Love & Inspiration #21

Love & Inspiration #21

Love & Inspiration #21
Balance – Be – All – And – See

Hey lovely,

Do you feel balanced? Do you feel your life has equal parts effort and surrender?

This week I feel very blessed to be student-ing on Bex Tyrer’s course “Unwind the Feminine”.

(You’ll get to hear and learn more from this incredible woman in the coming weeks from the podcast interview I just did with her..)

Travelling with purpose, learning more & deepening my personal practice, and connecting with community – these are such high values for me, and ones that bring me so much joy and balance.

And for me as a teacher, student-ing is such an important aspect of maintaining my excellence as a leader and facilitator.

You can read more about my personal journey with Solo Travel & Yoga Retreats Here >>>

Click here to Read…

I’m only halfway through the course, but already I feel I am learning a radical and new approach to leadership, creativity, and my spiritual life based on the menstrual cycle and want to share a taste with you.

In Yoga we often talk about the need for balancing or bringing into union, the energies of shiva – divine consciousness – the masculine principle, and shakti – the creative principle – the feminine,

We are all of it – We all have both qualities within us.

Be All and See – this is the key to balance.

I think oftentimes, there’s a great misunderstanding about what healthy/unhealthy masculine and feminine aspects are, and how these qualities manifest within us, whether we are women or men.

What I’m learning is that, for those of us that are women, this balance of shiva and shakti energy needs to be considered in relation to our cycles.

There are four phases to the menstrual cycle which can be likened to the seasons of the year. Within each season there are different powers we can tap into .

For example (take from Alexandra Pope’s Red Power Cards)

  1. Menstruation/inner winter – stillness, surrender, vision
  2. Preovulation/inner spring – play, explore possibilities, assert
  3. Ovulation/inner summer – connect, do the work, generosity
  4. Premenstruum/inner autumn – lose it, insight, meet the critic

We are such powerful beings, and even more so when we have the knowledge and awareness to truly honour where we’re at in our cycles,

to really tune in and listen to when we need to effort and when we need to surrender.

Instead of trying to push through what’s arising for us in each moment – moods, emotions,, desires – to GSD (get shit done), its more important to instead learn to honour the cycle to create more balance and tap into even greater aspects of our feminine power.

Does that resonate with you? Feel a bit woo-woo?
I’d LOVE to hear from you.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful movement.

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings,

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Our 15% Flash Sale is on for another week or two. Book Now to SAVE on our retreats.

P.P.S What’s you’re favourite inspiration from this week’s Love & Inspirations shared below? Please hit reply and let me know! I LOVE hearing from you,

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Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

1) Precious Human Life: Daily Prayer by HIs Holiness the Dalai Lama


“Everyday, think as you wake up:

Today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive,
I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it,
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself.

To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings,

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

~ H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

2) *NEW* Blog Post – Dream of Solo Travel? This post is for you.
Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect way to Travel SoloTop 5 Reasons Why a Yoga Retreat is the Perfect Way to Make your Solo Travel Journey Deep and Meaningful
Traveling alone can be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lifetime. Traveling to a new part of the world can also be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re going alone, and especially if it’s your first time. You may wonder – Is it safe for me to travel alone? Will I feel lonely? How will I know where to go or what to do? Coming on a Yoga Retreat in is the perfect mix of combining your call to travel solo to an exotic destination, with your desire to invest in your health and well-being, and travel with purpose.

3) *NEW* Music Playlist for You
Forca Feminina Flow
Last week I help to create an epic event here in Bali which we called Forca Feminina, where our vision was to co-create a deep and inspirational space to celebrate the spectrum of beauty and power of the feminine force. Here’s an awesome compilation of the cool songs that I compiled for the Yoga class! I’m especially getting in love with the Lux Moderna – Ek Ong Kar track

4) Video / Broken Brain Podcast – 90 mins
How to Redesign the Subconscious Mind from Limitation to Freedom with Peter Crone.
Who would you be if you weren’t defined by the limiting dialogue of your own mind? We exist within mental constructs that dictate our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Suffering is a byproduct of these mental constraints. To create an extraordinary life we have to reveal the limiting framework of our perceived reality and shift the perception we have of ourselves in order to become limitless.

5) Quote

“The journey of true discover lies not in finding new lands but in looking through new eyes”. – Marcel Proust

Find more Love & Inspirations Here!


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July 7 – 13, 2019 – Sacred Sound – Yoga + Music Retreat with Francie Love & Mel Dobra
May 26 – June 1 – Retreat in Paradise with Emma Lowe
June 2 – June 15 – Retreats in Paradise with Daphne Chua
June 16 – August 3 – YACEP Credit Available – Retreats in Paradise with Francie Fishman & Sophie Sharp

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Love & Inspiration #20

Love & Inspiration #20

Love & Inspiration #20
The Healing Powers of Music

Beautiful,

What is your relationship music, and in particular, singing?

Are you comfortable expressing yourself fully? How do you feel about singing? Do you sing in the shower or in the car? How do you feel singing in front of others? Do you keep quiet cause someone told you to once upon a time?

As my friend Malaika always says, “If you can talk, you can sing”.

As many of you know, the past few years for me have really been about finding my voice and connecting more with music and sharing songs.

After some serious heartbreaks and set-backs a few years back, I started losing my voice every couple weeks for a year and a half. It was a really devastating and challenging time for my heart.

After a million ginger lemon honey teas, licorice teas, salt water gargles, days in silence, steams…I finally went to see some specialised doctors, where I got lots of tests and opinions.

While the doctors could see inflammation in my throat, they couldn’t see what was deeper, and therefore were unable to help me beyond treating the symptoms.

Frustrated, I knew I had to look deeper within.

I realised that when we don’t fully allow ourselves the space to fully express what’s in our heart, the energy that was meant to come up and out into the world,

actually moves down and gets lodged in the body, where it causing dis-ease. For me this manifested as this chronic loss of voice.

A big huge part of my healing journey has been all about music and singing – opening this sacred channel of the throat that connects the heart and mind.

For me, finding the path of sacred music and mantra singing has become a really key aspect of my healing journey, helping me to access what’s in my heart.

As a result of being able to connect more deeply within, I feel more confident to take up space, to express my authenticity, and explore my creativity.

Singing helps me to strengthen my sense of self-worth, and find the confidence to communicate from my heart and share my messages with the world.

Here’s what I know:

While I still have a long way to go on this path, I could not be more grateful for the gifts I receive for showing up to music:

This path of music continues to offer me insights into myself, my emotions, my self-worth and confidence, and it also brings me and those around me a lot of healing, joy, peace and connection.

In the the coming weeks I look forward to opening a deeper conversation with you about the voice, singing and the healing powers of music…

and I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for this fun, powerful and healing practice in our upcoming Sacred Sounds Retreat in July. Please come if you feel called.

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to my dear friend and co-creator on this powerful and profound retreat – Mel Dobra.

Mel is an incredible musician, recording artist, performer, and performing arts educator and workshop facilitator based in Australia.

Click here to discover what Mel shares with us about her personal journey with music and it’s healing powers…

Click here to Read On…


Pure Flow Yoga News

Pure Flow Yoga has won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2019 for the 2nd year in a row!!! YAY!!!

THANK YOU x a bazillion to everyone who came and shared a yoga retreat experience with us here in Koh Phangan this last year and left a review.

This really makes a world of difference to us and others who this experience can help benefit.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful movement.

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings,

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Our Yoga Retreat 15% Flash Sale is still on. Book Now to Join an Intimate, Magical & Life-changing retreat in Paradise

P.P.S What’s you’re favourite inspiration from this week’s Love & Inspirations shared below? Please hit reply and let me know! I LOVE hearing from you,

P.P.S Sharing is Caring. IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO US, If you enjoyed this Love & Inspiration, if you could refer us to your community, forward this e-mail to a friend, and/or leave us a review.


Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

1) Quote
“Do you know that the words meditation and medicine come from the same root? Meditation is a kind of medicine; its use is only for the time being. Once you have learned the quality, then you need not do any particular meditation, then the meditation has to spread all over your life. Only when you are meditative twenty-four hours a day then can you attain, then you have attained.” – Osho

2) Book I’m Revisiting
The Presence Process by Michael Brown
Why is it so difficult to respond consciously when we are upset? Why do we instead resort to hurtful, repetitive, unconscious, reactive behaviours? When we are upset, like programmed organic machinery, we automatically resort to reactive and unconscious behaviours that arise from unresolved emotional charges, often from childhood.

Throughout this 10 week guided process, we learn and practice to stop running from or projecting onto others our unresolved emotional charges, and consciously identify, be with, and integrate these shadow of ourselves that keep presenting in our lives. From here we can discover how to take full responsibility for the quality of our experience and release an victim-victor-saviour mentality

I’ve just started re-reading the first section of the book and will start Week 1 of the process next week. Let me know if you want to join me in the Presence Process. I’d love to share the journey.

3) Blog Post to Inspire You
The Healing Powers of Music by Mel Dobra
Mel Dobra, an acclaimed devotional music, recording artist, performing arts teacher and workshop facilitator shares her journey with music and it’s power.

The beautiful Mel will be co-facilitating the music and yoga retreat with me in July/ We would LOVE to have you there! You can book here. 🙂

4) Song I’m learning on Guitar
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
An absolute classic. Enjoy!

5) Poem that I’m thinking about a lot alot

Autobiography in Five Chapters by Portia Nelson:

Chapter I

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in…it’s a habit My eyes are open; I know where I am; It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

HIT REPLY: What does this evoke in You?

Find more Love & Inspirations Here!


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What are you grateful for?

Did you know that gratitude has been proven to increase production of dopamine and serotonin, creating feelings of contentment & peace 🧘‍♀️ Other benefits of gratitude include: feeling more connected to others and less lonely, stronger immune system, improved emotional equilibrium, better sleep, increased energy, deeper relaxation and increased creativity💕
Today I’m grateful for: 💧clean water to drink 👣a morning walk in nature 🥗a yummy salad for lunch 💗hugs with loved ones

Let us know 3 things you’re grateful for today…we’d love to know!

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Upcoming Retreats & Events

July 7 – 13, 2019 – Sacred Sound – Yoga + Music Retreat with Francie Love & Mel Dobra
May 26 – June 1 – Retreat in Paradise with Emma Lowe
June 2 – June 15 – Retreats in Paradise with Daphne Chua
June 16 – August 3 – Retreats in Paradise with Francie Fishman & Sophie Sharp

 

Love & Inspiration #19

Love & Inspiration #19

Love & Inspiration #19
Checking out of the Morning
Phone-Check Cycle to Reclaim your Day

How are you?

Question – Do you check your phone first thing in the morning?

If you do, you are in good company.

According to research by IDC and sponsored by Facebook, more than 80% or 4/5 smartphone users check their phones before brushing their teeth or getting out of bed in the morning.

This week I tried out an experiment on myself: I would check my phone in the mornings only after I had already finished my meditation and yoga practice.

Here’s what happened…

Click here to Read On…

Hope you have a wonderful day and beautiful weekend ahead.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings,

XOXO

Francie

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LOVE & INSPIRATION

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

1) Quote

“No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance”. – Ramana Maharishi

2) Blog Post

Reclaim your Day: 3 Tips to Help you Checking Out of the morning Phone-Check Cycle

3) Song: Remixed Classic
Leonard Cohen: The Partisan (MK Remix) – Electronica Massive Edit

4) Inspiring Video Talk
Thich Nhat Hanh talks with Oprah Winfrey

5) Thought Provoking Image

Find more Love & Inspirations Here!


Francie’s Upcoming Offerings

May / June 2019 – Bali

Awaken your Voice: Wednesdays @ Sayuri Cafe, 6pm

Sound Medicine Journey: Thursdays @ Yoga Barn, 3-4:30pm

Wanna make magic where you are (or where you wanna go)? Let’s talk. I’m now offering private retreats and trainings in Bali, Canada, USA and beyond in 2019/2020 and I’d love to connect with You! 🙂

June / July 2019

Yoga Retreats in Paradise @ Pure Flow Yoga

Yoga Alliance – YACEP 30h & 60h – Continuing Education Credit for Yoga Teachers – June 16 – July 26, 2019


Upcoming Retreats

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Love & Inspiration #18

Love & Inspiration #18

Love & Inspiration #18
Let go to Let flow

Namaste beautiful,

First of all, just wanna let you know that we are doing a
FLASH SALE – 15% off all Retreats NOW
So if you’re thinking about coming soon, now is the time.

Did you catch my Instagram LIVE this week I wonder? I started sharing a couple weeks ago my personal musings on life and what’s present for me and Pure Flow, and I’d love to see you there.

Mondays @ 3pm Bali Time / 2 pm Thailand / 8am UK Time / 5pm Australia / 3am NYC (if you miss the LIVE, you can catch a reply on our instagram stories for 24 hours only!)

This week, on the instagram live, I bared my soul and shared very vulnerably with you about where I’m at and the struggle I’m having to keep the business side of Pure Flow Yoga…flowing.

I’m in a place where I’m coming into a lot of questions of how can i make this project work. How can i keep it all flowing and supporting? What if I have to let it all go? What does that even mean? Who would I be if I let it all go?

How can I lean into trust more.

When life is not unfolding in a state of pure flow of synchronicity, ease, and joy, what do you do?

For me, I notice that my tendency at first, is to fight the current, work harder, stress more, and try to control the situation to make things work. I hold on for dear life.

Generally, I do this until I become aware that I’m caught in the illusion of believing that I am ultimately in control of everything. Slowly I realise that I’ve gotten caught in an attachment of thinking that what i do is who am I.

What I do, the relationships I have, the likes and dislikes that I have, these are ever-changing aspects of my personality, my ego if you will. They are not the essence of who I am.

In other words, I will still be me, even if my outer world, my work, my relationships, my georgraphy etc completely change.

So what to do in these moments where life is not in full flow?

Practice the life-long art and practice of letting go.

While I’ll continue to do my best, and show up to the challenges that present,

and while I’ll maintain my commitment to the path of Yoga,
this commitment to cultivate my strength, balance and flexibility
of not only my body, but also my mind,

I let go of of how it’ll all unfold moving forward.
So that I can relax into a deeper state of trust in the unknown,
and remember that the great mystery,
the infinite intelligence that flows through life,
is far greater that i can ever fully comprehend in this moment.

So, I don’t yet know what will happen next with the business. Let’s see…

But, Here’s what i do know:

  • I can do my best and keep showing up to do #allthethings,
  • I can keep showing up to my practice of Yoga, meditation, prayer, asking questions, and deep patient listening
  • I can actively practice letting go into the great mystery and divine unfolding
  • I can control my relationship to this moment
  • I can cultivate more trust and knowing that whatever does happen next, is in the spirit of rising up and evolution.

    Today I invite you to take a minute and ask yourself, where in your life can you surrender to more trust and letting go?
    Please hit REPLY and let me know – I love hearing from you always, and always give each person an individual reply.

    ———-

Here are some fresh inspirations to help you let go:

1) Quote

  • “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
  • “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse
  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”– Lao Tzu

2) Video

3) Music for Letting Go

  • Nourish by Hanna Leigh
    I seriously love this song and all the beautiful lyrics that flow through this incredible being. I had the chance to live with Hannah, once upon a time in a conscious community in Hawaii, and the resonance and frequency of what she shares is pure crystalline beauty. Hope you love it as much as i do!

4) Poem for Letting Go by Saffire Rose
Tip: Take the time to Read this out loud to yourself or to a friend.

She let go.
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

5) PFY Practice Podcast

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Pure Flow Yoga News

Join us weekly on Instagram Live

Mondays @ 3pm Bali Time / 2 pm Thailand / 8am UK Time / 5pm Australia / 3am NYC
What questions do you have about Yoga, Retreats, life and/or everything in between?

I’d LOVE to hear from you and will share in the live. Please hit reply and let me know your question and also the time that might work best for you where you are.

Yoga Alliance – YACEP 30h & 60h
Continuing Education Credit for Yoga Teachers
June 16 – July 26, 2019
Are you a Yoga teacher? Do you want to become an even more skilled, confident and effective teacher and leader through deepening experiences and having rich individualised feedback? You can earn Continuing Education credit when you participate in one of our life-changing Yoga Retreats in Paradise in Koh Phangan with Pure Flow Yoga’s founder Francie Fishman

Please send me a personal email or book a discovery call here.

Sacred Sound Retreat: Yoga & Music
Awaken your Voice and Connect to your Song
July 7-13, 2019
with Francie Love & Mel Dobra
BOOK NOW

Francie’s Events in Bali
May / June 2019

  • Awaken your Voice: Wednesdays @ Sayuri Cafe, 6pm
  • Sound Medicine Journey: Thursdays @ Yoga Barn, 3-4:30pm
  • Wanna make magic where you are (or where you wanna go)? Let’s talk. I’m now offering private retreats and trainings in Bali, Canada, USA and beyond in 2019/2020 and I’d love to connect with You! 🙂
    ———-

Hope you have a wonderful day and beautiful weekend ahead.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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Love & Inspiration #17

Love & Inspiration #17

Love & Inspiration #17
New Moon Yin-spiration

Blessings to you for New Moon in Taurus this Sunday Lou,

New moons are a naturally more yin – reflective, introspective and intuitive – time.

Do you feel that?

As we approach this new moon, we are being invited to review how we go about our day-to day life, and reflect on how/where we can create more space, more presence, more love, more joy.

New Moons offer us the perfect opportunity for fresh starts and inspirations,

as well as support and nourishment for the seeds of the intentions we plant with this new cycle,

whether that’s to be more healthy, do more yoga and meditation practice, or simply to bring more gratitude into our days.

What seeds or intentions are you planting for this new moon cycle?
Please REPLY – I’d love to hear from you
(Otherwise be sure to tell a friend – so valuable to have a witness / accountability partner)

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Here are some fresh inspirations to help inspire your presence for your week ahead:

1) Quote

  • “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in the silence, and the truth comes to me”. – Albert Einstein
    (shared by Kyle Gartlan Close – one of our amazing YTT Grads)

2) Pure Flow Yoga Podcast

Emily is a true seeker at heart, and has journeyed from her humble American roots, to becoming a prominent international Yoga teacher based in Bali and offering her Self-Care, Woman & Feminine Sexuality work as well as her Taboo exploration workshops worldwide.

Emily has a passionate curiosity for exploring the big questions of life (and death), and also how can she be best be in service to humanity a teacher. Emily is known for her skills and passion teaching Anusara Yoga, Embodied Flow, and now the more juicy and unexplored topics of sex, death & wealth, which we explore a bit in today’s conversation. Hope you enjoy!

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3) 12 Minute Meditation Practice on Insight Timer

Our very own Daphen Chua, who will sharing @ Pure Flow Yoga this June offers this meditation…

Somatic education is an exploration into waking up the internal senses to uncover our own physical and subtle mind-body mapping, to help us determine the way we inhabit in our environment and respond to elements and people around us.

This is a short somatic reset practice, working with a simple body sensing, breath and subtle movements to cultivate awareness, restore mental clarity and ease of breath.

This can be practised anytime, anywhere. Just find a comfortable seat to begin.

4) Ask and You Shall Receive

Thank you x infinity to those of you who have been reaching out in gratitude and appreciation and asking for more. For more inspirations to fuel your flow, you can now visit our L & I archives on our blog right here

5) Music – Pure Flow Yoga Soundcloud Playlist

Enjoy 20+ curated heart-melt tracks to help you drop into to your Yin Yoga or simply your chiill-out flow.

Listen and let me know, What’s your favourite song?

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Pure Flow Yoga News

NEW! Let’s Connect LIVE!
Fuel for your Flow – Instagram Live

Mondays @ 3pm Bali Time / 2 pm Thailand / 8am UK Time / 5pm Australia / 3am NYC
What questions do you have about Yoga, Retreats, life and/or everything in between?
I’d LOVE to hear from you and will share in the live.

Yoga Alliance – YACEP 30h & 60h
Continuing Education Credit for Yoga Teachers
June 16 – July 26, 2019
Are you a Yoga teacher? Do you want to become an even more skilled, confident and effective teacher and leader through deepening experiences and having rich individualised feedback?

You can now earn Continuing Education credit when you participate in one of our life-changing Yoga Retreats in Paradise in Koh Phangan with Pure Flow Yoga’s founder Francie Fishman

Please send me a personal email or book a discovery call here.

Sacred Sound Retreat: Yoga & Music
Awaken your Voice and Connect to your Song
July 7-13, 2019
with Francie Love & Mel Dobra
BOOK NOW

Francie’s Events in Bali
May / June 2019

  • Sister’s Singing Circles: Thursdays @ 11am – 12:30 pm
  • Sound Medicine Journey: Thursdays 3-4:30pm
  • Wanna make magic where you are (or where you wanna go)? Let’s talk. I’m now offering private retreats and trainings in Bali, Canada, USA and beyond in 2019/2020 and I’d love to connect with You! 🙂
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Hope you have a wonderful day and beautiful weekend ahead.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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Love & Inspiration #15

Love & Inspiration #15

Happy full moon beautiful,

How are you? What is present for you right now?

There is always deeper and further to go in this work we are doing to love and know ourselves more.

Sometimes life can feel fully flowing, and sometimes life can feel like a relentless fury of pounding waves in the infinite ocean of our lives..

In other words, life can feel really hard, confusing, overwhelming, stressful, unfair even, sometimes or even a lot of the time.

We all have our unique shoes we walk in, our uniques patterns of behaviours, emotions, and dynamics we play out…

The first thing we do to transform our experience in any given moment is to come into awareness of this moment:

At the beginning and end of our Yoga classes at Pure Flow we invite you, our students, to scan the bodymind, to come into a conscious awareness of our present moment experience.

Let’s take a moment now and try:

  • How am I feeling in the body right now? Is there tightness? Is there pain? Is there openness?
  • How am I feeling in the mind? Is it busy? Full? Fast? Slow? Am i scattered? Am I present? Am I in the future? Am I in the past?
  • How am I feeling in the heart? Is there emotion? What’s present?

At the end of each practice, we scan our bodyminds again, notice the contrasts in how we feel, and then practice the fine art of “marinating in the goodness”. of the practice.

What does that mean?

Marinating in the Goodness

Marinating in the Goodness, is a simple 2 minute practice to help integrate shifts, clarities, openness, flexibility, peace of mind, presence, and love into our lives.

It allows us to fully witness, see and marinate in the feeling of love and gratitude.

When we do this after our practice, we get to feel into the power of how simple breathing, moving and feeling into the bodymind for 90 mins (or more, or less) can really help us shift our vibration and energy field and integrate transformation,

so that we can carry the goodness off the mat and into our everyday lives.

Marinating in the goodness is just one simple gratitude practice that we can all work with in this moment to grow the good and increase the flow of love and joy in our lives.

As we come to the peak and completion of yet another full moon cycle, I invite you into a few moments of scanning your bodymind, and “marinating in the goodness” of your life. Ask yourself:

How can I marinate in the goodness of my life? What is flowing in my life? What does feel good and spacious? What are three things that I can be grateful for in this moment?

Hit REPLY and let me know

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Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

Quote
Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it’s a memory” . – Dr. Seuss

Video Poem by Rinpoche
Rest in natural great peace by Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

Rest in natural great peace

This exhausted mind

Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought

Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves

In the infinite ocean of samsara.

Francie’s Tip: Do yourself a favour, and take 4 single-tasking minutes to be present with this prayer and poem.

Pure Flow Yoga Practice Podcast

(#8) 🙏 Gratitude Flow 💕 – 90 minute Flow
What are you grateful for? Purna = fullness. Life is full. The more we can appreciate how much we have in life the more we cultivate contentment, or Santosha. Join me in this practice today to cultivate the feeling of enough-ness: remembering that there is Enough love, enough money, enough time and space for every one.

Francie’s Tip: Even if you don’t do the whole practice, I promise, that even if you just start and do a few minutes practice, you’ll feel some benefits!

Fresh from our Award-Winning Blog
Our Body is our Brain: What is Somatic Yoga by Daphne Chua
What if Yoga isn’t about touching your toes or forcing your body into odd shapes or being able to look good in Lululemon gear, to get a glimpse into enlightenment?

What if it is actually a practice centred around cultivating awareness, using different toolkits, to better connect body and mind?

What if it can be fun, accessible, engaging? What if it can offer you insight into how you carry your beliefs through your body so you have more choices?

What if it helps you to understand more about your relationships with self and others so you have more confidence, clarity and empathy in your interactions?

Join Daphne and learn more about Somatic Yoga on Retreat @ Pure Flow Yoga from May 26 – June 28, 2019

Beautiful Music
The Divine – by Mel Dobra
Have a listen to a beautiful melodious mantra with the beautiful Mel Dobra who will be co-leading the Sacred Sounds – Awaken your Voice – Music & Yoga Retreat with me this July.

Home Practice Meditation App
Insight Timer
I love this app and know that I have yet to discover it’s full potential…I use it most days to time and track my meditation practice. You can also do this with friends!

Insight Timer offer the largest free library of guided meditations on earth and the world’s most loved meditation Timer, for free.

Pure Flow Yoga News

Sacred Sound Retreat: Yoga + Awaken your Voice
with Francie & Mel Dobra | July 7-13, 2019
This unique retreat will help you align to a higher vibration, shift and transform any stagnant emotion or energy that isn’t serving you, and will help you to awaken to the true potential of your voice and expression.

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  • Francie’s Events in Bali
    This Sunday @ Zest Cafe in Ubud, Bali, from 6-9PM, come join me, Francie Love & Friends for Cosmic Heartsongs & Mantras
  • If you are interested in private retreats or trainings in Bali, Canada,USA or beyond in 2019/2020 please let me know…. I’d love to make global magic happen with You! 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful full moon and week ahead.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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Love & Inspiration #12

Love & Inspiration #12

Gorgeous beautiful,

Epic love from the Bali Spirit Fest.

Gush.

It’s so beyond magical, heart-opening, inspiring, and uplifting. The music, the workshops, the people, the atmosphere….oh my!

Feeling an overflow of inspiration and gratitude flowing through my every vein, and filling me with so much nectar goodness.

Check out the vibe a bit here and catch a glimpse of my favourite new kirtan singer Sivani Ma Francis. The music she shared helped transport me into another dimension with her melodious devotional trance sounds. Wow.

This year, the theme of the festival is “Restore the Balance” and I’ve been reflecting on how important balance really is in our individual lives, as well as in the collective.

Are you feeling balanced? What do you need to feel more balanced?

For me, this festival has so far been an incredible journey of sharing, but mostly it’s been a balancing time of receiving and taking in the abundance of awesome that is all around.

After 14 weeks straight of leading and holding space on our Pure Flow Yoga retreats and teacher training, this experience truly is helping me to “restore the balance”, and juice up on all the teachings I’m receiving here, to be able to give again to you all from a totally full space.

I’m excited to share billions of inspirations for you from here in the coming weeks: music, projects, podcasts interviews I’m doing with incredible people…so stay tuned!

What do you need to restore the balance in your life right now?
I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

Quote
“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” – Victor Hugo

Song you will LOVE
Gajumaru – Yaima
I LOOOOOOVE this track.
Try to get this one out of your head.
I dare you! 🙂

Book
Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD
This is the #1 book on my read next list, and considered required reading, by many contemporary yoga teacher friends from here and all over the world.

This week I’ve had the absolute privilege to participate in some workshops with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and I am beyond inspired to study and learn more of what this incredible woman is sharing in relation to feminine cycles, menstruation consciousness, the maha vidyas – wisdom goddesses, and post-lineage Yoga. Expect more from me on this ….

Cacao Ceremony
Elah & Ausierra
No one does an 800 person cacao ceremony quite like Elah & Ausierra! I love these guys. They rocked such an incredible ceremony of transformation, intention and joy that I’m sure we’ll all remember for years to come. Check out the awesomeness they are sharing with the world here.

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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P.P.S Have some inspirations you wanna share with us? Hit Reply and share! If we share here on L&I, we’ll be sure to credit you!

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Love & Inspiration #16

Love & Inspiration #16

How are you?

My bestie, from when I used to live in Japan in 2005, and who came to live and teach with me at the famous Green School here in Bali in 2011, just gave birth to her 2nd child.

I got to love and adore this magical baby creature when he was just 24 hours old and wow,

Just wow.

I’m feeling really inspired by the great mysteries of birth, life, death, creation and everything in between…

This baby needs so much love, presence and care to have his basic needs met, so he can thrive, grow and flow in this world.

and he doesn’t need to do, be or have anything other than he is: a crying, pooping, chilling being, for us all to LOVE him with all our hearts.

We forget that we are so much the same as this tiny being.

We need love to grow.
We need presence to thrive,
and, as cliche as it may sound,
we are perfect as we are.

We don’t need to play any roles, or be anyone other than we are,
nor do we need to have the perfect house, car, job, relationship, {fillintheblank].
nor do we need to do, achieve, or accomplish anything to be worthy of love and presence.

You know, presence is a form of love that truly is both the simplest and greatest gift that you can offer yourself and others.

Today I invite you to reflect: How can you offer your presence today in service of love?
What is one thing you can do to practice more presence today?

Please REPLY – I love hearing from you!

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Here are some fresh inspirations to help inspire your presence for your week ahead:

Quote
“This moment is not life waiting to happen, goals waiting to be achieved, words waiting to be spoken, connections waiting to be made, regrets waiting to evaporate, aliveness waiting to be felt, enlightenment waiting to be gained. No. Nothing is waiting. This is it. This moment is life.”
― Jeff Foster, Falling in Love with Where You Are

Music
4 hours of FREE Yoga & Mediation Music by Moby
“I’m not doing yoga because I want to live to 500 years old and be young and beautiful for the rest of my life. It’s simply because, I enjoy it. It makes me feel good and I think it increased my chances for having a happier, healthier life. And creatively I get a lot more work done.” (Interview: The Deepak Chopra Channel]

What a gift! Musician, DJ, author, photographer, restaurant owner, and activist, Moby shares this beautiful, quiet, calm, ambient music for free download and streaming. You can learn more Moby’s new release and personal Yoga practice in this interview here.

Blog I’m Reading & Thinking about…
Why Busyness Is Actually Modern Laziness by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter
Busyness is a choice. By being busy all the time with deadlines, projects, errands, to-do’s, are we avoiding facing life? The busier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death. As we keep ourselves occupied with tasks, important or not, we keep a safe and comfortable distance from the issues that are sometimes hard to look at…

Any reflections on this? Sound like you? I’d LOVE to hear from You!

Home Practice Meditation App
Headspace – A personal meditation guide, right in your pocket
Are you ready to try meditation? Do you need help staying with the practice?

Headspace is a truly AWESOME resource to help you learn the basics and develop a strong foundation of meditation.

it’s science-based, non-woo woo, and visually appealing guided meditations, lessons, podcast and videos to help you eliminate stress and anxiety from your life, ad help you find more clarity, purpose and calm.

When you sign up for FREE, you’ll get 10 days of 10 minute mediation and lesson. Try it and let me know how you go! 🙂

Introducing…
Michael Ewertz – Our lead Yoga Retreat Teacher from April 28 – May 31st on our Pure Flow Yoga Retreats in Thailand.
We are so honoured and excited to welcome Michael to Pure Flow Yoga. Michael is an incredible, wise, friendly, and experienced 700hr Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and Owner of Sun-Surya-Yoga, Ambassador and Retreat Manager for Sri Jasnath Asan| Thai Yoga Practitioner, Acupressure Therapist, and Yin & Yoga Nidra adept.

His teachings, with their strong focus on meditation and loving compassion, are known to help people find peace of mind and deep relaxation, to help find harmony in our fast paced society.

Join Michael for an intimate, magical & life-changing experience NOW!

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Pure Flow Yoga News

Sacred Sound Retreat: Yoga & Music
Awaken your Voice and Connect to your Song
with Francie & Mel Dobra | July 7-13, 2019

BOOK NOW! There’s only a few days left of our Early Bird Special
{closes April 30th}

I’m really truly truly excited about this powerful and magical offering, and would so love to see you there! Music is the universal language that really unifies, uplifts and resonates our souls.

This unique retreat will help you align to a higher vibration, shift and transform any stagnant emotion or energy that isn’t serving you, and will help you to awaken to the true potential of your voice and expression.

Francie’s Events in Bali

  • Sister’s Singing Circles: Wednesdays @ 11am – 1pm
  • Sound Medicine Journey: Wednesdays 7:30-9 pm, Thursdays 3-4:30pm
  • If you are interested in private retreats or trainings in Bali, Canada,USA or beyond in 2019/2020 please let me know…. I’d love to make global magic happen with You! 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful full moon and week ahead.

Thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love, Gratitude & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. We appreciate you so much. Until the end of the year 2019, use promocode “lovelovelove” for $75 off your next retreat with us:) This is exclusive to LOVELETTER subscribers only!

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Love & Inspiration #14

Love & Inspiration #14

Lovely, How has your week been?

I’ve just come back from a couple nourishing days in nature at the beach with some of my old-school besties here in Bali.

I left my computer behind for the first time in ages, and let myself spend quality time with my friends, practice yoga as a student, be in the moment, simply be…

It was powerful.

I feel like a totally upgraded version of myself.

Our students say that all the time, and it’s just so true.

Every so often, tt’s so important and necessary to take some time out for some time in.

For me, this sacred pause is so necessary for self-care.

What I notice, when we stop ,and press pause on busy,

we relax and unwind, and naturally things start to fall in place:

we become more receptive

fresh perspective on our challenges are revealed,

creative treasures start to flow through,

gratitude arises for what we do have

and most importantly perhaps, that space we’ve intentionally created allows for a deeper openings,

more connection with ourselves, with those we love, with the moment,

and with the wonder of nature itself.

When was the last time you took a sacred pause? How did you feel after? I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Pure Flow Yoga News

Sacred Sound: Yoga + Music retreat with Francie & Mel Dobra | July 7-13, 2019

Early bird pricing ends APRIL 30. BOOK NOW to avoid missing this transformative embodiment and vocal awakening experience.

Francie’s Events in Bali

For those of you in Bali, keep checking my personal fb page to stay tuned on upcoming offerings.
Starting next week I’m so excited to be sharing Sound Medicine with Kirtan master Punnu Wasu, Wednesdays 6:30-9, and Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30.
I’ll be sharing a concert soon @Zest cafe, so stay tuned!

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Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

Quote
“When people come to me and they ask, ‘How to meditate?’ I tell them, ‘There is no need to ask how to meditate, just ask how to remain unoccupied. Meditation happens spontaneously. Just ask how to remain unoccupied, that’s all. That’s the whole trick of meditation – how to remain unoccupied. Then you cannot do anything. The meditation will flower.’ – Osho

Watch
How to Receive Revelations From Nature – Uplift TV
In this 2 minute video, Ecologist,Stephan Harding, shares with us a simple practice on how you can transform your relationship with the natural world.

Following on Instagram…
@eatpraynewyork – I want it. You want it. George Costanza wants it (“Serenity now!”) So I’m taking one step a day towards inner peace in the world’s most chaotic city.

Check out Sabine’s new insta-project @eatpraynewyork, where she gives step-by-step insight on finding serenity in the city.

Here’s one of my favs…

Step 19: DIGITAL DETOX. I’ve read that the average American sends 3,400 messages a month from bed, and checks their phone 200 times a day. That’s once every six and a half minutes. One in four people spend more time online than they do asleep. Our attention span has dropped over the past decade from 12 seconds to a mere eight – shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Not surprisingly there is a direct correlation between my happiness and reducing my screen time so I’ve started digitally detoxing for periods of time that are getting longer and longer, mostly around sleep. I just spent a couple of days in a remote national park that had no power after dark, which led me to turning off my phone during those periods. The change in my experience was palpable. I’ve also turned off my push notifications, and will be more mindful of putting my phone away during meals.

How do you limit your screen time?

Reading

The Soul of Money: Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist
What I’m loving about this book is the invitation to examine and confront our attitudes towards money – earning, spending and giving it away, and demystify our challenges, fears, addiction, attachment, remorse, regret, and hurt around money, so that we can align our relationship with it and embrace it all to transform our lives.

“Our relationship with money can become a place where, day in and day-out, we can engage in meaningful spiritual practice”.

Listening to…
Ah Ni Kuni (Mose Remix) – Lindsey Wise
I pretty much love ANYTHING this magical woman creates and shares. and I’m loving this new remix EP. Check it out the EP here.

The Lindsey Wise remix EP is an offering of devotional medicine music reworked into beat driven dance journeys. The three remixers Intiche, Mose, and Binder each add their own signature touch to the already beautiful voice and message of Lindsey. Intiche offers his sunny joy filled take to Ah Ni Kuni in addition to Mose’s more subdued slow journey approach and Binder brings his playful groove into the celebratory
energy of Stardust.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. We appreciate you so much. Until the end of the year 2019, use promocode “lovelovelove” for $75 off your next retreat with us:) This is exclusive to LOVELETTER subscribers only!

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Love & Inspiration #13

Love & Inspiration #13

Happy New Moon and Vedic New Year!

Today is considered a very auspicious time in the Vedic calendar to reclaim and renew your power.

“The Sun Moves into Aries to start the Tamil New Year, and there is so much transformational energy available during this transit. You can empower the Sun within you. This is the time when you can alter time, succeed in your business as well as personal life and affect a change in your destiny.” ~ Dr. Pillai

Today is considered a powerful day to move forward with your dreams and aspirations, moving through obstacles so that you can have prosperity, good health and abundance.

How will you empower the sun within yourself for this new year cycle?
Or in other words, how will you push forward with all your dreams and aspirations for 2019 so you can have a year of success and fulfilment?

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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BSF Wrap-Up:

I’m finally starting to find my own personal rhythm after an incredible but highly full and stimulating week at the Bali Spirit Fest.

There are so many highlights:

I loved all the music, and the workshops i was able to attend. I loved the art, and the vibe.

It was such a treat to run into so many of the Pure Flow Yoga family, and to hear about everyone’s journey’s since their retreats with us.

I loved connecting with the community from all over the world as well as making so many new beautiful connections.

I especially loved sharing vocal activations and a concert with the incredible Lindsey Wise. and I was so honoured to share live music for a Yoga Nidra class with the amazing Cathy Pearson.

Of course, a big highlight was being able to step out of my own way and show up to share music at the Coco Love Stage. I invited a number of friends to play with me, and that felt super supportive and nourishing, especially at these beginning stages of me sharing myself more with the world.

What was so special about this particular moment for me, was that I was sharing a song from the rainbow family. These are kind of folk songs that people from all over the world sing around fires and in circles, and often we don’t know who wrote them or when.

The woman who actually wrote this song in the 70’s, when she was living with Osho, Maha Laxmi, happened to be front and center at the Coco Love Stage, spinning and dancing with utter glee. She was heart-blasted to hear her song shared decades later in this wild tropical land. It was such a beautiful and synchronistic connection, for which I’m beyond appreciative.

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Pure Flow Yoga News:

For those of you in Bali:

I love being invited to share, and since doing the show at Bali Spirit, I’ve been invited to share on some sound medicine journeys around town, and i’ll be doing a live acoustic show next week.

Feeling really grateful for these opportunities to learn and grow.

I’m also gonna start doing a weekly singing circle soon, so for those of you in the Ubud, Bali area, please follow my personal page on facebook here to learn about my offerings!

For those of you in North America:

I’m starting to think ahead to my trip home to Canada & the US this August/September and would love any invites to share Yoga, meditation, workshops, singing circles, vocal activations…

If you are interested, and have a studio or connection to a space and a group of people that would benefit from these offerings, please get in touch by replying to this email, and hopefully we can arrange something awesome!

For those of you joining / wanting to join us this month in Thailand:

Yay! Please meet Nadia Moon, who starts sharing her magic this week. She is an incredible Yogi and teacher, who will be teaching alongside our beautiful Sophie, and you can learn more about her here.

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

Quote:

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is”. – Eckhart Tolle

Sacred Sounds:

Here in the Now – Murray Kyle [Temple Step & DJ Lo Qi Remix

Murray Kyle is one of the most uplifting and inspiring sacred musicians I know. Check him out and discover more of the gold he shares.

Bali Spirit Festival Highlight

Porangui LIVE @ Bali Spirit Fest

I was super blown away by this epic performance by multi instrumentalist and ceremonialist Porangui. You can check out more of his transformational music and healing experiences here.

Reading:

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson PH.D
I tend to read a number of books at the same time to match my mood of the moment. I’ve just started this book and I’m already getting so much out of it. It’s all about resilience.

It’s not about what happens, but what happens next…

In this practical guide, and with his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.

Conscious Clothing:

Tao Muse Designs
Meet my friend Pavitra. I LOVE what this sister is creating – love-infused earth-friendly, organic, sustainable and stylish clothing from beginning to end. Hand-crafted in Bali. And guess what? She’s been so kind as to offer our community 10% off with PROMOCODE – PUREFLOWMUSE

Happy new moon and new year again.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. We appreciate you so much. Until the end of the year 2019, use promocode “lovelovelove” for $75 off your next retreat with us:) This is exclusive to LOVELETTER subscribers only!

P.P.S Have some inspirations you wanna share with us? Hit Reply and share! If we share here on L&I, we’ll be sure to credit you!

P.P.P.S Sharing is Caring. Did you like this e-mail? What was your favourite part? I’d LOVE to hear from you! and If you enjoyed this little inspiration, please consider sharing it. We also have an awesome referral program if you know of someone would love and benefit from joining us in paradise.

Love & Inspiration #11

Love & Inspiration #11

Happy Full Moon & Equinox Magic from Bali beautiful,

How are you?

I’m transitioning from Thailand to Bali, and just sitting in a place of awe, wonder and gratitude.

It’s amazing how quickly everything can suddenly seem to change.

One minute, I’m full power in our beautiful teacher training in Thailand, and the next minute I’m in Bali, rehearsing for Bali Spirit Festival, which starts this weekend.

This year at the festival, I’ll be sharing mantra and music on stage for my first time ever going on a stage as a solo project.

I’m feeling all of my shadow self rising….

I’m feeling self-conscious, nervous, apprehensive, self-doubt…

all the things really.

What if I’m not ….enough?

What if they don’t like me? What if I fail? What if I get too nervous or haven’t practiced enough? What if I forget all the words or chords to the songs? Why am I even doing this anyway?

Today, I want to dedicate our love and inspirations here to courage.

Did you know that the root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart?

Somewhere along the lines, when I said “I do” to Yoga, I committed myself to a life-long journey of showing up to discomfort, fear, evolution and change.

I’ve made myself a promise to develop courage, an open heart, to keep showing up to my fears, my tears, my edges, my comfort zones, to keep working towards an opening my heart, especially in the face of fear.

Not always easy, but always worth it.

So my plan, my prescription for courage:

  1. Prepare as best as possible for that which we are summoning courage for.
  2. Know that we will likely feel challenged/self-doubt
  3. Accept that we may not be perfect and trust that that’s okay, and ultimately
  4. Surrender to whatever happens, and trust…

    Wish me luck/courage!

When was the last time you summoned the courage to move out of your comfort zone and into the magic? How did you feel before & after?

I’d LOVE to hear from you

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

Quote:

  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Book:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

I love this book. It almost feels like an essential read to help us embrace worthiness and open-heartedness and to better navigate the paradoxes of courage: that we become strong by embracing vulnerability, how we dare more greatly when we acknowledge our fear.

Ted Talk:

The Power of Vulnerability | Brené Brown

Classic ted talk. Also Brene Brown. Such good insight and reminders.

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Music

Wise in the Way – Francie Love

Courage to share this raw recording of myself with you. Hope you can sing with me!

Oracle Card:

“Courage” – From the Osho Zen Tarot

This is one of my favourite of the Osho Zen tarot cards:

“The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that he has the potentiality to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed.

Nothing can be guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards of the journey, many are the pitfalls–and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving.

Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many. There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the dangers. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why.

Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves. The same is the path for man. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed”. – Osho Dang Dang Doko Dang, Chapter 4

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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Love & Inspiration #8

Love & Inspiration #8

Happy Friday beautiful ,

Sending lots of love of you on this lovely first day of March 2019.

Here are some fresh inspirations for you!

Sing with Me
Om Namah Shivaya GuruDev Sat Chit Ananda Murtaye | Namastasye Namastasye Namastsye Namaha

My highlight this past week on our Yoga Teacher Training was sharing Kirtan, or call and response singing with the group.

Kirtan is one of the beautiful ways that we can practice Bhakti Yoga, or Yoga of the heart, to loosen our mental chatter, by repeating a mantra over and over and over again, to come into the heart.

For many of the students, it was their first time trying this practice, and despite thinking beforehand that they did’t like singing, or that they would feel uncomfortable, all the students left feeling “surprised”, “open”, “softer”, “released”, “alive”, “grateful”, “more connected” and “happy”.

I invite you today to sing with me, and let me know – how do you feel after?

photo by Margit Selsjord

Quote:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. ~Albert Einstein

Oracle Cards I’m playing with:
Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild
Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly amused and informed by divination, and I happen to love this among other decks. Everyday I ask: What do i need to know today?

Pretty much every culture throughout history has turned to some sort of divination, whether it’s, tea leaves, palm reading or divination.

Divination is pretty much just a way of looking inside, and communicating with the subconscious.

Do you have a favourite oracle card deck that you use? I’d love some recommendations!

Sacred Dance Music I’m LoVin’:
Walkerji @ Sundaydance – Ecstatic Dance Set

Profound and sacred ecstatic dance journey, connecting inner and outer worlds, from one of my favourite sacred music dance producers, Walker Barnard.

Pure Flow Yoga Video:
Spiral into the Flow – 10 min Practice

In this beautiful dancing warrior flow, we move through any stagnancy, any stuck energy to increase the feeling of flow in our bodies, minds, and hearts.

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Ready to dive deep into Yoga, Nature & Community? Sign up for our spring season retreats with our epic new teachers Nadia (April), Michael, (May) and Daphne (June), and receive a FREE NIGHT before or after your retreat @ Bamboo Huts with promocode “hellospring” 🙂

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Instagram Post of the Week

Most yogis twist in a variety of ways during their practice-while sitting, standing, lying down and even standing on our heads! So why do we twist so much in yoga and why do twists feel so damn good?…Because these poses provide an abundance of amazing health benefits✨ Twisting improves digestive function by compressing the digestive organs, stimulates circulation, helps restore the spine’s natural range of motion, helps to increase detoxification, reduces stress and lessens back pain💛

Love & Inspiration #10

Love & Inspiration #10

How are you beautiful?

Happy Friday!

You know that feeling when you fully and finally complete a project that you’ve been working so hard on, for so long, and that you love so much, yet that’s been so challenging and resistance-full at times?

This is how I’m feeling right now.

Grateful. Satisfied. Proud. Excited. Inspired. Uplifted. Transformed. (excited to rest!)

I’m also feeling a lot of mudita.

This is one of my favourite words in the Yoga tradition. It roughly means, sympathetic joy, or the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.

Tomorrow at Pure Flow Yoga, we celebrate!

It’s the last day of our Yoga Teacher Training here in Koh Phangan, and we’ll be having a well-deserved graduation ceremony celebration for this incredible group of teacher trainees.

I am truly in awe of the perseverance, hard work, dedication, progress and transformation I’ve gotten to witness and experience this past 4 weeks.

It’s not easy to keep showing up, day after day, for 4 weeks of 8 hours a day, 5.5 days a week, saturating ourselves with new information, powerful practices, and ongoing invitations to step outside of the comfort zone…

Atira and I have been truly blown away with joy and pride these past few days as we’ve witnessed and experienced our students gracefully, powerfully, and beautifully step up and into the role of teacher, sharing yoga classes with the world for their first time ever. Truly amazing.

The feeling of mudita for our students is strong. We are so happy for these beautiful people to be moving into the world with more self-trust, self-love, confidence, skills, passion and purpose.

Please send them some of your love if you feel inspired..

When was the last time you felt mudita or sympathetic joy?
How much do you love that feeling? Hit reply and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

Quote:
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fresh from our Blog :
Drishti: Find your Balance in Life by Nadia Moon
Our drishti, or point of focus, is an important aspect of the Yoga practice both on and off the mat, to help us find balance in our bodies and in our lives. Read the article here.

You can practice Yoga with Nadia in our upcoming retreats this April!

Song :
Good Harvest – Clocks (Coldplay) – Live Session
Such Pretty harmonies. Such a lovely song.

Article:
Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead
This is great. As a Canadian, I have the tendency to over-apologise. When we needlessly apologise, says sociologist Maja Jovanovic, we end up making ourselves small and diminishing what we’re try to express.

This word “sorry” has been coming up a lot on our teacher training, as the trainees dip their toes in to the waters of teaching. We are all noticing how often this word slips out, and one of our students Mirco, shared this awesome article with us.

This is part of TED’s “How to be a Better Human” series.

Celebrating:
Best 9 Yoga Retreats in Thailand
Feeling grateful and honoured. Pure Flow Yoga has been voted one of Thailand’s top 9 Yoga Retreats. Come and find out why…

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

We truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you! being here,

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

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Instagram Post of the Week

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Love & Inspiration #9

Love & Inspiration #9

Happy New Moon & Friday beautiful,

How are you doing this new moon?

New moon can be a great time to be quiet, to sit with yourself, reflect and introspect.

Did you know that Yoga is not all love, light and unicorns?

True story.

It’s also about persistently showing up to our practice, and being with whatever arises, including our shadow sides.

Our shadow includes all our resistances, our challenging moods, excuses, and all those aspects of ourselves that we don’t fully love, accept, or that we judge or feel shame about.

The parts that we often want to hide from other people or even our own conscious minds.

This week, we had the privilege and honour to welcome Malaika Darville, a true master of shadow work processes to our Yoga Teacher Training. (Just one more week to go!)

With love, wisdom, experience and 5Elements Dance Activation, Malaika helped to crack our students hearts, bodies and minds wide open. She helped hem to break down their ego barriers, limiting self-beliefs, and helped empower them to create and re-shape the stories they tell themselves about who they are, to support more confidence, clarity, and most importantly, self love and acceptance.

(You can learn more about her work in the podcast below)

Not easy work. Yet so powerful, and so worth it. Wow. Gratitude.

Whether you’re a yoga student, a teacher-to-be, or just a person in the world committed to personal growth, I do believe shadow work can truly benefit you. It is a necessary process of awakening, and can really help you find more clarity, self-honesty, self-compassion, and self-confidence..

There are many ways to go about it, and nothing beats working with a pro, or in a safe container with a trained facilitator.

Today I invite you to do one very simply form of shadow work:

Make a list of 5 negatives – things you don’t like about yourself. Be honest with yourself.
Make a list of 5 positives – take those 5 things and transform them into positive statements about yourself.
– One list at a time, read both lists aloud to yourself several times.
Notice the sensations, and where you feel it in the body.
– Notice how it make you feel in your heart and in your mind.
Journal the experience: What comes up for you? is it surprising? Interesting? Empowering?

When you’re done with the activity, BURN your negative list! This will help bring that energy to a close, and help support that energy of transformation. Plus it just feels soooo gooood! 🙂

What kind of work do you do to be-friend your shadow? How does it feel? I’d love to hear from you.

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

Quote:
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing. Love is knowing I am everything., and between the two my life moves”. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Song on Repeat:
All Related – Nessi Gomes – Temple Step Remix

Interview with Malaika:
Malaika Darville: Walking the Beauty Way

In this episode of the Pure Flow Yoga podcast, Malaika explains:
the Rise of the Feminine, Shiva & Shakti principle, Ecstatic Dance & Community healing,, Emergent Culture and the rise of festival and retreat culture, the Importance of Ancestors, Tribe & Ceremony, Indigenous Wisdom – Ho’oponono – conscious relating to bring freedom from the trauma / drama cycle, Elemental Awakening and the benefits of planting seeds for exploring our shadow as well as our light, Going with the Flow & why we need to have experiences timelessness for our inner evolution

Podcast for YogaTeachers:

Upward Facing Yoga Career Podcast – with Alanna Kaivalya
Helping Yoga Teachers Make More Impact and Step into their Role as Spiritual Leaders.

Yoga teachers and Yoga teachers-to-be, you are going to love the simplicity, wisdom and tools shared o this podcast: from myth and philosophy to teaching and the business of Yoga, Alanna has got us covered.

Film / Documentary:
Samadhi: Part 1- Maya the Illusion of Self / Part 2 – It’s Not What You Think

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe,

and inspiring us to inspire you!

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Did you like this e-mail? What was your favourite part? Sharing is Caring. I’d LOVE to hear from you! and If you enjoyed this little inspiration, please consider sharing it.

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Instagram Post of the Week

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Love & Inspiration #7

Love & Inspiration #7

Happy Friday beautiful,

Sending lots of love of you on this lovely first day of March 2019.

Here are some fresh inspirations for you!

Sing with Me
Om Namah Shivaya GuruDev Sat Chit Ananda Murtaye | Namastasye Namastasye Namastsye Namaha

My highlight this past week on our Yoga Teacher Training was sharing Kirtan, or call and response singing with the group.

Kirtan is one of the beautiful ways that we can practice Bhakti Yoga, or Yoga of the heart, to loosen our mental chatter, by repeating a mantra over and over and over again, to come into the heart.

For many of the students, it was their first time trying this practice, and despite thinking beforehand that they did’t like singing, or that they would feel uncomfortable, all the students left feeling “surprised”, “open”, “softer”, “released”, “alive”, “grateful”, “more connected” and “happy”.

I invite you today to sing with me, and let me know – how do you feel after?

photo by Margit Selsjord

Quote:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. ~Albert Einstein

Oracle Cards I’m playing with:
Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild
Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly amused and informed by divination, and I happen to love this among other decks. Everyday I ask: What do i need to know today?

Pretty much every culture throughout history has turned to some sort of divination, whether it’s, tea leaves, palm reading or divination.

Divination is pretty much just a way of looking inside, and communicating with the subconscious.

Do you have a favourite oracle card deck that you use? I’d love some recommendations!

Sacred Dance Music I’m LoVin’:

Walkerji @ Sundaydance – Ecstatic Dance Set

Profound and sacred ecstatic dance journey, connecting inner and outer worlds, from one of my favourite sacred music dance producers, Walker Barnard.

Pure Flow Yoga Video:

Spiral into the Flow – 10 min Practice

In this beautiful dancing warrior flow, we move through any stagnancy, any stuck energy to increase the feeling of flow in our bodies, minds, and hearts.

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this beautiful growing Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Ready to dive deep into Yoga, Nature & Community? Sign up for our spring season retreats with our epic new teachers Nadia (April), Michael, (May) and Daphne (June), and receive a FREE NIGHT before or after your retreat @ Bamboo Huts with promocode “hellospring” 🙂

P.P.S Sharing is Caring. Did you like this e-mail? What was your favourite part? I’d LOVE to hear from you! and If you enjoyed this little inspiration, please consider sharing it. We also have an awesome referral program if you know of someone would love and benefit from joining us in paradise.

Instagram Post of the Week:

Most yogis twist in a variety of ways during their practice-while sitting, standing, lying down and even standing on our heads! So why do we twist so much in yoga and why do twists feel so damn good?…Because these poses provide an abundance of amazing health benefits✨ Twisting improves digestive function by compressing the digestive organs, stimulates circulation, helps restore the spine’s natural range of motion, helps to increase detoxification, reduces stress and lessens back pain💛

Love & Inspiration #6

Love & Inspiration #6

Happy Friday lovely,

How do you deal with the space-between moments in life? Between day-to-day moments or experiences, travel destinations, jobs, relationships…?

In this present moment, I am settling back home after my big little trip to India, and am really cherishing these present moments of the in-between zone,

reflecting with gratitude overflowing for the experience I just had being a student this past week in India. and preparing for the upcoming Yoga Training that starts on Sunday. 🙂

I left the retreat in India feeling fully juiced up, inspired, and more connected than ever to the path of Yoga, and my dharma, or purpose, as a teacher.

And now the space between.

These are the moments that really test us humans,

How quickly will we fall back into routine patterns of being, into being busy and thinking about what comes next?
Can we keep up the practices outside the retreat setting? How?!

These in-between moments, challenge our ability and willingness to stay consistent with our resolutions to keep showing up to the practices we cultivate on retreat.

I feel myself already slipping back into old patterns: checking my phone more often, and having less time for meditation and asana practice.

So, what’s the best way to integrate all of the beautiful feelings, lessons and learnings that we have on retreat?

# 1 – Self-Compassion:
Less guilt, more love. For me, there is an important element of self-compassion. Without the disciplined structure of a conducive environment and retreat container, teachers, a schedule, space from our devices and work, of course it’s going to be more challenging to keep it up. Better to love ourselves, and celebrate all that we are doing, giving, sharing… than to find yet another reason to feel guilt or shame about something we are not.

#2 – Keep Showing Up – 5 minutes a day
Showing up. This is the hardest part. There is really no short cut to doing the work of taming the mind. It’s takes A LOT of practie over time. Our commitment to the practice, can be as simple as 5 minutes a day. Add it to your morning routine. Put on a timer and just close your eyes for 5 minutes, or journal for 5 minutes, or whatever you want to practice. We all have 5 minutes. And the rewards are just so flipping worth it.

#3 – Celebrate all Wins
Every time you do show up to the mat, the meditation cushion, the practice – celebrate! Compliment yourself. Make yourself feel good. As I just mentioned, showing up is really the hardest part. Some would say that 80% of “success” in life is just about showing up. The more we can associate good habits with with good vibes, the easier it will be for us to flow and exist along those deepening neural pathways.

How are you going to show up today?

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

Quote:

“There is a place in the heart where everything meets.
Go there if you want to find me.
Mind, senses, soul, eternity, all are there.
Are you there?
Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart.
Give yourself to it with total abandon . . .
Once you know the way
the nature of attention will call you
to return, again and again,
and be saturated with knowing,
‘I belong here, I am at home here.”

― The Radiance Sutras

Poetry for your Soul:

The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight by Lorin Roche
This modern classic, will keep coming back again and again. For Yoga and meditation students everywhere, the Radiance Sutras is an invitation to experience directly the ecstatic depths of yoga as revealed by the divine partners Shiva and Shakti, and their breadth of human experience. In it, we explore:

The divinity that is permeating your body at this very moment
The alchemical power of Sanskrit
Yoga meditation—harmonising all the elements and levels of your being
The depths of your connection to the energies of life

Book:

War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Do you have a project, idea, or dream that you’ve been thinking about, feeling into and procrastinating from for a long time?

This Week, as our first ever 200 Hour Teacher Training approaches on Sunday, I come back to this classic, War of Art. The biggest challenge and teacher along this journey has definitely been RESISTANCE, in all of its infinite myriads of forms; fear, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism. No book that I’ve come across, does this topic better justice than “the War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win your inner Creative Battles. (Pssst. It’s not the art of war)

Song:

Shiva Nataraj – Desert Dwellers, Remixed by Drumspyder

Classic for the dance floor + your Yoga mat.

Video Practice

Flow for Transformation
What are you transforming in your life? – Join me for 9 minutes of building heat and fire in the body for the purposes of purification and transformation.

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

See you next week when I reveal our all-star cast of guest retreat teachers for April, May & June!

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. The Bali Spirit Festival is just a few weeks away – March 24 – 31st. Did you know that you get 10% discount on your ticket when you enter promocode “Francie”. See you there!

P.P.S Sharing is Caring. Did you like this e-mail? What was your favourite part? I’d LOVE to hear from you! and If you enjoyed this little inspiration, please consider sharing it. We also have an awesome referral program if you know of someone would love and benefit from joining us in paradise.

Instagram Post of the Week

One the amazing benefits of living in our little paradise is being able to walk barefoot👣Connecting our feet to Mother Earth everyday 🌎 as we walk through jungles 🌴and on sandy beaches🌊 not only feels amazing but also brings grounding to the body and calms the mind💚

Love & Inspiration #5 {India Edition}

Love & Inspiration #5 {India Edition}

Namaste from Mother India!

Hope all’s well, beautiful !

I’m here in India now, being a student, for a short Yoga course with some incredible teachers. I’m feeling grateful to focus on myself for this moment. That being said, anytime we leave our comfort zone and verge into the unknown mysteries of life, to a new place, a new rhythm, a new environment with new people, our sense of security and predictability gets challenged.

India is said to be the land of the unexpected, and I can assure you, my short journey here so far has been no exception. They didn’t let me on my first plane because of a spelling mistake on my reservation (their bad!), on the 2nd flight they lost my baggage, and then at the airport carousel waiting for my lost bag, I magically ran into my SEO website helper. We talk on the phone all the time and this was our first ever meeting! It was like connecting with long lost family. In a sea of billions of people, how is that even possible??!

In the face of the challenges, the frustrations, the tiredness of travel…I realised I had a choice. I could get angry, cry, feel upset…or I could just laugh and see the humour and beauty in the imperfect perfection of it all. I mean, How can I / we ever truly know or understand the bigger picture…?

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead!

See you again next week when I’m back home in Thailand!

Quote:
”A grand adventure is about to begin”.- Winnie the Pooh

” We are all deeply flawed. We are all deeply beautiful. We need to know that”. – Vidya, Classical Indian Musician on retreat with us

Just a Few Questions I’m Pondering:
Journal, Discuss or Reflect Upon:
What is synchronicity? How does it work? Is there a greater meaning to it? Is it random? Is there meaning to life? What is the meaning of any of this? How am I supposed to live? Especially, how shall I live knowing I will die?…. Do you have stories of interesting or amazing coincidences or synchronicities? I’d love to hear from you!

Music I love:
DJ Dakini Chill-Step Mixes

This is a ridiculously amazing resource of music from one of my soul sisters DJ Becca Dakini, an Aussie based in the US. Here you’ll find over nine 3-hour Sacred Chill-Step DJ mixes that are perfect for Yoga, dance and flow meditations. I’ve been listening to the HeartSong Mix 2013 mix on repeat for 6 years and counting! 🙂

From Our Award-Winning Blog:
5 Qualities of the World’s most Exceptional Yoga Teachers
Being a great yoga teacher is so much more than making fancy yoga shapes with our bodies. It’s much more about walking the walk than talking the talk- living with humility, openness to learn, self-love and compassion and walking the walk rather than just talking the talk.

Our Yoga Teacher Training is just 9 days away now, and we’d so love to have you! There’s really no better way to Invest in Yourself, Deepen your Practice, Develop and Refine your Home Practice, while building the confidence and skills to share your passion with other. We have just a couple spaces left now, so be sure to book now!

Video I’m Thinking about from UpliftConnect:

The Maharishi Effect – 2 mins

Did you know meditation can have effects beyond the individual? As individuals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of the world’s current problems. Alone, we feel helpless often to change what is. Some of us numb ourselves with addictions and distractions, or don’t undertake our responsibility to change our consumer and lifestyle behaviours because of a diffusion of responsibility – hey if other’s aren’t doing it, why should I? So if there’s one thing you would be willing to do for global change and upliftment, why not join together with some friends and meditate?! Fascinating research shows how meditating as a group can lower crime rates and create more peaceful cities.

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead, & thanks again for being a part of this Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. We have a couple spots left on our upcoming teacher training. It begins in 9 days! So if you’re ready to invest in yourself, Sign Up NOW!

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Instagram Post of the Week

‘True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are, it requires you to be who you are’~ Brene Brown ✨
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Love & Inspiration #4

Love & Inspiration #4

How’s it all going?

I’ve been wondering for a while if I should send these e-mails to you post-retreatees, as not all of you are signed up to our Loveletter. After talking to lots of students, the answer seems to be a resounding YES PLEASE! So from now on, unless I hear from you, I’ll start sending you these weekly Love & Inspirations. Is that cool?

I’m great. I’m super full these days to be honest. (I try to avoid the word “busy” if I can…). I’m working super hard to dot my “i'”s and cross my “t”‘s, and put the finishing touches on our first ever YTT manual (only 16 days away!!!) Next week I head off to India for some moments of self-care and to do a Yoga course with a teacher who I’m really looking forward to studying with.

For me, in order to keep my cup full so that I can keep giving and holding space on these Pure Flow Yoga retreats and trainings here in Thailand, it’s so important for me to allow myself the time to be a student, and to let someone else hold space for me. I’ll tell you more about it all next week (provided I can get some good internet access!)

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend!

Quote:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

– Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

This quote was shared by one of our beautiful retreat participants, Sanjit, in an ongoing post-retreat, post-”Pabuk” (the crazy storm that almost hit us in early January) e-mail thread.

Beautiful Song I’m Loving:

La Luze del Bosque – by Issa-Elle

Book I’m Re-Reading:

Maps to Ecstacy – the Healing Power of Movement, by Gabrielle Roth
I am revisiting (and also highly recommend) this beautiful book, by legendary 5 Rhythms dance creatrix, Gabrielle Roth, who in this work, teaches us how to transform daily life into sacred art.

Blog:

Yoga & Sacred Activism: How to Stay Light in the face of Dark
Did you know that we’ve just been voted one of the top 15 Yoga Blogs on the Planet?! Amazing! Check out our latest blog post.

In this article, Atira Tan, one of our beloved Pure Flow Yoga teachers, and the founder of art of healing and yoga for freedom share about what sacred activism is and three ways to stay light while dancing with the dark.

Video to Inspire You:

I am supported – Root down to Rise up!
Enjoy this beautiful grounding sequence to help you feel supported, within and without. In this short dynamic flow asana practice, we connect meditation, breathing and asana in dedication to all the people, experiences and to the Earth that supports and nourish us

Have a wonderful weekend & thanks again for being a part of this Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. We have a couple spots left on our upcoming teacher training, Feb 17 – March 17, 2019. It begins in 16 days! So if you’re ready to invest in yourself, Sign Up NOW!

P.P.S What is your favourite inspiration from this e-mail? What would you like more or less of? HIT REPLY and please let me know!

P.P.S Sharing is Caring. If you enjoyed this little inspiration, please consider sharing it. We also have an awesome referral program if you know of someone would love and benefit from joining us in paradise.

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🌅 Sunrise Gayatri Mantra @whynambeach.
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Mantra chanting and sacred music has become a huge part of my personal journey towards bringing more peace, contentment, joy, and clear authentic expression into my life. .
It’s truly a journey: I always know how I feel in relation to how open my voice is. And I always know that if I want to bring in more openness, more love, I simply need to sing more and offer my song and prayer in devotion to the great mystery…
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Originating in the Rg Veda, the oldest of the 4 Vedic texts, the vibration of the Gayatri Mantra, said to be one of the oldest mantras known and beyond translation is said to significantly effect the consciousness of the chanter who repeats the mantra.
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Ga – to sing Yatri – Protection
dhi – sound that indicates Buddhi, the illiuminated ultimate state of the Yogi consciousness that arises in pure awareness
Savitr – the force of the sun’s light that brings each day into being from total darkness – avidya (also known as ignorance)
Sun is the metaphor for the light of our own awareness
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Om bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitr vernyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
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Earth, Air, Heaven
We meditate on Savir, giver of light,
May he illuminate our consciousness
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Want to sing and learn more about Mantra? Join @meldobra and I in a very special Yoga and Music retreat this July! More info on our website calendar.
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Love & Inspiration #3

Did you know that Koh Phangan is considered one of the top 3 places in the world to watch the full moon rise?!

Getting to watch the big orange moon sparkle across on the ocean is so magical. Such a delight. This full moon has been inviting me into a more quiet space with a lot more introspection.

How’s it been for you? High energy? Low energy? Clarity or fullness of mind maybe? Reply and let me know – I’d love to hear.

Here are some fresh inspirations for you to help kickstart your weekend. 🙂

Quote I’m thinking about:

“On this path effort never goes to waste

And there is no failure. Even a little effort

Toward spiritual awareness will orotect you

From the greatest fear. (2:4)

– The Bhagavad Gita

Book I’m Reading now:

Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan – by Alainna Kaivalya

Excellent bite-sized short stories of gods and goddesses, to help us understand and love the fascinating depth and mythology behind 21 of the most popular mantras.

Yoga Playlist I’m Loving:

Morning Breath Dance – Vinyasa Flow Playlist

Loving this Yoga Flow playlist curated by Gentle Techtonics , aka Jonny Rose. Jonny is an incredible being and also one of the Sanctuary’s main Yoga Teachers.

Blog I’m Reading:

4 Lessons Learned on Koh Phangan
Nicole Barton, a Yoga Teacher and Well-being blog writer, shares with us her fully informative and interesting blog about her journey to reconnection on our 2 week Bliss retreat last year., She shares 4 big lessons she learned here along the way, which I think you’ll find very illuminating.

Pure Flow Yoga Practice Podcast:

(#22) Balance Flow – Be All And See – 90 mins Energising Jungle Flow
Build core strength and enjoy an expansive heart opening and balancing flow with us all in the jungle.

TEDx Talk to Inspire You:

The surprising habits of Original Thinkers – Adam Grant
I’ve watched this at least 3 x now. I often find myself in a state of procrastination. I know my deadline is ages away, and I endeavour to use this wisdom, to try and avoid stress and prepare for it with ample time. Time and time again, I find that despite my efforts and intentions, I pretty much only buckle down and get ‘er done just before the deadline. Turns out I’m not alone: Some level of procrastination, giving ideas and projects time to gestate, is actually a key ingredient to creativity and original thinking.

Have a wonderful weekend & thanks again for being a part of this Pure Flow Yoga Tribe.

We LOVE you!

With Love & Blessings

XOXO

Francie

P.S. Did you enjoy this e-mail? What is your favourite inspiration that I shared with you today? What would you like more or less of? HIT REPLY and please let me know!

P.P.S We have 23 days left til our first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and we’d love to have you. Please feel free to reach if you’d like some support to make this investment into yourself.

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In a world filled with thousands of yoga retreats 🌏it can be confusing to choose 🤷‍♀️ This is what makes Pure Flow unique:

1.No roads! no cars! 🚘Our paradise is only accessible by long tail boat⛵️ The secluded natural environment and incredible tropical beauty 🌴provides an ideal opportunity to let go and just listen to the waves 🌊

2. Yoga teachers that are highly experienced in facilitating retreats 🤸‍♀️ While many teachers lead a couple of retreats a year, we do this every week for many months of the year and love it💖

3.A strong focus on meditation and yoga philosophy📖 We love teaching students about the entire system of yoga🙏🏻 This yoga stuff is so much more than bending yourself into crazy shapes🧘‍♀️

4.Community, connection, mutual support and encouraging each other on the yoga journey💕Many of our students meet life long friends on retreat and it’s beautiful to witness✨
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2 week yoga retreat at Pure Yoga Flow
I had the chance to participate in the 2-week yoga retreat and it surpassed my expectations. Not only I got to deeper my yoga skills and practice, but I became familiar with mediation philosophy and learned many new tools. The atmosphere and energy of the place really helped to connect with others and to focus on the moment. The teachers impressed me with their competencies but also with their openness and care for all of us. They can adapt to any kind of yogis and explain concepts so everyone understands. I loved everything about this retreat, including the food and beverages available on this part of the island. – Laurence, Quebec, Canada