I am de-light-ed to share that I’m running an Every Woman is a Goddess event in Farringdon, London on April 10th. The theme of the event is ‘The Discipline of Pleasure’. Why this theme? It sounds a bit serious, no?

“Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.” 

― Søren Kierkegaard, 19th century philosopher.

Now discipline and pleasure do not sound like easy bedfellows – but hear me out. It’s so easy to turn away from pleasure, to shut it down and to focus on productivity. We’ve created a world that values function over beauty and efficiency over enjoyment. And when I say pleasure, I mean it in an all encompassing sense of what fills us with joy and rapture, not just in relation to sexual pleasure. I’m also being a bit tricky – I’m using the definition of ‘discipline’ to mean “a branch of knowledge” rather than “punishment to correct disobedience” (Oxford Dictionary of English). This Every Woman is a Goddess event is about increasing our self knowledge around pleasure (in all it’s many facets).

This event will mix meditation, sensual burlesque moves, written exercises and begin an enquiry into a personal pleasure practice exploring goddess archetypes like mighty Aphrodite (who needs no introduction), Freyja, the Norse goddess of sex, beauty, war and death and Rati-Shakti, the Hindu goddess of love, enjoyment and pleasure.

Feel free to email me any questions you have about the event (yes, you can wear yoga pants or a fancy skirt – whatever makes you happy). I’d LOVE to see you there. 

“Every Woman is a Goddess.”

― Yogi Bhajan

In other news, here is a sweet interview with yours truly with Helene at Magpies and Ladders who asks such thoughtful and thorough questions. Here’s a wee titbit:

 What advice would you give to anyone wanting to bring more joy, pleasure, creativity, passion, sexuality and sensuality into their lives?

Joy: look for the joy in this moment. I can be a gloom merchant and I’ve found doing three rounds of what I’m grateful for (and asking myself “why” I’m grateful for these things) incredibly uplifting. 

Pleasure and sensuality: Look at where are you are scared of pleasure in your life, where you resist it and move towards this resistance. Sensuality can be seen as a form of mindfulness (but I like the word awareness better) about what our senses are experiencing at any given moment and how that connects with our heart.

Passion: in the world of psychology, passion isn’t seen as a good thing, it’s seen as a fixation. But I love it when people are so passionate about something they choose obsession over looking cool. Passion is authentic. It’s letting your crazy shine through.

Creativity and sexuality (which are one in the same for me): it’s about expression, connection and succumbing to the mysteries of the process.

Love,

Sophia

P.S You can check out my upcoming events here if you are curious.

Image credit: Joanna Kor.