‘tha’ means “moon.” This alone gives us an indication on the yogic connection to the moon, to our environment, as well as the relevance of and our relationship to the movement in the sky.

The Full Moon, and moon cycles, create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breathe cycle. The Full Moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the energy or life-force (prana) is greatest.  We can tap into this energy in our practice to deepen our understanding of the dimensions of the breathe (pranayama) and of our experience of life – after all ‘Breathe is Life!’

A Full Moon naturally occurs during a specific month, time of year and season. So, each moon also holds an individual energy that is in synchronicity with one or more of the five yogic elements of earth, water, air, fire and space. We can reap more benefits from a Full Moon yoga practice that includes consideration and focus on this elemental resonance.

In my own life, I feel a personal influence and connection with the cycles of the moon, both on and off the mat. I have enjoyed cultivating, sharing and guiding practices and techniques that empower a direct experience and embodiment of the benefits of doing moon practices – and it is something that has become a valuable tool and useful part of my own life rhythm.

With Full Moon Yoga practices we can understand and honour each moon and its corresponding, unique energy so that we can connect, deepen and invigorate ourselves in body, in mind and in spirit to feel good, to be present and ultimately enrich our experience, our resilience and our openness to the ever-changing rhythms of life.

Moon-ing never felt so good!

NOTE: There are some practices that would not be suitable to do on moon days (such as ashtanga yoga, power yoga and some pranayama practices.) If practicing on your own, I would advise you choose to not to do these stronger physical practices on Full Moon & New Moon days. If in doubt ask an experienced yoga teacher for their advice or you can always just take the moon day off.