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AN INVITATION TO A MEDITATION WORKSHOP

AN INVITATION TO A MEDITATION WORKSHOP

Posted November 09, 2011

Stretch. Breath. Be Still… an invitation to our centring end of year workshop. My lovely girlfriend Frenchy (read about her here) and I have been in cahoots for some time. We’ve had a secret wish to plan a beautiful, nurturing workshop since we first met at a yoga retreat two years ago. I’m pleased to announce that we’ve finally got it off the ground for this December. As the year is drawing to a close, the silly season is about to kick in and the birth of a new year is just around the corner, what better way to find your centre, renew your energy and pause amongst the craziness than with an educational and soul-nourishing workshop. So, I’d like to invite you and your friends + family to come along to our workshop.Together, myself and Frenchy will guide you through gentle stretches, pranayama (breath work), meditation and chanting. Over a blissful 2-hour journey you will gently open your body as I lead you through a series of stretches followed by prepatory breath-work to clear the mind and centre your thoughts. From here you will be invited into a quiet space as Frenchy guides your body, mind and breath into stillness through three different meditation styles. We will reconnect the body and mind through a revitalising breath technique before closing the practice by experiencing the beautiful vibration of sacred chants. This workshop will allow you the chance to reflect on what has been in 2011, prepare your mind for the seasonal celebrations and encourage openness to what will come in the new year – inviting new beginnings. The Details: What: Stretch. Breath. Be still. Meditation Workshop Date: Sunday 4th December Location: Yoga Village, Level 1/ 36 Bayswater Road, Potts Point Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm Price: $25 for Members or $30 for Non Members If you feel in need of some reconnection, time-out and a little clarity, then this is for you. I also need to mention here that Frenchy’s meditation is so blissful… her yoga nidra sends me to an incredible warm, safe and delicious space. The feedback from current students at Yoga Village is that they love her just as much as I do… so it is a must. Shout out of there are any Qs! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx *Pictures borrowed from Franziska Mayr facebook page 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

YOGA VILLAGE OPENS THIS WEEK

YOGA VILLAGE OPENS THIS WEEK

Posted September 05, 2011

I’m excited. This week is the start of new beginnings. And, being spring, which is all about new beginnings, it makes this even more appropriate. My beautiful friend and amazing yogi, Nadia is opening her beautiful new studio, Yoga Village, in Potts Point, Sydney, which I will be teaching at. The doors open this Wednesday 7th September. I’ve watched Nadia slowly water the small seed of an idea – to open her own studio – from the beginning into a fully-fledged yoga space. Nadia is the kind of woman who seems fearless. Every human being is filled with doubt and insecurity but Nadia, perhaps through her dedicated yoga practice, finds a way to overcome them and jump in the deep end. And, here she is, a true inspiration, jumping straight in to make her dream a reality. I am filled with inspiration and excitement for Nadia and am so chuffed she has asked me to teach at Yoga Village. I asked Nadia to choose three words that describe her relationship to yoga… she chose passion, freedom and presence. Simply beautiful. Three words that I think perfectly encapsulate the yogic practice and three words that I hope inspire you to experience yoga if you haven’t done so already. But, instead of trying to convince you to do yoga or try and bring to life Yoga Village here is an interview I did with Nadia instead! Hopefully this gives you a little more insight. 1. So Nadia, Yoga Village sounds pretty special. Tell me a bit about Yoga Village – where is it, what is it like, what is it about? Yoga Village is a welcoming Yoga space opening this week in Potts Point. We are an experienced group of yoga teachers who wish to share this life changing practice with a new community of students. 2.What kind of yoga does Yoga Village specialise in? Yoga Village is dedicated to the practice of Hatha Vinyasa, a flowing style of Yoga linking the breath to movement in and out of sustained postures. With these flowing sequences, breathing techniques and yoga philosophies, students will find not only a beautiful physical experience but also tools to apply to the ebbs and flows of life. 3.What can a student expect from a class at Yoga Village? Classes are relaxing yet dynamic so students can expect to work a little but feel amazing afterwards. In each class an experienced teacher will guide you through a dynamic sequence of asana designed to challenge, energise and revitalise your body whilst quietening your mind. Classes are similar in format and style so you will feel a sense of improvement and progression with each class attended. While maintaining this familiarity and consistency, we will regularly introduce new and challenging postures to aid you in your development and expand your personal Yoga practice. 4.What makes Yoga Village different? We are dedicated to creating a community, a space where students feel welcome, no pressure and free to experience this practice for exactly what it is. Our classes aren’t huge so students will receive individual attention and adjustments to get more out of their practices. Our classes are also all drop-in (i.e. no booking and no courses) because we understand that committing to a timeslot can be difficult for most people! 5.Tell me about the Yoga Village teachers? We have some amazing teachers from a range of backgrounds and also from all over the world! I was attracted to them each for their energy and love of the practice; but you’ll need to come along to discover that for yourselves! 6. Tell me about yourself and why did you decide to bring Yoga Village to the Sydney people? I began casually practicing Yoga after finishing university as a way to escape the pressures of a corporate job. After quickly feeling the benefits of Yoga I began practicing every day and gradually Yoga became a bigger and bigger part of my life; that was when I realised that I wanted to dedicate all of my energy to this practice. I undertook teacher training with Trevor Tangye and have since trained with many more great teachers in Australia, India and America who have helped both the development of my practice and teaching. Although I was content teaching in various schools I wanted to create a space that was dedicated to the style of yoga that I truly love and believe in. I felt that there was a distinct lack Hatha Vinyasa studios, especially in the inner city area and felt that Potts Point was the perfect location. 7. What do you love about yoga? Everything! I love the way it challenges me, the way it can turn a bad day into a good day almost instantly, the way it bonds people together, the way my troubles disappear the moment I step on the mat and most of all the discovery that our bodies are capable of doing so much – this has transmitted all through my life and I know believe the possibilities are endless! 8. What inspires you? Seeing a student progress and change and the delight on their face when they can first do a pose that originally they had thought was impossible. I am consistently inspired by my students, and really feed off their energy and commitment. 9. What are the three most obvious changes you’ve undergone through your yoga practice? The biggest change would be my ability to handle stress. I used to fly off the handle a little as soon as things went wrong I now process it and find the breath really helps me to reassess situations before I start to panic! As well as this I have experienced a huge lifestyle change and met some amazing friends who I never would have met without this practice. 10. What are some misconceptions about yoga? The main one I hear is that you need to be flexible to do yoga, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone can do yoga, just […] Read more

SPOTLIGHT ON REIKI

SPOTLIGHT ON REIKI

Posted July 18, 2011

Until I had my first Reiki session I only understood it theoretically and intellectually. Now I understand it a little more innately. The word, Reiki means universal life force – energy. It’s the life force that is within us and around us. You can rationalise your way around it – rejecting it because you can’t see it. But if you are open to it, you can certainly feel it. Have you ever placed your hand right up near (without touching) someone else’s hand? I remember once my sister Graziella (who dramatically influenced my interest in all things spiritual – I used to tease her for being a hippy!) and I sat for what felt like hours, concentrating and focusing simply on the energy between our hands. Slowly we built this ‘ball’ of energy – our hands moving wider apart, up, up and around until we could physically feel something, almost dense and circular between us. When we got tired or lost focus that energy dissipated, flickered, dwindle. That energy was unmistakably there. If that energy is harnessed and guided by an individual it can be incredibly healing experience – developing your energetic connection to life. Moving away from the purely physically plane and embracing spiritual, energetic space. I’m sure, at this point you are still a little unclear on what exactly is Reiki – what’s involved, what to expect and why it’s beneficial.I’ve decided to leave that to the experts! I’ve enlisted the help of my beautiful friend and Reiki master Franziska Mayr. She is an incredible Reiki healer and a meditation teacher. I’ve had the pleasure of experience Franziska’s Reiki sessions and can attest to the gorgeous soft, delicate calm that she emits. Introducing Franziska Mayr Tell me about yourself – why did you become a Reiki Master? I received a Reiki Treatment in Japan in 1996 and was truly blown away by the effects of it. I studied Reiki 1,2 & 3 in Tokyo in 1996 and completed the Reiki Master in Sydney in 2010. Can you explain what Reiki is? The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. This technique was rediscovered in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. The tradition of Reiki was an oral one, and was passed on by master to master and student to student by word of mouth. Reiki means ‘Universal Life Force’ and and promotes the body’s self-healing ability by removing energy blockages and raising the vibrational frequency in and around the body. It creates inner peace and heals physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. What normally happens in a Reiki session? I place my hands directly on or just above certain energy points along the client’s body, allowing the Reiki energy to flow where it is needed. What are you, as a practitioner, trying to achieve for your clients? My goal is to help my clients lead fulfilling and inspired lives by tapping into their full potential. My aim is to support my clients through their transformation, facilitate healing and also guide them in opening their hearts and finding their life purpose. How can a client normally expect to feel during and after a session? The client may feel different sensations in different areas of the body, such as extreme warmth or tingling. These sensations are clues as to where the healing energy is needed. An experience everyone shares during Reiki is an elevated feeling of tranquility and deep relaxation. Because blockages are being released during the healing, the client may experience feelings of emotional release and relief. After a session, clients usually feel that something has changed for the better. They describe an overall feeling of being more balanced, calm, and centered and often feel a profound positive alteration in their consciousness. What do you recommend Reiki for? Reiki generates deep relaxation, releases stress and tension, eliminates built-up toxins, reduces blood pressure, strengthens the immune system and adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system. It also increases energy levels, vitality and postpones the aging process. During times of emotional distress and sorrow Reiki offers great relief and assists in the grieving process. Reiki is very helpful in coping with anxiety, depression and the breaking of addictions. It improves self-esteem and aids better sleep. Reiki relieves pain, helps with acute (injuries) and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.) and speeds up the recovery from surgery or long-term illness. As it tends to reduce side-effects, it helps in adjusting to medicine/treatment like Chemo-therapy and Radio-therapy. How do you become a Reiki master? By completing Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 first. Often there is also a Reiki 3 but most of the time it is included in the Master course. There are now many strands of Reiki but the Usui lineage is the original. So, if Reiki has caught your attention I recommend trying it out for yourself. check out Franziska’s website if you are keen for a Reiki or meditation session in Sydney. You can find out more here, at the International House of Reiki. What do you think about Reiki? Have you ever had a Reiki session? Signing off with an exhale. Pause.Listen.Live Cx Read more


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