Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enforced rest

Is enforced rest time the only time you rest down, lovelies? I have to say, after a quick hospital visit last week and nothing to do but rest, my body just wants more and more of it. 

I was hit last week with a particularly vicious winter bug that saw me slammed. And today I've woken up and I feel like there's space. There may be some energy for a walk outside (to the mailbox, nothing major here!) but this is more than I've done in days.

It made me realise how much I push myself, how much I 'have' to keep going - as we all do, because we have jobs, responsibilities etc. Then it made me ask myself - do I want this? Do I want not being able to rest when my body is screaming at me, because work is busy or this or that?

We live in a world where it's no so simple to just switch off and take an unplanned week off (bills to pay, rent to earn etc) but it bears thinking - maybe it's time I schedule some more down-time in / weekends off for no reason / little getaways just 'because'.

Here's to space. xo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quiet Quest :: wanna get zen with me?

“The French mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote, ‘All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.’ We have become experts at filling our lives with noise and activities. We wake up to the sound of the radio blaring and dress while the television is on. We drive to work listening to the latest traffic report and spend the next 8 hours in a bustling office. When we come home, at the day’s end, we delve into the evening’s activities against the background sound of television, ringing phones and humming computers” - Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma

This October I'll be spending 30 minutes in silence each day - no electronic devices, no music, TV, radio, etc. to raise awareness and funds for Quiet Quest, an initiative by The Yoga Foundation. 

I've been wanting to introduce more silence and less busyness into my days, and you'd think as a yoga teacher I'd have this meditation stuff down pat, right? Well, it comes and it goes. And having suffered anxiety and depression for a long time, sometimes time alone with my head is the last thing I want! So here's to a month of making friends with myself, finding space, and smelling the roses.

Oh, and I found the above quote while traversing through the daily thoughts of an earlier Quiet Quest participant, Lauren, and I'll be doing the same 30 day diary here on Shiny Yoga as well! Can't wait for you to read all about it (and maybe even join in!) :)

PS this month also most importantly raises funds to pay for weekly yoga classes for over 100 people with cerebral palsy or mental illness, for 1 year. Awesome right? You can sponsor me here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Create Some Miracles

Did you know that the most amazing Alexandra Franzen is coming to lead some writing workshops here in Sydney - and I didn't find out till they were all sold out? EEK. But it's all good because her website is still full of amazing juicy nuggets and treats to inspire us daily. 

Like this for example - her ideas below on what would be a miracle (below). 

I'm writing this to you from my sick bed (the gastro bug that has wiped through the country, so it seems, landed squarely in my belly and just Did. Not. Want to move on - I ended up in hospital as I couldn't keep anything in and was severely dehydrated, wah!) - so have some time to while away on the internetz, and this is gooood. Will you do it with me?

Journals - ready - go! 

What would feel like a miracle right now?
That’s it.
Ask that question.
And listen closely.
Maybe your people will say …
For me? A miracle would be …
: Completing a half-marathon.
: Falling back in love with my partner.
: Finishing the book I’ve been sitting on for five years.
: Fitting into my clothes + feeling at home in my own skin.
: Having a chance to unplug + get out of town for a few days.
: Knowing how to throw the ultimate dinner party, like, tonight!
: Knowing how to say to my boss, “I’m not doing that.”
: Knowing how to get my teenager to cooperate.
: Really believing that I can do ____________.

Go be a miracle worker.

Your hOMework beloveds, is to pull out the journal and spend some quiet time doing this. The first step to finding flow in your life is getting clear on what you want. So put the pen to paper!

Upon my return from a September teacher training (in Bali, for a whole month!) I am focussing on miracles, and planting them in reality, so my journal is full of doodles, notes, dreams and ideas. Can't wait to share them with you xo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Herbal Remedy for Life Ache

Oh how I adore Michael Leunig, who just sums up the struggles of the world so eloquently.

I do love this one I saw today - and was actually about to write a post on how, honestly, at this moment, I'm not coping so well in the managing stress part of life. BUT actually, I'm going to practice a bit of self-compassion instead of judgement, because really, I am indeed taking steps towards grace.

I cancelled some plans this weekend, so I could stay home, cook up a feast and nurture myself. This meant disappointing people, and ouch, for a people-pleaser like me, that was hard going. But I did it. I've also been eating well #foodismedicine. I've been reaching out to my amazing support team (friends, therapists, naturopaths, kinesiologists, massage therapists - I've got them all on speed dial!) ;)

So actually, while I've yet to sit under a tree and contemplate the other tree, I'm doing ok. Are you doing ok sweetheart? xo

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

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