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Artwork by Emily Grimston
The month's NEW practice is...
Yes, you can smile (and even laugh) again!
Do you feel everyday joy is missing from your life?
Do you wonder if it's okay to laugh and feel happy again?
Are you ready to experiment with a little fun in your life and lift your wellbeing?
Scientist, retreat facilitator, and yoga teacher Dhevaksha Naidoo has helped many to experience joy and wellness especially when they felt it wasn't possible to do so. Now you have the opportunity to benefit from the extraordinary power of healing through joy in this free masterclass, designed specifically for people with cancer and those supporting them.
"Joy is a wonderful, natural medicine that we can call on anytime."
What is joyful healing?
Joy is here to guide you to the natural healing power within you. Combining simple breathing techniques, playful movements, and mindful awareness, we will experience spontaneous joy! Smiling, laughter and childlike fun are all part of the experiment to relax the body and boost energy.
People are often surprised that something as simple as smiling or laughing—things we used to do so spontaneously as a child—can have so many transformative benefits for mind, body and spirit in our adult life.
There is no need for healing to be painful and heavy, it can be light and fun if we know how to access pleasure and enjoy ourselves!
Joy really is the best medicine
Scientific studies show smiling and laughter has many therapeutic benefits including:
killing cancer cells
boosting your immune system
elevating your mood
stress and anxiety reduction
improved cardiovascular health
boosting your creativity
enhancing your communication skills
Some people worry practising joy may feel fake at first, but science tells us the body doesn’t recognise the difference between real and pretend, so you still get all the benefits!
Joy is not out of bounds with cancer
Living with cancer doesn't have to stop you from feeling joy and aliveness.
Deep within you there is a wellspring of joy that never left you. Did you know this? Perhaps you have felt this spark? Yet expressing your true nature and having fun while living with cancer can feel out of bounds.
In this one-hour masterclass, Dhevaksha will teach you the basics of practising joy for healing and wellbeing so you can make this simple but profound practice part of your own routine.
As you rediscover your inner source of healing you'll awaken one of life's great secrets: your Five Wellness Senses. The Wellness Senses—Joy, Ease, Depth, Grace, and Love—were revealed to Dhevaksha while deep in integrative wellness research. Observing patterns in data and stories from thousands of patients in over 50 countries, it became clear that those who were learning to thrive had begun to master these five senses.
You can use the evidence-based tools learned in this masterclass to experiment with joy, the first of the Wellness Senses at home, and nurture yourself while living with cancer. Draw on it to enhance your mood, energy, and wellbeing (and your family may enjoy with you).
Dhevaksha will show you that cancer need not be a barrier to living joyfully, and courageously. Along the way, you can have a little fun too!
It's not that when you are happy, you laugh.
It’s actually when you laugh, you are happy.
And you can apply this logic to all of life to live in a state of joy.
What will you experience?
Learn simple breathing techniques to access your bodies powerful and natural calming and healing response
Learn spontaneous practices designed to help you smile, laugh, and play on purpose and freely express yourself to move energy and emotion
Learn gentle and functional movements to release stress and tension and strengthen your facial and full body muscles
Learn how to to bring awareness to mind, body, spirit and centre yourself with ease and confidence in any situation
"Joy is a lifelong practice and we can always learn ways to be more joyful! There's no limit."
Who should attend?
Anyone with cancer or supporting someone with cancer (or any illness) who struggles to feel emotions and joy.
Anyone who believes healing has to be painful and cannot be light and pleasurable.
Anyone who wants to deepen their connection to themselves and to life through play, fun and joy
Anyone who wonders, “Am I happy?” “Am I able to laugh through this?”.
Anyone who takes themselves too seriously.
Anyone who believes life is all work and no play.
Anyone who feels inhibited to express themselves freely and fully.
Anyone who wants to experience wellness without spending any money or leaving the comfort of home.
Anyone who wants to live joyfully and courageously.
Interesting in Healing through Joy?
Express your interest in this online masterclass
Dhevaksha is a medical scientist and retreat facilitator who has spent 20 years travelling and healing through the ancient contemplative traditions of different countries and cultures. Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a metabolic disorder, at age 13, Dhevaksha's endocrine system was disrupted wreaking havoc with her hormones, mind, and body and resulting in insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, overweight, anxiety, and depression. Told by specialists from Abu Dhabi to Africa that she would likely live with the disorder throughout her life, and may later be at risk of infertility and cancer.
Over the subsequent decade, Dhevaksha became curious about ancient wisdom and alternative medicine. In 2013, a health retreat stay in Ras Al Khaiyma combined with a spiritual retreat in Dubai with her family, was the catalyst for Dhevaksha's awakening that true healing is within. Inspiration to complete her honours thesis on the health impact of retreats in 50 countries and a doctorate on the implications for lifestyle, stress, resilience, and longevity. During this time, Dhevaksha also completed her training as a meditation, hatha, and hasya (laughter) yoga teacher to nurture her understanding of mind-body interventions and comtemplative practice.
Dhevaksha now speaks at retreats, conferences, summits and congresses around the world, advises business on how to cultivate compassion, creativity and connection.
Together with her Husband Vieran, who has spent the last decade as integrative physiotherapist, acupuncturist, and performance coach, Dhevaksha mentors entrepreneurs and creatives realise their vision for a happier, healthier, kinder world.
Dhevaksha and Vieran live in Queensland, Australia with their son Kavir and cavoodle Chai.
What happens after the masterclass?
I've learned along with thousands of participants in my research and retreats, that the best practices are the ones we take home with us! Making joy a practice for you will take some time to experiment with, to collect your own real world data and embrace what feels good for you and your mind and body. To support your journey, you will get access to beautifully illustrated practice resources and printable artworks by Artist Emily Grimston, purposefully designed to evoke emotion and inspire action. May you experience healing and wellbeing through the Five Wellness Senses... Joy being the first and most fun, of course!