Yogamona Blog

The art of saying no April 01 2016, 0 Comments

 

Setting boundaries and learning to say no is a huge topic! It's something that I'm fascinated by and has been coming up for me for sometime. I used to be a serial 'good girl' which equated to being a 'yes girl' and a 'put-myself-last-girl.' I used to take pride in my ability to do it all! But my inability to say no has led me to serious burnout on a number of occasions. Leaving me wondering when will I ever learn? While I'm much better than I have been in the past I still revert back to old ways at times and need to keep myself in check. To read the full blog post click here.


How to move through challenging times with grace March 16 2016, 0 Comments

My year started on such a high, I felt rejuvenated and refreshed after a lovely Christmas break and ready to take on 2016. I felt totally in flow! Towards the end of January and into February however, I saw my energy slowly shift and plummet. I began to feel flat, exhausted and more negative than my usual optimistic self. Despite my best intentions and ginormous tool kit of self-help strategies and stress management hacks, I felt like life was happening to me. Sure, there were a series of events that have contributed and I could always blame the full moons, eclipses and intense energy of recent times, but I won't. My inner critic, my mean girl was turned up to the maximum volume! How did I get there? To read the full blog post click 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.


5 Steps to Find Your Shine! September 03 2015, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago my gorgeous friend Chara Caruthers from Bliss, Body and Soul and I ran a 5 day challenge on how to Find Your Shine. It was so much fun! We absolutely loved everyone's insights, beautiful pictures and the engagement online. For those who missed out on the challenge or if like me, you're coming out of a long, cold hibernation period where energy has been low - read on to get a glimpse of our top tips for finding your shine! You might want to grab your journal and a pen to write down the questions and spend some time answering them.

 

We believe the key to finding your shine starts with KNOWING and LOVING yourself. Ready...? Let's get started! 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.


Self-love: getting to the heart of happiness April 26 2015, 0 Comments

 

On the blog recently in the lead up to Love to Live: Getting to the heart of happiness workshop, I wrote about how integral self-love was in increasing my happiness and how I stumbled across the practice (perhaps out of desperation!) I wouldn't say I was unhappy but I was severely burnt out. Practising self-love suddenly made my life easier. The more I practised it, the more fulfilled I was. I was able to nurture myself without seeking it solely from others. I became calmer, more in flow, more in touch with my intuition and my life purpose. I was at peace with myself, had greater confidence in myself, felt empowered that I could do and be anything I wanted. I stopped looking for love outside of myself. Don't get me wrong giving and receiving love to/from others is also magical and there is nothing that lights me up more than time with my nieces or nephew or my family. But learning how to better nurture myself was a game changer. To read my top tips on practising self-love click here.


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.