Yogic Philosophy/Mythology for our Modern Era, Balancing PCOS & the Power of Rest with Eliza Giles
In this conversation I’m diving in with Eliza Giles - a Yoga Practitioner of over a decade who has dedicated countless hours to the study, the exploration and the celebration of Yogic systems. She beautifully merges the ancient philosophies with modern relevance through the classes, workshops and retreats she holds.
Through the lens of Yogic and Vedic Philosophy, mythology, story, ritual we explore;
- Eliza’s deep connection with India that saw her living and beginning her study into yoga there at 17
- Traditional Ayurvedic practices/rituals for for self-love, nurturing and trauma release
- Her journey with PCOS, balancing hormones, body image/change and self-acceptance
- The power of sleep, rest and restorative energy in coming into harmony/regeneration body, mind and spirit - particularly through Yoga Nidra
- A deep dive into the mythology, story and archetype of the Goddess Durga or Maha Durga - the strong protector, activist, boundary-setter, justice-server, one who is clear, decisive, fiercely loving - and how important it is for us as women to embody more of this energy archetype (in an effective/healthy way)
- The goddess Kali - who is the embodiment of the Yuga or ‘time period’ we’re in on Earth - whereby things in our life/on our planet that need to be destroyed are being destroyed shifted in a huge way to make room for new growth
- Yoga's place in the evolution happening on the planet
- The pressure of perfection or constant 'vitality' within her role as a yoga teacher
- Getting back to the real fundamental pillars of health. Good sleep especially.
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A Guided Meditation for the Earth, Water, Air & Fire - for Personal & Planetary Healing
Apologies if the audio is muffled or static in parts! This is a non-planned or scripted meditation flow. I hope it helps you in your journey to inner harmony and connects you to a sense of planetary responsibility, service and purpose.
Pain to Purpose, Healing from Lyme & Discovering Foundational Health with Life by Leese
In this conversation I’m speaking to Lisa O’Connor, a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist and coach for women seeking to be guided into discovering their own unique foundational health/energetic/spiritual needs and lifestyle, and how to really tap into the intimate connection between these many levels of bodies we exist in, to ultimately harmonize them for a radiant life.
She follows a ‘no size/protocol fits all’ approach and looks more to the inner journey of an individual, and encourages the perspective of saying ‘it’s a journey and it’s beautiful and I’m ready - moment by moment, day by day, me to me’
Lisa’s life has been a full on, intense, wild ride of deep trauma, pain and ultimately huge growth. She has learnt to transform her suffering into expansion and now to service and being an inspiring light to so many.
Through this conversation we dive into;
- The tragic passing of her mother while she was only 18, her ongoing journey through grief and loss, and the constant connection she still feels to her essence through the spirit animal her mum reveals herself as
- Her huge health journey through wild symptoms to receiving a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, and how she has reversed these symptoms over years of deep healing and DNA re-wiring
- How she navigates the world of social media and being present / sharing on there as a personal brand amidst the many ups and downs and insecurities and issues
- A big piece about our money story and really how to shift from focusing on income (or lack thereof) to more on your impact
- Sustainability and our consumption choices, and about the movement of a more conscious life in harmony with the needs of Mother Earth in her re-balancing, but also about how this can create “eco-anxiety” and obsession on being perfect
- The medicine of lightness, fun, play, laughter and pleasure for deep healing - instead of wallowing or spiraling in processes - and how the language of there ‘always being something wrong’ can really hinder true presence and growth on a daily level - and how life is here to be enjoyed!
- Even when we’re in the thick of darkness, there is always a light somewhere. And to lean into it. Despite the un-ending messages from society about how it’s all about struggle/just getting by
- How so much of our health is really about harmonizing the elements of water, fire, air and earth within us and how simple rituals can have big impact.
Lisa truly walks her talk and continuously sustains her radiance with such strength and depth, regardless of the many ups and downs. She also understands, from a higher perspective, the purpose she is living out, and seems to have a deep trust in her path, and so continues to show up and share and radiate through it all. I’m deeply inspired by her.
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Uncovering Women's True 'Herstory' & Feminine Cultural Immersions with Hannah of Soul Seed Gathering
In this conversation I’m speaking to a deeply inspiring woman, Hannah Ruth Dyson, a feminine researcher and founder of the documentary project / gathering / not-for-profit organisation Soul Seed Gathering.
She is a woman who’s life’s work is to look deeply into history to discover stories from a woman’s perspective, rather than to accept the traditionally-told tales from a masculine lens. As she explains while sharing her own life story, she was never satisfied with this depiction, and has always known there was more to explore.
And so she’s on a mission and purpose to compile research, traditions, practices and forgotten stories from the feminine perspective.
This life’s-work of hers has been manifesting in the physical through an epic yearly gathering she holds, called Soul Seed, which is an all-women celebration and experience, held in a different place each time, where women are able to be immersed in the crafts, stories, rituals and energy of the women who live there. She invites local women to come and share their ways, so we may come to understand new lenses of living.
Our conversation explores issues of:
- cultural appropriation
- a lens of ‘glorifying’ indigenous people in a novelty sort of way
- the right way to marry appreciation and respect
- some of the issues around the current ‘not-for-profit’ model away from a 'capitalist-helping-victim' mindset
- the importance of self-work around our lineage
- our relationship to the masculine
- the sacred significance of weaving within indigenous cultures worldwide
- the deep wisdom that is transferred through simply being, sitting and listening to the profound subtleties of feminine wisdom rather than expecting a big ‘cultural performance’
- the bias or limiting nature of traditional masculine scientific/archeological exploration and how feminine stories have been altered to appear more twisted or mythical rather than true
and so much more.
She shares also about the epic new branch on the Soul Seed tree - an online library, database and hub for her deep feminine research, studies and stories - which will be out within the next month.
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Kundalini; a life of Radiance with Harjiwan
In this conversation I’m diving into the world of Harjiwan - a Kundalini Yogi and a woman who glows with radiance, expansiveness and dedication.
We explore her life in depth, from her strict regime of ballet through her childhood, and how it impacted her both positively, in a way of inner discipline and body awareness, but also how it impacted her in a damaging way through developing anorexia at a young age. Her journey from then to now has been a wildly expansive and successful one, from becoming a renowned Pilates instructor to the Australian Ballet Academy and Australian Football teams, owning her own studio, to then diving into Ashtanga yoga, before the doorway opened for her to discover Kundalini Yoga.
This path let her to the foot of Yogi Bhajan, the master teacher who brought this practice to the West. By his seed planted, she grew the first Kundalini studio and community in Australia in the early 2000s, and has continued to teach ever since.
I get her to explain the basics and the profound nature of Kundalini, the technology that it is and it’s purpose, for all of us still green to its magic.
We cover why Kundalini yogis wear white, wrap their heads, practice for specific time periods or numbers of positions within kriyas, what a kriya actually is, how many kriyas there are to choose from, to assist you in your focus or needs, the power of consistent, daily Sadhana and so much more.
Amongst frequent workshops and classes, Harjiwan offers a mentoring program for women called ‘WOW’ which she speaks in depth about in our conversation, and why she’s specifically focused on expanding and elevating women into their radiance.
She’s a beautiful, inspiring woman who really walks her talk and lives and breathes the essence of Kundalini.
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