Event Calendar for Oct/Nov 2015

Greetings Friends!

It’s been a while since I updated you on my whereabouts and offerings.
I am still in Edinburgh awaiting news on my fiancee visa.
The past 6 months have been an amazing journey of patience, faith and trust…

For those of you who are in town over the next 7 weeks, check out my schedule… I’d love to see you!
The Moon Gatherings have been a huge gift to me during this time. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to share this with many of you already. If you have not bee to one yet, please come along to one of the listed dates below. The New Moon Gathering has a slight twist this time round, in that all are welcome, boys and girls! The Full Moon Gatherings are as usual, women only… thanks for understanding guys 🙂

Juice Feasts and cleansing are also on the menu this Autumn… what a great time to set intention to close 2015 clear, focused, balanced energized and READY for an EPIC 2016!!!!

My massage/body work/1:1 yoga offerings will continue at Meadowlark Healthy for Sport through Oct/Nov – I hope to see you in the therapy room if I have not already. For bookings go HERE. I will also continue to teach a few yoga classes at Meadowlark Yoga so check out the schedule HERE.

Stay well and with love

Cleansing/Detox | Oct/Nov 2015

Fundamentals Of Cleansing – More Information
6th November 2015 | 10:30 – 12:30pm | Meadowlark Yoga | £25

Juice Feast: 7 Day Program – More information
21st-27th November 2015 | Cafe 39 | £100
(NB: Introduction talk is on 20th November 18:00-20:00)

Moon Gatherings | Oct/Nov 2015

Full Moon Gathering – Women Only! More information
27th October 2015 | 07:00 – 9:30am | Meadowlark Yoga | £25 (Concessions apply)

New Moon Gathering – Unisex – all are welcome! More Information
11th November  2015 | 08:00 – 10:30am | Meadowlark Yoga | £25 (Concessions apply)

Full Moon Gathering – Women Only! More information
25th November 2015 | 07:00 – 9:30am | Meadowlark Yoga | £25 (Concessions apply)

Click HERE to book any of the workshops mentioned in this post!


'YOGA-SAGE' now available at Meadowlark!

I am delighted to announce I am now sharing my latest offering of ‘YOGA-SAGE’ with clients at Meadowlark Healthy For Sport.
If you would like to hear more about it check out this blog entry written by one of the directors of MHFS.
This offering has come into fruition particularly over the the past year, working with yogi’s and non-yogis alike who are all looking for the same thing… freedom in their movement.
It’s name ‘YOGA-SAGE’ was suggested to me by one of my regular clients back in Costa Rica, this season.
It all started when one of my clients asked me for a 1-2-1 yoga session with “…a bit of massage thrown in too…”!
This is where it began and since then I have fine tuned the session so that it flows more easily and can be adapted to almost any body.
I have found that by combining what I have learned over the years in my yoga teaching career, my personal yoga practice, hours of ‘hands-on’ time with many different bodies on the massage table and in the yoga studio, I have discovered a way to access the deeper blockages that may exist in a clients muscle tissue, fascia or (for a moment consider this as a possibility) perhaps even in their own minds.
I am excited to share this offering right here in Edinburgh!
Find out more HERE!
Contact me  to find out if this is the treatment for you or if you’d like to know more.
Bookings are taken direct through MHFS, if you have any issues getting an appointment, please do contact me.
Stay well and with love
Susan ♥

Update on my current yoga offerings in Edinburgh

Greetings everyone!

I trust you are all reveling in the delights of the spring, the buds bursting, the birds singing… the snow snowing…huh?!?!

The good news is I am sticking around Edinburgh long enough to be able to offer up a few more classes and workshops at Meadowlark.

  • First off I am introducing a delicious 75 minute, Friday evening class titled *TGI Friday* it’s scheduled on the ML timetable for the next 4 weeks…

This class involves an energetic warm up to shake off the week then a subtle wind down, easing you into a more yin/restorative practice that will help you switch gears – leaving you feeling calm, grounded, and ready for the weekend. All levels welcome. Expect sun salutations and a mix of standing poses before a gentle yin/restorative practice involving only seated/reclined poses.

Bookings and more info can be found here…

  • Back by popular demand… I am offering another Yin workshop this month following a sell out class last month.  This event is happening one week post full moon, right slap bang in the middle of the moons waning phase. It’s a great opportunity to connect with this transitional time of the month as we start to feel the pull to turn inwards.

Come and join visiting teacher Susan Reynolds for a yin journey, deep into the restorative aspects of our yoga practice. After spending the past 5 months in the lush mountains of Costa Rica, she is excited to share her latest jungle inspired offering. You will be guided through a deeply nourishing series of yin yoga postures followed by a therapeutic yoga nidra meditation which will open up every cell in your body to the powerful healing quality of ‘psychic sleep’. You will feel inspired to fully let go, deeply rest and restore your life force once more.

Bookings and more info can be found here…

I look forward to seeing you soon ♥

Yours in health and with love

x Susan x

Susan is back just in time for spring! Is it time you made time for a massage?!!

Greetings everyone ♥

After a beautiful retreat season in Costa Rica, I have returned to Scottish soil for a wee while.

I’ve had a busy few months offering lots of massage and yoga at Finca Mia, retreat center. Many of you might not even know I offered massage (yup, I kept that one quiet)! However, it was so much fun and I was so inspired while away that I have finally decided to officially offer my massages here in Edinburgh too. BUT… I am not sure how long I’ll be in Edinburgh for so catch me while you can!

I’ll be teaching some yoga classes at Meadowlark Yoga and I shall be offering my Swedish and Therapeutic Massage Treatments from the all new ‘Meadowlark Healthy For Sport’ therapy rooms, located right next to Meadowlark Yoga. Perfect! So if you are looking to get some Wee Yogi yoga in and/or a super indulgent massage while I am here, please contact Meadowlark directly to book your spot or appointment: 0131 228 7581

I offer 1 hour, 90 minutes or even 2 HOUR massages! No two treatments are ever the same. I offer a combination of many modalities, it just depends on what your body needs NOW. Here’s a little insight to what a recent client had to say about her treatment…..

“Well your massage was just delightful; I truly had a healing from you Susan, the pressure was just right, your hands got all the good spots! Also I loved the face and abdominal work … you truly made me and my body feel restored to its most natural and stable state…” SH

If you are still unsure, please just drop me an email and we can discuss if my treatments are right for your requirements right now.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on the mat or the ‘table’ (!) soon!

Stay Well & With Love

Your Wee Yogi,
Susan x

Buenos Dias Costa Rica!!!

Oh my! I am feeling very excited!
I just confirmed dates for my next retreat in Costa Rica…
Check out the details below

If you are wondering where on earth I am…
Well, after an epic 3 month road trip across the US I have ventured back to Finca Mia, Chirripo.
I’ll be here through December teaching yoga, offering massage and as always soaking up all this magical country has to offer.

I’ll be back in Scotland for the festive period and I am so excited for Twist & Sprout’s New Year retreat at Eastwood House…

After a cosy winter retreat at Eastwood I’ll be heading back out to Costa Rica for the rest of the Costa Rica retreat season…

I hope to see you at one of these events.

Pura Vida!

21 day (juice feast) download!

21 day juice feast
I just had my first taste of cacao in 21 days!
Ha ha ha! No wonder I am inspired to blog 😉
Yup, not only have I taken a cacao fast, I also took an unplanned break from food for 21 days and jumped on the juice feast wagon once more.
21 days of juice, juice and more juice… oh and for those who know the wee yogi juice feast method… some bee pollen and chlorella thrown in for good measure.
If you’re interested…

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. I take it in a chewable tablet form but you can buy it in caps, powder and liquid extracts too. These extracts contain “chlorella growth factor,” which is described as a water-soluble extract of chlorella containing a lot of good stuff like amino acids, peptides, proteins (up to 88%), vitamins to name a few. Chlorella products vary significantly depending on the way and where it is cultivated, harvested, and processed. As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds and so much more. My favorite benefit is it’s power to protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury. Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis. I don’t suffer from those but it’s these kinds of effect that tell me this stuff is a great all round algae medicine. Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.

Ok, so back to the 21 days and why…
If you follow my blog you may already know I just spent 8 weeks covering for my dear friend and yoga teacher Sarah while she took a short and sweet maternity leave from her Morning Mysore Yoga program at Love Yoga in Aberdeen here in Scotland.
During this time I hosted a group juice feast for the locals.
Although I thought at the start of this year I was done with juice feasting for a while, I felt strongly called to join in.
So, luckily, with my juicer and Vita-Mix beside me I embarked on what I thought would be a wee 7 day juicy journey.
7 days in and I was feeling that wonderful sense of clarity and vision I love so much about high quantity juicing and zero level solids!
But, there was something else happening I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
I sat with this niggling idea that I could continue and delve a little deeper…
I was teaching every morning with workshops at the weekend not to mention my own practice and lots of cycling about… could I mange to keep up the juice only option for 14 more days?

I decided to keep going, what’s the worst that could happen?
Any doubts I had were very quickly dissolved by the daily ‘downloads’ I started to receive.
It became clear very quickly this was not about the detox, more about a way to keep me tuned in and grounded, (yes you read that right I felt *grounded* on the juice!) during these 21 days.
I observed that there was a huge amount of change going on around me… not only in my life but in the lives of so many people around me.
By choosing this method I became able to stand strong and sit still in what felt like a whirlwind.
My mind quietened and I gave my self permission to sit back and observe my process as well as the processes of those around me.
There were times of extreme emotion (both my own and other peoples) and for the first time in a long time I again, allowed my self to observe it with a strong knowing that this would all pass, as it all does, and so I made the very most of it, I learned and grew in it as opposed to covering it up or denying it existed.

As the remaining 14 days unfolded I became increasingly aware of the illusion of *time*.
The days came and went and sometimes 1 hour could feel like a day, other times 1 day like an hour.
Whatever the weather, I sat with it and soaked up as much of the lessons I could see that were so beautifully wrapped up inside the experiences I or those in my life were having.
This emotional and spiritual side to juicing is something I love and connect to easily.
For me, the physical side has always come second…
For whatever reason, I have in the past, doubted or been suspicious of some of the feelings I might be getting in relation to what is going on… it takes me longer with this part, to connect the dots.
This time however, it seemed pretty clear.
I will go into the finer details more in a future post.
In general, the feeling was that this juice feast was an opportunity to ‘clean/clear house’ in order to make way for changes, experimentation and exploration.

In the physical realm I have always remained open and interested in how I fuel, medicate and allow my body to heal.
Indeed, I have learned our bodies are designed to heal… we just have to step out of the way and let that happen.
For 7, nearly 8 years, eating a raw vegan based diet (well actually, not strictly ‘vegan’ really as I includ bee products) I have felt my body go from alive to more alive to more ~ more ~ more ~ more~ more ~ alive!
Raw food has fueled every step I have taken from Scotland to Costa Rica and back again.
Winter, spring, summer…. monsoons, snow storms and tropical heat waves.
Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds have taken me from just living to thriving.
I have experimented with high fruit, high fat, high green, low sugar…
They all had there plus moments as well as there not so great times too.
One thing is for sure, I have used my body as a science lab…
Listening carefully, I offer ideas or methods for what may lead to deep healing and self exploration.

There is no part of me that doubts this ‘lifestyle’ is not one of, if not, *the* best method for detoxification and bringing ourselves back to our true nature.
However, there is *always* more to explore.
We are evolving and changing all the time…
As hard as that may be to accept for some of us…
This will change. Everything changes.
What’s super exciting is that as we change, as we *allow* ourselves to change, we expand and open our hearts to exponential growth on all levels ~ physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and beyond…
So, right now I am feeling very excited about the opportunity to again use my highly adaptable physical body as a place to explore changing and thriving a little further.
The changes I will make will not only come from what I put in my mouth but importantly (if not more importantly) *where* did it come from? And more…
I am really interested in getting as close to the source of my fuel as possible.
For example, if I were a meat eater, could I shoot the deer myself? If I were a milk drinker, could I milk the animal myself? Can I have direct contact with the farmer/grower/animals?
For me a more immediate question is, can I *find* it myself… near to where I am living?
What can I learn from exploring the immediate land around me, what lessons can I take from this earth, this water, the fuel I use to thrive upon it and in tune with it?
And, the list goes on… and on.

As I close this 21 day journey I am blessed with inspiration, motivation, intrigue and wonder.
If this blog post made any sense to you, sparked a question in you or just made you interested in what the scooby doo I am on about, then keep in touch… I hope to share it all with you as I go; honestly and humbly.
I feel I must not close without mentioning that this time on a juicy journey, taking care of myself, getting to know myself even more, has all been a *huge* support for me…
All that juice, chlorella and bee pollen combined with daily skin brushing, self abhyanga, a  massively increased meditation practice, chanting and LOTS more napping than usual… I was able to keep trucking through my 8 week city based mission to hold the space while Sarah held her new born baby boy! (named Dash btw & he is gorgeous!) 🙂
Even now, after so many juice feasts, I am left stunned by the power of this practice.
I am in so much gratitude for having found this method of detoxification, ‘digestive rest’ and physical/emotional/spiritual ‘resetting’.
To be continued…

I Love You

Love yourself.
At the end of the day, you only have you.
We are not alone in this life… but when it comes to the moment of making a long lasting change….
There is only you to give you the courage to keep going.
Sure, your friends, family & loved ones can always give you words of encouragement from where they are standing.
They can tell you about how they did it, how they pulled through.
Ultimately, only you can take the steps forwards.
Only you can find the faith you require wherever you are, whatever situation.
Only you know how and the answer is inside of you.
I have found that by learning to love myslef and give to myself exactly what I need with what I have around me, I become stronger, happier and so much more grateful.
Loving yourself…
Choose the things that make your heart sing.
Nourish yourself.
Give to yourself.
Follow *your* dream.
Don’t back down.
Have faith.
Falling into love with yourself…
It will open doors.
Clear cobwebs.
Bring you joy.
And that unconditional love for others we all struggle to find when we do not choose to love ourselves.
Wishing you and you and you a blissful New Moon on Saturday, also the beginning of the Mayan Moon Calendar year…
A great opportunity to find the true love you have been looking for… YOU!