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EXPLAIN YOURSELF, HEALTH COACH!

EXPLAIN YOURSELF, HEALTH COACH!

Posted October 18, 2011

I always said I’d only use my blog to write about the things I love but I have been asked this question so often that I thought it was time to explain myself! When I was doing my teacher training, actually also before that even started, I noticed that I had been pouring over nutrition articles and health magazines just as much, if not more, than yoga books. It very slowly dawned on me that I had become passionate about what I was putting in my body just as much as I cared about what I was doing with my body (or trying to at east!) Then a series of epiphanies hit me. I had been quietly soaking up all the life-giving and nutritional knowledge passed on by  my parents… AND I had come to love it I had become the ‘go-to’ person for all things food, health and nutrition I loved being the ‘go-to’ person, helping and advising people where possible I had, in some way, been a coach/counsellor to my friends and family for as long as I could remember The last point is a big one – I’d always known I was the advice-giver, the supporter, the listener. I had struggled with this concept at one point in my life and went through a stage where I tried to reject this part of my make-up. I had, also, always hated it when people would say; ‘Claire, you should be a counsellor!’ I used to think… ‘No way! Why would I want to try and help people that just sap your energy, throw away the advise, and then continue to live with the same negative patterns, never wanting to better their situation. Wait, that sounds really negative – hold on, it gets better… It wasn’t until I had those four epiphanies, coupled with the realisation that I had slowly morphed into a stronger, calmer, balanced and happy version of myself, that I realised I really, really, wanted to help people. It sounds corny and so idealistic, but the moment I realised that I am (and always have been) destined to assist others in some way was the first time I felt a true sense of ‘being’… of ‘being me’. I then discovered that through yoga teaching and IIN that there was a way for me to ‘counsel’ people towards health and happiness through something I’ve coined ‘active therapy’. It’s not just sitting and listening to people whinge, there is a much more active, focused method in approaching an individual’s concerns and tackling them head-on. So here I am. Having completed my training and now teaching yoga (loving it!) and now a Certified Health Coach I thought it was time to put it out there and really explain what I am all about and what I do. I get asked what a health coach is all the time. It’s relatively new here in Australia but is a growing career within the already booming health industry. As a Health + Wellness Coach, I work with individuals or groups to find ways to help them live as the best possible version of themselves by looking at all the areas of their life. Together, we tackle nutrition as the foundation but also look at other elements of their life/lifestyle that may be holding the individual back from reaching true balance, health and happiness. My business is called The Wellness Project which encompasses yoga and coaching. They can be grouped or utilised seperately. Our search for balance in every aspect of our lives is an on-going journey, a fluid, ever-changing experience. It is a life project and one that requires support, guidance and attention. As a health + wellness coach I don’t simply look at your diet and give you an eating plan (that will mostly be ignored!) Nor do I just listen to your problems without offering action-steps. Instead, I work with clients to set achieveable, workable goals to make sustainable changes for the long-term. Together we navigate the confusion and contradictory world of nutrition to determine what will work for you and how to ensure it sticks! We work through a personalised program and explore issues and concerns every step of the way. Ultimately clients end up with more energy, feeling lighter, brighter and clearer about their life and goals. Results include weight loss, a healthier mind and body, a strong and a general sense of balance, wellbeing and happiness. Each individual gets the attention they deserve, rather than just being another appointment… another number. Isn’t that all we really want? I know that’s all I want… You can delve in a little more and learn about my business here: www.thewellnessproject.net.au But, if you want feel free to shout out any questions you might have…. Or even get in touch if you want a free health history consultation! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

SLEEPY SUNDAY BREAKFAST MENU

SLEEPY SUNDAY BREAKFAST MENU

Posted October 14, 2011

I get excited to have breakfast. Home made Bircher muesli at work, breakfast out with friends or even a smoothie on the go. I love to find new ways to enjoy the first meal of the day – reading, researching and trialling new things – because I know that it changes the rest of my day, positively. But by far, my favourite breakfast is the one made and shared with my boyfriend on a Sunday morning. Often it’s a hash meal – bashed together with whatever we have left over. Sometimes, there is much more planning involved. But there is always love. We love the ritual of it. I’m also excited for a little eggy action which is solely reserved for the weekends (or work breakfast meetings!)  So here is my favourite weekend breakfast. It is the perfect balance of heartiness, sustenance and fresh, light energetic food. I always feel pleasantly content and sustained until the late afternoon. What you’ll need: Good quality fermented/sprouted bread – we love Sonoma Wholemeal Miche! Free range, anti-biotic free eggs, Parsley + mint Sprouts (I sprout my own lentils … Check it out here or buy them from a fruit + veg) Mushrooms Red Capsicums Kale Silverbeet spinach Z’atar 1) Poached eggs on toast We poach our eggs with a little help from our friend cling film (I know, not the greatest option!) Take the cling film – grease one side with olive oil. Put a small bunch of parsley and mint on top. Crack an egg on top and tie up the cling film with cooking string. Bring the water to a boil and pop the little package into the water with the top hanging over the edge for quick removal. 4 minutes will give you a lovely half gooey, half cooked through egg – wrapped in delicious herbs.  2) Sprouts, mushroom + capsicum stir-fry. 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 garlic glove and a 1 teaspoon of paprika + cumin seeds. Roast the garlic for a 1min or so. Chuck in all the veggies and stir fry quickly on high head – add more paprika to taste.   3) Steamed greens Roughly chop up (washed) Kale + Silverbeet – use as much of the veg as you can Steam it on top of simmering water Serve with a drizzle of olive oil + Z’atar (A lebanese condiment of dried + crushed oregano with sesame seeds) We sip on homemade ginger + raw honey iced tea with fresh mint + a lemon wedge whilst we are cooking. We sit. We eat. We talk. Perfect Sunday morning. Enjoy! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

GRATEFUL MUCH? Unexpected Joy…

GRATEFUL MUCH? Unexpected Joy…

Posted October 13, 2011

Grateful Much? Today I’m grateful for unexpected joy. Yesterday I woke at 5:15, as usual. I say ‘woke’ loosely, as I had barely slept all night. Blame it on the full moon, or the (natural) peanut butter toast I had at 9:30pm after teaching a double… either way my mind wouldn’t stop replaying the day like a fuzzy movie. So, when I rose with that heavy feeling, dressing quietly and slipping out of the house to drive in the darkness to my morning yoga practice I was quietly convincing myself to not focus on the lack of sleep and just ‘be in the moment’. Anything to create some positively around the fact that my both my mind, my ego, and my body didn’t want to do anything, let alone 1.5hrs of dynamic yoga practice . *pic kindly borrowed from sarahjanestudios.com But, underneath the ego nagging at me to stay in bed I knew that there was a quiet little voice trying to be heard. One that really, really couldn’t wait to hit the mat. To be in that beautiful, warm, cave-like shala that is YogaMoves. After quietly warming-up (and yawning) I began my Sun Salutation. I was met by a wave of intensity, strength and focus that nearly floored me.My breath was deep yet subtle, warming yet revitalising. My body was open and strong and my mind was very still. It felt so centred and almost meditative. By the end of my practice I was buzzing… Sighing with relief and contentment but mostly… Joy. When I lived with my beautiful friend Emma, many times I witnessed her bound up the stairs at 7:30am after her morning ashtanga vinyasa practice literally giving off a joyous, warm energy. I had felt many feelings in my yoga practice but I was never sure if I felt what she felt… Now I get it. My gratefulness isn’t so much around the joy, as such, but the expectedness of it… The ‘oh, hello there joy, who invited you’ surprise that I felt. I welcome it, yes. I lavished in it, but mostly I just noticed it, watched it and said thank you! A few hours later, the joy wore off somewhat (lack of sleep tends to catch up, even for the joyous!). But hey, I’m human. I’ve got it locked away in my heart now though… I’ll remember it. Did you experience anything unexpected this week? Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

SUNDAY SWEET TOOTH – APPLE, DATE, FIG + WALNUT CRUMBLE

SUNDAY SWEET TOOTH – APPLE, DATE, FIG + WALNUT CRUMBLE

Posted October 10, 2011

Happy Monday peeps! So, yesterday was a busy Sunday. I’d woken at 6am. Went to my parents place for a chit-chat over cinnamon tea. I went to yoga at 8am. I had breakfast with my mum after practice and then met a friend straight after for a long awaited catch-up. Next, I drove straight into the city to meet my brother. We were taking my 6year old niece and 3 year old nephew to Mary Poppins. Have you ever tried to sit through 2 hours + 45 minutes with children who have the attention span of a fly. Lots of effort involved. It was exhausting! By the time I got home at 5pm my sugar levels had dropped… despite sipping on a green smoothie during the show, I needed a pick-me-up… and fast. I raided the fridge, hunting for the ingredients to create a yummy, sweet something… anything! This is what I found. Dried turkish figs, dried dates, apples, walnuts, an orange. Straight away my mind said Summer Crumble! So, that’s what I did. I made the most delicious, quick and healthy Summer Fruit + Nut Crumble. So here is the recipe. A perfect solution to when you need something sweet but don’t want to sacrifice your health. INGREDIENTS: For the mixture: • 5 Turkish Figs • 5 Dates • 2 apples • Handful of (activated) walnuts) • Mulberries • Juice of one orange • Stevia to taste • Cinnamon + nutmeg • Coconut Oil For the crumble mixture: • ¼ Linseeds/Almonds/Sunflower mix – ground up • ¼ cup hazelnut meal • ¼ oats (including coconut flakes) • 100g Organic whole milk butter • 50g Cacao butter METHOD: • Soak figs + dates • Roughly chop apples + pre-soaked dates • Line baking loaf tin with coconut oil • Layer tin with apples, figs, dates, mulberries (whole), crumbled walnuts • Sprinkle cinnamon + nutmeg • Pour in juice of orange • Drizzle 1teaspoon of coconut oil • Place in fridge • Next, toss in more crushed walnuts, hazelnut meal, LSA mixture, oats + coconut flakes. • Massage cacao + organic butter into mixture with fingers – creating crumbly textured clumps (like thick bread crumbs) • Layer over fruit mixture • Bake in over for 15 minutes – 180 degrees. Serve with coconut milk/cream! Enjoy. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

THE FRIDAY FIVE… BREATHING TECHNIQUES

THE FRIDAY FIVE… BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Posted October 07, 2011

Many people come to yoga because they’ve heard that it helps with breathing. It’s true, yoga really brings the breath (or lack of it!) to the forefront, really highlighting how poorly we breath on a daily basis. Our breath is our life-force on a physical and energetic level and we squander it away through our short, sharp, stressed breathing. Yoga teaches you how to cultivate a more nourishing breath but also a connection to the physical movement and to your inner being. It’s incredibly grounding and meditative to focus in on the breath, harness it to reenergize the body and find peace by moving inwards with its energy. Through a regular yoga practice you may be exposed to pranayama (breath control) techniques. In Sanskrit, Prana means Life-Force and Ayama/Yama means extension/control. Below are five breathing exercises that focus on extending the life-force energy via the breath. Life-force is similar to what the Chinese call Qi (chi) or the Holy Spirit in Christianity. It’s your own connection to the source, the infinite and it is life-giving and nourishing – your true essence, residing within that feeds you. These five techniques are often best learnt in person with guidance from an experienced teacher.  It is interesting nonetheless to understand the different exercises and their benefits. This list is less about the ‘how’ and more about the ‘what and why’. 1)      Ujjayi Sometimes called the ‘conquerors’ or ‘victory’ breath, Ujjayi is a deep, ocean or whisper-like sound. It is created by contracting the back of the throat – the glottis – as you inhale and exhale. To you and perhaps the person next to you the breath should be audible. This breath is often practised too intensely – you can hear students forcing the breath and over exaggerating the sound. Although it’s a strong sound it should still feel quite subtle and soothing – not harsh and raspy. This breath works to quiet the brain, making it the perfect partner to flowing yoga practices – helping you reach a more meditative state. Ujjayi slows and smooths the flow of breath. It’s both energising yet calming. 2)      Nadi Shodana This is the channel cleansing breath. Within our body, on an energetic level, we have Nadis – these are energy channels that correspond with our own veins/arteries on the physical levels. Nadis carry the prana (life-force) or breath throughout the subtle/energetic body. This pranayama technique works to cleanse two of the main Nadi’s – the Ida (feminine, moon, cool energy) and Pingala (masculine, sun, hot energy) which exit the body at the left and right nostril respectively. Nadi Shodana works by closing off one nostril at a time, inhaling through the other. Holding the breath and then releasing the closed nostril to exhale. The breath count is even, e.g. inhaling for four counts, holding for four and exhaling for eight. 3)      Sheetali This is the cooling breath and best practiced only in the warmer months. Sheetali calms the mind, reduces the stress or fight/flight reaction, cools the body and lowers blood pressure (careful if you already have low blood pressure!) For those that can, sheetali is performed by rolling the tongue in and creating a tube shape. Gently inhaling through that tongue which cools the breath before it enters the body and exhaling through the nostrils. Many people can’t roll the tongue so simply pursing the lips and creating a tube shape through the lips will work just as well. 4)      Kapalabhati Kapal means skull and Bhati means lightness. So this pranayama refers to the cleaning or cleansing of the mind. The breath here is short, rapid and strong. Using the lungs to pump and expel waste. Kapalabhati is a series of alternating short, explosive exhales and slightly longer, passive inhales. Exhales are generated by contracting the lower belly to push air out of the lungs. Inhales are responses to the release of this contraction, which sucks air back into the lungs. 5)      Viloma This is a great technique to complete energise the body. It is about learning to master and control the flow of breath, inwards and outwards. When practising Viloma, the breath is interrupted by several pauses. When inhaling the breath is paused every 2-3 seconds. By filling the belly/diaphragm first, then the rib cage, the lungs and the upper chest last you elongate the inhale to around 15-20secs. When exhaling, you do so in reverse and pause at each stage. Releasing the breath from the upper chest, then the lungs, rib cage and finally letting the belly draw in. Similarly, with interrupted exhalation, the out-breath is lengthened from twenty-five to thirty seconds. It’s simply like climbing up and then down a ladder with a pause at each step. You are left with a feeling of calmness and lightness to the body, and a sense of exhilaration. It increases endurance by learning to elongate and control the breath. The art of deep breathing is learnt with precision, ease, and comfort. Learning how to harness the power of the breath provides countless benefits – from a calmer state of mind, more focus, the ability to settle your nervous system, distress and sleep better. And sometimes, just pausing and checking in with your breath will give you a clear signal to how you are feeling – allowing you to bring yourself back into balance. Signing off with an exhale (how appropriate!) Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

BREAKFAST TIME… EASY BIRCHER MUESLI RECIPE + WHY IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU

BREAKFAST TIME… EASY BIRCHER MUESLI RECIPE + WHY IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU

Posted October 04, 2011

I get asked a lot what else there is to eat for breakfast besides toast. Well the options are plentiful. Where it gets difficult is if you are quite a fussy eater – so the challenge is to find something (for each seasonal change) that works for you and stick with it. Yes, variety is the spice of life, but really, routine and stability is pretty damn good. Knowing what you are eating each day takes out the stress of planning but also ensures you’ve chosen something that works for you, is nutrient dense (hopefully!) and will sustain you until lunch time – especially for busy work days. As we shift into the warmer days my body starts to crave a more cooling breakfast. Gone is the taste for porridge – it just feels so weird to eat it once the season shifts, even if it’s still cool, like it is now. Recently I advised one of my clients to try Bircher Muesli as a breakfast option. It is the easiest meal to prepare and lasts a couple of days if you make decent sized batch. Well, my client’s feedback? More energy! Result… that’s ultimately what we want our food to do for us – give us energy instead of deplete and sap. Grains should be considered superfoods. When prepared properly grains provide us with high quality, sustained energy because the body absorbs grains slowly. They also contain essential enzymes, iron, fibre, Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins When it comes to proper preparation – it’s all about the soaking. I’ve spoken before about grains and the activation process before here. Mother Nature is pretty damn smart. The phytic acid found on the outer layer of the bran is a defence against fungus, bacteria and bugs! But, the phytic acid inhibits nutrient absorption which, over time, can lead to some pretty hardcore mineral deficiencies. Even though we think we are doing great by eating muesli instead of the sausage and mash for breakfast we do need to be mindful of the prep process. So by soaking your grains first you are helping your digestive system AND getting the most out of your nutrient dense breakfast. The joy in Bircher Muesli (besides the fact that it is yummy!) is that the soaking is part of the recipe – so you are knocking a few things on the head at once. It’s a superior breakfast and one created by a Swiss Doctor for patients at his hospital where their therapy was based on a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Convinced yet? If so… give this go. I’d love to hear your thoughts if this breakfast worked for you. Here is my summer Bircher Muesli Recipe. This is one serving, but you can double/triple the recipe to make it for a few days. ½ cup of natural, sugar-free yoghurt (for homemade see this post) ½ cup of apple or pear juice (organic and with no added sugar) 1 cup oats handful of sultanas, pepitas, coconut, ground linseeds, sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste 1/2 Granny Smith apple, grated (skin on) to serve Activated nuts (walnuts/almonds) Method: Mix the oats, juice, yoghurt, sultanas, pepitas, linseeds, coconut, sunflower seeds, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir together. Chill overnight, covered in the fridge. To serve, stir in the grated apple, nuts and any other fruit/extras you desire! Enjoy! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx *Pics kindly borrowed from glutenfree4u.com, cusineart.com.au and lowan.com.au Read more

GRATEFUL MUCH?

GRATEFUL MUCH?

Posted September 30, 2011

I am starting a regular blog post on Gratefulness. Through my yoga practice and studies I’ve learnt the art of giving thanks. I guess you could call it prayer in the traditional sense, but without asking for anything. Simply noticing the big, the small, the mundane and especially the things that change the way you think and feel. Today I simply want to honour and thank the people in this world that put themselves out there. Hearts flung wide open, emotions, feelings, fears – all of it – worn on their sleeve, right there in public for all to see. This week I was reminded how important it is to live openly, because with each gesture you act out, or phrase you utter with an open heart you pass on love, kindness and inspiration to those around you. I am blessed to have some pretty incredible friends in my life. Some of which continually surprise me, others that challenge me, some give me more love than I’m sure I deserve and then there are the ones that motivate me and reaffirm my belief that I am on the right path and meant to be out there helping people. This week a beautiful friend, whom I met during yoga teacher training, wrote me the most heartfelt message. She simply wrote to tell me she was loving my blog and that it had inspired her. What rocked my world was that she was living 100% openly in that moment. When she wrote that message she probably didn’t understand the weight that her words would have on me, but mostly I’m sure she was just living in the ‘now’. She wanted to reach out and share her feelings – no insecurities, no second guesses, nothing manipulative or calculated. Just simply being openly grateful. And although she said I have inspired her, in fact, it’s the other way around. Because through the act of her writing that message, the words in it and the idea that I could actually have helped one person (that’s all I’ve ever wanted) my entire perception of who I am and what I could possibly achieve has changed. Who know’s maybe next week something opposite will flip these feelings around, but right now I am feeling deeply grateful to have that connection and to my friend for being open. So, I ask… Why aren’t we more open? Why can’t we live our lives with a little rawness? I know we are so scared of being ‘out there’, naked, alone and shaking with the reality that everyone knows the truth of who we are, how we are feeling, what we want. But what is so wrong with that? Perhaps a lot of good can come from being honest with ourselves and those around us. I truly believe that there is a way to live more honestly, openly and free from the incessant questioning and insecurity that circulates in our mind. I also believe that there is a way to do this whilst protecting your heart and retaining energy and life-force for yourself – nurturing you and those around you, simultaneously. I also don’t mean lets share every nasty, vindictive, manipulative thought we have – yes, that’s just cruel, but mostly, because that’s NOT who you really are. It’s your ego, your insecurities and your fears snapping away inside your mind and convincing you that maybe you aren’t as nice as you thought. Wrong. We are above that, we just need to go deeper within and connect with our true selves – living in truth and living in the moment. I was reminded of an important lesson this week. One about living with kindness, openness and compassion. Every morning after my yoga practice I hold my hands in prayer at my chest and I give thanks for love and compassion in my life and I ask that I am always able to live openly – putting compassionate out to the world. Now, I am also going to give thanks for the people in my life that live this way and share their hearts and ask that I always attract these kind of people in my life. I ask that others do this too. How do you live openly? What are you grateful for this week? Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

ASHTANGA LOVE…

ASHTANGA LOVE…

Posted September 28, 2011

Are you wondering who the guy is in the picture? Well that’s Pattabhi Jois, the modern day Guru who introduced the Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa system to the world. A man I now pay my deepest respect and gratitude too. Why? Because he has brought me Ashtanga Yoga Love… It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. I can just see my Ashtangi friends smiling broading from ear to ear when they read this. Most likely thinking ‘I told her so!’ But it’s true. It’s time to confess. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and I, well, we are lovers. AVY followed me around for a couple of years, nagging at me, trying to woo me, entice me into a little affair. But I was too loyal to my beloved Iyengar. So much so that I actually feel dirty writing this post. But, I do believe its time to put it out there, tell it like it is and hope for the best. So after much nagging (and encouragement from earlier mentioned friends) I embarked on a relationship with AVY. You can read all about that here. I won’t lie – the first month at Yoga Moves (you can see Pattabhi Jois above wearing a YogaMoves tshirt. His student, Eileen Hall, is my teacher) and on my the mat I spent fighting the voices in my head. I sound crazy, right? Sometimes it felt that way. But the voices went something like this: “Oh F#%*! I hate this, WHY am I here. My body isn’t designed for this kind of practice. I am not designed for this…” And then swinging to moments of pure elation and joy… there aren’t voices to transcript here, because when there was bliss and joy, there was peace, quite… no thoughts except a soft, lulling sensation. But, I am dedicated. As it says on the Yoga Moves website, ‘Transformation through Dedication’. And I really beleive that. So I am dedicated to everything I embark on. If not forever, for long enough to feel confident that I tried, really, really hard. And so it was. I persisted and somewhere in that persistence (read:  5:30am starts in the middle of winter, driving in the pitch black with eyes still puffy, entering the warm and cosy cave-like Shala  and well, moving) without realising it, the voices become much quieter… almost non-existent and the joy started to wash over me. Now, I see the beauty of the practice. I’m still so new to it and moving slowly through the primary series, but with each new pose I receive I am faced with a whole new set of challenges, including asanas I never really knew about. This week Eileen, my teacher, gave me two new poses. Garba Pindasana and Kukkutasana. The first one I can get into… although let me tell you, I need alot of humour and calm breathing to do it. It involves a spray bottle for lubrication, trust that my arms can actually fit through the non-existant space between my lotus and alot of core work. The second pose is where the humour really kicks in. Imagine holding this pose and then rocking back and forth, 9 times, in a clockwise position only to reach the finale – Kukktasana – where you live your own body weight off the floor. Let’s just say this is still definitely a work in progress. The final few poses that really get the heart pumping and push me to my boundaries are these poses (in order) Bhujapidasana Kurmasana Supta Kurmasana Tittibhasana Garba Pindasana Kukkutasana Other people at the shala make it look so easy… but I’m only 3 months into Mysore practice so I’m trying not to place pressure or judgements on myself. Either way, even when I fall flat on my face, struggle to get the pose, or when I nail it, I feel the same thing – elation. Just trying leaves me with this buzzy feeling… and I love it. What I love even moreso is savasana – because AVY is such a dynamic practice I give my little airy, vata body a loooooong relaxtion to properly settle my nervous system. I never used to do this with other yoga methods. Now I take rest, properly. I loll about, languidly in my mind, letting everything settle – the breath, the body, the mind. It’s just like that long, delicious sigh that you let out as you hit your pillow at night. Now, I haven’t totally ended my relationship with Iyengar, that’s probably considered a little disrespectful to some – such as those purists out there. But I still have a deep affinity for the practice and find it benefits my own teaching ability more than any other style can. Plus, i’m not a purist. Never have been. I’m a melting pot in everyway – I like to throw everything in the mix and see what comes out at the end. For me… what I’ve learnt the most since starting this practice, besides a set of challenging postures, is that not all things are love at first sight. Sometimes, we just need to peel away the layers, look beneath, scratch the surface – see what’s below and we may just like (or love!) what we find. This is definitely something I’ll carry off the mat. How can I not? It makes sense when you think about all the different people and experiences in our life that we are so quick to judge, only to find out that, hey, its not so bad. In fact. I really, really like it. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx *Pictures kindly borrowed from http://www.clasesdeyoga.info/ Read more

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