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YOGA WITH CLAIRE – LEARN THE SUN SALUTATIONS

YOGA WITH CLAIRE – LEARN THE SUN SALUTATIONS

Posted May 21, 2013

Good morning gorgeous! How did you move your body today?? As you might have seen, last week I shared my passion – Yoga – with you. In a VLOG last week I spoke about how my journey into health and wellness, physically AND professionally, is wholly attributed to yoga. You can catch-up HERE. I also asked YOU if you were ready to experience yoga. Thrilled so many of you email to say you were keen. Woo! I’m so thrilled to sink my teeth into the foundation of my wellness and share it with you. Teaching yoga brings me so much joy and I know you are going to get SO much out of this. So here I am, ready to share and teach you my passion. I’ll be creating and posting Yoga sequences for you to practice at home. To kick-off I’m starting with a very well-known Vinyasa sequence called Sun Salutation. There are two traditional sequences – A + B. Check out this video first where I explain the Sun Salutes to you. NOW… let’s get into it. I’ve split up the two sequences so you can do them separately Traditionally, these are practiced in the morning to salute and serenade a new day. We practice 5 rounds of A and then 5 rounds of B. But you can do whatever feels right for you. You might start with 2 x A and 1 x B and build up from there. Now watch this video on Sun Salutation A and then give it a shot. You can stick with Sun Salutation A, or if you feel you want to go further then add in Sun Salutation B. How did you go with these two salutes? Remember, MODIFY and make adjustments based on you and your body. It doesn’t have to look perfect, it just has to FEEL safe within your body. Stay tuned – soon I have a great mini-sequence for those ‘tired-days’ . I’m also covering how to do Downward Facing Dog, plank and other foundational poses properly. We’ll also learn how to breath correctly in yoga. There will be SO much. I’d love to hear your experience with these Sun Salutations. Let me know if the comments below – did you enjoy these sequences? Namaste! Cx Read more

DO YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PASSION + PURPOSE?

DO YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PASSION + PURPOSE?

Posted May 14, 2013

How passionate are you? Now, I’m not talking the Ricky Martin style ‘passion’… although that is very infectious. I’m thinking more about HOW you live your life. Check out today’s VLOG where I talk about PASSION and I ask YOU to look, objectively at passion and purpose in your life. This VLOG came about very, very quickly after I had three different coaching sessions in one day where passion and purpose came up! I just had to switch the camera on and free-style my way around this topic. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH Ok, so to elaborate further, pull out a pen and answer these questions: WHAT are you passionate about and how does that filter through your world? Where do you source passion from? How do you navigate your life through and from passion? What would being passionate mean to you? What came up for you? A few years back I was perpetually ENVIOUS of other people I met that OOZED passion.You know the type, right? They smile for no reason at all, they just seem happy and content. Their life os filled with purpose because they are driven by something they are passionate about. It wasn’t that they necessarily DID or HAD something special, it was just that they’d tapped into their true essence and consciously lived each day from there. Sharing it, without even trying, to those around them. I wanted that. I wanted to feel shiny from the inside out. I wanted to radiate love and happiness because I truly felt it. It took me a while to find it. And the irony of it all was that what it looked like (yoga and health coaching) was just the dress that my true essence chose to wear. It was the GARB or the presentation of the real, true me. Deep inside there was this intuitive, spiritual little being that was just BUSTING to share, connect, feel, experience, grow, explore, move, breathe… I came full circle to the person I had always been, but had ignored. The reason I wanted to flag passion with you is because it’s not necessarily about how to turn your passion into a career (I believe that happens naturally!) but about moving deeper into wellness, into YOU, into your true essence from your passion. That desire; the beauty that is passion – it feeds our ‘humanness’ and incites more motivation, drive and clarity around creating and growing and building a more amazing life. If you can feed passion into everything you do, from the mundane to the amazing you’ll find you live and breath with purpose. Speaking of passions one of my true, from-the-heart passions is yoga. It’s not so much that YOGA itself was my calling, but it’s the connection to my breath, to the beauty of using my body and feeling proud of it and to the healing powers that it holds that incites passion within me. I can’t pay homage to where I am today (career and relationship wise) without truly thanking yoga. The exciting news? I’m now ready to offer more of my passion to you! As always, many of my major decisions on this blog I run by you. In the VLOG above I ask for you help in deciding whether to start including some yoga videos on my blog. After you watch the video please share your own insights and thoughts by popping your answers below in the comments. I can’t wait to read your comments. As always, love and light to you! Cx Read more

DO YOU WANT TO BREAK-UP WITH THE COMPARISON MONSTER… FOR GOOD!?

DO YOU WANT TO BREAK-UP WITH THE COMPARISON MONSTER… FOR GOOD!?

Posted May 07, 2013

Hands up who has ever been hit by the green-eyed monster. You know the one – the one that gobbles up snippets of what everyone else is doing only to use it as ammunition against you. Do any of these thoughts ring a bell? I’m not good enough I can’t do that I wish I had that life (insert hair, eyes, skin, body etc) Why didn’t that happen to me? How can I be like that (act, look, think, say, feel etc) I’m not worth it Limiting thoughts. Negative emotions. What do they do? Nothing good that’s for sure. We just attract more of what we put out. We get overwhelmed by comparison and competition and we simply keep attracting more limiting thoughts, negative emotions (not to mention experiences and people) into our daily life! Not good. Hand on heart – I have definitely been down this road. Comparison and Competition is something I’ve battled with on more than one occasion. But, haven’t we all – if we are honest about it? Last year I wrote this post and Comparison and how to NOT let it steal your joy. Read it here. I offer up 5 tips to help you out. Today, though, I’ve decided to share with you some of the other tools in my kit. Watch this VLOG where I talk you through my 6 TOOLS TO END THE COMPARISON GAME. Click PLAY to watch the VLOG. Ok. Your turn. Tell me in the comments below – what’s ONE thing you learnt from today’s VLOG and how will you apply it to your life? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! love + light, Claire Read more

LEARN WHY YOU NEED TAPPING TO CLEAR STRESS, ANXIETY + LIMITING BELIEFS

LEARN WHY YOU NEED TAPPING TO CLEAR STRESS, ANXIETY + LIMITING BELIEFS

Posted April 30, 2013

Have you heard of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique? If you haven’t, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. You’re about to learn how to dramatically shift stress, anxiety, limiting beliefs and even physical pain! The first time I ever experienced this technique, also known as ‘tapping’ was during a kinesiology session. It’s a technique, based on tapping at meridian points around the body to help manage and clear emotional and physically issues within the mind and body. We are talking physical pain, stress, phobias, anxiety and more. Just a note, this tapping technique/EFT has helped me clear, on an emotional level AND a physical level the pain I’ve had on and off in my lower back. It’s quite bizarre to realise how deep this ‘injury’ has gone, and that the physical is the FINAL manifestation of my own limiting beliefs. It’s also important to understand the physical or outward symptoms (illness, pain, weight issues, addictions etc) are the side-effects or ‘last straw’ of the more internal crap we are holding onto. The Tapping Solution has a fantastic diagram of a tree that shows demonstrates the layers of our crap. The symptoms are seen as the leaves on the tree – the final, outward ‘show’ of the bottom three layers. The next layer is our internal EMOTIONS such as guilt, depression, sadness, fear, anxiety and so are the branches on the tree – these are the emotions that come up. The layer that follows relates to the EVENTS (often past) in our lives that cause the emotions and therefore the symptoms can be seen as the trunk of the tree. The final layer, or the tree root system which buries itself deep down represents our LIMITING BELIEFS “I can’t do that, I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy” It’s a pretty incredible technique and one that I’m so thrilled to have discovered and I’m even more excited to share this technique with you in the video below. I explain WHY I am including this technique into my morning routine and I also talk you through how to actually do it – yep, it’s that easy! Now, to go a little deeper into EFT EFT is actually quite scientific. In a nutshell this is what it does: Tapping halts the stress response in the nervous system (sympathetic mode aka fight or flight mode) Tapping retrains the LIMBIC response within the brain. So, what’s the LIMBIC response? Basically, Nick Ortner in his book, The Tapping Solution explains that when we think of something that is upsetting, causes us pain etc it sets off the amygdala. However, when we TAP whilst thinking these thoughts it sends a message to the amygdala to deactivate. The amygdala is the body’s ‘smoke detector’ – it senses trouble and signals the brain to mobilise the sympathetic response. Often, the amygdala will respond in the same way to other events or situation that are similar to that FIRST instance that created that reaction. Moving on…with tapping repetition the hippocampus eventually gets the message that we previously filed in our minds as dangerous, threatening or a problem becomes the opposite – it no longer is an issue. AWESOME. You are literally retraining your brain. What we are essentially doing with tapping is to change the LIMITING pathways within our brain so that we no longer have to battle with the LONG TERM side effects of stress (physical and emotional) on our health. East meets West Tapping is grounded in Acupuncture – which we all know has been around for thousands of years and is based in meridians and acu-points – energy lines and areas within our energetic/subtle bodies. This is stuff we can’t see, but we can feel it, we can sense it – we KNOW there is more than just flesh and bone. The beauty is our energetic, physical, emotional, spiritual and mental bodies are interlinked and totally integrated. They work together. In yogic philosophy these different bodies are called Koshas or Sheaths which are connected by energy channels and chakras. Acupuncture, acupressure, kinesiology and now tapping is shown to increase the body’s endorphin levels. Can you benefit from this? Feeling stressed, unhappy and flat? Have pain somewhere in your body, need to release a phobia or fear, feeling limited, held back, overwhelmed, unable to cope with pressure, always feeling flat? The list goes on! If anything here resonates with you, then tapping is something you can benefit from! I would highly recommend reading Nick Ortner’s book The Tapping Solution. It’s taught me alot about this technique and given me the drive to embrace it within my life. I am keen to hear from those of you already practicing it – what have you experienced or shifted with EFT? And if you haven’t yet tried tapping please share your thoughts on this below. I’m sure some of you might think it’s a little woo-woo – and I don’t blame you, it is a little random. So, share below in the comments section. I can’t wait to hear what you think. love + light, Claire P.s you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin! Read more

3 STEPS TO FINDING + OPENING TO GRACE

3 STEPS TO FINDING + OPENING TO GRACE

Posted April 16, 2013

Many of you might have noticed that each week on Thursday I publish a ‘thought’ onto facebook. These thoughts just happen to be random musings that are in my heart and mind that week. Sometimes they are triggered by conversations, they jump into my head or something happens that almost ‘forces’ me to think in that way. Today I’m building on last week’s Thursday Thought because it seems to be a recurring theme for me. Recently the beautiful Kendall Goddard (a yoga teacher at Yoga Village) discussed the concept of Opening to Grace. Which directly resonates with where I am at and where many of my clients have found themselves. Opening to Grace. Letting go. Surrender. Accepting. Embracing. Allowing. Whatever will be, will be. Why do we want to Open to Grace? Because that’s where the juiciness of life is! Sometimes when I throw the towel in that’s when I discover a bubbling cauldron of golden ideas, heart-felt connections and a RICH, overflowing life. You are open to your divine nature and you get to abide in it! For me, Opening to Grace is first about understanding how we are always TRYING. In our culture the act of perseverance is almost revered. If you are hard worker, a ‘trooper’ who never gives up then you are heralded almost as a better human being than the rest. Now, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with discipline. By all means, it’s the building blocks of my DNA. I don’t know how to not be disciplined. Truly, people ask me how I am so focused but I don’t know the answer. I just am.  However, What I am not  is fluid, relaxed, spontaneous. I am better at it these days, after almost a decade of self-love, self-exploration and self-transformation. It will always remain my main personal challenge though. So, we have perseverance, dedication and discipline as hero traits in our modern day personalities. What I was exploring last week in my Thursday Thought (head over to my facebook page HERE for my weekly thought and more!) is the need for and beauty in stepping back to create space for the good stuff to happen. Let me flesh it out a little more for you… Think about a time when your mind (and fingers) are in too many pots. You are doing too many things and trying within all of them to achieve something. What happens? They fall apart. You make mistakes. You miss something. You have to start again. Or… When you are looking for something – searching and hunting only to get more and more blinded by your desire for what you are seeking out. What happens? You seems to get further and further away from finding it! Or… You are trying to come up with an idea. You aren’t being soft with the process because you feel you NEED an amazing idea. You WANT it so bad that you are trying too hard. What happens? There isn’t a creative spark in you – you are bone dry for ideas and you are left empty handed and heavy-hearted. We literally block ourselves in our attempts. We force, we push, we try to hard but we are doing all of this in such a jarring, jagged-edge way. Does this ring a bell. Sound familiar? It doesn’t sound as if we are open to anything, let alone Grace, in these moments. Oh lordy, it does not! But how can we reach that grace? How can we be OPEN to whatever it is, however it is. How can we allow that FLOW to happen. Have you ever spoken to a singer, an artist, an athlete, a yogi and heard them describe their ‘flow’. It’s like divine intervention. Something is running through them – something is FEEDING them without much effort. And by effort I mean brow-furrowing, jaw-clenching intensity. Hard work – yes. Focus – yes. But not hardness. Or jagged edges. Water in a river is working hard, but it flows. The solution to finding and opening to grace is much simpler than it sounds. However, it’s not something we’ve been trained to do. So you’ll need to do some inner coaxing to get there and to create a new habit. ________________________________________________________________________________ 3 STEPS TO FINDING AND OPENING TO GRACE 1. In the moments where you feel stuck. Where you feel as if you are hitting your head onto a brick wall and moving no where fast, this is the moment of EMBRACE. A big BEAR hug around the idea of Letting Go of the need to do, to solve, to process, to tackle, to focus, to fix. Just let yourself be OK with the idea first before you do anything else. You can sit with that and just feel what comes up for you. Don’t change a thing, just watch and adjust 2. Take a DEEP breath. Now, step back and give it some space. Instead of seeing your ‘step back’ as procrastination or lack of motivation and dedication see it (as my celebrant recently said) as an incubation period. Whatever it is that your focus is on knows what to do. It’s probably been in motion alot longer than you have been conscious of it. So let it grow and incubate and evolve without you pestering at it. 3. You can’t step back properly unless you step into something else. Go do something different. Walk. Hit the yoga mat. Pump up the music loudly and dance like it’s nobody’s business, side-line the project for a day/week. Whatever you need to do, DO it. Or do something else, even if it aren’t sure it’s the right thing to do. Anything else is better than being stuck where you are. The Result? Randomly right when your head is somewhere else you get a bright-spark of an idea, the task flows naturally or you find what you’ve been looking for. We all want a little flow, more grace, ease. I’m in the process of writing my very […] Read more

THE (WEDDING) GRATITUDE DIARIES

THE (WEDDING) GRATITUDE DIARIES

Posted April 12, 2013

My feet have finally touched down post-wedding and I’m feeling grounded after the most magical and love-filled weekend that was our wedding. I’ve never, EVER, felt so much love in one space. It’s hard to deny ‘energy’ when you can literally touch and feel it – buzzy, electric, warm. I have so much gratitude in my heart that this post is as much about voicing and offering up that thanks as it is to share our wedding dress shopping experience with you. But, mostly, these Gratitude Diary posts are here to inspire you to FILL your life with gratitude. Start putting your attention and focus on that which you are thankful for and watch how your life (your mindset, your attitude, your experiences) changes and blossoms into something quite special. 1) Christopher How could I not offer up thanks to the universe for delivering me such a beautiful man. He is my best friend who shared my vision to create a ceremony that was all about LOVE. Not just for us but to invite our family and friends to revel in it. The one thing that matters most. LOVE. 2) The Ceremony Holy batman. As I mentioned, we had a vision of what we wanted our ceremony to be… well, it was all that and so much more. The weather had been miserable the day before and on our wedding day, it was cloudy with pockets of sunshine. As I stepped onto the grass aisle with my father the clouds literally parted and the sun torched down on us. Magic. Not only that, the ceremony was RICH and multi-layered. We had our rings blessed by all our guest. There were so many happy tears, including our own, we had my nieces and nephews calling out ‘Princess’ to me the whole way through and there was lots and lots of laughter. It embodied LIGHT and LOVE. 3) The Speeches From my father, my brother and Christopher’s dad, to our bridesmaid and bestman and then to us. It wasn’t forced or awkward it was like a relaxed conversation 4) The Band We only hired them 8 weeks, we’d hardly heard any of their work but we just followed our instincts. Oh My. There was dancing. Fist pumping. Jumping. Screaming… it’s exactly what we wanted. We ditched the cake-cutting, the bouquet throwing and all those little moments (none of which I love anyways) so we could dance harder and longer! 5) My family  + friends I had more than enough willing helpers in our family and friends. Everyone helped out in their own little way. From collecting our flowers, to setting up the room, to driving my parents around and keeping them calm (thanks Tommy!) to dropping off bags, doing my hair, to seating our guests. I was so overwhelmed that we had such amazing people in our lives who actually WANTED to help! 6) The MC Duo Christopher’s cousins Marcelo and Christian went above and beyond. It made me so emotional to witness how much effort and love they put into the experience. Marcelo even learn how to congratulate and welcome us in Arabic! They were natural, warm, inviting, humorous and just simply incredible. Not to mention their matching bow-ties. **************************** I could go on. Truly. It was magic. And it made me realise that real happiness and therefore your wellness, the balance within your internal compass, your health and the way you view the world comes from appreciating the little things within the big moments. To soak it up, to smile, to laugh and to share it all with loved ones. It’s all about the heart-to-heart connection. We didn’t have alot of money (we did the flowers ourselves, the styling we crafted and made, my dress was pretty cheap, we didn’t have cars or a wedding cake either) but it was the most spectacular experience because it was real, honest, loving and ALIVE. Ask yourself right now – what are you grateful for? Where do you find love in your life and how can you experience more JOY. Real joy. love + light to you, Cx Read more

10 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY + MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER TOO!

10 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY + MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER TOO!

Posted April 11, 2013

I recently spoke about Paying it Forward and Random Acts of Kindness in a recent VLOG. You can watch it HERE. The idea is simple – do something (anything!) that is kind, generous and thoughtful for someone else. Not to get something, not to feel good or generate a particular response… totally 100% selflessly do something for someone else, just because you can. That someone else doesn’t have to be your partner or closest friend (although there is nothing wrong with that), it could be a total stranger, your barista, your bus driver, the taxi driver. Just offer up a little slice of kindness. Why does this matter? How does this affect your own wellness? Oh my – the list is long! From a vibrational perspective kind, positive thoughts and acts run at a higher frequency. When we create and emit a higher vibration and share that with others the positive effects spread like wildfire – passing on from person to person. You can literally change the way you experience life, interact with others and in turn affect the lives of others. Sweet deal I think! Paying it forward also helps to cleanse you of past karmas – you are undoing the negative in your life by giving to others. Instead of doing something with an end goal in mind – how does it help YOU – embracing the idea of giving, being generous and injecting joy in others lives truly makes a profound difference. And without ‘trying’ you will start reaping the rewards – a happier mindset, manifesting your dreams, attracting the right kind of people, experiences, circumstances. So, when you stop focusing on what YOU want all the time you actually get what you really NEED. And… I have to mention that real, true health is about HAPPINESS. No amount of food in the world is going to bring you true contentment, which we all desire (let’s be honest, we do!) But giving of yourself starts to cultivate that happiness and what follows – real HEALTH. Honestly. I know it. I’ve experienced it. Here are some suggestions on how to give more and make someone’s day: Drop a $20 note at your local coffee spot and ask them to shout the first customers in the door a free coffee – just because Write an anonymous love note and stick it on the window of your friend’s (partner/parent/anyone!) car Offer to help your elderly neighbour take out their rubbish each week Let 5 cars cut in front of you each day… slow down and smile! Send an organic food box to a friend when you know she/he’s broke Give your loved one a back massage and say no to one in return Bake some healthy treats and take them to work – share them on a ‘non-birthday’ day! Drop random love-bomb texts to your friends Donate money to the people you normally avoid on the street SMILE at random strangers and say ‘Good Morning!’ ************* Now, in the spirit of Paying it Forward, I want to send some love back to someone who helped me earlier this year. You might recall back in February I ran the super-awesome Bundle of Love Valentine’s Day competition. Included in that competition was a delicious hamper from the gorgeous Rachel Gorney and her lovely business – From My Kitchen. Rachel was so incredible helpful and I know that the winner (Samantha!) really loved her hamper of delicious, healthy treats. Now, From My Kitchen has a new offering that’s inspired by the idea of Paying it Forward. . The Pay It Forward FMK style goes something like this: In every hamper that’s ordered you will receive TWO (yep, not one, but TWO!)  extra little goodie bags. The first one will include a lovely ‘pay it forward’ card so you can pass this goody bag onto a well-deserving loved one, friend, colleague, random stranger… you get the idea. Basically, anyone that’s going to appreciate and enjoy that random act of kindness. And because Rachel is super generous the second goody bag is a little extra gift from her to YOU – her way of saying thanks for being a gorgeous customer. For the moment this one is just for Sydney (Australia) based peeps – apologies if I just got you excited, but I am betting FMK is going to go BIG in the future. Watch this space. Now, I’d like to hear from YOU! Can you share below ONE suggestion of how you are going to drop some kindness into someone’s lap or pay it forward? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions. There are HUNDREDS of ideas! love + light to you, Claire x Read more

SPOTLIGHT ON YOGA:  TWISTING + WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR DIGESTION!

SPOTLIGHT ON YOGA: TWISTING + WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR DIGESTION!

Posted April 09, 2013

Ohh, I love to twist. Recently I shared with you a little detail about my journey with IBS. I got a little graphic and explained to you the awful toilette experience I used to endure. You can read that post HERE. Thank god I am free from that. I definitely, DEFINITELY, attribute yoga to contributing to that freedom and to twists. If you are a yogi you’ll know what I mean – twists have a way of wringing you out – opening you up and leaving you with this deep urge to let out a big open-mouthed exhale. AHHHH… They come in many shapes and forms – some are more advanced and much harder to experience. There is a way to include twists into your life on a regular basis. As a runner you can add them into your pre-stretch. After a weight workout a twists session – the contraction and expansion – can relieve tired muscles. BUT, (there is always a but) I think twists are so beneficial from a digestive perspective. They squeeze and release the gastrointestinal tract. if you find you are feeling a little sluggish with little movement happening down there, or perhaps cramping, gas, bloating and other side-effects from IBS or eating something that didn’t agree with you – get twisting! The twist featured is super simple… here’s a little how-to: Starting from all fours, straight the legs and raise the hips into downward facing dog. From here step your right foot forward between your hands. Keep your left palm flat to the floor (or use a block or a book for extra height) Raise your right arm straight up to the ceiling. Try and twist from the spine, rib cage and waist, not by throwing the arm back. Keep your hips square and twist a little deeper with your exhale. Hold for 5 – 10 long, slow breaths and then step back and change sides! So, get twisting. There are a heap of other twists out there from seated twists to more advanced binds. But if you are new to it – keep it simple and enjoy the health benefits. I’m getting my twist on – after my wedding last Friday and all the delicious indulgence I definitely feel the need for a few cleansing twists. love + light, Claire x Read more

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