Tuesday, July 08, 2014

When is the last time you were held?

I always love to hear what jumps out at students after a yoga class. Was it a certain pose that got things moving? A quote? A small remark?

This week, it was a question I asked, out of the blue, in a yin yoga class. In an effort to get the yogis to surrender over the bolster and to move from adjusting & fixing, into acceptance and softness, I asked everyone "When was the last time you were held? When was the last time you really allowed yourself to surrender?"

I will be honest, as always, and say that I was actually asking myself this question. Lately I've been feeling the effects of Winter - the tiredness, the desire to hibernate and sleep, to eat and nourish, and slow down. And as usual, I've not really heeded the call as well as I could. I know I'm not alone in that either! Many of the yogis I'm meeting on the mat are telling me similar stories - that they're tired, but busy. And life must go on!

And yes, it must - but we can definitely show up with a different energy when we do our practice, when we run our errands and live our lives. We can feel our feet on the ground as we walk to our appointments. We can practice a strong vinyasa class but perhaps take a few more child's poses than normal. We could even swap a dynamic practice for a yin class.

While I've got the opportunity to teach, I'm snapping up classes and sharing my love of yoga around Sydney. But the last couple of days my adrenals started whimpering, so they felt! And I'm a pro at listening to my body now (you'd hope the lesson was learnt after burning out!) - so, I'm being very mindful of the energy I'm bringing with myself to my day's tasks.

I'm mindful that I need to up my meditation practice.
I'm mindful that green juices are coming in, and sugar filled snacks are on the out.
I'm mindful that I need to be held - and have booked a massage with my favourite massage therapist.

In honour of surrendering, yogis, take care xx

Friday, June 27, 2014

Manifest Like A MoFo!

Time to make shift happen! I'm partnering up with the brilliant kinesiologist/life coach Clare Woodward, to present this amazing workshop in a few weeks time.

Come along! xo

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Huh? What?

I have no idea how it got to be the end of May already, but time flies when you're having fun... so they say! And fun is what I've been having, that's for sure.

This 'trusting the universe' thing is not easy, but my faith has been well placed because many opportunities have settled into my lap and I have a big smile on my face. The lesson I'm learning (and Danielle LaPorte has said this!) is that often it's what you say NO to, that defines your path.

I have many opportunities right now, and I'm getting much better at choosing the best thing for me - and it feels good. Honouring yourself, your time, your effort - it's brilliant and warm and fuzzy and I am becoming a fan of it :)

There will be more posts coming soon, but in the meantime, just a hello - and a sneak peak at a fab new shoot I had with an amazing photographer and gal, Gaby xoxo

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Upcoming Workshop :: Yoga* Off The Mat, a 6 week course of change, playing big, & the ripple effect

* and tea!

Find your deeper purpose
Cultivate community
Make a difference

Yoga (& tea) Off The Mat is a 6 week course of creating gentle but phenomenal change in one's life. We'll play with self-exploration and inquiry, have a look at yoga philosophy and how it relates to our modern day living, dive deep into purpose, and be empowered to create a shining ripple effect of change in our world.

Inspired by Off The Mat, Into The World's Yoga In Action program & Gabby Bernstein's May Cause Miracles curriculum, participants will join together each week and be motivated to play big. 

Enrolments will open soon for this intimate gathering; register your interest here xo

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wellness Coaching Available

I've got some good news, precious ones! I've created some time in my schedule and have freed up spots to take on 4 more Wellness & Health Coaching clients!

We'll use yoga, meditation, functional assessment and a beautiful mix of holistic methods to help you bloom into your brightest self. There are both one month kickstart programs, and heavy duty (life changing!) 3 months packages.

Book your spot now xo

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Midweek Manifesto


We've had a run of public holidays and long weekends recently, which for many of us means "family" time!  And we all know that can equal buttons being pushed, so today's manifesto is more of a guide for living and loving in relationships.  that are timely reminders for all of us. The full article and details are here, so go and enjoy xo

1.     Free yourself from negative people
2.     Let go of those who are already gone
3.     Give people you don’t know a fair chance
4.     Show everyone kindness and respect
5.     Accept people just the way they are
6.     Encourage others and cheer for them
7.     Be your imperfectly perfect self
8.     Forgive people and move forward
9.     Do little things every day for others
10. Pay attention to who your real friends are
11. Always be loyal
12. Stay in better touch with people who matter to you
13. Keep your promises and tell the truth
14. Give what you want to receive
15. Say what you mean and mean what you say
16. Allow others to make their own decisions
17. Talk a little less, and listen more
18. Leave petty arguments alone
19. Ignore unconstructive, hurtful commentary
20. Pay attention to your relationship with yourself

Your hOMework today is to choose one, and live it this week.
With love xo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mid-Week Manifesto

Maybe it's the new moon. Maybe it's Autumn (Winter is coming). The Year of the Horse perhaps? Maybe it's all of that, or none of that, but there seems to be plenty of shifts in motion at the moment. And with change, comes a little bit of fear. 

And right now, I'm honestly sitting in quite a lot of fear! It is damn uncomfortable too!

There are shifts occurring in my life, with redundancies, finances and relationships, and hearing manifestos and quotes to simply 'be happy' quite honestly make me cranky. Being around people who don't understand depression makes me frustrated. Being around people throwing tantrums, who complain, and who are being pushy, makes me sad.

It makes me want to hibernate and get away from it all. So this manifesto, of BRAVENESS and light, makes me feel much more inspired. I'd love to be happy - but right now, brave is where it's at.

Today, my beloved, I make no apologies for being fear-full. This manifesto gently recognises that all of us may struggle, all of us may have crappy days - and most importantly, this is ok! Huh?! Yes my friends, it's ok.

I had a student recently share that she didn't like me to talk about crappy days, because she liked to "do yoga to get away from all that". To that, I lovingly share that these are the exact moments that yoga can help us through!

We can learn to face our fears front on, instead of running and hiding from them and "getting away from all that". Life is beautiful and precious, but we all know - god it's hard sometimes! As my wise teacher Pema Chodron shares: 

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”  

So today my friends, your hOMework is to be brave, to face your fear, your sadness, your hardships FRONT ON. To cry if you must, to scream if you need to, but then... to show up. Simply show up. Again and again and again. I will be there waiting for you :)

With love and light, 
stella xo 
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