Herbs and Nutrition with Sara
Herbal harvest workshop - making herbal balms, and creams, infused oils and tinctures
Hormone health workshop and making natural household products
Nutrition and Superfood workshop - making smoothies with herbs and superfoods, energy balls, golden milk etc
Adrenal fatigue workshop
Herb walk and picnic
Yoga through the elements.
It is a real pleasure as a yoga teacher, to have a whole week to move through asana, pranayama and meditation practice rather than just one session. After teaching retreats for several years now, I really enjoy structuring the week in this way, taking the five elements of the Vedic system as my inspiration. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space / Ether.
Each morning we will move through one of the five elements exploring asana and pranayama, as well as associated qualities of each element and how it plays out in our bodies, minds and lives. Each of the elements is also associated with the first five chakras, so we will tie in some exploration of the energetic body also.
Earth – Grounding, earthing, landing, connecting with the earth and allowing ourselves to be supported. Root Chakra, Muladhara Chakra (root / support) – Connection, physical body, our tribe, family, community, our home, our place in the world, Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine/ perineum area and is opening in a downwards direction connecting us directly to the earth beneath. Finding our roots and nourishing them.
Water – Fluidity and flow, divine feminine, release and surrender, emotions. Svadisthana Chakra (sweetness), Sacral Chakra – emotional connections, - sex organs, stability in life, pelvis, hips,
Fire – The self, ego, divine masculine, agni, digestive fire. Manipura Chakra (jewel city' lustrous gem), located just above the naval, solar plexus
Air – Associated with the heart and lungs, Anahata (unstruck sound) Chakra, and the spiritual heart Hridaya. Moving into the higher chakras, developing compassion, loving kindness for ourselves and others.
Space – Ether, Akasha – This element is associated with the yogic practice of chanting and mantra. Throat Chakra – Vishuddhi Chakra (especially pure/ purificiation), and relates to how we move in the world, how we use speech and language, how we communicate and how we express our needs and boundaries effectively. A lifelong practice, yoga 'off the mat'
Chakra – meaning wheel, circle, cycle, often a spinning wheel of light – There are said to be many chakras in the human body, with seven, or sometimes 9 principle ones. A chakra is an energy point or node within the subtle or energy body.