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Can procrastination be a form of intuition? June 26 2015, 0 Comments

As most of you will know if you follow me on social media or read my blog, I'm a huge fan of Danielle LaPorte and the Desire Map. At the start of the year I ordered her Truth Bomb card deck, which is AMAZING! When it arrived I decided to pull a card out to place on my desk.

The card I pulled got me thinking.

The first reason this card got me so intrigued was that starting my own business has really shone a light on my procrastination habits. I've analysed the why I procrastinate, where it might come from, what is behind it and ways to overcome it until the cows have come home! I'm at peace with the fact that I still procrastinate much more than I would like. I realise it's a deeply ingrained habit that will take time and patience to re-wire and change. I'm ok with that. Acceptance and compassion have become my friends when it comes to my procrastination habits. Read the full blog post 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.


Handy hints to develop your home practice (Part 1) March 02 2015, 1 Comment

Love yoga or want to get started but don't have the time to make it to classes?

I'm hearing you! Lately, I've been running around like a wild goose and my yoga practice has suffered. I keep finding myself making excuses for not doing at least 15 or 30 minutes at home if I don't make it to class. I will confess though I've been playing around with scorpion pose up against my wardrobe but that has been the extent!  

I've had a number of questions from the Yogamona community over the last few months asking about how to start a home practice. What do I need, what are your tips, what online programs do you suggest? Today is a special guest post by Karen Buckland who is a yoga teacher from Melbourne. Karen is here to kick off this series and share some great tips on how to get started AND commit to your yoga practice at home. 

To read the full blog post click here.


How to get a bikini body this Summer (Hint: it's not how you think!) January 26 2015, 0 Comments

 

Today on the blog is a very special guest post by Melissa Jeffcott - a life coach, mother of three and a beautiful soul! I met Mel at the Gabby Bernstein event in Melbourne a few weeks ago and was instantly drawn to her energy. I went home and checked out Mel's blog and was having a good old giggle at her honesty, authenticity and awesome sense of humour. Given it's still January and we are on the topics of resolutions, goals and intention for 2015 I thought this post would be perfect to share! In the media and in real life, women perhaps more than ever face the pressure of striving to achieve that perfect bikini body for Summer. Body image is such an important topic and Mel hits the nail on the head with her post. This is a read not just for mothers and those over 40. Mel's message is an important one for ALL women. I couldn't have conveyed the message better myself if I tried! 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.

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.

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


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.

Motherhood and Following Your Own Path November 16 2014, 0 Comments

I'm not a mother. However, I have many friends, family and colleagues who are. I know how tough it is, stepping in to babysit my gorgeous but energetic nieces and nephew for a mere 24 hours and often wonder how I would survive if I was a mother. I hear on a regular basis how hard it is to make the transition to motherhood unscathed. With high rates of post natal depression, social isolation and the massive change in roles, the transition to motherhood is highly underrated! Mums-to-be frantically read all the self-help books they can get their hands on to prepare for the much anticipated arrival of the bub, only to find that it doesn't quite cut it.

For today's blog I have invited along a very special guest, Yvette Lee-Archer, mother of one and owner of Ella Rinnova to discuss her thoughts and tips on how to survive motherhood. Read the full blog post here.


Are Green Smoothies just a fad? October 31 2014, 1 Comment


I don't know about you but all I seem to see in my Instagram and Facebook feed these days are green smoothies and VERY bendy, gorgeous people in yoga poses! I've dabbled in the green smoothie trend, particularly during a 28-day yoga challenge where I even went out specifically to purchase a blender to make them. I made one almost every day during that month and I have to admit I did feel AMAZING! I really love smoothies particularly in the summer months but find them a little hard to take in winter. I wanted to call on an expert to give her opinion about green smoothies to clarify in my mind once and for all - are they just a fad? Introducing Julie Dargan from Dargan Vitality... 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.


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.


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.


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.