Helping you to foster sustainable skills and holistic habits for life. 

Meet Paula 

My name is Paula Byrne and I am your holistic wellness facilitator and menstrual educator at Apple Blossom Holistic. 

With 17 years teaching experience, I am dedicated to holding space for others to allow them to enhance their own wellbeing and knowledge.

I endeavour to cultivate a more holistic approach to daily life. I love being outdoors, growing veg in the garden and taking things at a slower pace. But life wasn't always like this. 

I specialise in supporting others to form habits that nourish the mind, body and soul. I approach my work through the lens of mindfulness and use the skills of awareness, acceptance and compassion to educate and facilitate. My work is underpinned by holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga and energy balancing. I offer you support to live mindfully with your cycle, soothe your nervous system and attend to your self-care.

I am passionate about holistic wellness and the importance of living in tune with the menstrual cycle because I have lived experience of the positive benefits this sustainable lifestyle has. I can help you to help yourself, by developing holistic habits for life. 

My Journey 

My journey to self-care began many years ago when I was unhappy in my job, struggling with recurring infections, anxiety and stress, feeling lost and unfulfilled.

I knew that something had to change. I was reaching outside of myself to make myself happy and constantly on the go. I was neglecting my own needs.

I began to learn about mindfulness. I signed up to an 8 week MBSR course and I was hooked. Mindfulness offered me a way to cope with what was happening in my life and understand it, by making friends with anxiety and learning to treat myself as I would a good friend. This has supported me so much by allowing me to come out of fight or flight mode and to meet my own needs. Mindfulness is the lens through which I approach my work with others. 

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For as long as I can remember, my period pain was so severe that it impacted my daily life. I missed school, college and work. I didn’t understand why my period hurt so much and why I suffered and others didn’t. In my mid twenties I was diagnosed with endometriosis

While it gave me some comfort to know that there was a reason for my painful periods, it  negatively impacted my wellbeing because I still didn't understand what was happening in my body each month. The pain, uncertainty and dread of my period kept my nervous system in stress mode, despite my mindful practice, because I was disconnected from my cyclical nature. When I started to practice menstrual cycle awareness (MCA), a term coined by Alexandra Pope,  I developed an intimate relationship with myself and my cycle. I began to understand and accept my inner landscape. This had a hugely positive impact on my wellbeing. Getting to know your cycle is the ultimate in sustainable self-care, it is embodied mindful practice, a true holistic habit

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