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Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Posted December 01, 2015

Try a little kindness to make a real difference in your world. When I was pregnant the small gestures of kindness directed my way never went unnoticed. In fact, I was so incredibly grateful for those moments. Cars slowing down, finding the patience, to let a waddling mama-to-be cross the road. People giving up their seats for me on the bus, at a cafe, wherever. Strangers coming up to congratulate me and wish me, hubby and bub well. And today, with my baby always in tow I experience much the same… it shouldn’t surprise me, but for some reason it does. I’ve been pondering why it is that these little kindnesses really catch my attention and leave me with surprise (and so much gratitude) in my heart and mind. And I’ve come to realise a few truths, that are quite ugly. We live in a world that is so ‘heady‘. Everyone is so busy thinking of themselves, their own problems and concerns (and no judgment) that we can often move through our day blind to other around us. We frequently forget to give, lovingly. To serve, without expecting anything in return. People are fighting wars all over the world because of ‘their beliefs’… and causing chaos and so much pain in the name of their desires. Everyday I witness at least one road rage incident – someone exploding and spewing forth expletives to a total stranger for some nonsensical reason. Everyday I witness a little bit of racism, judgment, prejudice, abuse. If you look closely, there are countless moments of injustice, rudeness, hurt and anger. It all looks so bleak, doesn’t it? We can’t lie and pretend that this world we live in has a very shadowy, dark side. And that within every human being lives the same. But stay with me here, because there is another truth I need to highlight and share. I’m not trying to ‘preach’ anything you don’t know, I’m not trying to tell you what to do or think, but simply remind you, in a way that might inspire small change. This other truth is that this world, and every human within it also has a BRIGHT, LIGHT and LOVE-FILLED side. In fact, when allowed, this part can be bigger, bolder and stronger. Each and every time someone opens a door for me, smiles at my baby, gives up their seat or stops their busy day to let us pass by I am reminded that we all have that light within us. And when inspired to, we all can and do tap into to. Share it. Spreading that love. It takes but a moment to choose that light over the dark. A split second decision to do a little good. Try a little kindnesses. It may seem so incredibly irrelevant and minuscule to you on a global scale. This big badass world has some serious stuff going on. But what if you chose the LIGHT more often than not? What if you chose to be kind, one day at a time. And that kindness then inspired 5 other people to do the same. And so on, and so forth? What if you chose to try a little kindness each day, and beautifully it makes a small impact daily, but ultimately a HUGE one when done day after day, after day! The accumulative effect is bigger than you could every imagine. Can you see that the light you share, the love and kindness you deliver has this incredibly ripple effect? Influencing and inspiring others, to the point that it becomes an infection… finding its way into the hearts and minds of millions of others. If you KNEW that these little acts of kindness had this immeasurable ripple effect, would you make a conscious effort to do so, every day? Well, that’s what I want to remind you of today… When you try a little kindness, that’s exactly what happens. Every time you give, without expectation. YOU make a huge difference. Serve with love Smile at a stranger Take a deep breath and let someone cut ahead in the queue Slow down for that waddling pregnant lady Help that elderly woman at the bus top Buy someone a coffee ++ You won’t ever really see the difference you are making, well not immediately. You might not witness the effects your kindness had, but it is happening. Trust and faith is required that the ripple effect you are creating is happening – that is the real KEY. Maybe that’s called blind faith. But isn’t that better that spreading that dark, shady, fear-driven energy.?And let me also remind you here that you might not SEE the effect you are making, but you will feel it. Karmically, the good you put out will boomerang its way back to you. Maybe that day, or in a month… or even years later. But it flows and shifts, and moves and eventually magnetises its way back into your heart. Thats a universal law, an unseen one, but a true one. ++ So let me leave you today with this inspiration to try a little kindness. Actively, consciously and faithfully live your days from the light. Be driven by love and spread the kindness that is innately woven into your being. Love + light, Claire Read more

Lesson from my little: How to start fresh

Lesson from my little: How to start fresh

Posted November 24, 2015

This is a blog series where I share lessons from my little baby girl, Soleil. How to start fresh: How often do you get stuck? Have you ever hit a stumbling block and smack right into a brick wall? Or quit before you’ve finished something because it has not turned out the way you envisioned? Maybe you can’t even get going because nothing seems ‘perfect’ enough to move forward? In today’s audio blog I talk through a #LessonFromMyLittle (Life lesson’s dished up from my baby girl!) on how to keep moving forward with whatever it is you are doing (in work, your career, your relationship, as a mama, working out). I share with you what I’ve recently discovered by watching my bub in her own little journey. She has shown me how to start fresh and keep at the task at hand. It’s so simple to do yet something we need to be mindful of and practice on a moment-to-moment basis. It’s about saying yes, it’s about giving yourself permission, it’s all about living in the moment, one moment at a time. But mostly it’s about not taking yourself too seriously! CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN + LEARN MORE https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/start%20fresh.mp3 love + light, Claire x Read more

You don’t need to live courageously to live the way you want

You don’t need to live courageously to live the way you want

Posted November 10, 2015

You don’t always need to live courageously when you want to make your life happen. There’s this attitude – this common belief – that it takes balls, guts and helluva a lot of courage to grab your life by the horns and own it. But let me ask you this: Have you ever done something – embarked on a new experience/venture/relationship. Or gone somewhere – travelled. Maybe even moved home, started a new job? And did it happen effortlessly? Did it happen with minimal struggle. Minimal pep-talking even? Without courageously powering through it? You just did it,right? It happened. It unfolded and you experienced it. Now, let’s take a guess here and say that it happened this way because you weren’t over-thinking the experience and you weren’t all caught up in the mental drama of it. Yes? Well, ask yourself WHY. Why did it happen so effortlessly? Why did it unfold without your ego chiming in with a long list of why ‘you’re not good enough/you can’t do this/aren’t you afraid/this is not a good idea…’ and so on. Again – I’m going to take an educated guess here. Could it be because it FELT right? Could it be that you just knew, without question to go there/do that/be with that person/take that job/move to that home? You know that feeling I’m talking about. Intuitively right. Heart-felt YES. You just know because you know. ++ Was there courage there? Did it have anything to do with living courageously? Well, maybe a schmidge when you needed some inspired action. Maybe courage was called in at a certain point. But mostly, courage had nothing to do with making your ‘LIFE’ happen in a way that you wanted it to. And hey, let’s just clarify here, I am a fan of ‘COURAGE’. Sometimes we need that slightly reckless vibe of bravery or strength. Sometimes it’s ‘balls to the wall’ and jump in the deep end. Suck up your fears and let’s do this! But, and obviously, Courage is often reactionary, and sometimes irrational and has this energy of ‘grit your teeth and call on everything you’ve got’. Courage STILL has fear threaded through it – but courage takes inspired action despite that fear. That’s a beautiful thing. A much needed thing. But, when it comes to your life – following the path most true for you and living in a way that truly resonates – it doesn’t always have to be so intense and effort-full. You don’t always have to put on your battle gear and go to war. It’s not YOU vs LIFE. It’s YOU + LIFE. You work in tandem, in synchronicity, with the universe. It’s not always but it can be a fluid experience, especially when you drop the ‘warfare’ mentality and come at life with a softer, open to receive and intuitively led attitude. It’s not courage that gives you the balls to grab your life and take it. It is your heart. Your TRUTH. ++ How to be led by your truth instead of blind courage A client of mine, after our first foundation session, explained that she now has a lot more ‘clarity’ (YES!) on what she wants from her life. But instead of being filled with joy over this newfound clarity, she instead felt a little overwhelmed by how she will make it all happen. She hoped she could muster the courage to make it all happen. My response: Get out of your head – that’s where this ‘courage’ you speak of is living. It’s your ego freaking you out with the idea that you might not have the guts to follow through to your dreams. And then, drop into your heart and speak to your heart directly… What feels true? What feels right for me? What do I do next? We then went through a list of experiences and situations in her life that had felt effortless, true, beautiful, ALIGNED. And by looking at them we could see that they had nothing to do with that heady ego space, or courage or effort really. They just unfolded naturally because they felt RIGHT. Alignment, perfectly embodied. The point I’m making is this; you already KNOW what it feels like to be led by your truth. You have tasted that sweetness before. The challenge is to keep doing so, and to consciously CHOOSE to live by your truth. And the how is both simple yet not so easy to execute. But with practice (and practice IS the actually ‘how’) you can start to make your truth – your heart – the clearest and most obvious guidance you receive. And therefore, your truth becomes the way you live the way you want to. Remember this: right now, the loudest voice you hear is usually your negative self-talk/mind chatter/ego. It’s loud, pushy, and in your face. Your softer voice of truth is always (ALWAYS!) there, but you have to really lean in and listen up. When you feel the gentlest tickle from that soft voice and it brushes up against you, inside your soul then grab a hold of it… tightly! Keep doing this. Over and over and over. Keep insisting on your truth to speak-up. You can’t really get rid of that ego-voice, but you can kindly ask it to shush. And then do it all again. Lean in. Listen. Turn up the volume. And the most important step in all of this is to converse with your heart. Tune into your truth and then let it guide you. Hand the reigns over and tell your truth you ‘trust it’ and you know it’s got your back. It already knows what kind of life you are trying to create. In fact, it knows even better what’s right for you, than your ‘small’ self does. Give your heart ‘Power of Attorney’ and let it run the show. It will always guide you on the right path. ++ The more your heart and your truth takes the driver seat the less you need to act courageously, […] Read more

Living yoga off the mat with Lauren Penning

Living yoga off the mat with Lauren Penning

Posted November 03, 2015

This blog series is a reflection on how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. I’m honoured to have Lauren here on my blog, sharing from the heart how she lives Yoga off the mat. I’ve mentioned Lauren Penning from The Life Pod on more than one occasion. Particularly I’ve shared the beautiful work that Lauren does with mamas-to-be as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, a Calm Birth Practitioner and a Doula. In fact, she was all three to me. When it comes to Yoga, Lauren certainly embodies the spirit, energy and philosophy of this practice with such grace, authenticity, honesty and love. She has such a beautiful and giving heart and I know that comes from her consistent (and dedicated) yoga practice – on and OFF the mat. Lauren has a tenderness to her. A gentle way. And it’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket. She is present. She is open hearted. She is real. And she is always willing to do the work, to open more and to support others on the same pathway. This woman held space for me during my pregnancy – held my fears, my hopes, my joy. She was there when my baby girl was born. She literally held me and carried me through labour. She cut Soleil’s umbilical cord. To say this woman is dear to me is an understatement. Everything she has taught me I still carry and tune into every single day.  I hope her words resonate with you and guide you towards oneness, just as it has done for her. Love + light, Claire xx Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… sacred. A space to cultivate deep trust in my intuition. It’s my way of letting go of the busyness, my plans, deadlines, and responsibilities. My yoga practice is an opportunity for transformation, to release the tension that my body has absorbed, to soften the holding around my heart and to allow beautiful source energy to move freely through me. It is both sweet and intensely challenging. To me, yoga means… coming home, surrendering, being in the present with an open heart and a space to listen to my inner world. My experience off the mat has… been varied! I have practiced all sorts of physical yoga with many wonderful teachers over the years and my experiences have led me to the absolute knowing that we all find the right practice ‘on the mat’ at the right time in our lives. Over the years I have struggled with intensity in my body, with my ego and with my heart. It has been a bittersweet journey, as it is for so many of us, and it has been my absolute savior at the same time. I love moving my body and I love the feeling of freedom that yoga brings. My experience of the mat has taught me to trust in what is. That the present moment will always hold me and reveal what is needed. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… Yoga is the doorway into oneness. That was my greatest epiphany! That yoga, whether it’s moving, breathing, walking, swimming, meditating, being, feeling, opening, …all of it was my way into connection with God, Goddess, Source, Love, Joy and Union, with everything, everyone, ALL. This profoundly changed the way I both practice and teach. Over the years I’ve come to understand that everyone has a very different way into this connection and union and that we all need to have permission to find our own rhythm, our own individual path & journey. Sometimes this is on the yoga mat, however ultimately our yoga is in our everyday, with our kids, with our family, friends, partners, within our businesses, our community and deep within our selves. I absolutely love that everyday is different and that my body and my mind desires something particular in each moment. As a yoga teacher, birth educator and shamanic midwife in training, I feel so blessed to hold space for my students to fully be themselves and to find their unique way, to bravely drop out of the ego mind and listen to what they need to heal. Trusting the connection within and being guided by their own inner knowing. Yoga is so very beyond the physical and I am so thankful to have a deep understanding of how healing this practice is. To simply be held and given permission to be ourselves is the greatest gift, and what we all so desperately need to shine as brightly as we can. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Be kind, be understanding, non judgmental and present – with myself and all other beings. Why are these important to you?  Because they all help to cultivate JOY and we all need to be more in that vibration, leading us back to our true nature and not further into madness and chaos. Kindness, understanding, compassion and presence will guide us back home, will lean us into love and help us all to see clearly, remembering who we are, earth angels x What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why?  Truthfulness and self study. ‘Live your truth…discover what you are moved by and lean into it as lovingly as you can, and then repeat. This has become increasingly important to me over the years…age is a wonderful thing and gives you incredible perspective. Life is precious and there is only one me! I want to live my life as fully and as truthfully as I can, with passion, joy, energy and trust in myself. Another principle that I love and am beginning to trust in profoundly through my work as a shamanic midwife is ‘healer heal thyself’. We all have the wisdom to heal, it is within each of us, not in something outside of ourselves. If we can create […] Read more

Fake abundance to live in abundance

Fake abundance to live in abundance

Posted October 28, 2015

You’ve got to fake it until you make it… That is, fake abundance to live in abundance. That’s a saying we’ve all heard, countless times. And at first, it might seem completely flakey and lazy to live by that idea. However, over the years I’ve come to realise that there is more depth, truth and GOLD in this humble little saying. For all you perfectionists out there sometimes we don’t ever ‘make it’ because we’ve already decided that whatever we are striving for is not possible. It won’t be good enough. We won’t get what we want, the way we want it. Or unless it comes to us, or is created by us PERFECTLY, well then, what is the point? The trouble with this attitude – it’s blatantly obvious I hope – is that we get nowhere, get nothing, and end up with a big FAT ZERO. Perfectionists are just hiding behind their fears. Paralysed and procrastinating behind fear dressed up as perfectionism. (Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for explaining this SO beautifully in BIG MAGIC!) That’s not to say we should always jump in, go forward and create stuff/aim for something willy nilly – without any focus, attention, inspired action or well-thought out plans. BUT, it is to say if we wait to be completely 100% schooled, well equipped, ‘ready’ to do something in life (create something, go somewhere, gain something…) well we’ll never get the job done. Right?! So here’s my take on ‘faking it until you make it’. It’s all about taking a stab. It’s all about believing in yourself. Placing a bet on yourself, jumping in the deep end, and trusting that the universe will catch you. And hey sometimes it won’t. But aren’t you better off for trying? Now, what does this have to do with living in abundance? EVERYTHING. Living in abundance – in every way possible – is often about BELIEVING that there is abundance that is yours for the taking. You want more money, clients, creative juice, love, health, [insert your version of abundance here] well then you have to just stand up, ask for it loud and proud and then take it. How to fake abundance? Simply, but profoundly start to THINK, FEEL and TUNE into the vibration of what you want. Don’t let you loud, overbearing negative ego voice chime in with: “You aren’t good enough to get more love” or “Why would you attract more clients, your website looks like crap”. Or “You want to be fitter and healthier? You can’t do it! Hush that inner critic and go for that day-dreamy vibe. Meditate on what you want. SEE it in your mind’s eye. Visualise it and ‘pretend’ it’s already come into being. Write the ‘story’ of your vision in your journal. Sit in stillness and breathe into your vsion. Record a voice memo of you talking about what you want – the abundance you crave – as if you were chatting to a friend. Re-listen OVER and OVER. Talk to your significant other, mother, lover, friend, brother (and so on) about your abundance. Don’t be scared to voice it out of fear that if you dare mention it out loud that you’ll scare it away. (BTW you won’t, abundance is just WAITING for you to be empowered enough to go HEY, YOU get over here now!) The more you do the above – even though at first you might feel like you are ‘faking’ it (and maybe you are, at first) the more the energy of abundance will start to align with you. A syncing will happen. A collective coming together of your dreamy vibes with the reality of the abundance you want. You’ll make it happen because you TOLD the universe it was time.  Go time, cosmos. Let’s do this. REAL-TIME EXAMPLE: I’ve just jumped back into the coaching saddle (yippee!) and gosh it feels good to use my heart and mind to hold space for incredible people looking to do some real mind-body-soul work. After 7months off I knew exactly how I wanted to coach – with purpose, with love and with a few killer clients. So I did the above. I envisioned the abundance du jour – a handful of life-changing clients – and I let that vision get ‘out there’ to dance with the universe. I washed my hands of ‘trying’ to make it happen…that was for the universe and my vision to figure out. But decided to fake it instead. To talk the walk, before the walk had even begun. I did all of the above. And I’ve got the abundance I so desired. So, why can’t you fake it until you make it? Energy first, thoughts second, reality third. That’s the order of it. Feel it, think it, see it, live it! Your turn now. Why don’t you state loud and proud the abundance you want. Fake it now… and watch the ‘making’ of it unfold. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Say yes to THIS experience

Say yes to THIS experience

Posted October 20, 2015

In a meditation session the other day I heard these words: ‘Say YES to what arises… to the emotions that move within you, to the experiences that unfold around you, to the constellation of sensations that you feel. Just say YES’ What if, instead of resisting and fighting against what you are feeling, you said YES to it? What if, instead of pushing back, you said YES to the experience you are having? What if, instead of saying NO, you said YES to whatever is unfolding, even if you didn’t plan for it? How would things be different if YES was your automatic response, instead of NO. Or not sure/no way/I can’t/I won’t/I don’t like it/This is horrible/Make it stop/This isn’t good enough? In today’s audio blog, I offer up a simple mantra. A new way of thinking. A different perspective to the emotions, experiences, situations, feelings… to ALL of it. A way to invite it in. To shift and transform your judgment of it. To say YES instead of NO. Short. Sweet. Three and half minutes. You’ve got that time to hear this potent, and life-changing soundbite. Just say YES and click below to play! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/say%20yes.mp3 And then share your YES thoughts in the comments below! Love + light Claire x Read more

How to live in delight, strength, and power

How to live in delight, strength, and power

Posted October 13, 2015

I’m here to share a few little lessons from my little – Soleil – my guru. Recently she’s been showing me how to live in a state of DELIGHT, how to tap into my STRENGTH and how to stay in my personal POWER. And my god has it added a much needed rosy hue to my view of the world. Let me take a step back here first and talk about the Chakras. Because, what is really going on here with Soleil is a pure harnessing of the true essence of our energy anatomy. In particular Chakra Two and Chakra three. If you didn’t know already, I’m a faithful disciple of YOGA, ENERGY ANATOMY and our CHAKRA SYSTEM. With that I’m also an avid disciple and dedicated student of Belinda Davidson – THE guru on all things Chakra-like and the founder and director of The School of The Modern Mystic. This is the woman who teaches us how to clean up our energy and find our soul purpose. You can read up on (and I invite you to, if you aren’t up-to-scratch) the chakras here, and here. So, seeing as I’m clearly a poster gal for chakras (kidding!) you can imagine how much I loved and devoured this incredible book – The Child Within the Lotus – which details a babies growth and development based on the opening and strengthening of their chakra system, one chakra at a time. The Chakras: For example, the Base or First Chakra, which relates to grounding, earthing, the physical body, survival and stability (amongst other things) is apparently the first chakra to strengthen and open within the first 100 days of a babies life. So we are talking a little over 3 months. And when referencing Soleil’s first 3 months earthside, well it was so obvious she was trying to ‘ground’ and strengthen her base chakra. It took her that long, if not longer, to actually land here. Despite being super-alert and very switched on, she struggled to feel settled, happy and comfortable out of the womb. This was one big-bad-ass scary world to her and she let me know how very pissed she was about it (read: unsettled, cranky-pants, shitty sleeping, slightly psycho baby. AKA ‘good-times’). Now, at 7 months.. she is just starting to move into her third ‘100’ days on earth. Which marks her development of the third chakra. And I’ve just spent the last 100 days witnessing her development of the Sacral or Second Chakra during the second ‘100’ days on earth. So, I’m not really fussed as to whether, what this book says, is actually true – i.e the development of the Chakras based on roughly 3 month time-frames. But, I’m mostly keen to explore how Soleil adjusts to and comprehends her world as each chakra strengthens and opens. And in turn, what it’s actually doing is teaching me how to live more in tune with the vibration and essence of these energy centres, by learning from her example. And why would I (and you!) want to do this? Well, it means a life that flows, that is in sync. It means YOU are in the flow, in sync. Living with open, beautifully humming chakras and personifying their essence means your life hums along just as beautifully. So let me break this down for you. (Note: whether you have children or not, these insights below are totally applicable to you at ANY stage of your life). Chakra Two or the Sacral Chakra is the energy of pleasure, delight, fun, enjoyment, adventure, exploration. And over the last 3 months I’ve witnessed how a baby with no social constructs, ideas, or limitations bring this energy to life. There is wild giggling at the mere flick of my hair. Or a flock of birds flying by. There is a deep satisfaction with sucking on her own hands. Or a leather wallet. Or a plastic wrapper. There’s the sheer pleasure of eating new foods. Particularly the way she tears up a mango cheek. It’s literally all over her face, dripping down her neck and squished between her fingers. Yet she’s not annoyed or irritating, she’s literally ‘mmmm’-ing with pleasure! [Check out this video on my instagram feed – Soleil eating a mango cheek!] On our daily walks (in the carrier) she grumbles and giggles and coos at all she sees. She nudges me towards trees and flowers which we touch and smell and gaze at together. Oh and eat – everything goes in her mouth too, of course. There’s the realisation that there is ALWAYS more to explore. I have an early mover – Soleil started commando crawling at 5 months, and now at 7months she’s not only properly crawling but pulling herself up to standing, kneeling and climbing. With that movement she’s literally on the go –  crawling under chairs, under tables, lifting up rugs, bouncing on chairs, banging on doors. As I watch her little eyes scan and flick about the room I can almost HEAR the excitement inside her little mind as she tries to figure out where she should go/see/touch/do next. Chakra Three or Solar Plexus Chakra is all about power, will, determination, holding your own, knowing your self worth, self esteem and confidence. It’s also your gatekeeper, or bodyguard. Gosh, if anyone could fly the flag for the Solar Plexus it’d definitely be my babe. She is the most determined, focused little pocket rocket. She literally LUNGES at things she wants. She locks eyes on something and expects me to see it, get it and satisfy her desire. And if I don’t, no problem, she’ll get it herself. She has absolutely NO qualms in engaging with other people and crawling up to a stranger, saying hi (with a slightly rough slap!) Soleil is not shy and is quite social, but her internal bodyguard kicks it when something isn’t right – she protects herself accordingly. Her inner guidance system will flag a situation/person that she needs to be wary of. She […] Read more

Living yoga off the mat with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Living yoga off the mat with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Posted October 06, 2015

This blog series is a reflection on how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. Meet Amy Taylor-Kabbaz AKA ‘Happy Mama with Amy’. The first time I came across Amy, a friend – Tara Bliss – linked to her facebook page. I was immediately struck by Amy’s authenticity and honesty around motherhood. Yet she managed to take the edge off the ‘intensity’ of what is otherwise, well, an INCREDIBLY intense experience. I was pregnant at the time, but now, with a 7 month old baby, I LOVE Amy’s blend of spirituality, realness and honest acceptance of this crazy-ass ride. So, to have Amy here today to share how she lives yoga off the mat (because truthfully, as mama, getting on your mat is about as sacred as shaving your legs – both aren’t easy to make happen!) well, I feel honoured. And I know you will just devour her insight. Mama or not, there is more than one golden nugget in here for you. Enjoy, Claire xx Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… my sanity! As a busy mama to three, yoga is my absolute sacred space where I get to breathe, reconnect and recalibrate. How I practice that sacred space, and how often I do, has dramatically changed over the years though. At the moment, I get to rush out the door once a week leaving the three little ones in the bath with my husband and get to a life-affirming Kundalini class, and the rest of the time it’s me, my mat, and my 5am alarm clock… as long as the baby doesn’t decide to join me. To me, yoga means… peace. If I’m not careful, my mind will run a million miles an hour a million times a day. My go-to mode for most of my life has been overachieving superwoman, and even now, after years of mindfulness and meditation, my brain will still switch into this mode if I’m not careful. Yoga helps me be careful. Even though rebuilding my over-stretched and over-exhausted body through yoga has been important after each of my births, it is the spiritual and mental connection that I really crave. (Besides, keeping a semi-clean house with a 7, 5 and 1 year old is enough exercise, thank you very much.) My experience off the mat has… led me to understand my connection with the divine. It’s on my mat that I discovered that I don’t need to know all the answers, I just need to let them flow through me. It’s on my mat that I have forgiven those who have hurt me, and seen how to love unconditionally those I have judged – including myself. And it’s on my mat I finally find that little piece of peace that I crave when juggling children, marriage, and my business. When I roll that mat out, something happens… the actual physical act of rolling the mat out helps. Even if I only get three minutes on there before one of my children interrupt, the mat makes a difference. I think as Mamas, we need symbols and rituals to help us feel like we’re actually doing something for ourselves. It helps us be more mindful. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… It may not be the biggest epiphany, but it’s the most recent: In the last few months, I’ve received a book deal to write the ‘Happy Mama’ book for new (and not so new) mamas. This is, without doubt, my greatest dream come true. But as we all know, just because we’ve been dreaming about it since we were little girls, does not make it an easy thing to accept when it finally happens. Fear, insecurities, imposter syndrome and just good ol’ procrastination have kicked in, and old patterns have reared their ugly head. But it was on my yoga mat, at the end of my kundalini class and after a fear clearing krya, that I finally connected with my truth. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I saw and heard a very clear voice tell me : “you’re ready.” Since then, I have felt a calm that is completely new. I know that this is beyond my knowledge or my doing, and I am simply the messenger. And, I feel ready. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Mindfulness. The ability to stay in the moment, stop buying into the negative thoughts in my head, and see things for what they really are carries me through every tantrum, every deadline, every moment of overwhelm. Why are these important to you? Because without them, I am a super cranky mama! In all seriousness, when I’m ‘all in my head’, everything falls apart. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? Svadhyaya – Self-study. ‘Become the expert of you’ has been a big part of my journey in recent years. As a journalist, I have spent years interviewing and writing about other people’s opinions, always believing that someone else had the answers. But when I stopped looking outside myself and instead starting creating a practice of studying myself and my own answers, my life began to change. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Taking the ‘aha’ moments I have on my mat into my everyday life. Being mindful with my children, and not just on my mat. Being grateful for the lessons in my life, being present, staying connected to something greater than me when I’m going about my day, and not just once a week in my kundalini class. It’s a challenge! But it’s what helps me be a better mama, wife, coach, friend and woman. Connect with Amy: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter Read more

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