Zhenya draws on many years of experience in holistic health, therapeutic yoga, traditional medicine, herbalism & abdominal massage to help clients address the root causes of their concerns and find long-term emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
Zhenya is a Licensed massage Therapist and 500 Hr. Certified Yoga Instructor offering The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy as well as on-going yoga classes and workshops.
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This Sunday: Join my for a live womb healing ceremony. See info below & Join the Temazcal Interest Group to tune in!
Please join Zhenya Novareign this Sunday August 9th at 2:00 for a Facebook Live sharing of a Womb Healing Ceremony from within the Womb of Yaoxochitl. We will save the post to this group site as well for future reference. Please read below for further details and thank you for your interest and support as we continue to move through these times together safely and peacefully. Ometeotl
Join Zhenya for an afternoon dedicated to healing the womb. This ceremony and workshop will be focused on the female body however this wisdom can be applied for all genders including those who identify as intersex and trans and male.
Our wombs are our creative center and hold deep wisdom. Learn about the ways that we can use herbs, teas and herbal steaming to cleanse and purify the womb, healing sexual trauma, ancestral trauma and bringing health and balance back to these vital reproductive organs.
Zhenya will share how to set up a pelvic steam, talk about contraindications and beneficial herbs. She will also share songs and meditations.
Zhenya Novareign has been studying traditional medicine and integrative bodywork since 2006. She holds certifications in Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy and specializes in therapeutic yoga to enhance hormonal balance as well as prenatal yoga and yoga for postpartum healing. Her programs are rooted in holistic and ancient methods to help those struggling with infertility and reproductive system dysfunctions address their issues at the core so that they can have the energy and vitality to thrive.
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Join me this evening to a class that is both grounding, revitalizing and restorative! There are multiple price options! Hope to see you!
highdesertyoga.com Live online class every Wednesday 6:00–7:15pm
It has been an intense few weeks for all of us. It took me a while to settle into the new rhythms of my life and there have been many waves passing through to challenge me, inform me, and ultimately chisel away at what is a new becoming.
It's important to stay aware and brace ourselves as we continue on as we are only now beginning to see what is in store for us in the coming months.
I am happy to be joining High Desert Yoga in the spirit of service by offering online yoga classes from my home to yours. If you have always wanted to take a class with me, this is a great chance to get into your body, nourish your nervous system and share in collective conscious practice to build strength and resilience. I
I am proud of @High Desert Yoga for offering 3 class rates to support those of us who's finances have been impacted by Co-VID. You will see there is a $3 option as well as a regular price and a special supportive price for those that might like to give a little extra to help sustain HDY and our teachers during this time.
Catch my class this Wednesday evening from 6-7:15.
Register here: https://www.highdesertyoga.com/events/yoga-mixed-level-with-zhenya-novareign
Also check my website for more offerings coming soon!
We have so missed you and now we're excited that with online classes we will be able to see each of you, to connect and practice together. Bring all of your flexibility, sense of humor, and patience, since this is a brand new experience for most of our teachers, and probably for many of you, too.
✨ Please check our offerings and join us: https://www.highdesertyoga.com/online-offerings?mc_cid=6dfe2df979&mc_eid=c8ec6f6f92
Many of my clients share that they would like to “work-out” more... I guess I might be a but of a contrarian but I say, why not “play-in”? Many of us spend all day out there, working,
Working. I often encourage people to put on some good music on and dance 💃🏽! It turns “should work out” into a more motivating experience of tuning in to the feel good parts of our brain. Dancing improves cognitive function, decreases anxiety, lowers depression and even prevents degenerative brain problems like dementia.
✨🧠✨Thats a win! ✨🧠✨
thebestbrainpossible.com Dancing, of any kind, combines physical exercise with the positive power of music and social engagement to yield major mental health and brain benefits.
As I go deeper into my work, I am recognizing the integral journey of connecting to our deeper yearning and desires as a roadmap for uncovering parts of our nature that have been dormant because of learned behavior, indoctrination, colonization and trauma.
This article has a very interesting way of looking at our body’s inherent wisdom and how to use our sensations to process information. What it doesn't mention is that our stress response system can retain a record of past memories that effect how we
process our environment. In other words, we
can sometimes this something is a threat based on past traumas, even in the situation we are in is “safe”.
Therefore, personal trauma work and taking time for deep self reflection, and embodiment practices are key. Often, working with a mentor, guide, therapist is also important.
Still like the spirit of article and will look more into her work.
Did you know that there is such a strong brain-vagina connection that many neuroscientists are beginning to consider them “a single system”? It turns out that there is such a direct link between our pelvis and our brain, that our vaginas themselves can be considered an integral aspect of our consciousness.
This part of our pelvic nervous system scans the environment for safety and affirmation and is constantly communicating about any given situation. They’ve even found that the nerves in the pelvis will sense “off” energy before even our brains— in studies it’s been shown that our vaginas will signal low level fight-or-flight mode in response to such “negligible” things like disparaging remarks or sexist comments. This is why the language we use matters, and why coming into relationship with our pelvis can shift the landscape of our whole body... and the world!
Our pussies are oracles and they always speak the truth. 🙌🏼 In today’s #pussyportalchallenge email I asked participants to spend the day navigating by this oracle (with an exercise to help them feel into the “yeses” and the “nos” that lives there).
Here’s what I find when I live my life by this oracle. I tend to be gentler on my self. I lean into pleasure and I’m more inclined to choose the option that feels like honey... slow, golden and sweet. Sometimes I’m surprised by what my pussy wants! (Like desiring a yummy cocktail when my disciplinarian brain says “...but a green juice is healthier!” She has always had strong opinions about my romantic partners too, surprising me with who she has said yes to... and to whom she has said no. Sometimes I think if I could have just listened to her from the start, I could have saved myself so much heartache. But the truth is, she has never stopped speaking... and it’s never too late to listen! I hear her now and the more I navigate by her wisdom, the more pleasurable, creative, comforting and joyful my life becomes.
Has your vagina ever told you something that helped you to see the truth about a situation??
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I encourage my clients to tune into gratitude daily and this is why:
dailyhealthpost.com Neuroscientists have found that if you really feel it when you say it, you'll be happier and healthier. The regular practice of expressing gratitude is not a New Age fad; it's a facet of the human condition that reaps true benefits to those who mean it.
[11/08/19] I think I may start taking before and after pictures of my clients! ✨💆🏽🍵🙌🏽✨
Many of my clients ask me why I wear my red belt around my waist during abdominal massage treatments. I am always very interested in how folk cultures of Eastern europe and Mexico/Central America have many similarities. I love following this blog that writes about ancient Slavic Traditions.
Belt in Slavic Spiritual Tradition
Nowadays belt is considered a useful thing to hold one’s pants or skirt or a fashionable accessory to brighten up or, on the opposite, point out and shade the main outfit. In no way, it is a must-be component of modern attire.
However, with ancient Slavs it is a completely different story. In Slavic culture, as well as in many others belt or sash used to be an essential part of anyone’s attire; more to it, a belt was considered to be a magical charm so potent that some types of them were never removed, not even for a wash. A person that had no belt on was considered a part of Otherworldly forces, the spirits, for it was the belt that was believed to center one on the ground and not let him or her “go astray”. In Russia, they say about someone who starts committing some outrageous, antisocial acts: “He took his belt off.” Researchers of Slavic culture believe that the belt was considered the most potent protective charm among all that Slavic people wore.
In folk costume, belt is located around one of the most important and at the same time most vulnerable part of human body – the stomach, or solar plexus. Its circular form around the waist already creates a protective circle centered straight in the middle of human body.
Often belts were made of cloth or leather – the rope cord tied around the waist (cingulum) being the simplest type of this charm. Cloth and leather belts were often ornamented – the ornament on the belt created a pattern of magical symbols surrounding the body at all times.
Everyone used to wear belts: men and women, young and old, even babies wore a length of red woolen yarn or a linen string around their waist under the clothing as soon as the umbilical cord fell off. Their blankets used for swaddling were also tied with a mother’s or father’s wide belt (in Soviet Union such belt was replaced with a red, pink, or blue ribbon).
People without a belt were considered belonging to the world of the spirits, and this is why a belt (especially the one that was given during baptism and worn directly on the body) was always removed during a spiritual contact. Modern cunning men and women still remove all of their belts whenever conducting divination. It is interesting that belt used to be taken away as a punishment when one was banished from the military grouping, community, or a spiritual circle. By doing this, people attempted to make the one that was guilty to lose his power and reenact his death within the group. An engaged woman did not have to wear a belt because she was believed to die for her own family during engagement and descend into the Otherworld until her wedding day. While in the Otherworld, she was supposed to meet the Ancestors, receive their blessings and… souls for her future children. “Removing a belt off someone meant turning him or her into a slave, for a free person always wore a belt.” (From M. Kachaeva’s book “Magic of Belt: Slavic Belt in Ritual and Life”). During the surf right on Russia, a guilty peasant sentenced to whipping needed his belt to be removed first, for a belted man could not be whipped.
Folk tradition kept a few different names for different types of belts. Body belt (“natelnyy poyas”) is the belt that is worn directly on the body under all the garments with a purpose of magical protection. Usually, it is made of red yarn or cord and given to a baby during baptism or later, after a ritual of initiation. At wedding, this belt was sometimes replaced with a piece of fishing net (so that evil would be “tangled”). It is believed that all the power of the body cross (the cross that Christian Slavs wear around their necks) originally belonged to the body belt – in folk understanding, these powers became transferred upon gaitan (a cord that held that cross). A stomach belt (“#nazhivotnik”) is a narrow belt that was tied around an under-shirt. A sash is a wide belt that was used to hold together outer garment – it was made out of cloth and was around 3 meters long (9 feet). The sash was often not tied but wrapped several times around the body, and the ends were tucked. Pokromka (pokroma or pokrom) is a woven belt tied around a woman’s skirt or dress.
Some history events illustrate the importance of the belt. For instance, one of the versions suggests that the reason why Ivan the Terrible had a famous scandal with his son that supposedly resulted in the latter’s death was the belt – the tsar became enraged when saw his pregnant daughter-in-law in the women’s half of the palace without a belt, and his son tried to defend her.
An argument over another belt, the one that Knyaginya Sofia Vitovna publically took off the knyaz of Zvenigorod Vasiliy Kosoy, became the beginning of a war between the two aristocratic families. Supposedly, this very belt was stolen by one of Kosoy’s ancestors and replaced with a cheaper one. Sofia Vitovna recognized the belt when knyaz Vasiliy wore it to her son’s wedding and considered it a property of her family. This argument in 1433, as I already mentioned, started a long feudal war.
Belt accompanied a Slav before he or she were even born. A pregnant woman wore her belt tied around her belly in a form of a cross. When she was in labor, she threw this belt (or a towel) over the #motherlog (the main beam of the building) and used it to push the baby out (“Birthing reigns”). Thus, the baby was born under the arch of a belt representing rainbow – a magical passage between the worlds. This very belt also became the one used in swaddling the baby.
The first body belt was given to the baby during the naming ceremony – a twisted red cord tied around the body. Mother traditionally made it out of 1-3 linen threads that were taken out from her or father’s old clothes or prepared in advance – flax was planted with appropriate incantations, and the linen thread was spun in secret, so that nobody would see it. Sometimes, parents’ hair was woven into such a belt. It was worn underneath all the garments (on the bare body) and not shown to anyone without need. At the naming ceremony, it symbolized the closure of birthing canal into the #Otherworld, the one that the soul passed through in order to reach its destination (the baby’s body).
A child’s first birthday was celebrated by tying a belt over his clothing; however, it is considered a late custom – researchers believe that at earlier times children’s shirts were not belted at all. In the Russian North, a girl did not wear a belt because she would become a mother in the future (so her connection to the Otherworld would be retained) and she did not need an “extra umbilical cord”.
Rituals of initiation for adolescents involved a belt as well. A girl received her belt along with an apron: in some areas she had to jump into a belted apron instead of ponyova (women’s garment similar to a skirt). Her belt was single-toned and very simple. A boy received his belt during the ritual of “seating on a horse” at 7-12 years old. His belt became thicker by one thickness of a finger each year – this is why men’s belts are known to be pretty wide. The reason for original simplicity of pattern was the belief in “unreadiness” of the developing child’s organism for energy contained in the ornament. The child grew, matured, was “born as an adult” and got the chance to adjust to traditional ornament, its energy and meaning.
Ornamented woven belts were worn later, when a woman was ready to be married. Belts with various ornaments were essential parts of different stages of wedding. Young girls wore relatively narrow belts with “half of the symbol”, pointing out their youth. Only on the second day of wedding (after the sexual intercourse with her husband) she received the right to wear a belt with a complete pattern on it.
After the menopause, a woman changed her belt again. Again, it featured only half of a symbol, just like the ones she wore before her wedding, thus symbolizing her inability to reproduce.
Old people’s belts are relatively narrow and simple, often in darker or fall colors, pointing out the growing connection to the Otherworld and preparing them for their “final passage”.
Once the person died, a black or black-and-purple belt with a #prayer woven into it was placed next to the deceased in the coffin, but never tied – so that the soul would be able to separate from the body. This very separation was overall avoided during life except for a spiritual journey (this is why shamans and astral travelers remove their belts before a spiritual journey, and cunning men and women remove them for divination – another spiritual journey).
Ancient Slavs attached various objects to their belts: both with a household and magical meaning. These objects were protective amulets (often shaped as ducks, horses or totemic animals), as well as personal items, such as #spoons, #knives, #combs, #keys, #pestles, #earpicks etc.
Often, belts were used in Slavic #ritual practice: it could be used as an offering. Many Slavs tied their belts on trees (quaking aspens) in order to transfer an illness to the tree. A new wife burned her maiden belt in the hearth of her new home, while her mother-in-law tied a new belt around her waist, thus passing her childbearing abilities. A towel or a belt was used to bind the hands of the newlywed. Man’s belt was associated with masculine power, protected him from evil eye, bewitching, and cheating. Northern Russians called rituals meant to cause impotency in someone “dropping one’s belt”, while restoring potency was called “set up a belt.” Belts are used to “tie husband to his wife, if she suspects him cheating. Northern women wore their husband’s belts during pregnancy to protect the future child. Treatment of Infertility in women was accompanied with tying a special belt around their waist (a grass on Trinity, or a belt made with yarn that was wrapped around the church – originally, a Pagan idol or a sacred tree). Exchange of belts was a part of bonding ceremony between two men or women. A witch or evil spirits could be stopped if one throws a belt over them; however, a warlock would turn one into a werewolf by throwing a belt over him or her, as well (this was believed to happen at a wedding, when the passage between the Worlds was open). The last sheaf of grain was tied with a belt, thus setting the boundaries through which the Spirit of Grain could not escape. A belt was believed to pacify animals, and women used it to “tie” cattle to the yard, so that the animals would not become lost and eaten by predators. Some Slavs removed a belt when trying to conceive in order to “open the passage” for the child. An untied belt serves as a path between the worlds and is used in maiden’s divinations.
A belt is a very important part of any traditional Slavic attire, for it creates a protective circle around the very center of human body and protects solar plexus, does not let the soul separate from the body and keeps one centered. It is worn during daily mundane activities and must be removed for spiritual contact, although special prayer belts still exist in the woods of Siberia, where followers of the Old Rituals moved after installation of “new and updated” Christianity. These belts are usually woven with “heavenly colors”: blue (light or dark), yellow, and gray (both colors associated with the Otherworld). It is believed that removing one’s belt means removing one’s protection, and it could make one lose his power. Considering that magical amulets used to be worn attached to the belt and the belt itself was decorated with many magical ornaments, it does make perfect sense. Christian tradition later adopted beliefs attributed to the belt and transferred them upon the holy cross worn on the body.
Keep yourselves centered!
Sincerely Yours, MagPie (aka Olga Stanton)
#belt #slavicculture #wovenbelt
Zhenya Novareign empowers women with natural approaches to reproductive health, helping them address health concerns such as painful & irregular menstruation, fatigue, pms, uterine diseases and infertility so that they can re-gain the health, energy & vitality they need for the people and things that they love.
Find out more about her on-going classes, programs and retreats at wholisticexpressions.com.
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