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Interview Series: Living Yoga off the Mat with Rowena Jayne

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the Mat with Rowena Jayne

Posted August 01, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Rowena Jayne is a leading international Yoga Instructor, Advanced Raw Food Chef and Wellness Presenter. She is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and has studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Remedial Massage, Raw food Nutrition, Usui reiki and various other modalities. Anyone who has crossed paths with Rowena can’t help but be infected by her bubbly personality and her great passion for health and wellness. Rowena continues to be inspired by the amazing potential we individually have. It is her personal mission to uplift YOU and make an outstanding contribution to the enhancement and transformation to YOUR LIFE through yoga, real food and healthy living. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… The best part of my day! It is the best time to really go deep and connect to myself, listen to my body and soul and what it is trying to tell me. The yoga asanas are a direct reflection of US.. the postures mirror our current state of mind and physical health. Yoga is a diagnostic tool , then the postures are the therapy. So yoga practice is my daily dose of medicine and self love! To me, yoga means…. Union of EVERYTHING.. when we do yoga, we become yoga. We begin to create a synergy with our mind, body, heart, soul. We create a better relationship with ourselves.. That relationship spreads and we begin to create better relationships with everthing and everybody. We see the connection we all have to each other, to nature. we begin to live more in harmony. Yoga is the tool to reach self awareness, self realisation. Our true human potential often lays dormant. When we create unity, harmony and oneness – we begin to see this potential. We begin to change our outer world, to meet our new inner world. To me yoga is life.. it exists everywhere, not just in asana. My experience of the mat has… changed my life forever. It has taught me I am a human being worthy of joy, love, health and the best quality of life possible.. It has taught me that all I have to do is turn up. Show up, trust the process and the rest will take place in divine timing. 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). There are so many, numerous revelations, numerous realisations and epiphanies of truth of my being. One huge shift was one of reactiveness. Learning not to be reactive. To stop and breathe.. How interrelated the breath is to our emotions. When we are angry, our breathing changes, when we are fearful it changes, when we are calm it changes.. so if the body and mind are connected.. then if we alter our breath and consciously breathe, then we can begin to shift the thought patterns and emotions that follow. Yoga improves and develops the five qualities of the mind. Faith is one such quality. When we breathe instead of react… we are indeed expressing the quality of faith.. when we have faith in ourselves. We can remain calm, things don’t have to steal our peace. We can be ok no matter what is taking place in our lives and move through it! Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? So many lessons. Its an evolution, so like the ebb and flow of the universe, the tides, the moon rising and then the sun setting, then rising, the change of the seasons.. we are the microcosm of the macrocosm.. so the lessons I find relate to what is poignant to my current situation. If I have to pin it down. I carry the lesson that my body is a temple. If I treat it as one, I enjoy living in it! When I do yoga, I clean my temple, I sweep it will love, purify the negative thoughts, toxins etc then throughout the rest of my day I feel a joy at the home in which my soul has chosen to live for this lifetime. I want to respect it. I want to nurture it more and more. I want to be Grateful for it is the embodiment of me and of the intelligence of our creator.  I carry the lesson also that many people are unhappy. That everything is a ripple effect. When I do yoga, I feel GREAT.. I feel alive, happy, excited. I carry the lesson that others, who are suffering (where I used to be!) can be led and inspired by me. I have the potential to help them. When others are upset, angry, fearful and attack you, I am able to remember that they are just unhappy and I can stoop to a level of reactiveness and retaliation and defensiveness, or DO YOGA.. and embody yoga and do my best to bring a little bit of joy into their lives. Why are these important to you? Because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we literally CANNOT live our truest highest potential. When we feel horrible, we project that unhappiness and treat others in this manner. We don’t feel confident, we lack self realisation, we allow the mind to become destructive. The ego to rule. On the flip side, when we carry these lessons the yoga teaches us. we turn our lives around. As we do, others witness this and want to know the secret, want to follow. We create a better world for us all to live in. We witness miracles and the BEST side of human beings! We feel inspired, motivated and so grateful to be alive. We grow, we live.. we truly live! What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I guess the integration of all the principles really I have translated. There is no segregation. Like an onion, we peel away […] Read more

Saying no to obligations

Saying no to obligations

Posted July 23, 2014

On Monday this week I sent out my weekly newsletter where I share stories, personal insights and my own little musings – all of which I usually keep for my beautiful tribe. But this week I have some news to share with you about my new Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, but mostly a perspective on obligations that I think we all need to hear. We all need to be encouraged to see obligations is a completely different light and learn the power in saying no. So I hope you find my perspective below supportive for you, in your life! ++ Sometimes we stick to our obligations like glue. And sometimes, that’s a good thing, right? No one likes a flaky individual who backs out of commitments – many of which are important and come with large consequences (if broken). But, sometimes we stick to obligations when all signs indicate otherwise. You know those moments when it’s time to politely yet confidently say ‘No, I can’t do that’… well, I think they are some of the toughest moments out there, but some of the most necessary, too. Why is it so hard to drop obligations? Because we care what other people think. We don’t want to let people down. It’s such a worry to even think about not doing what we said we would that saying ‘No’ or ‘I can’t right now’ isn’t an option. Many of us believe that everyone else’s needs are more important than our own. Have you been there? Have you ignored your own body and soul’s messages to say no, press pause, redirect or even walk away – all because you made a commitment and you felt obligated? I have. In fact, I was there recently, until I chose to change up my obligations. Right now, I’m in the throes of change. Emotionally, mentally and physically I’m undergoing a transformation like I haven’t experienced in years. And it’s definitely thrown me off course. The only thing I am certain of at the moment is change… What’s this got to do with obligation? Well, despite all this change I made a BIG commitment. I recently launched my Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, due to be held of August 2nd – to a group of gorgeous soulful women, ready to dive in and kick-start their own journey of wellness transformation. Despite that commitment, there is a truth that has been tugging at me lately. It’s saying; press pause, create space, put yourself first. As I toss and turn through the most powerful shifts in mind-body-soul that I’ve ever experienced my intuition is telling me that right now I need to take a step back, regroup, go into stillness before I can give wholeheartedly and fully at the Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, in the way I want to, but also in the way you deserve. Which is why I have decided to reschedule The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class to Sunday 7th September. The usual fear-filled story of obligation has come knocking. My commitment and obligation to each attendee of The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class is palpable and wants to be the deciding factor here. Instead, I’ve realised something really powerful: We stick to our obligations out of a desire to do the best we can for others. When truly, sometimes the way we can be our BEST for others is to say ‘I can’t right now’.  TWEET THIS! I’m taking this extra time to nurture my own Mind-Body-Soul. To teach what I teach I must live it first. This transformation is providing me with a chance to reconnect on a deeper level to all the incredible tools I’ll be teaching at the Immersion Class.In order for me to be present in the fullest way I need to say ‘No, I can’t right now’. I hope this inspires you to look at the obligations you’ve created in your life and to create space when space is needed. You are the creator of your life. You call the shots. And no one else is going to look out for you – it’s up to you! love + light, Claire xx ++ p.s The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Sunday September 7th Places still available! It’s time to take the most important class of your life. This semi-private LIVE Group Retreat, in Sydney, NSW, for you and a circle of soul sisters has been designed to help you escape from your busy life to nurture, reconnect and renew. It’s time to luxuriate in the rare experience of putting yourself first! (How often do you do that?) But this is not just a retreat to unwind and revive; you’ll also be learning powerful and sustainable ways to transform into a balanced, perfectly healthy and happy being. An immersion in your Mind-Body-Soul! Click here to learn more. pp.s Want to receive my weekly newsletter and get in on my personal insights and wisdom? Just plug your details in the box below! Read more

My honeymoon reading list

My honeymoon reading list

Posted July 16, 2014

If you are anything like me you might spend a considerable chunk of your free time devouring books. Especially those of the spiritual, self-enquiry, yogic, personal development and mind-body-soul variety. Growing up I used to read around three books a week. Yep, three. Maybe that’s not so many to you, but now with the way life is I see that as such a lovely luxury. I used to pour myself into the written word and get lost in the stories. I truly believe that reading feeds our soul – it blows our imagination wide open and expands our mental, emotional and even physical realm. Possibilities unfold, new ideas, different belief systems, or even simply the beauty of experiencing emotions of every colour. I feel like reading has made me a more worldly, compassionate and educated woman. But recently, I found reading had become a little heavy. My ability to soak up a book and its potent knowledge was losing steam. The reason? Well, it had become clear that I was no longer reading for the joy of it, but reading to study.  My personal studies – in Wellness, Spirituality and Personal Development – over the years has directed me to many incredible non-fiction books. And I’m so grateful for every lesson and teacher I’ve had the pleasure of learning from in each of those books. I know I’ll also return to these books and more over and over again. But you know what, just a couple of months back my mind wanted a break from learning. It yearned for that ‘get lost in a good book’ feeling that I hadn’t experienced in so long. Which is why on our honeymoon in June I made a conscious choice to read as many fiction books as I could. And god it was good. Not each book I read was earth-shattering or mind-blowing but I wasn’t looking for that. I simply wanted to get lost in a story. Like you do when you watch a movie. So today let me share with you the books I read on that three week holiday. Maybe there is something here that might satisfy your craving for ‘story-time’. 1) Six Years – Harlan Coben This was actually my husband’s book that I read when I’d run out of things to read! It was insanely easy to read, I think I finished it in 12 hours. But it was an interesting enough story with some drama and intrigue. 2) Awaken you inner wisdom – Sister Jayanti Ok, so not really ‘fiction’ but I had packed it by accident and it was super thin. It’s a simply written book with some powerful tips on wisdom, intuition and meditation. 3) The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Phillip Sendker By far my favourite read. This was such a beautiful story of love. It was moving and inspiring. Spun together with words of wisdom, I would highly recommend this one. 4) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern Well, this was such a colourful, painterly story. Captivating and down-right magical. A circus like no other. Intriguing is an understatement. 5) The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert Having only read Elizabeth’s Eat Pray Love + Committed I was keen to read something else to see how she does on the fiction front. I also had the pleasure of hearing Elizabeth Gilbert speak at an event in Sydney where she talked about this book. It is a mammoth book. Very detailed – she is so thorough in her descriptions and details. And despite this story being centered around one woman, her life and botany I still found it lovely to get into this story. ++ Now, if you would be so kind. Help a sister out? Jump into the comments below and share with me your favourite reads at the moment. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever! I’d like some new words to dive into. I can’t wait to read your suggestions. Love + light, Claire x Read more

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Interview Series: Living Yoga off the mat with Kosta Miachin

Posted July 11, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Today we have Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin, of Vikasa Yoga. I was lucky enough to stay at the Vikasa Yoga Retreat and met Kosta, The founder of Vikasa Yoga. Kosta’s passion for yoga blossomed in 2004 when he set out on his own journey of self-discovery. This journey has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in the North East of Thailand. Kosta is a certified yoga instructor with four different schools: Yoga 23 (Ukraine), Sivananda (India), Ashtanga Vinyasa (Thailand) and Andiappan Yoga (Hong Kong) and maintains close ties to many other yoga schools around the world. ++ Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… ongoing, and ever evolving. Seems like the more I know, the more horizons open up that were hidden before. To me, yoga means…. evolution, creativity, understanding and wisdom, all leading to enlightenment through practice. The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was…when I experienced the energy of kundalini awakening, and realizing that that is only the beginning of spiritual practice. Many realizations happened at once when this happened. Many mysteries and doubts dissolved, and a lot of things became very clear… I can say that was a spiritual awakening… It changed my understanding of practice greatly. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat? They are countless… a really big one is not taking things personally… people act the way they act because they are who they are, they do things because they want to do them, not because they are trying to affect you in a certain way (most of the times). Therefore, a big lesson is to learn to accept the reality the way it is, and stay neutral and conscious all the time. Neither me, nor anyone else is the center of the universe, it does not revolve around any of us – realizing that makes life much easier. Why are these important to you? If I don’t follow this simple wisdom I will simply burn out during the teacher trainings. On average we have 35 people, who are all going through heavy emotional cleansing, and of course I am at the center of it all. Therefore if I start taking it personally, a burnout is guaranteed. Every teacher training I learn a lot from this, and this is also a very good practice for me and for keeping the ego under control. It helps me evolve in so many ways. What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why? I’d have to say I can summarize all the Yamas (yogic principles) in one sentence – treat others the way you want to be treated yourself… And treat yourself the same way first. Do what’s good for you instead of judging yourself. (that would summarize Niyamas) Those are so simple to think about, but sometimes hard to follow What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you? Actually, one of my favorite sayings is: You cannot do yoga, yoga is your natural state… what you can do is yoga exercises, which will reveal to you where you are resisting that state. Therefore, living my life means living my yoga to me… Realizing that you are already one… Once you realize, that realization is not going anywhere, it stays permanently, and then you are living your yoga… BIO: Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin and his pioneering brand of yoga called Vikasa, represent the ‘evolution of yoga’. His vision is one of raising human consciousness and making the world a better place by spreading the message of love and peace. This mighty task is being accomplished at Vikasa yoga retreat by focusing on the study of yoga with an emphasis on holistic health, organic food and an inspiring environment that is conducive to personal transformation. The vision for Vikasa yoga was born on Koh Samui with Kosta’s realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavour, he committed his life to supporting others on this path. Connect with Costa / Facebook / Website Featured Image by Kevin Wrenn Photography ++ I love that I was able to share Kosta with you and his beautiful way of living yoga. I love his perspective and I especially love this comment that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. SPOT ON. I dig that he’s a guy and highlights that yoga is NOT just for women. It’s for every soul out there whether they are black, white, male, female, gay, straight etc… It’s unifying. Ok my gorgeous readers, your turn. Let’s give Kosta some love in the comments below! Love + light, Claire x Read more

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

5 Time Saving Tips to do more of what you love

Posted July 01, 2014

Sometimes we take on too much of what we don’t want and there is no time left to do and experience more of what we love – what we actually want to do. And you know what happens next? We live in a bubble of frustration – we are constantly annoyed at life – finger pointing life accusingly as we huff and puff our way through disappointment. Disappointed our life feels like a bundle of chores. Annoyed that we aren’t feeling happy, alive and inspired. Weighted down and overwhelmed by our own self-made lists Sound familiar? I’ve been there and sometimes find myself back there, again and again. A feeling of tightness in my chest creeps in as I stare at my diary and to-do list. Dread setting it as I realise I have ALL these things I want to do competing with the an equal or longer list of what I have to do. Then the juggling act proceeds. Stress and anxiety is not far behind. (deep breath) Ok, exhale… there is a way out! And it’s simple. Here’s the answer. Are you ready? Outsource baby. Yep, that’s the answer. I want to share with you 5 of my favourite time saving tips – my little tricks to help free up space, to let the steam out of the pressure cooker, to lighten the load. 1) In really busy times get someone to COOK for you. I know, expensive and indulgent right? Or is it. Take for example the incredible Eat Fit Food I recently tried. The amount it costs to get a few days of super insanely healthy food delivered to my door would measure up to the same I’d spend on my own produce and then add to that the time to cook and the stress that comes with it. Now I can’t do this all the time, but having just tried EFF, going forward when I know a busy time is ahead (work is crazy, lots of travel and social engagements etc) I’m going to lean on EFF. 2) Stop ironing. My god- I can’t stand ironing. SO I don’t. I send my husbands shirts (at a dollar a pop) to the local Laundromat and anything else I might need. Every time I do I get a few hours of my life back – maybe you can too? 3) Get a cleaner. I don’t like a messy home (although I’m no longer OCD about it) but I also don’t see value in spending my life cleaning my home. $60 a fortnight and I get a house cleaned from top to toe. +2 hours free at least 4) Hire an assistant. Ahhh I’ve just done this and it’s heavenly. From a business perspective it’s really taking the load off to do less of the stuff I don’t need or want to be doing and more on the other stuff. Like write this blog post in my pajamas. I have friends that have ‘life assistants’ too… could be an idea? 5) Shop online! Do your groceries online – order organic food boxes, get your household bits and bobs online and even go as far as ordering clothes etc. Maybe a good job for your assistant? Or set up a standing order so it just happens automatically at regular intervals as you need it. Do an audit of your life. See where you are expending a lot of time and energy on things that perhaps you hate doing or that you could really off load. Be realistic of course – some things are best done when we do them. But truthfully I bet there is at least 5 hours you could reclaim and spend doing the things you love more instead. Your turn: I know plenty of you have some incredible tips and suggestions – anything you can share with us? Comment below. I’d love to hear your time-saving tips! Claire x Read more

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

10 Steps to Eat Better at Work

Posted June 24, 2014

Hands up if you have made crappy choices for lunch (and even breakfast) with the poor excuse of ‘I was at work’. ‘I was on the road’. ‘I was too busy’.   Yeah, I said it. They are poor excuses. But I get it, nonetheless. I know what it’s like – life seems hectic and overwhelming as it is without having to worry or think about what you are going to eat.   We all know that at work you need to be on you’re a-game, right? I know I do at least. Many of us work with clients, seeing people all day, liaising with customers, managing team. We need to be switched on, energetic, focused.   Not to mention that your health SHOULD NOT suffer because you work full time.   Never fear, I have a little trick for you. And before becoming a home-based entrepreneur this is exactly what I would do weekly. Yep, I am sharing with you a tried and tested way to eat better at work.   10 Steps to Eat Better at Work 1)    Identify a time during the week where you can get into the kitchen for 2-3 hours. Perhaps a Sunday afternoon? That was my favourite time. 2)    Brainstorm a list of recipes. Food you love, food that you want to (and can) make, eat and enjoy. Recipes that are flavoursome, healthy and easy to store (freezer or fridge). Come up with 3-4 ideas max. (Don’t overwhelm yourself) 3)    Book out the selected time with your family/flat-mate. Let them know what they are doing and get their support. There is nothing worse than cooking up a storm in the kitchen whilst your kids are climbing over your legs or your husband is coming in asking for a snack. 4)    Of course, shop. Seriously – get the groceries sorted in advance and if you are super pressed for time shop online babe! Get an organic veggie box delivered or order from your favourite super market and get it delivered. 5)    Make your cooking space sacred. Light a candle, play your favourite music, make the space clean and tidy. Get a new apron. Ritual is important, especially when you are cooking and getting creative in the kitchen 6)    Start cooking! Cook up a storm. Multi-task where you can. Go for BIG batches and work in an organized manner. Keep a pot of tea on the go to keep your alert and refreshed. 7)    Clear space in your freezer/fridge. Start portioning off your meals in lovely containers (if you like buy a new set that you dig so you feel spesh with your food) 8)    Label your stuff. Maybe you made extra for your kids, for dinners, for your partner etc. 9)    Take out your meal from the freezer the night before or the morning of. 10) Do this weekly. You’ll never have to eat that white bread sandwich drenched in mayo again. You’ll have enviable lunches that make you feel amazing AND you’ll save a lot of time and frustration figuring out what and where to eat (especially if your work requires you to be on the road all the time!)   BONUS TIP: You can do the same for breakfast! Making egg muffins, pre-made bircher, or packing a little lunch bag with your favourite healthy bread +avocado to take to work. Getting healthy is about getting organized. Take out the confusion and room for error.   Be consistent and be willing to do what you need to do. Eating well is only difficult when you make the choice to NOT eat well.     Your turn: Do you have any tips for getting organized that you can share? Love + light, Claire xx Read more

6 steps to creating the perfect week

6 steps to creating the perfect week

Posted June 17, 2014

Something I hear all the time from my clients is the complaint that, although they have the best intentions to live a balanced life in mind-body-soul, they just don’t have the time to do everything they need to. They are searching for the perfect week, but they don’t know how to create it. They are eager to put into practice all the new tools they are learning during our coaching – journaling, yoga, meditation and more. BUT of course, (and I’m sure you’ll agree) they can’t see where to squeeze this in. The perfect week eludes them as life continues to overwhelm and chew through time. Busy always seems to trump a perfect week. I get it, life is already busy enough – sometimes the mere idea of trying to create ‘the perfect week’ is overwhelming. But let’s look at it this way, isn’t all the ‘busy-ness’ irrelevant if you aren’t healthy and happy to enjoy your life as you’d like too? (P.s check out my recent post on ditching the ‘busy’ attitude to life) Today I want to share with you one of the most life-changing yet super simple tips I have. This is something I’ve shared with many clients with great success. This is the way to find the time you desire to focus on your mind-body-soul. This is how you create the perfect* week you want, week on week. *Regarding ‘perfect’ – there is no such thing, let’s just make that clear. I simply choose this word to highlight that you can live and experience your days the way you want to, rather than being pushed and pulled by the chaos of life. 6 Steps to creating the perfect week (you’ll need a pen and paper for this task!) Note down your ‘non-negotiables’ and ‘nice to haves’! a) On your piece of paper write down, what I call, your ‘Level One Non negotiables’. What are Level One Non-Negotiables? These are things in your life that you cannot negotiate on. For example – your job (if you don’t show up you won’t get paid!) Or getting your kids off to school. Or caring for your elderly parents and so on. b) Next write down your Level Two Non-negotiables: What do you NEED to include in your life for feel healthy, alive, strong, balanced happy? Is it daily meditation? A walk/run. Hitting the gym. Journaling. Reading with a cup of tea alone after work. Yoga? Time to cook/shop? This is the stuff makes you feel SANE. And is just as important (if not more) as your job and any other obligatory items in your life. c) Finally write down your nice-to-haves. For me that is ‘social’ time with girlfriends. Sometimes I need it and it becomes a non-negoatiable, other times It’s just something I’d love to do, but isn’t as VITAL (more on that in a minute) Plan it out! Open up a excel document and create a table with 7 columns – Monday through to Sunday. Split up each column by the hour or periods of time. (You can download an example one I’ve created here!) Schedule in your week. Work in BLOCKS of time. Begin by greying out time for your Level One Non-negotiables. E.g your working hours, picking up the children etc. Include travelling to and fro – mark out the WHOLE time required. Next, do the same with your Level 2 non-negotiables and again for your ‘nice-to haves’. E.g. When do you normally practice yoga? Ideally – is it every morning, every second afternoon? And when it comes to the ‘nice-to-haves’ do you ideally like to be social/get that massage/visit your girlfriend/have along time every Saturday afternoon? This is your ideal weekly planner so mark it down. Review it all. Have you over-packed your week? Have you been a little too over-zealous with social time, or when you are rising in the morning for meditation. Be realistic. Make sure you have time to sleep and rest. Make sure you’ve scheduled in me-time. Make sure you aren’t over-committing. This is about getting healthy, remember! Be FLEXIBLE. Personally, I create what I call the ‘Holy Grail’ or my Ideal Weekly Planner as a saved excel document. However, week-on-week I often sit down – usually on a Sunday over a pot of tea sitting in a sunny spot on my living room floor – and flick open my iCal to gauge my week ahead. I then ‘re-do’ and plan my week out. Being mindful of my non-negotiables, meetings/appointments for the week and ultimately how I feel. This is a quick and rough draft from Mon – Sunday where I create the ideal week for THAT week. So I am responding to what’s coming up for that week. I’m making amends for any meetings, trips away or what-not. I’m being flexible. Be intuitive. Finally, it’s so important to be receptive and intuitive. CHECK IN with yourself; ask what you NEED that week. E.g. Some weeks I need a lot of alone time so I’ll factor that in and pull back on social engagements or over-committing. Other times I want to get out there, see lots of people and be a little butterfly. I make time for that and start dialing and booking in plans. ++ Fitting in what you truly need is possible. Experiencing a perfect week is easier than you think. It just takes organization and focused attention. This schedule is not about restriction and removing spontaneity. It’s from this structure and life-affirming discipline comes flexibility, joy and happiness… we feel better when we have the time to do what we need for our mind-body-soul. The purpose of this schedule is so that you don’t ‘vague’ out on all the things you know are vital for your health and wellness but you often tend to ‘bump’ because life gets too overwhelming and busy. Personally, yoga + meditation + me-time are my non-negotiables. By having this clearly outlined in my diary it is a gentle reminder that these are […] Read more

Interview Series: Living Yoga Off the Mat with Alexa Nehter

Interview Series: Living Yoga Off the Mat with Alexa Nehter

Posted June 10, 2014

This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world. Today we have Alexa Nehter. A German born and raised science educator turned yoga teacher, author, speaker, coach and passionate surfer Alexa Nehter inspires a wide audience around the world with her relatable and encouraging approach to yoga and mindful, electrified living. Alexa facilitates retreats in Australia, Fiji and Europe, as well as courses and workshops to teach the true ownership of yoga and a life that is real, uplifting and juicy. Enjoy! ++ Her mission is to educate the world about the transformative power of yoga, mindfulness and the choice of living lightly, in a way that is inclusive, inviting and inspiring for others. Finish this sentence: My yoga practice is… first and foremost a fluid approach of undoing and re-discovery of what is true in the moment. I ask: Who am I. What am I doing here? Am I happy? Am I free? Are you? (Because really: you are me and I am you, but not really. Really?) My yoga practice is also an intention to elevate others and a continuous invitation for my community to practice, to embrace evolution (even if not always pain free and comfortable) and awake to their own truth and authentic expressions. To me, yoga means…. surfing the wave of freedom, of all universal expressions of energy. Yoga means love. Yoga means heaven. Yoga means tears, sweat and discouragement. Yoga means exploring resistance and finding freedom on a daily basis. Yoga means asking questions and learning. Yoga means to be curious, to trust, to learn, to step up, to let go, to hold on and to let go again. It means to flow and to be steady. To let go of your old stories, and to tell new stories, steadily. Yoga means to be weightless. Yoga means to wake up. Yoga means to elevate others and us. Yoga means creating a community of lovers and compassionate helpers. Yoga means creating world peace, conscious living and did I say love? What is love? Living love is Yoga. Living yoga is Love. My experience off the mat has… opened my eyes that it’s not about me. No, it’s about us. You, me, the planet in space. It has also solidified my commitment & mission to serve and enrich yoga students and yoga teachers with the wisdom and knowledge I gained and aim to translate in the most relatable way, to inspire commitment, integrity, endurance and confidence for creative, positive yoga leaders in order to make the world to a place of a self-less thinking community, recognized and celebrated freedom, health and peace. I’m part of a movement called ‘Off the Mat, Into the World’ which empowers people through workshops, community collaborations and local/global service projects. The mission of this OTM is to harness the power of yoga to inspire and support conscious activism and instigate grassroots social change.   The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was… when I attended my first ever yoga class. After 90 min. of emotional and physical awkwardness, having a laughing fit with my best friend who practiced next to me, I ended up in Savasana and in bitter-sweat tears of joy. I felt so, so soft. So vulnerable. There I was, in touch with my heart. Like an old missed friend, I was in touch with my soul again. There it was this light, the fire that burned so still, yet strong, telling me that it’s all good, it’s all good. Telling me how perfect I am, how good life is, how joy is the expression of love! Of Life and this joy is always there, always. Quick Fire Questions What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat?  Presence & Mindfulness: Every encounter with my hubby, my family, my friends, my yoga community and coaching clients give me the opportunity to remember that I am part of something bigger, that we all share the same life, the experience of suffering and joy. Over the years of practicing mindfulness and yoga I have let go of the idea of wanting others to be so I am comfortable. I have opened up to a greater ability acceptance and tolerance, even though my ego nudges me at times. Through this I have made wiser choices of the people I spend my time with, the energy I receive of others is really important to me. Integrity & compassion: I love giving, but…. when I was working as a high school teacher and beginning yoga-preneur in the past, I overlooked to gift myself the pure sweet self-love and –compassion to maintain the vibes necessary to be there for my community, authentically. If I neglect the work I do on myself. The meditation, the yoga practice, a balanced diet and nurtured relationships – how can I be an authentic messenger for exactly that message? I don’t want to leave the impression I have it figured it all out, but I do know that it takes consistent work, commitment and most importantly a vision. This vision of an aligned, full, juicy life must be part of our daily practice. Mindful living, sharing and supporting each other are the best tools to do exactly that. I have created a monthly event called ‘One Week Differently’, which is a monthly free one week mind-body-soul detox challenge for women. In this week the women in the group chose a few things that they’d like to adjust in their lives. Having the principles of positive and self loving self talk, ‘one step at a time’ and gradual shifts as priority. The underlying humming of the week is loving kindness and self-compassion in order to plant the seeds for a soulful and transformative journey. Fluidity & freedom: These are my favorite words, my everyday mantras. I’m a surfer. I love riding waves, even bigger ones. Those can teach me the most […] Read more

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