I’ve been a little quiet on the blog and teaching front since becoming a mother and selling my studio. I’ve been facing huge challenges over the past couple of years. There’s nothing like a massive life shift to show you where the weaknesses in your arsenal are! Let me just say that of all the “dark nights of the soul” and health instability in my life, this last period has taken the cake.
But I’m back now. And so very different than ever before. While asana, pranayama and meditation are still interesting to me, I know first-hand that they are best leveraged with a consideration of small, subtle yet crucial lifestyle factors as well. I’m playing a different game, this new side of 40.
In order to make my way back to health and wellbeing, I did so much to stay consciously balanced and well. I could only wonder why I continued to feel so terrible and why I kept spiralling downward. It was like nothing I was doing was getting in, no matter how hard I tried. It was like all of the tools I had so carefully cultivated over a lifetime were behind an impenetrable glass wall through which I could not reach.
I wasn’t “sick” by any recognisable diagnostic criteria per se YET (except that one time when my appendix burst or the recurring bouts of unexplained vomiting that I had for over two years) but I can tell you for sure that I was not well, physically or mentally. I consulted experts, dutifully consumed my supplements and had my adjustments but nothing gave me the kind of grounding I was looking for. I was panicking. I reckon it was a matter of time before I got sick enough to be diagnosed with one of the diseases of our time – autoimmune, adrenal, thyroid or something.
So I did a LOT of research to find out what I was missing. There is so much info out there, it’s overwhelming. I’ve listened to a University degree’s worth of podcasts alone – never mind the reading, course work and articles. That said, a few themes kept recurring in all places – from ancient healing modalities to modern health science.
They’re encapsulated quite elegantly in a programme I’ve been inspired by and empowered to teach and adapt. Handily enough, it stems largely from yoga’s sister science Ayurveda. It’s not a cure-all but its the foundation that I was missing.
In the end, I made just a few subtle tweaks from what I had been doing to create a profound shift in my ability to help myself – and to get back to the business of helping others. It’s my feeling that in offering this to others, it will make whatever else they’re doing to maintain or improve their health that much more potent.
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