So I just wanted to tell you that meditation is a practice. I’m nearly coming to the end of my 108 day meditation challenge but am definitely going to continue with another 108 days.. It doesn’t necessarily come easy or with out struggle. You can try different ways to get you there using a guided meditation, mala beads, your breath or perhaps a mantra.. you have to try and find your thing/your way. You should sit in a straight comfortable position, so the weight of your head is even over your shoulders and hips. I think the way you sit is integral to meditating.. yesterday I posted a pic of sitting on a bolster, which definitely helped me. Just get up 10 minutes earlier or set aside some time in your day, just to clear your mind... it’s good for your mood and improves your brain health. The following is article from Forbes mag :-“The amazing thing about meditating is that, on top of affecting brain functioning, it can have both short-term and long-term benefits in both brain and body. A Harvard study showed that eliciting the body’s relaxation response could even affect our genes – in just minutes. They found that meditating (even just once) could dampen the genes involved in the inflammatory response, and promote those genes associated with DNA stability (hello longevity!) Other short-term benefits include reducing stress and blood pressure and improving attention. It may even help us make smarter choices. It’s fairly clear that in establishing a consistent practice we can experience enduring health benefits. For instance, the short-term benefits described above are typically enhanced with regular practice. Other studies are beginning to shed light on the long-term benefits of consistent practice. Researchers have found denser gray matter in brain areas related to memory and emotional processing in expert meditators. Additionally, having a regular practice is associated with benefits to social aspects of our health, like boosting our mindfulness, empathy and resilience. It can also help us regulate our thoughts so that we’re not so quick to judge”. 📿 #namaste 🙏 how many of my IG friends meditate? What struggles do you have with it?
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Reposted from @yogajournal STRIKE A POSE—Join us on THE 21-DAY YOGA CHALLENGE and you + your fave asana may be featured on an upcoming YJ cover! Find out the deets on YOGAJOURNAL.com
Wevare still buzzing from our weekend with @lkaminoff
One of key 'take home' threads was the importance of breathing in our yoga practice which is fundamental to these teaching of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. "The breath creates movement and movement creates breath." Leslie Kaminoff
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Feeling inspired by the music of heart ♥️♥️♥️
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Even though I have been teaching yoga for a long time I still uniquely plan all my sessions. The practices are always evolving and so am I. The teachings stay the same but the stories that weave around them and within and through me change. That is the joy of sharing something you're truly passionate about with others. This weekend is busy for me I'm teaching on doula and prenatal yoga training with the incredible @reneedoulacare as well as on yoga teacher trainings @sukhamukhayoga and @kai_yoga_mosman 💜💚💙💛it's going to be a rich and rewarding couple of days #grateful#lovewhatyoudo#yogateacherlife
Because yogis don’t need no swing.. we are our own swing 😜..
The real reason I chose to post this pic though.. ; You don’t have to be in the spotlight to be a valuable part of the picture. Being a yoga teacher is not about Instagram and taking fancy pictures, in fact, when I teach it’s not about me at all; it’s about my students. Being a teacher is about creating a space where your students feel safe to explore their movements and their minds; your job is to see them.. it’s not about them seeing you. Your students are never a photo op or a prop for your ego trip.. a way for you to feel good about yourself: they are there to receive.. and you are there to give. ❤️
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Much love & Big looong hugs from Koh Phangan! <3
So quite a few events have been happening since Mars went into Capricorn. 3 in a row to be exact which is mercury retrograde’s number of repetition before you learn something. This mars squares my natal mars AND mercury in the 12th house, the house of the spiritual world, unconscious things, strikes and shit-talking behind the scene (without the native knowing). No wonder my mars and mercury have been so aggravated and angry lately. All of people’s lies, deceptions and fakery have been making themselves known to me, when otherwise their sinister little ways would have been kept secret and I would be screwed time and time again. This time I have a chance (and a right) to fight back and say I SEE YOU AND WHAT YOU DID.
Thank the universe for Capricorn putting things in their rightful order and making my Libraness aware that the lack of equality, kindness and respect IS REAL. .
On a side note, I’m having a birth chart special right now before my new website launches, so if you’d like to have your birth chart read by me and get this deal, comment below or DM me and I can send you the details ✨
Today is also #ThursdayBirdsday (with @leah_yogini and @jennyg2bfit ) and I chose to work my way into Rooster 🐔 because roosters don’t back down from protecting their surroundings. And man, is this pose challenging! What an ab work out too! .
Que vois tu au loin ? Quel sens as tu envie de donner a ta vie ? Quel projet ou quel reve as tu envie de realiser ? Ne te cantonnes pas a ce que les autres souhaitent que tu sois... Sois toi, tout simplement 🌟et vois grand car comme dirait Oscar Wilde : "Il faut toujours viser la lune, car meme en cas d echec, on atterrit dans les etoiles."🙏😘❤️
✨Tuscany is Calling: Italy Yoga Retreat ✨And just like that these beautiful rolling hills will be the landscape for my Italy Yoga Retreat! I have procured a wickedly amazing resort in an idealic country/vineyard setting with all the sweetness Tuscany has to offer - Dolce far Niente – “sweetness of doing nothing”. Plenty of dreaming under the Tuscan sun along With an assortment of hiking, biking, touring + wine tasting while getting our glorious zen on in yoga twice a day. If you’re a planner like me (Retreat dates are 9/26-10/3 2020 - I had to have September as it’s my Birthday month and this place is ALWAYS BOOKED!) Any other Virgos out there?? You can save your spot now as the room configurations are limited especially if you’re coming as a couple! Details and sign up go to my bio link 👆🏽La Dolce Vita!!! #italy#2020#mysticalyear
I awoke this morning to a cold rainy misty Autumn morning in Golden Bay.... so, here comes a New Zealand Winter (i say in my Aussi accent). GB is exquisite and special aswell.... but I am a Tropical gurrrl! My soul sings and my body delights in hot humid climates.... coconuts, mango, papaya..... all day ocean fun and beach lazing 🏖🌞🏝. My fave places on this planet- North Queensland, Pacific Islands, Indonesia YES PLEASE ❣
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When you show up to an unexpected sound healing and Sarswati is there to greet you.
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The last few times I’ve practiced yoga, I’ve felt an overwhelming wave of sadness afterward.
I leave feeling “worse” than when I started and all I wanna do is cry. In fact, all I did was cry, during and after. Why though? What exactly is bothering me? Is it the insecurities of ‘I’m not good enough’ breaking free and bubbling up to the surface?
It’s frustrating because yoga is supposed to make us feel better. Right?
Well, no. That not always the case. The purpose of yoga is to connect with yourself on a raw, vulnerable level. It’s intended to introduce you to the deepest parts of you that you try to stuff down and push away daily. It isn’t always pretty, and it doesn’t always feel good. But it forces us, in a loving, gentle way to grow.
I am deeply in tune to my feelings and I find that yoga brings out the most emotional pain that’s still stuck in parts of my body. Pain that I’ve had since I was a kid, a teenager, and even now, a grown-ass woman. Things that you and I block out to the point that we question if it even happened...Did it?
I know I’m not the only one. So why do I feel so lonely in all of this?
I grew up believing in something that has now left me confused about life. I grew up in a society that claimed that “we are not of this world,” so I conditioned myself to not learn or care or yearn for anything. I feel like I literally shrunk my brain and all I could fit in it was the “love” of something higher than myself.
Now as an adult, I find myself questioning over and over again if the sky is even blue. Do I continue believing blindly in something or should I trust my intuition and what it’s saying to me?
This is NOT a judgement call on anyone or anything, but it’s something I struggle with even now as an adult and I thought that by sharing it, it may help you too, in a way feel less alone... _
What’s real to you and what not? And how can you tell? #tbt
Learning the art of letting go from my #babyniece 😍 She was at a birthday party recently. Got tired and fell asleep. Simple. If we all can let go of what we can’t control, we can make the best of our: life, writing, yoga practice, and relationships🙏🏼❤️✨ Leaving work early today because my brain is fried and forcing it will only result in gunk. Letting go of control and expectations and austerity towards self💖 #email@example.com@appu82
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I hope you know how important self-care is. And i hope you know that self-care looks different for different people at different times. It isn’t always scented candles and bubble baths. Sometimes it’s an early night or a walk on your lunch break. Sometimes it’s getting up 10 minutes early so you can eat breakfast before you dash out the door. Or it’s five long deep breaths or listening to your favourite song or baking your favourite cake. Sometimes it’s making that phone call you’ve been putting off for weeks or clearing your inbox or sorting your finances. Other times it’s ignoring your messages until tomorrow and being right here, right now, with the people you love (even if that’s just you). Self-care might be getting your smear test or organising your desk. Or it might be grabbing coffee with a friend or moisturising from head to toe or drinking a cup of tea oh-so-slowly or journalling your heart out. What self-care isn’t, is a load of stuff to add to your to-do list. Self-care is simply asking yourself, “What do i need right now?”. And then respecting yourself enough to do just that ❤️ ~ after a long day of clients, i’m self-caring by whipping up this batch of chocolate falafel whilst my bath was running and now i’m settling down to start my new book, Real Love by Sharon Salzburg (the recipe for these are in my cookbook, #FearFreeFood - i’ve popped the link in my bio!). #selfcarematters#yogafood