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Living Yoga Off the Mat with Angel Singmin

Living Yoga Off the Mat with Angel Singmin

Posted November 14, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. Every time I have the pleasure of catching up with Angel I always feel a little more blessed. Yes, she does embody her namesake – she is a magical, fairy-like and open hearted being. But she’s also insanely bright, creative and inspiring. Just check out her bio below. This lady marries yoga, movement, dance, play, business prowess and more – all wrapped up in love and passion! Angel is the co-creator of the Future Sound of Yoga – a concept pioneered in 2010 with Matt Singmin, fusing together their mutual passion for yoga, dance and music. Angel has toured extensively around Australia, performing at both music festivals (Peats Ridge Festival, Playground Weekender, Splendour in the Grass, Subsonic) and the major yoga festivals (Wanderlust, Byron Spirit, Bodhi, the Phoenix Weekend, Bondi Yoga Festival, Sydney Spirit Festival). On the international stage, she was featured at the Bali Spirit Festival, the Hawaii Spirit Festival and the Hong Kong Asia Yoga Conference, as well as Londons popular Life Centre Studio. Angel’s passion for the art of movement began as a child and teenager studying ballet. And today, as well as regular Future Sound of Yoga events, Angel also teaches yoga across Sydney to people from all walks of life through Dandelion Yoga – the corporate yoga business that she founded in 2007. She also teaches at BodyMindLife Bondi Beach. I’m so excited to introduce her to you today and I know you’ll love a sneak peak into how she lives yoga on and off the mat! Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… It happens both on and off the mat – There is the physical flowing practice which I love, which I see as a moving meditation, linking the asana and the breath together. Then there is practicing mindfulness off the mat too… To me, yoga means… finding a deeper connection to all that is.. to yourself, to your surroundings and with the people around you. My experience off the mat has… been interesting. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. gradual – experiencing a moment by moment shift.. and understanding that yoga is a lifelong practice.. over time.. things change.. and that is the learning.. nothing ever stays the same. What you see on your mat is a reflection of life.. each time you step on the mat, its a different practice – it feels different, things get easier, then there are new challenges.. and this was the learning. To not become attached to the goal of a practice, instead to try and accept what is, as it unfolds.. The biggest memory was in the early days of my practice in 2001, when I was studying Iyengar – I walked in to my first class and found it all so alien. e.g. Holding downward dog for what felt like an eternity, being introduced to pranayama, using props to stretch muscles.. At the time, I couldn’t comprehend it but now I will always be grateful for that class as it shed so much light on what was possible – an invitation to allow you to open your mind to what’s possible. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? The importance of slowing down.. Its something I talk about when I teach – making time for yourself, whether its a walk in nature, a short meditation or having a cup of tea and reading a good book.. its important to nurture yourself and to re-ignite your spirit. Also making decisions that honour my truth, and being comfortable with that. Why are these important to you? I believe these things help me feel more grounded and centred. Creating a sense of balance is crucial to your mental and physical health and wellbeing What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I would choose Ahimsa which is one of the yamas, or the 8 limbs of yoga. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence, which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and the self. This applies to all beings including animals – I’ve always been a huge animal lover and a strong believer of animal rights, signing petitions to help save animals who are at danger. I eat a plant based diet and have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I also opt for animal cruelty free products and try to be conscious about any purchases that I make. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Being open, aware and remaining authentic. Connect with Angel | Website | Instagram Read more

Happiness Interrupted

Happiness Interrupted

Posted November 11, 2014

Do you allow your own inner radiance to be interrupted? Is your happiness on a continuous stop-start action? Are you always on a roller coaster – sometimes riding high and others you are hanging low? Yes? Well, take comfort firstly in that you can recognize that. And secondly, take comfort that you are not alone. Most of us feel like we are in this perpetual cycle of high/low, happy/sad, up/down, good/bad. And that’s just life, right? Sure it is…we must flow with the tidal wave of emotions, experiences and challenges. Getting swept up into them, caught in them, distracted by them, overwhelmed by them… that is, until we are eventually distracted by something shiny and new which brings us back to the shore of peace and happiness again…where we can rest for a little while. Ok, I’m being facetious. Not sure if you could detect the sarcasm in the words I just wrote… but let me get really direct here. Do you let your happiness and own inner radiance be interrupted as the ‘THINGS’ you desire come and go? Are you so desperately at the mercy of what life dishes up for you – delivers into your hands – that if it isn’t quite ‘right’ you are once again battered and bruised? Once again, that happy, glowy version of you is nowhere to be found, only to be replaced by a more stressed out, angrier, reactive, you – caught in your own mental chatter, limiting self-beliefs and emotional abuse. Does this sound dramatic? Well, perhaps. But I’m trying to make a BIG, BIG point here, that needs to be made. You. YOUR true self. Your highest self. Your Universal self. Divine Soul. God essence (whatever turn of phrase most resonates with you)… YOU ARE HAPPINESS. YOU ARE RADIANT. YOU ARE LOVE. You don’t need experiences, situations, things, people, more money, a new car, a great new outfit… (and on it goes) to BE HAPPY, RADIANT. To BE LOVE… You might feel for a moment or two (or three) that all those things make you FEEL happy, radiant, glowy, bright, sparky, alive… love-filled. And hey, there is nothing wrong with what you desire… Let me repeat that. There is NOTHING wrong with what you desire. Desires are a major part of our human experience. As the incredible Danielle LaPorte says ‘want what you want with all your heart, but don’t get attached to it’. So, if your desires were ‘interrupted’… if your desires didn’t come to you, or they did and then vanished again… or it took a lot longer to arrive than what you’d planned, would you be OK with that?? Would you still feel happy? How do you BE radiant, BE happy? Instead of just feel it? The poet Rumi says, “be suspicious of what you want”. First, ask yourself if what you desire –what you think brings you inner radiance and happiness – is actually a true, heart-driven desire, or if you are chasing a pipe dream. An holy grail of nothingness that might give you fleeting moments of feeling radiance and happiness, but doesn’t fill you up from the inside out. Nothing can, nothing will. Until you realize that you ARE happiness. You ARE radiance. And then, try this… Be still. Go into quiet. Find that spark within you. Connect to it. Breathe into it. Feel into it. Get cosy with it. Familiar with it. Find your home within that stillness. When we meditate we aren’t just de-stressing and rebalancing – although it must be said that nothing will do those two things better than a good meditation session – but we are also opening the doors to our inner self. The self that is happiness. That is perpetually radiant. Not some of the time, or when good things come. But all the time. We are choosing to BE instead of DO or even just feel. We choose, through stillness to embody our true nature – our inner radiance. The point of life is happiness. —The Dalai Lama So when life is good. Meditate. When life is tremendously challenging. Meditate. When life is boring and days are relentless the same. Meditate. Why? Because in that stillness you’ll be cocooned in your own, golden radiance. You’ll be connected and tapped into your own source of undiluted, unrestricted and continuous flow of happiness. Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations to makeover your mind, body and soul If you are ready to go into that stillness, then look to my new meditation offering – The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series, available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. You’ll tap into that well-spring of happiness and radiance within you, an uninterrupted source. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE “Consider that you radiate. At all times. Consider that what you’re feeling right now is rippling outward into a field of is-ness that anyone can dip their oar into. You are felt. You are heard. You are seen. If you were not here, the world would be different. Because of your presence, the universe is expanding.” Danielle LaPorte Join the #RadianceRevolution: Share with me below, or via instagram, twitter and FB what true happiness and radiance feels like to you? Connect with me @claireOwellness (via twitter and instagram) or find me on facebook under The Wellness Project. Read more

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Posted November 06, 2014

Cultivating stillness and inner peace can seem like a monumental challenge. Life is crazy, right? How on earth can you muster up the time or energy to delve within and find your Zen? But what if I told you that all you needed was one week? And that in that tiny slice of your life – just 7 days – you could kick-start some seriously soulful change? Imagine a week, where… You felt really (freaking) good. You experienced stillness in mind and body. You were grounded and centred. You experienced deep relaxation, inner peace and connection. Your inner radiance began to reveal itself… And then, most importantly of all, imagine that this simple 7-day journey could kick-start an entire inner revolution – where you could learn to live in this relaxed and radiant way more (or even all) of the time?! It’s truly possible. When you’re using a powerful tool, one week is all it takes to plant the seed of change. And meditation is the most potent tool I know… Welcome to… A daily meditation practice can help you to feel the way you want to feel. To live the way you deserve to live. To experience joy from the inside out. In fact, there’s really no other personal development tool out there that is as transformational and life-changing as meditation. Yet people still struggle to embrace it and embed it into their daily lives… I get it. I understand the resistance, I truly do – creating a new habit can seem time-consuming. Overwhelming. Even scary. That’s why I created this series of (mini) guided meditations. To chunk things down. To make it easy and empowering. To take the size (and scariness) out of this age-old practice. These (mini) meditation series led by me, Claire Obeid, have been designed to bring meditation to you, in the simplest way possible. Professionally mixed and recorded, there are tracks to suit every mood and every schedule. And they range in length from 10 – 20 minutes – making them an achievable goal on even the busiest day. Which means all you have to do is pick the one that resonates most, pop on your headphones, press play… and feel yourself unfurl. With seven guided tracks in every series (and three different themed series to choose from) you’ll be well on your way to a deeply rewarding daily ritual in no time – one that will make you over from the inside out. Stillness in mind. Vitality and health in body. And a deep connection with your soul.That’s what these meditations can do for you. The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series is available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the mental stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. What’s included in each package: Welcome audio + instructions when you first sign up. Daily email including live streaming of each meditation track. An introduction with each meditation, to set the scene and guide your journey. Daily journaling prompts during your 7-day program, so that you can deepen the discovery and tune in to your truth. Bonus: All the meditation tracks – which are professionally mixed and recorded – are yours to download, keep, and listen to whenever (and wherever) you like. Downloadable + printable PDF journaling workbook – also yours to keep! Each 7-Day Meditation Series hones in on a different theme, designed to support your makeover in mind-body-soul and unearth your inner glow! 7 Days to Radiate: deeply relax + let go Designed for those eager to untangle from the mental clutter that stands in the way of glowing and flowing through life. Let’s make space for bliss. 1. Breath Awareness 2. Be free from control 3. Vibrant Health 4. Detox the Mind Meditation 5. Healing Energy 6. Yoga Nidra 7. Divinity Mantra Meditation 7 Days to Radiate: make peace + heal Designed for those who feel called to cleanse, release + let go of anything that no longer serves. It’s time to get grounded in your mind-body-soul and come back to your peaceful centre. 1. Blissed Out 2. Chakra Cleanse 3. Connect to Light + Love 4. Forgiveness 5. I am Truth Mantra Meditation 6. Healing the heart 7. Peace and Tranquillity 7 Days to Radiate: feel joy + inspiration Designed for those ready to remember and reconnect with their true self. Feel inspired, tap into your desires and open your heart. Experience freedom and joy. 1. Abundance Meditation 2. Be limitless 3. Give Thanks 4. Radiant Being 5. Learning to trust 6. Ecstasy Mantra Meditation 7. Clarity + connection Pick and choose from the 7-Day Meditation Series or purchase all three to experience a powerful 21-day makeover from the inside out. (After all, it takes 3 weeks to solidify a positive habit!) It’s your choice. Let your intuition guide you – What would most nourish you? What’s tugging at your spirit? What does your mind-body-soul crave? How it works… Upon signing up, you’ll receive your welcome email + instructions to activate the 7 or 21 days of (mini) meditations. Each day you’ll receive your guided meditation – including commentary + journaling exercise instructions – delivered direct into your inbox. At any stage you can access your bonuses (the full meditation album download + PDF journaling workbook) so you can dive deeper at your own pace. Next steps… Choose your preferred meditation series, or select the bundle for all three. Click the ‘buy now’ button. You’ll receive a welcome email containing a link to the resources site, which includes your private access code. Follow the link and plug in the private access code. Then start your journey by listening to the welcome audio and instructions. Download and save your bonuses – the album and PDF journaling guide. When you […] Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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