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Leap  by Emma Docherty
Mindful Eating by Emma Docherty
My Womb and Me by Mayella Almazan
Namaste by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Yoga Memories – A  Poem by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
T.R.E.E Guide to Yoga Postures by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Bottle the Good Memories by Julie-Anne Mullan
It’s a Yoga Life by Keshav Rupakheti
Bending Over Backwards by Angela McArdle
Hot Asian Summer Broth by Julie-Anne Mullan
Healthy Coconut Almond Cookie Bites by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Pumpkin Cake with Essential Oil of Mandarin by Mayella Almazan
Namaste Kitchen – Herby Pea Soup by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Namaste Nepalese Kitchen – Roti – Flat Bread by Keshav Rupakheti
Namaste Nepalese Kitchen – Achar by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Namaste Nepalese Kitchen – Khir by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti
Namaste Nepalese Kitchen – Jaulo by Jennifer Walsh-Rupakheti

My Womb and Me

Mayella Womb Blessing

My Womb and Me

By Mayella Almazan

I saw on Facebook somewhere that this week (Nov 1-8) is Womb Awareness Week.
When I googled it up I realised it sadly seems to be only a small movement by some colleagues trying to spread the word. More interestingly, as I typed the word on Google for the search, I saw that for the UK-based search engine, the most popular word search following the word WOMB is not AWARENESS, but CANCER (see atttached screenshot).This made me think back to the first time I came to be aware of my womb.
As a Mexican woman raised in a large extended family, I was never far away from pregnant women, women who had just given birth and women wanting to get pregnant (not always succesfully, may I add).
Pregnancy and labour were not unusual topics of table talk at family gatherings, however, the real interesting conversations came later, when all women withdrew to the kitchen after the meal. Away from the men, the talk turned to deeper ever so much more interesting issues for a 6-year-old: infertility, painful periods, hysterectomies, miscarriages, a huge world of emotions and things that united all of the women in my family through pain and loss but also through love.
My Grandma -and later on when she passed away my aunties and my Mum too- always had a herbal tea blend to share to ease menstrual cramps, a sobada (massage) to offer to the grieving cousin or niece, so on the whole I can say even as I child I was acutely aware of wombs. Eventually, my own period arrived as a calm, easy going affair. Nothing worth paying too much attention to. All was perfect until I left my homeland, that is.
I started to be painfully aware of my womb during my periods soon after I moved to London to study a Master´s degree. By chance, after a birthday call to the eldest of my Aunties I mentioned it to her and she told me she was not suprised. “The cold of homesickness has got into your womb, child”, she told me.
I had heard of “the cold” being a very bad thing to get anywhere inside your body many a times at home. She then went on to add, “nothing like a bit of flowers in some steam to warm you up, take you back to your centre again, bring you back home. Oh, and you mustn´t forget the oregano.”  She was talking about the “bajos”, an ancient Mayan practice whereby a herbal mix is prepared and infused to steam our reproductive organs through our vagina (picture of herbal blend attached). I did as I was told and things soon not only went back to normal but the aroma of the oregano during the steam session REALLY took me back to the Mexican fields up the mountains where it grows wild.
This was the first time that I became aware of the fact that WOMBS are not just places for holding and carrying babies (although they are of course that too! ), but also places where we can store grief and homesickness. As a therapist now, I see clearly how storing all of these in our womb can at times mean trouble for some.
Since those days, I have made it my mission to guide women who have not been as lucky as me growing up in the family I did to discover the treasure of information, joy, pleasure and power contained within our womb. To be aware of their wombs, not because of cancer, or because of the fact that there is a baby in there (or there is not), or because of dis-ease, but simply because our womb is our centre. Because our womb is our home. And who doesn´t love going home ?
If you wish to become more aware of your womb-home, please contact Mayella  07899771696

Pumpkin Cake Mayella Almazan

pumpkin cake yoga

Pumpkin Cake with Essential Oil of Mandarin

(Standard and Vegan Versions)


200g  Ground Almonds

230g  Organic -and preferably unsweetened- apple sauce at room temperature (or 4 eggs for the non-Vegan version)

175g  Organic Virgin Coconut oil

85g  raw honey or same amount of Agave syrup (Vegan)

150g  pumpkin

1tspn  ground clove

1 1/2  tspn cinnamon

1 1/2  tspn allspice

2 level  tbsp baking powder

3 drops Certified-Organic Red Mandarin Essential Oil


1. Cut the pumpkin into cubes and roast in a hot oven until cooked through. Allow to cool and sit for a few hours/overnight to allow the juices to separate. Discard the juices.

2. Melt and cool Organic virgin Coconut oil

3. If using eggs, whisk them til frothy and then add the 3 drops of Certified-Organic Red Mandarin oil

4. If using the apple sauce, whisk the honey into the coconut oil and then add the apple sauce to the mix. Add the 3 drops of Certified-Organic Red Mandarin oil

5. Add the spices and the baking powder to the ground almonds and mix through

6. Add the almond mix to the egg/apple sauce mixture stirring anti-clockwise as you go!

7. For the finale, add the pre-mashed pumpkin, gently mixing it in anti-clockwise

8. Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin (you can divide into an individual muffin tin if you prefer but don’t forget to adjust the cooking time to about 25 minutes)

9. Place in to a pre-heated oven, gas 2/3, 160c for 40 minutes then cover with foil for the remainder 15mins or until cooked.

Test with a skewer, it should come out clean.

Enjoy !

By Mayella Almazan from Yo Soy Gaia

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