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THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE

Posted June 27, 2013

I’m not going to pretend that I am a true fighter for a healthier planet. Before you judge, hear me out. There are people out there making a real and positive impact when it comes to saving this planet. I wish I had that drive and passion for it, but I don’t – I’m all about helping the individual and changing the world one person at a time. Is that wrong of me? I don’t think so – everyone has their own purpose and offering – mine just isn’t environmentalism. Power to those that do! However, that being said I do go out of my way to minimize my impact on the environment and my health. I thought I would share with you some of the ways I try and do this (aside from regular and religious recycling!) 1) All feminine hygiene products are chosen mindfully As an ambassador for Sunwarrior from Global By Nature I am thankfully exposed to some of the other brands they look after. Natracare is one of them. I found this on Natracare’s website: Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain.  That freaks me out a little. Not to mention the dangers for women using products laced with chemicals synthetics, chlorine, laxtex and more nasties. I’m not an ambassador for Natracare (just so you know) and I often swing between it and the other more recent brand on the market, TOMorganic. Both of these brands are made from certified organic, natural and plant-derived materials. Chemical free and biodegradable. Natracare sources ingredients from sound ecologically managed producers and is certified free from animal testing. Also, TOM is focused on organic farming practices to minimise impact on the environment. 2) I make my own or use natural cleaning products There is this awesome little shop near my home called The Source Bulk Foods. They stock a totally natural, chemical free range of cleaning products. You can find a similar shop in most areas. Alternatively, I make up my own cleaning products – here’s an all-purpose cleaner: 1/2 cup of white vinegar 1/4 cup of baking soda 2 litres of water Add in lavender, lemon, peppermint or any other essential oil you like! 3) I reuse every container! I keep every container to reuse for storing food, but also when I go and restock food from places like The Source. I make sure I take a few containers with me a fill-up. I try my best to make use of everything – if a candle has finished and it came in a lovely glass or clay jar I find a use for it – storing pencils, a new toothbrush holder, a jar for herbs and spices – anything! If I can’t find a use I keep it for a bit or recycle. 4) I don’t use deodorant or perfume Scary, huh! It’s not… I don’t smell. My body went through a detox phase when I first stopped and now it just seems to know how to recalibrate itself. If I get sweaty after yoga, I shower. I don’t like spraying chemicals in the air, contributing to pollution and I also find I’m really sensitive to strong scents anyways. 5) I only use natural toothpaste and a biodegradable (bamboo) toothbrush I don’t want to be ingesting chemicals on a daily basis and I don’t buy into the idea that we need all those crazy additives to clean our teeth. I use Grant‘s toothpaste or Miessence  both aussie brand And when it comes to toothbrushes, well, in Australia alone, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and binned each year – that’s 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That also freaks me out! Check out the toothbrush I use here. __________________________________________ There are SO many more ways that we can clean up our act. I’d love to hear some suggestions for you? What do you do that positively minimises waste AND keeps your life and health cleaner? Share with me below in the comments. love + light (and a cleaner world!) to you, Cx Read more

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

IT”S TIME TO UNATTACH FROM YOUR PAST

Posted June 25, 2013

I’ve been receiving so many amazing emails from those who have bought my new ebook. I love reading every single one of them – people sharing their stories of surrender, sharing their own AHA moments. It’s so inspiring. Letting GO is something we’ve all been crying out for. I’m also receiving alot of comments around how BRAVE I was to share so much of my story. It’s interesting, I never once considered it to be brave, or even thought it through (writing my story) … It just felt natural to share where I have been and the journey of surrender I am still on. Why? Because I know I’m not alone in this… Sharing my story had nothing to do with bravery, but it was necessary for my own healing and for the healing of others. I felt that my personal journey could hopefully help even ONE person have an AHA moment. In my book – Get out of you way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet! – I share 7 pivotal moments where surrender (either forced or welcomed) came to me. There are so many other elements to ‘my story’ I didn’t share, but that’s just it, I see them as a ‘story’… not who I am! I don’t identify myself through those stories, but I see them as experiences that lead me towards greater awareness and understanding. Situations that I manifest for myself in order to experience and learn something vital to me. The past has no power As I was writing this blog post I received Danielle LaPorte’s newsletter where she spoke about burning 20 years worth of her journals. It really struck a chord with me, particularly this sentence: “I love deep and I’m very ritualistic, but I’m not very nostalgic.” I feel the exact same way. I live by ritual, routine, love, joy, feeling, truth… at least I try to, every single day.  I am not one to cling to past memories, mementos, nostalgia. My husband and I barely celebrate anniversaries. We acknowledge them, maybe go to dinner (it’s a good excuse to dine out) but we, as a collective, place more significance on the love we feel NOW, then what happened in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the past is relevant to a degree, there is alot we can learn from it – such rich territory. However, as many of my clients would’ve heard me say countless times – I’m not one to dwell in the past, and I encourage them to do the same. It is what it is (or was, rather) and I don’t feel that being weighed down by the past is conducive to joy, love, experience, fulfillment in this moment. I see holding on to the past, having attachment to it, having an emotional charge to it as unproductive, a little obsessive, and mis-guided. It is not WHO I am. Unidentify with the past Part of sharing ‘my story’ in my book was a personal cathartic process for me. In every single moment of our lives we are absorbing energy. The energy of positive and negatively charged experiences, conversations, interactions… you get the idea. We are ‘programming’ and rebooting our system in every tiny moment. So even when we think we’ve ‘cleared’ something on the conscious level, often the past has found a place to hide its belief system, ideas, impressions and scars on the sub conscious level. I believe that those experiences have been cleared on a conscious level, but subconsciously? I doubt it! How could they be, 7 profound and pivotal moments that happened within the last 10 years – that’s not that long ago. It’s difficult to NOT identify with them. As I wrote each experience down, witnessing the black words appear on white screen, I felt a little part of me (the real me, my true essence!) disconnect and unidentify with those moments. Yes, I will always remember them and yes, I’m grateful for them, but I no longer need to hold onto them. They’ve served a purpose and now they are meaningless. Can you unattach… Loosen your grip…Take your power back from the past? This isn’t something you can ‘pretend’ to do. You know, be really flippant and self-deprecating around your past experiences and how they make you feel. And in fact, if you DO try and fake this, you are only going to push that ‘thing’ you are trying to release further and deeper within you. Not the desired outcome. If you feel, as you are reading this post that you are ready to let it all go, then the process has already begun for you. Your past will become just a ‘story’ that you retell with no charge (positive or negative!) to it. It is what it is. I’d love to hear from you now: Is the past taking up alot of limelight? Even if, at first, you don’t realise it? For those of you wanting to go deeper here my ebook can help you. Head over here to get yourself a copy. love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: GET GROUNDED WITH STANDING POSTURES

Posted June 24, 2013

This week’s segment of Yoga with Claire features three very well known standing postures. Trikonasana – Triangle pose Virabhrasdrasana 2 – Warrior 2 pose Parsvokonasana – Side Angle pose These postures are great for: Building strength in the legs Opening the groins and hips Stretching out the back of the body (hamstrings, spine, ankles, shoulders) Cncourage length through the spine. I personally love these poses for their grounding and centering qualities. You have to move with focus, awareness and mindfulness when you are in these postures. Your feet are earthed. The more stability in your feet and legs the more steady, grounded and focused you will be. These asanas seem easy, but they can be incredibly challenging. The key is to be comfortable with where YOUR body is at. And it will evolve, I promise. I am always amazed at how these standing postures (and others) never get boring – they, and you, grow, change, transform and there is always something new to discover and play with. My recommendation would be to revisit the Sun Salutation videos I created and practice 5 rounds of each before flowing into these standing postures. This is a common transition in most yoga styles and I’ve specifically tried to introduce them to you in that way. You can find Sun Salute A HERE and Sun Salute B HERE. Remember, go at YOUR own pace. If you’ve been practicing for a while explore the postures and play with them. If you are new, just build up each day – add on more time to each pose, hold them for longer, work on a steady and even breath. Enjoy moving your body, feeling your breath and connecting to your life force. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH. Namaste, Cx Read more

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

Posted June 21, 2013

5 on friday – what I’m loving this week! Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve felt compelled to share the things I’m loving on a VLOG, but I’m back today with 5 awesome things I know you are going to love! There is something in this for everyone. Click PLAY to watch and see the summary below. 1) Affirmations Creating and connecting in with affirmations that resonate with your heart’s desires 2) Social media free days Ahh – heavenly! Time off from ‘connecting’ and space to move back into the moment 3) Evernote App I love this app – it’s a lifesaver!! 4) Crystals, Reiki and Kinesiology Yep, getting my hippie on. All these yummy energetic practices keep me whole. For those interested in Reiki (experiencing it or becoming a practitioner) my healer is Franziska Mayr. Check her out! 5) Feedback on my ebook! I love you guys! SO much gratitude to each and everyone of you for buying my book and sending me through some wicked feedback. Heart overfloweth. AND as a little BONUS, the 6th thing I’m loving this week is my new member pack created for those who subscribe to my Weekly Wellness Update. Woo! So excited to get this out there What’s in it? A sneak peak of my ebook – The first chapter! Foodie Must Haves – A downloadable and printable healthy shopping list Declare your Dreams – A downloadable and printable worksheet on tapping into your dreams and desires 3 Steps to More Wellness – A 3 part video guide where I share three of my favourite wellness tips So, if you aren’t yet part of the project, jump on the list below! Now, tell me, what are YOU loving this week? Answer in the comments below. love + light, Claire Read more

JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

Posted June 20, 2013

I have a little present for you! A mid-week surrender pressie.. I’ve decided to share one of the exclusive bonuses included in my new ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet. Within the book I mention movement as an integral part to learning how to let go and surrender. As a gift to you I’d like to open up this BONUS 20 minute yoga sequence to all of you! This is a beautiful, flowy, juicy sequence. It’s the perfect time and the perfect way to start the day or when you just feel you need to get out of your head! This sequence is not about the postures and making them ‘look good’ but rather dropping  into your body, stepping out of that overpowering thinking space and into a more playful state. Have fun with it and enjoy the flow. Surrender Sequence from Claire Obeid on Vimeo. My ebook is all about the FLOW. It’s an insightful, intuitive journey into the art of surrender – the most profound way we can open up to our best lives yet and allow that beautiful, effortless energy to be part of our daily lives. The other day I was with a client who mentioned that she was really struggling to set her intentions (the first step in our work together). She read my ebook and spent some time outside, after which her intentions flowed so easy and effortlessly. I LOVED hearing that… it’s exactly what I wanted to incite. Ease. Flow. Surrender. Softness. If you want some of that then head over HERE to check it out and get yourself a copy! Here’s what a few people have been saying about the ebook: Your book is great, very heartfelt and real, sharing your life with strangers is a brave move. I have enjoyed reading it first quickly and now to take it slower and with time on my side. Maddi Lock ___________________________________________________________________ Beautiful Claire, thank you so much for sharing your story. It was truly beautiful and inspiring to read your journey into wellness and surrender. Congratulations lovely.. you should be so very proud of yourself, I loved every piece of your e-book.. the pictures, quotes, artworks – all of it! Natalie Leahy ___________________________________________________________________ Sweet Claire, I have just finished your book. LOVED IT!!! I really think Surrender needs to be my word for the rest of this year!!! I have, over the last few months, been given so many signs to surrender, and ignored them. Your words and your story have helped me see how to incorporate all those ‘tools’ into my life. Thank you again, I’m sure I will be revisiting this many times over the coming weeks. Brandi Myers ___________________________________________________________________ I read the entire thing over a pot of tea yesterday! So beautiful… The exercises were amazing xx Thank you for writing such an honest book about letting go. We all need a little more of that in our lives. Krys Hansen _____________________________________________________________ Love + light to you, Cx Read more

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

Posted June 18, 2013

I’ve long held the belief that we are more than our bodies… in fact, I’ve believed in this since I was just a little thing. We all ‘know’ that now, don’t we? We all understand, even if it’s on an intellectual level, that we are mind (thought/ego), body (flesh and bone) and spirit (universal consciousness, true essence, pure love). The reason I learned this at such a young age is because I witnessed the DIRECT correlation between emotional trauma + physical dis-ease within my own family. My mother – the source of my spirituality and the one who still teaches me about unconditional love and compassion – often showcased the effects of emotional pain and imbalance through her physical body. I can almost timeline every major illness that she has been struck down with alongside an emotional period! (A big Middle Eastern family is not without it’s trials and tribulations!) Without over-sharing (out of respect for my gorgeous mamma) it was witnessing this that clearly flagged to me how our illness(es) really are a clear smoke-signal from the amazing system of our mind/body/spirit that something is out of whack. It’s not just about food Some of you may have noticed a slight shift in direction on my blog over the last 6 months. I am STILL hugely passionate about good food, nutrition and movement, however (and as most of my clients know) I believe that is simply the ENTRY point into true wellness. I still get so excited to work with individuals and help them find true health by harnessing the power of food. However, at some point, once we’ve cleaned up the diet and we have found a level of balance and health (and only when you are ready) we then need to peel back the layers to see what we have lying underneath. Emotions that do not serve us, limiting beliefs, stress, past hurts > often we think we’ve ‘worked’ through this stuff and it’s just laying dormant.  More often than not we are still being bullied by the junk hiding underneath. This is when we realise that, hey, it’s not just about the food I am eating… there is something else going on here! Maybe you’ve just blown an emotional fuse? When I’m working with a client who, after a few sessions, has all the information they need to eat and live well BUT they still show signs of illness OR they still can’t commit to what they know, then it’s time to peel the layers back. This is when we explore – what emotional fuse have you blown? What smoke-signal is your body sending up to you, asking you to respond and react accordingly to the emotions that you aren’t dealing with. Unfortunately we are trained to TREAT the physical ailment as THE PROBLEM. More often than not it’s the final symptom of the underlying problem – negative emotions, events and belief systems. Sometimes we just get sick – it is what it is – and I’m not discounting that. But I speak from experience when I say that often when something repeats itself or lingers there is something else going on… you can be sure of it. As many of you would know now after reading my new ebook I was sent messages, quite dramatically through my body. The state of my health deteriorating the more I ignored the underlying truths. [If you haven’t yet checked out my new ebook on surrender and learning how to let go head over HERE.] That back injury I had for over a year – oh my that was deeply rooted in financial insecurity, fear of moving forward, not feeling supported by life, disbelief in my own abilities and so much more. Do I have that back injury now? NO. Do I have any of those beliefs now?… you know the answer. Louise L Hay is the master of this. In her famous book Heal Your Body she connects your bodily pain/illnesses to emotional blow-outs. Having problems in your back/spine? Where don’t you feel supported in life? Digestive problems? Where do you feel stuck or what are you refusing to let go of? Cold or upper respiratory problem? Maybe there is too much going on in your life?! Persistent cough? It’s time to speak up or maybe you need to ‘bark’ back? What is your body trying to tell you, NOW? Take the time now to scan through your body. Listen to its signals. Or rather, can you smell the smoke it’s been burning…trying to get your attention. There might be something small and niggly that’s been there for a while but you’ve cleverly and skillfully ignored it. Or perhaps you’ve just been struck down with the flu, an injury or otherwise. Get aware! Do this exercise below: It’s like heading down to your emotional fuse box and shining a light on the truth. What am I feeling PHYSICALLY? Write down as many things as you can register, some are going to be so obvious, others maybe have been swept under the covers. But go with your intuition. Sometimes we just KNOW when something isn’t a problem. If I am honest, what am I feeling EMOTIONALLY? Write down the emotions that come to mind. When you take a moment to connect in with how you FEEL. You can’t THINK your way through this answer by the way, you’ll need to quietly and softly enter your hear and move out of your headspace. Now, looking at my life, what is the CAUSE of these feelings? Now that you’ve been clear about what you are feeling emotionally (and therefore physically represented in the body) now try and draw a connection to where in your life you’ve blown a fuse. Be honest with yourself about what you aren’t being honest about! Get me? Where are you lying to yourself and ignoring the truth? Finally, what would it be like for you to be FREE of these feelings? To allow yourself to completely […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BREAKING DOWN THE FLOW

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BREAKING DOWN THE FLOW

Posted June 13, 2013

Welcome to a new Yoga With Claire segment. A few weeks ago I guided you through two of the most popular Vinyasa Sequences: Surya Namaskar A + B (aka Sun Salutations). Catch-up HERE if you missed these sequences. Now, when I teach these in both beginners AND general classes I often break down the postures within this flow sequence as it is practiced over and over and over – and that’s just in one class. You might practice a more flowy style of yoga and therefore you’ll find this repeated at a quicker pace. Other more static styles will still include vinyasa but it’ll be slower and focused. Either way, it’s important to learn how to do this vinyasa properly – for your safety and to build up strength and flexibility correctly. My biggest pet hate is watching students crunch and throw themselves through the practice – I am stickler for alignment! The poses covered in this video: Adho Mukka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) High plank Chaturanga Dandasana (staff pose/low push-up) Bhujangasana (cobra) Urdhva Mukka Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) Variations of the above Now, before I go on I do have to say that it’s important to be honest about where you are at with yoga. If you are still a beginner be careful to not push too far and stay with the variations I provide. Without further adieu let’s get going. This sequence will definitely generate some lovely heat within the body and make you feel alive! Click PLAY to watch. Don’t forget, once you’ve gone through the sequence let me know your feedback – did you enjoy, did you learn something new? Which asana (pose) did you find the most challenging? Namaste, Cx Read more

GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

Posted June 10, 2013

From structure comes spontaneity. Organization creates time. Routine and intentions go hand in hand. First, let me ask you a few questions: Do you always feel as if there is never any time in your week to do the things you say you’ll do? Are you always trying to squeeze in last minute plans and then feel that you had to BUMP something else to make it happen? Do you regularly SKIP the things (exercise/yoga/meditation)  that you know you want and need for a healthier lifestyle? Do you constantly feel that you are out of balance and don’t have any real direction? If you answered at least ONE of those with a resounding YES then this where structure, routine and organization can help you. Here in Australia many of you would be enjoying the June long weekend. How good is it – 4 days to switch off. What might be a great idea is to spend a little time getting organised for the week ahead. I promise you, it’ll make you feel more focused and calm. When we have a routine we can achieve the things we want to, stick to our intentions AND from there, that organisation allows us to see the space we have within our day and week. That space is important to ensure we are ready to respond to spontaneous situations and experiences. In the video below I talk through the EASIEST and most SIMPLE tool I know to experiencing more balance in your life, doing the things you intend to do and inviting more time and space into your week. Yep, and it all comes down to getting organised! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH So what did you think? Are you loosely moving through your week wondering WHY you don’t stick to that PT session or WHY you always feel frazzled and never have time for a social life, to read that book that’s collecting dust, to work on a personal project or to simply just tidy your home? If it’s not scheduled it’s not real! Amen to that. Marie Forleo drilled this message in during my recent RHH bSschool studies and I love it! It’s something I have always lived by. If it’s not in my diary or planner, it’s not real – therefore, it’s not going to happen! When I first started practicing yoga and I wanted to upgrade from 1 to 4 classes per week getting organised and scheduling it in was the only way it was going to happen. This may seem too easy to work, but I can’t tell you how many of my beautiful, amazing clients that have achieved so many of their goals purely by getting organised. No-brainer! What do you have to lose? Share below: How do YOU structure and organise your life? How do you create balance through routine? Or are you struggling to find some stability and balance? I can’t wait to hear from you. love + light, Cx Read more

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