Cycles & Insights

Life is Rhythm

Life on Earth is based on a cyclical rhythm, and so are our energies. To be aware of this rhythm allows you to dance the ups and downs of life, and unleash tremendous creativity. Biology is all about interconnections. To be aware of them reveals the secret of harmony. I can teach you the transformational power of natural cycles and their connections to the body, the mind and ecosystems. We do that through grounding in our bodies, there lies the secret the key to successful projects, constructive behaviours and nourishing relationships. If you have the menstrual cycle, my project Medulla integrates the cycles illustrated below to a deep grounding into the menstrual cycle.

In the microcoms, your breath also mirrors this cyclical blueprint, so does your circadian rhtyhm (the biological clock that regulates the metabolim and life of virtually every living organism, including bacteria). Your brain also follows this rhythm.

In the macrocosm, seasons and the lunar cycle, as well as plant sap, are reflections of this primordial rhythm.

Let’s arrange an orientation talk to discuss your unique needs.

 

many shapes, one bluprint

The rhythm that permeates life on Earth has four phases. Two are dynamic, one moving outward and centripetal, one moving inward and centrifugal. Two are suspended, one at the zenith, or maximum pull, the other at nadir, or maximum magnetism. Many biological cycles are based on this blueprint. Truth is, our projects, behaviours, relationships and life phases move according to this blueprint.

To be fully aware of the four phases, both in the micro and macrocosm, gives you the “measure” of things and you can finally start collaborating with life. Your mind is calmer, your heart if peaceful. You are more compassionate and yet, effective. You live in the here and now, and your actions are always effective because you are able to “feel” and seize the Kairos moment.

Kairos

 

The blueprint in the breath

If you have practiced some yoga, chances are you are familiar with breathing techniques. The breath has four “moments”.

Just breathe!

  1. / nadir / It starts with a pause, your lungs are empty. In Eastern philosophies, it is the time of full awareness, when you are fully grounded. In Tao, it is the centre of the circle containing yin and yang, always moving, always still.
  2. / moving outward, centripetal / inhalation: lungs expand by accumulation of air, air brings oxygen in, which feeds organs and tissues. In Oriental philosophies, it is the time to visualize an intention and align with it. In Tao, it is yang.
  3. / zenith / your lungs are completely full. In Eastern practices, it is the materialization of the intention, its conception. In Tao, it is the circle containing yin and yang.
  4. / moving inward, centrifugal / exhalation: lungs relax and contract by elimination of air and toxic waste, which is the result of cell metabolism. In sports and yoga, it is the time of maximum effort. In Eastern practices, it is the time for grounding. In Tao, it is yin.

the blueprint in the circadian rhythm

The illustration below explains our circadian clock (circa-diem, meaning “roughly 24 hours). If we divide this cycle into four phases of six hours each, we can see the underlying blueprint.

2000px-Biological_clock_human.svg

 

  1. / nadir / midnight until 6am – the body and mind are in an altered state of conscience, suspended in sleep. Cells are purified. Parts of the brain that are normally disconnected, connect and talk to each other.
  2. / moving outward, centripetal / 6am to 12pm – blood pressure increases, cortisol rises, we rise. Towards the end of this phase, we are focused and alert. It is the best time to do intellectual activities.
  3. / zenith / 12pm to 6pm – coordination, reaction time, muscle strength and cardiovascular efficiency peak. It is the best time to collaborate with others and take action.
  4. / moving inward, centripetal / 6pm to 12am – body temperature and blood pressure tranform toxic waste. It is the best time for doing physical activity. Towards the end of the phase, melatonin relaxes the nerves and the muscles.

 

the blueprint in the moon and plant sap

As you may already know, the gravitational pull of the Moon regulates the ebbs and flows of fluids on Earth. Plant sap is no exception.

The illustration below is pretty self-explanatory, can you see the underlying blueprint?

plant sap english

Restrepo J., 2005, La luna, el sol nocturno en los trópicos y su influencia en agricultura, Fundación Juquira Candirú

 

The Kairos moment

When you are able to discern the expansions and contractions of life in your body, mind, soul and ecosystem, you develop intuition. A strong intuition is key to understanding which type of energy is required and the right moment to unleash it. This what I call the Kairos moment. I want to help you, contact me to arrange a free orientation talk.

Kairos

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Testimonials

Anna is a great person who has a positive energy to share. She is a very good teacher about females cycle and body/mind awareness. The workshop runs smoothly and lightly and the information is extremely relevant if you really want to know how your body communicates to you, which is an amazing journey to discover. I highly recommend Medulla workshop either to women and men, to initiate sharing empathy among the two sexes!

Erika B. – Berlin

Il corso di Medulla è ricco di materiali e prospettive, spalanca moltissime porte sui cicli della vita, mestruale e non, e lo fa con il calore di “una di noi". Abbiamo discusso molte teorie e idee, ma abbiamo avuto anche degli input molto pratici e da mettere subito in atto nella nostra vita quotidiana, per diventare partecipatrici attive ai nostri equilibri. Medulla mi ha aiutato a capire che le nostre polarità non sono fatte di opposti divergenti, ma di elementi complementari che si susseguono, come in una danza.

Marta P. - Berlin

I enjoyed very much taking part to one of Medulla workshops, and I absolutely highly recommend them. Topics are all very interesting and I truly appreciate the way Anna delivered them in an accurate, concise and deep way and a gentle, ironic touch. Looking forward to the next one!

Chiara T. - Berlin

Anna has developed a personalized coaching process based on my individual needs and has sharpened my powers of observation and my awareness.

She has the talent of translating scientific evidence in actionable advice - and she does so with accuracy, enthusiasm and a sense of humor! Above all, my coaching with Anna has given me the tools to identify and track a specific issue and to take the next step into tackling it.

Felicia G. - Berlin

Anna is well informed with relatable and thoroughly researched materials. She is doing great work to connect the dots between what we currently know and what more our female bodies can teach us about overall health. Thank you Medulla for making this knowledge accessible for others!

Jeana B. - Berlin

As someone who has worked in the area of menstrual health from a totally different approach (international development cooperation), I was blown away at the ways in which Anna was able to shed new light and knowledge on my understanding of the menstrual cycle. Anna's workshop was not only informative, but was delivered with a clear passion and respect for the topic, anchored in research and intensive study.

Since the workshop, I have taken her teachings with me and am applying them to how I understand not only my cycle, but the other cycles around me, making me feel more empowered and educated about my body and the world around me THAN EVER!

Danielle Keiser - Founder of Menstrual Health Hub

I attended Anna’s two-day workshop on menstrual cycle literacy. Speaking from her vast experience and research, Anna has an emphatic approach of teaching, which creates an amazing atmosphere of knowledge sharing.

Darina K. - Berlin

Era ora che si cominciasse a parlare di ciclo, inteso non solo in senso strettamente mestruale, ma in un senso più ampio che coinvolge tutti gli aspetti della nostra esistenza. Anna ci spiega con grande chiarezza ed esaustività che la nostra vita – di tutti noi esseri viventi – è regolata da cicli che si ripetono: dal respiro al sonno, dalle stagioni alla luna, tutto quanto è scandito da cicli.

Se diventiamo consapevoli del nostro ciclo, del nostro ritmo, possiamo danzare insieme a lui, orientarci nel nostro agire e farci ispirare.
Grazie alla saggia guida di Anna, sempre supportata da evidenze scientifiche e arricchita da curiosità e connessioni inaspettate, otteniamo le chiavi d’accesso al nostro universo interiore.

Anna ci fornisce numerosi strumenti che possiamo integrare nella nostra quotidianità per imparare a riconoscere i segnali che il nostro ciclo ci manda. E che non sono mai causa di eventuali malesseri, quanto piuttosto indicatori della nostra situazione a livello di salute sia fisica che emotiva. Se impariamo a monitorare il nostro ciclo, ci accorgeremo che segue dei pattern, che potremo andare a modificare per migliorare la qualità della nostra vita.

Emma F. - Ferrara

Taking part in a workshop with Medulla has been very rewarding. Not only have I received tools for tracking my body's behaviour, myths have also been squashed and I now feel like my view is clear for a more mindful approach in understanding my cycle(s). I feel restarted, refreshed and most importantly - inspired. Hope to return for another workshop. Thank you Anna!

Valerie Natascha D. - Berlin

Questo corso mi ha aperto un mondo! Mi sembra di essere stata sempre chiusa in stanza carica di odio nei confronti del ciclo, ora Anna ha spalancato la porta di questa stanza e finalmente sento aria fresca.

Marcella B. - Ferrara

Anna ha esposto in modo molto chiaro ciò che avviene nel corpo in ogni fase del ciclo e gli equilibri ormonali che ne governano l'andamento. Ho trovato estremamente interessante e stimolante la parte dell'interpretazione dei "diari di bordo" che invita alla lettura dei messaggi che invia il corpo attraverso i sintomi. Interessantissima la parte sulla sindrome premestruale e la grande confusione che regna sull'argomento.

Ho trovato il laboratorio di Ciclo Integrato una grande risorsa per le donne che desiderano riprendere o cominciare un dialogo con il proprio corpo nella sua interezza. È un momento di reale condivisione, raro di questi tempi, offerto alle donne per confrontarsi e dialogare con serenità, sincerità e profondità.

Chiara B. - Ferrara

Un vecchio professore dell'università ci diceva sempre di diffidare da chi non sa spiegare, perché significa che non sa. Anna sa.

Da subito ho riscontrato benefici significativi: la sensazione è quella dell'arrampicata, quando sei in altissimo, ma sicuro e ancorato. Domino meglio i miei stati d'animo, mi lascio guidare anziché subire.

Guendalina M. - Ferrara

L'esposizione di Anna è chiara, coinvolgnte, bellissima, calda, materna, professionale.

Grazie al laboratorio di Ciclo Integrato ho riscontrato maggiore consapevolezza, autoascolto e gioia nel guardarmi.

Benedetta D. - Venezia