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Womens Self Care Retreat

The She Shed is a womens self care retreat, a concept that myself and my holistic health colleague Angela Chilton came up with over a cup of tea recently. Through my work as a yoga teacher and shiatsu massage therapist, and hers as a homeopath, we both acknowledged the need for busy women to carve out time for themselves for some self care.  As mothers, carers and business women we often neglect our own needs, putting others first.

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The She Shed is a day set aside just for you. From 10.30am – 2.30pm we will immerse ourselves in a range of activities to check in with ourselves, recharge our batteries and define our boundaries … so you can clearly define your own self care needs. We will eat excellent food, we will gently move our bodies with yoga, switch off our busy minds during meditation and tap into our inner oasis of peace, calm and clarity. We’ll find out how homeopathy can help women, we’ll break bread together and laugh at lunch. Last but not least we’ll sit together and sew something very simple but easy. A memento of the day to remind ourselves to take a few minutes each day to ourselves, longer when we need it.

Come and join us. No previous experience of yoga, sewing or meditation necessary.

To book your place call, message or text 086 8789546. €50 includes food and materials.

Find out more at The She Shed on Facebook.

Triangle pose on the beach

Yoga Class Schedule

Vrksasana on the beach

Vrksasana on the beach

Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon

6pm Wednesdays –  Gentle Beginners Yoga.
7.30pm Wednesdays –  Gentle Yoga – Relaxation & Winding Down. Also suitable for beginners.

10.15am Thursdays – Beginners & Continuer’s Yoga – Relax & Energise.
11.30am Thursdays – Strong Yoga – For athletic, fit folk or students who have attended beginners/continuers yoga for at least four terms and who feel that Downward Dog has become a comfortable resting pose. Class contains sun salutations, flow, asana, pranayama and meditation.

 

All classes include breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation time.
Current, previous and new students always welcomed.

One to one sessions and small group classes available by appointment.

€40 four weeks yoga. Catch any other class that week if you miss your regular class.
€12 drop in subject to availability.

Booking essential. Give me a shout with any questions, or to book, 086 8789546.

 

Rebecca Allen Yoga Studio

Living Yoga When You’re Not On A Mat

I’ve mentioned before that yoga is not just a form of exercise. Yoga is a way of respectful conscious living. At it’s core, a yoga students aim is to quiet the constant chatter of the mind, to settle the thought waves.  In ancient scripts, Patanjali describes yoga as Chitta Vritti Nirodha, translated it means “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”.  By calming the chatter of the mind we have the potential to see reality. Reality is the present, without the application of our habitual self protective filters that we have developed, layer by layer, during our life.

The physical form of Yoga is in fact just one tool that we can use in order to help calm our mind and experience true reality. The Yoga Asana (postures) bring us fully into the present moment as we concentrate on what we are doing, right now. They show us the reality of our bodies, the tension we are holding and very often our bodies reflect what is happening or has happened in our lives, physically and emotionally. As we become aware, tensions can release, blockages held in the body can be let go, layer by layer. It’s a lifelong journey.

You can take this new awareness of the present moment off your mat and into your life, to every moment of your day, to every interaction people, animals and your environment.

Here’s a simple example of how to do this.

Take a walk and engage all of your senses … listen, smell,  look, touch … now REALLY listen, smell, look and touch as if it’s your first time to experience grass, trees, flowers, sky. Don’t let your mind fill in the gaps with what you have grown to learn is there. See it. Hear it. Feel it. Keep your attention on soaking up the experience around you. If you find your mind wandering off and thinking about work, relationships, to do lists, shopping, plans … come back and be fully present now …. don’t disappear off into a story of the past or a possible future. You’ll find joy, peace and clarity right now, right here.

Scientifically this is bringing your brain into Alpha wave patterns rather than active problem solving/monkey brain Beta wave patterns. The sages didn’t need the science to know this, they trusted their instinct.

This is me doing Yoga in the bluebell woods. Yep. I’m doing yoga. Just standing there. Looking, smelling the flowers, seeing the vivid blues and green, listening to the birds, feeling the ground under my bare feet, admiring the shafts of sunbeams shining through the canopy onto the woodland floor. Looking at my friend whose taking the picture and thinking how lucky I am to have her in my life. Just being. That’s yoga too and it’s so very peaceful, calm, powerful, healing and energising.  How do you do your yoga off the mat?

Doing yoga in the Bluebell Woods!

Doing yoga in the Bluebell Woods!

 

 

Shiatsu along the spine

Yoga & Shiatsu Massage Testimonials

It’s always lovely to receive new testimonials. Three new 5* reviews arrived this week so as you can imagine I’m really delighted that Shiatsu is being well received. One is from a client who was visiting Carrick on Shannon from Germany and the other two from local businesswomen. Thank you ladies <3

 

I had the great luxury of getting a shiatsu treatment from Rebecca and it was AMAZING! Highly recommend!!! Love her vibe and loved the treatment. Back for more soon! :)
YV

I was lucky enough to find Rebecca’s web site while on a quick trip to Ireland, and I couldn’t have been more pleased that I did. It had been a long time since I had had shiatsu, and Rebecca is a wonderful practitioner. She fixed me right up: Untwisting my shoulders, releasing a ton of tension, and helping me feel more balanced and grounded than I have been in months–all with very little pressure and that “magic” touch that is indicative of great shiatsu. I can’t thank Rebecca enough for making a challenging travel week much, much easier to bear! Too bad I wasn’t around longer to benefit from her expertise a few more times.
SH

If you really want help to wind down and relax, contact Rebecca. I’ve had trouble sleeping and this has helped no end. Happy to recommend both her Yoga class and her Shiatsu massages. She is patient in her classes, and in terms of her massage, she’s as good as any of the expensive spa’s that I’ve been to. Well worth it.
KB

You can read more testimonials on this websites front page or on my Holistic Yoga Life facebook page. If you’ve had a Shiatsu Treatment or attended one of my yoga classes please do leave your review if you feel inspired.

 

 

Dandelions

Dandelions, Living Holistically & Taking Yoga Off The Mat

The seasons are changing here in Ireland, all be it a very reluctant and fickle change from winter to spring. I’ve always enjoyed tapping into nature to help support my health and this time of year is no exception. Emerging from the dormancy of winter, it’s time to gently detox and reawaken the bodies systems. Nature provides this for you on a plate. Bursting forth from the ground everywhere I look are dandelions. Despite peoples best efforts to rid them from lawns and gardens the dandelion perseveres, broadcasting it’s arrival with an explosion of magnificent prolific sunshine yellow flowers surrounded by whirls of green leaves.

As I understand it, the leaves and flowers offer a gentle stimulation of the liver, inducing a respectful detox of the system, aided by the alkaline nature of the plant. The detox includes a diuretic effect, that doesn’t cause imbalances of the bodies electrolytes, thus avoiding side affects.

As a green herb the easiest way to incorporate this plant into your diet is to chop the leaves nice and thinly and add 3 or 4 to your green salad. Sprinkle the yellow petals on it too. As your taste and appreciation for it develops you can add more.

Dandelion GreensFor me living a yoga life is not only about getting on my mat for asana (posture) and pranayama (breathing techniques). In fact, sometimes as a busy Mum and business owner I often don’t get to practice these things. However I do always try and live yoga off the mat and tuning into the rhythem of the seasons and nature, where we belong, is one way to do this.

Always forage in an area you are sure has not been sprayed with chemicals. Forage with an experienced friend until you are certain of your plants as some out there are poisonous. Wash your leaves before eating. If you’re pregnant read up on the dangers of toxoplasmosis and make an informed decision.

By the way I’m not a trained herbalist but I did learn about plant identification during my Environmental Science University degree. I have a personal interest in living lightly in tune with my environment and I’ve learned plant identification over the years from family, friends and other courses. If you’re interested  in foraging I recommended checking out events and courses like The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim, or The Mushroom Festival for starters.

Enjoy your greens :)

Insomnia Point

How to Relieve Insomnia With Acupressure And Sleep Like A Baby

Insomnia can be extremely debilitating and frustrating, effecting every part of your life. Some people can pinpoint exactly what it is that’s keeping them awake, perhaps a worry about possible future events or a continuous replay of something that has happened in the past. Others just lie awake, unable to fall asleep, without there being anything in particular that’s keeping them up at night.

I see a lot of clients who suffer from insomnia and one of the acupressure points that I frequently use and find very effective is Heart Protector 6, called Nei Guan (Inner Pass). It is a very reliable point with a beautiful quality that gathers back scattered heart energy. If you are feeling off centred by stress or trauma then this point can gently but powerfully help you to safely rehouse your consciousness within your heart centre. It brings a sense of peace and calm, helps to quiet a racing mind and allows you to fall into a rejuvenating sleep. I love this point, it’s one of my favourites and I use it a lot in my practice with good results. I also use this point with my children when they are having trouble falling asleep. Children are so receptive to energy work it’s always an inspiration to witness the results.

How to Locate PC6 Inner Gate

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PC6 Inner Gate Relieves Insomnia

 

The point lies three finger widths up from the wrist crease … that’s finger widths of the recipient, so if you are doing this to a child or another adult make allowances for their own finger size. If you are doing this to yourself you’ve no allowances to make! The point is in the centre of your arm, between the two tendons.

Press gently, make contact at skin level and wait here while you ‘say hello’. After 10 or 20 seconds you may feel the skin ‘melt’ a little, inviting your finger tip to sink a little deeper. No force or pressure is used. Simply rest your finger tip on the skin and with time it will naturally sink deeper if the recipient allows it to. They may or may not be aware of holding and releasing tension, your job is to simply wait and see. If you are pressing the point on yourself just see if you can consciously release the layers of skin, muscle and bone beneath your finger tip. Explore the idea. Have no expectation of a result. Simply allow your arm to acknowledge your finger tips presence and see what happens.

If there is no release or melting, do not force, simply hold the point as it is. Stay with the point for perhaps a minute, release and sink again. Repeat up to three times on each wrist. There should be no pain or discomfort, if there is, ease up. Sometimes there will be an energetic release or visible change, such as a big deep breath, a sigh, a big relaxation of a muscle or area of the body. Sometimes you will sense nothing. Sometimes the recipient will tell you later they saw colour, or sensed heat, an energy movement, reconnection, a memory … sometimes nothing. On some level something is happening. Remain non judgemental. Your only role is to remain fully present in the moment. Focusing on the sensation of the point will help you with this.

If it all seems a bit too mumbo jumbo, simply gently hold the point. Things are still happening.

Let me know how you get on and post any questions you might have for me here.