Morning Ritual: Habits for Transformation with Julian Vayne, Alexander Beiner, Sarah Harlow & Haya Al-Hejailan

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From bulletproof coffees to mantra meditation, the morning plants the seed for the rest of the day. Instilling the day with purpose each morning, practising, and maintaining morning rituals creates momentum for striving in everyday life, and an infrastructure for long-term positive changes. But where to begin? With usual routines hindered by the pandemic, how do we build and maintain our own practices in the best way to serve well being, productivity, and connection?

 Different cultures and religions have recognised the importance of ritual throughout history, whether expressing gratitude through prayer or exploring the mind-body-connection with routines such as Yoga Kriyas and the 5 Tibetan Rites. What can we learn from ancient practices in creating our routines? What re-invented and novel practices have emerged in our modern world? And what can behavioural science teach us about the physical, psychological, and social benefits of different morning exercises?

Investigating the science underpinning habit-change and exploring positive and productive routines, we will learn from our panellists and from one-another, inspiring and encouraging our very own morning rituals.

Julian Vayne

Julian Vayne is an occultist, psychonaut and the author of numerous books, essays, journals and articles in both the academic and esoteric press.  His work is informed by Chaos Magic as well as lineages within Wicca and Uttarakaula Tantra. Julian is a co-organizer of the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention, is a founding member of the post-prohibition think tank Transform and sits on the academic board of The Journal of Psychedelic Studies

Julian facilitates psychedelic ceremony as well as providing one-to-one psychedelic integration sessions and support. He is the author of the celebrated Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony. Since 2011 he has been sharing his work through The Blog of Baphomet.

Alexander Beiner 

Alexander Beiner is co-founder of Rebel Wisdom and one of the directors of Breaking Convention. He has been involved in psychedelic activism for the last 15 years and is particularly interested in bringing a critical lens to the way psychedelics are entering mainstream culture and medicine. He has recently produced a film on Rebel Wisdom exploring these topics through interviews with leaders in the field. 

Sarah Harlow

After experiencing a near death experience, Sarah found yoga and founded Yogasara in 2008 with a passion to empower within the community. She now teaches therapeutic classes, courses, one-one sessions, workshops, retreats, yoga for wild women, immersions and teacher training.

Sarah completed an apprenticeship & professional training program with the School of Movement Medicine and has studied anatomy extensively with Anatomy Trains UK as well as Structural Bodywork, Thai massage, Indian Head and reflexology. She is also an Embodied Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and has other related training, including specific Trauma training.

Spending 15 years as a registered nurse, specialising in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies, her experience has led her to offer informed support for many medical conditions, bridging the Western medical model with holistic wisdom.

Haya Al-Hejailan 

Haya is an enthusiastic advocate for psychedelic literacy who intends to help catalyse the psychedelic movement globally. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and wrote a senior thesis titled “Ask Your Doctor If Psychedelics Are Right For You: A Closer Look At The Clinical Uses Of Psychedelics.” She is currently completing her MSc in applied positive psychology and coaching psychology and is conducting her dissertation research “Psychedelics in the time of a pandemic”, in which she is exploring the relationship between psychedelic use and wellbeing in light of the current situation with COVID-19. 

Haya has plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology to explore the possibility of incorporating psychedelics therapy in the treatment of complex post traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD).

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