march 2017

  • how to navigate the spring equinox

    Monday, March 20th, 2017

    by Gahl Sasson 

    On March 20th, the day and the night are equal. All around the world and throughout the historical ages men and women, along with the rest of Mother Nature, celebrated this day as either the Spring Equinox (Northern Hemisphere) and the Fall Equinox (Southern Hemisphere). It is a day to celebrate balance, equality, equilibrium, and harmony. It is the Astrological day of Equality-for-All! On an individual level, the equinox represents a day when your masculine and feminine sides can come together and make love. It is the Sunset & Dawn of the year depends of where you are located on the globe.

    I often wondered about the Southern/Northern hemisphere issue and how seasons, and therefore distribution of light, changes above and below the equator. But since Astrology like Alchemy adheres to the old axiom: As Above so Below, we can deduct that whatever happens above the equator also happens below.

    Last week I took my partner on a modernism trip to Palm Spring and we made a stop at the world's largest rotating aerial tramway. While one tram slides effortlessly down the mountain using the gravitational forces, it pulls the other tram upward. When the tram reaches the bottom, and top, they switch roles and slide the other way. It dawned on me that this is the same mechanism of the energy exchange that takes place between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. On March 20th, those who live in the north spring into action, our days get longer and we become more masculine and start our journey outward. At the same time, in the south our friends will start Autumn and go deeper inward and exercise their femininity. It is like breathing in and out. The engine of creation.

    what to do?

    If you are north of the equator:

    On Monday, spring springs into action and we begin the Astrological year. It is the first day of Aries which is the sign of action, leadership, initiation and liberation. You will feel a change of energy, like a new breeze coming into your life. We are finally liberated from the slavery of winter. After all, Spring Equinox is the original festivity that later gave birth to Passover and Easter.

    The full effects of the spring will be felt after Mercury goes direct, May 5th. On the spring equinox you can make your plans for the next six months. What do you want to accomplish in the yang part of the year? Find an action, a project, an enterprise you would like to conquer. On Monday, do something that can symbolize the first step of that journey. 

    If you are south of the equator:

    From Monday, the nights will grow and you will find yourself more thoughtful, emotional, and in need to nest, go deeper, and meditate. Now that the yin part of the year begins, you will find yourself in need for solitude, reflection and creation. It is a time for healing emotional wounds, helping others and cocooning.

    It is the first day of Libra, the sign of relationships, justice, art and design. On Monday, find what you want to focus on for the next six months. It could be a new yoga, dance or martial art regiment. Maybe a commitment for deeper and longer meditation. It is a good time for starting a creative, design, artistic project or a healing process.  

    I wish you a happy change of season and much love, happiness, health and abundance.

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    21 + 22 july 2017

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    Gahl is an established author and has been teaching workshops on Kabbalah, Astrology, and Mysticism around the globe for over a decade. His first book, A Wish Can Change Your Life, has been translated into over seven languages and is endorsed by HH the 14th Dalai Lama. His latest work, Cosmic Navigator, is the essential reference guide to understanding your astrological make up.

  • Max Strom on happiness

    Monday, March 20th, 2017

    20th March is International Day of Happiness, and who better to ask about happiness than the yoga teacher behind Inner Axis – Max Strom! Inner Axis and Inner Axis 30 classes at triyoga deal directly with sleeplessness, stress and anxiety, equipping us with the tools to feel better, sleep better and ultimately be happier. Read on to discover Max's definition of happiness and his thoughts on finding happiness in this day and age.

    Max, can you define happiness for us?
    My definition of happiness is the "daily experience of a meaningful life." Generally, young people simply search for pleasure believing it to be happiness. But most of us at some point realise that pleasure alone is not enough. Pleasure is wonderful and we all need pleasure, but it doesn't ultimately fulfil our soul. At some point we search for something else, we find we need meaning. Then we are even willing to sacrifice pleasure to obtain meaning. People will work for free for a cause they believe in because meaning is priceless and people are willing to die for it.

    For me I strive for meaning every day. My term, "a near life experience," on the other hand, is a term one uses primarily in hindsight.  It is used when one is close to death and looks back upon his or her life and realises that they missed one opportunity after another. These opportunities were lost due to a lack of a real meaning, real love, or a deep spiritual life. A squandered life, to me, would be the worst kind of torture.

    How does one find happiness in this day and age?
    I think the same things that made us happy 50 years ago make us happy today. When a person is in love, to gaze at their beloved's face and see heaven itself. No poet will ever write about gazing for hours at her lover's emoticons. Re-think where you invest your time and energy. Invest more time in friendships, family, nature and the things that you have identified as items that bring meaning to your life.

    How can one become more self-aware of oneself in pursuit of happiness?
    Self-study leads to self-awareness, and self-awareness empowers us to truly transform and stop repeating the same negative choices that undermine our life. Here is an example question to ask yourself: if you knew that you would be deceased fifteen minutes from now, what would you regret not having done in your life? You list your regrets or missed opportunities. People near death are not focused on what they have done but on what they did not do, such as opportunities for happiness and fulfilment that were squandered. These are things that truly haunt us as we face the end of our mortal life. This list of regrets is based on a hypothetical imminent death is to become your high-priority to-do list. This list of missed opportunities is a way of reverse-engineering your priorities. It identifies the most important actions you can take to bring more happiness and meaning into your life.

    What brings happiness to you?
    What makes my life meaningful is feeling that I am at one with what I perceive as the highest intelligent and compassionate force of the universe, and which can be found within each of us. I feel meaning when I am living authentically and I am at one with my key relationships. I experience meaning when I am doing my best work, which is in service to others and the world. Also, I receive a quiet but overwhelming joy from nature.

    How did you discover it for yourself?
    Once I started a daily yoga practice, it healed my past, and then once I became a teacher I was able to be a catalyst of growth and healing to others.

    Click here to find out more about Inner Axis at triyoga. Join Max at triyoga Camden this September for a weekend of workshops on breathing to heal.

  • 7 tasters to try this treatments week

    Friday, March 17th, 2017

    Curious to try a new treatment to alleviate stress, anxiety or another ailment? Here are our suggestions for which 30 mins for £20 treatment tasters to try during Treatments Week from the 27th March - 02nd April. Remember you get £20 off your follow up appointment!

    1. skin + tonic facials

    What is it: Organic Skin and Tonic facials will nourish, balance and decongest leaving your skin feeling fresh, healthy and looking radiant. Skin and Tonic are an organic London based skincare brand whose products are based on the principles or purity, simplicity and sustainability.

    It's best for: Improving skin health, decongesting, rebalancing and hydrating, whilst being the ultimate relaxing treat!

    Book with: Adriane Roman on Wed 29 Mar in Soho +  Sun 02 Apr in Camden.

    2. maya medicine

    What is it: Traditional maya medicine is a comprehensive system of natural medicine that has flourished in Maya culture for around four thousand years. Diagnosis is done through pulsing and egg reading, followed by various techniques to bring the mind, body and heart back into a unified whole.

    It's best for: anxiety, depression, emotional and/or psychological imbalances and trauma, relationship problems, spiritual or ancestral disturbances, addictions, tension, stress, menstrual disorders, infertility, back pain, injury.

    Book with: Roland Torikian on Tue 28 Mar in Soho, Thu 30 + Fri 31 Mar in Camden.

    3. osteopathy

    What is it: Osteopathy is a system of healing which realigns the musculo-skeletal system, allowing the body to heal itself. This treatments week is a great opportunity for you to discover our expert team of osteopaths.

    It's best for: on going aches and pains, injury rehabilitation and prevention, headaches, improving posture, insight into improving your yoga practice, pre and post-natal care.

    Book with: Nav Bhandher in Camden and Soho, Marco De Vito in Camden, Tim Goullet in Camden, Avni Trivedi in Camden and Camilla Capon in Chelsea. view all times

    4. sound massage

    What is it: A deeply relaxing treatment using therapeutic singing bowls specially designed for the body. The bowls are placed on the body and produce harmonic vinbrations that penetrate deeply into all organs, systems, tissues, bones and ligaments.

    It's best for: individuals who want a deeply relaxing experience, relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety and feel emotionally balanced and centred.

    Book with: Slavomir Latko on Thu 28 Mar in Camden, Sun 02 Apr in Chelsea.

    5. medical pedicure

    What is it: A treatment that combines routine podiatry treatments for a variety of foot conditions, from calluses and verrucae to ingrown toenails. Yvonne will leave your feet looking and feeling great and is topped off with a relaxing foot massage for tired and aching feet.

    It's best for: for a general foot check-up and polish, or conditions such as calluses, corns, verrucae, fungal infections and skin abnormalities.

    Book with: Yvonne Mattis on Fri 31 Mar in Chelsea.

    6. resistance stretching

    What is it: A new system of bodywork used to remove amounts of dense fascia, improving posture and increasing freedom of movement. During the sessions clients work very closely with the therapist by resisting them as they are being stretched.

    It's best for: improving posture, general health and well-being, reliving on going aches and pains, injury rehabilitation and prevention, insight into improving your yoga practice.

    Book with: Suzanne Wylde on Friday 31 Mar in Camden.

    7. spiritual counselling + life coaching

    What is it: sessions can help you understand at a deep level your feelings and behaviours, change self-limiting or destructive behaviours, establish a deeper connection to your authentic self, access inner strengths and untapped potential and set goals that are congruent with your deepest desires.

    It's best for: if you're feeling stuck in life, are looking for more clarity around a subject or situation, to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress.

    Book with: Elizabeth Blaise on Mon 27 Mar in Camden and Fri 31 Mar in Soho.

    Tasters fill up fast - book now by calling Camden on 020 7483 3344, Soho on 020 3362 3355 or Chelsea on 020 3362 366. See the full list of available therapists for Treatments Week here.
  • the science of life through brain, mind + body

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

    by Salema Veliu

    Experiences form memories,  prejudices and perceptions, so how do we know what we see and hear is real and how can we begin to explore if they are even real? From the Eastern perspective, Master Patanjali gives us some clues through verse to help provoke and explore this very inquiry.

    hanamesam kleshavaduktam

    The greatest obstacle to the practice of yoga is one's own prejudices based on one's own preferences.

    As human beings, we are heavily influenced by what we see and hear. And in scientific terms, our visual and auditory inputs encode our preferences and assumptions. Are you consciously aware of how you might act on everything you see and hear?

    Patanjali reminds us throughout his text, that a way to finding contentment and happiness lays within the simplicity of life. As human we can constantly find ourselves with the notion that if we keep busy, then we are doing something worthwhile. However, if we continue with this perception, we may be overloading our nervous systems. In the process, this creates a whole load of nasty ailments including, questionable behaviour, judgments, anxiety and stress. 

    So, why then do we still find ourselves repeating these patterns, even when we have a regular yoga practice? Could it be that we are still not really fully aware of how much we are being influenced by others? And does being busy mean that you're participating? 

    Perception is a powerful thing ,because it can contribute towards creating illusions (Maya, in yoga philosophy). Maya can keep you stuck and suffering in the patterns and situations that have created your story. So, how can we find the balance of observation and participation? The linkages between eastern practices and western science can give some valuable insights in understanding how to work with our brain, rather than against it.

    yogash chitta vritti nirodhah

    When the fluctuations of the mind are stilled, then there is yoga.

    As a yoga and meditation teacher, psychologist and neuroscience student, I find people's perception of this verse fascinating. First of all, the brain can't be stilled in that way that you first may think. To really understand the meaning of this verse, we could look to scientist and meditation teacher Robert Thurman, who said, "Meditation is not simply a passive observation, nor could it be, since the very act of observation is itself an activity of mind. Rather, the meditator intentionally employs attention, awareness and other mental faculties in a variety of ways to better understand the functional behaviour of the mind."

    Further, Cambridge neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert hypothesises through his research that the only function of the brain is to create movement, which drives our thoughts, sight, hearing and motor skills. Yoga and meditation give us the tools to cultivate both stillness and movement to enhance participation and observation in creating a deeper awareness and appreciation to all of life.

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    back to the future: yoga, psychology + neuroscience
    friday 10 march, 7.30 – 9.30pm

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    Salema is "The Rebel Truth Blazer". Influenced by several traditions including anusara, jivamukti and kundalini yoga, she has been teaching yoga since 2004. Salema offers a different way to approach yourself on and off the mat by combining the self development practices of yoga, positive psychology, life philosophy and coaching as a way to connect to the soul, revealing your purpose (dharma) in this life. Her classes are a masterful blend of graceful alignment in motion and articulated cues for the mind, body and heart, accompanied by insightful self-reflection, contemplative meditations, affirmations and readings.