Reclaiming Fertility and Femininity with the Aviva Method

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Aviva Vol. II

It has been a while since I wrote about fertility related issues and the Aviva Method. The reason was moving to a new apartment, preoccupying myself with a million other things than practicing Aviva and that brought a slight guilt. It was hard to admit that I had fallen out of the Aviva wagon. At the same time, it was interesting to observe how my body reacted these last 4 months without the “fertility dance”. I have noticed a few small but constant signs:

-I become “warmer”actually, I get hot flushes when menses approach

-I need to rest and nest as my body prepares to work hard cleaning itself

-Better quality of menses in terms of blood quality (Qi -energy- flows better) migraine-free too!

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We are like flowers, just the right conditions will help us bloom!

Today, after another interesting Skype session with my wonderful Aviva instructor which happened last month (she’s always there for me), I tried for the first time on my own the Ovulation Inducing Exercises. Yes, the wonderful thing with the Aviva Method is that not only it supports irregular menstruation but also is a wonderful support for ovulation as well. After completing the whole “ovulation dance” a sense of happiness came over me. It must be the endorphins being released in my body. Also a pleasant warm feeling in the whole pelvic area that signifies that these movements helped with blood circulation in the ovaries. What is important to note: The “ovulation dance” needs to be done 2-3 days consecutively (starting on CD10) so to achieve ovulation. And of course, be patient as all things need time to grow, heal, change and develop. Staying warm after completing the Aviva ovulation series is key! A warm cup of water (to hydrate and flush any toxins out of the body) or tea is a wonderful idea. Also keep warm and relaxAvoid showering or taking a bath for at least 24 hours after you have practiced any Aviva exercises as it would drive the “warm feeling” you have achieved out of your body.

The Aviva Ovulation Induction steps or exercises are wonderful. From the first to the last one, you feel your pelvic area, more specifically your whole abdomen stretching wonderfully.

On a psychosomatic level, my experience with Aviva is always this: through body movement I get a confirmation from deep within that this “dance” is beneficial for my well-being.  Through the Aviva dancing, it was obvious that my body needed these specific 18-steps (Simple Method) to feel in balance. Balance in body and in emotions. It is like a wise old friend never judging but helping you discover how wonderful your body is again and again. It is also worth adding: reclaiming fertility and femininity doesn’t have to be through a strict regime. It involves self-love, self-respect and believe it or not connecting with other women out there!

The journey is far more exciting than the destination itself, don’t you agree?

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Celebrating Nature

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Tasty Vegan Muffins for Busy People a.k.a Banana and Cocoa Delicious Muffins

If you are one of those who get a sweet craving but can hold it together and not eat anything sweet you find in front of you then you are in for a treat! I love a sweet treat however, I don’t eat sugar! What an oxymoron, I know! Since saying adieu to sugar, discovering the goodness of maple and rice syrup, of molasses, and of course of coconut sugar, I can say I have transformed to a better person….in a way.

Last week, the need of something warm and sweet visited me almost every evening, so I gave up. I had to do something, not very elaborate but extremely satisfying oh and vegan too! So, this is a recipe inspired by veganbaking.net

Here are the Tasty Vegan Muffins for Busy People a.k.a Banana and Cocoa Delicious Muffins

-they are loaded with antioxidants (cocoa that is to you and me)

-they are sugar-free, no cravings or sugar spikes. Ideal for kids then!

-they are gluten-free, I used gluten-free flour

-they contain only good fats (organic rape seed oil or organic cold-pressed coconut oil)

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Delicious chocolate fluffiness!

Cook’s Notes: you can use plain flour if you like. Your bananas have to be very ripe otherwise there will be no sweetness in your muffins. If you wish to add more texture to your muffins you can add chia seeds, flax seeds or even dried fruit pieces if you like.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour (chestnut flour or almond flour or any other gluten-free flour)
  • 1-2 ripe bananas (depending how sweet you would like your muffins to be)
  • 1 1/5 tbs organic coconut sugar (again, adjust to your sweetness levels)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1 1/5 tbs organic cold-pressed coconut oil or organic rape seed oil
  • 1 cup warm water ( if you fancy something extra substitute it with a nice cup of coffee or warm rice milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration

Yield: 10-12 muffins (medium size)

Preparation time: 12-15 minutes

Baking time: 20-30 minutes (depending the type of oven)

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 180C-200C resistance heat (not hot air circulation)

In a large bowl, mash the two bananas well ( a few lumps are OK though). Then add the flour, the cocoa powder, your salt and baking soda, (here you can add any seeds or dried fruit pieces you may like). Then add your warm water (or coffee), the coconut oil or the rape seed oil, the vanilla extract and the vinegar. Mix well until you get a medium consistency mixture.

Distribute equally the mixture to your muffin forms (mine are silicon-free forms so no need to oil them). Sprinkle on top with a bit of desiccated coconut to add more aroma and flavour. Put your muffins in the oven and check approximately 20 minutes later if they are ready by sticking a knife in and getting it out clear.

Important tip: Once ready, allow your muffins to cool down on a rack for an hour. If you eat them hot, they will feel very moist, even raw.

Enjoy and spread the muffin goodness to your loved ones!

Welcome you, 2014

1st of January 2014 and it’s the first blog entry for this year. One day apart from 2013. People talk about new goals, resolutions, wishes, things that will happen. I would like to pay my respects to 2013.
It was a year that gave me new ideas/inspirations, I got to discover more for my spirit and health, kick off bad habits, a work in progress, made new online and real friends, got challenged with people’s perceptions, my own personal issues that made me realise that embracing the present is the perfect gift. Embracing the now and what is included with it (people, emotions, seasons).

2013 I became more gentle to my innate drive to move always forward, slowed down, reflected and that brought me a new sense of peace. It was a year to appreciate where I’ve been, where I am and where all this can take me.
My curious mind/spirit is rewarded with knowledge, new information, better health and clearer mind.

2014 is here, so I am thankful for the new energy, vibrations and happy to continue my search for a better existence.
Two days before the last year ended, I dreamt that I was crying saying that I didn’t want something specific anymore. It was a revelation, why put such a pressure on me when actually deep down it felt I was doing the exact opposite? A real revelation, to appreciate where I am now, relax and take each day as a new start for my personal growth plan. No reason to run in circles, going against my spirit and body.
I leave you with this mantra: May we all be more present and passionate this new year. The rest, I am certain, will follow.

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May we find our presence and passion

-The Curious Mind-