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Strength + Softness: 2014 in review

Strength + Softness: 2014 in review

Posted January 06, 2015

I know this is a little late… I know that the blogging community has been sharing their review – insights, celebration, lessons and learnings – from the year just gone. But I’m going to be honest, I’m in such a state of ‘softness’ – a state of sweet surrender –  that I haven’t felt compelled to reflect intensely on the year of 2014. I’m so in THIS moment right now, that shining a spotlight on the last 12 months has almost seemed irrelevant. But today, now, as I write this post (and after a decent journaling session) I feel I’ve gained enough clarity and respect on 2014 to share it with you. And share I have! I wasn’t quite expecting this wordy, mammoth post to pour out, but it has… so I salute you for diving in and thank you for being here and letting me offer this up to you. ++ 2014 was a year of divine contrasts… delivering to me every feeling and experience I had unknowingly called forth. Supported, held, guided… I experienced a year of true transformation, growth, expansion, freedom and joy. When I gaze back without judgment on 2014 I can see it’s split… separated almost in two halves. Bi-polar even. Black and White. Day and Night. The two words that come to mind when I think of 2014 are Strength + Softness. And it’s not lost on me that these two words I mulled over  in February 2014 in one of my video blogs. Did everything go as planned? No. Did my desires frequently get shuffled and reassessed? Yes. Was I able to roll with the shifting and changing and sometimes down-right challenging moments? Gratefully. Would I change any of it? No way. Strength From the moment 2014 kicked-off I was chomping at the bit to get stuck in. I felt alive with dynamic energy. I had heart-stormed so many ideas for my biz, affirmations were rewritten, oracle cards pulled and core desired feelings were brought to life… [ INSPIRED. CONNECTED. DEVOTED. FREEDOM. BLISS. LIGHT ] My overarching word for 2014 was EXPAND. From January to June I was in a state of strength. Expanding my business, my spiritual self and the way I chose to serve. It was a busy, FULL, growth-filled time. All systems go. Yet 2014 was still carried by the energy of presence, acceptance and surrender. On Business: I held my first Surrender Series event. Fell more and more in love with teaching yoga. Welcomed in a huge influx of new one-on-one coaching clients. Revamped my website and offerings. Worked with the divine Kate Byrne on all things business. I launched the first round of the FREE 21 Days of Meditation Project – which was a life-changing move. I was able to share something I am so passionate about and support thousands of people to create peace, joy and presence in my life. I also launched my first meditation album – Stillness, Clarity and Connection (which I still get incredible feedback from!) P.s I will running this FREE meditation program again soon so jump on the list HERE to be notified! And I also started vlogging quite consistently – I absolutely loved connecting with you all in this way and really found my groove in front of the camera! On friends: It was also a love-filled time too as I connected with and enjoyed time with incredible soul sisters. I was a bridesmaid at my besties wedding in Byron Bay – Emma from Barre Body and attended Melissa Ambrosini’s Love Fest in Noosa where I got to meet and connect with so many soulies I’d only ever met online! I headed down to Melbourne with Connie and Rach to see Danielle LaPorte and attend the Big Hearted Business conference. On soul: From the last quarter of 2013 and right through 2014 I devoted myself to my soul. With the support and mentoring of Belinda Davidson – both one-on-one and in her School of The Modern Mystic – I journeyed through my chakras. Cleansing. Healing. Restoring. Rebuilding. The first half of 2014 saw me undergo a major energetic detox – clearing out past traumas and past life stories that were holding me back and repairing holes within my own energy anatomy. It was a slow and subtle process, but one that has had a profound effect. Slowly, I started to feel more aligned, connected, tuned in. Old fears, limiting beliefs and health issues started to dissolve… It wasn’t always easy. When I reflect on this time I realise how much strength I had to tap into – the type of energetic work that was taking place required alot of grounding, stillness, meditation and inner strength. It was also through this energetic work that I began to sense a presence – a baby, a soul – waiting to join me in this lifetime. I often mentioned to friends that I felt the energy of my unborn baby hovering nearby! And despite the fact that I didn’t feel ready (and sometimes still don’t) to embark on motherhood, I could feel… I KNEW… that this was part of my soul journey. That this baby was coming whether I liked it or not, and it was time for me to embark on the next major journey of self-discovery; through this baby. On wellness: Through my work with Belinda a few minor, but important health concerns came up. One of which was the final puzzle piece in my long journey of healing. It become apparent that I had a serotonin deficiency. Perhaps it was something I had always had (due to long-term digestive problems, even as a kid) or something that was exasperated from my old party ways.  Either way, this Serotonin depletion would usually leave most people in a state of depression, however years of meditation and yoga had kept me in a relatively balanced state. But I always knew something wasn’t quite right. Some days (particularly on cloudy days) I would feel heavy, emotionally, […] Read more

Write your own story in 2015

Write your own story in 2015

Posted January 06, 2015

The pen is in your hands… write your own story! So here we are. Facing off to another year. 2015… I’m looking at you. Staring down the barrel of another 12 months, yet this one feels oh-so-different. Filled with SO much uncertainty, newness, transformation… and yet despite the insecurity that comes with that, I can literally FEEL that this year is all about love. Deep. Heart opening. Soul changing. Maybe you feel the same? Maybe you don’t know exactly what’s coming but you can sense there is a shift – in your inner and outer world? And maybe that both inspires and excites you, yet leaves you feeling a little unstable on your feet? Yes, I feel that too. That is, until an email landed in my inbox with three simple sentences. A gift from the universe (and my Kinesiologist!) electronically sent to remind me that I am the creator of my life… that I am the only one that can mould, shape, nurture and nourish my life in a way that feels instinctively TRUE + RIGHT for me. “A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself”… So the question that immediately arose for me upon reading these words was: Well, if I am the writer of my life what language do I wish to use to write this story? Do I want to choose the language of fear? The language of my ego – living in a world of comparison, competition, judgment, stress, resistance… Or, do I want to choose the language of love? The language of my soul – living in a world of truth, passion, purpose, alignment, presence, patience, compassion…. The story will be written, slowly… day by day, chunk by chunk. Sometimes the story will unfold chapters at a time as I tune in effortless to what I desire from this year. Other times the story will unfold moment to moment as I am revealed  what this year is meant to deliver to me. Today I’m choosing to consciously, deliberately and always with presence use the language of love to write my book of 2015. It will be a beautiful story… I don’t have the details yet, but there is a rough sketch, an outline… a loose plan. And I know that together, in partnership with my soul, we are going to write, create, and experience an incredible year! How do you choose to write the story of your 2015? Claire x Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Meditation + visualisation

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Meditation + visualisation

Posted December 19, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide Part 5 – Meditation and visualization. Before we get going, if you haven’t already do check out the other posts in this series – there is a lot of juicy information in there for mamas-to-be, or even for you to file away in the future if motherhood is not yet on your radar. Welcome + Bonus Tips Supplements + Nutrition Movement + Body love (including a 50 minute Prenatal Yoga Class) Birth Preparation Audio Interview Today we are jumping into my favorite topic – Meditation + visualization – and I’ve got a little BONUS gift for you below. So keep on reading. If you’ve spent anytime around these traps you’ll know that I do bang on a lot about meditation. And to be honest, I won’t be shutting up anytime soon. Not when I have experienced and regularly see my clients experience such profound shifts and subtle transformations in mind, body and soul. Meditation, visualizing, affirmations, positive thinking – it really does set the wheels of change into motion. Our sub conscious mind, the part that we aren’t aware of but is actually controlling pretty much everything, is that part we really want to affect. When we can reprogram our sub conscious mind – clearing out limiting beliefs, crushing fears and emotional blocks – we can create a whole new landscape for ourselves – new opportunities, experiences, possibilities open up. Not to mention that, to me, meditation is a soothing balm. It’s medicine for the mind-body-soul. When I’m exhausted I choose a meditation that I know is going to rejuvenate me. When I’m anxious I choose a meditation style that will create stillness and calm. When I’m resisting something, or caught up in fears I go for something that will help me process and clear out. It’s just like choosing the right supplement or medicine to heal an ailment, except it’s a hell of a lot more natural! With that being said, it makes A LOT of sense that we tap into the powerful healing and transformational qualities of meditation and visualization during pregnancy – in preparation for birth and the journey into motherhood. Today I’m going to share a few ways to do that with you. ++ Meditation – cleanse, clear and connect To me, during pregnancy and even into mother hood, meditation is the perfect tool to cleanse the mind and body, to clear out anything that we don’t need and no longer aids us and to connect inward – with our own soul, our own true self AND with our beautiful, growing bubby. Recently I launched a new meditation offering: Reveal Your Inner Radiance – (mini) meditations to makeover your mind, body and soul. There are 3 programs, each featuring 7 days of meditations + a journaling guide. Each program focuses on a different need or theme. You can purchase them individually or buy all 3 as a bundle package of 21. Deeply Relax + Let Go Make Peace + Heal Find Joy + Inspiration These meditations really do create the space for you to cleanse, clear and connect on so many different levels. My one wish for you during your pregnancy, birth and into motherhood is that you are able to let go of whatever it is that gets in the way of you being completely open and surrendered to the transformation. If we are in resistance – controlling and fighting back – we create such a miserable, heavy experience. It’s in the openness, willingness and surrender that we find peace and JOY. These meditations will soothe you, cradle you, cleanse you, inspire you, invite in beauty, connect you with your baby, bring in love and joy and give you clarity and contentment. You’ll radiate from within. Some of the feedback I’ve received has been so encouraging… especially when I hear from mums who are meditating with me in the lead up to their babies birth… “Thank you for your meditations! I was doing them before my baby was born and I’m sure that they really helped me have a (relatively) easy and empowering labour!” “I had such a mental shift in just that little 10 minutes. I feel confident and excited and just good on the inside.” “Your meditations are so heart-felt and have been helping me get back into a meditation practice, which I seem to have lost somewhere along the way. It’s been so easy to implement these meditations into my life and I feel blessed to have found you! These have been a great tool to get back into meditation and start my day on a calm and centered note”. And guess what? You are in luck! The Reveal Your Inner Radiance meditation series is currently on SALE for Christmas!   CLICK HERE if you’d like to download and start meditating!   ++   Now, any other way of meditating is also just as amazing – if you are already practicing a particular style, then don’t stop – keep you practice up and make it a priority! Whether it’s mantra meditation, mindfulness or vipassana – it’s ALL perfect.   Visualization – affirm and manifest I find that visualization is an important practice to actually feel more empowered – you feel calmer and more centered when you are clear about what you want to manifest. And when you’ve spent time absorbing and focusing in on what you truly desire, then you are going to feel more content, confident and secure. These visualization techniques will really help you to begin the process of manifesting. Truthfully the experience probably won’t unfold EXACTLY how you envision it, but you’ll probably get a hell of a lot closer than if you just pull the wool over your eyes and ‘pretend’ that it’s not happening or that you are not fussed by what happens. Take the driver seat. Own this journey and story for yourself. Navigate this mothership in the direction you want to go. There’s nothing wrong with being in-control! But […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Birth Planning and Preparation.

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Birth Planning and Preparation.

Posted December 16, 2014

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part 4 – Birth Planning and Preparation. I am so excited to share today’s post with you – we are diving into Birth Planning + Preparation with the divine Lauren Falconer from The Life Pod. This incredible woman is not only my Prenatal yoga teacher but also the guide and host at the Calm Birth workshop I recently attended AND now my Doula. If you are wondering what a Doula is don’t worry, as soon as you click PLAY I’ll be getting right into that with Lauren, as well as chatting about Calm Birth – what it is and why it’s a great idea. But first, before you hit PLAY let me explain to you why this is one of my favourite segments within The Pregnancy Wellness Guide. I don’t quite know how to explain this but I have this very strong feeling that my personal spiritual journey – an inward, self-reflective pilgrimage towards surrender – has been divinely guided towards the transformational moment that birth is. I see ‘surrender’ as a powerful lesson that I am meant to truly embody and also teach. But I now see that surrender has been tugging at my skirt-tails in preparation for birth. Every time I think of birthing this beautiful soul I literally get choked up. Yep, I’m talking glazy eyes, often tears and a feeling so overwhelming I often don’t know how to comprehend it. Is it fear? Is it anxiety? Is it excitement? Is it joy? It’s a bit of both… however, the more OPEN I have become to the concept of birth (birthing this baby AND birthing a mother) I have started to zero in to the ‘hero’ emotion that courses through me… and that is love. I know this experience is going to crack me right open and I cannot WAIT! There is a part of me – I call it the shadow, the darkness – that truly understands that in order to seek out and live in the light sometimes I have to go through trying times, immerse into great challenges, or even literally work through pain and struggle. Perhaps it’s that part of me that comes alive whenever I think of ‘birth’. So what does this all have to do with Birth Planning and Preparation? Well a lot… you see, despite this feeling I’m no fool. I know I am still ‘human’ – ladled with limiting self-beliefs and physical limitations. So, the more I can do to emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually prepare myself for this experience, then heck, I’m doing it! Part of that is ensuring I am educated and enlightened in a way that resonates with my heart, but also to ensure I have a team the resonates with my intentions too. I’m not ‘stuck’ on one birth vision… I’m not so foolish to think that I can ‘control’ any of it. But I have seen, time and time again, that when a woman prepares herself she can move through any experience with positivity, and presence. So, to help you understand part of my birth planning and preparation I chatted to the divine Lauren Falconer. Some of the topics we cover are: Calm Birth – what is it, why it’s a powerful and important tool and how it can help. Doula/Birth Assistant – what is a Doula, what role do they play, how can a Doula truly assist and what does a Doula actually do? Without further adieu here is the audio interview. CLICK HERE TO PLAY (or right click to download and take Lauren and I on your walk or as you travel to work!) BTW – occasionally the call drops out for a second, so when that happens just let it play on – it doesn’t affect the flow too much. ++ Your turn: Did you have a Doula? What do you think about hiring a Birth Assistant? What’s your opinion on Calm Birth? Share your story below! Love + light, Claire xx Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

Posted December 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part 3 – Movement + Bodylove Honestly, before I was pregnant (and I’m talking years ago) I would’ve thought I’d be the girl who would stubbornly insist on exercising in the same way I always had, despite the changes in my body. Being a yogi – that is my main form of movement – I’ve tried every style of yoga under the sun. That is until I really honed my own personal ‘home’ practice. BTW: If you would like to do the same check out my recent post on Starting a yoga practice at-home. Today though, well and truly on the home-stretch to birthing this bub, I attribute the much more nourishing, soul-satisfying and body-loving movement practices I’ve been enjoying during this pregnancy to that home-practice. Why? Well it taught me how to be INTUITIVE. Being Intuitive is EVERYTHING when you are pregnant Have I mentioned yet how freaking mind-blowing the changes that unfold in your body are? Well if not, read that sentence again. They ARE! You have the hormone relaxin course through your body softening your pelvis, your joints and even the valve that keeps your food DOWN. Progesterone is slowing down digestion so baby can absorb more of the good stuff. It’s also causing membranes to swell (hello stuff nose) and helping you store extra weight to grow bub but for breast feeding down the track. There is more blood pumping, your heart rate is going faster, your breath is shorter (squashed lungs) and on it goes. Now I’m not telling you this to scare – most of it is manageable. But I am share this to really drill home how much more vulnerable your body is. It’s doing a BIG thing – building and growing a human being is a miracle. And because of this miracle your need to move and breathe in a way that always feels good and supportive. Let me say this loud and clear: This is not the time to be pursuing and reaching new exercise goals. There is no need to run further, lift more weights, push harder. Soften. Surrender. Nurture. You get me? Accept that your body will change (I’ve put on 10kgs!) Accept that things will look and feel different. Accept that it’s all part of this divine process. Despite everything I just said, pregnancy is not a license to blog out. Countless studies have proven that movement and exercise during pregnancy is vital for the long-term health of bub and for your strength and recovery. You would never enter a marathon without training, right? So the same goes for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Now this is where your intuition comes into play. The key to striking the balance between Softness + Surrender with Inspired Action is to use your own body and mind as your navigational system – your guidance. How do you feel? What would support you best? What is your body craving You must embrace movement + exercise during your pregnancy in a way that feels supportive – that helps you maintain good health and that ultimately makes you feel really freaking good. If you are a runner, and it still feels good to run – then RUN. But do not take it up just because you are pregnant. Same goes for anything else. I would say Yoga + Swimming are probably the two things you can safely start if you never have before. And please note that everything you do requires modification. There is NO way that my yoga practice looks anything like it did before. It’s much more fluid and less dynamic. I don’t practice deeper backbends and inversions only come out every now and then. Arm balances just don’t feel right. There is so much I CAN do – physically my body still is able to lift into a crow pose or a backbend – but mostly I don’t do them because they intuitively feel ‘wrong’ in my body right now. They feel damaging, harsh… and luckily I am not so attached to the ‘poses’ that I can’t go a few months without them. For me my ‘movement routine’ has looked like this: 1 x Prenatal Yoga Class per week 1 – 2 x Barre Body Classes per week 3 x Personal yoga practices (at-home, at the park by the beach or using an online video) + Regular walking + swimming I’m going to break it down for you here: Prenatal Yoga I’ve been attended Prenatal Yoga with Lauren at The LifePod. But I’m sure you can find many options in your area too. Now, it’s not that the sequence in Lauren’s class isn’t something I could do on my own – as a yogi and teacher sequencing is something I’m comfortable with. But it’s the energy held within the space that is so vital. Being in a room full of women, going through the same thing (in their own personal way) and who are willing to open, connect and explore… well that is why I keep going back. Not to mention that Lauren facilitates the class with so much love and respect for each of our journey. The room is flooded with her understanding, compassion and appreciation for pregnancy. She invites us to dig deep yet to be soft, to grow, yet to be present and still… She cultivates inspiration, motivation, passion and release (emotionally and physically!) Prenatal Yoga is a beautiful way to enter yoga if you’ve not done so before. It also will carry you through the journey in the most loving way. I’ll be sad when Prenatal yoga is no longer part of my week!   Barre Body Barre Body is a Barre studio founded and directed by my bestie – Emma Seibold. The classes I attend are a hybrid of Yoga, Pilates and Barre work. And I love them! They provide me the dose of dynamic energy, strength work and power that I need to stay fit and strong. I, of course, can’t do […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

Posted December 09, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part Two – Supplements + Nutrition When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in Thailand with my beloved, on our belated honeymoon. We didn’t quite make a ‘honeymoon’ baby, but unbeknownst to us, this little soul had come into being just beforehand. You can head over HERE to read about the team I first called upon, almost immediately, whilst still in Thailand, after seeing those two little lines show up on the pregnancy test. Now one incredible woman that I consider VITAL to me team of support is Naturopath Tanya Goldie from Dove Cottage. My spiritual mentor, Belinda Davidson, first put me in touch with Tanya last year. During our work together, Belinda had picked up on a few non-threatening health concerns (serotonin deficiency + digestive troubles) that Tanya and I had been working on. In addition to my health, it was clear to both Belinda and myself that I was going to become a mamma soon! The energy of this child was literally attached to my own… I could sense it so intensely. Because of that, Tanya had given me a couple of supplements to start taking to prepare my body, just in case I fell pregnant. FYI: This simply included a tweak to the herbal tonic I was taking for my serotonin issue, as well as Royal Jelly, Spirulina, Folate and Iodine. We also put my husband on Silymarin for liver detoxing and a Zinc Supplement. It wasn’t long after (maybe a few days) that I started these supplements when Tanya emailed me to say, “Conception will be very easy for you…” That sentence filled me with both relief and anxiety, all at the same time. She wasn’t wrong. I (blessedly, gratefully) fell pregnant easily. I’m not going to call this pregnancy an ‘accident’… but it wasn’t exactly planned! So as soon as I found out, I shot an email off to Tanya to get some guidance. Her response: “Remember, everything you eat and consume makes up the DNA of your bubby”. Being a woman dedicated to the health of vitality of my own body, this reply came through to me loud and clear. It BOLDED and UNDERLINED the last 6-7 years of my own wellness journey, as if to say, you know how you care for your body and consume only the best? Well, now it’s even more important! As soon as I was on home soil I had a session with Tanya to make sure I was armed up with the right knowledge – what to take and why! + Before I go on, please note that I am not suggesting or recommending you blindly take and do what I have done for your own pregnancy. You MUST seek out your own expert advice and it must be in relation to your body, health and history. + Tanya and I have touched based regularly throughout this pregnancy to ensure I am getting enough of the nutrients and supplements for bub but also for my own health. Pregnancy throws up a whole host of various ailments … Tanya’s guidance has been vital in keeping me healthy and balanced. Someone once said to me that I needn’t worry about taking a bunch of ‘fancy’ supplements whilst pregnant – the baby will get from me what the baby needs. That might be the opinion of many but to me that is complete and utter crap. The baby WILL take, and take, and take… but if I am not feeding myself the right stuff (nutritionally and supplementary) the baby might be taking the WRONG things and  we will both become severely depleted. My health is vital not just during the pregnancy (for me and bub) but AFTER, so I can be a strong, alive and present mum. So here is an outline of the supplements I’ve been taking so far. Use this as a guide only and explore options for yourself. SUPPLEMENTS First trimester: A B6 Supplement + Liver Detoxer to help my body process the 400+ hormones flying around! B6 made a HUGE difference to the all-day-sickness (as did eating every 2 hours). Folate, Royal Jelly and Spirulina for Energy, Iron and Sustenance. Folate is a MUST if you are planning or just fallen pregnant. Iodine for bub’s development and for many of my body’s important functions! The Iodine has dramatically healed the fibroids I had in both my breasts by the way! Indigestion + heartburn: Slippery Elm tablets (this has been my life-saver!) Second trimester: I stayed on the Royal Jelly and Iodine. In addition we added in a new Iron supplement (with co-factors so it doesn’t cause constipation) and a B12 spray. I started on Zinc and Fish Oil at 12 weeks – for the baby’s brain development and for the baby’s skin! These are also helpful to prevent post-natal depression and stretch marks. Win-win. Every evening I also take Magnesium, Calcium, Slippery Elm and a powdered probiotic (which I have been taking the whole way through!) The magnesium + calcium have helped me sleep better and completely healed the restless legs syndrome I was starting to get – as the baby sapped my mineral stores my body started to show signs of it. These supplements completely sorted that out. For a period of time I was experiencing a lot of congestion and sinus irritation/mucous. This is a common side effect to pregnancy. Progesterone is released in such high dosages and does all sorts of weird things to your body – sinus problems being one of them! Taking a homeopathic remedy until it cleared really helped – this was a tissue salt from Dr Schuessler. Third Trimester: I’ve just entered the home-stretch of this pregnancy and this is what my ‘supplement’ kitty looks like now: Magnesium + Calcium (reduced dosage) Iron Royal Jelly B12 Zinc Iodine We’ve replaced my probiotic with a new strain Sb Flora Activ. This is designed to help prevent Strep B (an infection many […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

Posted December 02, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide! As a coach I have worked with hundreds of women supporting them to find health, to heal, to find balance, to cultivate happiness and to live in wellness. Personally, living in wellness is not a negotiation for me. It is just how I choose to live and it is how I navigate through the world and life. What can I do here to ensure I am nourished? How do I nurture my body better? Will this support me or detract from me? So that being said… I am no expert in pregnancy, birth or motherhood, but I sure know a thing or two about wellness! Which leads me to introduce you to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide. A series of blog posts, audio clips, interviews and more where I’ll be sharing what I have been doing throughout my pregnancy. Watch the video to find out more on my Pregnancy Wellness Guide. You’ll also learn 4 feel-good tips you can dive into today! CLICK PLAY I hope you can see this as what it’s intended to be – a guide. NOT a rulebook. Because the one and only rule that does apply during pregnancy is that you are THE BOSS. However, if some of what I am doing might help you on your journey, then my job is done. Your body, your intuition, what feels right/wrong/or otherwise – that’s the only rule that matters. As I mention in the video, here is some of what we’ll be covering off in the Pregnancy Wellness Guide: 1. Supplements + Nutrition 2. Recommended Books 3. Movement + Bodylove 4. Meditation + Visualisation 5. Birth planning + preparation 6. Postpartum Lots of  juicy info to support you ladies – whether you are a soon-to-be mama, planning it in the future or onto your second (third, fourth?) bubby! Oh and any men out there reading – there is nothing hotter than a MAN who CARES about (and is involved) his woman during her pregnancy. So the more you know, the better! Now it’s over to you. I really need your help. Comment below and share with me: Any burning pregnancy questions you have (that I might be able to answer/include in the guide) Anything you feel is important to share to other ladies regarding pregnancy. Just a side note: we are going for POSITIVE stories and sharing. Even if your birthing experience didn’t go ‘as planned’… please, whatever you share, do so from a positive, affirmative place. I do not want this space to spread fear + doubt (p.s if your comment does, I will delete it). Thanking you in advance. Stay tuned. More to be released soon. love + light, Claire xx   Read more

Start a yoga practice at home

Start a yoga practice at home

Posted November 25, 2014

Yoga is my religion. Whenever I hit the mat it’s a ritual, a time to pray and a time to fully express myself in mind, body and soul. Whatever I’m feeling and experiencing in my daily life, yoga allows me to embody that. To own it. To  breathe into it. Lean into it. So it’s no surprise to me that my yoga practice has evolved and changed as I have done the same over the last 7 years. Some yogis are very dedicated to and maintain a powerful bond with one particular style of yoga. I love them for that commitment and that unbreakable union. For me though, yoga is about flexibility, and not just of the stretchy kind. I have to be flexible and experimental with yoga, because it keeps my mind much the same. It allows my soul to expand a little more and helps me to stay ‘unattached’. Over the last few years I’ve really honed my self-practice. Learning how to carve out the time and space in my home to unroll my mat and ‘pray’ is something I directly thank the practice of Ashtanga Yoga for. Practicing Mysore Yoga for 2+ years gave me so much to be grateful for – mainly the ability to move and breathe, creatively and autonomously. What has been the most beautiful aspect of my self-practice is learning how to mould the practice in direct response to my feelings, emotions and life circumstances. For example; When I need a really strong dynamic practice I get the chance to experiment, push my own boundaries, play and dive right in. When I to hold myself delicately – perhaps my heart is feeling fragile – I am able to create a practice that flows, intuitively and wraps me up in it’s nourishing embrace. And now, being pregnant, I’m not only learning to respect new limitations of my body but I’m even more embodied. I now move in a way that feels respectful of the physical, emotional, mental and energetic transformation I’m going through, but that also honours the life I am nurturing and growing. Start a yoga practice at home and you’ll learn how to guide yourself on AND off your yoga mat. Not just in how you move your body, but tuned in to your mind and soul.. It’s about integrating your mind, body and soul as you learn to reference every layer of your being – respecting and responding to what is needed. Self-practice cultivates self-healing. It’s almost as if you were in your own personal counseling session. The yoga mat is the therapist’s lounge. And instead of words there is the breath. Instead of advice there is the movement. Instead of venting there is the quiet meditative stillness of savasana (final relaxation). To supplement my self-practice I frequently attend classes, visit my favourite teachers, use online resources like YogaGlo and attend workshops and teacher training courses. It reboots and reinspires me. And then, once again I take that fresh knowledge back to my mat and my space. The other HUGE reason why I highly recommend you start a yoga practice at home is the simple fact that you can take yoga anywhere. Practice in your living room. Stretch it out by the beach at sunrise. Get bendy in a park under your favourite tree. Iron yourself out at the airport between long flights. Wherever you land and travel too yoga can be there with you – the ritual of it. The inward focus of it. The solitude. The peace. The opening…. It is so deeply supportive to take yoga with you. To truly ‘yoke’ yoga into your life to me feels like a lifeline. An umbilical cord back to myself and my centre, no matter where I am. ++ With all that being said, I want to help you, if you are ready to start a yoga practice at home Here are a few tips that you might find useful. First off, if you don’t already have one buy yourself a yoga mat. I love Manduka yoga mats. But my all-time favourite is the Lululemon ‘Le Mat’. Sturdy, good grip. Great on carpet and even outdoors. Suit yourself up in a yoga get-up that makes you eager to practice and get a gorgeous candle you might like to light whilst practicing (when at home). And finally, get a playlist going. Sometimes I like to practice in silence. Otherwise I like to move to music – it might be a floaty, ethereal and softly-softly vibe, otherwise it’s punchy, raw and banging! If you are already practicing yoga quite a bit, and attending many classes I invite you to begin by dedicating yourself to one or two 20 minute sessions at home. Don’t feel stressed about what to do. Don’t fuss about planning a sequence and don’t over commit. Just carve out (book it into your diary!) the time and roll your mat out. Do a few cat + cow stretches, hang out in child’s pose. Get down with your dog. Chuck in a few sun salutations and standing poses. It doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’, just do something. If you are completely new to yoga I would first advise you to visit a local studio and do a beginner’s courses. Whilst you are doing that try to practice a few of the poses you’ve been doing in class at home. At the end of an amazing class once I was back in my car I take a moment to note down in my phone the poses/sections of sequences that I loved! I’d then try to resurrect them another day when I was back at home and on my mat. Another suggestion – visit my YouTube channel and check out some of my instructional videos and classes. Sign-up to YogaGlo or GaiaM TV. These are great online resources for those of you that still feel you need guidance but want to practice at home. Finally, be committed, be dedicated. You need focus when […] Read more

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