"We are inviting all women to gather in a circle with the Sisterhood
Collective. In this circle you will connect, uplift and inspire each other.
At this meditation we ask that you make a donation to the Wagga
Women's Health Centre. These funds will help women less fortunate
than us. Megan Crossfield will be facilitating this meditation and circle
work. To finish the talented Amy Gray will perfrom relaxing Kirtan music."
Locals are being called to tackle the cobra, stand as a warrior and stretch like a cat as part of the city’s first 30-day yoga challenge. A downward dog-loving dentist is the brains behind the challenge...Instructor Megan Crossfield is imploring all levels of yogis to try their hand.
The Victory Memorial Gardens will host a karma yoga class, where participants are encouraged to pay what they feel. Proceeds will be donated to The Cancer Council.
Picture: Yoga teacher Megan Crossfield with Lily White and Deb Morton.
The Debilitating Fear:
Megan Crossfield, who experienced her first anxiety attack when she was just 10 years old, said she was not surprised by the staggering number, given the high pressures and expectations placed on people in modern society.
"The way our society has become is very disconnected,” she said. “There’s an expectation for us to be engaged and working 100 per cent of the time, but it’s not a fulfilling way to live.” The survey also suggested 17 per cent of the population believe anxiety sufferers are faking their condition or "putting it on" to avoid difficult situations. This is a stigma Ms Crossfield said she has had to contend with for much of her life after she was diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder that left her with “a constant feeling of fear and insecurity”. "There’s definitely a misconception about anxiety,” she said. “If you haven’t ever suffered from it or don’t have someone in your life struggling with it, it can be really difficult to comprehend. “I’m very passionate about educating people about it, because there’s still so much stigma surrounding it, even though it’s so common.”
American-born Megan Crossfield, who overcame her eating disorder after a 20 year battle, said it could be particularly difficult for those in regional areas to seek help given the stereotypes surrounding the disorder, as well as the lack of services available...“It’s so important for sufferers to say something, because once someone does and starts to share their experience, all these other people come out of the woodwork. We're all human and have our own struggles and when we’re open about them and share them, we can shine a light on these issues and help people start the healing process." Ms Crossfield said anyone ready for recovery should take the first steps, because the uphill battle of treatment was “worth every second” of life without an eating disorder.
Megan Crossfield is uniting people for the ultimate sun salute to mental health. The yoga teacher, massage therapist and wellness consultant understands the power meditation has in healing mental illness.
Sisterhood Collective co-founder and marketing manager Alexis Neylan said the group aimed to connect and invigorate women through meditation, music and movement. Local yoga and wellness teacher and circle facilitator Megan Crossfield said circle-joiners would have the opportunity to slow down and re-centre together. “I’m so grateful to be a part of this wonderful event,” Miss Crossfield said. “And to work with the beautiful collaborators of The Sisterhood Collective.”