Ever since I began my Yoga training, it's been a dream to work with groups of women. I have attended a few women's gatherings and have felt the magic that happens when women come together, to take time out, share and celebrate. I feel very grateful and happy to have been invited to teach on a recent Women's retreat day by my old friend and founder of Muddy Boots Forest School, Emily Crofton.
Emily had also felt the call to work with groups of women and had plans to create a space for some of the mothers of the forest school children to take a day for themselves out in nature. I was very excited to be involved and set to work in planning my sessions, creating sequences using asanas that stimulate the sacral chakra, our creative and emotional centre and also stimulate the endocrine system to balance hormones and lots of hip opening, to release tension and emotions. I teamed up with another old friend, Sash of Sound Seva, a Sound Healer who works with gongs, singing bowls and many other instruments, and she provided a beautiful soundscape to the yoga sessions and Gong Baths that enabled the women to reach a deeper level of relaxation.
The day took place on the Cancer New Moon, a gorgeous sunny day in the Leicestershire countryside. As well as the yoga and sounds there was a women's circle, where we set our new moon intentions, foraging and making balms and massage oils, an amazing and delicious shared lunch with healthy treats from Holyoaks Handmade and craft sessions where we made dream catchers and flower mandalas.
The whole day was so well thought out and beautifully put together by Emily, using permaculture design principles, she has designed the day based on the moon cycle and the love she put into it really came through. As we sat by the fire, everyone looked so relaxed and happy, you could feel the special magic of women gathering in nature, something almost primal and timeless. I felt so lucky to be involved and to see my dream of running women's yoga sessions come into fruition, just a few days after the summer solstice.
A big thank you to all the women involved in the day, watch this space for the next one!