A Proven Yoga Technique for Better Sleep

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A common complaint that I hear as a yoga teacher from my students is that they have trouble sleeping. I am going to show you a proven yoga technique that has helped so many improve their ability to fall asleep as well as improve their quality of sleep.  Keep reading to find out more. Often the biggest reason for lack of sleep is that the mind struggles to rest.  A mind that is busy or anxious can keep us awake and the physical body struggles to rest. Sleep is particularly challenging during pregnancy.  Not only are there physical challenges to … Read More

Which Guna are you in your workplace?

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This is Tuan, Luuly and their daughter Olivia. Tuan and his wife run a gorgeous little vegan Vietnamese cafe in Melbourne, Olivia Spring.  It is my absolute favourite place to eat lunch when I have some child-free time. Sometimes when you go to a busy café or restaurant, the people working there are rushing around attending to the needs of their customers and often rushing around the place. Not Tuan and Luuly. They both have an incredibly calming presence.  An energy around them that is balanced and mindful around each other, their staff and customers. They do everything mindfully. I … Read More

It’s Growing on me, mum

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A few months ago, we started our kids on Taekwondo lessons. My son wasn’t overly keen, but obliged. After a couple weeks, he started complaining and said he no longer wanted to go. He said that Taekwondo lessons were his least favourite thing to do in the entire week (probably because it required the most discipline!). He was pretty firm about it and wanted to quit.  I told him that I respected his feelings about it but we won’t be quitting so soon. We will try it for a couple months and if he still hated it, we can find … Read More

Having fun in the day to day…

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I went ice skating the other day. I haven’t skated since I was probably a teenager. It brought back some fond memories of my childhood! I couldn’t believe the fun I was having. I felt this lightness in my body that I haven’t felt in a long time. I realised that this overwhelming feeling I was experiencing was FUN! I can be so serious sometimes with all my jobs and responsibilities that I feel overwhelmed with in my daily life. The wife hat. The mother hat. The teacher hat. I practice yoga because I love it, but I wouldn’t always consider … Read More

Silence the mind to hear the voice within

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Silence. Have you tried it? I mean, really tried it? You’d be surprised how much we fill our days up with noise. Music or radio in the car. Podcasts or audio books to stimulate us while commuting or cooking. Phone calls or text messages to catch up with friends when we have some space in our day. Social media checks throughout the day. Instead of all this, have you tried taking time to relish in the silence? Perhaps when you’re driving, you could just drive in silence (if you don’t have kids yelling in the back seat 😀. Or when you’re … Read More

A small amount of gratitude… changes your world

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Do you ever find yourself getting into a habit of self-talk that is not beneficial to you and what you want your life to be? It can be so easy to fall into the trap of complaining about things that we don’t have, that we want more of, or complaining about things not going to plan. It is easy to complain but it is also easy to change that behaviour and find greater joy in daily life. How? Change your self-talk. Instead of hearing your inner voice complain about expectations or lack there of, convert that inner voice to be … Read More

Be the spark of light within the darkness…

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There is darkness all around us. War. Pain. Suffering. Things we have no direct control over. People die in an unjust way. People die with terrible suffering. People suffer daily with grief for the loss of a loved one – a child, a partner, a parent. People hurt others. Physically. Sexually. Emotionally. People start conflict for financial gain. People start war for political power and status. So what do we do in these circumstances? Do we fuel the hate? Do we contribute to the pain? Do we let pain and misery fill our own cup? Or, instead do we try … Read More

If the opportunity doesn’t arise, build a door…

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I’m a firm believer in going for your dreams. Creating goals and building stepping stones to achieve them.   I have seen in my life opportunities arise and I have almost always taken them! It’s a great feeling to be able to recognise when an opportunity ‘lands in your lap’ but it’s even a greater feeling to accept them when they do arise!   It can come with feelings of uneasiness, doubt and excitement all in one!   There are times though where it requires harder work to discover these goals or opportunities.   Sometimes, we need to look deeper … Read More

Today is my birthday…

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Before I was a mother, birthdays for me were about me, myself and I. Since being a mother, it has taken on a different meaning. When one of my children has their birthday, I literally remember the day(s) or night(s) of their birth. I remember where I was when my contractions began and I remember the intensity of the day/s leading up to welcoming my child into the world, earth side. I remembered the overwhelming excitement to meet my child for the first time; the anxiety around the challenges of birth and the increasing need to surrender to the journey … Read More