Monday, October 20, 2014

Huge Announcement :: Bali Retreat 2015

As you know I recently did completed a Teacher Training (for 1-on-1 Yoga Therapy, you can book in here!) in gorgeous Bali, and simply, honestly, surprisingly fell in love with the place. 

Surprisingly because I thought I would be around lots of (drunk) Aussies and hey, I can do that at home. But like any place, of course, it's where you choose to spend your time, and who you choose to spend it with. And I was overcome with the 'heart' of the people and Bali. A poorer country, a country where you have to drink bottled water (and even brush your teeth with bottled water) but a country that made me realise how little heart, love and soul that many people have in Sydney. It is a country that made me want to be a better, move loving and generous person.

So while I was there, having a beautiful weekend off in Ubud - I made a decision. I'd be more loving, I'd create bigger communities, I'd share my gifts. So I am excited to announce - my first international retreat!  In Bali, baby!!! (you can hold your place with a deposit here)

Full information and flyer to come shortly (including breakdowns) but I wanted you lovely blog readers, my gorgeous friends, to be the first to know - put this date in your diaries! 
23-30 November, 2015

Yep, you've got a whole year to plan and get excited :) So no excuses right?

The amazing Clare Woodward and I will be running it - deposits and holding places are being snapped up now, and spaces are limited. Any questions? Hit us back!

And get ready to manifest a beautiful life :)


Dates: 23 November - 30 November, 2015 (checkout 11am Monday 30 November)
Join Kinesiologist/Transformational Life Coach Clare Woodward and Yoga Teacher/Therapist/Health Coach Stella Chambers on an 8 day, 7 night retreat in gorgeous Ubud, Bali (staying at the beautiful Nara Soma)
Yoga, kinesiology, workshops, cooking classes, meditation, self-love and reflection, plus downtime, swimming time, and you-time in the purpose-built meditation cave. Not to mention plenty of amazing markets, shops, monkies (yes! Monkey Forest) and food right at your doorstep in peace-filled Bali.
Full details and (all optional) daily schedules coming shortly, and will include:
‣ daily breakfast
‣ twice daily yoga (vinyasa flow in the morning, and yin yoga at night) in the stunning open-air yoga shala (mats and props all provided)
‣ twice daily meditation (in the serene meditation cave)
‣ 1 daily workshop (yoga, kinesiology, cooking, self-development etc)
‣ optional/extra excursions/activities
‣ 4 group dinners including last night celebration
Accommodation: all accom is shared rooms (if you would like a single room you must book early, and additional costs will be incurred. This is dependant upon availability) Please advise us if you would like to share with another retreat participant.
Want to come with family/partners? There are extra home-stays available so please get in contact if this is of interest.
Full prices are coming soon but will remain under $1600, including transfers. Flights to Bali are very reasonable if you book in advance!
Deposit: a $400 non-refundable deposit will secure your space. Full payment is due before Monday 12 October, 2015
Yep, a whole year to plan :)
Please note: There are limited spaces on this retreat so get in early to avoid disappointment.
Clare + Stella xo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Manifest Like A Mofo - Kinesiology + Yoga Workshop, 15 November


MANIFEST LIKE A MOFO
YOGA + KINESIOLOGY WORKSHOP
15 November, Sydney


'What you seek is seeking you' - Rumi

We manifested our last workshop so well it SOLD OUT - so we're running it again! 

To manifest is to create; and to create is to bring something into existence. It means your daydreams, your fantasies, your desires become your REALITY. Effortlessly, magically, gracefully.

If your dreams, fantasies and desires are seemingly non existent in your life, then this is the workshop for you!

Join Yogi Stella Chambers and Kinesiologist Clare Woodward, as they take you through the energy psychology of Manifesting & Abundance. You will be provided with the tangible tools + techniques to get you there and most importantly, the secret ingredient.

What will be covered:
* A yummy + dynamic flowing Vinyasa Yoga Class (all levels welcome)
* Kinesiology techniques to clear blocked energy and tap into your brain potential
* Understanding of Yin/ Yang principles in relation to the 5 Elements
* A guided meditation to enhance your Manifesting abilities

Investment:
$65

Location: House of Yoga, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern
When: Saturday 15 November, 12:30-3:30pm
Bookings: shinyyoga@gmail.com | clare@woodwardinstitute.com.au

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quiet Quest - Days 11-15: Unplugging & Filling Up


More and more throughout Quiet Quest I'm falling in love - falling in love with space and silence. When this whole journey started, I didn't think I'd even notice it that much. Boy, was I wrong! 

That is how insidious technology is. 

Don't get me wrong, technology is amazing. It helps connect people, it is a huge (huge!) part of my job, I love it. But I didn't realise how little quiet I have in my life, due to it.


I love reading - but I read on my kindle all the time.
I do a lot of cooking - but as I live on my own I always have music playing, podcasts on in the background, or the TV turned on low for 'background' noise.

I even do loads of meditation - with guided meditations!

None of this is bad. A lot of it is actually pretty awesome! But it's not stillness, silence, or just space. And space is a big thing for me right now. Returning from Bali has been really eye-opening to just how busy and packed our days/nights/time is here in Sydney.

Day 11: Today I had #NourishClub - a beautiful gathering of souls in my life, to drink tea and have a chat, IRL. Yep, face to face connection, and wow, it could have gone on for hours!

Day 12: Yoga outdoors? Today was the perfect day for it. I led an amazing #PinkRibbon Day Yoga class in Tamarama, in the glorious sunshine, and then had a cuppa with friends afterwards, followed by a most delish lunch. Whenever I'm looking to nourish myself, it's real time with friends - and it's no coincidence I've been doing that a lot during this quite time!

Day 13: Today was the perfect day to get my hands dirty in the kitchen again. I made an amazing Lemon & Coconut Bread and am still licking my fingers. Eating a gluten free diet means preparing a lot of stuff myself - and with amazing sites like this, it's not impossible to do. No music was blaring while I was cooking, no telly was shouting out in the background, it was really nice to be in the present!

Day 14: Yin Yoga was on the cards today. I'm actually doing a(nother) Yin Teacher Training late November so need to practice quite a few classes before I arrive, but really - one never needs an excuse to practice this most delicious restorative class. I've also been quite stressed lately - trying to juggle a new timetable, and Mercury Retrograde with all it's changes/endings/beginnings jumping out at me! So this was just what the doctor ordered!

The booty I got from my organic F&V box from Alfalfa House this week!
Day 15: Today is fruit & veg delivery day! My organic box of yumminess from the co-op is ready to be collected on Wednesdays, and I am loving being pushed out of my comfort zone and cooking with seasonal, brilliant organic produce. The weather in Sydney has been a little nuts over the last couple of days (I actually wore my ugg boots at home today!) so making up a soup from all my goodies was the perfect dinner to whip up. Again, tasting, smelling, being really present while cooking up a storm is a whole new experience when it's done whilst unplugged. Gimme more! (The result even tastes a little different!)


Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Quiet Quest - Day 10: Reading IRL

Today was a little full on. 

I was a bit tired getting up (we're a week into Daylight Savings now, I'm feeling that 1 less hour sleep! Hello 8:30pm bedtime!), but the alarm went off, I taught early morning yoga, had a quick meeting and then it was on the computer All. Day. Long. Until I had another meeting and taught another couple of classes! Yikes.

So how does unplugging look on a day when it's full of plugging in and being busy?

This:
Instagram.com/ShinyYoga

Not gonna lie - today was the most challenging day I faced on Quiet Quest, because TIME. Seriously, no wonder I burnt out (twice) living the life I was living. And no wonder people are tired in Sydney. Sydney is a go-go-go city.

But that's where self-discipline comes in I suppose. Ugh, you know what? I even googled another word for self-discipline, and none of them are that delicious; when really, self-discipline ain't all bad. Setting up time for unplugging, even when it's tough, has so many benefits. Habits can be great, but sometimes they're just moulds to keep us stuck. As Dennis Prager shares, "We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness!"


So here's to another day of living in the moment, paper beneath my hands, and a heart abundant with ideas of simple living, precious moments and space. Have you managed to unplug today at all?

xo

Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.

#NourishClub October


Want to be inspired but can't find your community? Come along to #NourishClub - It's small, intimate, and fabulous tea-drinking company. No pressure, just awesome people sharing stories and laughs. Come and get #shiny

There WILL be raw caramel slice at this Saturday's #NourishClub - 9:30am at aboutlife natural marketplace in Rozelle - hope to see you there!

Do let me know if you can make it. I would love to see YOU xo


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Quiet Quest - Day 9: Morning Meditation



There are so many things one can do during quite mindfulness. Gardening, walking outdoors, gazing up at the stars, yoga, cooking, decluttering, writing and journalling, heck, just sitting.... but I keep coming back to something I've really been enjoying lately - meditation.


I woke up this morning before the alarm went off, sat upright, set an alarm and meditation came so easily. It didn't always used to be like this - and sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's 30 minutes of daydreaming, if I'm completely honest! But today, oh glorious day, there was stillness. 


I felt some heaviness from a rough day yesterday. I felt some tiredness and puffy eyes. But beneath that acceptance, there was presence and stillness and that is so yummy.

We live in a world that loves being busy - a world that I loved being busy in not so long ago. But I'm finding that now, in Week 2, I'm falling in love with space and time and stillness again, and that it's really doing an awesome job at 'filling my cup'.

Instead of feeling so depleted, switching off and unplugging is making me more connected, more present, more real.

As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross shares, 
"There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."

How true!

Later on in the day I continued with the unplugging by having a nourishing and damn fun lunch with a gorgeous friend. We went to an amazing local and delish cafe, had dessert for lunch, nattered, laughed and hugged - and apart from the obligatory snap of the food (because it's presented in a most amazing way! - see??) there were no phones. There was connection and presence, and man, I want more :)

Sending you love, and quiet time :)
xo


Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Quiet Quest - Day 8: Space



Today was hard. I don't know if it's Mercury Retrograde, this full Super Moon, the transition into Spring, Daylight Savings or just this crazy old thing we call LIFE, but it was upside-down and all over the place, and knocked me sideways.


I have been home just a week and a day, after spending 3 weeks in beautiful Bali - where days were full of sangha, openness, yoga training and inspiring community. I've come home to Sydney-life, beautiful in its own way, but busy, stressful, rat-race-y and deadline driven if you don't set up good boundaries! Same same, but different. Get me?

And within just one week of returning home, I've had friends marriages (yes, multiple marriages) dissolve around me. And trust me, whether it's a good thing, whether it's needed or 'right' or a shock, there are tears. There are hurt feelings. There is sadness.


In this week I've had people around me lose jobs, gain jobs, leave jobs. And again - whether it's for the best or what they wanted or a shock to the system, transition is real, and exhausting, and hard work (for a little while at least).

And in this week, I got news of an old friend's shock passing.


And it's tiring, and exhausting, and tear-inducing.


So tonight, I lit some candles, popped my stones and crystals out, pulled some fresh flowers together (thanks Sydney gardens!) and sat down, and took it all in.  Just me, candle light, and silence.

I cried, I got angry, I got sad, I felt it all, then I found stillness.

At its essence, Quiet Quest is about finding all of this, and letting it be. It's not about losing ourselves and staying numb and being asleep to life - no matter how hard it is. And tonight, that lesson was clearer than ever. I'm not going to lie and say it was easy. Today wrapped up a wobbly week that on the whole, had moments of really sucking. But still, I am ok. I am grateful. I am loved. I am love. And right now, that is enough. 

Peace to you, my beloveds. May you find some stillness to take it all in as well xo


Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Quiet Quest - Day 7: Cups of Tea

There's nothing quite so nourishing as a cup of tea with friends.

In life, just a few short months ago, time and space really frightened me. I worked a lot, I kept busy, I fit loads into my days, and never had any down time - so cups of tea with friends wasn't an option that popped up a lot.

But today I taught an early morning class, and didn't need to rush off to work after it like I usually do (the joys of a new career - freelancing!).

So when a friend suggested a quick cuppa - cuppa we did.


No phones, no deadlines, just 2 friends, steaming mugs of tea and coffee, and free flowing conversation.


If there is one thing this month is teaching me, it's that going with the flow, unstructuring my life, and having free time (where my nose isn't pointed down in a device) is quite liberating.

Today's realisation: Not every moment has to be filled! Space is precious. Space - how I've missed you!

It's sounds quite small, this realisation, but it's actually pretty life changing. How are you going with unplugging, sweet ones?
xo


Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.
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