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Swimming, breath and Yoga – Parallels between moving meditations Swimming has always been a form of moving meditation to me, an escape into the cooling depths of my subconscious and a way to unblock creative flows. Ever since I can remember, everything from wild swimming in the sea to the rhythmic pacing up and down of swimming pool lanes monotonously counting the times I touch each end of the pool, has played an important role in my mental and physical well-being. When I was younger and suffering with a bad bout of depression I used swimming as a natural way to lift my mood andRead More →

Meditation for autumn

A meditation for letting go this autumn Meditation for seasonal effective disorder/anxiety/depression/acceptance Close your eyes and take a moment to reflect on the happenings of the summer season, cultivating a sense of gratitude for all the joys of this past season and the experiences that it brought with it. Become aware of your breath and the temperature of the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs…sit quietly without judgement, without expectations, for a few more breaths simply observing the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs. Now welcome your body into this new season of inward looking; into autumn, when weRead More →

Alpine_Retreat_Yoga-river-meditation

Flowing river meditation Breath consciousness, 2nd chakra, letting go of worries, nature visualisation, water element, accepting the flow of life/going with the flow, the senses. Start in a comfortable seated or lying down position, closing your eyes and settling into your breath. Notice the gentle inward and outward flow of your breath as it enters and leaves your body. Notice how your chest and your abdomen gently rise and fall as your breath flows through you. Now imagine that you can see a river in front of you…slowly walk towards the river until you’re standing on the bank of the river, at the river’s edge.Read More →