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WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #3

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #3

Posted May 10, 2013

Welcome to the final installment of the WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS series. Over the last 3 weeks you’ve had the opportunity to learn from the motherhood journey of six incredible women in the wellness world. This exploration into motherhood was born from my own confusion – how to live and be in wellness AND be a mother? In all honesty, each of these women have offered up so much clarity for me. I hope they did the same. GIVEAWAY FOR YOU// Now, before you get immersed in the below, don’t forget that today and tomorrow is your last chance to enter my Wellness Mammas giveaway for Mother’s Day. 3 lucky readers will receive FREE instant access to my eCourse – Renew Yourself. This is an 8 week immersion in wellness. It’s a fantastic introduction to healthy living, a toe-dip into the wide ocean of wellness. It’s for newbies, fresh to the wellness scene, but also for those that have lost their way and need a gentle reminder and a little nudge! Not to mention that Renew Yourself is perfect for mammas who need to reconnect with themselves and find that equilibrium again. HOW TO ENTER// Comment below – Tell me, how YOU stay healthy as a busy mum. Like The Wellness Project facebook page. Make sure you jump on my weekly wellness update list to find out the winner! (You get an awesome FREE Video Series – 3 Steps to More Wellness by signing up!) Don’t forget, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. Can you, in some way, express your love and gratitude to your mother in a way that will bring HER joy. Remember, it’s about her and honouring her gift of life to you. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Please meet Katrina Dowling. Katrina is the Marketing Director of Global By Nature who carry my beloved Sunwarrior Protein Powder – you’ve probably heard me mention that brand, oh say, 10000 times! As an Ambassador for Sunwarrior and Synergy Natural I’m honoured that I get to put my name to such amazing products, but also to work with such incredible people. Katrina first gave me an insight into the passion she feels towards motherhood (she has two boys) at a recent photoshoot. I was totally blown away by her love, joy and happiness at being a mother. But also to the way she juggles and balances wellness in that role. Her words are gorgeous, her insights truly special. I know you’ll get a few golden nuggets out of these!  A HUGE thank you to Katrina for opening up and sharing something obviously so precious and special to her. Stay connected to Katrina through Sunwarrior and Facebook What does MOTHERHOOD mean to you Motherhood to me has been the greatest blessing and gift. It is the hardest and most rewarding job on earth, and certainly it’s something that nobody can ever prepare you for. Motherhood can be tiring, it can be relentless and it can be frustrating when you feel pulled in a million different directions, particularly as a working mother. At the same time, motherhood brings me such incredible happiness and perspective. It’s taught me what it truly means to love unconditionally, to sacrifice, to open my heart and to feel real, raw, untamed emotion. Motherhood is an amazingly instinctive thing, and I feel so privileged to be experiencing. From the day that I learned I was pregnant my life changed. As a perfectionist and self confessed control freak, I questioned whether I’d be able to do it. Would I be good enough? Where was my instruction book to follow? But I went with the feeling and told myself that I could…that I’d learn. Being pregnant made me realise how much of a miracle it is to nurture a growing baby inside your body. Becoming a mum has made me realise how miraculous my body, mind and spirit is. As a mum, I see that it’s my role to provide my 2 beautiful boys with the values and framework for creating a happy, well-balanced life. This means providing them with all the love, positive values, encouragement and confidence to grow into the people that they want to become. I see it as my role to provide my boys with a safe home and many opportunities. I want them to have the courage, confidence and conviction to build a life based on good decisions. If in years to come I can see before me 2 grown men who are gentle, intelligent, considerate, confident and happy, I will feel happy and satisfied that I have done my job! I will forever have 2 pieces of my heart that roam freely outside of my body. How do you manage to stay healthy with a busy life/family as a mother I have always prioritised my health and wellness and this has become even more important to me since becoming a mum. Very often people will look at me in shock when I tell them I’m a mum of 2 boys and say “but you don’t look like a mum, you’re too fit!” I find this funny…I think there’s a perception in society that once you become a mum, your body becomes second rate! Sure, I think some women don’t recover well, but I can say that I made it my mission to stay fit leading up to, during and post pregnancy and I’m fitter than I was before becoming pregnant! I see it as a responsibility to me and my kids to be as healthy, fit, well and happy as I can be. Staying fit is about prioritising and making time. My kids have come running with me from the time that they could fit into their pram, I carried them in their Baby Bjorn until their legs reached my knees and I have always made time to go to the gym and fit exercise into my schedule. I often get up super early and I head out the door to exercise before my kids wake. Many people say that they don’t have time to fit exercise in as a mum…I think […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH NADIA RIHANI

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH NADIA RIHANI

Posted May 08, 2013

Let me introduce you to the beautiful, vivacious, bold, strong and terribly inspiring Nadia Rihani. Nadia and I first met, giggling our way through a spanish class at University. This is over 10 year ago now. We had a strong bond that has ensured that no matter where we both ended up in the world, or how far apart we were, that we would and did remain connected in someway. We have ended up on similar paths and I must highlight here that Nadia has been a huge personal inspiration for me – as a friend and fellow yoga teacher. She’s pushed me, challenged me and encouraged me. Nadia knows herself very well. She isn’t afraid to express what she wants and yet she doesn’t expect anyone to go and get it for her, except herself of course. As a yogi she has one of the most beautiful, graceful and strong practices I have ever witnessed. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending one of her classes you’d know she beautifully marries her love of the practice, her desire to see you grow and evolve with discipline and grace. She is bold. She is strong. She is light and free. This woman cannot be contained – there is too much life and love in her. I proudly introduce Nadia and invite you to pour over her words, insights and inspiration. And maybe for the Sydney-siders out there come visit Yoga Village, her studio in Potts Point! Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am me! A freedom loving, travel obsessed, Ashtanga practicing yoga teacher and owner of Yoga Village in Sydney. What INSPIRES you? On a personal level nothing inspires me more than the idea of freedom in my life and in my body. The idea that the rules only apply if you let them drives me to continue carving my own path. The more freedom I can create in my body, the more freedom there seems to be in my mind, and the more freedom I have in my mind, the more freedom I can have in my life. The less fear I have to go out and do all the things I dream of. Freedom also drives me professionally and I see so many students experience a freedom in their body and see it tip over in to other areas of their lives. I am inspired by the growth of my students both on and off the mat and I love seeing how the two are interconnected. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? Everywhere! In my yoga shala the students and community are a constant source of inspiration. Getting on the mat each morning; whether I feel like it or not, continues to feed me in more ways than I can describe. I feel inspired by nature, by the ocean and the feeling of the breeze massaging my skin! I am inspired by my friends and family and the curiosity and love of my nephews. Inspiration is absolutely everywhere if you open up to it! How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Being inspired by freedom is all about being free from fear; taking risks, pushing boundaries and moving towards the life and universe that you want. Letting go of fear and moving towards freedom if behind everything that I do; there isn’t a particular method of how to ‘use’ inspiration, you just need to let it move you forward rather than let it make you feel more removed from what you want. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Health and Wellness is a very personal thing. For me, it is all about finding a balance in your life. I don’t believe in being too restrictive in  what I can and can’t do. Eating healthy and fresh food in every meal, making (but allowing myself a treat when I really want one), taking the time out each day to step outside and feel the sun on my skin, a daily yoga practice are just as important as little things like smiling at strangers and being open minding about the people around you. What’s your routine? Each morning I wake up and do a 15 minute routine of yogic cleansing techniques, I then shower, meditate and do pranayama. My yoga practice then takes 2 hours after which I rest a little, make a nourishing breakfast and do a little work from home. I might then go for a walk or a swim, meet a friend and then teach a class in the evening. My day starts pretty much the same way each morning but I try to keep life interesting by doing different things with the rest of my day. It is important to me not to work all day and to have a real balance between life and work. How do you find balance + happiness? I don’t believe in ‘finding happiness’. I don’t think I have ever had to find it. I am happy by nature so that even when I am sad, I am happy to be sad, that way I am ok with it when things in my life are difficult. There is no key to happiness, you can’t just ‘find’ it. Life naturally has ups and downs and coming to accept that is all about being happy with the journey life is taking you on. Balance is a choice. You can choose to make decisions that will all you a balanced life. You might not be rich or have a big house but to have balance you must choose the things that are most important to you and go after those instead. How do you practice self-love? Hmmm. Interesting question. I don’t believe one can ‘practice’ love. Love is a feeling or an action, you either ‘do’ or ‘don’t’ love. So I guess the best way to love yourself is to do what […] Read more

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #2 + A GIVEAWAY

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #2 + A GIVEAWAY

Posted May 03, 2013

If you missed the first post in this series I’d definitely head over HERE to catch-up. I explain my fears around (one-day) becoming a mother and why I’ve reached out to SIX amazing wellness mammas to provide insight, heart and soul into the topic of motherhood. Today I talk to Lauren Falconer – a yogi mamma and Valeria Gosse – a PT/Health coach mamma-to-be! I hope you enjoy their perspective on motherhood and insights into how they maintain wellness for themselves AND their family. GIVEAWAY FOR YOU// After reading all the amazing insights these gorgeous mother’s have shared with us I’ve decided I want to help out a mamma out there, or THREE. I’m giving away not one, but THREE of my Renew Yourself eCourse. It’s a gorgeous 8 week program that drops you into wellness with a holistic approach. How to enter: Comment below – Tell me, how YOU stay healthy as a busy mum. Like The Wellness Project facebook page. Make sure you jump on my weekly wellness update list to find out the winner! (You get an awesome FREE Video Series – 3 Steps to More Wellness by signing up!) In today’s homage to yummy, healthy wellness mammas I’d like to introduce Lauren Falconer from The Life Pod, Sydney. She is a gorgeous, open, loving yogi who is clearly the same as a mamma! I remember when I first met her at a yoga retreat I was blown away that she was a mum – calm, cool, collected, warm, open, available! The epitome of a wellness mamma! Check her out. What does motherhood mean to me? The first feeling that bubbles up when I ask myself this question is… LOVE. Motherhood has meant many, many things but the biggest, most expansive part of growing into a mother has been this enormous, powerful, all consuming love that I’ve been so generously blessed with. Motherhood has also meant many lessons in patience, an ability to surrender to what is, to go with the flow, hard work, questioning how I behave and what I’m passing on, wondering daily if I’m doing a good job, making time for myself and learning to stop and tune in with my son and his childish, delightful, vibrant ways. Motherhood is a complex tapestry of raw and spirited emotions! It is without a doubt the best and hardest thing that I’ve ever done, the dichotomy of yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the ups and the downs….but what prevails is always LOVE. How do I stay healthy with a busy life as a mother? For me staying healthy is all about being educated, dedicated and organized.  As a mother on the go, if you have what you need at your finger tips, then being healthy is pretty easy really. Good, nutritious food in the house, easy quick recipes and healthy options that kids and adults alike enjoy are all part of creating ways to making it easy and fun. The motivation to be healthy is that it feels so great! I want that for myself and I definitely want that for my growing son. To stay healthy with a busy schedule I know that I need to create time for myself, to practice yoga, meditate, spend time with family & friends, receive massage treatments, acupuncture and enjoy being in nature often. Having fun is a big aspect of health and I try to remind myself of this often, not to create too many rigid rules around what we eat and how we live, which can have the opposite effect of stress and tension. Being able to go with the flow and enjoy life is really what we all want. In what ways do you invite health and wellness into your child’s life? I asked my 5 year old son this question, and he responded with, ‘you play with me and feed me’. Pretty simple really. I feed him a variety of whole foods, healthy treats and have always had him eat whatever we’re eating, from green juices to smoothies, raw cacao chocolate balls, tofu, fish, lot’s of greens, fruits and water, water, water.  It’s not always perfect, far from it, but as I learn more about health and nutrition I’m inspired to pass that on. Playing is a vital aspect also, one of the greatest gifts that promotes health and happiness in our children, whether it’s with a 5 year old or a baby in utero, is that we tune in to them and spend time away from our busy schedule, absorbed in their carefree games, rythyms and magical world. In terms of spiritual health, I’ve taught Phoenix the great benefit of doing what we love. Not to worry about getting the highest grades at school, or earning the most amount of money but to focus on what brings you the greatest joy, and if you do that then everything else will fall into place. I’ve taught him the importance of breathing to calm himself down, to question his stressful thoughts and a healthy appreciation for mother earth. I think that all of this has been a wonderful source of comfort and health in his life so far. What are the biggest lessons I’ve learnt as a mother? Learning to trust myself, to let go, deep breaths, slow down and enjoy the ride.  Early on I realized that it was going to take much more than just my husband and I to raise our son, we needed support and have been so lucky to have incredible family and friends that have helped us create a nurturing community. There’s no doubt that it’s challenging being a parent, however I’ve found that staying positive has opened up a bountiful learning ground that has bestowed so many valuable lessons and has certainly helped me to grow, stretch and expand as a person. At the end of the day I kiss my son goodnight and melt into the most exquisite tenderness, and deep love and I […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SARAH TOLMIE

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SARAH TOLMIE

Posted April 24, 2013

As many of you know I recently married the love of my life. One thing that was incredibly important for Christopher and I, when planning our wedding day, was that the ceremony be sacred. We didn’t want it to be boring, or create a disconnect for our guests. Nor did we want it to be too quick and over in a flash. In our opinion, marriage is incredibly special and this needed to be honoured. Being very spiritual, I also knew I needed a real sense of ‘heart and soul’ as we celebrate the one thing that really matters. Love. In saying all of that, the next step was to find a celebrant who understood us, our dreams and what we wanted to achieve. Cue Sarah Tolmie. Put it this way, people are still commenting to me how amazing Sarah was as our celebrant. They felt she truly embodied our relationship, highlighted our love and involved every single person there. I knew Sarah was our celebrant from the first phone call. I can’t quite describe it but there was something in her voice that told me so. I invite you to explore Sarah and all that inspires here in today’s Inspiration Corner. I’m not trying to ‘sell’ Sarah as a celebrant to you – but my god, if you did you wouldn’t regret it – we paid for her services fair and square. But she literally MADE our ceremony. She took it from lovely to magical, from nice to superb, from a ceremony into a transformative experience. Please, take the time to read and absorb her words and insights. You won’t regret it. This won’t be the last time you hear from Sarah through this blog – she’s got a few other special tricks up her sleeve that I want to share with you! Enjoy. Claire x   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Ten years ago…after many years in corporatelandia, (which served me well on my path to my path), my journey was fortunately detoured by two beautiful boy babies and various ‘health and business crises’ (that were really blessings in disguise) and I began my adventures seeking truth and love and joy and beauty. I wanted to do something love & life affirming with my skills and gifts (creating with words, teaching, being with people in the really profound moments of their lives, finding joy and connection, giving and healing through love).  And so firstly, I became a celebrant.  With celebrancy I found myself, my path, my bliss. As a celebrant, I creatively guide and help people express their love, relationships, family milestones (births, marriages & even deaths) through authentic, real, joyful, playful, creative, beautiful ceremonies.  Through that work I also discovered my desire, gifts and purpose to help people navigate through their many life & love transitions as a coach and therapist. The journey through Life & Love is a constant series of changes and transitions.  Just as we celebrate many of these events with ceremony, these can also be challenging and confusing times, and so my life and love coaching work is about coaching people to gracefully and successfully navigate through the full spectrum of their life & love events – birth, puberty, education, career, dating, parenthood, love, marriage, divorce, body and health changes, midlife and even death. What INSPIRES you? WOW…pretty much everything. The diversity of life & love and how people live and express themselves. People are fascinating and beautiful and amazing, aren’t they?!. My mum is amazing and a role model for me. How loved and adored and respected I feel by my husband Andrew inspires me. The love (& utter amazement) I feel for my children makes me feel so alive (and sometimes, I’ll admit it, possessed by real panic and fear at all the uncertainty of this parenting gig). My gal pals…the amazing diversity of super-women in my life…all of them are GODDESSES!!! and they make me laugh and feel worthy. The fields of study that is wellness, spirituality, mind/body health, human potential and evolution, relationships, death & dying, healing, love & beauty & happiness & joy, inspires and consumes me. And as best I can, I avoid the mainstream media now.  I find it unnecessary, unevolved, deductive fear driven nonsense that offers no real perspective on how much amazing science, art, creativity, beauty, innovation and general amazing goodness there is out there in the real world which is what I think we should focus on. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I try to read spiritual literature daily…and I pray and give thanks. I daydream and imagine …a lot!  I go out into nature daily (I live near the bush and beach and it is my SOLACE and SANITY and BLISS). I meditate many times throughout the day.  I talk to the Divine.  I have spiritual and business mentors that I observe and try to model how they integrate their practice and business authentically. I participate in a monthly women’s circle; regularly undertake online study and trainings: actively tune in with consciousness raising groups; and (I hope) I always allow myself to be open to receiving guidance. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Over the last 8 years as a celebrant and 3 years as a coach, the lines are now fully blurred and there is no separation for me. I am me, forever evolving into more of me.  I will draw on the healer me if I am in session with a client, or the creative/expressive me when designing a ceremony for a couple, or the mum me when trying to figure out the mystery that is my teenage son, but really, there is no clear boundary between my work and life.  I am just trying to practice ‘presence’ and ‘be me’ in all of those roles, and when I try to be something that I think people want, that is when I […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SHARON CHUNG

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SHARON CHUNG

Posted April 18, 2013

 I recently met Sharon via Notox Box…a monthly box, delivered to your door filled with natural and eco-friendly products. That’s my kind of box. I loved the concept and I wanted to know more about the lovely founder behind it – Sharon Chung. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Hi, I’m Sharon, founder of Notox Box. I get to help people live a healthy, green, more conscious life. For me, it’s absolute joy when people find a natural, safer product and it becomes their new favourite! Through our monthly subscription, we deliver a handpicked selection of natural, organic & eco products to our members. They get to try them in the comfort of their own home, and return to buy the products they love. I really want to make it easy for people to find healthy, safer, better products. What INSPIRES you? I get inspired by PEOPLE!  I love hearing people’s experiences, their stories, their history. Everyone has a story to tell, and I learn so much just from listening to people. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I’m very lucky! I get to work with inspiring people and meet new people who inspire me all the time. I get to talk with our partners and hear how they’ve started their business, their philosophy in building it, how they’ve just mixed a batch of ingredients by hand this morning, and how they go on adventures finding the most natural ingredients possible. Our community – many who have started their own health & wellness journey. People who have taken action to make their lives richer and happier. You can’t help but smile. Wise people – I love to chat with people who know a whole lot more about the world than me. They’re usually older, always wiser, their life experiences are incredible, and they’re happy to share the knowledge they’ve gained along the way. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I listen. I listen to what has worked for others, what decisions and mistakes they’ve made, what keeps them doing what they do, and what makes them happy. I learn from all those around me, and put into practice the things that work for me. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Health & wellness means HAPPINESS.  Surround yourself with positive people, do the things you love, LOVE your life! Positive energy is such a powerful thing!  If you aim to stay positive and send that energy out into the world, it will return. What’s your routine? Every morning I wake up and hug my husband, usually because he has made me a ‘greens shake’ to get my day started.  Every night I stretch or do some yoga to help wind down. Everything in between varies from day to day. How do you find balance + happiness? This is tricky, and I think everyone struggles to find balance + happiness all of the time. But if you can do small things that make you happy every day, it all adds up to a week, a month, a lifetime of happiness. The first step is to find out what makes you happy!  If you don’t know, just write down one thing every day that made you the happiest. Do it over a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to see the things that really make your days shine.  And then it’s a matter of trying to do more of those things. How do you practice self-love? Listen to yourself.  Sometimes all I’ll need is a cup of tea, a walk, or a massage. Some days it’s time with my family, and other days it’s an hour alone with a good book. I make sure I do something I really want to do every single day! What’s your favourite healthy recipe? My favourites are simple home cooked Asian food. Any clear broth soup, or my Mum’s collection of slow cooked herbal soups. There’s always a combination of special herbs like ginseng, ginger, gingko or goji. I also love a steamed fish with sliced ginger, shallots, shitake mushrooms. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Smiling – smiling is non negotiable! Breathing – breathing is also non negotiable! … the really long ‘fill your lungs up as far as you can’ type of breathing. It’s like a reset button for me. It clears my head, calms me down, and gives me new energy and focus. It has double the effect if I do it while walking, doing yoga, pilates or stretching. I’m conscious of what I eat. I really enjoy good food and I love knowing where it came from, and how it got to my plate. How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation?   I snap myself out of it. Everyone has crappy days, when things go wrong. But if you take a positive attitude to it, then it’s amazing how that day turns around. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? Find what makes you happy, and figure out how you can do it forever. You can stay in touch with Sharon via No Tox Box on the web, facebook and twitter love + light, Cx Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH EMILY L’AMI

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH EMILY L’AMI

Posted April 03, 2013

It’s time for a little inspiration! Emily l’Ami is the founder and director of Bodha. We crossed paths when she very generously threw in a gorgeous silk eye pillow for a competition I ran in February. Bodha is a collection of beautiful natural yogawear and accessories. Emily is a fellow yogi and I’m truly inspired by her answers below. Especially her insights into the Japanese aesthetic ‘wabi-sabi’ – read on! You check out Bodha HERE. You can also stay connected to Bodha and Emily via facebook and instagram   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. As the founder and director of Bodha I work with an amazing range of people, from fashion designers to Japanese incense makers, to develop beautiful natural yogawear and accessories that support and inspire the practise of yoga. I’d always wanted to do something I believed in, so when I couldn’t find natural yoga products I decided to bring together my experience in fashion, yoga and wellness to develop my own. What INSPIRES you? I’m really inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which roughly translates as ‘the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. It’s an appreciation of the authentic and modest beauty found in nature and things made by hand. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I soak up inspiration from people, nature, art, and books – but I find the moments of ‘inspiration’ come after I’ve turned inwards through yoga or meditation. I need that time to reconnect with myself and join the dots up to create something new. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Every moment of inspiration helps me to realise my vision for Bodha in some way. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I try and approach my health and wellness as a daily practise. We’ve all got lots going on in our lives – physical things, emotional things – and I think being aware of how you’re feeling each day and trying to work with, rather than against yourself, is the most important thing to cultivate. What’s your routine? I love incorporating routines and rituals into my day – I find it really grounding. I like to start my day with some yoga and end it with a walk outside. I also love the daily ritual of cooking dinner, blending oils for my burner and taking a bath. How do you find balance + happiness? I think balance and happiness is something you can cultivate through daily practise, but I don’t think it is ever something you find (unfortunately). I work at it – surrounding myself with inspiring people, doing things I know make me feel good, and trying to feel rather than think my way through life How do you practice self-love? By doing things I know make me feel good but also by taking steps towards my deepest values and desires. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Ohhhh I love food and I love cooking, especially baking! My current favourite is this chocolate, coconut, hazelnut tart – it is amazing! (I can supply a pic). What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) I think the biggest would be eating good food (ie food made from ingredients that I understand) and my yoga practise. How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? I regularly feel unmotivated, but most of the time it is just fear – fear that what I’m doing isn’t good enough, clever enough, beautiful enough etc. Reconnecting with the bigger purpose of Bodha ‘to support and inspire people to come back to themselves’ helps me to get past my fear – and when it doesn’t I bake, go for a walk, or take a bath! What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? Cultivate a practise – something small you can do everyday that brings you some peace and calm to come back to yourself.   Love + light, Claire   Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CAROLINE PENA

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CAROLINE PENA

Posted March 18, 2013

This amazing lady is family to me. Her partner is my fiance’s cousin. However she is also one of the most dedicated women I know – dedicated to her studies, her work as a nutritionist, her own health, exercise, her family, friends and more. It’s about time the world met Caroline, because my life is richer with her in it. I know yours will be too. Enjoy. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. With a corporate career accompanied by the 9-5 desk job, I hit the age of 27, my Saturn return and started to question my purpose in life. I was destined for more than just pushing paper, sitting in front of a computer and approving finance for others. I started to question what I was truly passionate about and my hunger to learn and educate myself in my one true love, health and fitness. I had always been a gym junkie, running half marathons and a cycling passion but there was more to just moving the body, I loved food, good healthy food and relationship between diet and disease. I began to trawl through the education institution websites, universities, TAFE, private colleges and unsure as to what direction of this industry I wanted to take, I decided to dip my toes in the water and embarked on a certificate 3 in nutrition & dietetics. After 12 months and straight A’s, I was hooked. I dove in and embarked on a 4 year journey in Nutritional Medicine at the Australiasian College of Natural Therapies. Working full time and studying part time had its challenges, I thrived on the new found knowledge and knew that I wanted to share and inspire others to improve their health. I became a fully qualified Nutritionist a year ago, constantly sharing the passion. What INSPIRES you? Passion, strength, positive energy and surrounding myself with like- minded people whom motivate me and challenge me to become a better person. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source my inspiration from various sources, Friends, family, my partner and people I meet in my industry. However my biggest inspiration is from the clients I meet everyday. There life experiences, challenges, adversities and hunger for change is the driving force behind my inspiration to remind me that I am exactly where I want to be. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use this inspiration to keep me grounded, focused and motivated. Being a Nutritionist is not all about advising people on health and nutrition, I am also a councillor and a motivator where I often take on the emotional rollercoaster of others, empathising with there plight to regain control of their health and encourage, coach and educate them to make better health choices for them and there families. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Balance between a healthy mind and body and to practice and stand by what I believe in when it comes to health and nutrition. A healthy outlook on life incorporating a clean diet to fuel the body and feed the brain is just as important as maintaining integrity, authenticity and self love. What’s your routine? I’m definitely a morning person so getting up for 3 early morning cycling rides, 2 good runs a week or a gym session is how I start my day. However with my first baby on the way I have had to make some minor adjustments. An hour walk everyday combined with pre natal yoga and light weight training twice a week keeps me stay strong and active in mind and body. How do you find balance + happiness? By ensuring I make time for all the things I love doing this includes eating & cooking healthy food, exercising regularly, spending time with family and friends and not overloading or over committing myself to a point of feeling overwhelmed. I work approx. 6 days a week managing a Naturopathy clinic part time whilst running my own business as a Nutritionist however I make sure no matter how busy my week is, that Sunday is a day I switch off and spending quality time with my partner and the people I love. How do you practice self-love? By taking the time to remind myself of my achievements and that I am worthy of good things. Rewarding myself with life’s pleasures is important, such as indulging in a relaxing bath, a massage, a quiet walk or sitting quietly with a good book and switching off for the day. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Fresh, colourful, warm salad of lentils, roasted pumpkin, walnuts, dried cranberries, rocket, coriander, topped with grilled haloumi and fresh lime. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc). I eat a predominantly whole foods plant based diet so I refrain from eating any form of meat or cows milk. I eat organic produce wherever possible and I don’t go more than 2 days without doing some form of physical activity How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? I believe these moments of demotivation are completely natural and are due to a hunger for inspiration. Motivation and drive are the key elements in constantly improving and challenging oneself to become a better person. Prioritising my goals and daily/weekly tasks down on paper, helps me reaffirm what needs to be done and knowing that I can tick them off as complete gives me a sense of achievement no matter how small or big the challenge. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That’s food is medicine. To love and respect your mind and body from within by nurturing it and feeding it the food it deserves and thrives on. To listen to your body, pay attention to the signs and symptoms and respond accordingly. We are not meant […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH KRYS HANSEN

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH KRYS HANSEN

Posted March 11, 2013

Want to meet an awesome QLD based coach + yogi? Introducing Krys Hansen, a 29 yeard old goddess. I first met Krys via facebook – yep, got to love social media. She got in touch regarding her amazing online shop, You, the earth & Me – you must check this out. And since then we’ve both watched each other’s journey’s unfold. Krys is now a Yoga Teacher + Coach too – just like me. I love the ever-growing tribe of change-makers passionately trying to bring more love + light into this world. I hope you enjoy getting to know Krys and feel inspired by her and her insights.   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am a daydreamer, idealist, vegan, yogi, writer, eco ambassador, traveller, herbal tea addict, loyal friend, book worm, fact collector, and poet. As the founder of Practise Wellness I am a yoga teacher, holistic health coach and writer. I am currently working on a few projects for this year such as a yoga and surf retreat in Fiji, online meditation course and more. I was also one of the co-founders of You, the Earth & Me, but I recently left the business to focus on my personal projects. I am still an eco ambassador though… My journey with yoga and meditation started when I was a child watching my mother complete her sun salutations and shoulderstand in her bedroom every morning. Like many people I really delved into yoga after an emotional time in my life and that eventually morphed into a teacher training course and starting my own business. It has been a journey, with many unexpected outcomes, but what a journey it has been.   What INSPIRES you? The ocean. I have always wanted to live near the beach (after growing up in central Queensland during one of the longest droughts on record), so moving to the Sunshine Coast almost two years ago brought about such change for me. I have such a dichotomous relationship with the sea, being both frightened and attracted to it. I’m not a strong swimmer but I love being in the water, it is such a cleansing and nurturing experience, but there are always those days the waves have other ideas and you are reminded of its power.   Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I try to get to the beach almost every day and it is never the same. The weather, tides, seasons and other conditions affect it. Nature has so much to show us and it’s disappointing that modern society is built around trying to control or remove nature. I honestly feel it contributes to the disconnected feeling many people in western countries have.   How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? So much affects the ocean; the weather, seasons, tides, and the moon. When planning classes I try to bring in an element of the ocean’s energy into the sequences by increasing and decreasing the intensity of the poses until svasana when we come to stillness, like the water flowing up onto the sand.   When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I believe you have to prioritise making time in your life for wellness and have an honest and continuous dialogue with yourself. Balance is such a crucial part of feeling healthy, well and grateful. We are so blessed with the amount of information, research and products out there to help us improve our health and wellness, but it really starts by understanding where you are at internally. It can be scary facing those fears and insecurities, but the feeling of breaking through that is amazing. Life feels so much lighter – and we all experience it.   What’s your routine? I am terrible at keeping to a traditional routine, and in the past this was something I always placed a lot of pressure on myself to have and keep to, but it wouldn’t last long. Over the years I have gotten to know myself better and I just don’t excel that way. Instead I have a list of things I have to do by the end of the day, and if I miss something, that’s okay. They are: Exercise in any form, such as yoga, running, climbing Mt Coolum, riding my bike, trying to surf with my boyfriend or resistance training One of my goals this year was to read at least one book a month, so I try to read a little each day Call a friend or my family Write in my gratitude journal which helps me stay positive and connected to what is happening in my life Take five minutes to sit and be still throughout the day. I am trying to practise awareness more as I find it very easy to get caught up   How do you find balance + happiness? Checking in with myself every day via meditation and gratitude. Both really help me to keep balance and a healthy perspective. Over-thinking things and getting caught in the details was always what caught me up, and these two simple practises really help me to step out of the drama and just be clear minded.   How do you practice self-love? My personal yoga practise, just playing with different poses and experimenting with transitions. Making a pot of herbal tea and sitting on the balcony with my cat on the chair beside me. Scented candles while meditating, regular visits to the chiro, fresh coconuts, squares of orange Pana Chocolate, ocean swims, catching up and laughing with girlfriends.   What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I don’t eat chocolate bars as they are far too sweet for me, but I love chocolate. This recipe is something I break out when I need a treat (or someone around me needs a little love). It’s from one of my favourite food blogs – My New Roots, and is called Ecstatic Raw Chocolate […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

Posted March 04, 2013

Hey peeps. Welcome to another instalment of The Inspiration Corner. So, I’ve tweaked the format slightly to include a Q&A style. That doesn’t mean you won’t finish this post feeling inspired and motivated. Oh no… especially not with this awesome yogi. Let me introduce Jordan David Thackray. We first crossed paths teaching together at Yoga Village and now his yoga business FLY – Finding Lotus Yoga – is hugely popular and one to check out. I have total asana envy – this boy can do things with his body I will only every dream of. Follow him on instagram – it’s worth it. Or stay connected on Twitter of Facebook. Jordan is 30, is a fellow “slashie” – creator / artist / yoga instructor and is here to talk all things inspiration, health and happiness. **************** Hello I’m Jordan, I get out of bed every day and do the best I can, that’s all my mum ever wanted from me. I teach yoga and I’m kind. I have big dreams and I work hard at achieving them. What INSPIRES you? I find people being honest, good and creative most inspiring. I love to see people finding a truthful voice, even better when it’s against the odds. I love an underdog because aren’t we all battling on some level. Inspiration really shows when we are doing what we love because we do it well. So seeing people actively pursuing truthful creativity that inspires me. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source inspiration through my actions, my work, my dedication to the practice of yoga and the people I get to meet daily. I do look to the universe and it always comes up with the goods. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use inspiration to make a ‘work of art’ out of my life, this to me is my life’s purpose and its an endless task and has so far been a very windy road. With this purpose, through my action, I hope to give back by inspiring others to seek their own truthful creation. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Feeling good is very important to me, being able to sit in stillness is key to my wellness. Observing my health through yoga and non-attachment has allowed me to become stronger in mind and body, and overcome ailments that have inhibited creativity and confidence with me in the past. So in referring back to myself USING inspiration, to inspire others, this is important to me because I want share what I have learnt and am learning with others, so that others may not suffer. We live in a very superficial time where money, ego and illusion play a very big role in confusing people, when it come to health and wellness I want people to know what I think I know. What’s your routine? My routine is simple, and is anchored by my dedication to the practice of yoga. But it is not rigid; like in yoga I need strength through dedication and flexibility through being honest. So that when circumstances change and they always do! I can adapt but not feel out of routine. How do you find balance + happiness? I find balance and happiness with my self. I simply I hope it reflects into hearts of the people I meet. That sounds naff, but happiness to me is simply being in a place where we are open to see our true self, so that we can express it honestly and be a blessing to those we encounter and surround ourselves with. How do you practice self-love? I allow myself to be perfectly flawed and imperfect. (Awesome! – Claire) What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I made a mango salad the other day it was the bomb!! I’m not much of a baker but I love making salads it was: Mango, cherry tomato, cucumber, rocket, cashews sprinkled with a few chai seeds! For dressing I just massaged the rocket with a tiny bit of olive oil before putting it all together. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) For me it’s all negotiable. I cannot be attached to anything, and things change so I guess what’s not negotiable is that I don’t punish my self and only practice self love. (However that’s the ideal but I’m human so I do beat myself up from time to time) How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Try to meditate, look outward to the universe, for lessons and things to inspire me. It’s a constant, ‘fill the well’, ‘empty the well’ situation. Motivation comes and goes with me, like the weather. I find being helpful to others is a great motivator.   What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That they are perfect and they already have the answers they seek. They just have to enquire within and then put the answers into truthful, joyful action.  **************** A big thank you to Jordan. I never realised how much I would learn from The Inspiration Corner, but I’m hugely grateful for the ‘sharing’ that these segments provide. I hope you enjoyed Jordan’s post as much as I did! Saha to you, Cx Read more


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