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Nina London on her way home with plans to celebrate

Nina London (Photograph by Dana Leroux)

My beloved Bermuda and Bermudians, I am finally coming back!

It was an unexpectedly long trip that lasted for five months. I am happy, excited, and over the moon. I am eager to jump and swim as fast as I can in the cold turquoise water. I can't wait to hug my loyal clients and beloved friends, passionately drum with the Coral Beats female band, and make jokes with my laughing buddies under our tree in the Botanical Gardens.

I am looking forward to enjoying the moving and breathing Chi Gong meditation on a beach. I am ready to open my heart and arms to those who need help and support. I would be happy to see their smiles and hope in their eyes.

These treasured images and lovely faces are warming my heart while I am here in gloomy, grey and rainy San Francisco visiting my sweet mom, who is sadly losing her memory so quickly.

My mom keeps telling me, "I want to go home." For her, home represents memories of a time when she was comfortable, secure, and where she felt relaxed and happy.

I am ready to return to my real home. I am eager to apply everything I learnt in Thailand from my teachers and friends.

To celebrate my homecoming, I have decided to organise a mandala dance class on the beach. Dancing has become a powerful form of expression for me. I use it to tell stories, celebrate life, feel the energy, and connect with others. I even include some dance elements in my Chi Gong classes.

One of the most beautiful expressions of dance is the mandala dance, a sacred and symbolic dance often performed by women. The mandala dance is a circular dance rooted in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. A mandala is a geometric pattern that represents the universe. The word mandala comes from Sanskrit and means "circle" or "disc".

Mandalas have been used for centuries as a spiritual and meditative practice. The dance is performed around a central point. The dancers move in a circular pattern, weaving in and out of each other's paths.

I see us honouring our feminine energy and power, creativity and intuition, and connecting with our inner strength and wisdom. The mandala dance is also a powerful symbol of community and unity. As we move in a circular pattern holding each other’s hands, we create a sense of oneness, harmony and balance. It is a way of bringing people together, regardless of their differences.

The mandala dance is a beautiful, powerful, and unique expression of the human spirit. Dancing the mandala on the sand would be a breathtaking experience that would leave one feeling inspired and uplifted.

In collaboration with the Coral Beach & Tennis Club, I am organising mermaid wellness half-day retreats for Bermudian women to reset their bodies and calm their minds. The retreat is inspired by four pillars of wellbeing: energy, relaxation, movement and nature. I combine modern knowledge with ancient healing arts of meditation and relaxation and mix it together with Bermuda's turquoise sea, freshest air, and calming sunshine rays on the pure white sands of Coral Beach. We will create a special and nourishing day that will feel like a remedy for your soul and body.

There will be Chi Gong morning stretches, breathing and laughing practices, meditation and mindfulness practices, and connection with like-minded souls; Mother Nature will help you relax and rejuvenate, energise and refresh after the long winter.

Spring is in the air! Allow yourself the magical and happy time that will be a balm for your soul and mind.

Nina London’s mandala dance will take place on Sunday, April 2 at 3pm. The retreats at Coral Beach will take place on March 25 and April 1. For more information: nina@ninalondon.com.

Nina London is the founder of Mermaid Wellness Centre for Women and a certified Chi Gong and Laughter Yoga teacher. Her mission is to support and inspire mature women to make positive changes in their bodies and mind. Contact her at www.mermaidwellness.com and on Instagram: mermaid_wellness

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Published March 16, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated March 16, 2023 at 7:50 am)

Nina London on her way home with plans to celebrate

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