Cycle Alignment for Feminine Empowerment
The Hoxton, Holborn | Saturday 25th november, 10.45am-4.45PM
An exploration and celebration of our Ayurvedic body natures, the divine feminine and the natural cycles that guide us through life.
10.45am - Arrival
11.00am - Workshops Start: Kundalini Yoga with iris andrews, manifesting from the Womb Shamanic Ceremony with chloe isidora, Vinyasa Krama with christabel reed
12.30pm - Ayurvedic Lunch by Bread & Honey
1.30pm - Lunar Cycle Alignment Workshop & Talk with Merilyn Keskula
3.00pm - Ayurvedic Turmeric Teas & Lattes by WUNDER WORKSHOP
3.30pm - Harmonising the body, mind and spirit with Ayurveda by Dr Deepa Apté, Ayurveda Pura
4.30pm - Closing Meditation & Manifestation by ruby reed
4.50pm - Close
Awareness of our state of being and connection to natural cycles is the foundation for transformational and sustainable change on an individual and collective level. Within these cycles - from the menstrual cycle to moon phases and seasonal changes - are the ancient blueprint and secret power source we all, as women, have access to. By deepening our awareness of our bodies and energy through reconnection and aligning with natural cycles we can re-imagine how we go about our work and daily tasks from a feminine perspective and with creativity, efficiency, flow and ease.
This day-long exploration into how we can live in accordance with our most authentic, wild and natural selves (and thus in harmony with nature as a whole!) will consist of a choice of morning workshops, including Manifesting from the Womb with Chloe Isidora, Vinyasa Krama with Christabel Reed and Kundalini Yoga with Iris Andrews. An Ayurvedic Lunch by Bread & Honey will then be served to all so that we can come together and discuss our morning experiences while nourishing ourselves from the inside. The afternoon will kick off with a Lunar Cycle Alignment Workshop and Talk with Merilyn Keskula, founder of Mylky Moon Lab. After a short break and Ayurvedic refreshments of Turmeric Teas and Lattes from WUNDER WORKSHOP we will sit for the second talk on Harmonising the Body, Mind and Spirit with Ayurveda by Dr Deepa Apté, Ayurveda Pura. Ruby Reed, co-founder of Advaya Initiative, will close the event with a short meditation.
Merilyn Keskula, Mylky Moon Lab
Merilyn's mission with Mylky Moon Lab is to help you to connect to your own power, feel deeply your own current and enjoy swimming with it, not against it. Cultivating awareness of your needs in each moment is essential for knowing how to take good care of yourself (and your business) long-term. Achieving your maximum True power is the greatest gift you could bring to the world.
During the workshop we will learn to understand and track the natural cycles in and around us and align the work we do (whether it's creative or business) to these deep energetic currents. We want to learn to stand our ground, honour our bodies and kick ass like a woman, rather than succumbing to the ways taught by patriarchal society.
ABOUT MERILYN & MYLKY MOON LAB
Mylky Moon Lab is an R&D Lab set up by Merilyn Keskula exploring and raising awareness of cyclical living to advance feminine leadership. By re-thinking the future of work from the feminine perspective, it offers a transformational shift in how women create, run and develop their businesses. By deepening awareness of the universal blueprint of our bodies and universal cycles in order to reconnect and align with natural rhythms, we can bring the flow of creativity, efficiency and ease to our workplaces and daily tasks. Mykly Moon is building a tribe of conscious female entrepreneurs and change makers for mutual support, connection and collaboration.
Mylky Moon Lab was born to empower female entrepreneurs, creators and change agents and support the rise of a feminine economy. An economy based on sustainability, collaboration, care, empathy, abundance consciousness and ease, as opposed to competition, profit worship, perpetual consumption, non-accountability and ego. We truly believe the business world needs a shift towards feminine qualities, so we are here to support women to realise their visions through aligning to their cyclical energy and power.
Chloe Isidora, Manifesting from the Womb, Shamanic Ceremony
During the workshop you will receive The Rite of the Womb, a deeply nurturing shamanic transmission that comes from the Divine Feminine spirit of the jungle. This energetic transmission releases fear and pain that is held in the womb space and calls in the birthing of our new lives and creative projects. Chloe will also guide us through Divine Feminine Meditations and Sacred Self Love Practices.
This Rite is simple, yet profoundly potent and brings us into the embodiment of the Divine Feminine presence. In receiving the Rite we are shown the sacredness in ourselves and in all of life. By healing our wombs we heal our mothers, our sisters and our daughters- which ultimately brings healing to our beautiful Mother Earth and her sacred waters.
All women may receive the Rite of the Womb. Including women who are pregnant, women trying to conceive, younger women, older women, women who have had a hysterectomy and transgender individuals. The transmission is non invasive, it is received by a light touch on the belly.
Chloe began studying Shamanism in October 2013 when she was searching for some relief and answers while working as a fashion editor. She remembers very clearly on the last day of the course Alberto Villoldo, her teacher and founder of The Four Winds Society, told her: “Don’t be surprised if your life changes when you go home.”
His prediction came true. Just hours after arriving home, Chloe's boyfriend at the time ended their three-year relationship, and the following day she was fired from her Fashion Editor job. In the space of two days, she had been completely stripped of her identity. It was a very challenging and emotional time, however she saw these events as huge gifts as she was given the opportunity and freedom to change her life and she began a magical journey of deep healing, growth and transformation.
Since then, Chloe has travelled to study in the East and West Coast of America, Peru, Chile, Thailand, and India. She is initiated in Shamanism, Crystalline Consciousness and Herbalism and studied at the Oneness University.
Chloe is currently working with the Divine Feminine empowerment, creating workshops, women's circles and offering private sessions. She is passionate about sacred self love, empowering herself and holding space for others to be empowered. She is deeply focused on transformation, shedding limiting beliefs, thought patterns and stories that no longer serve and taking full responsibility for what is arising in my life and holding the mirror so others can take responsibility for what is happening in their lives. Her purpose is to live the path of devotion and be in service to the Divine by being of service to humanity.
Iris Andrews, Kundalini Yoga Workshop
This workshop will use Kundalini Yoga and meditation to help connect us to our Self, our own rhythm, to deep listening. As women we have a powerful connection to the rhythms of the earth, moon and cosmos – but this is so easily veiled by the interference and distractions of the modern world.
How easy it is to forget that only very recently have we had the technologies to remove ourselves from the natural rhythm of life. Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness, and the first place to turn that awareness is inwards. When we tune in, surpassing the distractions, we can begin to uncover and connect with our authentic selves and our own rhythms such that we may start to come into right relationship with Mother Nature’s and our wider world.
Iris is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, 200h certified Hatha Yoga teacher and ever-learning yoga student whose yogini journey began when she was eight years old. With the blessing of her teachers Gurmukh and Gurushabd Khalsa, Iris is honoured to be teaching Kundalini Yoga – a transformative practise which changed her life.
When not teaching yoga, Iris works as a campaigner and cultural strategist and has over a decade’s experience working on social and environmental justice with some of the world’s major NGOs, businesses and artists. She is passionate about the role yoga and the sacred can play in helping us address the crisis of relationship with ourselves, our communities and nature, and in activating people to help create a world in which all beings can thrive.
Dr Deepa Apte, Balancing the Body with Ayurvedic Talk
Ayurveda is a complete way of life. As a holistic health system comprising diet, yoga, massage, detoxification, herbal remedies, meditation and daily lifestyle, Ayurveda improves not only a person's health, but also their well being, behaviour and state of mind.
Prakriti is Mother Nature and nothing exists without her. Likewise, a woman’s role has also been enumerated in Ayurveda. During the presentation Dr Deepa Apte will go through various phases of a woman’s life from an Ayurvedic point of view, and how to integrate Ayurvedic principles based on your body types. Along with this Dr Apte will give pointers and guidelines towards a healthy balanced lifestyle based on Ayurvedic principles and suggestions based on foods, herbs, massages, yoga that can integrate into our every life.
ABOUT DR DEEPA APTÉ
Dr Deepa Apté's journey started in India, where she qualified as a clinical medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India). Always interested in a holistic approach to healing, she subsequently trained as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurveda being the 5000 year old science of healing and wellbeing of India. After having run successful practices in India and Germany, she founded Ayurveda Pura in London in 2003 with the aim of delivering superlative quality Ayurvedic health products and services to Western audiences, in an easy to access manner. The sincere approach she took to everything she did led to the reputation of her products and Academy courses growing through word of mouth. Her product range then expanded into herbal food supplements and natural cosmetics, which she developed herself, with her online business growing to over 80 products and courses by 2009. In 2010 Dr Deepa Apté opened the Ayurveda Pura Health Spa and Beauty Centre, a luxurious day spa offering a wide range of beauty and authentic Ayurvedic and other holistic treatments. In 2012 she redesigned and expanded her range of cosmetics and massage oils to launch the Holistic Essentials TM range of 100% natural, premier Spa quality beauty products. These products applied the benefits of modern research while remaining faithful to the principles of Ayurveda. Holistic EssentialsTM products are organic, SLS free, perfume-free, parabens-free, free of animal testing and are hand-made in the UK. No other Ayurvedic company in the world has won such a broad range of European awards.
Educating people of all levels (from lay beginners to trained medical doctors) about the health benefits of the Sub-continent’s ancient Ayurvedic knowledge of health and wellbeing is a passion that drives Dr Deepa Apté. Her Ayurveda Pura Academy, accredited by the CMA Complementary Medical Association) and the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) has inspired and changed hundreds of lives across the world with her broad knowledge on Ayurveda, and the depth and clarity with which she teaches.
Over the years Dr Apté has been a post graduate lecturer at the University of Wales, an external Masters degree Examiner for the University of Middlesex. She regularly speaks at top business gatherings and conferences around the world (e.g. she is a lead trainer for Estee Lauder’s Aveda management team and lectures regularly at the Yoga Show). She has written for publictions including The Daily Mail, The Times, the Natural Health Magazine, Health & Fitness magazine, “She” magazine, Holland and Barrett's Healthy magazine and Choice Health Magazine. After winning a number of prestigious awards for her work, Dr. Deepa Apte was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award 2014 and Business Woman of the Year at the British Indian Awards, 2014 She is also a proud recipient of the “Excellence in Education Awards – Tutor of the Year” at FHT – Federation of Holistic Therapists
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They want their Golden Mylk® range to be good for our customers as well as the planet and the people who provide the ingredients. They source organic turmeric directly from an independent organic farm in the heart of Sri Lanka, supporting its farmers and local community.
To make TURMERIC part of our daily diet
To educate people about food as a functional tool to enrich our bodies
To create a healthier world where people feel at their fullest potential
To change the attitude from curing disease to preventing disease.
Christabel Reed, Yoga Teacher, Vinyasa Krama Workshop
Employing the practice therapeutically and according to the individuals in front of her, Christabel focuses on breath development and the cultivation of a calmer mind, whist guiding students through dynamic movement.
Initially drawn to Yoga through its ability to release her from quite severe anxiety that she had been suffering with for years, Christabel likes to nurture within her students the practice of non-judgemental observation, becoming aware of, and accepting, where we are and how we are.
By working at this level we can gradually bring about positive changes to our actions, thoughts and behaviours, as when we are aware of our actions we are no longer prisoners to our habits. Classes generally include asana, pranayama, relaxation, chanting and meditation.
Christabel has been teaching for 3 years and is currently finishing off her Masters at SOAS in the Traditions of Yoga & Meditation. Although completing two Teacher Trainings in her early 20s Christabel is now in the second year of her third TTC, taught by Colin Dunsmuir. This deep and progressive four-year course in Ayurveda and the Tradition of Krishnamacharya has already been transformational to both her practice and her teaching and she looks forward to ever-expanding her knowledge.
Ruby Reed, Yoga Teacher, Closing Meditation & Manifestation
Ruby teaches an alignment based vinyasa yoga. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice. She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga.
Ruby first practiced yoga 10 years ago in India in her teens, which begun a passion with a practice which would go on to change her life. Later, she developed a high energy, daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa under the guidance of Brett Porzio and now Ursula Scott, which over 4 years has led her from dark early mornings in the Soho shala, to learn from the source in India, practicing with the Jois family at KPJAYI, Mysore. Her formal training began on the rigorous BWY and YA accredited two-year training at Triyoga, London in 2014 with Susannah Hoffman and Jeff Fenix, during which time she had the opportunity to take a deep dive into authentic meditative practices, from pre-classical yoga to the creative exploration of Tantra, under the guidance of Carlos Pomeda. Now under the watchful eye of her teachers Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor, she takes part in another transformational four-year training in Vinyasa Krama, the tradition of Krishnamacharya.
Ruby remains continually in awe of the powerful practice of yoga to unstick and shift negative patterns, opening the doorway for change. She is also a passionate freediver and is just learning more about this amazing technique and the way it expands our consciousness, mind and body. She is an advocate of an embodied approach to life, where the breath comes first as we cherish and remain present in every moment.