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An interview with Louise Allen of Rhythm of Beauty

Rhythm of Beauty, Louise Allen
I met Louise during my first Priestess initiation workshop. Being a Priestess or becoming one ultimately means living in rhythm with nature, following the seasons, moon cycles, understanding the symbolism of flowers, the stories of ancient deities and nature spirits, of dream work and meditation which in turn encourages a fledgling Priestess to look inside herself, to heal and learn to guide others on visual and meditative journeys, create ceremonies, sacred feminine workshops and moon blessings. It’s all very deliciously magical stuff that is teaching me to be true to myself for I have always been this way: I’ve always been wild, a free spirited gypsy, a wise woman who sees beyond the veil and because I already live this way and visualize belly dance as a form of devotion to the goddess and nature, it seemed only fitting to bring belly dance and my priestess training together so that I can create beautiful healing workshops for women. Louise was one of the first women to befriend me and she’s been a wonderfully encouraging and inspirational individual at this moment in my life.

Louise reminds me of a lighthouse or the characters in my favourite film “Practical Magic” who are ‘wise women’ or ‘herbalists’ that live in a house that looks like a lighthouse. She is a lighthouse because she has been one of the few people I’ve met who are honest, has integrity and are unafraid to shine. She is also a wildflower- sturdy yet gentle and playful as she dances through life with so much grace. I adore her loving nature, I adore how proud she is of being a full time mother and I love the devotion she has put into her Rhythm of Beauty business, which is truly a unique small business.
Have a read of her interview over a cup of silky, chamomile tea to truly enjoy Louise’s warm personality and beautiful way of life.

Describe who you are and what you do in three sentences or less.
I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys, and wife to my partner Tom. Through my life experience and holistic practice over the last 20 years or so I have blended this into my certified coaching ‘Rhythm of Beauty’, which is a 3 fold business and includes: Crafting & selling Beauty products such as natural skin care moisturizers, flower essences and botanical body lotions. I also facilitate workshops & retreats centered around the  seasons & moon cycles and I also offer training to those who wish become a Rhythm of Beauty coach.

Tell us your life journey, when did you first start becoming interested in holistic healing and the benefits of plants and ultimately creating your own business “Rhythm of Beauty” plus your retreats that branch out from that?

Firstly I’ll talk about Rhythm Of Beauty
With over 20 years of experience I have been able to combine the elements of beauty, aromatherapy, herbalism, nutrition, anthropology and psychology into a holistic focus on becoming whole again, I encourage individuals to live a life aligned to their true identity, to navigate a deep exploration within oneself and bring their true self to the surface for all to see, LIVING in-tune, with nature and their own unique purpose.

My seasonal range of products are gifted from nature, sourced with care and offered with sincerity. My Skincare products are infused with living botanicals, oils, and tinctures that truly feed the soul. I Work closely with the seasons and moon cycle to fully capture the essences of the flowers to feed the body’s cells with pure minerals, antioxidants and skin omegas to optimally balance all skin types. The beauty of my products has a harmonious relationship with nature and with our bodies – not only do they work wonders on the skin, they are created so purely that they reach much deeper, working on an emotional and spiritual level – infusions of nature that literally touch the heart and the soul.

I love to spend as much time as possible in my garden, this is my sacred and creative space… is quite normal to see me running outside in all weathers, to retrieve an essence bottle or flower that has called out to me from the beauty of the flower and herb, surrounded by the woodlands and the purity of the stream, running through the gardens.

In regards to invoking the power of the moon cycle, my experience has discovered that the power of purification is heightened at a new moon, whereas it is at the full moon, that the potential for the body’s innate wellness, receptivity and nourishment is magnified. Working in harmony with the moon in this way, truly aligns the mind, body and spirit which brings about a powerful wellbeing and healing.

I also facilitate Sacred Spaces and retreats
I focus on empowering individuals to lead  healthy lives and I do this by utilizing the abundance and  blessings of nature. I blend my experiences, learning and intuition , with bespoke products, one-to-one retreat days and teaching programs – all with the aim of nurturing beauty, lifestyle and soul.

Working with me, I guide you to see that it becomes possible to reconnect to the ‘sacred space’ within ourselves. My grounding presence offers a trusting and safe space to begin to explore deep transformation within yourself and to reach the power and gifts of the divine feminine, so easily buried, in a world where masculine is often seen to lead. This ‘unlocking’ is the re-connection to the true feminine principles within us all – receptivity, gentleness and stillness.

Accessing this internal power, with the gentleness that it is, strikes the AWAKENING of our soul – This is TRUE beauty from within, confidently projected outwards, the wisdom of knowing who you are, fearlessly shining your own light for all to see and being alive in the loving energy of owning your truth…

‘There is nothing if you cannot be yourself… when you are completely yourself, you are simply the most attractive’.

What are your other passions and interests and do they work in conjunction to Rhythm of Beauty?
I love flowers!  My house and garden are always filled with flowers and herbs, and I also like to run and practice yoga, these help with my grounding into my body. I love to cook and celebrate life with friends and family- I love simple pleasures and cherishing the beauty of nature.

Why are the seasons and following the moon cycle important to the creation of your products and of your teachings?
The seasons are cyclical just like us as women- they lead us to follow their journey through letting go and harvesting-Autumn, Retreat into stillness-Winter- Rebirth and New Beginnings Spring and Transformation –summer. I like to incorporate this into my products and retreats to teach women-or remind them of their innate connection to nature.

The moon cycle is an ancient practice that has been lost over the years, it is something that helped me overcome feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted by aligning to its cycle and this is what I use now to coach women to live a balanced life.

Can you give us a glimpse into the Beauty Therapy Training you offer and why does it differ from other Beauty Therapy courses?
Rhythm of Beauty Training is a unique experience it is more like a Retreat- Temple experience for therapist, yogis and practitioners to be nourished and nurtured and taught the power of living in rhythm with mother earth in a practical and grounding way, that then gives them a business tool to integrate into their own practice, with a range of seasonal products to complement their practice which nourishes the practitioner as they work. Once the year is complete they become a certified Rhythm of Beauty Coach, which enables them to align their clients to each season through seasonal nutritional therapy, flower essence therapy, and energy medicine.

What is the biggest struggle you face with your profession? How did you overcome it?
My biggest struggle has been time and keeping the balance with family and work, as my first job is a full time mother to 3 growing boys. I overcome it by taking it one day at a time, enjoying each moment as it comes and taking time out for myself when I feel exhausted. It is so important to pause, even for just a moment, take a bath and just breathe.

How has this holistic path changed your life, what is your personal measure of success and what makes you happy?
I have been on this path for a good 20 years – it is a way of life, that brings me so much joy –as I watch women and men unfurl to their true nature by living in rhythm with mother earth and reconnecting to these gifts. My idea of success is about finding what makes you truly happy and become that passion every single day, live it, explore it, grow from it. I am my most happiest as a full time mother, watching my boys grow is a blessing and being my own boss is also a very rewarding and a fulfilling experience also because I am a free spirit, I am at my best when I have the freedom to forge my own path which also enables me to support my family as a working mum.

What is currently your favorite concoction or flower essence and why?
Magnolia is a very special flower essence for me; it gave me so much wisdom as I was integrating Rhythm of Beauty. Magnolia is the archetype of the queen energy and her essence is something you ‘earn’ just like wearing a crown.

I also have an ancient Dog Rose that rambles up 2 huge beautiful pine trees’ and across our stream, this is such a majestic essence which embodies the 5 pointed star of the goddess- this essence is included in my Guardian Angel of Breast Oil and my Summer Collection to capture the secret language of the rose, for divine healing and to work with the fire element of summer, as rose is the quintessential medicine for the heart, which is the organ in power in the summer.

What advice would you give to those wanting to pursue your profession or any path/lifestyle perhaps considered unconventional to societal ideals?
Follow your heart, live your passion –this uplifts your soul and all you meet, as you will be living your soul’s purpose.

Current books you might be reading or books you have read that you recommend for anyone wanting to pursue a similar path to yours?
Silver Wheel by Elen Tompkins is what I’m currently reading. I have so many books on flowers, herbalism, health, aromatherapy; the list is too long to write here. However it can’t come from books, it all comes from walking the path and learning from nature.

What’s next for you and what are your life goals? Give us a glimpse into your hopes and dreams?
I have just had my courses all certified with CMA Complimentary Medical Association, and my Spa Well Retreat is due to open in a few weeks, which is the flagship of Rhythm of Beauty, where all the products are made, retreats, mentoring and training will take place. I’m also launching a Rhythm of Beauty Flower Essence Diploma the end of this year, alongside writing a seasonal nutritional book. My next goal is to collaborate with a retreat overseas.

I find Louise to be a remarkable and interesting woman. Her energy is both gentle yet refreshing like a soft summers breeze and her products are just divine. I also intend on attending one of her training courses once I have completed all my yoga certifications and my priestess initiation, it feels right to offer more than just the yoga poses or belly dance moves in my classes, I don’t see myself as just a ‘fitness teacher’. I want to offer sacred and magical spaces for women, to incorporate ceremonies and flower essences into my teachings, that would be a dream come true and I believe working with Louise will bring that out of me.

To learn more about Louise, attend one of her retreats or trainings or maybe purchase some of her seasonal products, visit her website here: Rhythm of Beauty
You can also like her on her facebook page: Rhythm of Beauty:Skin-Soul

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Day off Ceremony to feel Delicious

I’ve been working super hard this past month on numerous things. I’ve taken on extra hours in my part time retail job for the ‘big save’, Writing articles, planning summer workshops in belly dance with yoga & a kiddo yoga & art session. Not to mention garden renovation and the upkeep of my yoga study & practice. I took a day off from everything on Thursday to pamper myself and to enjoy ‘ dolce far niente‘ which means: “The Sweetness of doing nothing.” I leisurley woke up at 10am, did a gentle yin yoga stretch, read books and enjoyed making myself (and our bedroom) smell divine. It felt amazing to just be in the moment and take time out for myself and my mind. As a predominatly Vata dosha, my body has a lot of nervous energy and my mind is like the road runner, I am always thinking of new projects, pieces of art, things to write about and how to help others. It’s so important in this day and age to rest yourself completley so on this particular day off I titled it “Day off Ceremony to feel Delicious”, calling it a ceremony enables me to feel that is an important event rather than just your average “Day off” that gets wasted. Making it a ceremony also reminds me I am worthy of a beautiful ritual and so this was a gift to myself from my heart. Here are my instructions in case anyone would like to enjoy the ceremony too.

Day off ceremony to feel delicious:
*Shower and wash hair with Banana shampoo.
*Condition tips of hair with Honey strength restorer balm.
*Lather salted caramel body wash over skin.
*Once dry, massage chilli mango body butter all over skin.
*Spray Satsuma body mist gently over body.
*Notice that I smell like a yummy fruit salad.
*Light my jasmine & frangipani essential oil burner.
*Make light lunch with plentiful fruit.
*Drink a soothing, earthy Green tea from favoruite tea cup & pot.
*Read books that relax yet expand my mind.
*Draw a Mermaid.
*Prepare loving, Reiki infused Curry for Jonotron.
*Be grateful, give thanks, sending loving vibes round home, remain humble.

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What do you like to do to take care of yourself? What self care rituals and ceremonies do you like to do on your day off?

Kama Sutra Article: Bad Yogi Blog

Kama Sutra, Bad Yogi
My recent article with Bad Yogi has been published and this is my second to last piece for them as I will be taking a hiatus in writing for the rest of this year. I have one more article to produce for Bad Yogi and Yogi Approved alongside a prose poem for Rebelle Society and then that door will be ajar for a while. I may still publish something in the mean time, if the inspiration hits me at 2am on a Sunday morning and I need to write something so I am still staying open to the possibility and I am still connected to Bad Yogi and Yogi Approved, I just need to free up my personal time to concentrate on other endeavors so I can’t be committed to writing on a monthly basis for both platforms anymore. That being said, this recently published article about the Kama Sutra is probably one of my favourites as it’s a subject (alongside the chakras) that is close to my heart. All the illustrations are created by me also, so do have a read and enjoy learning more about the Kama Sutra.

“The Rig Veda states; ‘In the beginning there was desire and this was the first seed of the mind.’ Hindu cosmology believes that the process of creation emerged from primordial chaos and a frenzied sensuality. The idea of creation was manifested as an amorous act between the gods and goddesses; making the formation of the universe both sacred and erotic.

Everything in nature makes love in order to create new life and to rejoice in the beauty of spring. The ancient Indians viewed love and sex as highly important because it connects us to nature and to the cosmos. The pursuits of pleasure of the human body was seen as one way of being closer to the divine and thus attain spiritual union (or achieve Moksha) that one aspired for.

Much like the practice of Yoga, the Kama Sutra is hugely misunderstood around the world. The Kama Sutra is an ancient book of Love; it is not just a book of sex positions. There are 64 different positions that can be assumed during loving making and are actually one small part of the entire book. Kama Sutra literally translates to “love lessons” or “Desire Song” and was used as a guide for couples of all ages, courtesans to the king and was a great resource for the ancient holy women or priestesses residing in temples and were said to be a direct connection to deity and thus making love to them was extremely sacred.”

Read more and see the six positions illustrated elegantly by yours truly: 6 Kama Sutra Positions for wonderful Intimacy

The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas, Bad Yogi

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I enjoyed writing an Herbal Tea article for Yogi Approved so much that I wrote one for Bad Yogi as well.
This one includes four different herbal teas alongside Green Tea and Chamomile. I just love learning about herbs and I think one day I’ll own my own herb garden and little house somewhere with wooden beams so I can hang my herbs to dry. My best friend loves learning about essential oils and in her spare time she creates essential oil soaps and shampoos and I love researching old wives tales about herbal tinctures and concoctions brewed to help heal wounds, cure headaches and aid pain relief during child birth; and I like the idea that someday I’ll be creating home brewed herbal teas of my own for similar reasons (and for enjoyment too). It’s all very earthy and wild and I see myself being the eccentric wise woman on the end of her street whom people come to for advice or perhaps for some yoga and my house will be decorated with plants, dream catchers, vintage records, books galore! And objects collected from around the world, ah a girl can dream!

But without further adieu here is my Herbal tea article with Bad Yogi plus illustrations by a good friend of mine Esther Lankaar.

“An ancient Chinese proverb says: Better to be deprived of food for three days than of tea for one.

Tea has been a favorite beverage worldwide for hundreds of years. A pot of tea shared among friends can bring an air of enchantment to an afternoon, and a cup of tea with a book on a rainy evening can bring warmth and peace of mind to any restless soul.
The tea plant been called the Plant of Heaven for 4,000 years and has been highly valued as a drink of pleasure and as medicine.

Peppermint tea is famous for easing aches and pains associated with colds and flu, as well as headaches and bad breath. Rosemary tea on your scalp can encourage hair growth. Chamomile tea in your bath does wonders for your skin and aids relaxation. And Thyme tea is a powerful antiseptic and helps heal infections.”

Read more here: The Health Benefits of Six Herbal Teas

The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas

health benefits of herbal teas

I am obsessed with herbal teas and herbal remedies, as is my best friend who enjoys learning about essential oils and Aromatherapy, we just love talking about healthy and natural things that are good for the body! So I wanted to write a small article about popular herbal teas and their benefits. Another Herbal tea article will be published soon with Bad Yogi and that will consist of more teas to learn about.

“According to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, drinking warm water can heal our bodies, provide digestive power and reduce metabolic waste. Warm water also helps your body burn calories and lose weight by increasing your body’s temperature and metabolic rate.

There are many more health benefits to drinking warm water, but most of us would rather drink something flavorful. Luckily, herbal teas provide flavor along with the health benefits of warm water and tea leaves. Adding herbal teas to your diet can make a positive difference in your health and wellness.”

read the whole article here: The Health Benefits of Six Herbal Teas