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GRATITUDE DIARIES + A QUESTION FOR YOU!

GRATITUDE DIARIES + A QUESTION FOR YOU!

Posted March 19, 2013

I spoke about my morning routine in my 5 on Friday VLOG last week where I mentioned my daily gratitude practice in my morning routine. (If you haven’t subscribed, CLICK HERE to get on the list where there is a FREE Video Guide: 3 Steps to More Wellness waiting for you!) I wanted to open up and share with you what I’m feeling abundant gratitude for at the moment. And, I have an important challenge for YOU – Check out the VLOG at the end of this post to find out what it is. 1) At-home yoga practice: Delicious, restorative, juicy yoga where I get to do whatever I want! I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time, quietly with my body and breath. 2) Reading breaks at the beach: The ocean and sunshine keeps me grounded and connected. So I’m enjoying the sunshine whilst it’s still warm enough. I’m grateful I’ve created a life where I can make this happen. 3) Summer smoothies: Right now this sticky, humid weather leaves me craving something cool and easy to digest in the morning before my usual breakfast of eggs or porridge. I’m grateful for the easy and nutritious way to fuel my body. 4) Morning walks + barefoot yoga: I head down to the harbour for a walk, I get the heart rate going and breath lungfuls of air and then I kick my shoes off and stretch it by the water. Bliss. 5) Sunrise. A new day. I never, EVER, get sick of seeing the sunrise. It is different every time, it  leaves me inspired. It puts fire in my belly. I’m grateful that I get to wake each day to such beauty. 6) You! The most important one. Each and every single soul – including YOU – that I get to learn from, coach, befriend, laugh with, teach, share love, feel with, talk to, grow with. Thank you. So much GRATITUDE. ******************* Now for your little challenge: watch this super short video (Surely you have 1min 31secs?) Are you ready to accept this challenge? I hope so! Tell me, what are YOU grateful for? Share with me right here, right now in the comments below. I really want to hear what’s making your heart sing!! love + light to you, Claire x 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

5 THINGS I’M LOVING ON FRIDAY

5 THINGS I’M LOVING ON FRIDAY

Posted March 15, 2013

Hey there gorgeous. So… I’ve decided to keep my 5 on Friday VLOGGING to fortnightly. I’ve just started BSchool (OMG, stupidly excited) and Friday has now become my Study/Big Biz Brainstorm/Forward Planning day. So, moving right along. Here are the 5 things I am loving this Friday. 1) Morning Routine – Ayurvedic Rituals: My morning ritual includes one one but THREE of my favourite Ayurvedic Rituals – Oil Pulling, Tongue Cleaning + Neti. It also includes a spiritual practice that makes each day feel truly special. Watch this video from HealthTalksTV on Oil Pulling by the amazing Jess Ainscough. And read more about Neti and Tongue cleaning here in a past post. 2) Eco-friendly Candle from Still Your Mind: My meditation teacher (the loveliest woman on the planet!) from Still Your Mind has a range of accessories. I have her cushion, cotton meditation blanket and now a candle that she gifted to me after I held a little talk at one of her meditation sessions. This candle is the shiz – Lime, Grapefuit, Vetiver and Lemon and it’s 100% Australian beeswax and essential oils. Hand poured, 100% cotton wicks and toxic-free.  My favourite part? When you open the box there is a little affirmation waiting for you inside. 3) Rich Happy & Hot BSchool I’ve just started Rich, Happy + Hot B School from Marie Forleo. This course, I know, is going to propel my business and my life. I’m not doing it for more money. I’m doing it because I love my work and I want to move deeper into offering health as far and wide as I can. Watch this space! 4) Prinstagram I might be super slow on the uptake (that tends to happen with anything cool) but I recently discovered Prinstagram! I’m setting up a polariod photo station for my wedding amongst other little craft things and I need a bunch of mini pictures. Via Prinstagram I was able to print mini stickers, pictures and more (I only spent $30!) from my instagram account. There is also Poster Candy here in Oz that is doing Instagram collages. Way too cool. 3) My FREE Video Guide: 3 Steps to More Wellness I created this FREE 3-part series that you get if you jump on my eNewsletter list. I had SO much fun filming this as I explore three of my favourite (and the most common issues that come up with my clients) areas: Breathwork to manage stress, Gratitude for more positivity and Food awareness.  Want in? SIGN-UP HERE. There you have it! My 5 on Friday… Now, it’s YOUR turn. What are you loving lately? Love + light to you! Claire x Read more

WHERE DO YOU FIND HAPPINESS?

WHERE DO YOU FIND HAPPINESS?

Posted March 14, 2013

It’s a funny question, isn’t? Where do you FIND happiness? It’s almost as if you could pop over to Westfield and drop into the Happiness Store to top-up your happiness. But I think that’s how, sometimes, we see it. We must DO something to get happiness. LOOK somewhere else to FIND it. Buy something, or think, look and behave in a certain way to get happiness. Let’s be honest – work is a huge part of our lives. We are dedicated to it, we commit to rising each day and being there for 40 hours a week. We interact with our work colleagues (or if you work alone, with yourself!) for the best part of your day. We enjoy our family and friends less than we’d like because we work. So how can we not look to our work and careers for happiness? I’m not about to tell you to quit your day job to seek our greener pastures and happier times. (Although if your heart wants you to I will definitely say GO ON! Go get it, find your passion and LIVE IT. SING IT. BREATH IT!) I’m bringing this up because I have many clients who have changed their lives with the realisation that work was detracting from their happiness. BUT I also have many clients who has said that changing their career is not an option but they want to find happiness, regardless. Power to them. So, this brings me back to the original question. Where do you FIND happiness? The answer (in my humble opinion) is within. I was inspired to write this post after realising that my morning routine of late, which is relatively simple, has actually cultivated a deep yet contented happiness within me. Tomorrow in my 5 on Friday VLOG I talk you through my routine. But in a nutshell it involves ayurvedic and spiritual practices, yoga and meditation. Super simple. Very humble…  happy. Why? Because I’ve carved out some ME time. I’ve started the day with gratitude in my heart and I’ve moved my body and settled my mind. I’ve gone within. Even just for a moment or two. Other ways I cultivate happiness: A clean home. A walk in the sunshine. A swim in the ocean. A chat on the phone to a friend. Reading a book. Cuddles with my fiance. Lunch at my parents. Trying a new healthy cafe. Waking to the sunrise. Playing with my nieces and nephews… You get it, right? Simple. Real. Honest. It hardly costs anything but space and time. So if you are on a quest to feel happy, try this. First, let go of the IDEA of what it looks like. Let go of the expectations around what happiness should be. Then begin to embrace the smaller examples of happiness. Little day-to-day changes. Over time you’ll find that space allows you the opportunity to tap into BIGGER ways of feeling happiness. Maybe you discover a new interest, or something buried comes back up for you that’s important. Perhaps the seed of an idea like exploring a new career, or following a passion is planted. And maybe, just maybe, when you are enjoying these little moments of happiness that somewhere in there you notice the fear that often holds us back, you FEEL it (acknowledge it) but you decide to do what your heart desires – to respond to those interests, passions, ideas that crop up. You feel the fear and do it anyway! So much can come out of nurturing and loving yourself through gentle acts of happiness. It’s not just mundane and silly to enjoy a good book and to be sacred about your time. It’s bigger than that. It’s creating an electrified connection to you! It’s not about perfection, oh lordy,it’s not! But it’s about looking past the imperfections, blurring them out just a little so you can focus on the good and invite more of it to you. You have a choice. Leading a happy life is based on your decisions to embrace the positive, to see the good, to focus on the silver lining. Go, on then. Find your happiness within. It’s already there, I promise. Tell me, what do you do already to cultivate happiness and tap into your heart? Saha to you, Cx Read more

LEARN TO MEDITATE + 6 WAYS IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

LEARN TO MEDITATE + 6 WAYS IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted March 12, 2013

In the circles I move in, meditation is pretty common-place. I’ve had to remind myself though that not everyone meditates… (even though the world would be a better place if we all did). I’d say 90% of my clients don’t meditate when they first start working with me. At least half end up doing so during their program. I’d like to get that number higher. It occurred to me that perhaps ‘meditation’ is a little too obscure for some. The concept might seem a little woo-woo or hippy, or make just simply, the idea of sitting down in silence seems a little ridiculous – “how is that going to help me?” – which is fair. How is it going to make a difference? So I’m not going to list 5000,0000 reasons why meditation can benefit you. Although I actually have at least 100 of them I can rattle off now. I’m going to give you 6. Two physical, two psychological and two spiritual reasons why meditating can help you. But wait there’s more (steak knives?) … I’m also going to teach you a super simple technique you can try at home – mantra meditation. Physical Benefits: 1) Enhance your immune system – do you always suffer from irritating little colds and flus? Meditation, by relaxing the nervous system, can help you manage stress better, strengthening your fight against bacterial and viral illnesses. 2) Increase energy and stabilise your weight – By reducing the cortisol (stress hormones) within the body you are going to get more our of your day, improved your performance during sport and exercise AND shed excess weight or stabilizing to your ideal weight Psychological Benefits: 3) Get happy – increases your serotonin levels which affects your mood and behaviour. Happiness really does come from within. 4) More creativity and emotional stability – you are calmer, more focused and less ‘erratic’ which has countless benefits, including more ability to tap into your creative juices Spiritual Benefits: 5) Self-actualisation – come into being the best possible version of yourself. Find your passions, live and breath in the way you were meant to – within your personal power and true greatness. You can achieve and be anything! 6) Synchronicity – those moments that we used to think were random coincidence or luck happen more and more. The Universe (really YOU, connecting in) literally throws opportunities and ‘perfect moments’ in your lap. Life happens as it should. Perfectly. That’s a pretty awesome list with a whole lot of ‘get-me-summa-that’ happening! If you want the other 94 reasons I have let me know! Are you ready to meditate now? Ok, check it out. We are talking Mantra Meditation. Mantra meditation is an ancient practice made a little more modern and accessible by TM (transcendental meditation) or PSM (primordial sound meditation). The basis of all these meditation techniques is the mantra or the ‘sound’ or the ‘vibration’ to help still the mind. We use sanskrit (ancient language) mantras due to their sacred sounds. One simple little sound can have such a profound impact on the mind. Take for example the word THUD. In any language, whether you know what it means or not, you get a clear idea of what is implied, because of the sound it makes. Flip that around and do the same with the word LULL. Again, a clear idea of the implications. Both these ‘sounds’ have different qualities. Irrespective of their meaning, you KNOW what they feel like – the texture, the effect, the underlying meaning, the impression on the mind. So, we use a mantra that has a vibration or a sound that helps to quieten the mind and draw your focus to it, instead of the perpetual monkey mind. Let’s begin. Try out this meditation with one of these two mantras – So Hum or Hum Sa.If you are keen to explore meditation further below this post I’ve linked you to two teachers I can highly recommend to learn your own personal mantra to meditate with. Find a comfortable seat – sitting on a chair, feet flat to the floor or on a cushion. Make sure your spine is upright Gently close the eyes Soften the muscles of your face – relax your frown, your jaw, your eyelids Allow your breath to be soft, even and natural Without trying to find a rhythm simple and quietly within the mind repeat the mantra – So Hum or Hum Sa Exert little effort, don’t over focus on the sound, let it be soft and floaty and fluid When thought bubbles pop up just let them be without following the bubble, without creating a story and ‘thinking’ Come back to your mantra each time you notice you have strayed with little judgement, just a gentle knudge to bring yourself back Aim for 5 minutes to begin with and work up to 20 minutes Simple, right? Not so. Somedays it’s like there is a battle in your mind. That’s OK! Other days you are very still and settled. That’s OK! Sometimes you can barely handle 20 minutes. Also, OK! Get it? Whatever happens is OK, exactly as it should be. Part of the process is acceptance, awareness and respect. I invite you to give this a shot. Don’t wonder if ‘it’s working’ just be diligent with doing it everyday and overtime you’ll reap those 6 benefits and MORE! If you want to learn through a teacher here are the two I recommend. Carolyne Gowen from Still Your Mind – I learnt PSM through this amazing soul during a 4-session face to face experience. And Tom Cronin from Science of Stillness has created the most amazing online platform and experience to learn meditation comfortably from your home. I LOVE both these teachers. They are two of the most amazing human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Do you meditate now? How has your life changed? Or are you interested in meditating and haven’t quite taken the step forward? Really looking […] 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

A QUESTION FOR YOU… CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A DECISION

A QUESTION FOR YOU… CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A DECISION

Posted February 22, 2013

Happy Friday lovelies! Some of you may have seen this week’s VLOG via my eNewsletter where i announced the winner of the Valentine’s Day Bundle of Love prize. (You have to be subscribed to receive it). I also asked a very important question to you all which I thought I’d open it up here in case you missed the VLOG. So, here goes. would you like an eCourse or an eBook? I have this concept in mind that touches on a topic close to my heart – learning how to surrender to the good, bad and ugly moments, experiences (challenges and more) in life. It’s something I think we all struggle with. How do I surrender in this moment? How do I embrace change or a situation I thought would turn out different? How do I let go of past hurt and grievances so I can move forward? How do I loosen my attachment to habitual ways of thinking and behaving that don’t serve me? Wellness is all about awareness. It is the catalyst for change and growth. All the good food in the world won’t do a thing if we are thinking, feeling and being in a way that is hardened, attached, caught up, wound up, afraid. But where I am stumped is in deciding what would be the best format to deliver this. eBook or eCourse? This is where you, your thoughts and opinions, come into play. Help me out? Share with me below what you think might be the best option. A course obviously allows for greater options (videos, audio) and will guide you through a journey of transformation (similar to my current eCourse – Renew Yourself). Whereas an eBook is a resource, a nice chunk of informations to devour, absorb, apply and reread. What do you think? What would you prefer and what would benefit YOU the most? That’s right, tell me your needs. Go on! Lots of gratitude to you in advance. I’m so looking forward to your comments below. Saha to you, Claire x Read more

WHAT UNHEALTHY ATTACHMENTS DO YOU HAVE? 3 WAYS TO BREAK THEM.

WHAT UNHEALTHY ATTACHMENTS DO YOU HAVE? 3 WAYS TO BREAK THEM.

Posted February 12, 2013

I remember, after I’d been practicing yoga for a year my teacher started purposefully moving me into different spots around the room. He had noticed that I would auto-pilot my way over to the same corner of the room and of course, he wanted to break that habit. When someone challenges you to break the habits and patterns you’ve formed it’s difficult because we are often totally blind to them until that moment. Then  we realise how attached we had become, say, to that ‘spot’ in yoga class and how, scaringly, it was what left you feeling ‘normal’ or ‘calm’. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to frequent the same spot in a yoga class, but I could see my teacher’s point. I was getting attached and that attachment was a security blanket. By being so ‘attached’ it meant that when I was put out of my comfort zone – simply asked to go to the other side of the room –  I couldn’t kick up into a handstand. Some fear, or discomfort had arisen in me and I no longer could do something I normally did with ease. Funny, that. Attachments can cloud our judgement, our vision of our true self and perhaps give us a false picture. Ask yourself these questions What are you attached to? Is there a person that you rely on to feel ‘happy’… Is there something that you do that makes you feel ‘normal’ and without it the rest of your day is not the same… Is there a ritual in your life that feels almost obsessive? Do you habitually think, say or do something without considering an alternative? It’s not that having a ritual, habit, routine, pattern is a bad thing. Lordy knows that I am the QUEEN of routine. I love my morning yoga followed by a home cooked breakfast. I have to meditate once a day and If I don’t I feel a bit dis-jointed. But they become unhealthy when by not doing them I berate myself or if I do it too much then I’ve not left myself open to a different perspective, alternative or a spontaneous be-in-the-moment opportunities. Every now and then I notice when I’m getting attached… when I consider that thing/person/situation to be my life-line, then I know I need to step back a little. Sometimes others do it for me – my teacher moving me into a different spot, my partner asking me to skip yoga and sleep in, or not check instgram. I’ve also come up with 3 sure-fire ways to break or at least ease-off those attachments. 1) Identify what it is your attached to – be honest about your relationship to this and your ‘perspective’ on it. Pull out a journal (pen and paper will do!) and write down how you feel about it, why you are so attached and how your attachment might (either now or in the future) block you in someway. 2) Be soft with yourself. No one is judging, except you. Practice some gentleness by allowing yourself the chance to understand the emotion. Are you afraid if you change something you will fail? Once you’ve got a clue into the emotion, then consider an alternative to your attachment that would respond to that emotion. E.g I love this spot in class because I feel comfortable here. Instead, try a different spot and channel into the feeling of comfort – cultivate it in your breath and body instead of the space your in. 3) Enjoy a self-imposed break – Try something different in replacement of what you are attached to. Balls it up and get shaky with it. Don’t just delete your said attachment… the key word is ENJOY a new experience. E.g – go to a different yoga teacher, or take a day off from your usual routine and meditate instead. Eat something different for breakfast, don’t wait for happiness to come with your favourite person, find it for yourself. Do so with a watchful eye – do it as an experiment to just ‘see what happens’. Develop some awareness and be OK with whatever comes up. Be light with it. If you fall out of the handstand, don’t get frustrated, just see it as interesting and try to face the emotion that came up for you – you feel uncomfortable, confused and displaced. It’s a wall, the same as the other one – just kick-up! In yogic terms, non-attachment is known as Vairagya. It’s about learning to actively encounter and explore the many and varied attachments in our life – physically, emotionally, mentally – fears, aversions, false sense of self, unhealthy emotions – which all cloud your true self. This is a long journey me thinks, trying to undo every impression, habit and emotion that we’ve identified with. But we can start with the little things simple to become a little more aware of who we are and who we are not! Happiness is not a product of what you do, how you do it, who you do it with… it’s already in you. You are perfect and whole and complete as you are. I’d love to hear your own experiences with being attached. Is there something you are attached to right now that might need addressing? Saha to you, Claire x Images * Zentips.com *Main image. Read more

A CASE OF THE BAD MOODS – A VIDEO BLOG QUESTION FOR YOU!

A CASE OF THE BAD MOODS – A VIDEO BLOG QUESTION FOR YOU!

Posted February 08, 2013

Let’s talk about bad moods. Aren’t they sneaky, shady little characters. And by characters I mean our alter-egos, because I certainly do not recognize nor do I like myself when a bad mood comes to visit. In an attempt to understand bad moods a little more I need your help. I’ve asked you a question via this week’s video blog… You might like to read this article I wrote, recently published on MindBodyGreen – it builds on the idea of ‘Leaving/Changing/Accepting’ which I mention in the video above. My hunch is that my question raised in the video – how do you tackle bad moods – is one that there are plenty of us out there that would love some tips, guidance, suggestions and encouragement. I am so eager to hear how YOU turn a bad mood around. Can we throw a bone out to help each other learn and grow? Please share in the comments below or via facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you! Hoping you are in! Saha to you, Claire x p.s If you want to see how I shook off my bad mood the other day have a little peak at my home yoga practice. It did the trick! Read more


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