On Monday 12 November 2018 OYA Retreats celebrated with its own facilitators as well as dignitaries, charities and projects the seventh nOSCARS.Read More
Creativity and sexuality are our birthright, not something we have to get ‘good’ at or that should look or behave a certain way.Read More
Working on our power - transformative leadership training for womxn of colour. It’s a 9 month programme for non-binary, trans and cis-women of colour working towards economic and political systems change across Europe.
As the year comes to an end, many people feel compelled to do something. What that something is varies from reflecting on the year's successes and failures, in some form bringing closure to the year, or creating vision boards and planning for the future. I would suggest finding some combination that leaves you embracing presence.Read More
HER is an acronym for Higher Energetic Resonance. I have always admired women with presence and power. The women in my family loved me and did their best for me but I knew that I wanted a different outcome to my life and working out how to do that has been my life’s quest.Read More
Project Yogi use unique and fun activities, combined with the ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness, to provide younger generations with the tools they can use to aid and combat physical, mental and emotional concerns.Read More
It turns out that having honest and vulnerable conversations about sex is the ultimate taboo. These conversations cross-pollinate with other vulnerabilities: we may have to share that our body is behaving differently to what we deem 'normal', that our gender or race issues have come up in our relationships, that we no longer love or feel attracted to our partner. All this related stuff can be painful; it's virtually impossible to not get flooded with it when we get vulnerable around sex.Read More
At first there will surely be some ups and downs, as the body adjusts to a different way of eating, but it is a great opportunity to observe how the body does not need many of the things that we give it. Even if the mind tries to convince us otherwise.Read More
When I try to explain to people what yoga gives me that semi-professional sports never did, it is that. And I could fill this page with many more examples, but the essence has already been articulated with those six words.Read More
RAIN works in any situation and helps us reflect on an experience or situation in the present, while it is happening. But as with most mindfulness practices, we must have the awareness in the moment in order to utilize its benefits.Read More
Fear is bred best when ignored. That is neither healthy nor realistic. Instead, people must acknowledge their fears without delivering them to the imagination.
That seems easy enough with more tangible fears, such as a fear of spiders or a fear of balloons. But what about less tangible fears, such as fear of failure or fear of success? What can one do to limit the hold they have?
Time is fleeting. Time is costly. Time is abstract. There are many descriptors for time. Many of which could probably be used for money as well. And as with money, time as a concept works best when we believe in its scarcity.Read More
With embodied awareness, we not only heighten our awareness, rather, in staying true to our mindfulness practice, we move from a place of judgment into a space of discernment in which we live and act in alignment with our intuition.Read More
Life is a journey of imperfections, mishaps, accidents, twists and turns. I doubt that most people can even remember when the first seed was planted that they should avoid rejections and risks in order to form the perfect life. But that seed is fruitless.Read More
Sleep is for many a scarce good. Due to not prioritising sleep, many people go through their day or week chronically sleep deprived. But this may have less to do with not getting enough sleep and much more to do with sleep behaviour.Read More
Even if you regularly practice yoga in hot temperatures, it might seem like too much of a good thing to practice yoga in the summer. Never fear! There are safe ways to practice yoga, even when it's hot outside.Read More
Our mats offer us an opportunity to simply be who we are - our truest selves. Let go of pressures of how you should be, in general yet especially on the mat, and embrace your whole Self.Read More
The practice of Reiki is a natural healing technique that focuses on channeling energy through touch in order to activate the healing power of the body and restore equilibrium in the body, mind and spirit.Read More
After every weekend retreat, attendees ask for recipes of all the fabulous food and treats served. In this first instalment a few summer smoothie recipes are on offer. Use any food processor that is strong enough to handle raw veggies and even ice cubes!Read More
In light of recent events in Manchester as well as hearing about losses that friends have suffered over the last couple of weeks, I would like to offer you a few poses that you can practice in times of grief and sorrow.Read More