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Having just been to a very inspiring massage course at Weleda head office last weekend enjoying luxurious foot baths and lovely enlivening massages with the Weleda body oils I wanted to share with you my experience.
For me this weekend was a very personal discovery of how some of the Weleda products have been present and supportive in my life on levels that go far beyond skincare; and the meaning of the ‘therapeutic effect’ of the ingredients has become very real and tangible.
Linking my experience with the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda that say that we all come under the influence of ‘Vata’ as we get older and indeed as we are moving into autumn and winter – i.e. we are more prone to dry skin, more vulnerable to feeling anxious and troubled by small things and more in need of warmth – we are advised that skincare becomes more important and that applying oil onto the whole of our body helps profoundly to ’pacify’ the influence of ‘Vata’ and supports the process of rejuvenation, rasayana, meaning literally ‘returning of life juices’!
In other words, and words often used by Rudolf Steiner, to be healthy we need to continuously restore balance in our lives (or balance our gunas as we are inclined to say!), and our daily routines are part and parcel of this living process. Drawing once more on Sanskrit, we learn that here ‘imbalance’ is called ‘prajnaparadha’ which literally means ‘an offence against wisdom’.
Ayurveda also reminds us that a daily routine of abhyanga – self massage of the whole body with warm oils is an act of self-love and self-care, maintaining health and contributing to restoring it when imbalances have occurred.
Significantly the Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. This can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort – certainly one I experienced many times when using body oils in such a way. Sneha—oil and love—are both sukśma, “subtle.” This allows it to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate into deep layers of tissue.
Having reflected many times on the importance of passing on precious wisdom held in the world of yoga I feel the same is true here for the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and the profound benefits from nature that are harnessed in the Weleda products on all levels of our being.
What I learnt in more depth at the recent training course is that the fact that Weleda oils are based on plant oils is not just coincidental or a mere attempt at providing natural (and even vegan) products. Weleda’s principle is to work ‘in harmony with nature and the human being’ and according to the anthroposophical way of looking at the function of different parts of the plants it is the seeds and flowers that are responsible for rejuvenation and reproduction, obvious really when taking the time to think about it, and it is this part of the plant that is transformed into the body oils. When applying the Weleda oils it is this rejuvenating energy of the plant that penetrates deeply into the subcutaneous layers of our skin which in turn are responsible for rebuilding and rejuvenating our skin.
In my early twenties, not having been a very stable young person, I was given the Weleda Calendula Massage Oil as a gift and continued to use it for many years to come, asking for it as a gift for all my birthdays and Christmases, not really being aware of any more than liking its warming effect and its enlivening citrus scent. When smelling the oil at the training, blind, not knowing which oil it was, I was met by a warm, comforting sensation in the midst of which was a central, supporting axis of citrus scent. It so reminded me of our concept of ‘axis and form’; and the support I received, albeit unconsciously, over the years from using this oil became all too apparent. A huge ‘lightbulb moment’! Looking at my favourite oil now it still makes sense, as it has become more complex but in essence very similar.
I wanted to share this with you as many of you have seen me bring Weleda products to various events, and many of you love using them and have been very appreciative of me offering them out. I rarely get a chance though to let you all know why I love these products so much, how much is behind them, in them, around them, and most of all, how very linked they are to what we do with our yoga.
If my experience with the body oils has inspired you and you’d love to try one out and use it in a daily abhyanga routine please send me an e-mail so I can sort out an order –this is also a good place to remind you also that if you don’t like it you can just let me know within 30 days and you get your money back without any quibbles.
Looking forward to imagining many of you creating a new nurturing habit this autumn and winter and finding ‘your’ body oil the way mine found me so many years ago!
With joy, Sabine
Yoga –Letting Go and Being Carried
Yoga Retreat with Sabine: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th February 2018
at Tilton House; Lewes Road, Firle BN8 6LL; 20 minutes outside of Brighton
Tilton House has been reviewed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘one of four of the best wellbeing breaks’ and amongst ‘30 of the best yoga retreat places in the world’
This is an invitation for you to enjoy a weekend of letting go and being carried …. We all need some time out of our everyday responsibilities during which we can recharge our energies – allow yourself to be held by the study and practice of yoga, enjoy supportive company, and be spoilt with delicious home-made food, cosy accommodation and peaceful, nurturing surroundings.
Yoga is a call to steady our minds and enter into a peaceful flow with life, firmly established in our deepest selves. In the midst of our busy, challenging lives this can often be a difficult challenge – this weekend we will reflect together on how the teachings of yoga can support us in our endeavour to bring these qualities more firmly into our everyday reality.
In yoga, practice and study are like the two wings that allow a bird to take flight with steadiness and confidence. In this spirit we will explore a selection of verses from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, experiment with embodying these ideas in our āsana and prānāyāma practices, explore some chanting, pamper ourselves and enjoy each other’s company. All practices are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike and individual modifications are always offered as appropriate. All sessions are optional.
There will also be ample time to do and be as you wish, go for walks in the surrounding tranquil countryside or snuggle up by the open fire. The evenings will hold some special treats of pampering with holistic Weleda products. You can also enjoy the cedar wood fired sauna at Tilton House.
Group size: Maximum 9 participants – and we will have all the cosy places at the retreat centre to ourselves!
Cost: £315 includes comfortable accommodation in twin rooms, scrumptious organic food (special diets catered for with ease) & seasonal Weleda products to the value of approx. £60. Single room accommodation costs a small extra fee. A deposit of £60 is required before 15 December 2017 at the latest to confirm your place.
To Book: email on email@example.com or phone on 01273 556795 or send a cheque of £60 to Sabine Dahn; 22 Leahurst Court Road, Brighton BN1 6UL
To have a look at the lovely location for this retreat go to http://www.tiltonhouse.co.uk
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For more information on my approach to yoga please go to https://yogapracticeforeverydayliving.co.uk/
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You will also have the opportunity to purchase products with generous offers to take home and continue pampering yourself.
I very much look forward to sharing a weekend of yoga with you!
You are most cordially invited to come to one of my Open Days this year:
Sunday 13th and 27th November 1pm-8pm
If you feel inspired to do some Christmas shopping there will be lots of inexpensive Weleda gifts available as well as my pottery, opportunities to treat yourself to some pampering or just enjoy a piece of cake, a cuppa and good company!!
15% of all sales will go to my daughter’s development project in Zambia next year. Details to follow on the day!
Hand and Arm Massage with revitalising Weleda products!
Fancy London Fashion Week Skinfood Facials
available all day!
Winter Warmer Meditation
at 6pm on both days
(be prepared to treat your feet!)
Raffle prizes to be won!
It would be lovely to see you at 22 Leahurst Court Road, BN1 6UL 01273 556795
We all cherish our weekly yoga class and are aware of the benefits the regular practice brings to us. A daily yoga practice is even more effective so as summer approaches and classes come to a halt I invite you to take the opportunity to get the best out of yoga for yourself during this time and pick up your 25 Day Summer Practice Challenge! And whilst doing something good for yourself you contribute to changing lives! Similar to a sponsored walk participants collect pledges from compassionate friends and family, and any raised funds will be used to contribute to a yoga project in Sierra Leone where former child soldiers are taught yoga to help cope with their trauma. Knowing that your daily yoga practice is positively impacting others may give you an extra incentive to keep it up. Sponsor Sheet It’s easy to get busy with other things and before you know it summer has idled past and the practice got forgotten. To help you along here’s a calendar which you can use to mark out the days when you have managed – and another top tip: decide on a regular time for your practice, that makes it so much easier to be consistent! Summer schedule And if it is difficult to keep motivated on your own find a yoga friend and resolve to either practice together or to phone each other up to make sure you are sticking with it! We make choices every moment of our lives – I invite you to make a choice that will make a positive difference to yourself and others. Thank you! Here are a few suggestions for practices that you may want to follow during your challenge. When you click on the images they will open up in a larger format so you can print them out and use them to guide you until you can do them by heart!