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MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: LEMONY LENTIL SOUP

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: LEMONY LENTIL SOUP

Posted July 08, 2013

I rediscovered this soup a few years back during an anatomy + physiology class. During our lunch break I took myself off to a cafe for a feed and I almost tripped over when I saw “Lebanese Lentil Soup” written on the chalk-board. I got a little excited. I crossed my fingers  hoping it’d be the soup I knew all to well from my childhood. Bingo. I couldn’t get over. It tasted just like home. And since that day I have made this soup all through Autumn and Winter. I have even shared the recipe with my friends because it’s that easy and delicious. What could be more Middle Eastern than lentils, lemons, spinach, cumin and garlic! Before I share this with you I want give you a little tip to prevent bloating or gas from the lentils.  For all you IBS sufferers who probably avoid lentils for that very reason, listen up! This is my mother’s trick and it works. Presoak your lentils – the longer the better. If you soak them in the morning and then cook at night, that’ll do the trick Next, thoroughly rinse in cold water Finally, in a seperate pot bring the lentils to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Drain, rinse and then use the lentils in your recipe. Now, I share it with you. What you’ll need 1 cup brown/green lentils – soaked overnight 3-4 medium sized potatoes – washed, peeled and diced into cubes 2-3 cups chopped spinach/silverbeet 1 cup coriander 1/2 cup lemon juice 2-3 garlic cloves – diced 2 brown onions – diced Cultured butter Olive Oil Salt + Pepper 1 heaped tsp of Cumin + All spice 1 litre homemade veggie stock (I use left over peelings, cuttings from veggies and boil up – then freeze into cubes or bottles for later use) What to do: In the butter and olive oil sweat off the onion, add the garlic, a dash of cumin, salt and pepper. Throw in the lentils and coat in the olive oil. Add the veggie stock and potatoes, simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft but not falling apart. Turn off the heat, let it cool for 2-3 minutes Throw in the spinach and coriander, allow to wilt. Sprinkle in more cumin, salt + pepper to taste. Pour in lemon juice Serve with an additional garnish of coriander and a slice of delicious gluten-free bread (I’m enjoying buckwheat bread at the moment). You can blend this all up if you prefer a thicker consistency but the broth contrasted against the potatoes and the zing of the lemon is perfect. Seriously, every single time I eat this I can’t help but (uncontrollably) let out a big sigh and close my eyes with the first mouthful. It’s just so soothing. Saha to you. Cx Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

Posted July 05, 2013

I met this gorgeous lady at an event in Sydney a few months back. I was struck by her warmth and gentleness. I also have to say that until she answered these Qs for me I had no idea that she is only 21. I am so inspired that young women (and men!) are digging deeper into their true potential and allowing themselves to live as the best version of themselves (the bulk of my clients are women in their early 20s!). I love that Jia Ni has built such a fantastic business at such a young age, but mostly that she has been on her own journey of self-discovery. I know that she will go further and higher from here. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do… Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here? I’m Jia Ni, heart-centered entrepreneur and women’s coach at jianiteo.com. I help sensitive soul-centered women align with their purpose and connect with their beauty, truth & prosperity so that they can live the life they’ve always imagined. I got here after much struggle with questions along the lines of ‘who am I’, ‘why am I here’, ‘what is my purpose’ and eventually transforming my biggest breakdown and identity crisis into a beautiful breakthrough of self-discovery, self-love, and timeless evolution. What INSPIRES you? Beauty and elegance. Both external and internal. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I receive inspiration from my connection to my divine, from nature, and through what I experience – whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or on a spiritual level. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I always reflect and ask, ‘What is it I can learn and receive through this? How can I step into becoming more of the woman I am here to become?’ I then implement whatever I receive from that into my life. If it works (and it usually does!), I will happy dance and share it. I believe that we are all here to expand and grow into more of who we truly are. Every experience is an opportunity for healing, growth, and massive transformation. I just happen to like to make the most of it. 😉 When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I have found that you can really tell how much a person is able to RECEIVE from God/Source/Universe through how they are choosing (or not choosing) health and wellness. It’s important to love yourself so much that your health & wellness is a requirement. It’s important for me to move, nourish and nurture your body with ultimate self-love and self-care. This looks like: high-quality, nutritious & delicious foods, regular movement, infusing joy and pleasure in my life, and living in alignment. What’s your routine? Upon rising every morning, I will do my flow list, followed by body brushing, hot shower and getting ready for my day. I go out to our garden to for fresh air & pick lemons for a cup of hot lemon water, stretch, and set my intentions for my day and for the business. In the evening, I’ll write a list of ‘I’m so happy & grateful’, then read (I’m a huge reader!), and then turn off the lights and have a good night’s sleep! How do you find balance + happiness? I stay in my balance & happiness every day by living in alignment with my beauty, my truth, my divine feminine, and in my heart. I always gift myself the permission to take the leap, celebrate every little fist-pump moment, and say ‘No’ to others if it means saying ‘Yes’ to myself. How do you practice self-love? By allowing myself to be me. I practice self-love by allowing myself to embody even more of who I am every single day in every single moment. I truly had to learn how to give myself the permission to own my gifts and live my truth. As a result, I feel so much more at peace, joyful, and I’m definitely a much happier person. To me, self-love is fully accepting every part of your being. I practice self-love by gifting myself the permission to get to know me deeply – and loving myself no matter what comes up from deep within me – without judgement or guilt. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Oh dear, honestly – anything that has less than 5 ingredients and doesn’t require too much prep or equipment! At home, I usually throw together quick healthy meals like quinoa + steamed veggies or curry chickpeas + a veggie omelette. Drinks-wise, I love tea, whipping up smoothies or if I am feeling particularly fancy in summer I will open up fresh young coconuts. When I’m out, I love indulging in green juice, raw desserts and I especially LOVE salads that look like I’m eating a rainbow – they make me oh-so-very happy! What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Feeling happy every single day. I say day – not moment – because of course we’ll have moments where we feel out of sync and forget our greatness! But it is absolutely essential that I feel happiness within every single day…. and I do! 🙂 How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Pray and go within. Allow myself to listen to what’s truly going on. What is my intuition saying and telling me? Will I allow myself to trust her voice? What emotions/past conditioning is coming up? How can I heal and expand? What do I require to process and let go of? How can I grow from this to become who I’m here to become? What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? When you choose to receive health & wellness, you open up the floodgates to receiving at a high frequency, and you open yourself up […] Read more

THE 8 LESSONS I LEARNED ON THE INCA TRAIL

THE 8 LESSONS I LEARNED ON THE INCA TRAIL

Posted July 04, 2013

I felt the urge to write about this experience. An experience that totally and utterly changed me. A deeply spiritual and heart-opening journey. Let me just take you back for a moment a set the scene – this experience on the Inca Trail happened in 2010 before I even started this blog. My husband and I had both had a dream to visit Machu Picchu and complete the Inca Trail trek in Peru. We decided to take 6 weeks off and travel around South America. The Inca Trail was our first stop. For those of you that have read my ebook you’ll know that I describe 2009, the year prior to our South America adventure, as being one of the most challenging in my life. A dark year, in fact. I won’t go into the details here but feel free to get my ebook if you want to learn more. So, 2010, and in particular this trek in Peru, ended up being a life-changing experience and one that really showed the other side of the coin. If 2009 was black, 2010 was white. Christopher (my husband) and I had both envisioned an amazing experience ‘together’. And for all intents and purposes we did. Nothing quite compares (when it comes to bonding with your partner!)  to traveling for four days up to 13,000 ft above sea level with no shower, horrible toilets, battling with altitude and some of the most challenging climbs I’ve ever done. But, what we hadn’t banked on was how truly personal and deeply spiritual the experience was going to be. We both had very different experiences unfold, despite walking side-by-side. We egged each other on. Supported each other. Shared words of motivation and inspiration. As we walked there was alot of silence. Talking in high altitude is not a very good idea – you need to conserve your energy. But it was also the sheer, mind-blowing beauty of the mountains we were in. It was so incredible it would bring me to tears, frequently! In that silence there was alot of deep self-exploration. In fact, the simply act of keep planting one foot in front of the other forced us to face up to alot of different things. We had to dig deep to muster the strength and focus needed, whilst simultaneously experiencing deep shifts. So what did I learn in the end? My connection to my body and breath saved me. I found my yoga practice became the most important skill I had – remaining in the moment, breathing correctly, utilising my physical and mental strength. I was also so incredibly overwhelmed by the beauty of mother nature (or Pacha Mamma as they call her in South America) that I developed such a deep respect and appreciation for my LIFE and the lives of everyone I had ever crossed paths with, including a friend (Edgar) who had taken his own life the year before. I found myself, more than once, talking to Edgar on this trek trying to commune with him on the joys of this human life he chose to leave. I also found an acceptance for the things in life I cannot control (Edgar’s death being one of them) and felt that, for the first time, I understood the timelessness of time. There is no beginning and end. I finally found peace with his death because I realised he hadn’t left this beautiful earth, he had gone back to being ONE with it. Love is so important and vital but more than that, love for myself was my saviour. Chris had his journey and demons and I had mine. We both had to find a pure love for ourselves in order to keep going. It wasn’t the time or place to ‘carry’ the other person, which made me realise how important it is to not ‘carry’ people in my normal life. There are no limitations to what we can achieve, we just have to drop deep down into the truth of who we are. Who we are is born from and forever part of this ONE universal force. I felt part of the sacred earth earth we walked on, not separate from it That we each have a deep connection to the universe and to mother nature, and if we listen in she often has something important to share – I dreamt of snakes every night on my trip and our guide told me that this was a direct call from Pacha Mamma who was personally inviting me to the sacred and ancient site of Machu Picchu and would keep me safe. All I had to do was provide an offering. My uncontrollable tears were the offering she wanted and I was kept safe throughout the whole trek. In the end the biggest lesson I learned is that, as human beings, we really only have ourselves but that is ok because we are pure power – PURE LOVE – and we have all that we need. Always remember this. You are complete, just the way you are. You are strong, powerful and all that you’ll ever need exists within you. That doesn’t mean you can’t have love, relationships, friendships, experiences, challenges, projects…. (you get the idea) but within all of that look to yourself first whenever you need strength, or answers, anything! You are whole and perfect as you are. Love + light to you, Claire x Read more

THE 4 KEY ATTITUDES FOR AN UNDISTURBED MIND

THE 4 KEY ATTITUDES FOR AN UNDISTURBED MIND

Posted July 02, 2013

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness. Yoga Sutra 1.33 The Yoga Sutra is pretty much the ‘yogic’ bible written by Patanjali. In today’s VLOG I’m exploring the Sutra above which is found in the first chapter of the book (there are four parts). Patanjali speaks of four key attitudes that retain a quiet, peaceful mind. These Sutra’s have been translated and deciphered by many different authors/yogis/gurus for quite sometime. I’m giving you my take on these four key attitudes. Friendliness towards family, friends and those that are pleasant and friendly to you! Compassion for those in need (the sick, poor, homeless) Delight in those around you for what they offer the world (including you!) and what we learn from them (think about gurus, teachers, friends, colleagues, fellow industry peeps, bloggers etc!) Disregard for those that are cruel and unkind and not holding judgement over them either CLICK PLAY TO WATCH: _____________________________________________________________________________ Now that you’ve watched the video let’s explore it a little further. It might be a good idea to pull out a pen and paper and do the tasks outlined below as we go along. Or perhaps come back to this post and take 10 minutes out of your day to really drill down into this topic. It’s a juicy and very rich territory! Friendliness: Do you move through your day sharing positivity and good, loving vibes to those in your life that deserve that best from you? Instead of dumping a bad day into the lap of the people that mean that most to you be conscious to live and breath with a light, friendly, attentive and loving attitude Do this: Write down a list of people in your life that you really care about and who are always so kind to you Ask yourself: Do I really give them the best of me? Am I always open, available, helpful, kind and loving? Commit: Set the intention to always give the best of yourself to these people! Compassion: Do you live compassionately? Are you aware of those in your life (or strangers!) who are in need of compassion and kindness – people that need help? Do you do anything to contribute and show some love to those less fortunate that you? Do this: Consider where/who you might like to send some compassion to. Don’t get overwhelmed that you have to think BIG here. It can be something small but mighty Ask yourself: How much am I willing to give of myself? Again, this doesn’t have to be all your time or your money, but what works for you right now is more than nothing! Commit: Set the intention to be compassionate to someone (or a group, organisation) that requires an extra helping hand. Delight: Do you get see what other people are putting out into the world (think of teachers, bloggers, writers, health practitioners, carers etc) and delight in all that they do? Do you feel inspired by their work and appreciative or are you weighed down by feelings of self-doubt? Do this: Think about how many times in your day you notice other people, their work/their creations and what they are putting out into the world. Look at how you feel when these moments happen. Ask yourself: Do you feel happy for them? Are you excited by what you’ve seen and eager to express your gratitude? If it’s about you – do you offer up gratitude for what YOU do? Commit: Set the intention to serenade the success of yourself and those around you. To offer up thanks, and mean it! Encourage people around you by showing your appreciation for all that they do and how they contribute, positively to our world. It might just be a simple facebook msg or email to say THANKS! Disregard: Are you hung up on the unkind thoughts, words and actions of others and how they have affected you. Do you get caught up wanting to ‘teach’ someone a lesson when you deem their actions to be wrong? Do you feel heavy with the weight of judgement often throughout your day? Do this: Consider where in your life you frequently are exposed to the unkind words, thoughts and actions of others. Look at how often you feel judgement towards things other people do that you don’t agree with? Ask yourself: How does it make me feel to always NOTICE and JUDGE what other people do that I don’t like or agree with? What kind of energy do I carry with me by carrying these feelings? Commit: Disregard that which doesn’t serve you – including your judgement of other people. Let go of the need to fix and teach someone a lesson, it’s not your job but instead place your energy on you and the positive people and experiences in your life. No longer focus on what doesn’t bring you happiness (e.g I don’t watch the news, ever!) _____________________________________________________________________________ Tell me, what are your thoughts on this 5000 year old concept? How do you feel about these 4 key attitude – Friendliness, compassion, delight and disregard? Answer in the below comments: Which one of these attitudes do you feel you need to cultivate and focus in on at the moment? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. love + light, Cx Image credit Read more

ONE POT WONDER: CINNAMON LEMON CHICKEN

ONE POT WONDER: CINNAMON LEMON CHICKEN

Posted July 01, 2013

Welcome to foodie heaven. Ok – that’s a bit dramatic, but if you are anything like me the smell of cinnamon (and all spices) sends you to a very happy place. Now, this little creation came about a few Friday nights ok. My husband and I have started a new winter ‘date night in’. This is how it goes: We each find and decide on a recipe we want to try We book in date night for Friday evening We cook TOGETHER in the kitchen This is a big deal in our relationship for multiple reasons. 1) Food is at the centre of it all (culturally we both come from ‘foodie people’. 2) We rarely fight anymore, but when we used to it was always about cooking  – who was in control, who knew how to do it better … etc, etc! So cooking together is reflective of where our relationship is now. Harmony! 3) We struggle eating out when we know how good our food is at home – we like the experience of trying new things together and sharing a meal. So – first cab off the rank was this decadent, spiced chicken one pot wonder. We saw the recipe on some SBS cooking show and decided to have a go – and of course, change it up a bit. Before we get to it, make sure halfway through cooking this meal you sneak a whiff! Take the lid off and breathe in the delicious, heavenly scent. You’ll get what I’m talking about! What you’ll need Chicken thighs (pastured, organic please!) 1kg Butter or ghee for frying (organic and whole milk!) 2 red onions, diced 5 cloves of garlic, diced 12cm cinnamon stick, broken into 4 pieces (find cinnamon BARK preferably, otherwise the quills are fine too) ½ tsp turmeric 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground allspice 4-5 large tomatoes, cut into chunks 40g raisins, soaked in boiling water and drained about 500ml chicken stock (homemade preferably otherwise get a good quality one, it’s worth it) 2 small lemons cut into chunks 2 handfuls of coriander leaves, roughly chopped 2 cups of tri-coloured quinoa, pre-soaked and cooked until fluffy and light. What to do: Preheat the oven to 180C Season the chicken well with salt and pepper Heat butter/ghee on the pan and brown the chicken in batches. Remove the chicken and put to one side. Add another dollop of butter/ghee . Add onions and cook gently for a few minutes before adding the garlic and the spices. Cook for another 10 minutes until onions are soft. Add the chicken in, tomatoes, lemon and raisins. Pour in enough stock to come halfway to 3/4 up the pot. Boil and then reduce to a simmer. Place the lid on and leave it on low-medium for a good 1hr or so until the chicken is tender. Turn the heat off, add in the coriander and stir through. Serve the quinoa in a bowl with the chicken and soupy yummyness on top. Be sure to remove the cinnamon bits. We felt that this recipe needed more greens (we eat alot of green veg) so you could add in some zucchini, kale or silverbeet quite nicely. Saha to you! Cx Read more

THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

Posted June 27, 2013

I’m not going to pretend that I am a true fighter for a healthier planet. Before you judge, hear me out. There are people out there making a real and positive impact when it comes to saving this planet. I wish I had that drive and passion for it, but I don’t – I’m all about helping the individual and changing the world one person at a time. Is that wrong of me? I don’t think so – everyone has their own purpose and offering – mine just isn’t environmentalism. Power to those that do! However, that being said I do go out of my way to minimize my impact on the environment and my health. I thought I would share with you some of the ways I try and do this (aside from regular and religious recycling!) 1) All feminine hygiene products are chosen mindfully As an ambassador for Sunwarrior from Global By Nature I am thankfully exposed to some of the other brands they look after. Natracare is one of them. I found this on Natracare’s website: Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain.  That freaks me out a little. Not to mention the dangers for women using products laced with chemicals synthetics, chlorine, laxtex and more nasties. I’m not an ambassador for Natracare (just so you know) and I often swing between it and the other more recent brand on the market, TOMorganic. Both of these brands are made from certified organic, natural and plant-derived materials. Chemical free and biodegradable. Natracare sources ingredients from sound ecologically managed producers and is certified free from animal testing. Also, TOM is focused on organic farming practices to minimise impact on the environment. 2) I make my own or use natural cleaning products There is this awesome little shop near my home called The Source Bulk Foods. They stock a totally natural, chemical free range of cleaning products. You can find a similar shop in most areas. Alternatively, I make up my own cleaning products – here’s an all-purpose cleaner: 1/2 cup of white vinegar 1/4 cup of baking soda 2 litres of water Add in lavender, lemon, peppermint or any other essential oil you like! 3) I reuse every container! I keep every container to reuse for storing food, but also when I go and restock food from places like The Source. I make sure I take a few containers with me a fill-up. I try my best to make use of everything – if a candle has finished and it came in a lovely glass or clay jar I find a use for it – storing pencils, a new toothbrush holder, a jar for herbs and spices – anything! If I can’t find a use I keep it for a bit or recycle. 4) I don’t use deodorant or perfume Scary, huh! It’s not… I don’t smell. My body went through a detox phase when I first stopped and now it just seems to know how to recalibrate itself. If I get sweaty after yoga, I shower. I don’t like spraying chemicals in the air, contributing to pollution and I also find I’m really sensitive to strong scents anyways. 5) I only use natural toothpaste and a biodegradable (bamboo) toothbrush I don’t want to be ingesting chemicals on a daily basis and I don’t buy into the idea that we need all those crazy additives to clean our teeth. I use Grant‘s toothpaste or Miessence  both aussie brand And when it comes to toothbrushes, well, in Australia alone, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and binned each year – that’s 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That also freaks me out! Check out the toothbrush I use here. __________________________________________ There are SO many more ways that we can clean up our act. I’d love to hear some suggestions for you? What do you do that positively minimises waste AND keeps your life and health cleaner? Share with me below in the comments. love + light (and a cleaner world!) to you, Cx Read more

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

Posted June 25, 2013

I’ve been receiving so many amazing emails from those who have bought my new ebook. I love reading every single one of them – people sharing their stories of surrender, sharing their own AHA moments. It’s so inspiring. Letting GO is something we’ve all been crying out for. I’m also receiving alot of comments around how BRAVE I was to share so much of my story. It’s interesting, I never once considered it to be brave, or even thought it through (writing my story) … It just felt natural to share where I have been and the journey of surrender I am still on. Why? Because I know I’m not alone in this… Sharing my story had nothing to do with bravery, but it was necessary for my own healing and for the healing of others. I felt that my personal journey could hopefully help even ONE person have an AHA moment. In my book – Get out of you way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet! – I share 7 pivotal moments where surrender (either forced or welcomed) came to me. There are so many other elements to ‘my story’ I didn’t share, but that’s just it, I see them as a ‘story’… not who I am! I don’t identify myself through those stories, but I see them as experiences that lead me towards greater awareness and understanding. Situations that I manifest for myself in order to experience and learn something vital to me. The past has no power As I was writing this blog post I received Danielle LaPorte’s newsletter where she spoke about burning 20 years worth of her journals. It really struck a chord with me, particularly this sentence: “I love deep and I’m very ritualistic, but I’m not very nostalgic.” I feel the exact same way. I live by ritual, routine, love, joy, feeling, truth… at least I try to, every single day.  I am not one to cling to past memories, mementos, nostalgia. My husband and I barely celebrate anniversaries. We acknowledge them, maybe go to dinner (it’s a good excuse to dine out) but we, as a collective, place more significance on the love we feel NOW, then what happened in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the past is relevant to a degree, there is alot we can learn from it – such rich territory. However, as many of my clients would’ve heard me say countless times – I’m not one to dwell in the past, and I encourage them to do the same. It is what it is (or was, rather) and I don’t feel that being weighed down by the past is conducive to joy, love, experience, fulfillment in this moment. I see holding on to the past, having attachment to it, having an emotional charge to it as unproductive, a little obsessive, and mis-guided. It is not WHO I am. Unidentify with the past Part of sharing ‘my story’ in my book was a personal cathartic process for me. In every single moment of our lives we are absorbing energy. The energy of positive and negatively charged experiences, conversations, interactions… you get the idea. We are ‘programming’ and rebooting our system in every tiny moment. So even when we think we’ve ‘cleared’ something on the conscious level, often the past has found a place to hide its belief system, ideas, impressions and scars on the sub conscious level. I believe that those experiences have been cleared on a conscious level, but subconsciously? I doubt it! How could they be, 7 profound and pivotal moments that happened within the last 10 years – that’s not that long ago. It’s difficult to NOT identify with them. As I wrote each experience down, witnessing the black words appear on white screen, I felt a little part of me (the real me, my true essence!) disconnect and unidentify with those moments. Yes, I will always remember them and yes, I’m grateful for them, but I no longer need to hold onto them. They’ve served a purpose and now they are meaningless. Can you unattach… Loosen your grip…Take your power back from the past? This isn’t something you can ‘pretend’ to do. You know, be really flippant and self-deprecating around your past experiences and how they make you feel. And in fact, if you DO try and fake this, you are only going to push that ‘thing’ you are trying to release further and deeper within you. Not the desired outcome. If you feel, as you are reading this post that you are ready to let it all go, then the process has already begun for you. Your past will become just a ‘story’ that you retell with no charge (positive or negative!) to it. It is what it is. I’d love to hear from you now: Is the past taking up alot of limelight? Even if, at first, you don’t realise it? For those of you wanting to go deeper here my ebook can help you. Head over here to get yourself a copy. love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

Posted June 24, 2013

This week’s segment of Yoga with Claire features three very well known standing postures. Trikonasana – Triangle pose Virabhrasdrasana 2 – Warrior 2 pose Parsvokonasana – Side Angle pose These postures are great for: Building strength in the legs Opening the groins and hips Stretching out the back of the body (hamstrings, spine, ankles, shoulders) Cncourage length through the spine. I personally love these poses for their grounding and centering qualities. You have to move with focus, awareness and mindfulness when you are in these postures. Your feet are earthed. The more stability in your feet and legs the more steady, grounded and focused you will be. These asanas seem easy, but they can be incredibly challenging. The key is to be comfortable with where YOUR body is at. And it will evolve, I promise. I am always amazed at how these standing postures (and others) never get boring – they, and you, grow, change, transform and there is always something new to discover and play with. My recommendation would be to revisit the Sun Salutation videos I created and practice 5 rounds of each before flowing into these standing postures. This is a common transition in most yoga styles and I’ve specifically tried to introduce them to you in that way. You can find Sun Salute A HERE and Sun Salute B HERE. Remember, go at YOUR own pace. If you’ve been practicing for a while explore the postures and play with them. If you are new, just build up each day – add on more time to each pose, hold them for longer, work on a steady and even breath. Enjoy moving your body, feeling your breath and connecting to your life force. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH. Namaste, Cx Read more

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