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What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy Yoga With Sarah

My Classes always start with a 5-8 minute Pranayama exercise focusing on connecting with their bodies, their babies.

  • Three part breath
  • Straw breath
  • Alternative Nostril Breath
  • Square Breath
  • Cooling Breath etc.

Asana

I would usually finish the Pranayama section while still cross legged and move onto some cross legged over arm stretches, neck rolls, wrist rolls etc.I focus a lot on getting to know the pelvis and explaining the mechanism of labour and how different positions can assist getting an optimal birthing position.I focus on hip circles, pelvic tilts, pelvic alignment etc.

Seeing as the pelvic floor and jaw have such a huge connection a lot of my classes we do a lot of breathwork during our asanas to promote jaw relaxation and relaxing the pelvic floor for birth.

I focus on getting to know the pelvic floor and pelvic floor exercises – particularly with breathwork. E.G Cat/Cow – Inhaling and contracting the pelvic floor while arching back, exhaling – letting pelvic floor relax while coming to flat back position.

I like to also focus on breathing through challenging positions E.G Lunge/Deep Squat, and focusing on breath for average length of a contraction and then resting for 2 minutes in child’s pose. This works very well as when it comes to time of birth when surges are coming they can relate back.

I do a lot of focusing on a Drishti Point during a pose that requires balance e.g Tree pose. The feedback from women is that this was the most beneficial practice to have for labour.

I do a lot of educating women about different positions to labour in with Electronic Monitoring, with an Epidural or any other intervention.

It is inevitable that some women will have these interventions and I completely support their choices and I always like them to feel prepared for what can be optimum for them.

E.G with an epidural lying Left Lateral with a Peanut Ball.

  • Many women have reported back they felt in control of their labour even with these interventions.
  • I provide everyone with a booklet to go home with. This contains a brief summary of labour and the hormones involved. How we can affect our hormones and decrease adrenaline, different positions that they can bring to the hospital with them. Different acupressure points for pain relief, and some birth and pregnancy affirmations to focus on.

The Best Part –  Relaxation

I do a 15 minute guided meditation at the end in a lying down position – usually on their left lateral supported with pillows, blankets, bolsters.

I sometimes focus on baby and connecting with baby and sending love and light, sometimes I just focus on mum and filling her with energy and strength, I do a lot of healing and fear releasing meditations and sometimes I just do a good old Yoga Nidra.

Every woman leaves on a high and has a great night sleep!

When: 6:30 – 7:30pm Tuesday 11th July – 15th August
Investment:
6 Weeks €80
Drop in €17 Unwaged €10

Contact

Sarah Richardson

0851699679

Sarah.reiki.yoga@gmail.com

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June Newsletter

Hello June

 

How excited are we at River Holistic………..June has most certainly arrived in all it’s glory. It feels like a re-birth for our amazing clinic. We are going to open the doors to our new space, The River Room, which means the arrival of new therapists and lots of new classes to choose from. Don’t fret, we still have all of our existing amazing therapists onsite to help make this your holistic home.

If you are in the holiday frame of mind, why not relax and unwind with Dee’s full holistic facial special offer. If you are looking for some headspace, we have kundalini yoga and sound yoga starting in June. Have you got a health concern you have been ignoring, why not book in with Emma to see how acupuncture can help you. I can go on, we have homeopathy, holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy. We have therapies to suit your every need, why not just give us a call and we can can help you out.

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Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a yoga practice different from a regular flow class and most other styles of yoga. There are specific sets of exercises within the practice that work on moving and harnessing the energy within the body. To do this we use a combination of physical exercises (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), mudra (hand postures), meditation, chanting and relaxation to bring about a total balance in the body and mind. The specific set of exercises work on strengthening the nervous system, balancing the glandular system, purifying the body and calming the mind. Also within the practice are built-in moments of stillness where we sit quietly and awaken to our Self.  When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds it has the effect of uplifting us. It builds physical vitality and brings about an overall feeling of well being. The dynamics of Kundalini Yoga is what make it so enjoyable and fun but it will also add depth to an existing practice and to your life.

 

These classes are beneficial for beginners with no previous yoga experience and those with an already existing practice.

When: Thursday 6th of July from 10:30am – 11:30am

Cost: 6 week course for €80.

Possibility of drop in spaces depending on spaces available €15

 

For more information please contact

Email:  jen@meditate.ie

Website: www.meditate.ie

Yoga and Sacred Sound

Yoga and Sacred Sound

This class will be a unique fusion of gentle yoga and sacred sound to support you in raising your vibrational energy, whilst nurturing and enabling your unique healing process.  When we work with chanting mantras, singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs the resonance absorbs inwards supporting our cells to reprogram and remember their innate vibration.

Through use of sacred sound and movement we begin to shed the dense heavier energy of daily life, thus rising our vibrational energy, allowing us to effortlessly attract higher frequency people and experiences into our lives.

This combination of sacred practices have the potential to support you in making transformational change, in a gentle sustainable way.

Each class is unique but will include a combination of yogic movement and sacred sound- chanting of sacred mantras with harmonium (kirtan), sound baths with singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs.  Classes will finish with a deep relaxation to support your healing process, and encourage your physical, energetic, emotional, thought and subconscious layers to move back into a deeper space of harmony within.

No experience of music or sound is required to participate in this class, just an open heart.

When: Wednesdays from 6 – 7.15pm. Next 4 week term 14th, 21st, 28th of June & 5th of July 2017.

Where: River Holistic Raheny

Cost: €55 per 4 week term or €16 drop in (space dependent)

Bookingshttps://www.innercalmyoga.ie/sacred-sound or info@innercalmyoga.ie or 085 8225450

Places will be limited to 8 people and must be pre-booked / pre-paid

 

5 easy and effective ways to know your most fertile days in the month

5 easy and effective ways to know your most fertile days in the month

 

If you’re trying to conceive, knowing when you are most fertile during the month is something all women should know.

I have spent a lot of time studying the best times to get pregnant. I’ve also experienced how other women feel when we want to conceive but have to wait for their little miracle to finally arrive. One of the things that helped me manage my anxiety and wait for nature to take its course was to study my own body. With these methods, you’ll understand your body’s signs.

According to the experts, here’s how to know when you are the most fertile:

  1. Counting the days

Periods are usually repeated every 28 days. On the first day of your period, you’ll notice a significant blood flow, not just a few drops. It is important that you understand when your period actually starts because you may start counting the days too early, which could mean missing your fertility window.

In a 28-day cycle, your most fertile days are days 12, 13 and 14. Remember, the ‘fertile window’ is the six days leading up to and including ovulation, experts at Your Fertility point out.

Your body will presumably release the mature egg on the 14th day of your cycle, however, there are exceptions to this rule. Your body can ovulate twice in a month or it can ovulate much earlier or much later. Figuring out your individual cycle will help you know when your fertility window is.

  1. Change in vaginal discharge

Paying attention to changes in vaginal discharge is one of the most accurate ways to know if you’re at a fertile time of the month.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, as you approach ovulation, your body starts to produce more estrogen, which also produces a more fertile mucus. Just before the estrogen reaches its peak, your flow will look like a transparent and viscous substance (like an egg white). This is the most fertile flow, and the one that tells you that your body is about to release the egg.

  1. Basal temperature

According to WebMD, the temperature of your body rises slightly as the egg is released. Tracking your temperature (known as your basal body temperature) can help you know when your most fertile days.

Take your temperature with a thermometer under your armpit every morning before getting out of bed, then write it down on a chart every day so you know when it rises. It’s recommended that you do this every day for several months so you can find out when ovulation will occur.

  1. Using tests to detect ovulation

You can buy these tests at any pharmacy or large supermarket. They are one of the most accurate methods, but are also more expensive. Ovulation tests work by analyzing and measuring the amount of the luteinizing hormone (HL) in the urine. This hormone rises between 24 and 36 hours before ovulation occurs, giving you a head’s up to when your fertility window is approaching.  These kits come with several tests so you can get tested several days before you think you are going to ovulate.

  1. A pain in one of the ovaries

That little pain that you feel in the middle of your cycle can indicate that ovulation has already occurred. If you wait until this moment, chances are you will not get pregnant because your “fertile window” has already closed.

Remember:

Specialists recommend having intimacy at least every other day, especially in the days before ovulation. Your “most fertile window” is just before you ovulate, not the day you ovulated or after. While you may get pregnant if you have intimacy the day you ovulate, your chances increase if you do it earlier. Hopefully these tips can help you get to know your body better and help you and your partner expect your own bundle of joy sooner!

The Antidote to Fear

The Antidote to Fear

Whether you’re scared of change, success or failure… it’s worth remembering that fear is a universal experience.

The problem is that most people see fear as a sign of weakness.

Yet it’s a natural human response to pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and trying something new (as well, of course, if your life is in danger and you’re being chased by a predator… even if you’re thinking of being chased by a predator).

There’s a belief that when you’re confident, fear will go away, However that isn’t the case.

It’s simply that your relationship with fear changes so you can handle it better.

Whenever I start a new project, teach a new group, or even sometimes when I’m seeing a new client for the first time, fear raises its head.

My fear says things like ‘Be careful… don’t go putting yourself out there! What if people don’t like what you have to say?’ or ‘Be careful… what if you can’t help this person? Maybe you’ll fail this time…’.

I tell my fear ‘Not Now!’ and return my focus back to my task.

If you’re feeling fear while you’re taking the action, use it to your advantage.

Fear can actually heighten performance as you’re more alert and focused – provided you claim power over your thoughts and drive the energy to where you need it most (not to running away and hiding from what scares you).

The antidote to fear is to see it for what it is, to recognise and acknowledge it – and move on in spite of it.

Because if you don’t take action, your fear increases and keeps you even more stuck.

So, if there’s something you want to do that you’re being held back by from fear, know that the fear will subside once you’ve taken action.

What gives fear power is you listening to it for so long!

If you would like to discuss your power to work with your fear, we have some amazing talk therapists here at the centre.

Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy for our talk therapies More

Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga for our relaxation therapies MORE

And well we are just here to help you be the best that you can be, so you can just pop in and have achat and we can find the right approach for you.

Claire

Reach for the Sky

3 Easy but effective exercises to de-stress at your desk in under a minute.

 

Below are ways to alleviate anxiety at work—all of which are inconspicuous enough to do at your desk when you need to take a quick mindfulness break.

1. Just breathe

Just sit up tall in your desk chair and focus on your breath, counting every exhale from 1–10. When you get to 10, start over. Repeat 6 times.

2. Give yourself a reboot

Sometimes the key to reducing stress is performing a personal restart. “It’s like turning your computer off and on again.” Staring at a screen all day is tough on your eyes (and the visual processing centers of your brain). Covering them with your hands can alleviate the physical strain.

Sit with your spine tall in your chair and your shoulders melting down your back. Then close your lids and bring the heels of your palms to your eye sockets, applying gentle pressure.

“We spend most of our day reacting to things that are outside of us, especially at work. Taking a moment to put your hands over your eyes can help you get quiet enough to hear some insight,”

 

3. Reach for the sky

The simple act of raising your arms above your head is great for reducing tension. Just stand with your feet at hip distance and raise your arms straight out in front of you. Next, interlace your fingers and turn your palms out. Then raise your arms until your palms face the ceiling. Lift your shoulders to your ears, and let them drop down so your neck is long. Finally, lift your ribs and spine off your pelvis so that you reach your tallest height and stay in that pose for three breaths.

“If you’re holding your breath or breathing shallowly, you’re perpetuating the stress response. [By taking] bigger inhales, you get more oxygen, which is energizing,”  And yes, this works if you’re sitting at your desk—so no need to track down an empty conference room (consider it one less thing to worry about).

 

Source:  Stress Less –  by Kate Hanley

New Hatha Yoga Class.

We are very excited to now be offering Hatha Yoga at the Centre.  This new class will be starting on the Monday the 27th of April and it may be just what you were looking for.

Hatha yoga refers to the joining and harmonising of the two main energies within us- the masculine or sun energy and the feminine or moon energy.  It is essential to understand and flow with these energies as we find a balance between doing (masculine) and allowing or receiving (feminine). Within this class we will draw upon the practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and shavasana (deep relaxation), whilst accessing the subtle energies of the chakra system.

This Hatha yoga class will focus on increasing flexibility and strength, whilst enabling the body to soften, open and relax.  The word yoga itself refers to the oneness or union of our being, and the practice in this class will focus upon creating a greater sense of harmony between the physical body, the emotions, thoughts and energetic layers of our being.

As we move through asana (postures) we invoke the power of the breath and activate the chakras to enable us to grow and evolve in our daily life, learning tools and techniques to bring us back into a deeper place of balance, both on and off the mat.

This class is appropriate for complete beginners to more advanced students, as modifications will be incorporated to enable each student to practice at their own unique level.

Places will be limited to 8 people, and must be pre-booked / pre-paid with either a deposit or full payment.

New 4 class term: Monday from 6 – 7.15pm (75 minutes) on the 24th of April, 8th, 15th & 22nd of May- 4 weeks (no class May 1st).

4 class term costs €55, or drop in classes are €16 (space dependent).

www.riverholistic.ie/classes 

Have a herbal Detox this spring

Have a herbal detox this spring. 

Feel like a deep spring clean of your body?

Cleavers (Galium aparine) could really help you. You might know this innocent looking plant as sticky-back, goosegrass or catchweed. All of these names are fitting, as it sticks to your clothes when you walk through long grass. Remember it now?

Cleavers helps the body to eliminate uric acid and it cleanses the lymph glands, reducing inflammation and detoxing as it goes, and in this way it has many knock-on benefits for the body. This amazing little plant may even be growing in your back garden.

Why not try a bit of DIY cleansing this spring? This is one of the few plants that does not need to be infused in hot water or extracted in alcohol. Clean (filtered or distilled), cold water is all you need.

  1. Source this plant growing in a clean environment away from roads and free from any sprays (April-May is the best time, before it has begun to flower)
  2. Pick a generous amount of leaves and stem
  3. Macerate it so that the outer layer has been broken
  4. Put it in a pot and cover with water, and put the lid on
  5. Leave in the fridge or cool place overnight
  6. Strain it the next day
  7. Drink a glass of this liquid three times a day for five days every few weeks in  spring to give your body a boost

 

10 Reasons to Incorporate massage into your life

10 Reasons to Incorporate massage into your life

When you think of massage, odds are you think of an hour of relaxation – a little “me” time. Massage certainly offers a great way to escape from the stresses of our everyday lives, but more and more studies are showing that regular massage gives you so much more: a range of emotional and physical benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons to incorporate more massage in your life.

  1. Massage reduces stress – A single massage can lower your heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, all of which are tied to how stressed you feel.
  2. It helps you relax – Long after your massage is over, you will still benefit from a host of brain chemistry responses that encourage feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
  3. Improves posture – Massage helps your body to reinforce healthy and natural movements, which will help correct any posture problems you may have.
  4. Improves circulation – The pressure from massage moves oxygen-rich blood through the body to damaged, tense muscles so they can heal, while removing lactic acid and other metabolic waste.
  5. Lowers blood pressure – Studies have shown that massage can lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
  6. It relaxes muscles – Sitting causes a lot of chronic back pain and massage can help with persistent pain by relaxing those tense muscles.
  7. Improves flexibility – Sedimentary lifestyles and age can make joints less flexible.
  8. Massage helps improve fluidity and range of motion in your joints and connective tissues.
  9. Massage helps you breathe better – Massage can relax muscles in the upper body, which, if they become too tight, can constrict breathing.
  10. Relieves headaches – Regular massage reduces your chance of developing a headache in the first place by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. Already have a headache? It can decrease the pain.

 

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder today’s client is beginning to see massage as an integral part of their well-being journey. As we all re-examine our wellness choices, massage therapy is shedding the stereotype of being an occasional indulgence. Instead, it’s become a highly integral body maintenance experience that offers any number of health benefits when consistently incorporated with other total body care actions.

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