Hello there and welcome to this month’s (July 2019) fertility and hormone inspiration. Each month throughout 2019 I have been offering monthly guidance – helping you build a hormone happy lifestyle. I draw cards from the Creation Fertility Toolkit. at each new moon
Please watch the short video to help you follow this months focus but if you don’t want too then read on …………..
Mindfulness to support hormones
This month I have drawn 2 cards – conception and a mindful meditation card. In addition I discuss the benefits of magnesium in your diet but I shall be sharing another blog about magnesium because there is so much to say. Anyway, let us begin.
This month we begin with mindfully connecting with the conception card (card 6)
OK – I know – I am not writing this for my sister site Creation Fertility which specialises in fertility and pregnancy but for this site which covers all hormonal and endocrine health issues. But you know the word conception does not have to mean physically conceiving a baby!
The conception card is very positive. It indicates that you have been working hard and the time is right for conception. If you are wanting a baby you would obviously welcome this card as it would be indicative that a “true” conception is likely but for many reading this article you may not be looking for a pregnancy. However, in this case, I would ask you to associate this card with confirmation that your great idea/new personal or business project; new chapter in your life (whether this is personal or career orientated) is on track. WOW. Drawing the conception card this month is so synchronistic because it connects so beautifully with the Solstice ritual I offered you last month. I love the way that everything is so inter-connected. Anyway, the emotional quality represented by this card is deep – indicating the time is ripe and encourages you to remain focused.
Mindfulness to support hormones – use mantra/chant
It’s vibration is believed to grant peace, release negative emotions and thoughts, helps maintain a positive focus and mindset, is energising and helps us to connect with the cycle of life. What stage of life are you currently at? Mother, peri-menopausal, post menopause, grandparent, carer? Being a meditation teacher and trained in well woman yoga I truly believe that Meditation and visualisation help create the perfect environment for happy hormones and a well balanced life. There is increasing research on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation which demonstrates that it
- helps reduce prolactin levels (a stress hormone which influences menstruation, conception, peri-menopause and much more)
- encourages a positive mindset and reduces depression, anxiety and helps you cope with stress
- supports healthy sleep patterns
- oxygenates the whole body which not only reduces cortisol (inflammation and a stress hormone) but also cleanses the body.
- Encourages hormone balance.
- From a more esoteric level meditation also helps connect with your inner being
Yogapedia explains this mindful mantra Sa Ta Na Ma as
One of the most ancient mantras
Traditionally used for its uplifting effect
It is believed to stimulate acupressure points in the palate of the mouth when chanting
The power of this mindful mantra rearranges the sub conscious mind
Has the power to break additions and negative thought processes
Synchronizes the two hemispheres of the brain, balances the five elements in the body & mind.
Activates the higher chakras and resets the pineal and pituitary glands.
- Sa — birth, beginning and the totality of the cosmos
- Ta — life, existence and creativity manifest
- Na — death and transformation
- Ma — rebirth, regeneration and consciously experiencing the joy of the Infinite
SA TA NA MA
to support your hormones
You can repeat the chant using hand mudras or mantra beads (I will explain this another day), just listen to the video below or simply use your breath.
Sing – when you need action; to get something done and to stop procrastinating!
Whisper – to calm and connect with your inner mind
Silent repetition – honouring the spiritual voice and activating your intuition
4 Part Energizing Breath Meditation
This is a great way to start using mantra. If you do this exercise daily for the month of July I am sure you will feel the benefits. It helps relax and energize and is really supportive for hormone balance.
How to do it. Sit straight. Take a moment to settle and connect with the present moment. You may even want to say “I am taking a moment for calm”. Now place the palms together at the heart center with the fingers pointing up. Focus at the brow point with eyelids lightly closed. Inhale, breaking the breath into 4 equal parts of sniffs, filling the lungs completely on the 4th. As you exhale, release the breath equally in 4 parts, emptying the lungs on the 4th. Once you have settled into this breath draw you awareness to your tummy button/womb centre area. On each part of both the inhale and exhale, pull the navel point toward the spine. (The stronger you pump the navel the more energy you will generate.) One full breath cycle (in and out) takes about 7-8 seconds. Continue for 2-3 minutes.
Now, let’s go deeper. Try adding the mantra Sa -Ta – Na – Ma mentally on both the inhale and the exhale.
If you press the hands very hard, and do it vigorously, 1 minute will recharge you. If you are feeling anxious or confused maintain the mantra for 5 minutes but if you have time I recommend you repeat it 21 times. You may find it helpful to use the hormone balancing crystal bracelet I have developed
To end, inhale deeply, press the palms together with force for 10-15 seconds. Create a tension in the whole body by pressing as hard as you can. Hold as long as possible. Exhale powerfully and repeat the inhale, hold, press. Exhale, relax and allow the tension in the body to vanish.
If you need rest, immediately lie on the back with the eyes closed and relax for 2-5 minutes. Take a few deep breaths, stretch, and you will be ready for action.
Here is a version of it for you to listen to or sing along
If you are not feeling a connection to this chant but are still interested in the concept of mindfulness then here are some simple alternatives and led audio meditations to introduce you to calmness. The first is a 17 minute breathing and grounding meditation, the second a 20 minute visualisation to help you smile within.
Begin by sitting or lying quietly in a place where you feel comfortable and will not be disturbed. You may wish to place your hands on your lower abdomen – the sacral centre, also known as the yoni, this is the area between your pelvic bone and naval.
Simple Visualisation: Mindfully, place your hands on your sacral area as demonstrated.
Now inhale deeply, pushing this oxygenating breath down into the reproductive area, the uterus, womb and fallopian tubes. As you inhale, notice how the breath as if by magic becomes the colour of carnelian – a deep orange – bringing warmth and vibrancy to the area. As you exhale – imagine that you are releasing stagnant energy. Take another deep breath – mindfully sending it into your belly and repeat.
For private 1-2-1 or small group meditation classes in Stroud Gloucestershire please contact email@example.com or call 07747 133170
Justine Evans ND B.Sc Nut. Medicine is a Registered Naturopath, Bodyworker, healer and nutritional therapist. She has completed the BWY Foundation Course as well as studied Well Women Yoga and Womb Yoga Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. In tune with mother nature, western medicine, the seasons and Eastern philosophy Justine offers a multi dimensional approach to hormonal health. email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07747 133170
Disclaimer: This article has been written as personal opinion and guidance only and should not be construed as medical advice. I am not a medical doctor.