Shakti Goddess Pose:

by Carole Bourne

“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.  When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world”  Eckhart Tolle

 For over a month I’ve been absolutely in love and mesmerized by a wonderful book .

The Path Of Practice – A Women’s Book Of Healing.

It’s been circling me for a couple of years ……  and now …..  finally landed into the palm of my hands.  It’s written by a beautiful soul called Mother Maya Tiwari who I’ve been lucky enough to

Mother Maya’s teachings are influenced from Ayurvedic wisdom.  Mother Maya  has helped thousands of women over the years reconnect to their feminine energies and heal female health issues through beautiful mindful practices of food, breath work, meditation and chanting with healing sounds.

Mother Maya’s unique philosophy is all about tuning to your personal body wisdom and intuition by connecting with the primordial feminine healing power of shakti.

My morning ritual:

shakti goddess posePart of my morning ritual at the moment ( taken from Maya’s book) has been a combination:

* Goddess Shakti Pose (pictured left)

shiva linga hand mudra,

* a wonderful mantra from the goddess Durga (removal of obstacles)

Do I feel different?

Yes.  Absolutely.

I get a sense of being filled with more gentleness on the inside, am so much more aware of the feminine energy filling my belly (in fact I’m quite protective of its energy) and have a heightened intuitive sense. I feel more me, if that makes sense.

So, if all of this resonates with you then you’ll love the following Shakti asana Goddess pose.  I noticed a difference almost immediately – particularly with how my belly feels.

The potency of this pose is in how you direct your breath – and prana –  in and out of your body.

Recall your Shakti (feminine energy):

This is one of the first rituals Maya shares in her book.

She believes its a powerful way to cultivate the shakti-prana of the Divine Mother.

  • Lay on your back with your head pointing east
  • Stretch out your legs hip-width apart
  • Let your arms fall to your sides, palms up
  • Bring the soles of your feet together so that the knees fall to either side
  • Fell the stretch in your pelvis
  • Visualize the intake of breath coming in through your vulva.  Let this energy flow into your belly.
  • Slowly release the breath downward and out through your vulva.
  • With each breath imagine Shakti in the form of white light flooding your belly.
  • Hold the posture for approximately 5 minutes
  • It’s important to remember that shakti-prana is not exclusive to women.

I’d love to hear what you think.

You can find out more about The Path of Practice –   A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing by clicking here:

You can visit Mother Maya’s web site here:

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~ Recent Daily Ritual ~

When breathing is restricted and shallow your body doesn’t feel safe.

Muscles tense. Chest tightens.  Jaw clenches. You under-breathe.

The mind becomes anxious.  Thoughts race.

Know your breath is medicine.

Deepen, slow and relax your breath. Your body will soon follow. Feel safe and more in control again. xx Carole

Click here for today’s ritual.

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~ What I’m reading at the moment ~

thisiknow

 This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart by Susannah Conway.

I have a girl crush on Susannah. Her words. Her writing. Her honesty.  Her rituals. Her connection to pen and paper. Her kindred spirit.

This is a beautifully crafted book.  Each chapter a personal journey of Susannah’s story. Sudden death of a partner. Writing. Photography.

An exquisite adventure that prompts you to pause, reflect and unravel your own life.

This book is a keeper.  Not one you borrow from the library or friend and return. xx Carole

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