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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.

 


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.


Yoga to hip-hop music - say what? September 06 2014, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I went to find out for myself what yoga and hip-hop was all about. 

UPBEATS host a free monthly event and for August the theme was Sweat gets Sexy held at Melbourne's Yoga 213. The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity for like minded health nuts to get together. In this case - chew the fat, burn some fat and get jiggy doing yoga to hip-hop music. Pretty cool right?
 
I’d been eyeing off Yoga 213 for some time and wanted to check it out. Not just for the tunes but for the fit out. I loved the feel of the place from what I had seen of pics on social media and also in the press. Sammy Veall, the bright-eyed, young entrepreneur responsible for Yoga 213’s inception was to guide us through a 45 minute Vinyasa style yoga to hip-hop tunes then speak about her journey into the health and fitness industry and how hip-hop got her hooked on yoga. Read the full blog post here.


What happens when a chatterbox has a date with silence August 26 2014, 4 Comments

It was the 2nd of January 2011. I was in a taxi flying through the narrow back streets of Bali at some ungodly hour after midnight, going from Denpasar to Ubud on my way to a yoga retreat.

It wasn’t my first time travelling alone, I’d become used to it over the years after lengthy stints of singledom. It was my first yoga retreat though. I remember sitting in the back seat feeling part anxious, part excited about my 7 days in Ubud. I had been to Bali before, over a decade earlier with 10 girlfriends where the focus was on partying, lazing by the pool, swimming at the beach and shopping. This was to be a very different holiday. 

It felt a little cliché - Eat, Pray, Love style but I didn’t care. I enjoyed Liz Gilbert’s story, her bravery for speaking her truth and listening to the whispers of her heart as she set off soul searching through Italy, India and Indonesia. I had gone to Bali with the intention of bringing in the New Year on a high, setting the year off on the right note. I wanted to treat myself. At this stage the concept of self-love and self-care was still relatively new to me. I was working in the hospital setting at the time, giving on a daily basis to others and this was just the R & R I needed. Read the full blog post here.


The truth about why I do yoga August 16 2014, 0 Comments

Yoga takes me to another place. A happy place! 

After yoga I feel a lightness, like I could float away. As if I haven’t a care in the world. Even on heavier days when I feel as if I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders I feel lighter and more energised. 

Yoga stretches me. It stretches my mind and my body. It challenges me and I like a challenge.

It takes me back to the good old days of warm ups at jazz ballet. Muscles, tendons and deep fascia stretching, slowly lengthening and softening.  

Yoga is my constant teacher. It encourages me not to compare myself to others, even when I’m tempted to look around. Yoga reminds me we're all so different and all on unique journeys. While I may have good general flexibility, particularly in my hamstrings, I have THE puniest triceps you’ve EVER seen! But that is ok. 

Yoga teaches me to slow down. To just breathe. To be more present. Then to breathe some more.

Read the full blog post here.


The Paleo Way or the Highway? August 01 2014, 0 Comments

The week before last, in the midst of packing up and shipping off my very first Yogamona orders to my amazing customers, I went along to Pete Evan’s The Paleo Way tour in Melbourne. If you don’t yet know who Pete Evans is – you will soon enough. Best known as celebrity chef, the other half of the judging duo from My Kitchen Rules alongside Manu Feildel. Also known for preaching the benefits of activated almonds and now Paleo. One thing is sure - he is making waves in the area of wellness and nutrition. Pete is on a mission. 

Read the full blog post here.