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The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: The books I’ve loved

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: The books I’ve loved

Posted January 14, 2015

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide – Part 6 – Books and Education In the very early weeks of this pregnancy I didn’t really feel moved to read too much… in fact, that feeling has remained somewhat. But let me explain because I do have a few books to recommend. I didn’t feel called to dive into a lot of information written by experts on pregnancy, childbirth etc.  There was something within me that felt that, at that particular stage, too much information might actually get the better of me. It was almost like the only oracle and guide I needed was this baby and my body. And to this day I still see that as the foremost source of knowledge and information. Intuitively, every woman out there, knows what’s going on in their own body. When you tune in you are able to sense what’s right or not. Despite that, I love to read and I love learning… so I did get my hands on a few books that resonated with me. And since then, that pile has grown. Some are more spiritually minded, others are much more practical, but I’m using them as a resource, a back-up, a way ‘in’ when something feels cloudy or confusing. But if, at any point, anything I’m reading makes me feel anxious or stressed then I quickly put that book down and explore WHY. Am I resisting something truthful that this book is presenting, or is this book saturated in fear, that I don’t wish to buy into? The books I want to share with you today are not necessarily books that I’ve been told are ‘the best’… I know there are 1000000000 books out there that will tell you everything you need to know about pregnancy, motherhood, babies etc. But for me, I have gravitated towards books that give me a sense of confidence, trust, connection and most importantly knowledge that what is unfolding within me and the next stage of motherhood is one that I will figure out and I WILL get better at, day by day. I also should mention here that some of these books I’ve not yet finished, but I dip into – certain chapters satisfy certain queries. Other sections might be aligned to how I am feeling at that particular time. The one piece of advice that I personally think is important here is this: find the balance between getting educated and armed up with knowledge with learning and knowing too much. Sometimes a little ignorance is bliss, as long as you are instead firing up your own inner wisdom and intuition – use THAT as your main source of knowledge. Remember this. You literally have the wisdom of the ages – generations of woman who have birthed and raised children – threaded within your soul. You’ve got this. BOOKS I’VE READ + LOVED (Some of these have found me, been passed on or recommended by friends – trust that the books and resources you are meant to discover will show up!) v Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives – Deepak Chopra  Anything Deepak and I’m in… he creates a level of understanding on both the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental planes that I connect with and just ‘get’. It’s a perfect blend of advice and tips with spiritual and holistic perspective Parenting with Soul – Sally Collings This book isn’t hard to read and if you’ve been on this spiritual path for a while it’s simple an affirmation of how to take the way you lie into parenting. If you are relatively new on this journey then I think you’ll find this quite an easy yet eye opening book. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin This woman, Ina May, is the most incredible Midwife, Pregnancy and Birthing advocate. You MUST read this book. (Yep, that’s an order). The stories of birth are positive, inspiring and damn-right encouraging. They frequently move me to tears. Not to mention that Ina’s insight and advice comes from HUNDREDS of birthing experiences. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful – Gurmukh By far my favourite book so far. Pregnant or not, this is one incredible guide. It’s permanently by my bed and I dip into it for reassurance. It wraps me in a warm hug of truth – that if I can grow this baby I can birth it. And if I can lie a conscious, spiritual life, I can bring that into this pregnancy and beyond. Not to mention the Kundalini meditations threaded through eery chapter. Love! Also a HUGE must for you beautiful mamas out there. Birth Skills – Juju Sundin with Sarah Murdoch I found this book interesting as the perspective on birthing is a little different to the Calm Birth mentality, but yet still supportive and really important to understand. It focuses more on active, moment-based techniques to work through the stages of labour (pain, contractions, transitions etc). The natural way to a better pregnancy – Francesca Naish + Janette Roberts Informative. Jam-packed. Natural/Holistic Focused. It has a wealth of natural-based knowledge which I found useful, but sometimes overwhelming. However by dipping in and out I’ve been able to get guidance when and how I need it. Baby Love – Robin Barker Honestly, I haven’t yet tucked into this one much but it’s more of a bible of knowledge. Recommended to me from a few friends who have said this book really helped alot with the first three months of baby’s life. The Child Within the Lotus – Margaret Stephenson Meere Being slightly obsessed with Chakras and Energy systems I was super eager when a friend recommended this book as it works through developmental stages of your baby via the development of the Chakras, from base to crown. I really love knowing the connection between the different stages to how the energy system is activating. Baby on board – Dr Howard Chilton This book came to me by my guides. Someone mentioned his name on some random facebook post, and […] Read more

Golden Nuggets from Gabrielle Bernstein

Golden Nuggets from Gabrielle Bernstein

Posted January 12, 2015

I’m only now coming out of my little #sundaysurrender hibernation. After a powerful day at Gabrielle Bernstein’s Sydney event (thank you Earth Events!), I spent Sunday, gratefully in a cocoon with my husband… *Meditation. Kundalini Yoga. Journalling. Movies. Chai. Cuddles. Walks in the rain* I had to be in that space… the weather called it for me, but I was also still processing, absorbing and doing some personal shifting after the incredible one-day workshop with Gabby B. A day shared with hundreds of like-minded women and men talking all things spirit and soul. Gabby guided us through powerful meditations, peeled off layers of ego and cracked us open. Truly, after one particular meditation I think almost everyone was wiping mascara filled tears off their face. There is an absolute treasure trove of golden nuggets I wish I could share with you… but I think it would take you a whole week to read that post. Instead I’m going to share with you FOUR things that jumped out at me. These might not be my only hero take-aways, but they are the ones coming through right now… so I’m going to trust that it’s these nuggets you are meant to read. 1) Coming back, over and over and over. This is a message I have been living by and sharing with my own clients. So it felt so good to hear Gabby reaffirm this and share it. It’s not about being ‘spiritual’ or ‘conscious’ all the time… we all get caught up in scrawling, mindlessly through instagram, or judging yourself and others, or reacting with anger instead of pausing and processing. BUT it’s about how quickly, and with awareness you return back to your centre, your presence. To your truth. To what you KNOW. To who you really are (and want to be). I often say that over time, the gap between being aware, conscious and living in presence with the more ego-driven, unconscious states becomes smaller and smaller. And how is this done…? As we continue to chip away with our spiritual practices and higher states of thinking, feeling and being, we close that gap. We keep coming back, as Gabby puts it. 2) Be reverent. Do the work. Devote. How do you become more conscious? How do you feel more instead of think more? How do you change your world from the inside out? How do you live, breathe and be from love, instead of fear? How do you tap into your own inner wisdom and guidance? This is how… MEDITATE! Create sacred space. PRAY. Be reverent with your time and create daily rituals. DEVOTE. Tap into commitment. There is no quick fix. Firstly, there is nothing to fix. This is about tuning in to who you already are and what you already have. Secondly, nothing great happens easily and over night. You want to live consciously, from your heart, with love and be guided daily? Then do the work. Don’t be apathetic about it. Make it sacred. 3) Your power is so much bigger than you realise. This message came to me – well it felt like I downloaded it – during one of the meditations on Saturday. Gabby had been drilling the truth home; that our power is in our presence and as we meditated my own inner wisdom whispered to me that my personal power is SO much bigger than I could ever realise or measure. It came to remind me to stop playing, thinking, being, doing SMALL. Whether I’m a mother or a blogger or a sister or a wife or a coach… BIGNESS is who I am. It wasn’t long before I realised that message was for everyone in that room and beyond. As questions were asked and personal stories were shared, I found that almost everyone in that room needed to hear that message too. So today I pass it on to you. It wasn’t just meant for me, it is OUR COLLECTIVE TRUTH. YOUR power is so much bigger than you realise! What does that really mean? It means YOUR HIGHER SELF is infinite, HUGE, immeasurable, expansive…. and that the small you – your little ego based, limited self can never fully know this. So stop trying to KNOW it from your logical, left-brain. Your ego-mind doesn’t have the tools to KNOW this power. But the BIG YOU, the REAL YOU can feel it. Because it is IT! So feel into your power baby, go there… it’s an endless source of love, wisdom, knowledge, abundance, joy and divinity. 4) When things get good, work harder. This hit me over the head, quite comically. It was a light-hearted moment of realisation for me. Things are SO good right now. I feel physically amazing, mentally clear, emotionally balanced and energetically open. I don’t have anything major I’m processing – spiritually I’ve been ‘working’ on myself for years and today I am awash with a sense of lightness, freedom, balance and contentment. And you know what, I’ve been happy to be in that space  – surrendered to it. Being pregnant has called for alot of surrender into the HERE AND NOW because I know that many challenges, awakenings and shifts are still to come as motherhood is just around the corner. However, when Gabby said ‘when things get good, work harder’… I actually laughed out loud. I laughed in unity with her message, I laughed in understanding and acceptance… There is NO perfection. There is never a time when our work is ‘done’. And truthfully, this is what I love the MOST. The journey of self-exploration is my own personal drug of choice. Addicted to the work. So here I am, recommitting again to working harder on myself. To look at my own shadows with love, respect and gratitude and to do what I need to do to be the fullest version of my truest self and the best guide to this soul baby! ++ I hope these four little nuggets have come to you […] Read more

Write your own story in 2015

Write your own story in 2015

Posted January 06, 2015

The pen is in your hands… write your own story! So here we are. Facing off to another year. 2015… I’m looking at you. Staring down the barrel of another 12 months, yet this one feels oh-so-different. Filled with SO much uncertainty, newness, transformation… and yet despite the insecurity that comes with that, I can literally FEEL that this year is all about love. Deep. Heart opening. Soul changing. Maybe you feel the same? Maybe you don’t know exactly what’s coming but you can sense there is a shift – in your inner and outer world? And maybe that both inspires and excites you, yet leaves you feeling a little unstable on your feet? Yes, I feel that too. That is, until an email landed in my inbox with three simple sentences. A gift from the universe (and my Kinesiologist!) electronically sent to remind me that I am the creator of my life… that I am the only one that can mould, shape, nurture and nourish my life in a way that feels instinctively TRUE + RIGHT for me. “A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself”… So the question that immediately arose for me upon reading these words was: Well, if I am the writer of my life what language do I wish to use to write this story? Do I want to choose the language of fear? The language of my ego – living in a world of comparison, competition, judgment, stress, resistance… Or, do I want to choose the language of love? The language of my soul – living in a world of truth, passion, purpose, alignment, presence, patience, compassion…. The story will be written, slowly… day by day, chunk by chunk. Sometimes the story will unfold chapters at a time as I tune in effortless to what I desire from this year. Other times the story will unfold moment to moment as I am revealed  what this year is meant to deliver to me. Today I’m choosing to consciously, deliberately and always with presence use the language of love to write my book of 2015. It will be a beautiful story… I don’t have the details yet, but there is a rough sketch, an outline… a loose plan. And I know that together, in partnership with my soul, we are going to write, create, and experience an incredible year! How do you choose to write the story of your 2015? Claire x Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Movement + Bodylove

Posted December 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part 3 – Movement + Bodylove Honestly, before I was pregnant (and I’m talking years ago) I would’ve thought I’d be the girl who would stubbornly insist on exercising in the same way I always had, despite the changes in my body. Being a yogi – that is my main form of movement – I’ve tried every style of yoga under the sun. That is until I really honed my own personal ‘home’ practice. BTW: If you would like to do the same check out my recent post on Starting a yoga practice at-home. Today though, well and truly on the home-stretch to birthing this bub, I attribute the much more nourishing, soul-satisfying and body-loving movement practices I’ve been enjoying during this pregnancy to that home-practice. Why? Well it taught me how to be INTUITIVE. Being Intuitive is EVERYTHING when you are pregnant Have I mentioned yet how freaking mind-blowing the changes that unfold in your body are? Well if not, read that sentence again. They ARE! You have the hormone relaxin course through your body softening your pelvis, your joints and even the valve that keeps your food DOWN. Progesterone is slowing down digestion so baby can absorb more of the good stuff. It’s also causing membranes to swell (hello stuff nose) and helping you store extra weight to grow bub but for breast feeding down the track. There is more blood pumping, your heart rate is going faster, your breath is shorter (squashed lungs) and on it goes. Now I’m not telling you this to scare – most of it is manageable. But I am share this to really drill home how much more vulnerable your body is. It’s doing a BIG thing – building and growing a human being is a miracle. And because of this miracle your need to move and breathe in a way that always feels good and supportive. Let me say this loud and clear: This is not the time to be pursuing and reaching new exercise goals. There is no need to run further, lift more weights, push harder. Soften. Surrender. Nurture. You get me? Accept that your body will change (I’ve put on 10kgs!) Accept that things will look and feel different. Accept that it’s all part of this divine process. Despite everything I just said, pregnancy is not a license to blog out. Countless studies have proven that movement and exercise during pregnancy is vital for the long-term health of bub and for your strength and recovery. You would never enter a marathon without training, right? So the same goes for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Now this is where your intuition comes into play. The key to striking the balance between Softness + Surrender with Inspired Action is to use your own body and mind as your navigational system – your guidance. How do you feel? What would support you best? What is your body craving You must embrace movement + exercise during your pregnancy in a way that feels supportive – that helps you maintain good health and that ultimately makes you feel really freaking good. If you are a runner, and it still feels good to run – then RUN. But do not take it up just because you are pregnant. Same goes for anything else. I would say Yoga + Swimming are probably the two things you can safely start if you never have before. And please note that everything you do requires modification. There is NO way that my yoga practice looks anything like it did before. It’s much more fluid and less dynamic. I don’t practice deeper backbends and inversions only come out every now and then. Arm balances just don’t feel right. There is so much I CAN do – physically my body still is able to lift into a crow pose or a backbend – but mostly I don’t do them because they intuitively feel ‘wrong’ in my body right now. They feel damaging, harsh… and luckily I am not so attached to the ‘poses’ that I can’t go a few months without them. For me my ‘movement routine’ has looked like this: 1 x Prenatal Yoga Class per week 1 – 2 x Barre Body Classes per week 3 x Personal yoga practices (at-home, at the park by the beach or using an online video) + Regular walking + swimming I’m going to break it down for you here: Prenatal Yoga I’ve been attended Prenatal Yoga with Lauren at The LifePod. But I’m sure you can find many options in your area too. Now, it’s not that the sequence in Lauren’s class isn’t something I could do on my own – as a yogi and teacher sequencing is something I’m comfortable with. But it’s the energy held within the space that is so vital. Being in a room full of women, going through the same thing (in their own personal way) and who are willing to open, connect and explore… well that is why I keep going back. Not to mention that Lauren facilitates the class with so much love and respect for each of our journey. The room is flooded with her understanding, compassion and appreciation for pregnancy. She invites us to dig deep yet to be soft, to grow, yet to be present and still… She cultivates inspiration, motivation, passion and release (emotionally and physically!) Prenatal Yoga is a beautiful way to enter yoga if you’ve not done so before. It also will carry you through the journey in the most loving way. I’ll be sad when Prenatal yoga is no longer part of my week!   Barre Body Barre Body is a Barre studio founded and directed by my bestie – Emma Seibold. The classes I attend are a hybrid of Yoga, Pilates and Barre work. And I love them! They provide me the dose of dynamic energy, strength work and power that I need to stay fit and strong. I, of course, can’t do […] Read more

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide

Posted December 02, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide! As a coach I have worked with hundreds of women supporting them to find health, to heal, to find balance, to cultivate happiness and to live in wellness. Personally, living in wellness is not a negotiation for me. It is just how I choose to live and it is how I navigate through the world and life. What can I do here to ensure I am nourished? How do I nurture my body better? Will this support me or detract from me? So that being said… I am no expert in pregnancy, birth or motherhood, but I sure know a thing or two about wellness! Which leads me to introduce you to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide. A series of blog posts, audio clips, interviews and more where I’ll be sharing what I have been doing throughout my pregnancy. Watch the video to find out more on my Pregnancy Wellness Guide. You’ll also learn 4 feel-good tips you can dive into today! CLICK PLAY I hope you can see this as what it’s intended to be – a guide. NOT a rulebook. Because the one and only rule that does apply during pregnancy is that you are THE BOSS. However, if some of what I am doing might help you on your journey, then my job is done. Your body, your intuition, what feels right/wrong/or otherwise – that’s the only rule that matters. As I mention in the video, here is some of what we’ll be covering off in the Pregnancy Wellness Guide: 1. Supplements + Nutrition 2. Recommended Books 3. Movement + Bodylove 4. Meditation + Visualisation 5. Birth planning + preparation 6. Postpartum Lots of  juicy info to support you ladies – whether you are a soon-to-be mama, planning it in the future or onto your second (third, fourth?) bubby! Oh and any men out there reading – there is nothing hotter than a MAN who CARES about (and is involved) his woman during her pregnancy. So the more you know, the better! Now it’s over to you. I really need your help. Comment below and share with me: Any burning pregnancy questions you have (that I might be able to answer/include in the guide) Anything you feel is important to share to other ladies regarding pregnancy. Just a side note: we are going for POSITIVE stories and sharing. Even if your birthing experience didn’t go ‘as planned’… please, whatever you share, do so from a positive, affirmative place. I do not want this space to spread fear + doubt (p.s if your comment does, I will delete it). Thanking you in advance. Stay tuned. More to be released soon. love + light, Claire xx   Read more

Happiness Interrupted

Happiness Interrupted

Posted November 11, 2014

Do you allow your own inner radiance to be interrupted? Is your happiness on a continuous stop-start action? Are you always on a roller coaster – sometimes riding high and others you are hanging low? Yes? Well, take comfort firstly in that you can recognize that. And secondly, take comfort that you are not alone. Most of us feel like we are in this perpetual cycle of high/low, happy/sad, up/down, good/bad. And that’s just life, right? Sure it is…we must flow with the tidal wave of emotions, experiences and challenges. Getting swept up into them, caught in them, distracted by them, overwhelmed by them… that is, until we are eventually distracted by something shiny and new which brings us back to the shore of peace and happiness again…where we can rest for a little while. Ok, I’m being facetious. Not sure if you could detect the sarcasm in the words I just wrote… but let me get really direct here. Do you let your happiness and own inner radiance be interrupted as the ‘THINGS’ you desire come and go? Are you so desperately at the mercy of what life dishes up for you – delivers into your hands – that if it isn’t quite ‘right’ you are once again battered and bruised? Once again, that happy, glowy version of you is nowhere to be found, only to be replaced by a more stressed out, angrier, reactive, you – caught in your own mental chatter, limiting self-beliefs and emotional abuse. Does this sound dramatic? Well, perhaps. But I’m trying to make a BIG, BIG point here, that needs to be made. You. YOUR true self. Your highest self. Your Universal self. Divine Soul. God essence (whatever turn of phrase most resonates with you)… YOU ARE HAPPINESS. YOU ARE RADIANT. YOU ARE LOVE. You don’t need experiences, situations, things, people, more money, a new car, a great new outfit… (and on it goes) to BE HAPPY, RADIANT. To BE LOVE… You might feel for a moment or two (or three) that all those things make you FEEL happy, radiant, glowy, bright, sparky, alive… love-filled. And hey, there is nothing wrong with what you desire… Let me repeat that. There is NOTHING wrong with what you desire. Desires are a major part of our human experience. As the incredible Danielle LaPorte says ‘want what you want with all your heart, but don’t get attached to it’. So, if your desires were ‘interrupted’… if your desires didn’t come to you, or they did and then vanished again… or it took a lot longer to arrive than what you’d planned, would you be OK with that?? Would you still feel happy? How do you BE radiant, BE happy? Instead of just feel it? The poet Rumi says, “be suspicious of what you want”. First, ask yourself if what you desire –what you think brings you inner radiance and happiness – is actually a true, heart-driven desire, or if you are chasing a pipe dream. An holy grail of nothingness that might give you fleeting moments of feeling radiance and happiness, but doesn’t fill you up from the inside out. Nothing can, nothing will. Until you realize that you ARE happiness. You ARE radiance. And then, try this… Be still. Go into quiet. Find that spark within you. Connect to it. Breathe into it. Feel into it. Get cosy with it. Familiar with it. Find your home within that stillness. When we meditate we aren’t just de-stressing and rebalancing – although it must be said that nothing will do those two things better than a good meditation session – but we are also opening the doors to our inner self. The self that is happiness. That is perpetually radiant. Not some of the time, or when good things come. But all the time. We are choosing to BE instead of DO or even just feel. We choose, through stillness to embody our true nature – our inner radiance. The point of life is happiness. —The Dalai Lama So when life is good. Meditate. When life is tremendously challenging. Meditate. When life is boring and days are relentless the same. Meditate. Why? Because in that stillness you’ll be cocooned in your own, golden radiance. You’ll be connected and tapped into your own source of undiluted, unrestricted and continuous flow of happiness. Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations to makeover your mind, body and soul If you are ready to go into that stillness, then look to my new meditation offering – The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series, available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. You’ll tap into that well-spring of happiness and radiance within you, an uninterrupted source. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE “Consider that you radiate. At all times. Consider that what you’re feeling right now is rippling outward into a field of is-ness that anyone can dip their oar into. You are felt. You are heard. You are seen. If you were not here, the world would be different. Because of your presence, the universe is expanding.” Danielle LaPorte Join the #RadianceRevolution: Share with me below, or via instagram, twitter and FB what true happiness and radiance feels like to you? Connect with me @claireOwellness (via twitter and instagram) or find me on facebook under The Wellness Project. Read more

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Want to GLOW from within? Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations is here!

Posted November 06, 2014

Cultivating stillness and inner peace can seem like a monumental challenge. Life is crazy, right? How on earth can you muster up the time or energy to delve within and find your Zen? But what if I told you that all you needed was one week? And that in that tiny slice of your life – just 7 days – you could kick-start some seriously soulful change? Imagine a week, where… You felt really (freaking) good. You experienced stillness in mind and body. You were grounded and centred. You experienced deep relaxation, inner peace and connection. Your inner radiance began to reveal itself… And then, most importantly of all, imagine that this simple 7-day journey could kick-start an entire inner revolution – where you could learn to live in this relaxed and radiant way more (or even all) of the time?! It’s truly possible. When you’re using a powerful tool, one week is all it takes to plant the seed of change. And meditation is the most potent tool I know… Welcome to… A daily meditation practice can help you to feel the way you want to feel. To live the way you deserve to live. To experience joy from the inside out. In fact, there’s really no other personal development tool out there that is as transformational and life-changing as meditation. Yet people still struggle to embrace it and embed it into their daily lives… I get it. I understand the resistance, I truly do – creating a new habit can seem time-consuming. Overwhelming. Even scary. That’s why I created this series of (mini) guided meditations. To chunk things down. To make it easy and empowering. To take the size (and scariness) out of this age-old practice. These (mini) meditation series led by me, Claire Obeid, have been designed to bring meditation to you, in the simplest way possible. Professionally mixed and recorded, there are tracks to suit every mood and every schedule. And they range in length from 10 – 20 minutes – making them an achievable goal on even the busiest day. Which means all you have to do is pick the one that resonates most, pop on your headphones, press play… and feel yourself unfurl. With seven guided tracks in every series (and three different themed series to choose from) you’ll be well on your way to a deeply rewarding daily ritual in no time – one that will make you over from the inside out. Stillness in mind. Vitality and health in body. And a deep connection with your soul.That’s what these meditations can do for you. The Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditation series is available in three 7-day packages. Each mini-meditation series comes complete with a daily guided meditation, downloadable journaling guide + soulful commentary to support you on your journey to radiance. Just one track a day will help you cultivate the mental stillness you crave, create space for healing + open up the sacred bond with your highest self. What’s included in each package: Welcome audio + instructions when you first sign up. Daily email including live streaming of each meditation track. An introduction with each meditation, to set the scene and guide your journey. Daily journaling prompts during your 7-day program, so that you can deepen the discovery and tune in to your truth. Bonus: All the meditation tracks – which are professionally mixed and recorded – are yours to download, keep, and listen to whenever (and wherever) you like. Downloadable + printable PDF journaling workbook – also yours to keep! Each 7-Day Meditation Series hones in on a different theme, designed to support your makeover in mind-body-soul and unearth your inner glow! 7 Days to Radiate: deeply relax + let go Designed for those eager to untangle from the mental clutter that stands in the way of glowing and flowing through life. Let’s make space for bliss. 1. Breath Awareness 2. Be free from control 3. Vibrant Health 4. Detox the Mind Meditation 5. Healing Energy 6. Yoga Nidra 7. Divinity Mantra Meditation 7 Days to Radiate: make peace + heal Designed for those who feel called to cleanse, release + let go of anything that no longer serves. It’s time to get grounded in your mind-body-soul and come back to your peaceful centre. 1. Blissed Out 2. Chakra Cleanse 3. Connect to Light + Love 4. Forgiveness 5. I am Truth Mantra Meditation 6. Healing the heart 7. Peace and Tranquillity 7 Days to Radiate: feel joy + inspiration Designed for those ready to remember and reconnect with their true self. Feel inspired, tap into your desires and open your heart. Experience freedom and joy. 1. Abundance Meditation 2. Be limitless 3. Give Thanks 4. Radiant Being 5. Learning to trust 6. Ecstasy Mantra Meditation 7. Clarity + connection Pick and choose from the 7-Day Meditation Series or purchase all three to experience a powerful 21-day makeover from the inside out. (After all, it takes 3 weeks to solidify a positive habit!) It’s your choice. Let your intuition guide you – What would most nourish you? What’s tugging at your spirit? What does your mind-body-soul crave? How it works… Upon signing up, you’ll receive your welcome email + instructions to activate the 7 or 21 days of (mini) meditations. Each day you’ll receive your guided meditation – including commentary + journaling exercise instructions – delivered direct into your inbox. At any stage you can access your bonuses (the full meditation album download + PDF journaling workbook) so you can dive deeper at your own pace. Next steps… Choose your preferred meditation series, or select the bundle for all three. Click the ‘buy now’ button. You’ll receive a welcome email containing a link to the resources site, which includes your private access code. Follow the link and plug in the private access code. Then start your journey by listening to the welcome audio and instructions. Download and save your bonuses – the album and PDF journaling guide. When you […] Read more

Audio Blog: Why I don’t believe we should expect nothing + appreciate everything

Audio Blog: Why I don’t believe we should expect nothing + appreciate everything

Posted November 04, 2014

‘Expect nothing + appreciate everything’… This is the phrase that has literally been tugging at me over the last few weeks. I recently shared via my newsletter (where I share lots of personal insights + wisdom) that I am on the receiving end of lots of beautiful wisdom from women on pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Most of this advice is so supportive. Sometimes, it’s not supportive at all. Some of that advice  – ‘Expect Nothing’ – I completely understand. Great Expectations that are riddled with agendas and are buried under the attachment to the image of perfection can lead us into such a state of control and therefore control us. However, there is something within the advice of ‘Expect Nothing’ that hasn’t been sitting with me right. I am a woman of Inspired Action. Contemplation and Consciousness merge with the desire to be involved in life, to take action (yet surrender when required!) and to choose a positive, glass-half-full approach ALWAYS. So, being told to ‘Expect Nothing’ feels a little futile.  I do not want to get caught up in controlling outcomes and then being let down by the unachievable goals, BUT I do believe in being empowered and making conscious choices. Today’s 10 Minute Audio Blog explores discuss how to Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything and Being Aware and Proactive. Without further adieu I’ll let you hit PLAY and listen in where I dissect the difference between expectations and positive, conscious behavior. CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN (OR RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE AND DOWNLOAD – take me with you on your walk or on your way to work) ++ Your turn: Where have your expectations got the better of you? How do you find the balance between being positive, empowered and conscious versus dropping rigid and controlling expectations? Or simply share with me what resonates with you about this post! Thanks for connecting! I can’t wait to read your comments. (Don’t worry, no expectations!) Love + light, Claire xx Read more

Living Yoga Off The Mat with Shona Vertue

Living Yoga Off The Mat with Shona Vertue

Posted October 28, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. Having 10 years of practical Yoga experience and a dedicated background in Elite Gymnastics and Dance under her belt, Shona is known for her attention to detail and passionate enthusiasm towards health and fitness. Extensive training in Strength and Conditioning, Chinese Massage and an ongoing BOS in Nutrition have gifted Shona with an eclectic and holistic approach to health and fitness, which is clearly evident in her classes and training sessions. With over seven years industry experience teaching Yoga in several independent studios in Sydney, Australia, and co-facilitating health retreats around the world in places as diverse as Thailand, Taiwan and Samoa, Shona successfully and simultaneously managed her own Personal Training business where she instilled a strong foundation of knowledge and experience in her clients. She sees her mission in life to broadcast the message, as widely as possible, that the key to happiness comes from enjoyment and commitment. She ascribes to the words of American author and businessman, Herman Cain, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be successful” This is a lifestyle philosophy that she enthusiastically practices and preaches. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… 24 hours a day 7 days a week – it tests me, challenges me, uplifts me in every moment of my waking life. My asana practice is a chance for my soul to dance, for my mind to clear and my body to regenerate, lengthen and strengthen. To me, yoga means… coming home, wherever I am in the world. My experience off the mat has… been way more challenging than any asana could ever be on the mat! But just as it is rewarding when you finally get your feet off in crow, or float your way into a stable handstand – connecting with yoga off the mat and finding peace in the storm of life, is one of the most rewarding aspects of a yoga practice. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… (tell me what it was, what you learnt, how it changed you) Ah! So many! I think I have a shift or awakening in just about every Jivamukti Class I take! But I’ll go with the first one my intuition brought to me – I used to practice in Sydney with Kelli Angela Prieur (one of my favourite yogis) – she would always talk about surrender (and funnily enough had it tattooed on her arm), at the time I was obsessed with asana and wished she would just hurry up with starting the vinyasa already so I could get ‘my yoga on’. Her stories on surrendering and it’s relevance to life never failed to speak to me, however, it wasn’t until some 7 years later, sitting on a towel because I couldn’t afford a yoga mat, in a cold and dirty flat in London, feeling alone and sorry for myself that her lessons on ‘surrendering’ would hit me hard. Suddenly I realised that I was swimming upstream, I was focusing on all the negative around me, I was impatient and fearful of the unknown, I didn’t trust myself so how could I trust the universe, but it was then that I saw Kelli’s beautiful face and a wonderful reminder to surrender, and trust. I have absolutely never ever looked back – now surrendering is one of my favourite practices – it is now no longer a challenge and it makes life so much easier – when things aren’t going right, there is a reason – surrender and allow what is supposed to unfold, unfold – it has allowed for the most magical life in London. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Non-judgement towards myself and others – this is a hard one when we’re all so addicted to facebook and instagram, comparing our lives, trying to out-happy one another. Everyone at their core however, is just another being trying to release suffering and experience joy just like you and me. Why are these important to you? It makes life so much easier. Easy like Sunday morning. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? Satya is powerful and has always been a struggle for me. I’ve spent a great deal of my life trying to gain the acceptance of others – my parents at first, then my peers, then boyfriends, girlfriends, teachers, you name it. I would often lose my identity or truth in order to appeal to what I believe they needed. I searched for acceptance and love from others because deeply, I didn’t feel as though I deserved it, I couldn’t love myself, so I would have to be what others ‘wanted’ in order to be loved. This got me into a lot of sticky situations, I’ve hurt myself and others because of it. Honour the truth of who you are because it IS truly beautiful. Really it is. You are beautiful. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? All of the above? 🙂 I think this changes as the lessons change – for me right now, and I’m going on my intuition here, it means: Falling in love with myself – when I love myself, I take care of my body, my mind, and I am more capable of taking care of others. Connect with Shona | Website | Instagram Read more


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