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FIVE ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING VIDEO BLOG

FIVE ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING VIDEO BLOG

Posted January 25, 2013

So here goes…my very first video blogging experience…ever. Be kind. I did a little poll on facebook and it seems a few of you are keen for some video action (P.s if you aren’t connected, head on over – I share lots of great tips, recipes, insights and inspiration that aren’t on this blog) And just in case you want some extra information about the 5 things I’m loving this week, check out the below. The video goes for around 5 minutes. ********* 1) Sun Warrior Protein Powder: I’m so excited to sign-up as an Ambassador for Sun Warrior. The products are gorgeous – Vanilla and Chocolate flavoured Sprouted Brown Rice protein powder – no whey or dairy in sight! I love the vanilla flavour the most and really find it gives me lots of energy when I need. Find out more here. 2) Be Enlightened Candle: Such a gorgeous scent. Hand poured, non-toxic wax, triple scented. They are also have lead-free natural cotton wicks 80hrs burn time. I’ve got the Passionfruit + PawPaw (I  accidentally said papaya – oops!) one which also has grapefruit, blood orange, mango and peace scents too. Check them out here. 3) Fabric Wallpaper My gorgeous forest wallpaper that makes my office/yoga room so peaceful. It can really change the atmosphere in a space that you spend alot of time in. Have a little squizz here. 4) Le Micro Magimix Yes, I spend ALOT of time in the kitchen. And it’s true, food processors can make me very happy. Especially this little gem. I highly recommend if you make alot of raw treats (bliss balls, brownies etc) or healthy dips, herbs or even to dice up chicken, beef and more. Have a read about it here. 5) The Conscious Club A fun, informative, heart warming experience with like-minded individuals. You WILL learn something new. You WILL enjoy a beautiful meditation (did I mention dinner served by Madama Char Char?) If you done with pubs, clubs and other such experiences and want to feel ‘connected’… then get yourself to the next one! Stay connected with TCC here. ********* Thanks for reading and watching! Saha to you, Claire Read more

5 ON FRIDAY… WHAT I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

5 ON FRIDAY… WHAT I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

Posted January 18, 2013

This is an old blog series that I started way back in this blog’s infancy. But, there are SO many things I’m loving at the moment that I thought I’d resurrect it and share with you all. I’m all about embracing the positives, a glass-half-full kinda gal, live and love in the moment, being grateful. This is wellness. It’s not just the food I eat but what I do, how I do it, my experiences, my interactions, my ‘me’ time, my authenticity. So here goes… 5 things I’m loving right now. 1) Summer sessions Once a week a friend and I get together for some sun, fun and silliness. We head to Bondi for a coastal walk before a sauna + swim session at icebergs. It helps remind me that life is amazing and it should be easy and effortless. Being out in the sunshine resets me, no matter what kind of week I’ve had. Not to mention that I’m spending time with a beautiful soul. I feel special that I get to carve out a chunk of time that’s all about doing the things I love. Swimming. Walking. Connecting. Breathing. 2) Grapefuit Honestly, this is not a fruit I EVER reach for. The liver cleanse I am on is to blame. For the first week it was the only fruit (bar limes and lemons) that I was allowed. Now I am hooked. I love eating it with a spoon. It surprises me that it almost has zero fructose because it’s so sweet and summery! Did I mention that this is really good for your liver? 3) The best body scrub ever You might have read not so long ago about the amazing Ka Huna massage I had at the Sydney Ka Huna Centre in Paddington. Well, I also got my hot little hands on this number… offiically THE BEST body scrub ever. You can see on the pic the ingredients and I tell you, that doesn’t come close to doing it justice. It is so effective, but gorgeous to use and not harsh at all. 4) Getting organised Yep, I’ve always been a super-organised freak… but over the years I’ve relaxed alot so that I’m just diligent about the things that matter. Right now, I’m loving getting my head clear about the year that I want. No more waiting, it’s time to create! 5) Sunrise I’m a morning gal, always have been. But with two trips OS (Bali and India) towards the end of 2012 I almost lost my routine of rising by 5:30am. I had to be a little gentle with myself to ease back into the routine but now I’m back baby! Nothing makes my heart sing more than the electric glow of orange, purple, pink and red that shines through my bedroom each morning. I feel WHOLE when I wake with the sun. Thank you universe. Thank you for all the beauty! There’s more. It’s actually hard to limit myself to five… but hey, there’s always next week! Tell me, what you are loving right now? And if you loved this post like or tweet it out. Thanks muchly. Saha to you, Claire x Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY…THE BOOKS I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

FIVE ON FRIDAY…THE BOOKS I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

Posted March 30, 2012

Books. Oh how I love them. I always have. Even as a child I used to read alot. In fact, I credit my reading for my vocabulary. And my love of writing. Over the last few years, especially as I journeyed through yoga, teacher training, meditation, nutrition, health coaching (wow – it’s been a busy journey!) I have read less fiction books and more ‘educational’ books. That may seem a little dry, but in fact, it hasn’t been. Because unlike school or even uni, I am reaching for the books that really resonate with me. That have served a purpose with my studies or have fed an interest. I constantly have a pile of books I am half reading, flicking through or continuously referencing. I get asked by clients all the time for recommendations so I decided to share it here this Friday. This list is continuously changing but right now I am loving: The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo. I have literally read this book around 25 times, like many of you I’m sure. It is a book that changed my life and literally opened my eyes to the concept of spirituality, dreaming, destiny, fate, reading the signs and being in the moment, experiencing the journey. But mostly about happiness being right here, within you, around you… already at your feet. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran A classic. A one that I connect with on a cultural level. A collection of poems that speak of many topics from love, passion, pain, eating, drinking, work, play, family… and on it goes. Inspiring, philosophical, spiritual. 28 chapters in which to get lost in. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery A children’s book, but one that every adult should read. The drawings are beautiful and the message even moreso. The story about the pilot and the little prince is so wonderfully woven together you don’t even notice the life lessons that you are absorbing. It really makes you reflect on certain things in your own world, ask questions and ponder, all while laughing, crying, smiling and thoroughly enjoying The Little Prince. The Chopra Centre Cookbook I do love a Deepak Chopra Book. I always learn so much. And I can say the same about this cookbook. Based on the meals often served at the Chopra Centre Retreat there are a whole bunch of nourishing, nurturing meals in here that are beautiful, fun to make and just plain delicious. The 5 love languages – Gary Chapman The lovely Yasemin Turker recommended this book and I was so intrigued I bought it straight away. It is such a simple concept – each of us speaks a different ‘love language’ but that the secret to a happy relationship is in learning how to speak that language. The book is clear, not fluffy and actually really taught me alot. My relationship is in a fantastic place but I figured, why not arm myself up now? (That’s a little nerdy, right?) I hope something here catches your attention. Happy reading. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY… THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

FIVE ON FRIDAY… THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Posted February 17, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve hit up the FIVE ON FRIDAY blog post… but I feel it’s time to invite it back into the saha space.   I spent a lot of time talking with clients about what wellness means – what it encompasses. What always surprises me is that most of us consider our health in terms of energy, not getting sick, eating well to be what wellness is all about. And yes, it is, partially. But it is also so many other things.   Love, happiness, contentment in your relationships, self-confidence, social life… Excitement, motivation in your creativity, career, physical movement… Stability and security in your finances, home environment, daily routine…   And often, it’s about inspiration – tapping into the things that make you smile from the heart, that make you feel connected, or even just grateful! It’s not that everything must be perfect, always. It’s about looking at your life and smiling upon. Accepting that which you cannot change and embracing it or changing that which you can and improving it.   Wellness is you, your life, your essence in tune, holistically. Sometimes I like to look at the little things in my life that I am grateful for. It reminds me how beautiful my life is, how blessed I am or simply just to be in the now – not just coasting above the surface, never really paying dipping in to pay attention.   So here it is. A blog in pictures or the little things that make me smile.   Cinnamon tea – Both Chris and I grew up drinking this delicious brew made simply from boiling water with fresh cinnamon bark. I love making a pot up and sharing it with him.     The view from my apartment… it’s pretty stunning the way the light plays on the water, or the sun peaks out from behind the city or when the moonlight floods into our bedroom     Laying down to stare up to the clear blue sky in contrast with the lush green trees we have here in Australia… It sometimes takes my breath away, how beautiful this planet is, even the simple things like the sky and trees.     Yoga retreats in remote little country towns. It takes me out of my comfort zone and harshly reminds me how much of a city-girl I am. But I like that… oh, and the serenity.     Special people and special moments… Impromptu BBQs in the sun that lead to an afternoon of baking to the sound of the rain      What are the little things that make you smile?    Signing off with an exhale.    Pause. Listen. Live.   Claire x  Read more

GRATEFUL MUCH? 5 ON FRIDAY

GRATEFUL MUCH? 5 ON FRIDAY

Posted November 18, 2011

Too many things to be grateful for… so today, just five. No, not ‘just’… these are huge and I didn’t realise how grateful I am until I imagined my life without them. 1) Love. My Mother. She calls me just to say ‘I love you’… multiple times in one conversation. My boyfriend says it daily… sometimes ‘just because’. People don’t say that enough. It changes everything. 2) Yoga retreats – where I will be this weekend. Literally stepping away from the world, just for a moment, to press pause. Soak up the year that was and really connect with me again 3) Life. Living in the city – its amazing and each summer I am blown away at the colour and warmth that Sydney exudes. It truly blossoms. 4) Opportunities and the ability to create your destiny. Really, truly believing that what you want is possible actually makes it happen. I have proof, alot of it. Thank you universe! 5) Food. The more I study, the more I learn, the more I beieve, no… the more I KNOW, that food is everything. We are what we eat. Our sadness, diseases, illnesses, happiness, joy, energy, love – it’s connected do intrinsically to what we put into our bodies. No question. What are you grateful for? 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

FIVE ON FRIDAY… 5 things that make me smile

FIVE ON FRIDAY… 5 things that make me smile

Posted August 26, 2011

My first post of the week and it’s a Friday! Well, it seems my post on flu-fighting yoga was, perhaps, a prediction. I ended up coming down with a nasty virus and have been house-bound all week! It’s not as a fun as it sounds. Trust me. Being stuck within four walls hasn’t done wonders for my sanity! But more on that and my recovery tactics next week. In the meantime, here are five beautiful things in nature that make me smile from the inside out. The view on the Bondi to Bronte walk: Sunsets… all of them: The night sky: The light peeking through the trees: Sunrise over the beach: All these things fill me with wonder – just stunning! Signing off with an exhale. Pause.Listen.Live. Cx Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY… nutritious + delicious smoothies!

FIVE ON FRIDAY… nutritious + delicious smoothies!

Posted August 19, 2011

Check it out. Five of my favourite smoothie recipes- I decided to whack them into one post after a friend mentioned she’d love a quick reference. Perfect for post-yoga/workout . Great on the weekend when you are running about with no time to stop and eat. Yummy healthy afternoon snack. No need to chop. No need to do anything really. Just bung it all in and hit the (right!) buttons on your blender. No nutrients lost (all whole, live foods and raw ingredients) and no fibre lost either. These smoothies are packed with Superfoods (maca, cacao, berries, chia seeds) and lots of greenage (spinach, kale, cos) or good fats (avocado, coconut oil) and great non-dairy milks! You’ll be getting an incredibly nourishing energy. A few tips re: measurements. Where I haven’t given a measurement/amount (e.g. water, milk, spinach, cos) I tend to just free pour and just chuck in handfuls depending on what kind of consistency I want that day. The fun in smoothie experimenting is just that – it’s an experiment. See what you like/don’t like. Try it out and aim for something that tastes delicious to you! Let’s be frank. Being healthy can be fun and easy, but if you are trying to force something vile down your throat, you are never going to maintain it, are you? So healthy, yes, but delicious is a must! 1) Maca + avocado power • 1 avocado • 1 tbls cacao powder • 1 tbls maca powder • 1-2 tbls chia seeds (soak in water first) • soy milk • raw honey • water/ coconut water 2) Super green but chocolatey • Handful of cos lettuce • Handful of spinach + kale • Squeeze of lime juice (helps with the absorption of iron in spinach) • 100% organic apple juice • 1 banana • 1/2 cup of blueberries • 1 tbls chia seeds (soak in water first) • 1 tbls spirulina • 2 tbls cacao • 1 tbls pure powdered acai • Dash of cinnamon 3) Thick, Green + surprisingly tasty • Handful of spinach + Kale (also known as Tuscan Cabbage) • 1 banana • ½ – 1 mango • Rice Milk • 1-2 tbls chia seeds (soak in water first) • 1 tbls spirulina 4) Zingy, fresh + playful • 2-4 tbls homemade/organic whole milk yoghurt • Handful of blueberries • 1 tbls cacao powder • Organic apple juice • Cinnamon • 1-2 tbls chia seeds (soak in water first) • Walnuts • 1-2 tbls coconut oil (click here to learn why this is so good for you!) 5) Nutty dessert • Filtered water • 1/2 tbsp tahini (black or white unhulled) • 5-6 mejool dates (or ordinary dates soaked overnight) • 3-4 tbsp raw cacao • Handful of walnuts • 2 tbsp of chia seeds (soak in water first) If you try any out let me know your thoughts. Or, if you have your own delicious recipe share it here! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY … five meditation techniques

FIVE ON FRIDAY … five meditation techniques

Posted August 05, 2011

Here are five meditation techniques to try – explore each one to discover which technique works the best in calming your nervous system and bringing you into a more present and quieter state. 1) Mantra – Primordial Sound/TM I posted on Primordial Sound Meditation here. Similar to Transcendental Meditation, this meditation technique focuses on stilling the mind in order to reach ‘The Gap’ or the state of ‘no mind’ between your thoughts. The vehicle to reaching this state is via the repetition of a mantra – usually issued to you by a certified PSM or TM teacher. Often this mantra reflects the vibration of the universe at your time of birth (as with PM) or something similar. Your mantra is meaningless and meant to be that way. The less meaning you connect to the word the more opportunity you have to use it, simply as a tool to quiet the mind whilst preventing a thought pattern to emerge from your ideas around the meaning of that word. Simply sit, breathing softly and quietly rolling the mantra around in your mind – like the gentle repetitive movement of the wave; each wave is different, big, rough, smooth, small, as is your mantra, sometimes it’s louder, softer, clear, undefinable, jumbled. 2) Visualisation I find this technique incredibly relaxing but difficult to reach that point of stillness – that delicous state of deep consciousness when you are both present yet removed. Despite that, some people achieve an incredible calm state with visualisation so it is still worth a go. Visualisation is often best experienced when guided by a teacher – either on a cd or at a meditation workshop. By drawing your attention onto the descriptions the teacher is conjuring up you are slowly able to empty out the clutter and jibberish knocking about in your mind. This is turn allows the body to relax into the visualition – sunrise, never-ending ocean, tropical island – which then encourages deep physical and mental relaxation 3) Yoga Nidra Also referred to as psyhic sleep where the mind stays awake and the body goes to sleep. Yoga Nidra is something I recommend everyone seek out and try. I first experienced it during my hatha yoga teacher training and fell in love with it. The beautiful, ever peaceful Naomi Nahoum took our class on a journey that left each of us energised yet completely blissed out. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that quietens the mind by first stilling the body. A teacher will invite you to bring your focus to different parts of your body, rotating from your right foot, all the way around finishing at your left foot. From here visualiations, breathing exercises and spatial/physical exercises will work to take you deeper and deeper. Ultimately, a thorough Yoga Nidra session will take you into a XX brainwave pattern, which is a highly active brain wave pattern, however you are simultaneously in a deeply restful state. 1-1.5hr Yoga Nidra session is equivalent to 3-4hours of restorative sleep. 4) Mindfulness meditation This is learning the art of living and being in the present moment. As a collective consciousness we spend too much time dwelling in the past and waste energy worrying and planning for the future. But if you were to ask yourself, despite your problems, concerns, life issues, and ask this question, “what is the problem, right now, in this moment?’ usually, there isn’t one. If you think about it there is nothing too great a concern to warrant the stress and anxiety we often dwell in. Meaning, stressing over that deadline, or what you are going to cook or picking up the children are all tasks for the future. Your anxiety over it now doesn’t serve a purpose, except to overtake the ‘now’ with future worries. Often when I’m having a bad day/moment I run through these three questions – something I learnt from Eckart Tolle and his hugely popular book “The Power of Now’. First I ask – 1) Can I change it? If I can, then I do so. If not, then I ask 2) Can I leave it – the situation, the conversation, the argument? If I can then I do and if neither of these questions can be answered then I finally ask 3) Can I accept it? By the time I’ve reached question three, the reality is that I have no other choice but to accept the situation. And as soon as I do, as soon as I let go of the stress, concern and anxiety that I am creating, then the situation is bearable, manageable and I begin to learn from the situation. Instead of fighting against the unchangeable, in that moment, I have entered the present. The now. Becoming mindful of all that the situation has brought about – the good, the bad, the ugly. So mindfulness meditation is practicing how to be in the now. And it can be done in the most mundane of daily tasks. Cooking – set yourself up and then focus your heart and mind on the task. No distractions – just you and the art creating. When you are eating – take yourself away from your desk, magazine, phone conversation and just sit with your meal. Focusing in on the taste, the smell, the way your body reacts and just allowing your body to absorb. Or singing with gusto along to your favourite song. Have you ever noticed when you are driving and singing along to a great song before you know it you have arrived at your destination with no recollection as to how you got there? All you know is that you were belting it out, loving life. That is being and feeling the ‘moment’! P.s, I don’t really recommend this, for safety purposes and all… but hey, it happens. 5) Pranayama/Breath work Not necessarily classified as a ‘meditation’ technique, but to me the cleansing and mind-calming properties of pranayama/breath work achieve a similat goal to most meditation techniques. Prana […] Read more


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