Yogamona Blog

What's love got to do with it? April 11 2015, 4 Comments

Love. That four letter word. What does it mean? Is it really all the world needs now?

For years and years (in fact well over 30) I spent my time believing and living as if love was something external to me. I thought that others were responsible for providing me with love and as a byproduct of that it would bring me greater happiness. I assumed that giving love in huge amounts to others would mean it would return to me ten-fold and that would fulfill me. But still I felt a part of me was missing. I read self-help book after self-help book trying to find the answer, to fill a void that I believed could only be found outside of myself. I thought love (and happiness) would come in the shape of more friends, my family, having children, a man, going on another holiday, a new wardrobe or a fun night out. Don't get me wrong all of those things can bring much happiness but I now know that having all of that can still leave you unfulfilled and longing for something more. I know this not just because of my own experience but friends, acquaintances and clients that allegedly "have it all" tell me so. I see it everyday.

I remember entering my 30s and feeling so burnt out from caring and giving to other people but still didn't feel fulfilled. I was lost. Baffled. And very tired. To read the full blog post click here.

 


Ever considered going on a yoga retreat? (you might after reading this) April 06 2015, 1 Comment

I'm a MASSIVE fan of yoga retreats. For me they are the perfect holiday. I love the time out, the sacred space they create to reflect and just be. They rejuvenate, refresh and re-energise me. They also challenge me to switch off from the busy world we live in and peel off another layer of myself. They bring me home to who I really am. My true self. I don't need to put on any different masks or compete with anyone, I can just be me. 

Today on the blog I'm thrilled to interview holistic health coach, yoga teacher and absolute Goddess Sarah-Jane Perman. I met Sarah-Jane (also known as SJ for short) at an Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference in Sydney just over a year ago. SJ guided a large group of coaches through our asana as we saluted the sun in the Botanical Gardens with the Opera House in the background. She also took us through our paces and got us moving during the conference.

Given my love of yoga retreats and knowing SJ had some amazing retreats lined up this year, I decided to quiz her to find out what yoga means to her and why she believes retreats are the bees knees as well! Join us as we go on a guided tour of the beautiful retreats SJ has on offer in 2015. To read the full blog post click here.


Unhappy in your day job and interested in becoming a coach? December 31 2014, 0 Comments

I get a number of questions about the course I've been studying this year. Many of you may have already heard of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). If not, you're likely to have heard of graduates that include Pete Evans, Sarah Wilson, Jess Ainscough, Miranda Kerr and Melissa Ambrosini just to name a few. I must admit prior to signing up smack bang on a year ago the only person I knew who had studied at IIN was the lovely Claire Obeid. I actually wanted to start a blog and started googling to see if a domain name was available and came across Claire, who was practising as a health coach after studying at IIN. It turned out a friend was also participating in her Freedom Project at the same time and was raving about it. To read the full blog post click here.

High tea, high on ideas November 26 2014, 2 Comments

On Saturday I went along to a high tea session hosted by the gorgeous Jade McKenzie of Event Head. It was an intimate afternoon of indulging in club sandwiches, Chandon and plenty of sweet treats while talking all things events (and yes health coaches do indulge on occasions!) Why write a blog post about it? Well for a number of reasons. I'm so glad I decided to snap up the last place for this special session! I came away so inspired, filled to the brim with ideas and high from the collective energy at that table and my mission was achieved. I now feel much clearer about how events may look for Yogamona in 2015. Read the full blog post here.

Why I've quit coffee October 25 2014, 2 Comments

Almost three weeks ago now I decided to quit coffee. I love the smell and love the taste but don't really like what happens afterwards to my poor belly! Grumble, grumble then a quick run to the nearest bathroom (sorry for the details).  

I've never been a coffee addict, but what started out as 1-2 coffees over the weekend had become a daily habit. Walking past my favourite coffee shop on the way to work smelling that delicious coffee scent, coupled with the cold winter made it hard not to stop off for my daily coffee. I loved chatting to the baristas and analysing our crazy dreams as my coffee was being created. It also made for a nice excuse to get out of the office to stretch my legs after sitting at my desk all day. Read the full blog post here.