GUEST POST BY DENBY SHEATHER
Nausea relates to the quality of your blood.
Your nervous, digestive, hormonal and circulatory systems undergo great changes during pregnancy. How healthy and balanced you were, (physically, emotionally and mentally) before conceiving, has a huge impact on how comfortable you will be in each trimester. The quality of your blood is governed by the Liver and Spleen and also affected by any emotional attachments you carry around in your heartspace and cell memory. Cycles of all kinds - menstrual, sleeping, eating and working - all reflect our ability to nourish, support and ‘feed’ ourselves appropriately, and as women, we often neglect to honour our femininity and individuality.
Nausea manifests when these energies build up inside our body, mind and emotional selves, making us literally ‘feel sick or queasy’. We can’t absorb the good stuff or disperse the bad stuff. It is a sign that we are out of balance, that we are not cleansing, aligning and nourishing ourselves properly. When pregnant, your system digests the baby’s waste as well as yours, so the load on your blood increases tenfold. You are making another human being, it is a big job!, but if our blood is strong and balanced, most side-effects can be reduced and even avoided.
Ki Fusion Yoga posture for Nausea: Spleen Setu Bandha
Lay on your back with feet hip width apart ot support your widening pelvis. Have the feet slightly pigeon-toed, this helps engage the inner thighs to access the Spleen meridian that governs blood quality. Press your hands beside your hips and lengthen the shoulders away from the ears to free the neck. Keep chin tilted towards the collarbones but don’t jam the throat as this will impinge blood and lymph flow. As you exhale, press feet firmly into the mat and lift the hips to whatever height is comfortable. Inhale float down and connect spine with the mat again. Roll up and down with your breath, almost like a wave, and create an oceanic quality and sound to your breath by slightly contracting the back of the throat – Ujjai breath – this also calms the kidneys and adrenal glands that work overtime during pregnancy. Repeat 6 times then hold up for a few breaths, working the legs and buttocks to cultivate patience, strength and a flexible spine. Come down and rest, hugging knees around belly to the chest and rock to release. Lay on your left side with a bolster or pillow between your knees and ankles after to allow blood to circulate and for your pulse to settle.
You can practice this pose anytime you feel nauseous or in need of some subtle spinal movement. When your spine is supple and your legs are strong you are more likely to relax into pre labor with a sense of trust in your body’s power and ability to open freely. When your spine and pelvis feel safe and supported, the mind will surrender more easily to the natural process of birth. Babies also love the rocking sensation and can often be encouraged to move into an optimal position prior to birth.
About Denby: When Denby discovered yoga in 2000, she felt the universe had finally revealed her true purpose in this lifetime. She felt blessed and inspired and left behind a successful career in the Film and Television industry to be in service to others as a yogi and teacher.
She started her yoga journey by completing an intensive 2 year Ki Yoga Diploma teacher training course in 2002 with Master teachers Jack Marshall and Richard Paton and simultaneously began studying a variety of natural therapies at Nature Care College, including Energetic and Spiritual Healing, Kinergetics, Bowen Therapy and Massage. Since then she has completed Pre natal and Mother and Baby Yoga training with Suzanne Swann, (inspired by the teachings of Active Birth pioneer Janet Balaskas); the Hatha/Purna Yoga Diploma with John Ogilvie at Byron Bay Yoga; advanced workshops with Donna Farhi, Tara Judelle, Kathryn Budrig, Lisa Masters, Simon Borg-Olivier and Duncan Peak and birthed a beautiful son, Max, who is her greatest teacher and friend.
She continues to hone her skills as a therapist specialising in pre and post natal yoga; is a certified and registered Level 3/Senior teacher (Hatha and Ki) with YA, a Reiki Master and an Alumni Ambassador with lululemon athletica. Ever the perpetual student, Denby is inspired by leading yogis including Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, John Ogilvie, Simon Borg-Olivier, Tara Judelle and Francesco Garri Garripoli and guided by the teachings of Gangaji, her husband Eli and the luminosity of healer Caterina Pellegrino-Estrich. Denby is currently studying Cranio-sacral therapy and distributes the incredible DoTERRA organic essential oils through the studio.
Denby is now one of the most sought after yoga therapists on the Northern Beaches, well known for her insightful, compassionate and natural affinity with teaching and healing.
All of Denby’s classes incorporate remedial yoga sequences and seasonal insights that build physical structure, emotional foundation & energetic integrity. The more subtle and energetic aspects of Ki and Hatha yoga are woven within these sequences designed to open the heart and encourage a deep exploration of habits, behaviours and memories. Shifting weakness into strength through this system of corrective yoga helps restore balance on all levels and helps awaken the complete Self.
With over a decade of teaching experience and exploring this relationship between the seasonal cycles, the five element theory and body/mind/spirit, Denby has founded the innovative vinyasa-style practice that she calls ‘Ki FUSION Yoga’, a unique style that reflects her own personal journey with yoga, energy and motherhood.
She encourages students to let go of the physical and mental struggle connected with trying to find the ‘perfect pose’ and instead, to find and feel the energies within each pose, with ease, attention and a sense of adventure. Their practice then follows the path of self-inquiry and self-expression, rather than just being a physical activity. Students come away from classes feeling that they have been ‘held’, opened up and safely challenged, at their own level.
“I am humbled to witness the amazing commitments my students make to themselves, each time they step onto their mats. They are all my brave yogi warriors!”
Denby’s other calling in life is writing and she is currently working on two pioneering books, “AWAKENING SHAKTI: HEALING THE WOUNDED FEMININE THROUGH YOGA, RITUAL & SEASONAL WISDOMS”, and “KI FUSION YOGA: DISCOVERING YOUR YOGANATURE”, both to be published and available as ebooks in the new year. (*Both titles/concepts subject to copyright and trademarked.)
Her popular Ki Yoga Active Birth poster, the first of its kind, is now available for sale and the 5 seasonal Ki FUSION posters and DVD’s will be released later in 2012.