A Practice for Showing Devotion to Your Body

A Practice for Showing Devotion to Your Body

This past weekend was my annual September women’s retreat at Camp Friendship just outside Prince George. Nineteen powerful, inspiring and radiant women came together in nature to laugh, practice, breathe, dance, eat, meditate, ceremony, explore and connect deeply into the Divine Feminine. We kept our hearts soft and open, we honoured our bodies, we revered each women’s unique gifts, and held sacred the wisdom of each other and the great mother Earth.
I feel beyond blessed to be able to share sacred Shakti teachings within such an incredible community ~ I am so grateful for the power of sisterhood!
One of the many practices we explored was a very simple and divinely delicious self massage. The Ayurvedic system calls this Abyhanga. The first practice of the day, self massage is a devoted expression of self-love. It is also a way to detoxify the body’s largest organ (the skin), stimulate your body’s energetic channels so your energy flows freely, and revitalizes the mind preparing you for your day. And it feels amazing!
Here are the basics – remember to breathe deeply throughout:

  • Begin at the head. Massage the scalp and do a little hair pulling to release the fascia around the skull and face
  • Sweep your fingers across the face, from the midline outwards with your first 2 finger. Move from the hairline to the lower jaw
  • Gentle rub the throat and hum a couple of times
  • Massage the back of the neck, the shoulders and as far as you can reach on your upper back
  • Knead the arms. Use softer circular motions at the elbows and wrists. Massage the entire hand right to the finger tip. Repeat on other side
  • With flat palms, make circular motions across the front of the body including the breasts. Large clockwise circles around the abdominal area
  • Rub the side ribs, waist and hips
  • Rub the kidney area getting it nice and warm
  • Make a loose fist and pound the buttocks and thighs, or rub briskly with your hand if you prefer
  • Massage & knead the legs. Soft circular motions around the knees. Press into the back midline of the calves.
  • Massage the feet – linger here, it feels so good! Lots of acupressure and reflexology points here. Repeat on other side
  • When complete, shake out the hands, close your eyes and take several deep breaths savouring the experience and the feeling of energy running freely in your body.

To see how I do my morning self massage, check out this video.
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Why not make this a part of your morning routine? Try it for a few days and send me a note to tell me about your experience and how this practice changes your day.
love & pranams,
carla
PS. Would you like to join me on a 3 day women’s retreat outside of Prince George? 2019 dates are March 28-31, 2019 and Sept 12-15, 2019. Reserve your spot early, these retreats almost always sell out!

Summer's Abundance

Summer's Abundance

Summer’s abundance makes me feel so alive. I walk through a field of grass and see little bugs hopping around everywhere. I walk through a forest and I hear birds singing as a choir. I see vetch blooming purple. I see St. John’s Wort blooming yellow and as I go to touch it, it stains my fingers brown.
Summer is abundant. In North America, in Prince George, it is a time where we can easily forget the rain of Spring, the coldness of Winter, and the falling leaves of Autumn. Instead, it’s green everywhere. Water is warm enough to get in to, and I want to get in to it because it’s warm everywhere!
I notice new growth on the tips of old growth, I see green poking through the brown I once knew, and my regular paths through the forest are nearly exploding from the sides with foliage!
Oh, Summer, what abundance you do bring.
OM Appetit – Summer Solstice Celebration

OM Appetit – Summer Solstice Celebration

OM APPETIT

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at a Secret Location in Prince George, BC

chanting, asana, pranayama and ceremony

OM Appétit

Join Carla for her 8th Annual OM Appétit to welcome the year’s longest day on June 21st at another special Summer Solstice Celebration!
Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious and authentic Indian dinner on the Nechako.

carla wainwright ho'oponopono peacemaker prince george
We will begin with a fabulous two hour flowing yoga class including chanting, asana, pranayama and ceremony dedicated to celebrating this most special of days.
Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious and authentic Indian dinner and wonderful company outside beside the Nechako River. Come be a part of what promises to be a deliciously amazing and fun evening! All levels welcome.
Registration is limited and spots have filled up very quickly in the past, so register early! **Please note, this event will be held off site. Address will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $63 + gst. Includes yoga and dinner. Click here to register.

Breath of Bliss

Breath of Bliss

BREATH OF BLISS

THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION SERIES
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Thursdays beginning September 8th
9:00 to 11:00 AM at Chinook Yoga in Prince George, BC

Join Carla in a sacred journey that incorporates playful movement, healing touch, deep sharing, and conscious, connected breathing to inspire more fun and meaning in your life. Breath of Bliss can have profound healing effects and help you clear out the clutter that daily life builds up.

The Gifts of Imperfection

Sept 8: Cultivating Intuition & Trusting Faith
Sept 15: Cultivating Creativity
Sept 22: Cultivating Play & Rest
Sept 28: Cultivating Calm & Stillness
Oct 6: Cultivating Meaningful Work
Oct: 13: Cultivating Laughter, Song & Dance
This series is inspired by the incredible work of Brené Brown and the power of Wholehearted living.Each class is entirely a stand alone experience, but together they weave the overarching theme of exploring the power of love, belonging and being enough. You can sign up for the series or just for individual classes.

In a Breath of Bliss ceremony, the first half of the experience will:

  • Awaken your senses to the present moment and allow you to let go of your daily demands
  • Connect you deeply with others who are sharing the experience
  • Mobilize your emotions to release any stuck energy that may be holding you back in life
  • Nourish your cells so you can thrive physically
  • Prepare you emotionally, mentally and spiritually for the breathwork to bring to you the exact experience that you need in the moment
The second half guides you through 60-minutes of conscious, connected breathing that can:

  • Bring physical sensations to strengthen your body/mind connection
  • Inspire more creativity in your daily life
  • Connect you deeper with your Divine/Source/Higher Self and bring meaning to your life
  • Purge long-buried beliefs and open up to greater possibilities
  • Spark profound insights to inspire action in your life
Other health benefits include:

  • Physical/Cellular detoxification
  • Emotional detoxification
  • Stress reduction
  • Mental clarity
  • Emotional wellbeing
For one class at a time or drop-in: $40.00 plus tax
Full six weeks, every Thursday: $162.00 plus tax