You are a Temple – Yoga, Self-Care and the Magic of Touch
International Midwifery School, Orgiva, Spain
Founder & Director: Vanessa Brooks
MODULE: ‘You are a Temple’ – Yoga, Self-Care and the Magic of Touch – guided by Alexa Dean
1-3 April 2019
SELF-CARE IS A DIVINE RESPONSIBILITY
As women we have the power of creation… through the connecting of our womb to mother earth. The deeper we connect with the womb and through it with the earth the more grace and ease we can bring to our lives, our work and our relationships in sisterhood and with everyone around us.
Feminine embodiment is about connecting deeply with our bodies and through that with the magic of the feminine energy, which has different names in different ancient traditions but is always seen as the source of all. This energy called SHAKTI in the ancient Vedic tradition is the flow of life itself, and by reconnecting with it we can bring this magic, grace and flow back into our lives.
All women relax differently. The Oxytocin hormone, which comes from giving and receiving care is needed for a deep relaxation. Often the balance is heavily tilted towards giving and we are not used to receiving as much. This module is also a place to practice receiving the care of the feminine from other sisters and give it in return in equal balance through practices like conscious touch and present listening.
Yoga is a complete and effective system of self-care and spiritual development. It offers a holistic approach to health and to life. There is a union of mind, body and spirit, an understanding of both the intellect and of the emotions. Spiritual and physical aspects of yoga include the inspiring principles of awareness, respect, self-referral and balance.
Breath Work, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Mindfulness help to direct mental attention around the body, bringing relaxation, restoration and healing of every cell, lifting also the spirits.
Massage is a form of communication, a gentle signal to tell the body that it is OK to relax the muscles to release stress from body and mind. Massage improves muscles tone, alleviates discomfort, calms and sooths the emotions and promotes a feeling of inner peace.
Alexa Dean is passionate about feminine wisdom, inner power, women’s mysteries, moon cycles, self healing, movement and stillness. She’s exploring the realms of shamanism, continuously learning and growing. Alexa is a doula, yoga teacher and massage therapist and has a creative background in journalism, film, drama and photography.
“To me it was a beautiful and healing re-connection with myself. You have a lot of knowledge to share. I very much liked that it was experiential. I loved starting the day with meditations to centre myself. My favourite one was the shamanic drum journey” – “Para mi fue una experiencia preciosa y sanadora de reconexion conmigo senti que tenias muchisima informacion para compartir pero lo k mas me gusto es que fuese mucho mas practico y no tan mental y teórico. Empezar con meditaciones me gusto mucho para centrarme. Una de las que mas me gusto y toco fue la del tambor.” – Rebeca (Spain), February 2018
“Alexa held the space well for our reconnection to the sacred temple, created a welcoming atmosphere to experience the pregnancy yoga and she was open to share her embodied feminine wisdom with enthusiasm. Thank you for your presence at Da-a-Luz! – Vera Anja (Switzerland), February 2018
The two weeks we spent with Alexa were really powerful for our reconnection with bodies and hearts. As a group we certainly felt more bonded with each other, and also individually in our own awareness. The way she guided us through meditation and body practices was really firm, deep as well as respectful and loving. I think everybody deserves to have such an opportunity to deepen the self knowledge and care. Thank you so much! – Josefina Schiller (Brazil), February 2018
“Alexa mothered us through two weeks of deep self care, where we reconnected to our bodies, hearts and wombs as well as to each other as a harmonious group of powerful womyn. She held the space for our reawakening in a loving and peaceful way. I felt her respect for my own and my sistars’ higher selves as we sat and moved in circles. I send you gratitude for crossing our path with such peace, power and respect.” Anna Muchitsch (Denmark), February 2018