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 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

MAN - a video

Wow. Take a couple of minutes and check this out friends. Kinda speechless at how well it sums up what we're doing to our beloved planet, and why we should take notice and create change. x

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Manifesto

In this world of fanciful dreams and one up-manship, of selfies and achievement, it's easy to lose sight of the simple things in life that can be the most profound.

I've been studying and researching the idea of COMPASSION quite a lot lately, and it's such a beautiful idea to me. Compassion is being curious about the moment, about life (as opposed to judging). It's about looking at common humanity (I promise, whatever you're feeling, you're not alone. Someone else is feeling or has felt exactly like you do! Validity). And finally, it's about adding kindness into the equation. 

It's great to have goals, to achieve, to grow. But more and more I'm realising that so many of us are forgetting the beauty in this moment, the miracle that our life is right now, and the brilliance of this breath. We run so fast and far away from any sign of discomfort or sadness. We drink over it, we smoke, we buy toys so we don't have to feel low or sad or less than. And we get a rush - a momentary, fleeting joy or high, that for a quick minute confirms our idea of moving away from the moment, of numbing it out. 

I understand - I mean, who the hell wants to feel bad and sad? It sucks!

But when we continually run away from it, we miss the common humanity - we miss the knowledge that EVERYONE feels good and bad and sad and joyous and full, on an ever-rotating cycle. That is the human experience. And when we run run run, we are full of fear. And when we are full of fear, we build up the idea of pain or hurt or sadness to an even bigger monster than it really ever was. 

But if we flipped the script, if we showed up, and played at the edges of discomfort, we'd really begin to understand that things always shift and move and change. Impermanence is the only permanent! If we be kind to ourselves when we suffer, if we show up, things will surely shift - just as the sun sets and the moon rises.

Fear versus compassion. Running versus showing up. Kindness + simplicity versus complication + contraction.

I know which side I'd rather be on, so here's to remembering!
Love from me to you xx

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Manifesto


My psychologist would love this quote :) And honestly, I love this quote. Heck, I want all my yogi students to love (and to live) this quote, as it's so true!

Life is life - it's up and down and throws you round and just when you think it's all a bit much, it blesses you with ease and grace. That's life - and it's like that for everyone. Everyone has good and not so good days, it's the joy of being human :)

But do you ever find that you're waiting? And living in a constant state of limbo - ie I'll be happy when... I'll be happy if... 

Within hours of visiting my wonderful psych this week, I came across this quote and literally laughed out loud. As someone who struggles at times with depression and anxiety, with an overactive mind, I'm often full of "what if's" and they, at times, become quite debilitating and overwhelming.

I've been doing a lot of mindfulness meditation and exercises lately to continue to bring myself back to the present - because when I'm living in the "what if's" all I get is a big serving of anxiety and pain, and frankly, and sucks.

So here's to compassion, to feeling like every other human, and here's to living in the moment. Right now.

Love to you xx

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