Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Spring YIn Workshop - 21 Nov

Yin + Meditation Workshop ~ Sat 21 Nov. 1-3pm.

Yes! A gentle re-introduction to all things bliss and loving as I return from knee surgery and right into a beautiful Spring Yin workshop at Yogatime Bondi.

I'd love to have you along! Keen? Come on and book in xo �������� ‪#‎yinyoga‬ ‪#‎yogalove‬ ‪#‎bliss‬ ‪#‎yoga‬

Monday, November 02, 2015

Hard Hard Good Hard

Since I wrote my last post, I've had knee surgery (ACL Reconstruction) and have been bed bound for a week - a week today! I knew it would be hard, everyone said how painful it'd be, but I kinda thought I'd be in bed but mentally ok - after all: have wi-fi, will be occupied.

But on the downlow, I have never felt such excruciating pain in my entire life how I have this last week. Words can't even describe it.

I know this surgery is pretty common, but holy hell, you know when you start shaking because you're in so much pain? I was like that for 3 days, and on hard core pain killers, and still just in absolute shock.

But it's a week today since surgery and I'm cutting down on the pain killers, and I'm walking around (oh so slow so so slow) a couple of metres here and there and yesterday I even crossed the road (at the lights, and juuuuust made it before the lights turned!) - and needed an afternoon nap to recover from the big expedition but change is happening.

I thought I'd be blogging and writing and getting all inspired - bed bound, but productive.

But honestly, today is the first day I've even picked up my computer. And this post is less than thrilling ;) But baby steps is what I'm learning. Baby steps. Like I say in Yin, things are always moving and shifting - small as they may be. But if we keep showing up, we will keep transforming.

So here's to showing up, getting through pain - both head, heart and body - and doing what needs to be done. Sometimes, just breathing through it all is enough. Today, that is enough.

With love xo

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Today is a bit hard

"Here’s what soul practice does: It helps you handle the hard stuff when it comes. Every conscious in-breath/out-breath you take carves out space in your being for the ineffable mystery. And you really need to leave room for mystery if you want to stay sane. All of your dancing, and asanas, and sweaty finish lines are making it much easier to unfold, rather than grip and grind. The prayers, the declarations, the incantations… they’re an IV drip of grace, streaming into your nervous system.

Spiritual practice won’t make you super human. But it will help you fall in love with your humanity." ~ Danielle La Porte

I was in an accident a couple of weeks ago - and despite my mind constantly saying "you're ok, this is ok" ... it turns out I'm not so ok. I might need some surgery and then I'll be back to 'normal' but when life pushes us off track, it's as good a moment as any to remember what this 'yoga' stuff is all about.

I often say in class that the hard parts (poses, thoughts, moments) are like gifts handed to us on a platter. I mean - it's easy to be happy and cheery when life is great, you've got the dream partner, dream job, and it's all sunny. But when things fall apart, when you can't do what you know will make you feel better, when everything looks a little stormy.. this is the chance to practice grace. This is yoga.

So right now while physically I'm unable to do the asana, this is my chance to practice 'yoga' - real, messy, sweet, frustrating, amazing yoga. Here's to falling in love with our humanity. xo #wisdom #space #grace


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today, may you find your invincible spark xo

My dear,

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,
Albert Camus

Monday, September 07, 2015

Ask Yourself: WHAT IS IMPORTANT? Then act...

More and more lately, I'm getting stuck between 'knowing' and 'doing'. The knowing now comes a little more gracefully and easily to me - I understand what my gut is gently telling me to do. I listen, I hear, I understand. 

But the doing? Oh dear, the doing is tricky. Not for lack of wanting to do it - but the 'adult' part of life sometimes makes it hard. This is the yoga. Yoga is so much more than just poses on a mat - yoga is knowing what to do, and building your life around it. 

I just had a chat with someone amazing, about how kids and jobs and 'responsibilities' make the 'doing' a little more tricky than simply coming up with the answer. Not impossible, just tricky. 

You, my sweet community, have seen me tread this path somewhat inelegantly over the last few years - dancing between office jobs, yoga gigs, school and study and all the way round again. Do I regret any of the to-ing and fro-ing? No! Not one bit. I am grateful I've had the courage to keep trying. Am I tired? Oh yes, a little, of course!

But here's to more courage, more trying, more dancing, and still coming back again and again. 

I wish the same for you xoxo

Friday, September 04, 2015

Spring Retreats - come on!

I adore Spring - so much so that I'm being the resident yogi on 2 upcoming retreats!! (#seriously)

The first is Your Whole Vitality Retreat this Sept 18-20 at Avrajita Retreat Space at Kangaroo Valley, with the amazing Emma Sutherland (naturopath) and Monique Scales (pilates, meditation). They have kindly agreed to keep the early bird rate for all Shiny Yogis too *yippee*

You'll enjoy:
• Energising Vinyasa x1 and relaxing Yin yoga classes x 2
• Guided Yoga Nidra and meditation x 3
• Nourishing vegetarian meals
• A cooking class based on gut health x 1
• Time for rest and relaxation in a stunning location
• Presentations on hormonal and adrenal health x 2
• A strengthening and muscle balancing Pilates class x1
• Two nights accommodation

(For bookings and information please email Monique at or call 0468 348 236

Then me and spunky Clare from Woodward Instituteare heading back to Culburra House on Culburra Beach for our Yoga & Kinesiology getaway (16-18 October) my oh my oh my! Bookings are open now (email )#happyhappyjoyjoy

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Here is the world

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
Frederick Buechner
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