I don’t know about you but I feel worn out this time of year..
Spring really cannot come fast enough.. the long Irish winter still remains a challenge even after 23 years in Ireland. I have been living in my long winter coat pretty much six months now.. To make matters worse, I got another flare-up of iritis… and when we went away for a little much needed holiday, Stuart’s dad passed away three days into our trip.
So while I had planned to talk about the equinox and new moon, new beginnings, planting seeds and creativity, my heart just wasn’t in it, and I was putting it on the long finger… then the word ‘resilience’ came to my mind…
For a bit of context, those who followed my journey last year may remember that I have been on a detoxing mission, primarily to heal my eyes. I have had recurrent flare-ups of uveitis (inflammation of the iris). I have been trying to reduce inflammation in the body and learning a lot about detoxing and the foods that cause mucus and acidity and those that do not. I did a 60 day juice fast and felt amazing, and bit by bit I have limited my nutrition to a whole raw food diet.
I have a good discipline, perhaps a legacy of growing up in communism. Health has been my passion most of my life. And I trust that I am on the right path…
Yet, exactly a year after the last flare-up – here I am again with inflammation in both eyes, and copious amounts of steroid drops for 2 months.
I won’t lie, I felt despair. I thought to myself – why bother – if all my efforts do not amount to anything. Why don’t I just lie on a couch and eat burgers and crisps?? (I have never liked either of those things, but you get my sentiment)
So back to resilience..
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
― Elizabeth Edwards
After the initial few hours of feeling sorry for myself, I have bounced back fairly quickly. Knowing deep inside that what I had done last year, all the detoxing and learning, is now keeping me going through this flare-up.
When your diet consists of mostly fruit and veg, the one thing that is very hard to keep under wraps is peace and optimism. I know that with the help of a clean raw diet, lots of yoga, and a positive attitude I will heal from this. I will just have to have patience and the wisdom to know that some things take longer.. Gene HLA-B27 (or whatever you are called) – your days are numbered!
Yoga is the perfect tool for cultivating resilience.
I would not be the human being I am now if it wasn’t for over two decades of consistent yoga practice, meditation… and a few ice baths too!
When you are in a challenging yoga pose, your mind is screaming – ‘get me out’,
yet you are able to pause, observe your discomforts while breathing deeply and being present, you are cultivating resilience – and not just on the mat.
Through our yoga practice,
we become strong, we become bendy like the willow tree, and we are able to bounce back quicker from whatever challenges life throws at us.
And that, I believe, is what the journey is all about.
So dive in dear friends,
we have created an exciting schedule of wonderful retreats for spring and beyond.
For full schedule click HERE
You can choose from
Residential Weekend Retreats and Longer Retreats
for those who want to truly retreat and go deeper..
We have inspiring guest teachers bringing their own teachings and life-experiences to us, take your pick!
As I write this, there are 3 spaces left for Sharon Ni Chuilibin’s
21 – 23rd April
We are excited to welcome Liam Oragh to teach
19 – 21st May
We have another popular Wim Hof Retreat,
with John McKeown of Loving Oxygen
7 – 9th July
James Boag is returning to teach a week-long intensive
13 – 20th July
And we have our annual
August long Weekend of Yoga and Outdoors
4 – 7th August..
for those with limited time but who recognise that self- care should be high on anyone’s list of priorities.
Our Day Retreats book out fast so here is a new date we have just added.
Saturday 29th April.
Alex Rederer – a Germain lady and an experienced Oriental Dance teacher is coming back to teach a Day of Bellydance on the 27th May
I would like to share with you one of my Zoom class recordings.
This one is a variation on a sequence for emotional stability – a sequence for times when you feel a bit weary with tiredness, stress, anxiety or whatever it is that you are going through.
You can of course join the Zoom classes every Tuesday at 7.30 – 8.45pm – we work on different aspects of the yoga practice each week and you can try a class for free!
If you would like to read more, check out my 60 day juice fast blog here
Wishing you all sunshine, health and love this spring and beyond!
Martina, Stuart & the boys