Goddess Within Retreats and how they came about...

Our first retreat on January 19th 2020 was 'The Earth Element' and celebrated Papatūānuku and Hine-Ahu-One, the Earth Mother and her daughter.
 
Working with the Goddess Energy is very powerful and transformative, in fact, it can be a game changer.
 
My kaupapa is to bring you a unique viewpoint, seeing the goddess through my own cultural lens, celebrating and honouring the Atua Wāhine Māori, some of which you may not of heard of before.
 
I have been researching and uncovering their stories for several years now, after attending a Goddess Retreat with Sally Kempton in the USA in 2014,  through experiences I had on this retreat I feel I was directed by wairua to come home, and turn back to my own whakapapa, to learn more and share our own goddesses.
 
This was evident to me through the experiences I had there in San Jose, on top of Mount Madonna in an ancient Redwood forest.
 
I also witnessed children at the school...
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It's all about the breath

"Hā ki Roto - Hā ki Waho"  -" Breathe in - Breathe out"

 

Sometimes this simple instruction is all we can do in life and yoga!

"Don't forget to breathe", as a great teacher once told me many years ago.

Sounds simple, but it is the simplest things that can sometimes be the most profound, both in practice, and in practice off the mat- also known as - life!

 

A simple way to tell how you are doing in yoga is- to be aware of your breath.

 

āroa hā = breath awareness ( see how close this is to aro-ha )

 

In our classes the awareness of the breath, the Hā in Māori ( also sometimes known as hau, ngā , manawa and tā to name a few of the words to describe the breath ) is all important, as important as what you do with your body, if not more.

 

Hā also means your essence.

 

The breath is the bridge between our bodies and our mind in yoga. It contains the life force, and links us to our divine nature.

 

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