Some evenings back, our lovely practitioners, Amber – who specialises in areas of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation, and Daniel – a passionate, experienced movement specialist – joined us for an intimate chat over Instagram Live. ‘A Night of Stillness’ was held as a space for the community to connect in the spirit of wellness, and for more people to acquaint themselves with the practitioners for our upcoming wellness retreat, An Emergence of Self.
Amber and Daniel are life partners, who are both dedicated to holistic wellbeing and embodied mindful practices. Tuning in from their home, with a soothingly elegant backdrop of a Mandala and aloe vera plants, they chat with our founder, Krystal.
In the first of this two-part conversation, Amber, founder of the Embodied Woman Yoga Academy, shares with us some bits of her life as a practitioner and her passion for heart-centred, holistic wellness, as well as her self-care ritual to wind out for the night. Read on to find out more about how her love for the practice has translated into the energy she’s been putting in to orchestrate An Emergence of Self.
Amber’s practices are mostly heart-centred, focusing on integrative embodiment and holistic wellness. Holding a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in the field of stem-cell tissue repair coupled with over 20 years of study and practice in the areas of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation, Amber’s love for the human body permeates into many aspects of her daily life and practice, and serves as inspiration for her venture into holistic wellness and the practice of mindfulness.
One of Amber’s 2021 intentions is coming onboard as a facilitator of An Emergence of Self. Her diverse background covers a wide range of modalities – from the esoteric to the western, to the sciences, and a mixture of Ayurvedic and wellness practices. While seemingly different, they are, in essence, about exploring forms of deepening connections to ourselves. Some of the sessions she’ll be leading include active meditation, yoga, and embodiment practices. During the retreat, Amber will also get us grounded in nature with forest bathing exercises and help us retreat further into our inner world through journaling, intention-setting, and self-reflection circles. Amber shares more in a short Q&A session with Krystal:
About Active Meditations:
Active Meditation is scientific in nature, not religious in any way, and without dogma – it’s simply about how we can cultivate awareness on different levels and ultimately getting into a state of deep inner awareness, where we will be able to respond to what’s happening in the moment, instead of simply reacting to it. It is undemanding to respond spaciously, with intelligence and compassion. However, to arrive at that state requires a deep presence and the art of awareness. We’ll use Active Meditations, movement or sound to get ourselves to that state. These practices are accessible, a lot of fun, easy for beginners (if you’ve never meditated), and they’ll also provide a profound capacity for those who are seasoned meditators.
Krystal: The work that you do requires a great deal of heart-focused energy exchange and the holding of space for others – do you ever feel burdened or bogged down at the end of a day?
Amber: You know what, I actually don’t feel any of that heaviness or burden. Rather, I feel really uplifted and rejuvenated. I absolutely love what I do. It’s part of my dharma, and it’s my heart offering. It’s fully in my heart and passion. So, in doing what I love to do, I get a lot of energy out of it.
We do a lot of inner works sometimes, and holding space. We are creating that safe container for others to be able to go through their processes for them to find catharsis and release. But, the quality of a facilitator in a space holder is that we don’t actually take that on, I’m not unburdening you to then carry it myself because it wouldn’t be effective that way. I wouldn’t be able to hold space for others, if that’s what I was doing. In that way, I can hold the space safely but I’m already not bringing it on myself.
That’s my intention – it’s to be there as a space holder, to anchor in the present moment, to create safety so that you, whoever is listening, can experience what they need to, in a safe way. But I’m not there to take it on and so that’s already my intention, which I would say that that kind of is like a little force field.
Krystal: Do you have a self-care routine to unwind after each day, whether it be to shake off stresses and stagnant or negative energy?
Amber: At the end of the day, like any other human, I can be tired, of course. And so, I have different ways of releasing – it’s really simply taking a shower, you know, just cleaning, cleaning the energy of the day, physically cleaning, and then energetically cleaning, which is just going into some of my rituals and practices. Personally, for me, I have an altar that I really love to spend time at, to connect and to re-centre. I also have some different practices that I like to do, to help me transition into a peaceful state before I rest, so that my body and mind can rejuvenate in the deepest best possible way.”
Wrapping up the conversation, Amber kindly shares with us her personal five-minute wind-down routine, which you can watch here and follow along, starting at the 58:40 mark. This simple practice is one of her favourite ways to find alignment and connection, which you can do at any time throughout the day, whenever you need it. By simply rubbing your hands together and placing them over your eyes, pay attention as the warmth from your hands eases its way into your nerves and settles your spirit, especially for those who are constantly on the computer and need a pause for relaxation.
BSE Tip: For those of you who are looking for a longer session of mindful meditation, you can book a private session with Amber through us. These sessions can be tailored to any setting, so you can enjoy it solo or with your loved ones, and they can be enjoyed privately at your own desired time and space.