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Living yoga off the mat with Karen Spitz

Living yoga off the mat with Karen Spitz

Posted February 23, 2016

This blog series is a reflection on how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. ++ Karen is one of those women who literally light YOU up and the room she is in because she shines so bright. One a yoga student of mine, I (truthfully) would look forward to the moment when Karen would walk into class. She is bubbly, effervescent almost. ALIVE. She’s one of those rare souls that just seems to OOZE an understanding that life is joy. Life is love personified. Which is why when you get to know Karen and her story below you’ll appreciate her light even more. I know I did, and still do. The way she lives yoga off the mat, what  she is here to do, and how she is doing is truly an inspiration. Please, stop whatever you are doing and read the below. You’ve got 3 minutes. It’s worth it. love + light, Claire Finish this sentence: Trigger warning: contains themes of sexual abuse. My yoga practice is… ever-changing. I am not static and neither is my practice. Accepting this reality makes it easier to identify what I need in the present moment and take action that is most beneficial. To me, yoga means…. a place of connection. It is no longer the ‘thing that just happens on the mat’, it is how I treat myself and others, how I understand things, and now it is how I make the world a better place. My experience of the mat has… been and still is one of extreme humility. I am in awe of the practice’s ability to challenge me, to show me how strong I am, how much I am capable of, while at the same time giving me unquantifiable comfort. I am deeply grateful that the practice meets me where I am at regardless of what I bring to it or how long it’s been between ‘down dogs’. It is there ready to hold me and it allows me to unfold as I need to. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. The greatest gift yoga has given me is one of connection. As a survivor of early childhood abuse I lived for many years almost entirely dissociated from my body. I had a fractured, apathetic relationship with my physical being. This disconnection manifested as very toxic emotions, thoughts, physical symptoms and constant pain. Yoga opened the door to acceptance. Fourteen years on I still have to work at it but yoga gave me that feeling of deep joy in my body, the deliciousness of movement and a comfort in my own skin. Yoga has given me a home. Quick Fire Questions: What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Connection, presence, authenticity. The practice doesn’t lie – if my brain is agitated, I find balance challenging. If I am exhausted then holding myself up is hard. It’s all there in the practice, particularly the bits I don’t want to see. And the anger that I feel towards my teacher when she makes me “do something”… it has nothing to do with her or that third Utkatasana. I brought that into the room. Being connected to myself, present and bullshit free allows life to flow through me unimpeded and that is the best version of myself. Why are these important to you? Because what is the goddam point if we are super-bendy, hot-looking and zen on the mat but we are an asshole to our mothers, friends and colleagues? The practice in and of itself is not the point, the real stuff happens once we close the door of the studio and are out of the world. That is when the real Yoga starts and what the work on the mat prepares us for. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? Non-attachment, non-attachment, non-attachment – I say this three times so I remember. I have been working with this for SO long. I really struggled with this concept, resisted and riled against it [loudly]. I am a smart, passionate, engaged woman, how can I be non-attached? I thought this equated with a kind of ‘giving up’ which I refuse to sign up for. Now that I understand this as a surrender to the outcome, while I still do my bit, I feel almost comforted by this notion. Surviving trauma comes with a whole host of shitty aftermath and a lot of ‘why me?’. Non-attachment allows me to be grateful for what the trauma taught me or what I have chosen to do with it without having to be grateful for the trauma. More broadly, I don’t accept a world where we are silent about sexual violence but I understand that we can choose do our bit [or not]. How and when we see the changes we want to see, no one knows. We just have to keep at it. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Finding my little corner of the world and starting there. Being of service, trying to do so as gracefully as possible even if it doesn’t look as glamourous as I think it should or doesn’t happen on my timeframe. Choosing compassion over anger. Staying open when I want to close. Being real, not the kind of real that makes me look good on social media but the kind that makes me feel like I am plugged into life. ++ Karen’s goal for 2016 is introducing 100 teachers to trauma informed teaching. See her website for workshop details Connect with Karen: Website | Facebook | Instagram Read more

The power of silence

The power of silence

Posted January 19, 2016

The power of silence. Have you heard the phrase “Silence is Golden”? It’s a beautiful idea, isn’t. Peaceful. Serene. Blissful. Embracing the quiet. It really conjures up a stunning image of serenity. Alone, on a beach somewhere, with no sound other than the gently crashing waves and the wind whipping through your hair and the sun setting it breathtaking fashion. But that phrase also has so much more power to it when we place that silence between two people. When we place silence at the core of any interaction or exchange between two people the result is often a profound shift, realization or revelation. Recently I attended the Rise Sister Rise event where my spiritual mentor – Belinda Davidson and her new partner in crime, Rebecca Campbell held the space for group of light-seeking, spiritually minded women (and one awesome man). The day included chanting, prayer, white light healings and some group work – the latter which served as powerful reminder to me that SILENCE can often be the best tool we have for transformation. We were pared up and simply told to ask a series of questions to our partner. Questions that dug deep into fears, soul voice, and desires. We were asked to not say anything, or even respond in any way, other than to hold the space for our new friend and to keep asking the same question over and over until the designated time was up. We were asked to buy into the power of silence. As a coach it is part of my work to ‘hold space’ in this way regularly. But it is definitely something I had to ‘learn’ to do. I’ve always been a great listener, but had to learn the art truly hearing someone, without needing to respond, share, guide, impart wisdom, or (worse) interject with your own anecdotes, stories and woes. At the Rise Sister Rise event I held space for my new friend. It was here that I noticed how often I had to fight the urge to ‘coach’ her. My ego chimed up, internally, more than once, with positive reinforcement, or words of wisdom, or my ‘opinion’. The feeling often burned within me to speak up to support her. But, ever the avid student, I heeded the instructions, shushed that inner desire and simply locked my eyes on hers. My heart connected to hers. My ears tuned into to her voice. And I let her speak. I let my breath be steady, slow, even (just as I do when I’m trying to calm down my bub). A And I cleared my mind of my own agenda and my ‘opinions’. What unfolded was beautiful. My new friend peeled off layer after layer. She came to some mind-blowing truths and did so all on her own. Her soul-voice got louder, bolder, clearer. It was given the centre stage and with that it fervently delivered a few golden realisations into the silence we had created. I try and do this, as often as possible, with my clients but this went a little deeper, and further because someone else had created the parameters. It was four full minutes of staying silent, listening, and hold space so our friend could lean into their soul and reveal their truths. I said nothing. I breathed. I looked into her eyes. I kept my energy clean and light. I said nothing. And … she said everything she needed too. And it was spectacular. The silence was golden. The power of silence revealed. ++ How does this insight into silence apply to you? Well there are two ways. 1) Ask a friend to sit with you in stillness, in contemplation. Explore deep, soul-voice questions together. And hold space for each other. 2)Do the same for yourself in silent meditation. love + light, Claire x Read more

Manifesting in the new year

Manifesting in the new year

Posted January 03, 2016

Manifesting is the buzz word at the moment, isn’t it? It’s the latest craze and personally, I’m all for it. Why the hell not – I mean, the word is empowering, it’s about creation, isn’t it? And why shouldn’t we be creating the life that we want? To me, manifesting is about bringing something (experience, person, attitude, situation) to the forefront – shining a light on your dreams, amplifying your desires and getting shiny-diamond clear. I say ‘forefront’ because what you truly desire, that is for your own growth, already exists… it’s just hanging out in the shadows, waiting to be called forth. It can only be called forth through you – your WILL. Nothing will ever happen without your permission. Manifesting is about realising that within you is the ultimate resource (your own vibrational energy) for attracting what you wan, as soon as you are ready, willing and able. This time of year with intentions and soulful goals flying around, the energy is almost electrified. Most of the yoga classes I am teaching at the moment are packed – a roomful of yogis with hopeful dreams of bendy asana, quiet minds and devoted practice. The point is, this time of year is the right time to really tap into the power of manifestation. It’s not rocket science, but it does take focused awareness and loving attention. In today’s VLOG I guide you through manifestation. A few things I’d like to highlight for you: I share with you what I used to think about manifesting I talk about the energy within us and how this is integral to getting what we want I talk through why (real) manifesting has to be in alignment with your truth, not your surface level desires. I talk about how you already have what you want + how lack perpetuates lack I share a personal example of how I am harnessing the power of manifestation right now I offer up some simple examples of how to manifest When you’ve finished watching the vlog I’d love to hear how YOU manifest or how you are planning on creating + attracting what your soul desires this year?  Share below in the comments! ++ So, you want to manifest a beautiful life? Let me ask you this…do you have your roadmap to happy? How will you navigate towards joy and balance in Mind-Body-Soul? Do you feel equipped to map out your pathway to a year of joy, balance, happiness, success? Do you have the tools you need? Are you ready to take the inspired action to create happiness? This year I am doing something new and oh-so juicy and special. Starting early February, I’ll be holding circle in an intimate group coaching program: Your Roadmap to Happy: 10 Week Online Group Immersion into your Mind-Body-Soul I want to work with YOU, specifically on arming you up with the right tools and knowledge to create your ROADMAP TO HAPPINESS – in Mind, Body and Soul. Manifesting your life of HAPPY begins with immersion – diving in to you, learning the right tools and practices and leaning into the right kind of support. This potent, immersive, empowering group program includes: Click HERE to find out more and join us! p.s places are strictly limited so get in quick! Hope you can join us! Happy Manifesting and happy new year! Claire x Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Read more

Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Posted December 01, 2015

Try a little kindness to make a real difference in your world. When I was pregnant the small gestures of kindness directed my way never went unnoticed. In fact, I was so incredibly grateful for those moments. Cars slowing down, finding the patience, to let a waddling mama-to-be cross the road. People giving up their seats for me on the bus, at a cafe, wherever. Strangers coming up to congratulate me and wish me, hubby and bub well. And today, with my baby always in tow I experience much the same… it shouldn’t surprise me, but for some reason it does. I’ve been pondering why it is that these little kindnesses really catch my attention and leave me with surprise (and so much gratitude) in my heart and mind. And I’ve come to realise a few truths, that are quite ugly. We live in a world that is so ‘heady‘. Everyone is so busy thinking of themselves, their own problems and concerns (and no judgment) that we can often move through our day blind to other around us. We frequently forget to give, lovingly. To serve, without expecting anything in return. People are fighting wars all over the world because of ‘their beliefs’… and causing chaos and so much pain in the name of their desires. Everyday I witness at least one road rage incident – someone exploding and spewing forth expletives to a total stranger for some nonsensical reason. Everyday I witness a little bit of racism, judgment, prejudice, abuse. If you look closely, there are countless moments of injustice, rudeness, hurt and anger. It all looks so bleak, doesn’t it? We can’t lie and pretend that this world we live in has a very shadowy, dark side. And that within every human being lives the same. But stay with me here, because there is another truth I need to highlight and share. I’m not trying to ‘preach’ anything you don’t know, I’m not trying to tell you what to do or think, but simply remind you, in a way that might inspire small change. This other truth is that this world, and every human within it also has a BRIGHT, LIGHT and LOVE-FILLED side. In fact, when allowed, this part can be bigger, bolder and stronger. Each and every time someone opens a door for me, smiles at my baby, gives up their seat or stops their busy day to let us pass by I am reminded that we all have that light within us. And when inspired to, we all can and do tap into to. Share it. Spreading that love. It takes but a moment to choose that light over the dark. A split second decision to do a little good. Try a little kindnesses. It may seem so incredibly irrelevant and minuscule to you on a global scale. This big badass world has some serious stuff going on. But what if you chose the LIGHT more often than not? What if you chose to be kind, one day at a time. And that kindness then inspired 5 other people to do the same. And so on, and so forth? What if you chose to try a little kindness each day, and beautifully it makes a small impact daily, but ultimately a HUGE one when done day after day, after day! The accumulative effect is bigger than you could every imagine. Can you see that the light you share, the love and kindness you deliver has this incredibly ripple effect? Influencing and inspiring others, to the point that it becomes an infection… finding its way into the hearts and minds of millions of others. If you KNEW that these little acts of kindness had this immeasurable ripple effect, would you make a conscious effort to do so, every day? Well, that’s what I want to remind you of today… When you try a little kindness, that’s exactly what happens. Every time you give, without expectation. YOU make a huge difference. Serve with love Smile at a stranger Take a deep breath and let someone cut ahead in the queue Slow down for that waddling pregnant lady Help that elderly woman at the bus top Buy someone a coffee ++ You won’t ever really see the difference you are making, well not immediately. You might not witness the effects your kindness had, but it is happening. Trust and faith is required that the ripple effect you are creating is happening – that is the real KEY. Maybe that’s called blind faith. But isn’t that better that spreading that dark, shady, fear-driven energy.?And let me also remind you here that you might not SEE the effect you are making, but you will feel it. Karmically, the good you put out will boomerang its way back to you. Maybe that day, or in a month… or even years later. But it flows and shifts, and moves and eventually magnetises its way back into your heart. Thats a universal law, an unseen one, but a true one. ++ So let me leave you today with this inspiration to try a little kindness. Actively, consciously and faithfully live your days from the light. Be driven by love and spread the kindness that is innately woven into your being. Love + light, Claire Read more

Living yoga off the mat with Lauren Penning

Living yoga off the mat with Lauren Penning

Posted November 03, 2015

This blog series is a reflection on how incredible yogis are living yoga off the mat – taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga into their world. I’m honoured to have Lauren here on my blog, sharing from the heart how she lives Yoga off the mat. I’ve mentioned Lauren Penning from The Life Pod on more than one occasion. Particularly I’ve shared the beautiful work that Lauren does with mamas-to-be as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, a Calm Birth Practitioner and a Doula. In fact, she was all three to me. When it comes to Yoga, Lauren certainly embodies the spirit, energy and philosophy of this practice with such grace, authenticity, honesty and love. She has such a beautiful and giving heart and I know that comes from her consistent (and dedicated) yoga practice – on and OFF the mat. Lauren has a tenderness to her. A gentle way. And it’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket. She is present. She is open hearted. She is real. And she is always willing to do the work, to open more and to support others on the same pathway. This woman held space for me during my pregnancy – held my fears, my hopes, my joy. She was there when my baby girl was born. She literally held me and carried me through labour. She cut Soleil’s umbilical cord. To say this woman is dear to me is an understatement. Everything she has taught me I still carry and tune into every single day.  I hope her words resonate with you and guide you towards oneness, just as it has done for her. Love + light, Claire xx Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… sacred. A space to cultivate deep trust in my intuition. It’s my way of letting go of the busyness, my plans, deadlines, and responsibilities. My yoga practice is an opportunity for transformation, to release the tension that my body has absorbed, to soften the holding around my heart and to allow beautiful source energy to move freely through me. It is both sweet and intensely challenging. To me, yoga means… coming home, surrendering, being in the present with an open heart and a space to listen to my inner world. My experience off the mat has… been varied! I have practiced all sorts of physical yoga with many wonderful teachers over the years and my experiences have led me to the absolute knowing that we all find the right practice ‘on the mat’ at the right time in our lives. Over the years I have struggled with intensity in my body, with my ego and with my heart. It has been a bittersweet journey, as it is for so many of us, and it has been my absolute savior at the same time. I love moving my body and I love the feeling of freedom that yoga brings. My experience of the mat has taught me to trust in what is. That the present moment will always hold me and reveal what is needed. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… Yoga is the doorway into oneness. That was my greatest epiphany! That yoga, whether it’s moving, breathing, walking, swimming, meditating, being, feeling, opening, …all of it was my way into connection with God, Goddess, Source, Love, Joy and Union, with everything, everyone, ALL. This profoundly changed the way I both practice and teach. Over the years I’ve come to understand that everyone has a very different way into this connection and union and that we all need to have permission to find our own rhythm, our own individual path & journey. Sometimes this is on the yoga mat, however ultimately our yoga is in our everyday, with our kids, with our family, friends, partners, within our businesses, our community and deep within our selves. I absolutely love that everyday is different and that my body and my mind desires something particular in each moment. As a yoga teacher, birth educator and shamanic midwife in training, I feel so blessed to hold space for my students to fully be themselves and to find their unique way, to bravely drop out of the ego mind and listen to what they need to heal. Trusting the connection within and being guided by their own inner knowing. Yoga is so very beyond the physical and I am so thankful to have a deep understanding of how healing this practice is. To simply be held and given permission to be ourselves is the greatest gift, and what we all so desperately need to shine as brightly as we can. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Be kind, be understanding, non judgmental and present – with myself and all other beings. Why are these important to you?  Because they all help to cultivate JOY and we all need to be more in that vibration, leading us back to our true nature and not further into madness and chaos. Kindness, understanding, compassion and presence will guide us back home, will lean us into love and help us all to see clearly, remembering who we are, earth angels x What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why?  Truthfulness and self study. ‘Live your truth…discover what you are moved by and lean into it as lovingly as you can, and then repeat. This has become increasingly important to me over the years…age is a wonderful thing and gives you incredible perspective. Life is precious and there is only one me! I want to live my life as fully and as truthfully as I can, with passion, joy, energy and trust in myself. Another principle that I love and am beginning to trust in profoundly through my work as a shamanic midwife is ‘healer heal thyself’. We all have the wisdom to heal, it is within each of us, not in something outside of ourselves. If we can create […] Read more

5 ways to Practice Gratitude

5 ways to Practice Gratitude

Posted September 29, 2015

Gratitude. A simple practice with a powerful result And yet many of us don’t lean into gratitude enough. Often we can’t even find the capacity for gratitude or the space within us to offer up thanks… why is that? Well, it’s a known fact that human beings are hard wired for the negative. We automatically see, feel, comprehend, adhere to, gravitate towards and stick with FEAR based thinking. FEAR. It’s an evolutionary thing… when we stay in that space of fear well, we survive. Fear drives us to do everything in our power to stay ALIVE. Fear is what protects us. We need fear. We must be grateful for it, because it’s just trying to do it’s job. It wants to ‘have your back’. This auto-pilot to FEAR predates the modern life we live in – the one where there isn’t much to FEAR on a daily basis. This fear is a programming that was birthed during times (thousands and thousands of years ago!) when we HAD to fear for our lives, constantly. So, what does this mean? Well, when sticking with the negative – remembering bad times, focusing on what didn’t go well, attaching to what is not good enough – we tend to ensure we don’t FORGET the problem/challenge/situation/person that caused that negativity. The result? Hopefully we won’t repeat it…therein lives the ‘survival’ mechanism kicking in. But we don’t NEED to focus on the negatives in this way anymore. There aren’t any wild bears chasing after you these days… (or are there?!) So, you can give yourself a break if you tend towards the negative and if dialling up your positive-o-meter is down right challenging for you. BUT… just because we, as human beings are hard wired for the negative, that doesn’t mean we can’t re-train our brains to think and respond differently. Right?! Haven’t you already done that – trained your brain – countless times? How many new skills have you learnt over the years that perhaps weren’t your natural, default setting? Gratitude as a way of thinking and feeling is possible. It can become your new default setting. You can become hard wired for the positive. And truthfully, the practice of gratitude is so damn simple. It’s not a steep learning curve. The challenge is in being consistent. Sticking with training to ‘reprogram’ your mindset towards gratitude. Otherwise, it’s just about finding a way to lean into thankfulness that resonates with you. So, to help. Here are 5 Ways to Practice Gratitude. 1) Happiness Jar Get a big, bad ass jar. Get a pile of old paper (good chance to recycle envelopes, scrap paper etc) and cut them all to the same ‘post-it note’ size. Hole punch them and look some sturdy string through the pile of paper. Then loop all of that around the neck of the jar with a pen too. Now, everyday make sure you and the members of your household take the time to write out at least on thing they are grateful for each day. Pop the date on it too. And chuck it into the jar. Watch your jar grow with gratitude. And every now and then stick your hand in, pull one out and reconnect to that day and what you were thankful for. 2) Gratitude Journal My favourite way to practice Gratitude. Flip open to a new fresh page in your journal and start penning whatever comes to mind that makes you feel happy, grateful, joyful. It can be simple things from your day – “I’m grateful for that killer parking spot that made my life SO much easier”. Or deeper, potent to give thanks to – “Thank you for love I feel from my husband every day”. Do this daily. Before bed. Before you rise. Whenever. 3) Three things To your partner. Your children. Your colleagues. Yourself. Anyone you want to… Ask them this question: “What are THREE things you are grateful for today” Listen with all your hear to their answers. And respond with your own three things. Relish the energy of gratitude that hangs in the air between you. I do this frequently with my husband and it really adds a weighty, meaningful, ‘special’ pause to our day. 4) Little thank you notes Dish up gratitude to others. And notice how it makes YOU feel. Write short, sweet notes of thanks and leave them to be found by your significant other. Your barista. Maybe your cleaner too. 5) The BIG thank you wall. Sticky it notes. Sharpie Pens. Start jotting down (as they happen) moments of gratitude and stick them on a wall in your home/office. Perhaps start to work towards the shape of a heart? And each day, as you watch that wall grow, watch how your heart keeps SWELLING and overflowing with more gratitude. It’s an exponential growth thing, you know. The more you give thanks, the more you feel the love, the less fear you experience, the more grateful you become. Giving thanks, feeling gratitude, giving over to grace. It’s the antidote to fear and the love remedy we all need. Ok my sweets. Over to you – any other ways you like to practice gratitude? I’d love to hear your suggestions. And before I leave you I’d like to say THANK YOU for being here with me today. Love + light, Claire x Read more

One hour at a time.

One hour at a time.

Posted July 21, 2015

One hour at a time. One minute, even; down to the second. No tomorrow. Yesterday is no more. Today. This hour. Now… now… now. This is my life at the moment. It (everything) has boiled down to the present moment. And no other moment is relevant. What happened yesterday, be it good, bad or otherwise, has absolutely no marking or influence on how today might shape up. Or the next week or month. This is the great lesson my tiny, wise guru (aka Soleil my 4 month old bub) is teaching me. And my god, doesn’t it suck! You weren’t expecting that right? Thought I’d talk about how wonderfully liberating and joyful living in the NOW is? Well, that is partially true. One half of the coin. The other ‘truth’ is that it’s the most challenging spiritual assignment to date. Why? Because controlling and planning your life feels SAFE. It’s predictable. It’s mapped out. It provides a big old safety net (although often ridden with unseen holes to slip through). When you are living in that state of thinking/planning/controlling/structuring, it doesn’t actually FEEL good, but it does give you a false sense of security. So, this lesson that I (and most likely every mother out there) am learning is stripping away that fakery, peeling back the security that’s not real, anyway, and dumping all that control. Even as I write this to you, I’ve had to stop/start multiple times to sing, smile, cuddle, nurse, pat, shush and snooze my little one. Her needs are in the NOW. She doesn’t care about this email, or my coaching, or my plans for the future. She cares about right-freaking-now. ++ So each week, I battle with those fears as my ego-mind seeks out that space of control again… yearns and hungers for it…BEGS me to go back into that space of past perception and future projection. It WANTS me to trip out and get doped out on that thinking/planning/controlling/structuring stuff. But – and you know this to be true from your own life, mama or not – those fears do not bring good. Those fears do not lift you up, or solve problems, or answer questions or give you a way through; they just laden you up with the tell-tale markers that come with fear: anxiety, stress, edginess, frustration, disillusion, insecurity and fill-in-the-blank here with your own ‘fear symptom’. So the answer? Come back to the now. Come back to this minute, this hour. Focus on the side of the coin where living hour by hour is your saving grace, where the now is your life-line, the space that feels doable, manageable and maybe a hell of a lot more kinder to yourself. Don’t fret over tomorrow, because it won’t be how you think it might/should/could be. Don’t even fuss over this afternoon. It might unexpectedly surprise/delight/inspire you. Just get through your day, hour by hour. When everything is golden, then you get to savour EACH HOUR. When everything is not-so-shiny, then you get to stay OUT of that space that threatens you with the undigestible fear that it might be like this ‘forever’. So let’s do it. One hour at a time. That is it. That is all. love + light, Claire P.s If you want some help getting present, head on over to my shop page and get your fix with my Reveal Your Inner Radiance (mini) meditations. Read more

Living Yoga Off the Mat with Krys Hansen

Living Yoga Off the Mat with Krys Hansen

Posted July 20, 2015

Meet Krys Hansen This lady is a gem. On her beautiful website, Modern Yogi Mama, it says that Krys is “just a yogi on an island who wants to change the world. A mum, a partner, a business woman & a friend.  A qualified yoga & meditation instructor, author, marketing whizz, online designer, veggie mama, lover of a surfing yogi & deliverer of truthbombs on yoga & life”. But I’d say she is so much more than ALL of that. She is a BIG hearted, deeply loving, attentive and soulful woman. Since becoming a mum Krys has allowed me to ‘lean’ on her for emotional support… and she has held me up so beautifully and with so much love. When I think of Krys I feel how much she embodies ‘yoga’ … not the asana practice or the physical form, but the divinity of it. I hope you fall in love with her and as much as I have. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… Less about the body than it used to be. I came to yoga as an escape from a relationship break up and as I worked through that emotional energy, my practice became about the body, the asanas. That was until I was pregnant and could no longer practice as I used to and all those lessons I thought I had learnt about yoga finally had time to sink in. My practice became more about prana, or energy. Meditation and awareness of how I move within this life and all its interactions is now where I place the emphasis of my yoga practice, and I tend to enjoy the asana side of yoga in a softer, more playful way. To me, yoga means… A balance of understanding the temporary nature of life while also trying to live a good existence in the now. It is the union of spiritual and practical life… being an example for others while maintaining the mindset of a beginner. My experience off the mat has… Cleansing and empowering. If our mats soaked up the energy we released during our yoga practice, they would weigh a ton! The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… I don’t have to be perfect, and I never will be. That was a massive shift for me as I am a driven and determined type A. Once I fully realised that fact I found freedom in poses I had never been able to relax in as my body softened. By not mentally and emotionally pushing myself, I gave my body the space it needed to let go. That was the second epiphany… my mind and emotions rule my body, and I need to clear them before I feel release on a physical level. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? Everyone has their own ‘stuff’ weighing on them, but not everyone has the tools to know how to process that ‘stuff’, which is why they need compassion. Why are these important to you? I feel there is too much competition, comparison, and judgment between people… and it’s being played out in an almost unconscious level. I don’t want that in my life and I hope I can inspire others to be more compassionate. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? All the yamas and niyamas have affected how I live my life, but I think Ahimsa has been the biggest life changer. Nonviolence. It has inspired me to live a kinder life through the way I eat, consume, my mode of transport, wastage, and words. Just knowing that I am leading a gentler existence makes me feel more peaceful, as I honestly believe the energy you put out comes back. What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Living with principle, but not rigidly. Yoga is about balance and flexibility, so even though I have an idea of how I want to ‘be’ in this life, I also give myself, and others around me, permission to fall and be imperfect. It is these lessons I want to pass onto my son and any future children. Connect with Krys | Website | Facebook | Instagram I’m just a yogi on an island who wants to change the world. I’m a mum, a partner, a business woman and a friend. I’m Krys Hansen. A qualified yoga and meditation instructor, author, marketing whizz, online designer, veggie mama, lover of a surfing yogi and deliverer of truthbombs on yoga and life. I work with women to create a soulful practice they can balance with being mothers, as well as a creator of meditation tools for fertility and creativity. Read more

Crossing over from the head to the heart

Crossing over from the head to the heart

Posted June 08, 2015

Crossing over from the head to the heart Over a year ago, maybe more, I had an astrology reading done by the incredible Ezzie Spencer. Ezzie did my full chart and then talked me through what she had discovered. It’s funny, at the time I found everything she said to be fully loaded and heavy with meaning, but didn’t realise what the process would be when her discoveries came into being. Besides identifying that I am triple Aquarian, with my sun, moon and rising star seated in this fixed air sign, she also revealed something quite powerful and profound. This ‘something’ is only now coming into fruition, but looking back I can see it has been slowly brewing for years. I’ve been blindly and without direction travelling towards this something. ++ Ezzie pointed out that I have an astute level of understanding and a deep well of wisdom. All of this is cradled by a refined intellect and analytical mind. Ha! Gosh that sounds conceited… What that really means is that I’m all ‘in the head’! I’m a sensitive being, highly tuned in and self aware, but what comes naturally is using my mind, my intellect to ‘understand’. I’m a thinker and used to really pride myself for it. You with me so far? I bet many of you might resonate with this, so let me flesh it out a little more: Do you feel you are quick to understand BIG concepts? Is it easy for you to see all sides to a story/situation? Can you clearly ‘get’ spiritual teachings? Do you usually find it’s a no brainer when wrapping your head around complex people/issues/experiences? Can you easily deduce ways through sticky and cloudy experiences? Do you tend to be the voice of reason and insight amongst your family and friends? Is your wisdom often based on what you’ve experienced or come to learn rather than what you feel and intuit? Are you mostly driven and guided by your head? Are you often in your head – thinking and planning and stewing? Yes? Are you with me or know someone that is just like this? ++ Ok, first up, to clarify: there is nothing wrong with being this way. Being a heady, ‘thinker’ type has its benefits. Switched on and clued up! If you are this way, more power to you. We need thinkers! ++ When Ezzie pointed this out to me she explained that my soul had lived from this heady, wise space for countless lives. So far, it has supported me just fine. But now, in this lifetime and for the first lifetime ever, I am being called to cross the ravine and make it to the other side. To move away from the head space! And what awaits me there? A life led by the heart. A life dropped into an intuitive, feeling based space. Over the last five years I’ve journeyed deeper into my spiritual pilgrimage and explored deeply in my work as a Mind-Body-Soul coach. This continual process of discovery has slowly brought me face to face with the limitations of living from my head. It’s also forced me many times to feel into my heart and live from there. Many times I’ve resisted – after all, it’s new and scary and hard. Living from my head is easy. I’ve done it for many lives. It seems clear cut, straightforward; though truthfully it’s the opposite! But often I’ve not been given a choice, and my latest dalliance with feeling, living and being from my heart is one of those choice-less experiences. Becoming a mother is, I can now see, the true beginning of my traverse from the head side to the heart side. I’ve begun the journey, crossing the ravine. I know now that the last few years have been prepping me, slowly, for this forced, cataclysmic trek down deep into my feeling centre, into my soul, a trip that has been written into my soul’s story well before this body existed. ++ Every day, this motherhood gig requires me to check my ego and my intellect at the door. I’m asked to feel into my baby and her needs, to intuit them. I’m asked to feel into my body and be with whatever discomfort lives there in a much more potent way than before – yet also to respect and love this body more than ever, despite the fact that it’s more worn and battle torn! I’m asked daily to let my heart be centre stage, in order to navigate from soul. I’m asked to stop and drop the ongoing mind-chatter and useless need to ‘understand’. I’m asked to be ok with not ‘getting it’ and to stay out of my head. I’m ask to give and give fully in the NOW and to do so gratefully and with joy, to feel good giving more than I thought I was capable of. Oh it’s so easy to write those words, yet this is the most challenging spiritual assignment to date. Don’t for a second think that I’ve nailed this or that I easily can do what’s being asked of me. Feeling. Feel. Feel it… Do you know how to sit with what you feel and tune into it from an emotional space not an intellectual space? ‘Do you know’… That’s how I just started that question! It’s so ironic, considering we are talking about feeling, which, of itself, has nada to do with ‘knowing’… Feeling and living from that space is so damn challenging because we can’t study it and figure it out. We simply have to throw ourselves into the firey pit of feeling over and over and over until our mind starts to get the idea and turns down its full ball volume. This is where I am right now: being ok with not knowing what I feel, but also going there despite the struggle, as often as I can. This means so many different things. It means, as a person, I’m […] Read more


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