Yogamona Blog

Yoga, what is all the fuss about? November 08 2015, 0 Comments

Are you one of those people who think that you can’t go to a yoga class because you're unable to touch your toes?

Feeling like you have to be a certain type of person, or have certain flexibility super powers to even enter into one of those flashy yoga studios?

All around you the media is telling you how amazing and beneficial yoga is, while you may be thinking that yoga is for made for some other kind of species than you? To read what the fuss is all about 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.


Home yoga - just what the doctor ordered! April 29 2015, 0 Comments

 

I have to admit, starting my own business while working in a day job can be tough. I have to put all of my self-love strategies into action or I frequently end up run down. I love my life but it is chock-a-block and some days making it to one of my favourite yoga studios is near impossible with a to-do list the length of my arm tugging at me!

With Autumn feeling more like Winter so far in Melbourne I've intuitively felt like creating more space and upping the self-care from the comfort of my home. At times, the extent of my home yoga practice has been working on my head stand or opening my hips up in pigeon pose when I'm feeling tight. While I've dabbled in various free classes online and YouTube videos, I thought I'd check out an online yoga studio called the Yoga Collective a little more closely. 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.


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.


Do you suck at sticking to New Year's resolutions? (Part 1) January 04 2015, 1 Comment

 

I’ve always enjoyed the New Year period. I love taking the time to reflect on the year that has passed, my challenges and achievements and how far I’ve come. Personal development has always been a passion of mine. You’re more likely to see The Power of Now, The Road Less Travelled or Buddhism for Busy People in my hands than Fifty Shades of Grey or The Lord of the Rings (that's not to say I wouldn't enjoy those books). I can’t get enough of self-help books and find them fascinating! I could literally spend hours in the self-help section of book stores! I'm also a Piscean who loves nothing more than to day dream! So for me, the ringing in of a New Year is the perfect opportunity to set new goals, intentions or resolutions if you like. It's also great to pull out the previous year's resolutions to see how you fared. To read the full blog post click here.

How to survive the silly season December 08 2014, 0 Comments

It’s that time again. How on earth did it come around so damn quick? Fastest. Year. Ever.

It only feels like yesterday it was January and I was just putting the Christmas tree away! It feels as though time is speeding up and life is moving very fast. The hope for any down time in December and taking five to relax may feel like mission impossible. 

With only 16 days until Christmas are you finding yourself rushing around madly with your to-do-list in hand, racing from shop to shop trying to get the ‘perfect’ gift for your loved ones? Are you spending longer in the car park fighting for a car space than in the shopping centre itself?

I have some simple suggestions to help you move through December with ease and set yourself up for a successful 2015. Read the full blog post here


Running from yoga October 11 2014, 4 Comments

In recent weeks, I've been running from yoga. Yep! My beloved yoga has taken a back seat to running. The reason why? I was training for Connor’s Run. A few weekends ago now I ran 9.6km in the annual running event raising much-needed funds for research, care and development into brain tumours. Connor’s Run includes an 18.8km run starting at Sandringham or a 9.6km run starting in St Kilda, both ending with a party at the boat sheds by the Yarra in Melbourne.

I don’t know about you but I was definitely NOT a born runner. I used to run around the block at school as a youngster puffing after 100m and wanting to give up! I used to look at others who seemed to run with ease and wonder how on earth they could hold a conversation while running?! I would run, struggle to chat at the same time and go beetroot red in the face, which would then (and still does) take hours to return to normal. Read the full blog post 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.


Welcome to Yogamona! June 25 2014, 0 Comments

Hi there,

After a number of months of dreaming, planning and a few late nights, Yogamona has finally come to life and I'm so excited! I am inspired by yoga and the powerful effect it has on the mind, body and soul. I am also super inspired by art, design, wellness and the world around me. I hope that Yogamona encapsulates my love of all of these things...  

because LOVE makes the world go round right?

I'll be blogging regularly about all that inspires me...... read more.