Yoga -Bowen day 9th June.

We have made an extension to our early bird offer of £45. You can now apply till 19th. May! In this session we will be giving particular attention to the spine, in both standing and floor postures, with Bowen in between.  It will be an interesting and restorative day. Hope to see you there.

The Yoga tree, All saints Green. Norwich. NR1 3NB.  10.30.-4.30pm

to book contact Maxine at yogawithmaxine@outlook.com

Yoga-Bowen day 4

Update… Yoga-Bowen day March 17th 2019

 

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For this, our fourth workshop, Maxine and Natalie will be offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga and Bowen Technique, the different ways in which we move. Exploring both floor and standing postures, there will be particular attention given to the spine, and the experience of opposing forces; lightness and lift, ground and support, aspects that affect all living things.

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019            Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £50. Early bird £45 (if booked by 28th Feb.)

To Book: www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk

Maxine and Natalie have again brought together their practices to devise a day of enquiry and insight with particular attention given to the way in which we move.

The day will be divided into four sessions, each of which will be repeated before the gentle (optional) application of Bowen Technique.

There will be a theme of enquiry that relates to different options for movement, working with and against gravity to find the most harmonious movements. We will sometimes work with the body as ‘whole’ and sometimes with differentiation of the parts.

The work is not about stretching, but it might be…it’s not about doing postures better, but that be an outcome……

The day will also be punctuated with some breath awareness practice.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

This workshop is relevant for new comers, and for those who have attended previous days, as a continuation.

For more information about Maxine or Natalie please go to

www.bowentechniquenorwich.co.uk

www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk

 

Yoga-Bowen Day – March 17th 2019

A Collaborative Day of Yoga & Bowen Technique

Myself and Maxine Matthews – Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Teacher  will for this, our fourth workshop, will offer offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga and Bowen Technique, the different ways in which we move. Exploring both floor and standing postures, there will be particular attention given to the spine, and the experience of opposing forces; lightness and lift, ground and support, aspects that affect all living things.

Our philosophy– There is no need to try and fix the body, but simply to bring awareness to what harms us or restricts natural movement, creating opportunity for change in the body.

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019. Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: £50. Early bird rate: £45 (if booked before 28th Feb)

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

To Book:  contact yogawithmaxine@outlook.com or bowentechniquenorwich@gmail.com

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer….

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Deep Listening Intensive- with Rosamund Oliver

 

Since early last year I have been trying to find the best way to develop resilience, both in my life and working practice. With all the chaos and change that is happening in the world, I wonder how we can authentically be there for each other? The shock of seeing the shadow present in so many of our major institutions, how can I find and develop trust without hardening to hopelessness?  deep- listening- cert- 2018

Last October I received a certificate in Deep listening, from Ros Oliver, after attending a five day intensive course at Dzogchen Beara.   If you have never had the opportunity to visit or stay, I really recommend it, either for educational purposes (they run a wide varying education programme) or for a bit of R&R, it is the perfect place to unwind and discover your natural pace. I am drawn to contemplative ways of working and was made aware of the course via Rigpa’s spiritual care programme. They offer a non-denominational, contemplative-based care and education, to discover our own inner resources for well-being and wholeness. (In my next post, I will tell you in more detail about an on line course I did with them, on Cultivating mindfulness and Awareness in End of Life Care.)

Deep listening combines two streams in it’s development: contemporary psychology and the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness and compassion. The course is open to all professionals from all professions. Our group ranged from body workers, Soul Midwives, palliative care volunteers , lawyers working in the field of conflict resolution, GP’s, film makers, bereavement councillors, psychotherapists, parents, clowns, yoga teachers, nurses, consultants and the added bonus was that half the class was Dutch. Deep listening is growing fast in the Netherlands due to the hard work of the deep listening team and the open heartedness of the Dutch.

The programme for the five days was well structured, informative and practical. All the exercises were hugely informative and innovative. In the Seminars, we learnt about the elements that make up the deep listening model, how to listen deeply, what qualities are needed to listen deeply, what is the somatic experience of deep listening…Ros taught us how to give and receive feed back, which became a vital tool in understanding how it feels to listen. All the time, we were developing awareness and skills, that could help us let go of judgement and the need to find answers.

The practice of deep listening provides an opportunity as a listener, to come into our body with awareness, provide a supportive presence and generate a compassionate connection. This model of listening gives protection for both the speaker and the listener. The listener is present to ‘what is’ and provides a compassionate, congruent, non- judgemental safe space for the speaker to say what’s on their mind, without interruption or interjection, which allows truth to surface and for answers to be discovered for oneself. For me I find it most useful in difficult situations, where words a rendered useless, where there is nothing to be said, it helps me to build the resilience not to flee when faced with difficulty and to avoid burn out. It has taught me to care and look after myself so that I can genuinely be there for the other. For more information about Deep listening and for course information please click on the link in the second paragraph.

 

 

Yoga-Bowen Day. What does it mean to be grounded?

What does it mean to be grounded? This is a question that Maxine and I have been fascinated with. It’s a phrase that is bounded about, but what does it really mean to us?  What does it FEEL like to be grounded? How can we be more grounded? We decided to devise our Yoga-Bowen workshop around exploring what our idea of being grounded is?

‘Gravity is fundamental to our existence, and all human activity has its basis in our response to its force. One simply and intelligently gives weight to the ground, not hanging or collapsing under its force, but sensitively and delicately, from moment to moment, getting out of the way to allow our weight to go down and our best response to be revealed’- Unknown

Grounding is an expression of our planetary life. Grounding grows out of being born. It grows out of coming into the world with a body. We plant ourselves in the world. Our natural function grows roots on one end and leaves and branches-social relationships-on the other – Stanley Keleman

Above are a few of the quotes that we used to ‘hang’ the day on. These phrases become an important signpost for turning discussion into a physical understanding. We spend a lot of time workshopping the sequences that Maxine devises out of her wealth of intelligent movement. We want the sequences to fit as closely to the influences we are using, and then add in the appropriate bowen moves. We made the decision to focus attention on where we contact the ground most, we felt it would be insightful to focus attention on our ‘rootedness’ and contact with the earth, So for us, this workshop became all about giving attention to the feet.

We organise the day in four sections that go like this….Sequence-Bowen-rest- repeat sequence- breath awareness-rest. We have noticed, and had verification through participant feed back, that this combination offers time and space for slowing down, noticing what is happening and integration.

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We began the day with self massage and focus on the feet. Giving equal attention to the soft paddy parts of the foot and the boney parts. We used the first session to ‘wake up’ and engage the feet so they were prepared for the day ahead. In the second section of the day, our participants worked together in pairs, exploring movement that originates from the foot. Partner work can be incredibly informative as there is a chance to have a witness/observer and then to receive feedback. After lunch we did a lot of standing work giving the chance to explore the walking pattern. The last session was more floor based, ending up using the wall as way to explore the term..”when something goes down, something else goes up”

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Regardless of our personal history we are all suitable candidates for change. – John Stirk

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‘One can talk about freedom, resting, engagement and relating better and all these things, but they only carry meaning when they come from experience. By quieting down one gets that as an experience, and not just an idea’. Ed Fellows

Below is some feed back we received from our participants…

Did you find the day useful ?
Yes, it made me aware of small movements in my body.
I found the repetition particularly useful and noticed the Bowen made a real difference.
What have you most enjoyed and what will you take away?
How relaxed I feel.
Because we explored a few movements in depth I think I will be able to practice these in my everyday life.
The slowing, the movements, the gradual building. I hope to practice this approach.
Great day. Maxine’s teaching is very clear and concise, lovely use of language.
The Bowen ‘adjustments’ were useful and helpful to the movements.
Relaxing… Grounding… ‘Befriending’ my body – tuning into it’s innate knowledge.
Other comments
I think I will take a lot of this experience away with me and can put it into my own practice. It was lovely to have the time to explore the movements and to have Maxine’s instructions. The Bowen did increase my spinal twists.
We can see that there is something happening in this work. The combination of Bowen and Yoga has such great possibilities and we hope to keep providing these day so that we can continue to explore at a deep level.

Bowen Therapy – A personal account

Bowen Therapy – A personal account.

In February 2018, I fell heavily onto my right shoulder, breaking my upper humerus in two places and stretching the shoulder joint somewhat, but not dislocating it. The NHS and Physiotherapist did their bits well and speedily and I was warned about the length of time recovery would take. It was also suggested, in view of my age, that movement would not be as good as it was before. I thought I could handle it.

For the first six weeks I followed advice except that the analgesia I was advised to take did little to alleviate my pain and had unwanted side effects, so apart from the occasional panadol, I didn’t use them. When my sling came off, things got worse. Every movement of my right arm was painful and sleep was constantly disturbed. My spirits sank and I fell into a dark place for a while, feeling as though I’d never be right again. It was at this point I sought help. My instinct led me to be kind to my broken bit and try to help my body – not be angry with it.

This is when I found and contacted Natalie Lang. I wasn’t sure that the Bowen therapy would be suitable in my situation but Natalie thought it may help.

The first session was a turning point for me – the treatment was tailored to my condition and did not cause me pain. The most important outcomes for me on that occasion was the confidence and calm that came to me. I felt I was on the path to recovery and that healing was possible. Subsequent sessions were adapted to my changing condition and each one left me feeling different and a step further on. I learned to listen to my body more and to work with it, with kindness.

From my first visit, I learned to exercise my body gently and regularly. Gradually my range of movement increased and the pain diminished. Sleep returned quickly and was a boon. I’m learning still. My body is somewhat tense and awkward and I hope to continue learning how to look after it better. It’s never too late, I am 70 years old and very thankful I found such a wise therapist.

Sue Lake.

13th September 2018

PS My pain is gone and full movement is 98% restored.

Yoga-Bowen Day. 28th October 2018

A Collaborative Day of Yoga & Bowen Technique

with

Maxine Matthews – Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Teacher with 18 years teaching experience

And

Natalie Lang – Bowen Practitioner with 14 years professional practice

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In this third workshop Maxine & Natalie will be offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga & Bowen Technique, ‘what it means to be grounded’. Working from the feet upwards, the day will focus on restriction verses ease and support verses tension.

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

Date: Sunday 28th October 2018

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £45. Early bird £40 (if booked by 28th Sept.)

To Book:  contact yogawithmaxine@outlook.com or bowentechniquenorwich@gmail.com

 

Maxine and Natalie have brought together their practices to devise a day of enquiry and insight to aid movement and melt away restriction.

Our philosophy– There is no need to try and fix the body, but simply to bring awareness to what harms us or restricts natural movement, creating opportunity for change in the body.

We have devised this workshop to focus on bringing awareness to our contact with the earth, to draw on its constant support and how it can offer both rest and expansion. There will also be subtle (optional) application of Bowen Technique, and some breath awareness practice.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

This workshop is relevant for new comers, and for those who have attended previous days, as a continuation.

For more information about Maxine or Natalie please go to www.bowentechniquenorwich.co.uk

www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk

 

Reflections for a Tuesday Morning….

Today I have been reflecting on pain. What is it trying to tell us? What is it that needs healing?

It is not uncommon to describe an injured part of us ‘BAD’, particularly if the restriction has been with us for a long time. It gets the blame for stopping us from doing what we need to do, which often results in frustration, anger, upset and in chronic cases depression. We become unable to relate to ourselves as we are used to. Our capacity to ‘do’ even the most mundane actions, brushing our hair or putting the kettle on, can make us feel redundant and reliant on others. Being incapacitated in this way can set up belief patterns which make us feel ‘useless’ and ‘invisible’.

So what is our pain trying to show us? I often wonder how our injured arm, leg, shoulder, knee, back feels at being referred to as BAD? Surely this way of describing our wounded part, connotes something that is has done wrong? When in fact it has only been following the desires of the brain, both conscious and unconscious? When we describe was is not functioning well in us, as ‘BAD,’ do we in fact undermine our healing process by highlighting our imperfections, chastising them, creating a distortion in our understanding about ourselves, which in turn leaves us open and vulnerable.

When we don’t like what is happening to us, it is a natural reaction to want to push it away. Would we treat an injured animal or child with such disdain? Unlikely, so why are we so quick to ‘tell ourselves off’ and abandon ourselves?

So my question is…… How can we transform our understanding of what our wounded part is telling us? Maybe the answer is to look a little deeper? Yes, you may have been making the bed and twinged your back, but what was happening before, that made you blind to any tension that may have been building up in that area of your body? Did it give you any signs earlier in week, that you may have ignored? Did you just carry on regardless in blind distraction, with the expectation that your body SHOULD just work for you, despite all the stress and abuse it gets?

What is your pain trying to tell you? Could it be an invitation to slow down? To Stop? To rest? Is it indicating a need to change your routines or belief patterns? What do you do that harms you? What does it want us to know?

The attitude of a ‘BAD’ anything is negative and counter intuitive. I believe it is a deception which leads us away from an opportunity for healing, into Cul-de-sac of negative feeling and circular self- destructive patterns.

So when our bodies manifest a restriction, and it becomes what is ‘WRONG’ or ‘BAD’ with us, maybe, this is actually and opportunity for bringing wounds (some maybe buried for years) to the surface for healing. If we can transform our understanding of our pain, we can realize that nothing is ‘going wrong’. With this reassurance we have a choice to react  with an attitude of  loving kindness towards ourselves. Helping us to raise our  awareness, take control of our fear, increase our levels of self care, creating an opportunity for healing that is truly for our highest good.

 

 

A Poem I wrote…

Today I was going through my note books looking for some reference material, and I found I poem I wrote in 2015. I want to share it with you…

If only my damaged body knew

that equality means, same for me, same for you.

Same for every-body-every-living-thing,

enough to go round, enough to sink in.

Enough for all, complete , intact, enending

Ego- mind, not knowing that.

Shut up like shutters, nothing can get past

protection against,

“it won’t be enough”  “it won’t last”

I’m faulty

Wondrous, Enchanting,

Loathsome.

Welcome skin,

Skin i’m in.

Remember it’s porous,

So love can get in.