My philosophy is simple – find the magic, the fun, be enthused with every ounce of passion and ecstatic delight for each moment passing through your fingertips. Never stop being adventurous, learn to see life through the eyes of the wizardry of your soul rather than your over-controlling head. Literally – you get the inside right and the outside will fall into place.
We live in a Western world overly identified with the male dynamic, busy-ness, goal-orientated, every moment planned, forward thinking, linear, mind/head over-ruling body/feelings. Are we really surprised to find so many infertility issues these days and stress levels at an all time high?
We are all here as another’s teacher. Each class and practice is unique, unpredictable and visionary. Equally, the time of day, the cycles of the seasons, the moon, the planets etc all have a bearing on the energetic that is created and the energy that is built and magnetised. The Ishy Shala and The Ishy Retreat are sanctums of light, sacred spaces and healing realms that build, as clients sometimes say to me: “This is my church – when I come here I feel like I’ve come home”.
I teach you how to breathe in and exhale into the light and connect with the feminine energetic pulse – a healing realm for men and women. At first when you come to these sacred practices it’ll be over your head, you’ll over-think too much, you won’t get it, of course. We are conditioned that way. Taught to believe only what you see is real and that the unreal isn’t real. I can’t see the electricity running through my computer but it works. The body is the same – there’s an energy there you can’t see but it’s a place of beauty and awe where miracles unfold – just think of two people coming together in an ecstatic embrace and tell me that energy doesn’t exist!
I teach you to deeply connect to your body – to listen – the body is home – the mind lives in this home – it’s a part of home (like your bedroom or lounge) but by no means is it all and that’s where we go wrong. The western world teaches us to over-rationalise and over-think things – it creates huge judgmental, critical inner voices that annihilate us and in that we are completely missing the ‘language’ and rich landscape of the heart and feeling – missing the juice of connection – feeling ourselves, feeling another deeply. Instead we live in these dry ice palaces of our minds trying to control things, staying separate from each other, yet so much of life is completely out of our control.
Fitness and gyms can be rigid – their mentality seeks to strive, to overcome, to perfect the body – to whip it into some unnatural state of being – it works against the body, rather than with it – we spend so much of day pushing/striving why exhaust our nervous systems further? What we do here is more conscious, more advanced – strengthening, toning, yes but we are learning profound lessons of self-acceptance, self-awareness, self-governance – integrated embodied states rather than fragmented “not perfect/less-than/not-enough” mentalities and ever more stressed nerves. Why? Forget this stupid ‘ideal’ of what it has to look like, the shape it has to be, that’s just learnt behaviour, boring mind/critical inner voices that we all buy into and do nothing but keep you trapped, locked into a small contracted mind-set where the light can’t get in and causes over-excess, emptiness and feelings of lack.
Lets instead learn to embrace, love, honour, respect and expand this container we inhabit – to become more open, expressive, creative, sensusal, intimate, honest, empowered and ecstatic. If you can’t feel ecstatic and fully-loving, accepting about yourself how on earth can you expect anyone else to want to find that state with you?
It’s simple, stress and unhappiness comes when we are overly living in our heads and thoughts, denying ourselves, our feelings, our bodies, our needs – sort these out and any desire to over-eat, over-drink, over indulge in anything just falls away – instead you’re living from a grounded moment by moment reality – how cool is that!
Let’s be kind and really get this so our kids don’t have to repeat such damaging behaviour, let’s turn self-consciousness away from being a spotlight on the superficial outlayering of the body to the self-confidence of a light radiating from the body – that’s a huge shift of belief that instead of a transient light being directed at us by others, we are cultivating an ever-lasting light that shines from within.
Let’s change the trance we all live in at times, instead of it being so negative, let’s make it diviinely intuitive and full of bliss – a state of being where we learn to see life from that radiance – imagine the beauty of that! When we talk of the erotic today, let’s have that speak of the life force of women freely expressing and shining that creative empowered energy in all it’s awesomeness. Women in particular need to learn to enjoy their physical and emotional strength as a united and collective revolution.
I will help you to define your breath; stretch into all you are becoming; find the sacredness in each pose and resonate at a high level of being – literally a spiritually connected choreography between you and your god. I take you on a journey that will make you fitter, stronger, more in-touch and more flexible: mentally, physically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually.
“I am proposing that we re-conceive the dream. That we consider what would happen if security were not the point of our existence. That we find freedom, aliveness and power not from what contains, locates or protects us but from what dissolves, reveals and expands us.” – Eve Ensler