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A ‘Divine 9’ message: 2019 – A pivotal year of completion and rebirth

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By guest contributor Gina Schofield, channel and cosmic coach

Since 2009 when I started channelling, a range of wonderful guides have both communicated through me, and with me. All of them come from evolved star groupings from other parts of our cosmos, such as AndromedaSirius and the Pleiades. Most recently, on the morning of 31 December 2018, a group called ‘The Divine 9’ from the Pleiades brought through an uplifting message about the energy of 2019, including tips on how to move through the year with more ease and grace.

The Divine 9 describe their mission as being one of supporting humanity in strengthening the connection with our divine aspects, which they tend to call our ‘Illumined Self’ (higher self). Their name, the Divine 9, refers then to this Divine aspect of us, and also to the energy of the 9 contained within the 2019 year, where the focus is on working towards completion and rebirth.

When reading their message though, please bear in mind that it was spoken by them through me, and I then typed it up from my voice recorder. So it is a snapshot of the way they speak, which is sometimes very fast. They also often repeat things in slightly different ways to get their message across more clearly.

So my suggestion is to let go of needing it to read like a perfectly-written human piece because the way they use language is different from us. Instead try to open up and allow yourself, as you read it, to feel the energy of their transmission within the message. So here it is:

“We are the Divine 9 and we bring through the divinity frequencies – divinity as in your illumined aspects, and we come from the Pleiadian frequencies. The 9 is an energy of working towards completion and rebirth.

“2019 contains the 9, and this is a really pivotal year. You will be working towards all that you have been doing, your inner work of this past few years. And so this is an embodiment year, a year of true action and really making it happen. Walking the talk, embodying the learnings and knowings that you have been working through so well and integrating.

“Now it is taking all of that and putting it into action. This will be showing up in new relationships that will be forming, so that people will be embarking on new love partnerships, new business partnerships, and you will also see new business ideas and new institutional shifts. Lots of positivity is coming onto the horizon. We are here to gather and share with you everything to do with the 9 energy.

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2019 as a gateway year

“The gateway portal point of 2019 begins to prepare us for the 2020 timeline of the next decade, that is very filled with light and new developments for humankind. We are a collective that come from the Divine 9 constellation of the Pleiades star system that brings forth a frequency of divine expression in human form.

“And so what we mean is, the blended human that has their higher-self frequencies more integrated than ever before – this is what is coming for many who are in a space of readiness for this. More and more threads and light frequencies are coming through in the day-to-day, so that you are ‘feeling more yourselves’ – this is what a human would call it – you will be ‘feeling more yourselves’ than ever before.

“And what does this mean? It means being online more fully. Being more plugged in more of the time is the goal because it feels good, it feels natural, and you feel home. So you are embodying home here on Earth as you move through your world, and you interact and engage, and you are more and more embodied in your fullest, illumined self.

“So this is exciting! Imagine a planet with more and more humans embodying this and living, speaking, interacting and choosing from that energy space. This is a world that is healing itself.

“And of course you may ask why does the world look the way it does? Well, we see that there has been so much destruction both on a psychological level, within people’s psyches due to fragmentation and separation. Due to war, conflict, repression, and all kinds of subtle things that affect many people, like working long hours and being in isolation quite often in their separate abodes, and not having that feeling of support and tribe and love that once was the norm in more ancient times for many.

“So this community is beginning to return, in a new digital way, and will look different for each person. People are finding their own creative ways to create a tribe, whether this be through an online community or whether it be through groups that they physically go to that they are finding online.

“So it’s interesting, isn’t it, if you track the trajectory of humanity, how fascinating it is through all the many civilisations (as you call them) throughout time, how things have been built up and burnt down, and built up and burnt down?

“And now, in this world, there is actually so much positivity and so much light lighting up, and so much healing occurring on the subtle planes. And in more tangible, obvious ways, there are also people speaking out, people standing up for things that they believe in, and the vulnerable are being supported in ways that they were not before.

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2019 as a year of reconnection

“So much is stepping up if you really think about the improvements broadly and deeply from how things were 50 years ago, and how things are now. This would be an interesting exercise would it not, to explore, to really get how things really are improving?

“So do not feel that the world is on a trajectory of self-destruction. And yes, Gaia is living and breathing still, miraculously, despite the lack of love and respect that has been shown to her, and a lack of realisation that she is a live being who has feelings.

“Still many who are asleep do not realise or even comprehend this, that Gaia is a living breathing being. They may look at trees and grass. They know are growing, but they never have a thought that there is feeling there. So there is this disconnect, yes.

“But, at the same time, there are so many who are returning to and rediscovering an honouring of the herbal ways, of foraging, of ways of making things homemade again. The ways of making and creating, and remembering how to do things oneself rather than just buying it all from the shop.

“So there is an ongoing process of reconnection, a reconnection within one’s own psyche, a reconnection with each other as humans. And people are being heartfelt and considerate and also moving about the world with more gracefulness and consideration and thought for the livingness of this Earth. So there is so much to celebrate.

“So this year 2019, let us see what is going to be the flavour of this year. This has much to do with how you can bring your fullest embodiment out into the world, so this is more a year for being out than being in.

“Being in has been the theme for the past few years as people have really gone within and self-sought within themselves. And you may have been going through layers and layers and layers of ancestral and akashic records, to clear, to cleanse, to purify, to face, to bring up, to unearth. And so much courage and resilience has been built as a result of this, yes.

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2019 as a year of embodiment

“So much resilience is becoming the norm, and do you see now, with this courage and resilience as you step out into the world with your new embodiment of the things you are deeply knowing, the things you have seen and felt and had nudges about to shift and change even in a subtle way.

“As you embody them and move them out into the world, and you start to share them as you feel guided and appropriate, this is what you are going to be feeling and seeing: Changes in yourself that feel good, that feel more aligned. Changes that you feel and see in others. Changes that you will begin to see and feel in institutions and collective groupings.

“So you see this year, 2019, is more of an outward embodiment, an action year of making things happen. And this could be for you personally to do with changing habits, such as committing to breathing in awareness for five minutes a day.

“Really the key is to listen to your personal prompting, your personal need. Moving also out of the mentality that has been common in many aspects of society – the feeling of having to fit in for fear of disapproval or ostracisation.

“What you will be finding is that as you follow your true promptings rather than society’s messages (that maybe don’t sit properly or fully with you as an individual). And you will find that you will be seeing this in others also. And you will feel that your values are being more accepted by others around you, and this will be a nice surprise, as they also are learning to step into their personal, new frequencies.

“So this is a theme that is coming: more acceptance of the self in its uniqueness, and more acceptance of others, and a celebration of them embodying their uniqueness. And you will find this is more common. And we would encourage you to really allow yourself to encourage in others, where you feel they are calling for support in making changes or looking for any support or encouragement, if it is something that they are personally prompted to do, then that is right for them.

“Rather than the thinking mind, it is more what their heart is telling them, or what their gut is communicating to them, or telling them deeply in the body-self that is true and right.

No conflict – that is the thing now. We are moving away from conflict and we are moving into Harmony and Unity, and that is the journey we are on as a humanity, from conflict to unity – both outwardly in your culture, between nations, and also inwardly. A mending and a blending of the psyche, of each person’s psyche, as they bring home the parts of them that may have been exiled, bringing them home to be together and aligned and connected.

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2019 as an outward-looking year

“So this is an exciting time. This is a gateway year, where we move from the inward to the outward phase of action, of really starting to embody all we have been learning.

“It should not be too hard in many ways. The key thing is to listen, to really take time to listen, to feel your knowing and feel your truth within you personally. And if you need to take time locked in the bathroom, for example, to be on your own, to feel your personal knowing away from the pressures and voices of others, if you can, this is the most key, important thing: to keep coming back to your personal knowing of what is right for you. Do not feel this is selfish, for it is not.

As you are more your true aligned self, you are more and more a representation of the Love frequency walking the planet. And you are actually being far less selfish as you embody your fullness, as you embody the full love that you can give to yourself, and then allow that to flow through you in your expression as you move through the world – you are being of far greater service in many ways.

“So really this is the key, to make time to listen within, even if it is five minutes a day, two minutes a day, perhaps in the morning, and again at night. Take time to go within and listen and, as you practice this, you will find it becomes quicker and stronger and easier. And it is an investment, and you will find that your illumined self, your expanded most evolved expression of yourself is going to be more and more online as you listen.

“The more you listen, the more you know what to do and the more you know who you are. The more you know who you are, the more peace you feel, the more loving you feel, the more love you can give, the more you can share, the more you can receive. It’s a win-win.

“It is such a small investment of time and attention, absolutely tiny really in terms of the time you have in your 24-hour day. So that is the key – we cannot stress this enough – to listen, two minutes in the morning, two minutes at night. And accompany this with a slower deeper breathing, for this calms the mind and allows your fuller self to come through.

“So 2019 is a year of moving into a fuller embodiment of who you truly are.”

Gina Shofield

Gina Schofield is a channel and cosmic coach based in Bristol. She has channelled guides from evolved star groupings from other parts of our cosmos, such as Andromeda, Sirius and the Pleiades, since 2009. Gina offers personal and group sessions, in which the guides coach and offer multidimensional healing.

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Moving beyond the ‘New Year, New You’ culture

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By Gemma Kennedy, transformational coach

You may be starting to feel the strain of the ‘New Year, New You’ nonsense that is flying around at the moment. It seems that every time we turn on the TV, log onto Facebook or walk down the street, we are hit with ways in which we need to change ourselves to become better, worthier or more attractive.

Influencers of all stripes tell us that in order to make 2019 the best year ever, we need to make drastic changes and embrace diets, gym membership and the like. It is as though when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, we suddenly became broken somehow.

But I cannot recall anyone I know who has ever managed to turn their body-related New Year’s resolutions into lasting change. At some point, people always seem to ‘fall off the wagon’ and start the self-flagellation routine.

This is the second year that I have no intention whatsoever of changing my body in order to achieve the things I want to though. Instead of trying to use New Year’s resolutions to fix whatever is supposedly wrong with me, I have developed goals that I am keen to achieve.

These goals are things that, in the past, I would never have considered possible until I inhabited a thinner, more conventionally attractive body. But coaching has taught me that I am already good enough to work towards whatever it is I want to do.

A wonderful friend introduced me to ‘The Language of Letting Go’ by Melodie Beattie. In it, she shares a year’s worth of beautiful daily meditations that are aimed particularly at people who are experiencing co-dependent relationships.

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New Year meditation

But regardless of whether you feel this situation applies to you or not, it should be possible to learn something from her work. This is part of her meditation for 1 January, and you might find it beneficial to take some time to reflect on the questions she raises:

“What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

“What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

“Remember, we aren’t controlling others with our goals – we are trying to give direction to our life.

“What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career? What would you like to see happen inside and around you?”

Once you have had a chance to reflect on some of these issues, ask yourself what it is you notice coming up for you? Is it the kinds of things you expected? Are they any different to previous years?

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Being free to be me

When I personally undertook this exercise, I was struck by the absence of judgment that I placed on my body. Instead, I was able to genuinely think about what I wanted for myself, and my life, over the coming year.

I believe it is only when we can let go of the infectious expectation that we dislike our bodies that we are able to truly see what it is we would like to achieve. As women, we are taught from birth that our worth is inextricably linked to our physical form. Realising that this is not the case has been the most empowering thing I have ever done – and I would invite you to embark upon a quest to do the same.

To get started, here are some things you might like to try to survive the ‘New Year, New You’ propaganda:

  • Have a social media clear-out: If you follow people who make you feel bad about yourself in any way, whether intentionally or unintentionally, get rid of them. Fill your newsfeeds with people and bodies of all kinds. It sounds simple but the more you expose yourself to the diversity of the human race, the more chance you have of resisting the ideals sold to us. For tips on some positive individuals you might like to follow, please visit my website;
  • Set healthy boundaries: If your workplace or social circle is full of diet talk, it is easy to get sucked in. Try telling people that you will not be dieting this year and you would appreciate them saving their weight-loss related conversations for someone else. If they are not able to respect this, you may wish to reconsider the time you spend with them, if at all possible;
  • Surround yourself with like-minded communities: People often find a sense of community at slimming clubs that they may not find elsewhere and, in some areas, there are few anti-diet alternatives. But it does not need to be the case if you create your own community. Whether it consists of a regular meet-up with other anti-diet friends, an anti-diet book club or an online group, they can all be invaluable in avoiding diet culture.

But whatever goals you decide to set for yourself this year, the most important thing to remember is that you deserve to achieve them – and that I believe in you.

Gemma Kennedy

Gem Kennedy is a Body Positive activist and transformational coach. Having started her first diet aged 10 and spent many years promising herself that this would be the year to lose weight and start living, a switch flicked in 2017 when she discovered the Body Positive and Fat Activist communities. After training as a transformational coach, she now specialises in coaching and mentoring clients both individually and in groups to help them shed the burden of today’s diet culture and feel confident enough to be in the world exactly as they are, right now.

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Yoga Nidra: Learning to relax, consciously

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By Theresa Banovic, yoga and yoga nidra teacher

Yoga Nidra is a powerful meditation technique, based on ancient tantric practices, that helps you learn to relax consciously.

You may feel as if you are relaxing when you lounge on the sofa with a cuppa, watch TV, or read a book, but such activities will never meet the body’s need to relax completely. Even sleep is not actually regarded as relaxation from a Yoga Nidra point of view.

Instead the idea is that true relaxation takes us far beyond any sensory diversions. When our consciousness remains connected to our senses, we become less receptive. But when experiencing Yoga Nidra, it is about remaining aware while turning inwards, away from outer experiences to settle into a state of deep calm.

So just how does this happen? When practising Yoga Nidra, you generally lie down flat on your back on the ground (in yoga, this is known as Savasana pose) – although resting in a semi-reclined position or sitting in a chair is fine too if lying is not possible for you. Make sure you are as comfortable as you can be by wearing warm clothes, socks and even a lovely eye pillow infused with essential oils if you like. Blankets, cushions and bolsters can also help here too.

Your teacher/guide/recording will then lead you through breath awareness exercises, before systematically referring to different parts of the body fairly swiftly. All you need to do is mentally repeat each body part to yourself, place your awareness there and feel the area relax.

There is no need to move. It is more about listening, trying to surrender to the experience and going with the flow of this wonderful healing practice.

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Experiencing deep relaxation

The idea is to keep your mind moving from point to point, remaining aware of every experience. Deep relaxation should take place at a cellular level, enabling physical, emotional and mental tensions to be released. Ideally, you should try not to fall asleep – although sometimes it is simply not possible.

When we relax deeply with the help of Yoga Nidra, we clear a space for the unconscious and subconscious levels of the mind to open and become really receptive. This means that, if we plant an idea there at this time, it will become very potent – like planting a seed and watching it grow.

So it is very important to make an intention, or Sankalpa, at the start. This can act as a positive way of focussing on the direction you would like to take in life, something you would like for yourself such as a new job or better health, or something you would like to give up. It could be a future goal, or even a simple act of gratitude.

Swami Satyananda described Yoga Nidra as an invaluable stress management tool, which could even be used to learn a language or other subject. In truth, it can be used to train the mind to accomplish anything.

It is usual to make a Sankalpa every time you practice Yoga Nidra, although it makes sense to stick to the same one for a while – and, if you use the technique regularly, you should be able to notice a change. In fact, if you choose to practice Yoga Nidra regularly, it will inevitably become an integral and invaluable part of your life.

Theresa Banovic

Theresa Banovic is a BWY yoga instructor and wellness advocate. She teaches Hatha yogaRestorative yoga and the Yoga Nidra meditation technique in a class setting, while offering yoga and massage retreats in both the UK and Portugal too. Theresa is also a trained provider of Ayurvedic massage.

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A healthy heart: What’s love got to do with it?

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By Anita Ramsden, kinesiologist

The heart represents many things. More than just an organ that pumps oxygenated blood around our bodies to keep us alive, it is also a universal symbol of love and governs our ability to give and receive this vital emotion.

As a result, the kind of language we use in relation to the heart tends to be quite profound. We say things are ‘heartfelt’ and advise others to ‘speak from the heart’ or ‘follow your heart’. The phrase ‘you can’t decide with your head, you need to trust your heart’ is also a common one and positions this important organ as a key link between mind and body.

In physiological terms alone, the heart is an incredible machine. The size of a fist, it weighs about 10oz (283 grams) and beats around 70 times a minute. In that time, it moves five to seven litres of blood around the body, or up to 7,600 litres a day. Without its constant activity, we would die immediately.

The heart also has its own electromagnetic field, which being the largest in the body, permeates every cell and sends signals to our brain. Electrocardiograms (ECG) have indicated that the power of this field is 60 times greater than that of brain waves and can be measured several feet away from the body. The heart and brain synchronise through these energetic impulses and scientists working in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology believe they are the basis of heart-brain communication.

These scientists have also discovered that the heart is a sensory organ, which consists of 40,000 neurons that are commonly associated with the brain. In fact, according to the HeartMath Institute: “The heart acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing centre that enables it to learn, remember and make independent functional decisions that do not involve the cerebral cortex” of the brain.

Such information may help to explain why cardiac surgeons counsel patients and family members about the surprising after-effects of some heart transplant surgery. The patient who receives a donated organ can take on the characteristics, memories, tastes and preferences of the donor.

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Heart-brain link

Recipients may also recall their donor’s personal details and in some instances, recognise and even feel love for their family and friends. In the words of Dr Daniel Keown, a practitioner of both Eastern and Western medicine and author of ‘The Spark in the Machine’, this scenario would appear to indicate that the heart has carried the donor’s memories within itself and shared them with its new recipient’s brain.

But there is also other evidence of a heart-brain link. For example, more heart attacks take place at 9am on a Monday morning than at any other time of the week, possibly due to an association with stressful situations such as work.

Stress-induced or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as broken heart syndrome, likewise occurs when part of the heart is temporarily no longer able to pump well. This condition is commonly seen in patients following the death of a loved one. Metaphorically and physically, they are heart-broken.

But the heart is just as responsive to love and compassion. According to Deepak Chopra in his book ‘Training the Mind, Healing the Body’, the survival rate of patients who have had a heart attack is 80% higher if they believe their partner loves them. Research also shows that people who are in loving, kind and affectionate relationships experience less hardening of the arteries.

If someone is caught up in negative emotions such as anger, frustration or anxiety, on the other hand, their heart rhythms become more erratic and disordered as the endocrine system responds to the situation and their body goes into fight or flight mode.

Experiencing positive emotions such as appreciation, love or compassion produces the opposite effect though, creating highly ordered or coherent patterns that move the body into a state of peace. The heartbeat becomes even and synchronises with other bodily functions, such as blood pressure, digestion and breathing, which calms everything down.

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Being kind

Another consideration in this context are the health benefits of being kind. The feelings generated from performing acts of kindness and compassion, or even of simply witnessing them, creates oxytocin – the ‘happiness hormone’ – in our body. Oxytocin, in turn, produces nitric oxide, which softens the walls of our arteries, improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure.

So it makes sense, both for ourselves and others, to choose a day each week to undertake kind acts. As Dr David Hamilton indicates in his books ‘Molecules of Kindness‘ and ‘Born to be Kind’: “We are genetically wired for kindness. The kindness gene, in fact, is 500 million years old – it’s one of our most ancient genes – which is WHY kindness impacts our biochemistry. It’s our deepest nature.”

Hugging someone, including your pet, is also another great way to produce oxytocin. Doing so will lead to a drop in your heart rate, reduce your stress hormones, cut your production of free radicals and lessen inflammation.

A lovely correction technique that I also use from the Creative Kinesiology school of practice is called ‘Heart Appreciation’. You can try it yourself by simply concentrating your mind on someone or something that you really appreciate and feeling how good it feels to do so.

Then breathe the feeling into your heart and let it spread throughout your entire body. Imagine your heart as a cup and watch it overflow. Your whole body will relax and your energy levels will rise significantly. Because it really is about feeling the love at every level – in body, mind and most particularly in the heart.

Anita Ramsden

Anita Ramsden is a kinesiologist. She is emphatic about affecting positive change and her work encourages wellbeing for mind, body and soul. Anita is also a member of the Kinesiology Federation.

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Kundalini yoga: Taking on the challenge of transformational change

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By Sarah Stollery, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher

As the turn of the year approaches once again, how many of you have started thinking about New Year’s resolutions – even if, quite often, they are not very new at all? In fact, all too often, they are actually the same ones we made last year but did not stick to.

Which begs the question of why bother? Change is hard work. So shouldn’t we just accept ourselves as we are and let go of the idea that we could create a better version of ourselves?

Loving and accepting ourselves for who we are is certainly a worthy aim. But even doing that meaningfully can require transformation of a kind – a transformation in our thinking.

And what about those resolutions that really would support us in living more fulfilling, connected and joyous lives? If you are stuck in a job you hate, it IS important to make 2019 the year you find a new vocation.

If you are feeling stifled creatively, 2019 IS the year to find a satisfying outlet for your passion. If you are chronically stressed and exhausted, 2019 IS the year to find a more balanced and sustainable way of living.

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Transformational change

But change is challenging, and sometimes the best intentions in the world are simply not enough to ensure temporary change becomes lasting transformation. That is where kundalini yoga and meditation come in. They act as tools to help bring about authentic, lasting transformation by working on multiple levels.

Habits, both good and bad, exist not just in our subconscious and unconscious minds, but also in our cellular memory as well. So, to delete old habits and create new ones successfully, it is necessary to work on all of these levels. Kundalini yoga can help here by:

  • Rewiring our nervous system to remove old habits and embed new ones;
  • Rebalancing and reprogramming our endocrine (hormonal) system to support us through the emotional challenges that change generates;
  • Cultivating a neutral mind so that we have the necessary awareness to make conscious choices untainted by ego, which resists change;
  • Developing an achievable daily practice that specifically targets the changes we wish to make;
  • Providing us with a supportive community of fellow yogis, who are also working towards making change and so help to keep us accountable.

Life is too short to write off effecting transformational change in the name of loving and accepting ourselves as we are. It is important to remember that we cannot fully love and accept ourselves if we are not living an authentic life in which we recognise and honour our own needs. So it is vital to put in the hard work required to ensure those needs are met by creating the necessary change.

If you would like support in making such changes real and lasting, check out my new six-week Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Course starting on 16 January 2019 at the Mokshala Yoga and Meditation Centre in Saffron Walden, Essex. You won’t regret it.

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Sarah Stollery is a kundalini yoga and meditation teacher and co-founder of The Cabin, a self-directed learning community for home-educated children. She is passionate about empowering people of all ages and stages of life with the tools to thrive in these challenging times by creating space to learn, explore and integrate a wide range of wellbeing practices.

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