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3 tips to ease back into work after the holidays January 14 2016, 0 Comments

I went back to my day job earlier this week after having over two weeks off. The longest break I've had in a while! I had such a wonderful break and felt refreshed and inspired heading back into the city on Monday. Returning to my day job got me thinking about a quote I loved from my coaching course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

"Find work that you love or a way to love the work that you do."

What is your relationship with your work?

Last year I spent too much time wishing I was working full time in my business. I was pushing too hard and at times I wasn't truly present and grateful for my day job, which I really do love. I'm blessed to work with amazing colleagues and inspirational clients.

Here are three of my top tips to help ease you back into work after the holidays so you're not left starting the year feeling resentful or disheartened about your work. Read the full blog post here.


Why meditation rocks and where to start! October 14 2015, 0 Comments


For those who have been part of the Yogamona community for some time you will no doubt have caught on that I'm a massive fan of meditation. It's such a big part of my life purpose and "my story". It really all started back in my undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy over 15 years ago where we were introduced to relaxation strategies in the form of breathing, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation. We were taught these strategies as a form of stress relief by triggering the relaxation response, the opposite of the stress (fight or flight) response. They were particularly useful for patients with chronic illness, mental health conditions and those recovering from ill health. I taught relaxation on and off throughout my clinical practice. Little did I realise at the time but what we were taught at University and what I went on to teach my patients were the underpinnings of a mindfulness and meditation practice. To read the full blog post click here.


How I lost my yoga mojo July 26 2015, 0 Comments

Is anyone else finding this winter particularly challenging? Low energy, wanting to hibernate? Eating twice as much, having super strong sugar cravings, not wanting to exercise, just wanting to stay wrapped up in bed with a cup of tea? I am the first to put up my hand! I love the winter, I love snuggling in bed longer, rugging up in a winter coat and beanie, the fresh, crisp winter air as it hits my face. It makes me feel alive. But I don't like what else winter has brought with it.

Guilt. 

I have a confession to make. To read the full blog post click here.


7 ways to be more mindful this May May 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

If mindfulness wasn’t already enough of a buzzword, it has hit celebrity status this month with the campaign Mindful in May. Are you participating? I have been, although I have to admit my inbox is currently getting a thrashing and as we're about to enter Day 20 of the challenge, I'm having trouble keeping up. So what is the solution?

I’m trying not to beat myself up for not keeping up every single day and have been introducing mindfulness into my daily life in other ways as much as possible. I hope you can do the same and see mindfulness become part of your routine well after the month of May is over. To read the full blog post click here.


Handy hints to develop your home practice (Part 2) March 23 2015, 0 Comments

In the last blog post yoga teacher Karen Buckland offered up her top tips on how to develop (and commit to) a home yoga practice. Because let's face it sometimes we can't get to our favourite studio or have only 20 minutes for yoga and completing a sequence in the comfort of your own home can be extremely therapeutic! I know when I find myself procrastinating or if I come home feeling tight in the shoulders and neck from sitting at a desk all day, rolling out the mat can be the best! Today on the blog I'm going to share the items I couldn't do without for my home yoga practice. To read the full blog post click here.


Goals with Soul (Part 3 in the series) January 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

It's mid January. The New Year. 2015. Predicted by some to be a very prosperous, abundant year where the hard work of previous years comes into fruition. In part three of this blog series I want to introduce you to an incredible ideology that will underpin your goal setting and resolutions for the year. It flips the idea of goal setting and resolutions on its head. It's real. Raw. It's a humanised way of looking at intention setting in a different light. It makes so much sense. I believe it also sheds a whole lotta light on why 92% of us don't achieve our New Year's resolutions. So who is the creator? To read the full blog post click here.


Do you suck at sticking to New Year's resolutions? (Part 2) January 06 2015, 2 Comments

I'm sitting here wearing next to nothing as it's so so hot in Melbourne today. I'm in flow so I'm going to keep writing in what will become a three part blog series. Given 2015 is now in full swing I got to thinking while blogging about resolutions what are some of my goals, intentions and resolutions for this new year? I better heed my own advice and make them obvious and known (remember it helps with accountability). I also started to think more about how meaningful my goals are and how passionate I am about making them more than just resolutions, but part of my life. My theory is the more meaningful something is to you the more likely you are to achieve it. This was something that was also ingrained in me in my studies as an occupational therapist. Participation in meaningful activities has been proven to lead to better health outcomes. To read the full blog post click here.