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HOW A YOGA PRACTICE CAN KICKSTART A CLEANER DIET

HOW A YOGA PRACTICE CAN KICKSTART A CLEANER DIET

Posted February 13, 2014

I have to pay homage to Yoga for leading me to true health. Yoga definitely changed my physical body, my breath and my way of thinking and feeling but it has to be said that it taught me more about nutrition than any book or course ever has. Yoga was the first experience that brought to light the reality – the sad truth – that I was not nourishing my body wisely or intuitively. If you’ve been a reader here for a while (thank you!) you’d probably already know that I great up immersed in health. The family business specialised in Middle Eastern Health Foods (tahini, halva, sesame seeds, carob) and my parents and siblings (still to this day) are passionate about good food. Despite that I gave the ‘junk-food, drug-taking, late-night, boozy lifestyle’ a really, really good crack. Good enough to leave my body weak and riddled with IBS, Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, early on-set OCD and a whole host of other baddies (stomach ulcer, sads… blah, blah, blah). But this is not a post about what I did to myself – truth be told, I’m grateful for it all – but this is about how the incredible life-saving practice of yoga (a ‘forever-love’ of mine) can retrain the mind in the way we choose eat and the way we relate to food. How Yoga Changes the way you eat Looking back, it all seems so obvious that I underwent an entire overhaul simply by attending class. I want to share this with you in case Yoga has been calling out to you, yet you can’t fully commit. Or maybe you are in need of some gentle transformation. The below outlines exactly how Yoga started to lovingly nudge me towards a cleaner life. Firstly, you begin by avoiding heavy meals before a yoga class. Teaches advise not to eat 1.5 – 2 hours before hand unless you’re eager to meet your meal again in the most unpleasant way! Next you notice how certain foods in your diet come back and bite you on the ass during practice – nauseousness, joint stiffness, headaches. But also after – recovery is slowly, your flexibility seems limited. You then start attending morning yoga classes, which means you consider what you’re eating the night before and most likely get yourself to bed at a healthy hour. Finally you start experimenting with different ‘healthier’ options in an effort to have a more seamless, fluid and easier practice. When I realised that green veggies, more water, less animal protein and less sugar made a HUGE difference as to whether I could touch my toes or sit still in meditation, I started to pour over health magazines for food inspiration. ++ The health industry relentlessly bombards us with a new fad diets, confusing ‘must-dos’ or made-up rules leaving many of us disconnected, baffled and with no real understanding of how to eat instinctively – that is to say, simply fueling and feeding the body so we can grow, feel whole, be nourished and healthy in a way that is right for us, individually. Through yoga there is a natural progression towards making better food choices without the guilt and emotional battering we often put ourselves through. Like all good things it’s a slow, steady and soft transformation. The physical asana (pose) practice creates a deep awareness; deepening our understanding of our body and what it desires. Yoga unfolds is a new found consciousness around nutrition that leaves us with a consistent sense of well-being and even deeper understanding of the foods that cultivate a sluggish, body or overactive unsettled mind. Over time, yoga will encourage its students to discover a more comfortable and balanced relationship with food. It takes time. Be patient, begin to tune into the body and listen. By building discipline in your practice, inviting patience and cultivating compassion you can begin to overcome many of the food obstacles we often face… no matter how formidable they may seem. And we can then start to love our food, and ourselves in a healthier way. ++ Why not start yoga today? Click HERE to visit my youtube channel where I have a collection of mini guided yoga classes + lessons. Your turn: Has yoga or another form of movement changed your lifestyle and diet for the better? Share with me below in the comments. love + light, Claire x Read more

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

Posted February 11, 2014

At least once a day I converse with someone (husband, friend, client, family) who has a thought or belief or opinion that is completely the opposite to my own set of thoughts, beliefs, opinions. It’s what makes us unique, colourful… special, even. But how do we make peace with our beliefs that might be directly against or in contrast to those in our life and their own beliefs? Have you experienced that – the clash of beliefs? Maybe with a partner, a best friend, your mum? You have? Awesome stuff – because  this post was written for you! In fact, it was inspired by a member of The Freedom Project who raised this very powerful question (above) and the many clients I’ve had who have raised this exact concern with me. What do we do when our nearest and dearest just don’t see the world and participate in life the way we do? I just had to tackle and explore it in today’s VLOG – I know many of us experience this clash often, if not daily and most likely within our closest relationships. Think about it for a moment. How do you manage the dynamic between yourself and your personal view of the world and attitude to life with someone else’s completely bipolar perspective? You believe in abundance. He believes that you get what you’re given, nothing more. You believe in a ‘glass half-full‘. He sees the world through critical eyes. You believe life always has your back. He believes that we are on our own. You believe in energy + all that cannot be seen. He believes that it has to be seen to be believed. ++ To help bring this to life a little more I share, personally, from my experience with my husband who definitely has a different perspective and a few belief systems that are the black to my white. Click play to watch: I share three powerful ways to make peace with someone else’s belief system I touch on my beliefs around money in relation to my husband’s I offer up tips on how to ‘manage’ it when someone else sees and believes in a way that you don’t. I highlight how the clash of beliefs and perspectives can actually benefit you I invite you to consider reflections and what they are teaching you about yourself Your turn: What is a major belief/opinion you have that clashes with someone you love? Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below. love + light, Claire x Read more

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

Posted February 06, 2014

vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion These six words came together during a life-changing experience I had three years ago. A mash-up of energy, attitude, approach – thrown together unceremoniously in a way I could never have predicted. Nor would I have ever agreed that they would become the perfect recipe for true transformation… in the end, they were. Pure and utter perfection. They are contrasting. They are contradictory to each other. They don’t make sense, put together. Even as I write those out those six words, side-by-side, my left-brain wants to shriek – ‘Oh, no you don’t!’ But my heart, my soul… it remembers. It knows they don’t make ‘sense’ but it remembers that when you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru you are at such high altitudes that you think you may have been drugged you are communing with the divine all whilst sweating, battling and pushing beyond your own personal (and perceived) physical limitations. … these words take on a deep, potent and ancient wisdom, an intuitive nature that would become my lifeblood, my lifeline. Today, I know these energies, attitudes and approaches are meant to be united – I know they are amplified when they are teamed up. ++ It was November, 2010. My partner and I were about to embark on a dream we each had. To trek to Machu Picchu… something we had both felt the yearning for years before we ever met. Here we were, about to ‘tick’ something off our bucket list. Together as a team. This was the biggest adventure we would ever take together or individually. 4 days. 45kms. 14,000ft. How little did we know on that very first day… eagerly awaiting instruction from our guide. Itching to take those first few steps of ascent towards the heavens. Ready. Pumped up. We didn’t know that ‘adventure’ would take on a whole, new, soulful meaning. It didn’t take long for me to grasp that I needed to tap into some deep well within – I had to find an equilibrium, juxtaposition and interplay of those six energies, attitudes and approaches. vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion At the time I couldn’t ‘see’ those words – but I could feel them, coming to life and guiding me. Almost as if they said to me “Claire, we’ve got this, leave it to us”. Vulnerability as we relied on our guides and  fellow trekkers, as we faced the challenges and in being ok ith feeling small against the backdrop and power of mighty Mother Nature. Strength to physically muster up the resources and ability to put one foot in front of the other, in high altitude conditions. Softness as we soaked up the mind-blowing vista of Mother Nature, in awe. Devotion – maintaining a steady breath, quiet mind and life-affirming discipline. Surrender to feeling weak, to falling down and to facing our demons on those mountains. Determination to dig deep – really, really deep – and keep going despite those demons. ++ We didn’t expect that our ‘team’ effort would quickly become two very private and separate journeys. Shared, but independent. My partner and I walked side by side, but emotionally, spiritually, psychologically we took separate roads. We each came face to face with the lessons that could only be learnt on those mountains. I watched my husband walk alone, as I waited at the top of the mountain. I sent silent words of strength + surrender, I pulled him up the mountains with my eyes. I cried as he cried. Eventually, we sat together overlooking great, open-mouthed valleys. Crying and holding each other as we cracked open, a little more, feeling deep respect for humanity, for life, for beauty, for love. Each day I dug deeper and I softened more. Each day I cried uncontrollably, as I walked – a combined outpouring of love and gratitude married with a deep release of unknown (and ancient) sadness. Each night I dreamt of snakes. Calling me, beckoning me. The guides told me Pacha Mama (mother nature) was inviting me to her mountain. She was calling my soul home. When I arrived in Machu Picchu I sat alone, on the edge of the mountain and meditated. Butterflies perched on my arms. I felt like I was cradled in God’s hands. Through the tears, the exhaustion, the inner battles, the joy, the devotion, I felt something powerful. I felt… Wild. Free. Alive. Drenched in soul. I never knew that through such a physically challenging, adventure filled experience that I could journey into spirit, connect with the divine, commune with nature and ultimately create an unbreakable bond with my own true self. I’d never felt saturated with soul and spirit, until I’d pushed my limitations and yet, simultaneously surrendered to the present moment. The lessons on that mountain taught me that in every moment we are called forward we must draw from a deep pool within us. And from that, we harness the energy, attitude and approach needed to carry us towards, through and out the other side of the lessons we are meant to learn – so we can reach new heights (literally and symbolically!) Love + light, Claire x This blog post is part of the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Katie De Nouden is the beauty behind this incredible Blog Tour and the Skinny Dip Society. I am honoured to be one of 25 international bloggers – real women, living and loving life fully. These stories are all about feeding your soul, freeing your body, loving your life. Click here to check out the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Check out yesterday’s post by Sarah Adler from Simply Real Health. Web | Facebook  | Twitter Tomorrow you can continue the SDS Blog Tour with Sarah Ann Noel. Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Read more

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

Posted February 03, 2014

Many years ago I attended my first ever yoga class at Dharma Shala in North Bondi. A friend took me to class and insisted that this was the institution when it comes to Vinyasa Yoga in Sydney. The class was full. The air was heavy with sweat and the collective breath of the 30+ students in the room. Together we planted feet on the mat, reached to the sky with our fingertips, opened our hearts and bowed to the earth. Mostly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was 20, in uni and a little way off my own ‘spiritual transformation’. I remember looking around the room in awe and confusion as people did handstands, headstands and a whole host of other weird things (which I now do daily!) Despite all of that, there is one memory from this class that will never, ever leave my heart, mind and soul. At the end of the class the teacher guided us through three chants of the sacred and universal sound – OM. Tears sprung to my eyes. I felt my heart ache. My stomach fluttered. My soul yearned. I felt the reverberation of that sound deep in the pit of my solar plexus. I came home. Never before had a sound, or anything else, made me feel so vulnerable with the deep yearning and longing that poured forth. Unannounced. Unknown. The Sacred Sound of OM Om, or Aum, is something most of us relate to yoga, meditation and spiritual practices. It is a mantra or a chant.  Today, I chant it daily. I guide my students through it and it has become a regular part of my life. Sometimes, when a group chants together there is a moment of pure synchronicity. Tones, voices, energy all align and the sound vibrates to the point of bliss. Om is spoken at the beginning and the end of Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations and is frequently used in Buddhist and Hindu rituals as well. Om is used in the practice of Yoga – often chanted to mark the beginning and end of a class. But for so many of us, we have no idea what is actually means. Have you ever chanted it before without knowing the power of what you are saying? The meaning of OM The sound OM/AUM is said to the be sacred, universal sound of the universe – in which all sacred sounds (and vibrations emanate from). It is believed to hold the essence of the entire universe. This sound and symbol originated through ancient Indian philosophy and Hinduisim – which holds the belief that first God created sound and then the universe was birthed from it. The ancient yogis knew what quantum physics and science is telling us today – that the universe is made up of vibrational energy. Nothing is solid. Matter is nothing but energy, moving at different frequencies. Everything pulsates. Moves. Breathes. And the ancient yogis acknowledged this with the sacred sound of OM/AUM. Take a moment. Close your eyes. Open your ears. You can feel and hear this pulsation – in the birds calling outside, the lapping waves, the wind blowing in the trees, the ebb and flow of the tides. The beating of your heart. The sun. The rising moon. This chant allows us to connect with the movement and life of the universe and all within it. It allows you connect on a deeper + BIGGER level with the universe. Just as I felt that day at yoga – I felt both uplifting, soothed, cracked open. The  Symbol of OM It is a mystical symbol which captures, within it, many powerful meanings. The sound OM/AUM is actually composed of three key sounds/syllables: A – aaah U – oooh M – mmm The silence that follows the chanting of OM/AUM is also said to be an important ‘syllable’ Within these three key sounds is a three-fold nature that is said to relate to each individual on a collective, universal level. The ‘aaah’ sound represents the waking state. We are conscious and connected to the world through our senses. This is the most common state – our ‘human’ state. It also represents the earth and our life on it. The ‘oooh’ sound represents the dreaming state. Here of the individual’s focus is turned inwards, and in this dream state we witness a world behind our eye lids. This sound also represents ether. The ‘mmm’ sound represents the unconsciousness, deep sleep state. Nothing is desired, dreams are not had. This is a place of pure nothingness. This sound also represents heaven – a place unmoved by the dramas, story lines and ego of our human existence. The silence that follows represents the quiet, peaceful and blissful state. This is said to be the ultimate aim of our spiritual work – enlightened. This sound also represents transcendence – rising above the illusion of the material world we live in (referred to as Maya in yogic texts) It is actually a representation or an inner dimensional map of the various elements of the human consciousness and how each element connects to and relates to the divine, infinite energy – the universe (Or God, whatever you like to call it!) It is your soul connecting to the diving spirit. So the next time you hear this chant or see it,  know that it is more than just a random symbol. It is powerful, it is sacred. love + light, Claire x Read more

A SPIRIT-FUELLED CHAT WITH RACHEL MACDONALD + TARA BLISS

A SPIRIT-FUELLED CHAT WITH RACHEL MACDONALD + TARA BLISS

Posted January 24, 2014

Words cannot describe how I felt during and after this amazing chat with two of my favourite people – Rachel MacDonald and Tara Bliss – but you know me, I’ll do my best to find the words. Cracked open. Inspired. Connected. Buzzing. Wow’d. Clear. Spacious. Grateful. Spirited… And spirited was exactly what we were talking about. Honestly, you may be living under a rock if you haven’t yet heard of this incredible duo + the two recent ebooks – Spirited + Spirited Companion – birthed last year. (No drama if you were, just crawl out from under that rock, stat!) Since then, these two little Spirited babies have been making waves. Big ones. And I am so freaking thrilled to see two trailblazing women who are REAL; talking spirit, soul, ego, struggle, shadow and so much more. It rocks my little socks (am not really wearing little socks, but hey) because these ladies speak the truth. They speak to my (our) soul. They are kindred. Their words, insights, gentle nudges and loving reminders are exactly where my heart is at and the way I’m choosing to live… Which means (drum roll) that YOU, my beautiful reader, are going to dig on this chat like it’s nobodies business! Seriously. Enough from me. Time to watch this engaging coversation. Expect to discover: What is a Spirited life to Rach + Tara. Embracing everything – the good, the bad and the yucky! Opening up to the shadow + finding liberation in it The struggles that Rach + Tara experience A ‘tip’ on being in the present moment A view on comparison + competition Selfish creation + how it busts through comparison Becoming self aware + living from that Here it is. 30 minutes of awesomeness. There are so many golden nuggets here I guarantee you’ll want to scribble these down (and read over 5000 times!) RIGHT CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO Once you’ve listened to it, don’t hold back, share below and let us know what you LOVED the most about this spirited chat. And if you haven’t yet got your hot little hands on Spirited CLICK HERE! You won’t regret it. love + light Claire x p.s Don’t be discouraged at around the 20 minute mark – my neighbour decides to start drilling! It doesn’t last very long. That’s what happens when you are live and in-the-flow! p.p.s I had some techy issues with the video (one day it was working the next day there was no sound!) however, if you want to WATCH this video. Click here to download it! Read more

HOW TO MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY IN A HUMAN WORLD

HOW TO MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY IN A HUMAN WORLD

Posted January 21, 2014

How do you make peace with the spiritual/soulful lessons you are learning yet still be connected to and part of humanity? I really wanted to open up this forum to talk about what the hell we do with our spiritual journey/learnings/lessons that (sometimes) don’t quite seem to ‘fit’ into our normal everyday life. In today’s vlog, I tackle a really powerful question that came up last year in The Freedom Project members group. These questions really got me thinking, and I know that so many of you out there wondering the same thing: What do we do in life when we are presented with situations where someone we know  is deep in their story (i.e caught up in the drama, governed by Ego and just playing in an unconscious space)? Are we supposed to ignore and not pay attention to what this person is feeling, and keep reminding them that they are not their story?  And if so, how do we live with a compassionate and empathetic attitude towards others. Isn’t that what Humanity is about?  How do we make peace with what we know /learning –  we are not those limiting stories – and yet still be part of humanity? Good questions, huh!? I know, personally, I have asked this question to myself many times. It’s all about finding that balance point between our ‘humanness’ and the world we are part of, juxtaposed against spiritual truths and higher consciousness. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s possible. In fact, that’s the whole point of this crazy thing called life. Ok, so CLICK PLAY below to hear how I make peace with my spirituality! A few things to note: + In the VLOG share what I mean about ‘the story’, in case you are unsure. I breakdown how our ‘story’ and our ‘ego’ tend to be our go-to reference point  (security blanket, confidant, safety net) but is actually our illusion. It’s not the truth of who we are. + I talk through the importance of living as a Spiritual being having a Human existence, and what that really means. Tapping into the essence of who you are is part of your journey – it’s a remembering process, BUT trust me when I say this, the whole gamut of the human experience is the vehicle – it is valid, important, soo special. + I share with you the difference with being ‘real’ with life versus getting consumed by it and putting your power into your story (or theirs!) + I help you make peace with spirituality, soulfulness and connecting with humanity.  Our spiritual/soulful journey is not about ‘disconnecting’ from the world, from humanity, from people who aren’t ‘spiritual’… this about being in both realms. With your head on and your heart wide open. ++ Your turn: Share with me below – how do you feel about making peace with your spiritual journey/lessons/learnings with your humaness + humanity? ++ Before I leave you, at the end of video I share some info on The Freedom Project. If you are intrigued by my ecourse and feel called to it CLICK HERE to find out more! love + light, Claire x Read more

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

Posted January 20, 2014

I had a dream recently, in the soft-focus  moments of the early dawn. Half awake, almost groggy, dipping in and out of dreamland and reality…. It was a bizarre dream, that had no relevance to my reality, whatsoever. That is, until I put on my detectives hat… Let me share this dream with you (bare with me here!) I was driving a bus. I had been ‘assigned’ this role, to transport people around the town. Somehow, despite my resistance and loud protesting (I doth profess too much!), I ended up behind the wheel. It was a big clunky bus, and I not only struggled to drive, but I didn’t know the route I was supposed to take. Clueless. I planned to drive slowly and reference my google maps (ahh, technology) each time I stopped. But two friendly passengers said they’d direct me from the map. I remember being very focused and determined. I had no idea why I was driving this bus, except that it was something I had to do, no one else. Everything was going along ok, until the passengers directing me got distracted. (Umm, hello?!) I took a wrong turn and ended up, stuck, uphill. I couldn’t manoeuvre the bus, turn it around or go backwards. My bus-driving skills or lack-of really showed face at this point. I remember thinking, ‘Oh! If only they were paying attention, I wouldn’t be in this mess’. Then, true to form, I woke up. It was 5:30am as I rose. Barely awake I stumbled to the bathroom, letting the dream roll around in my mind a little longer. Normally, I’d dismiss it and get on with my day. Lately, however, I’ve been paying close attention to my dreams a little more than usual (well, the ones I remember!) I’ve set the commitment to see or hear the underlying messages beaming out of my subconscious onto the movie screen of my mind. I’m pulling out my magnifying glass and whacking on my detectives hat for a little reconnaissance mission into the depths of my sub-conscious mind. It didn’t take me long to ‘see’ what I was really meant to… it’s amazing when you set a focused mind onto a ‘task’ how easily it’ll bare fruit. Let me share with you the THREE Lessons I learnt from my dream: 1) Sometimes we receive ‘assignments’ in life – challenges, experiences, circumstances – that we don’t quite understand. Nor do we now WHY it has come to us or what the steps we are meant to climb. But here’s the clincher… we aren’t meant to know. Really, we just need to know the first step and the general idea of what we are dong and where we are going. Our inner compass just needs to point due north and then the details will figure themselves out… only once we’ve communicated loud and clear that we are willing to ‘go there’ – wherever ‘there’ might be. I can see that this ‘job’ of transporting people (guiding them home!) is a role that I am meant to fulfil. Coaching, teaching, guiding … this is what I do and sometimes I can’t see farther then the first step. Sometimes I feel a little clueless, but as soon as I take that first bold yet deliberately cautious ‘do-I-know-what-I’m-doing’ step, it all unfolds with ease, like a big, softening sigh at the end of a yoga class… 2) There needs to be an unlimited supply of trust to navigate through these experiences. A constant, and steady drip of trust being intravenously fed into us from the divine. Without it we are faithless, fearful and full to the brim with questions as we try and ‘figure it all out’. In this dream, I took my assignment, despite being confused and literally lost. To me, this is an affirmation that all the inner work I have been doing to cultivate more trust in my life is finally shining through. 3) Life has an interplay of influence and intuition. The passengers that helped me offered their guidance. Which is something, in my life, I readily and openly accept from other teachers, healers, experts. It’s something I have done more and more of over the last few years. If I feel I can learn from someone, I’ll jump right in. I’m open to guidance. However, this dream indicated to me, very clearly, that the influence and help of others can only get me so far. I have to remain present and aware in every assignment and to ensuree that I am open to receiving direction from my own intuition. She’s always talking to me, but sometimes I’m not listening. How very sad. In the dream I ‘blindly’ listened to the instructions of my helpers, without tapping into my own resources – intuition, knowledge, reading the signs, the tools I’ve learned –   to navigate. If I had been a little more switched on I would’ve seen that hill uphead and made my own empowered decision to not (cluelessly) drive up it. It’s as though I had switched off my own inner compass system because I felt ‘safe’ that someone else had that sorted for me. Missed the point. This is never the case. Embrace your assignments Every single assignment, every single experience that unfolds for us is actually FROM us (the higher consciousness), which means its pre-designed for our own growth and evolution. Suffice to say, then, wouldn’t we do better by staying completely present and taking ownership for our role within the journey? I recently wrote about Being Your Own Guru that relates to this message. Within that simple, harmless dream I’ve come out with three powerful reminders. Whether these are spot or not, it doesn’t matter. I am interpreting them for me, from me, in a way that will most supportive to me. Making time for dream-time My family have always ‘interpreted’ dreams. And by interpret I mean in that ‘wise-woman’ old-world sort of way. I can’t even count the amount of times […] Read more

BE YOUR OWN GURU

BE YOUR OWN GURU

Posted January 08, 2014

The most powerful Guru is the Guru within “The best teacher out of all the Gurus is You“… These are the words my beautiful Yoga teacher wrote to me in an email recently. I had written to her to tell her that I was loving my home-practice and completely devoted to exploring the asana, the breath and the mind all on my own. I had felt the need to connect with her – to apologise for my long absence from the shala but to also let her know that all was well with me. Yoga + I were still very much in love. Unexpectedly, her words above really hit home. They were the words I had needed to read. I had, without knowing why, started to let go of alot of teachings and study I was involved in or about to embark on. I was blindsided by this sudden feeling to let these teachings/teachers fall away. I had a strong feeling to be without ‘guidance’, which is an unusual feeling for me. I was ready to be my own Guru and to step into complete trust with myself, I just didn’t know it until I read her words. What is a GURU? Let me take a step back here for a moment. Four years ago, during my teacher training, we were studying the Guru Lineage + what a Guru actually meant. The word Guru actually translates to ‘Remover of Darkness’. A Guru is something or someone that sheds light on and blows open the truth. A Guru provides the truth-seeker with the pathway to walk (stumble, trip, fall, get back up again). Most of us hear the word Guru and think of some divine, ever-wise, all-knowing individual that teaches, guides and enlightens. And yes, that’s pretty much spot on. However I’ve come to realise that in the past, my palpable desire to learn more about myself, to connect deeper with my own divinity and to peel off the layers of untruths has actually left me a little powerless. Putting Power in Your Gurus I have had many (many!) teachers along my journey, and I still believe, to this day that we need guides + gurus to light the way forward. I was so rapt with the abundance of information and teachings available to me that I gave my all (and still do) to learning and listening. I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for those teachers and their lessons. What I’m starting to understand though, is that sometimes, in the past, I’ve let these ‘teachers’ and gurus easily influence me. And what I really mean is that I’ve let myself ride the wave of their teachings with so much oompf and intensity that I haven’t created the space needed to check in and say ‘how does this teaching feel + fit for me?’ When my yoga teacher wrote those words – “The most powerful Guru is the Guru within” – I had a profound light-bulb moment of clarity (the kind that gives me full-body tingles) that it was now time for me to really connect with my own inner wisdom and start to trust that wisdom, more than anything else. It’s not that I have blindly absorbed others teachings without feeling connected to it – no, I’ve always resonated with everything I’ve studied  and experienced. I am no sheep. But it is more that I have openly placed more power in their wisdom that I have my own. Use your Gurus Today, I’m feeling called to continue my journey of self-exploration into mind-body-spirit-soul but with a different approach, a different method. I’m letting go of the ‘need’ to be guided by anyone else and instead if I feel called to work with someone, study something, connect with a teaching I will do so because my own inner wisdom says to. I will ‘use’ my Gurus, for want of a better word. I will tap into their knowledge in the same way I do when reading a book – they provide insights, they provide knowledge, they provide new perspective – but I won’t put my power in them in the way I once have. The power is within, not without. Be your own Guru I’ve recently been told that in many of my past lives there is a strong ‘wise-woman’ streak. I have been a healer- intuitive-midwife- herbalist in more lives, than not. In doing my research, these women in history have all had a common thread – a strong inner wisdom that they trusted and harnessed to nurture + heal. From a very young age I’ve had an ability to tap into wisdom that one shouldn’t really have, without the experience to match. I’m not tooting my own horn – this is just how I am. Now, I can see that my natural born wisdom is my own inner guru. You have it too. Your inner guru might show itself in a different way. Mine is through wisdom – a knowing, without actually knowing. A thought that really is an insight. An idea that is a nugget of truth. Perhaps for you ‘visions’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘expression’ is how your inner guru guides, supports and teaches you. If you look back on the year that has just been, I’m sure you can see that all the major, pivotal moments came to and moved through YOU because of YOU. Yes, all those learnings, challenges, wins, losses, transformational moments and insights, all may have been influenced by someone/thing else (teacher, Guru, book, blog) but they become all-powerful + game-changing only when YOU process them and how YOU choose to respond, react, contemplate, act. The main ‘tool’ you need to support your life and journey is actually you – the guru within you. Your  own insight, wisdom and inner guidance system (that no one else has!) is the biggest teacher you can ever have and ever will have. It’s time for us to be grounded and […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

Posted December 24, 2013

I don’t know what your family is like but at my family (and my husband’s) Christmas gatherings there is a stupid amount of food and alot of friendly encouraging (read: bullying) to eat more than you can fit. So, with that in mind here is a 15 minute yoga sequence to beat the blot! It’s a simple sequence designed to help you relieve that tight, crampy, gassy and bloated feeling you might get after too much turkey, wine, cake, prawns, ham, salad, chocolate… the list goes on! It’s also about helping everything move and release with more ease. Basically, you are giving you digestive system a hand in working through all that food. Check out the video and give it a go. Oh and try not to do this straight after eating, give it at least an hour. I know I’ll be doing this sequence tomorrow after lunch (and a lie down). The poses are all very simple and easy – anyone/all levels can do this. Enjoy! Love + light (and all things bright!) Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Claire x P.s I literally just whipped this video up for you yesterday! It’s definitely a rough cut – not enough time to redo it and polish it up, so I’m sorry for the poor lighting, edits and the cut-off frames. But either way you get the idea! Read more


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