Namaste friends, Winter is definitely on its way here in Sydney which is a great thing for me because I am planning to hibernate and settle into some writing work. I’ve just agreed with my publishers that we will create a journal to support my book ‘Mindful Living’ as well as a deck of inspirational cards. We’ve been blown away by the success of ‘Mindful Living’ and I’m still receiving incredible emails from readers telling me what an impact it’s had in their lives. My favourite was from a woman in her 70’s who heard me on Radio National and then ordered the book. She wrote to me and said
‘What your interview and book has done is made me realize I have to trust my intuition. I do yoga and meditation most days and have done this for about 25 years. But it has become a routine and I have not been getting the benefits you describe. Something was missing and I think you may have helped me go about finding it. Thank you for what you do.’
Oh, this message lit me up! I’m so grateful that my work in the world is of benefit to others.
In addition to this I’ll be starting a first draft of another book later this year, working title at the moment is ‘Mindful Healing’. It is based on a series of women’s circles I ran in the last few months and takes the reader through a seven-stage process of healing that I have created including mandates such as ‘letting go’, ‘celebration’ and ‘manifestation’. Although it will be very much informed by yogic philosophy it’s a bit more in the self-help genre than my previous work. I’ve noticed where I share more about myself and my own journey of growth is where I am most able to help others. I am spending less time teaching (and practicing) asana these days and am much more engaged in meditation, reflection, journaling, circle work and the application of yoga philosophy and ayurvedic wisdom into my life. So, it makes sense that this is where my work is heading. As many of you know I got divorced last year, and it has been one of the toughest things I’ve been through in my life. It still is. This new book, and all of my work is a reflection of my own healing journey and my choice as a modern-day yogini to, as Yogi Bhajan so powerfully said, ‘keep up’ with spiritual life.
You’re probably gathering by now that I’ve got a lot of energy and momentum for my work in the world at the moment. As well as the writing this winter will see me collaborating with Botannix Yoga to launch a yoga teacher training program with them for which I am currently compiling the manual and faculty. It’s going to be a dream-team of teachers and a whole package of fresh content from me. The reading list alone is the stuff magic is made of! If you want to study yoga and go deep with me this is your chance. For advanced teacher training my module on Sacred Scripture is coming up later in the year at Sukha Mukha Yoga (as well as an in-person Ayurveda Goddess training).
Because I’m doing so many different things at the moment I’ve decided to create an overall brand for all my offerings, a new business name, ‘Bhakti Rose’. Bhakti is love, faith and devotion and ultimately pertains to love for the Divine in whatever form resonates for you. Rose is because I love roses and as a herbal ‘medicine’ rose holds enormous power for heart opening. Also as my dear friend Keith Kempis of Bija Yoga reflected I’m English by birth so perhaps there is a nod to the idea of the ‘English Rose’ in that name. And of course, rose means to rise up, and there is nothing I want more in my life than the rising up of loving devotion. Bhakti Rose.
When I came up with the name and I was playing around with it I asked a few friends what they thought. One friend and fellow yoga studio owner said ‘it’s badass goddess rock n roll’ another said it sounded like the name of an English pub. I love the goddess and believe it or not I love pubs too and so I had myself a business name.
Before I knuckle down to all the writing I’ve got a little travel lined up. I’m at Om Sweet Om on the south coast in June and again in July, supporting my dear friend and colleague Chantel on her teacher training offering. I’m also heading back up to Krishna Village for Ayurveda Sadhana training (where we will start filming some of the content for the online Ayurveda Goddess training I’m launching in February 2020). And I’m off to India for a short holiday, with a very dear friend. I’m sure I’ll be spamming your social media with India pics so you can all look forward to that.
I’m so grateful to have you all on this journey with me, may we continue to grow, to blossom and to flourish together.