Monday, January 12, 2015

Yin Yoga at Balmain Buddha - all shiny n' stuff

This Tuesday night I start my very own yin yoga classes at Balmain Buddha. Each Tuesday night, 7pm (75 mins) it's time to bliss out.

Come get long, slow, deep and happy.

(Classes are small to ensure you get hands on love and assists. This week's class is full! Make sure you book in early for next week)

PS I'm running a Yin Yoga workshop (2 hours of bliss!) on Thurs 5 Feb. Book here xo

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Be Your Own Guru

I've been sharing this in class a lot lately, because my wish for YOU this year is that you find your own inner light, that you trust your intuition, that you have the courage to listen and BE YOU.

'Cause you're pretty amazing. You know that, right?


Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I spent the better part of the first 40-years of my life looking for a guru, that person who would just blow me away with her or his prescience, kindness, compassion, vision and guidance.  The one who would give me the answers.  Who would tell me what to do to get to that place where I finally felt like I had “made it.”
So many others I knew had found one and their lives seemed so much better, more directed and purposeful for it, but that never happened to me. I would attend lectures, teachings, seminars, trainings and retreats and, inevitably, end up leaving early because some combination of information, integrity, pace or delivery did not resonate.  Why couldn’t I find that person?
It finally dawned upon me…
The person I was looking for was the one I would need to become.
That’s not to say I don’t seek out teachers and desire to learn. Others can offer guidance and insight. Classical texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, The Tao De Ching and the occasional Bazooka Joe comic lend intelligence, humility and humor to the process of discovery. I am and will always be an eternal student.
But, I’m not driven by the quest to find and place upon a pedestal any single teacher who will make everything okay, show me the light or bless my decisions and actions and diminish uncertainty.
Because, in the end, no one else can stand in my shoes.
No one else can live my fears, dreams, love, relationships, desires, intellect, challenges, life and lifestyle.
No one else can enjoy or suffer the outcome of my decisions or actions.
No one else is better equipped to know me.
No one else can act but me.
Upon these realizations, I began to accept responsibility not only for my life to-date, but for the process of making it come alive from that point forward.  Not for anyone else.  For me. And, increasingly, for those I serve.
I continued to listen to conventional wisdom, but, realizing most who followed it ended up not more, but less fulfilled, I committed to forming my decisions another way.  I adopted a standard that guides nearly every major business decision I make.
Will this career choice allow me to spend the greatest amount of time absorbed in activities and relationships that make me come alive, while surrounding myself with people I cannot get enough of and earning what I need to live well in the world?
And, I also realized much of what makes not only me, but most people come alive comes from a place of service and impact.
When I started making decisions from this place, the world seemed to increasingly become my partner in the career adventure of a lifetime.
Does that mean everything started to come easily?  No.
In case you haven’t gathered, creating your life and livelihood to deliver maximum passion and prosperity is a gargantuan challenge.
But, it’s not about whether it’s hard or easy…it’s about whether it’s WORTH the effort.
And, the answer is a definitive yes.  Especially since recent advances in technology have made possible options and opportunities that simply did not exist even a few short years ago. Launching and scaling a meaningful professional path while minimizing risk has become so much easier.
I can’t tell you where or how it’s going to end.
Frankly, taking full responsibility for the state of my life and happiness still scares the hell out of me on a pretty regular basis.  Such is the nature of working the edge of convention and owning up to the inevitability of uncertainty.
But, it scares me far less than it would to turn my future over to someone else and simply hope for the best.
I have increasingly better-defined goals, core-qualities that are important to build around and experiences I want to bring to my and my family’s lives. But I have also discovered the wonder that presents itself, seemingly spontaneously, when you consistently act in alignment with your authentic Self, then open to relationships and opportunities you never saw coming.
I cannot conduct the balance of my life in a vacuum of inevitable regret.
I cannot imagine the sorrow of leaving this Earth one day filled with visions of a life I dreamed of living, but never had the will to try.
And, I cannot rest with the notion that, in my actions, I might have taught my daughter to do the same.
Like Helen Keller said,
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
So.  What are you waiting for?
Ball’s in your court…
- Jonathan Fields

Hippie Yoga Stuff - it ain't all unicorns and popcorn

Sometimes yoga talk can get a bit hippie. You know, 'love' and 'manifesting' and 'feeling'. Ugh. Sometimes it drives me nuts. And yogis who come to my classes know that - because I'll often have a giggle about it all. 

But honestly, I've come to realise through life experience and trying many different ways to do it all, that feelings really are where it's at. Sigh. But Yay!

You can dive into a career, own your assets, have the marriage, the 2.5 kids, the whatever it is that makes you feel like you've made it - and you can still be bloody depressed, hating life, and waiting for that next 'thing' to signal that everything is ok. And you'll likely keep waiting. And waiting. And just doing what you're doing because that's what everyone else is doing.

In all honesty, sometimes I wish it wasn't like that. Sometimes (ok, quite often) I've thought it would just be so much easier to get a boring job, tick the boxes, and wait for everything to then be ok. But life, you little trickster, you just don't work like that.

I've tried it. And for me, I've really just got no other option now than to follow my heart and passion (there's that hippie talk again). Not because of a strong desire to let go of 'the norm' and to go against the grain. It's not as grand as that. It's simply because I've tried to go with the flow of society. I've tried to live along the grain. I've tried it 'their' way. And it didn't work.

I am totally open in my battles with depression and anxiety in the hope that someone out there, maybe you, reading this, will realise you're not alone and that it gets better. And worse. And then better again.

I want others never to feel the depths of sadness I've felt. 

I want everyone to know that there is another way to do this thing called life. It's not easy. It's often lonely because it's different. But it's worth it. There's no unicorns, there might be popcorn, but there's another way, beloved. 

This sh!t might not pass. Or it might well bugger off, and then return. That's the nature of impermanence. Swings and roundabouts. Apples and oranges. Life.

But even though it might/may not pass, honey, know this: you are loved. From me to you, you are loved. xo

Monday, January 05, 2015

Minimalism + Doing It Now

I've always had on my bookmark list a selection of 'minimalist' blogs. There is something that has always appealed to me about living a life of less 'stuff'. One of them talks about how we all know, deep down, that more stuff, bigger homes, assets and this and that isn't really the key to happiness, but why then do we all act like it is? THIS. That is exactly why I love them. 

So with making a resolution (of sorts) not to have any resolutions this year (because who wants to sign up for something that 99% of people fail at?!), I stopped reading all those posts about "The only resolutions you'll need this year" and the like. I did however, read this (minimalist) one. 

That's the thing with minimalist blogs - they're going to be pretty useful, the posts. Not full of unnecessary 'stuff'.

So in reading about 12 Life Habits to Consider for the coming year ahead, I kept nodding my head. And nodding. And nodding. Mind you, this was on holidays - early in the year - so I was in bed for a lil' lie down (because, holidays!), skimming my facebook feed when I saw this post. And then I got to #6 on the list, Adopt a "Do it Now" mentality.

So I jumped out of bed, and started going through my tax stuff. Tax Mess might well be the better term. Those that know me, know that money and me have had an interesting relationship to date. And due to life, I had a few years of tax that wasn't completed. And there really is a thing called the snowball effect - that one year, turned into a couple, turned into a couple more because it was all just too hard. Anyway - excuses, whatever, I didn't do what I needed to do and now faced a mountain of mess to clean up.

I started this process late last year - I was sick enough of being sick enough of having it hang over my head. Calls to the tax office, visits to my accountant, calls to banks and getting (years old) bank statements... it was an epic journey.

One that is now complete.

At the beginning of this year while I was in bed reading this article, I thought - ok, now is the time. That is the thing with yogis, sometimes. It's all rose-coloured glasses and talking about dreams and rhythms and flow. This stuff is good... But life beckons as well. And sometimes shit hits the fan in life. Sometimes you get angry. Sad. Messy. Snotty-nosed because you're crying so much. Sometimes life is really f^*king unfair. No way 'round it. 

And this was my moment, you know? My moment to let my actions fit in with my words. That seems to be a theme for me lately. And this blog post is about TAX. Tax! Tax we all have to do every year. But really, this blog post is actually not about tax, it's about so much more. It's about showing up (See? there's the hippie yoga talk hehe). It's about having your actions and your words be in alignment. It's about speaking up and then showing up.

So I got out of bed. I did it now. And can I just tell you the relief of hitting 'send' on the email to my accountant, with years (!!!) of statements, lists, numbers, trackings. Oh god! It felt AWESOME. I don't even care if I have to pay money back. To have it ticked off the list is phenomenal.

How about you, sweets? What is something you've been avoiding doing lately? Is it mundane, like tax? Or cleaning the bathroom? Is it life-changing, like that chat you know you need to have with your partner? Is it scary, like looking at what you really want to do in life and taking steps in that direction... now?

I can't wait to hear from you. xo

12 Unique Life Resolutions/Habits to Consider

6. Adopt a “Do it Now” mentality. The opposite of procrastination is to simply “do it now” instead. And seeing as how procrastination results in an unnecessary amount of stress in our lives, “doing it now” is an appropriate life habit for many of us to resolve. Make that a new mindset for your life in 2012. Repeat the mantra often. And then, just do it now – whatever “it” may be.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Today is the perfect day for a new beginning

Happy new year beloveds! A clean page, a fresh start – and of course, a dip in the ocean (my usual new years day ritual) to remind me of the potential for the year ahead, and to wash away the year just gone.

Oh how I love a fresh start!

My wish for you this year:
♡ That you receive love, and that you give oh so much love out into the world

♡ That you dare to dream, and dream big
♡ That you DO – do things that scare you, do things that fill you up, do things that make your heart sing
♡ That you live brightly, and feel deeply
♡ That you come back stronger and more powerful from any setbacks that set you sideways (this is life, remember? They’ll happen!)
♡ That you try, again and again (and again)
♡ And that you BE – you are love (you knew that, right?!). So be, sweetheart. All your awesomeness, your power, your spark is inherent. Trust that. Be that.

With love, gratitude + hope for the new year xo 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Catching My Breath

I just looked back over my year, and it's been a biggie. Job redundancies, career changes, heart wobbles, returning to study, international study, numerous certifications, launched my one-on-one coaching, announced my first retreats (international and local), + hanging with amazing friends. 2015 sees me start local yin classes (on my own!), full time study (#studentlyfe) and who knows what else. One thing is for sure, it's gonna be a hell of a ride.

Big love xo

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Sweet Peas xo

I hope today you are full of love for yourself, for your friends and family, and that you receive it back tenfold. YOU are amazing. Peace xo

Monday, December 22, 2014

Booking Info for South Coast Retreat - from 9am today!

Book your spot here, from 9am today beloveds!
A $300 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot.

South Coast Kinesiology + Yoga Retreat
May 8th, 2 nights, Culburra Beach. 2.5 hours from Sydney.
Retreats are all about YOU! And on this one we've totally got you covered.
Only 7 spots - if it resonates, follow through.

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