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SOFT DRINK + YOUR HEALTH…

SOFT DRINK + YOUR HEALTH…

Posted November 07, 2011

I never, every crave soft drinks, or even sparkling water. I totally attribute this to that fact that it wasn’t ever in my home, growing up. It wasn’t ‘banned’ but it just wasn’t there. Out of sight, out of mind. I would drink it occasionally as a child – at birthday parties, but it was never enough to get me hooked. My parents knew better than to have that crap in our house (sorry, I really, really think it’s crap… not afraid to tip-toe around it incase I hurt anyone’s feelings over their beloved can of soda). But, over the years as I’ve discovered how bad these drinks really are I’ve struggled to bite my tongue and watch friends, colleagues and clients drinking it. I do realise some people are addicted, just like a drug, but similar still, it’s amazing detrimental to your health. And not just because it’s sugary and has a heap of empty calories. I can’t tell you how many times a ‘diet-coke’ drink has said “But there isn’t any sugar in it!” Today I’ve posted up a great image that shows how soda/soft drinks impact on your health – I was lucky enough to get this through my studies with Integrateive Nutrition and think this is such a fantastic, visual way to get the message home. Hopefully this speaks 1000 words that I don’t have to (or that you soft-drinkers don’t want to hear!) But – incase you want to know my opinion here are my top 5 reasons why you should quit drinking soft drink: 1) Empty calories – no nutritional content, just unnecessary calories leading to belly fat! 2) High sugar content – leading to type II diabetes 3) Osteoporosis – I’ve seen the effects on my mother and trust me, you want to avoid this one 4) Addiction – being controlled by a drink and the idea that you can only feel energised, focused and happy by a sugary drink 5) Cancer + heart disease – the big, scary illnesses that I believe are unavoidable. We all have the right to live and die in health, not disease  Via: Term Life Insurance A great alternative? Reach for a delicious, homemade smoothie – check out some of my recipes here. You’ll feel so satisfied with what you have created. Or even try a yummy, refreshing iced tea for summer – just follow these recipes. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

YES PLEASE + NO THANKS LIST

YES PLEASE + NO THANKS LIST

Posted October 31, 2011

WIthout delving into the complicated world of nutrition (a nutritionist says this and a dietician says that) I like to keep it simple and focus on whole foods. I’ve come to realise lately though, that just telling my clients to focus on a wholefood diet doesn’t necessarily bring to life what that is, exactly. Some people, it seems, believe that foods such as bread, pasta and the like are whole foods. Don’t laugh, it’s true… and not so funny. Unless someone is there to guide and help, many people spend their whole life eating the food that the TV, giant food chains and fast food outlets tell them too eat. So it’s important that we spend the time learning about what wholefoods really are. The simplest way to think about a wholefood diet is to stop and ask this question – is this food as close to it’s natural state as possible? When you look at bread and the process involved you can quickly see how it’s no where near it’s natural state. The grain is milled, refined and turned into flour. From here the flour is often mixed with salt, sugar and other additives, then a yeast starter gets the process of fermentation within the dough going and then it is baked. No quite a whole food anymore, huh?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking bread. In fact, I love nothing more than a properly fermented, sprouted sourdough (the correct way to process the grain and the kinder option for the body). But the reality is eating bucket loads of any food that is no longer in its whole state adds in extra additives and toxins that the body simply doesn’t need. I wanted to highlight two things in this post. 1) What a whole food diet might look like and 2) the food philosophy that I resonate with, live by and recommend where possible. Now, I am totally open to and accepting of anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free etc – this is not about pushing a diet regime, but showing as an overview a beautfiful (flexible!) way of eating that is whole, nourishing, healthy and balanced. Not a diet, but a lifestyle. So check it… I’ve listed the YES foods – which you can see are mostly whole – and of course, the NO foods. YES PLEASE:  Organic, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables Pastured (grass-fed and finished) organic meats, poultry, and eggs Organic full fat dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, and milk Sustainably sourced fish and seafood Extra virgin organic olive oil (use raw for dressings) Fats for cooking: organic butter, ghee, extra virgin organic coconut oil and animal fats (duck fat is beautiful) Soaked grains such as barley, oats, brown rice quinoa (actually a seed) millet Highly nutritient dense foods such as fermented foods, bone broths and good quality fats Organic herbs and spices Soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds and legumes Sweeteners such as raw honey, stevia, organic (real) maple syrup Dried fruit such as figs and dates – soaked and activated Unprocessed superfood supplements – spirulina, cacao, maca Filtered water NO THANKS: Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners Processed juices, cordials and soft drinks Refined grains and cereals – boxed breakfast cereals, white breads and pastas Non-organic, grain fed, poultry, eggs and meat Heavily pasteurized, homogenized, skim or low fat and processed dairy products – all the nutrients and enzymes are gone and the light options are just pumped with sugar! Hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarines and trans fats (evil!) Soy milk (fermented is ok), processed soy products High-fructose corn syrup Skim milk, milk solids and powders Colours, additives, preservatives, thickeners and flavour enhancers (MSG) Heavily fried foods ‘Fake’ condiments and sauces My advise. If you aren’t sure how it grew, where it came from and how it ended up in that box or packet, put it back on the shelf. If you flip it over and read the ingredients and there are way too many words you’ve never heard of, or in fact, too many ingredients… put it back. Enjoying a wholefood diet is exciting. It opens up the door to creative cooking – experiementing with fresh produce and creating foods that really delight and satisfy you. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

I WANT! Unravelling 6 reasons of cravings…

I WANT! Unravelling 6 reasons of cravings…

Posted October 25, 2011

You know cravings as well as I do… we all have them. That sneaky little spark of irrational desire that erupts into our psyche – uninvited and unexpected. They can really throw a curve-ball when you are trying to lead a healthy, balanced life. And let’s be frank – riding the sugar rollercoaster doesn’t offer up much but energy highs, emotional slumps and excess belly weight. Sounds delightful. Other times, it feels good to give in to a craving, when you know what it is, why you are craving and yet you still really just want to have a taste. There is nothing wrong with that – colouring outside of the square is just as important in leading a balanced, healthy life as is eating right and avoiding junk. Sometimes what we crave, thankfully, is healthy for us – right now as the weather warms up all I can think about are Mangoes. Other times as hard as we try to eat well all we can think about are cookies, nutella straight from the jar, cake, croissants… I remember a friend once telling me that she could literally ‘hear’ the candy calling her from her pantry. True story. I did think she was little nuts, but I also understood her anxiety all too well! Sometimes that little voice inside our heads can get quite loud! What we crave can be a little confusing – it is often indicative of the body lacking in certain nutrients even though it doesn’t yell out ‘Kale!’ or ‘Green Beans’… if only it were that specific. Instead, I want to talk about why we have cravings. There our quite a few reasons for cravings – some more obvious, others a little more complex. I find that with myself and my clients as soon as the attention is on the cravings they tend to diminish. The simple act of ‘awareness’ often allows us to step back, look at them objectively, begin to understand and then take control. To help you on the awarenss road, the below are 6 reasons as to why we crave. During my studies we focused alot on the beauty of the human body. This really rang true with me – think about it, our bodies are like a high-tech super computer. It knows when to sleep & wake up, regulate temperature, pass waste, breath, maintain a pulse, create life, sneeze when it’s dusty… and on it goes. So, what makes us think that when we crave something that it isn’t, also, a signal from the body? Well it is! And by understanding those signals we can in turn master our cravings. After all it takes 3 weeks to retrain the body to crave different foods and break old habits. 1) Water – often when you are craving something it could simply be dehydration – which can manifest as mild hunger. So drink up first and then see how you are feeling. 2) Emotions – boredom, stress, lack of inspiration and motivation – essentially feeling a bit crap which leads to emotional eating. Notice how you often reach for a sweet or snack after a stressful day at work, or if the day is dragging on and you are bored? If you can identify yourself in this situaton try and substitute your craving with something healthy or take a break, go for a walk and spend 5 minutes reassessing the situation you are in. 3) Leftovers – this one surprised me at first but I soon came to realise how true it is. Often we crave foods that we have recently eaten, foods from our childhood or from our ancestors.You can out-wit this one by reaching for healthier versions of what you are craving. 4) Seasons –  the fact that I am craving mangoes is more to do with my association with mangoes and summer, rather than the actual taste of the mango. But deeper than that, the body knows what it needs when – so I am craving lighter, crunchy, cool meals and summer fruits to feel balanced and refreshed within the heat of the summer. 5) Hormones – ladies, we’ve all been here. Crave chocolate when you are PMSing/in your cycle? Well, that’s probably the magnesium (muscle relaxant) that your body needs. Our fluctuating hormone levels – guys included – can have the body sending signals all over the place, craving this and that. Search for the healthy option when your taste buds start calling. 6) Nutrients – inadequate nutrients = odd cravings! Tired and lethargic? Well, you’ll often crave caffeine and sugar because the mind and the body are looking for energy. Satiate yourself in a more nutrient dense way and opt for choices that benefit the body in the long-term. Take some time to run through these in your head when you hit the 3pm sugar-rush hour. You might find that you are just bored, thirsty or needing some energy from a nutrient deficient lunch. If so, reach for a banana, or even a carrot and dip and then see how you feel. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Cx Read more

SUMMER LOVE

SUMMER LOVE

Posted October 23, 2011

I don’t need to explain much here, but I just needed to pay homage to summer. I am a summer girl, through and through. Born and bred on the beach – it’s part of my DNA. I am in my element in summer. I love spring with just as much passion, but there is an attitude, an energy to summer that I relish and itch for every year. So, in honour of the beautiful weather here is a short list on what I love about summer: The unexpected scent of jasmine and honeysuckle in the air The southerly breeze blowing off the coast to cool you down after a steamy day Crisp, almost icy water weaving through your hair as you dive into the ocean Mangos – on and in everything Endless evenings Skin – in all shades – on show Fresh seafood and herb salads Homemade ice tea The joy – it’s written on everyones face Afternoon naps after a day at the beach The beach, any beach… A warm and limber yoga practice Morning sunrise walks Summer clothing; tees, thongs, shorts, breezy dresses The smell of coconut oil in the air The feeling that everything is ok when the sun is shining Bikinis! The ocean, the sun and the sky What do you love about summer? Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

6 EASY WAYS TO GET YOUR SELFISH ON

6 EASY WAYS TO GET YOUR SELFISH ON

Posted October 20, 2011

I bang on about finding balance a lot… mostly because I have directly experienced the benefits for myself by slowly finding my still point amongst the spinning world. I truly believe that part of achieving balance is in the art of selfishness. Now, of course I don’t mean the pointless, nasty kind. I simply mean putting yourself first in order to keep the little pieces of yourself together. Recently I posted up 17 ways to find balance after a recent talk I gave on balance. I tried to make it clear that balance isn’t something you can just sign-up for and hey-presto, there it is. I also tried to clarify that it is a) simple – you just need to tune into who you really are and b) it is forever changing – be prepared to stop, reassess and reevaluate what ‘balance’ means to you at different life stages. Today, however I’m offering up 6 ways to get selfish. I get asked a lot how I became calmer, more focused and centred – mostly by the people that didn’t know what I used to be like!  So in answer to that question below is a list of really simple ways to help you on the road to a little more ‘me-ness’ in your life, which will ultimately lead to balance. They may seem very obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many things on this list we don’t do regularly. And that is the key – regularity, consistency. Just like you shower and brush your teeth daily (hopefully!) we, as human beings, need routine and regime for change to occur. Get cherry-picking from this list, or find other ways that resonate with you. Inject them into your life one by one and do so with awareness. Pay attention to how they make you feel, the changes you experience and try to connect with the experience. Don’t be a martyr… if you are sick, take a day off work. If you are super-strung out, take a mental health day. No one needs you to be a hero! Really it just shows that you don’t love yourself enough. No one else is going to hold back when they need a day-off, leaving you to pick up the slack. So if it’s legit, please, just realise that your body (and your mind!) is singing out loud and clear, so listen up and just press pause.  Journal – if not daily then weekly. Brain dump – get all the junk out of your head and onto paper. I mean, really, truly say all the angry, annoyed, horrible things that even surprise you to hear/think and make peace with the realisation that those thoughts aren’t you! Once that is done, slowly allow your creative brain to start ticking over – you’ll be surprised by the things that come out. Often you’ll find clarity on issues you are facing, or you’ll be enlightened by a new idea. Mostly you’ll just spend time with yourself – your internal self – and start to understand yourself better – you’ll start to make more sense to yourself and realise what you want, or don’t want in your life. Schedule ‘me’ time. Once a week do something in that is totally about you – get your nails done, have a massage, go shopping, do a yoga workshop, read in the park, have an afternoon nap … do it without rhyme or reason and try not to rationalise it or analyse it. React to how you are feeling in the moment and then do exactly what pops into your mind, what you desire. Be free with the experience – everything we do it so controlled and planned, so try and be spontaneous! Just do something simply because you can and you want to – guilt free. Cull. Weed out the people in your life who don’t nourish who you are or where you want to go. A friend of mind refers to them as energy vampires because they suck the life-force out of you. Start to reassess the people you surround yourself with and question if they will encourage your lifestyle changes or impede them. And ask – what do I get out of this relationship?    Say no. Yes, I know you’ve all heard this one before. But, do you practice it? I give a lot of myself to my friends, family and clients. But I know that I need to say No in order to keep giving with love sans bitterness. If you don’t want to do it, or you haven’t enough time, or your body is saying rest, or even if you just need to practice saying no – just say no. Do so with kindness but realise you are in charge of yourself, your life, your actions. It is always a choice. Like this post, I wrote this sitting in the sun in the park by the harbour. I had a choice to do something that didn’t excite me, nor was it a good use of my time. Instead I kindly passed on the offer and enjoyed some alone time studying, reading and writing. It felt so good and no one is any worse off because of it! Disconnect. Turn your phone on silent or leave it at home! The world won’t combust. You can enjoy a short amount of time without distractions and forced conversation. And simply, just to learn how to be you without you + iPhone, iPod, Twitter, Facebook … blah, blah, blah! There are hundreds more ways to bring balance into your life. But we all need to start somewhere … being selfish is a great place to start. I’d love to hear how you get selfish?  Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx Read more

GRATEFUL MUCH? Unexpected Joy…

GRATEFUL MUCH? Unexpected Joy…

Posted October 13, 2011

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

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

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Posted September 26, 2011

Sorry for the lil break between posts. I was too busy enjoying Spring! Now, this might seem like old news to some, but I know this is a list that I appreciate. The Environmental Working Group creates an easy quick reference guide to the fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residue. Handy huh? Especially considering the toxicity levels in our bodies. We are exposed to so many chemicals each day – think about it for a moment. Shampoo/Conditioner, skincare products, haircare products, perfumes car fumes, pesticides, smog and pollution and so it goes… On, and on and on. So anything that helps us reduce that toxicity, even just a little will have an affect on our health. I know some people think that’s total bollocks, but hey – I don’t, so here it is. The Dirty Dozen 2011 – choose organic instead Apples Celery Strawberries Peaches Spinach Nectarines  Grapes  Sweet bell peppers Potatoes Blueberries  Lettuce Kale/collard greens As my beautiful sister also pointed out,  (thanks G!) unfortunately we need to add the brassicas to this group (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower etc). In Australia these vegies are sprayed for the cabbage moth about 16 times in the growth cycle! Sorry, what?! Anyway they slow down your metabolism (store more fat) and are best eaten alongside foods that need a slower metabolic rate for absorption such as pork and fatty meat. But that’s a whole other story. But, don’t fret too much. The EWG also creates the Clean Fifteen list. These are the fruits and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticides. Which means, less dosh spent on organic.     How’s this for a fun-fact. The EWG has noted that if we choose to eat five servings of fruit and veg from the Clean Fifteen instead of the Dirty Dozen list then we can reduce pesticide ingestion by 92%. Now that is a whopping figure. Clean Fifteen 2011 Onions Sweet corn Pineapples Avocado Asparagus Sweet peas Mangoes Eggplants Cantaloupe  Kiwi Cabbage Watermelon Sweet potatoes Grapefruit Mushrooms Now, in no way am I saying organic and only organic. I’m realistic, I get that it’s expensive and it’s hard to include in your diet. So I’m all about picking and choosing what you can and can’t do in order to live healthier and happier. If this list gives you a little more direction, then great. If not, make sure you scrub/wash your fruit and veg as much as possible. It won’t get rid of all the pesticides but it’ll help somewhat.    The other option is to keep it local. If you can hit the markets, like Eveleigh in Sydney, you can actually meet the farmer’s themselves and ask questions. Perhaps avoid being really blunt – ‘ Hi, do you use pesticides?’ may not go down to well. But you could quietly approach them and suggest that you are really working on your health and trying to avoid toxins, ask if they would mind sharing how they pest control their crops.    I hope this helped!   Do you opt for organic? Or do you like to keep it local?   Signing off with an exhale.   Pause. Listen. Live.   C x  Read more

THE CENSUS MADE ME RETHINK ‘RELIGION’

THE CENSUS MADE ME RETHINK ‘RELIGION’

Posted August 12, 2011

The other day my boy and I were at home doing our first census together. It was interesting to say the least, especially when it came to listing our income and trying to remember all the places we have lived over the last five years. There was one question that I tripped up on. Religion. There was a whole list of ‘religions’ listed to choose from… none of which really fit me. My boy looked at me and said ‘wait, you are saying ‘Catholic’ right? Umm… no. I felt sheepish (and a little silly) saying this… but my answer to his question was – “I’m not really religious, I was raised a catholic, but I’d say I’m more spiritual?” So after a little back and forth, we decided that I would write just that on the census form. It made us laugh, seeing ‘SPRITIUAL’ written in the little boxes and thinking about the person on the other end collating the data… but I had to be true to myself – that’s just what made sense to me. The difference between spirituality and religion? Well, I’m definitely not an expert and I’m only a new student in this long spiritual journey but I feel (not know) that spirituality is more about the internal life. It is the continuous search for meaning and the understanding of me, myself, the ‘I’, in this universe. So ultimately, it’s about moving inward and finding that still point – I talk a lot about this when teaching a yoga class. Slowly loosening the strong-hold grip on the outer world and reconnecting with your true, inner being and that being which is born from and forever tied to the source, the divine. And in turn I feel that I become more connected to the world and the people around me and hopefully continually improve as a person, a soul. When I think about religion I see it as external spirituality with a story, in a structured house, with guidelines and rituals that are shared within a community. An experience, a doctrine, a map to life and one that brings people together. I’m not going to go into how religion can bring about pain and suffering – I know you all have your opinions on that – I’m just talking top line here, peeps! Now, don’t get me wrong; I totally and utterly respect religion. It was and still is the saving grace for my mother. Without a shadow of a doubt it has offered thousands of people in difficult situations refuge and faith to stay strong and move forward. But to me, believing is enough. If you want to believe in the trees, the sun, the sky, all of mother earth and that is your religion, then so be it. If you want to bow to a statue of every spiritual icon that walked this planet, then so be it. If faith, religion, spirituality of any sort helps you feel whole, connected and true and in turn makes you a better person to those around you, then so be it! For me, my religion, my spirituality is most definitely an amalgamation of experiences, passions and lessons throughout my life. It consists of meditation, private prayers to the universe (or God, whatever you wish to call it), my yoga practice – a silent meditative prayer with each breath – being in nature and community experiences (such as Kirtan, or yogic events) shared with like-minded friends. Relishing in the moment, sharing what I’ve learnt with my students, enjoying time with friends, being there for my family, living my life by giving and receiving happiness, being true to myself. So, how did you answer the religion question on the census form? I’d love to hear your thoughts on spirituality/religion? What do you think is the main difference between spirituality and religion? Signing off with an exhale. Pause.Listen.Live Cx Read more


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