fully woven is a collection of embodied mindfulness activities that have been shown to be effective in calming the nervous system and quieting the mind. Activities such as hatha yoga, creative arts, journaling, meditation, retreat, and walking. All activities and practices offered are informed by strength-based and trauma-sensitive principles.
I trust these activities and practice them myself to effectively manage my mental health and strengthen my immune system. Drawing from almost 40 years of contemplative practices, 18 years as a Third Order monastic, and more than a decade devoted to the eight limbs of yoga I seek to create a space where you can unfurl and sink into yourself.
I am an experienced retreat and workshop facilitator as well as a trauma-informed yoga teacher and therapist. I teach in the community and also have a private practice focused on emotional and mental well-being.
Why this phrase “fully woven“?
“fully” because when we are fully immersed and fully engaged — that challenge vs skill sweet spot — we are in a transcendent state and open to growth. The word is also a cheeky nod to me being a full-bodied woman. And because I’m a feminist and a yarn enthusiast I find it interesting that the cottage industry of fulling wool has contributed to women’s autonomy and economic freedom throughout history and across cultures.
“woven” because I love to weave; whether it’s a good tale or a colourful piece of cloth or a mindful yoga sequence. Furthermore, I reckon woven is an apt metaphor for our seemingly disconnected and lonely existence because if we stop and examine our lives, we will see not only our own rich tapestry but also our unique thread in the vastly intricate fabric all around us.
What is embodied?
Embodied is being aware of your body’s sensations, movements, and expressions. Far too often when we experience trauma we check out. Our wise minds have various defence mechanisms such as disassociation, compartmentalisation, and repression to help us endure and survive. While these defence mechanisms may serve us well in time of need they cease being useful and are a hindrance when they become a learned response to any stress stimulus regardless of threat level. In practising embodied awareness when you feel safe and supported you can retrain the mind to stay present and involved with what you are experiencing.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a capacity to notice and acknowledge your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations—in any given moment—without judgement. If depression is ruminating on the past and anxiety is focusing on the future then mindfulness is inhabiting the present. Having a mindfulness practice can be your superpower and it is key to living well.
What are embodied mindfulness activities?
You know those moments when you’re absorbed in an activity and time ceases to exist? Those moments when you feel at peace and completely alive? Plugged in? Embodied mindfulness activities are those which you enjoy, have a level of aptitude for, and are challenging enough for you to feel both motivated and rewarded. This is what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow phase. I have resources to help you find your flow and it’s what I call being fully woven.