THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CORA GEROUX
The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love.
Cora Geroux – her name just rolls off your tongue. And you know what, when you meet and speak with Cora she has such a beautiful juxtaposition of gentleness, a wash of calmness and a little edge to her. A light inside her that glows. A cheekiness, a gorgeously inquisitive soul, an open-heart, a resilient nature.
Cora is a Yoga & Meditation Guide, writer, radical self-acceptance advocate and fear caller! She works with women, helping them discover their soul’s desire so they can live kick-ass, authentic lives.
This lady is set to make waves. Seriously, when you read Siddhartha and Gary Zukav’s Seat of the Soul as a kid there must be something in you destined to contribute greatly to this world of ours.
I know Cora through Yoga Village (where I teach yoga in Potts Point, Sydney). Cora is a beautiful teacher who is passionate about meditation, amongst many other things. She has recently launched her new biz Cora&Bodhi where she offers free guided meditations, inspiring articles and yoga videos to help you find your truth.
And if you don’t find her comments below as a refreshing as a cool drink of water, well then, I’ve got nothing to say!
I hope you fall in love with Cora as much as I have!
love + light,
Connect with Cora
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here.
Who am I? That is the eternal question isn’t it? I am just like everybody else, totally unique. I am passionate, driven and nerdy. I am also a total nanny, and in bed with a book and a cup of tea by 9pm most days of the week.
I teach yoga & meditation because those were the tools that helped me manage my anxiety and accept myself after years of self-hate. I began teaching full time in 2009 and it hasn’t always been easy. Teaching has been a crash course in public speaking, confidence, customer service and business. I threw myself in the deep end and learned as I went and it was well worth it.
Earlier this month I launched www.coraandbodhi.com, as a place to inspire other women to know themselves on a soul level and practice total self-acceptance.
What INSPIRES you?
Nature & humanity. Both are the most tremendous products of creation. The natural world appears so chaotic from the outside, but there is this cosmic intelligence underlying it all. Humanity appears chaotic, and it is. However, both just go on creating. Nothing is perfect, but creation still goes on anyway.
How inspiring is that? Just go outside and marvel at what lies in front of you. Think of the amount of time, energy, determination and persistence it takes Mother Nature to create a mountain. If she can do that, I damned well better be able to reach my goals.
Where do you SOURCE your inspiration?
My muse or inner guide. Whatever you want to call it. My best inspiration comes from long periods of time in silence & nature. 99% of my ideas come to me when I am in meditation. I have a very very busy mind by nature, and in my day-to-day life not much has a chance to get in.
Meditation has been crucial to allow the space for inspiration to strike. Either that, or when I wake up at 5 in the morning. If I sit in front of a word processor, or blank page before my mind has had the chance to wake up, the good shit comes out.
How do you use that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life?
My inspiration guides my life. Whenever I have an idea I write it down on a sticky note and post it on my wall. I have a whole wall in my bedroom covered in bright colored post it notes. I use these ideas to then create articles, yoga sequences etc. Inspiration is what gets me up in the morning.
When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you?
Health and wellness has been a touchy topic for me in the past. In my teens early 20’s I had a very unhealthy relationship with food, exercise and body image.
By the time I was 23 I began to learn about real health and wellness but used cleanses, and “healthy eating” to cover up the underlying issues for me. I was deeply unhappy within myself, and hated what I saw in the mirror. This went on for years.
About 18 months ago, I decided to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. I now exercise (except for yoga) when I feel like it. Not when I think I ‘should’.
From the outside my diet and exercise routine might not look as healthy as they did 2 years ago. However, I can tell you that I feel better than ever. I sleep more, eat more, exercise less and feel great. I eat mostly meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruit, nuts, gluten free bread and dark chocolate.
So what’s important to me now, might not look typically ‘healthy’ from the outside, but I listen to my desires and follow my intuition. I have never been happier. I believe that our bodies know what is good for us. If we just get quiet enough to listen we will know the meaning of true health.
What’s your routine?
I love the morning, but it takes me a really long time to wake up, so I wake up early around 5:30-6:00, 6 days a week. I spend the first 30 minutes to an hour of my day sipping a coffee and either reading or writing in bed.
After that, I take a shower and practice yoga asana and meditation for around 30-45 minutes. Then I have a big breakfast and get ready to go teach a yoga class. Most days I teach around 9:30 or 10 in the morning, again at lunch time and then later in the evening around 6 or 7. In between classes I see friends, go to the beach, or get some work done. My day ends the same way it begins. I wind down with some herbal tea and a good book.
How do you find balance + happiness?
Balance is something that is always on my mind. If I am not mindful of it, I can easily tip towards an unhealthy work-life balance. I havea strong tendency to push towards what I want, so I actually plan unscheduled time into my week just to relax and be spontaneous. Planned spontaneity! Ha.
I believe happiness is a choice, it is a state of mind. It’s not dependant on external circumstances. When I catch myself in a negative thought pattern I reframe my thoughts and choose happiness. Gratitude has also been a powerful source of happiness for me. By practicing gratitude the focus is on what’s right, instead of what’s wrong. It’s a practical way to choose happiness.
How do you practice self-love?
Self-love! I feel like singing. I really believe that one the main reasons I was given a life on this planet was to learn how to practice self love, and to inspire others to do the same.
My first major act of self-love was making a commitment to getting to know myself, and fully accept what ever I found. My likes and dislikes aren’t going to make me popular. My idea of a stellar Saturday night involves ordering gluten free pizza and making a vision board. It took me a long time to accept myself, as I just really wanted to fit in. Once I owned who I was, life got so much better.
To me, that is the ultimate act of self-love!
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
I am really into coconut chia seed pudding at the moment. I tend to avoid dairy but I have a total sweet tooth and this satisfies my cravings for yoghurt and ice cream. I make it with coconut milk, and a touch of honey. Topped with blueberries, it’s a quick yummy snack.
What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle
There are only a few things I do religiously. I go to bed early and get up early. I make time for yoga and meditation most days, and I eat a really good protein filled breakfast. Everything else flows from what I need that day.
How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation?
I practice acceptance. Not every day is going to be uber productive. Life is full of ups and downs. I try to capitalize on the days when I have a lot of motivation and really get shit done! Other days what I need is to rest and relax.
However, if I really need to get something done, but just can’t pull myself together I will go for a 15 min walk down to the beach, and when I get back I can usually tackle any problem with a clear head.
What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?
It’s all going to be ok. Don’t let health and wellness become a source of stress. Enjoy what you enjoy, listen to your body and own who you are.