21 Meditations on Embracing Grief with Zephyr Wildman & Silatha

 

Embracing Grief

How to tend to loss and move forward with clarity and positivity

Join leading Yogi Zephyr Wildman and former Corporate Business Leader turned Meditation disciple and entrepreneur,  Veroniek Vermuelen, founder of  spiritual jewellery brand Silatha for a unique event to celebrate the launch of a limited edition jewellery collection and dedicated 21 meditation programme.

With a special focus on the subject of letting go of grief and how to live with the consequences of loss, this event will showcase the new limited range of Silatha jewellery designed by Zephyr and Veroniek containing specialised gemstones with specific characteristics to help us navigate through grief and loss.

Over the course of the event you’ll hear from Zephyr who has first hand experience of dealing with issues such as death and loss and you’ll discover how yoga and meditation have been instrumental in helping her to heal and live a full and happy life. Silatha founder Veroniek, will share her experience of how meditation has changed her life and inspired her to create a gorgeous jewellery brand, meditation app and personal journal to encourage others to grow and transform their lives through daily meditation.

There will be a short guided meditation with Zephyr as well as plenty of time to purchase the alluring new range of jewellery. You will also have the opportunity to experience the new meditation app for yourselves and there will be a special prize draw to win a fantastic gift.

Click below to book the upcoming events.

Triyoga Chelsea, 19:30-21:30pm, 23 November, 2018 

The Life Centre Notting Hill, 14:00-16:00pm, 2 December, 2018

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Practice – Presence – All it takes is a smile

Creating a bit of heat in our practice this week requires a balance that can be brought with a smile. Sounds simple enough, but being present in the moment often requires that we find a bit of dis-comfort and at the same time find, define and nurture our intention for our practice.

In this Slow-Flow session Zephyr will remind you how being on the mat can be a practice in “being here now” which is a lesson we can all take graciously and use off the mat in our everyday lives. Engaging with those around us, our family, friends or our colleagues and our children is not always the easiest to maintain a meaningful presence. This practice will help with life’s discomforts and give you the tools to be more present and allow you to give and receive a more meaningful and present interaction with life and those you engage with (including yourself!).

A focused breath, a gentle downward gaze and a slight Buddha smile is all it takes.

Preamble – Pray it Away – Awakening to Love and Kindness

Zeph continues on the subject of cultivating the Love and Kindness for ourselves with this series entitled Pray it Away which includes the Meditation, Practice and here, the Preamble. The series, used together, urges the Yogi to see ones practice as a garden of sorts in which you can plant, cultivate and nurture a bit of loving kindness and connect with the desire to be happy and to decrease the suffering. By cultivating Love and Kindness for ourselves but at the same time acknowledging the suffering and embracing it as a teacher, it can release you from the downward spiral of suffering and dis-ease. As a teacher it creates choices that can draw you closer to spirit or, push you farther away. That is where Yoga and Meditation become really powerful. At that point, having the courage to Pray it Away (the suffering) and breathe these mantras in (cultivating the Love and Kindness) and choosing the path back to balance and relief from the dis-ease, wherever it may have come from.

Embracing the suffering, understanding its roots, recognising the choice and finally finding the positive Love and Kindness to cultivate and meditate upon is the goal of the Love and Kindness series.

Preamble and Warmup – Mantra Anyone? The Gayatri Mantra – It might just change your life

Ready for a transformative Mantra? Need some Inspiration? Some focus? Some healing? Need something Powerful to take with you on your journey today?  How about a bit of Mantra in your life.

Locked Mantras and unlocked Mantras, who knew the search for enlightenment could be so elusive? In reality, Mantras are simply chants that give us Yogis focus and intention during our practice. As I like to say, it is a good way to pepper ones practice with a bit of meaning and intention, thus giving some conscious intention to your physical practice, muscles, breath and all. If one can “think good thoughts” whilst engaged in a physical activity, it might just create “good” energy to your whole being.

A connection to the physical realm, the subtle realm and the higher consciousness of realms (earth, aether and cosmos) with a focus on harnessing the Prana and experiencing Moksha; That is what the Gayatri Mantra promotes. To be fair, all of this should be your motivation and intention during your morning coffee, however, some of us need a bit of a template or a cheat sheet. That is what Mantra really is. They are words in the language of Sanskrit but beautiful sounds and utterances to those that don’t speak it. Mantra is a way of channeling your thoughts and intentions whilst you stoke the fire through movement (all the while, preparing for a meditative state).

This Preamble is a great reminder of why we need to bring a bit of intention to our practice.  Use it along with the practice that follows (coming soon) or even as just a way of setting an intention and creating a space and environment for your own practice.

Happy Place Podcast with Fearne Cotton & Zephyr Wildman

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Happy Place Podcast on Fearne Cotton’s website or iTunes is now available.

Listen to our in-depth conversation about life’s ups and downs, recorded at my home in London. It is all about how I have used Yoga, Alanon and my community to bravely face difficulty with awareness, acceptance and skilful choices to continue to live, love and thrive! Bonus laughs revealed at the end from Boise, the French Bull Dog!

I have been deeply moved already by the amazing feedback and comments left from our conversation. I really do hope that my story does service to inspire and encourage more to face one’s suffering, knowing you aren’t alone. If I can do it, you can too. It just takes the courage to share your vulnerability, seek support from appropriate people and practice showing up everyday honouring yourself.

I feel grateful and privilege to be interviewed alongside some amazing human beings like Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Matt Haig, Paloma Faith, Alexandra Shulman, Tom Daly & Dustin Lance Black. Celebrate Fearne’s podcasts to cultivate support by exploring times of hardship and discover how we can all find our happy place.

Happy Place iTunes Podcast

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To book or find more information on my upcoming Workshop on Yoga to Help with Addiction and Recovery available to students and yoga teachers at Triyoga in Ealing, go to this link. Starting April 22nd!

And to explore Fearne’s Happiness Project episode we did together, go to this link.

Helpful Resources

Alanon Family Groups support groups for those who’s lives have been affected by addiction. https://al-anon.org

Alateen Groups for 12-17 year old’s who’s lives have been affected by addiction. https://al-anon.org

Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous http://ukna.org

Overeaters Anonymous http://www.oagb.org.uk

Anorexia and Bulimia Anonymous http://aba12steps.org

Sex and Love Addicts http://www.slaauk.org

Spring Newsletter 2018

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Sharing the blessings found in Tantra, Ayurveda & the art of energetically sequencing and bespoking therapeutic practices for all students.
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Bloom from within

This year is filled with an abundance of events, retreats and workshops! Below are some of the upcoming opportunities to study and practice with me and others amazing Yogis in our community.
Regular London classes visit
The Life Centre & Triyoga

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Wilderness Festival 2-5th August 2018

Join me again at The Wilderness Festival Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire OX7 3DG

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I have joined forces with Emily Brett founder of Ourmala to raise awareness and funds to support UK registered refugees and asylum seekers. Emily & myself will be teaching a Breath-Centric Vinyasa Ourmala Class Saturday 4:30pm. To book, click here.

 

Emily Brett is a yoga teacher who’s dedicated herself to working with refugees and asylum-seekers, including survivors of war, torture and modern day slavery, since 2011 when she founded the non-profit Ourmala. Ourmala stands for compassion, interconnection and social justice and is lululemon’s UK national non-profit partner. Emily’s devoted to teaching yoga’s philosophical principles through her actions – whether teaching asana or running her organisation – and her style has its roots in the beauty and wilderness of life, Ashtanga Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, poetry and the teachings of classic yogis such as Ramana Maharshi. Emily’s practiced yoga and meditation since 1999 and her training includes multiple trips to Mysore, a 30 day silent meditation retreat, a Diploma in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery with Harvard’s Refugee Trauma Programme, an MA in Creative Writing and a 500 Hour Yoga Teaching Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga as a 500 Hour Yoga Teacher.OurmalaM4ML-1184x592

To support Ourmala in London you can attend my Monday 5:30pm Ourmala Yoga Class at The Life Centre Notting Hill or go to Ourmala for other classes and opportunities to participate in this amazing cause.

Lululemon Sweatlife London Festival 24th June 9:30am!

Sweatlife is back – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. We are taking over the Tobacco Dock in East London 23-24 June for two days of sweaty, stretchy, thought-provoking fun. Join us for 48 hours of the best workouts the city has to offer, yoga with local and globally renowned teachers and inspiring panels with thought leaders from the fitness and wellness community.

I am teaching Sunday 24th 9:30am Breath-Centric Vinyasa Flow. To book, click here

To learn more about the lineup and schedule, click here.

Sweatlife Festival 2018 at Tobacco Dock

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June, 2018!

Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF