Rulene Moolman

Prenatal Yoga vs. Regular Yoga

 

This lady, two rows in front of me is about half way through the most phenomenal transformational time of her life and I guess her to be about 20 weeks pregnant. The teacher is carrying on with her class like she doesn’t exist as she tries to work around the belly and her baby… I have to physically stop myself from getting up, interrupting the class, to go help her and guide her through this (and not educate the teacher on how to include preggie yogis).

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Dear mommie to be, why are you in my regular practise class? Do you not know that you are connected, physically plugged in, to the Source of Creation? You are embodying pure prana and pure Shakti energy.  A regular yoga class is not the place to honour and explore this dimension of existence. You are on a different planet, energetically, mentally and emotionally, and yes, maybe the physical aspect of the practise is beneficial, but what you need, dear mama, is a proper well structured, well guided class. A class that is customised especially for your expectant body. Don’t pretend that being pregnant is not the most amazing life changing thing that will happen to you. Do not believe the ‘norm’ that is just something to get through. I know you know how you want to raise this child, and want to give birth. But also remember that we are not living in tribal times and the support that we once knew, is sparsely scattered.

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I know you read somewhere that yoga is a good idea for coping with the dynamically changing expectant body, but do you even know that there is so much more available for you in a specialised class with a teacher who is passionate about guiding you on your journey? Can you even phathom the depths, the expanded horizons and the unlimited wisdom available at the tips of your fingers…. because I can promise you, that teacher standing in the front of your regular yoga class, might not, and she might not have the opportunity, resources or knowledge to guide you to dance on the edge of existence, where even angels tread with a whisper.  A place so sacred that you will not remember it with your ‘sober’ post preggie, post breastfeeding brain. It will all be a blur to you. If you allow yourself to go that distance, to surrender control and drift in the eternal ocean of consciousness, to go with the flow, you will reach a place inside of you, you never knew even existed. A place so powerful it might even scare you, but a place so familiar you will wonder why you don’t go there more often and why women don’t harness it, talk about it and revel in the joy and make it their constant companion.If you allow your mind, soul and heart to expand like your body is doing, to grow like the moon, to become full and shine, you will tread on the edge of existence and dance between dimensions. You will know when the time has come for you to reach into the realm of souls, hold on for dear life onto the soul that chose you, and guide it with love, grace, conviction and confidence into this realm. Because you know, dear mama, that when you birth your baby, you also birth a mother. The one you knew as yourself before birth, falls away, disappears into the deep pools of pure consciousness that resides in your baby’s eyes. And let me tell you, if you haven’t prepared for this, this can be a seriously daunting life shattering event, instead of a mindful peaceful transition.

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I don’t want to tell you about the benefits of yoga during pregnancy because you can find tons and ton of information on the internet. I DO NOT want to convince you that preggie yoga is the best thing for you during the three trimesters (and even fourth trimester). I DO want to tell you that these 40 odd weeks, will be the most profound time in your life (until baby comes of course), and that you need to find ways to tap into it as often and as efficiently as possible. Yoga is a good way.

If you’re keen on joining a class, let me know.


FREE Yoga in the Botswana Bush

Join me in the Okavango at the Yoga LiLy tent for some free flow and flying during the music festival.

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At the end of August, the annual music festival, Okavanga Delta Music Festival, will be held close to Maun. Myself, and another Yogi will be hosting and teaching at the Yoga Lily Tent. Yoga will be free for all festival goers. So it’s a double whammy, getting your Zen on, while jolling like the rockstar you are in your heart.

The proceeds of the festival will be going to uplifting a local community;

On the edge of the Delta, in Tsutsubega, lies an exquisite complex of tree-lined islands surrounded by floodplains. Tsutsubega is a San name meaning “Place of the Emerald Spotted Dove”, a sweet little bird which occurs in abundance here.

This little Eden is home to approximately 500 people of mostly the ancient Bayei tribe. After consulting the community in a traditional gathering called a Kgotla, the community has given permission for the Okavango Delta Music Festival organisers to host an annual, three-day festival on ‘Rockston Island’ in Tsutsubega in return for assisting them to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way.

(Photo: Kgotla meeting where the Tsutsubega community agreed with Adrian Dandridge to host the Festival with the aim of improving their livelihoods and uplift their community).

The Festival will help the community of Tsutsubega derive direct economic benefit from environmental tourism through the campsites, employment at the festival and the Festival profits will provide them with a bore-hole for drinking water. Other community projects in the area that the Festival is also implementing including a literacy programme and stimulation centre, and also setting up ‘Feed a Child Botswana’ in the area to ensure the children in the community receive at least one nutritious meal a day.

Yoga classes and schedules;

The free yoga classes on offer will include Vinyasa, Hatha and Aerial. Click here for more info on Aerial Yoga.

Click here for the schedule.
The teachers will include myself, the wild child Reneé.  Renee lives in Botswana and are passionate about Africa and her inhabitants, humans and animals alike. Besides our love for the heart beat of Africa, we also share a common love for Yoga. This love will be poured into the Yoga Lily Tent and our classes.
Your Zen is guaranteed.

Meet the teachers

Renee Klopper; proper bush yogi
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Renee Klopper

Adventurer.Traveller. Explorer. Heart4Africa. Passionate. Connected. Scorpio. Yogi. Fitness freak. Wildlife lover. Bush girl. Foodie. Ms.Reneé. Zenseeker. Balanced.

Reneé is a fitness enthusiast and a qualified Yoga Instructor. She did her yoga studying and qualifications in India. Born in SA, bread in Maun – a proper bush girl at heart. Passionate about Botswana and the magical Okavango Delta and excited to share the magic through yoga. She loves travelling, hiking and exploring new places. Reneé backpacked through South East Asia with many adventures to share and her next big trip is to South America. Family and friends come first for her. Dark chocolate, coffee and wine are a few of her favourite things.

Rulene Moolman; yogi from Jozi.

Ahhh, I’m sure you must know me by now… I’m the eternal student. Always learning and expanding my horisons, wether I’m working, doing a course or looking after my boys.

if you need to know more about me, click here.

Bookings and tickets

There’s three options with regards to camping, fully self sufficient, semi glamping and full on glamping. For more information and your festival pass and info go to okmusicfestival.com.

See you in the bush… on your mat and in the sky…..  :D

PS; you can watch our promo video here.

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A quick look at AERIAL YOGA

Yoga made fun, Inversions made easy and safe

It may seems super intimidating… but doing aerial yoga is very accessible and really fun to do.

Beginners are welcome – all that’s needed is an open mind and a willingness to explore.

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The classes are structured and presented in such a way that everyone is able to participate.
The student builds upper body strength while toning and sculpting core muscles. Stretches are intensified as asanas are held deeply while activating stabilising muscles.
Inversions are safe for any kinds of back or neck issue and no compression in the spine means an easier and safer pose. During inversions gravity aids in decompressing the spine while all the benefits for conventional yoga is still valid.

Shavasana (relaxation) is imperative at the end of any class, and every student always welcome a time to chillax. Relaxation and integration in an aerial class is done in the hammock; the student feels safe, held and nurtured while suspended in mid air.

So what are you waiting for… join your nearest class and turn your world (safely) upside down. You might just have fun while doing it.

I teach at EarthYoga every Friday @9h00. Please book by emailing izelleyogi@gmail.com

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Coping through Christmas Chaos

Staying sane during the insanity

We all know the feeling; you had twelve months to look for the perfect gift, find the perfect holiday breakaway, but now I’m trying to squeeze everything last minute. As if the world is going to end if I don’t finish the to do list of stuff by the 25th of December. It borders on craziness and insanity. The roads are filled with impatient people ready to say goodbye to office and halo to the beach. Frustration and irritation builds between couples as the kids start their holidays early. It’s just that time of year where the wheels come off. So I thought everyone will benefit from my by now, well refined, tried and tested coping techniques;

1) Do Wine Yoga…!

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Find a spot in your house, poor a glass of wine and do some wine yoga. Also give some to the dog if he/she interferes. Rather not inebriate the children. This time of year you will be regarded as an amazing parent if you stay sane. So switch on the TV, let them watch the hundred thousand’s episode of Blaze or Paw Patrol or Bubble Guppies (you know, those episodes you’ve seen a thousand times and know the words off by heart…?) and do your wine yoga.

One sure benefit is that you will get more flexible with each sip. Take a look at excellent poses while not wasting a drop below;

2) Online shopping is your new best friend

STAY AWAY from the shops and malls and places that will have you in the looney bin in no time. The queues alone are insufferable. Then, finally you are at the till and they don’t take cash…WT efffff? How can you not take cash? Or they’re offline or the voucher system is not working. Just thinking about it I get my knickers in a twist.
Did you know that DisChem and Woolworths and Pick’nPay now have online shopping. You will have all your goodies delivered at your door in no time. Not to mention things like Takealot, Loot or BidorBuy. Finding that gift for your sister-in-law’s fiancé’s mother is a breeze. And ‘no deodorant’ is no reason to go into Checkers.
You can even order all your party catering with either Pick’n Pay or Checkers. And for those lazy nights in, checkout UberEats and Mr D.
So get yourself a glass of wine and get shopping on -the – line.

3) Organise playdates with mommies who drink wine

And better organise them for the afternoon; you don’t want to be dubbed the ‘dronk mamma’ of the group….Thís way you whack 3 flies in one shot;

(1) Your kids have friends to play with and is not driving you bonkers

(2) You will have some grownup conversation.. and wine..AND…

(3) you’ll be saving your friend’s sanity as well. Saving the world one mommy with one playdate at a time. You know what they say; Charity begins at home.

All this while you don’t have to worry about your groceries because Pick’n Pay will deliver later today. Dinner is sorted and you’ve scheduled a delivery. So all you have to do is sit back, make sure your toddler doesn’t kill the baby and have a fat chat with your buddy.

4) Do NOT waste your time on social media – and cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

If you want to drink more wine to suppress the depression from watching other peoples’ “fabulous lives” on Facebook… go ahead. Open the app. Just remember that people always put the cool stuff on there. Everything that makes us look good and feel good about ourselves, thát goes onto Facebook. Because it’s a sure way to validate whatever you’re doing.When we get enough likes on Instagram for the ‘perfect picture’ or the compliments on the new profile picture then the world just validated our existence. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t help to compare myself to other ‘perfect lives’ and find what’s missing in mine. Instead of realising my own blessings and as corny and cheesy as it sounds, having gratitude for what I have. On top of this, what I can give. After all, isn’t this the season for giving; giving myself the recognition I so desperately seek from other terrestrial earth dwellers. And the chocolate I really want… and maybe the time off to go to Cinema Prestige (because they serve wine in there – and at the same time you can be grateful for not having to share you Whispers with your toddler (and having to find them half eaten stashed in your couch))

oh… and I almost forgot….:

5) Breath – and count to 10.. or 20… or a 100.

Do not underestimate the power of your breath. It’s probably the simplest most accessible calming tool you will ever posses. When we breath with awareness we create Prana. When we have Prana there is space in the body. When there is space in the body one can have perspective. When you have perspective, you can find the bottle of wine easier.

 

There you have it. Apply these 5 coping techniques and you will survive the Silly Season sanity in tact.
May you all have a blessed festive season and a very happy new yeahhh!!

Namasté

 

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Stress is not for sissies.

The alarming effects of stress.

It almost seems like a a trend to be stressed. How many times a day do you hear the words ‘what a stressful day I’m having’ or ‘I can not deal with the stress of this’? Everyone, everywhere seem to have some kind of stressful life. It is the signs of the times.

Some people don’t even realise that they are stressed. The body reacts to a variety of things and can go into a stress response due to the food we eat, the thoughts we believe or the more obvious, the work or job we do. So you can see that stress can be regarded as a ‘normal’ response.

We live in a day and age where a ‘stress’ response is inevitable on a daily basis.  Some people use the adrenalin to get their proposal or presentation done in time which can be a good thing. However, continuous stress, without proper relaxation, can have a huge impact on our health and quality of life and can lead to chronic disease such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Heart Disease and even Obesity. Common stress symptoms and signs on chronic stress include:

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

What happens to the body when a stress response is triggered?

The stress response is what we know commonly as the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode of the body. You get a fright, there is looming (or seemingly so) danger at hand. The hypothalymus gland in the brain, tells the adrenal glands on the kidneys, to release adrenalin and cortisol. The heart beats fast to distribute blood and oxygen to the muscles in legs and arms in preparation for a fight or to run away.

Old news right? Right. However, subtle dynamics comes into play; when we are a stressful situation we only take short shallow breaths meaning less oxygen and blood distribution. The body will go into pannick and will then give a signal to the brain that there is more danger and that more adrenalin or cortisol is needed which then puts more stress on the endocrine and cardiovascular system. This can lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, sharp shooting headaches and very tense muscles. It can also lead to an asthma attack if you already have this condition.

If you have many stress triggers in a day, your heart works too hard for too long, putting a lot of strain on the blood vessels in the body raising your risk for heart attacks or strokes. You can also see here that during a ‘Power Meeting’ at work or a fight with your spouse you will get less oxygen to the brain, making you 30% less ‘compos mentis‘ in the moment.

It doesn’t stop there, in short the following will also happen;

  • Your muscles will tense up leading to achy, stiff and tight muscles in the back, shoulders and neck leading to headaches etc.
  • The Liver will produce glucose for energy elevating the blood sugar levels which can lead to Diabetes and eye problems.
  • The Reproductive system takes strain influencing your fertility (men and women) and the menstrual cycle (if you’re female).
  • Too much cortisol will have an effect on your immune system, making you more prone for illness.

The physiological stress response is not just triggered by fighting with your kids or spouse, it is also triggered by smoking, alcohol and caffeine. Even the food we eat or the thoughts we believe can have a ‘stressful’ impact on the body.

I found this video that explains the process in a few minutes; Click here

Ways to deal with stress.

The best way to deal with the effects of stress on the body and mind is to relax. The best way to relax, and the quickest, is to take slow, deep and conscious breaths. Whenever you feel that your breath is short and shallow, stop and take a few deeeeeeeeep breaths. You will instantly feel better.

Yoga and meditation has also proven to be very beneficial when it comes to stress release. Below is also a link that will take you to a Yoga sequence you can try at home to de-stress. I also found this video on youtube on yoga for stress. Make an effort and go watch it, and double up the effort to do it with.

De-stress with Yoga

Yoga Nidra is, according to me, the best de-stressing method that exists on this planet. It is an old technique inducing bliss and relaxation. During Yoga Nidra, our minds and body relax and the connection between, breath, body and mind is re-established creating a overall sense of well being. Click here to take 30min out of your busy schedule  and listen to a Yoga Nidra (Conscious Relaxation).

MYYO can also help with the symptoms of stress, releasing muscles and re-establishing blood flow, balancing out the body and mind.

Take time to spend with loved ones, interact and connect with other human beings. This will  create a feeling of ‘belonging’ giving you a place on this earth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you understand the subject a little better and that you will soon be breathing deeper and snapping less.


Pilates vs. Yoga.

A frequently asked question, answered.

Many people confuse Yoga and Pilates and think that they have to choose between the two. Below is an article and schematic presentation on the differences between the two disciplines. Go have a look. It will give you the basics on the fundamental differences. Just keep in mind that the biggest differences between the two goes much, much deeper then just this:

The difference between Yoga and Pilates.


MYYO, Live Life Painlessly.

MYYO is a simple, non invasive, straight forward technique for the treatment of pain.

Some people find the technique rather unimpressive but have found that the results are remarkable. The technique can be applied to any living human being with any type of pain, even if you are used to living with the pain. There is no need to ‘cope with’ or ‘deal with’ anything uncomfortable and pain related, all you need is a MYYO session.

So what is MYYO and how can it help me?

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‘MYYO’ is a combination of two words MYO (Greek for muscle) and YO (yoga).  It’s a technique that’s been develop specifically for pain relief. When we talk about pain, it includes a sprained ankle, headaches or even chronic pain due to diabetes or MS.

Pain is not always straight forward as your shoulder can be sore due to a heart problem. The whole body work as a unit and finding the root of the cause can be tricky.

Your MYYO practitioner (in this case, me), will apply gentle pressure onto the muscles in order to release tiny trigger points that might be causing the discomfort. By releasing these trigger points, blood and oxygen flow is re-established, bring the body back into balance in order to heal itself.

The biggest difference between MYYO and any other treatment of pain (including acupressure, acupuncture, fascia release massage)  is the stretches – this is where ‘yoga’ comes in. Once a trigger point has been released, it is necessary to ‘re-educate’ the muscle so that the trigger point do no form again. This way you stay pain free. The process, you can imagine, isn’t a fast magical process, but takes time and dedication.

I know what you’re thinking; I don’t want to do weird stretches, I work in an open plan office, what will people think of me… etc etc. Rest assured, these stretches are gentle and subtle and can be done anywhere any time, without you getting a few stares and glares. The stretches are yoga-inspired, but it’s not the yoga you are envisioning right now. However, these stretches are of super importance. By doing ‘your homework’ daily, between sessions, you keep sending messages to the brain that the energy flow is normal and there is no need to go into protective mode. This way the trigger points will start to form less and less. The stretches you don’t have to do for the rest of your life, but it is advisable to carry on with some sort of exercise or yoga so the body doesn’t form another set of trigger points due to bad habits.

Email me to book an appointment and get rid of those little niggles and discomfort.

Here you can read more about the technique on the official website  and click here to watch a short video on the very subtle, noninvasive yet very effective MYYO technique.


Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has so many benefits, so I’ve listed a few that come to mind :).

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Improve metabolism
  • Manage stress
  • Build self-esteem
  • Build immune system
  • Create proprioception
  • Aids in Detoxification
  • Anti-aging
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Integrate bodily functions
  • Boost your mood
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-control
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Improves concentration and attention span
  • Calms you down
  • Improves joints’ range of motion – reducing the risk of arthritis
  • Improves dexterity
  • Builds endurance
  • Improves reaction time
  • Improves depth perception
  • Disease prevention
  • Symptom reduction and alleviation

And The list goes on and on…..


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