Ecstatic Dance, Creating Community & Medicine Music for the Dancefloor –  Interview with Rob Weber

Ecstatic Dance, Creating Community & Medicine Music for the Dancefloor – Interview with Rob Weber

Ecstatic Dance, Creating Community

& Medicine Music for the Dancefloor

 

 Interview with Raio

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“Most of my life has been through synchronicity and serendipity and going way way off the beaten track and then finding the gems and magic”.

– Rob Weber

Raio, Rob Weber, is a Stanford graduate, celebrated producer, musician, DJ, eco-community steward, co-founder of the BaliSpirit Festival and father of 2.  He’s a played a key role in the evolution of the conscious scene on the island of Bali for over a decade, and in this episode shares his path of devotion to bringing conscious community together through music and movement.

 

In this episode, Raio shares about: 

  • His mission to curate music experiences that bring a sense of sacred reverence for the Earth and collective prayer to a party context. 
  • Integrating traditional ceremony and indigenous teachings into western communities in a sustainable way. 
  • The importance of spiritual community and Tribalism as an expression of belonging to the earth and connection with community and the planet.
  • Starting a soulful community in Bali
  • The living, breathing, spiritual culture of the Balinese people as a space for artists, mystics and misfits to thrive and connect. “The artists of every generation are destined to discover Bali”.
  • Co-founding the world renowned Bali Spirit Festival (as the first ever festival to have a world class Yoga, Dance and Music program) with holistic business boss Megan Pappenheim. Rob speaks to his role curating the festival’s music line-up and the portal of transformation it offers.
  • Ecstatic dance as an alcohol-free space to express free movement, clear mental chatter, release stress and find bliss.
  • Upcoming projects including an Ecstatic Dance Facilitators Training with partner Sophie Sofree.
  • His upcoming album release of Medicine music for the dance floor. 

 

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About Rob Weber:

With a passion for movement and music since childhood, Raio has been on a path of expressive, embodied spirituality from a young age that has continued to deepen and re-imagining itself in endless possibilities of creative potential and purpose. 

From Burning Man to Bali Spirit Festival, Raio and his music have been featured at influential conscious festivals around the globe. A resident DJ for the legendary ecstatic dances at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Raio is passionate about Music Medicine for the dance floor, conscious community and connecting to source.

After 2 successful EPs, and decades of performing, recording and producing, Rob is currently working on his first debut full-length album. He has recently launched a project – Wakamaia.love with his beloved Sophie Sofree,  which is a platform for their offerings.

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Practical tools for a Purposeful Pause: Self-Retreat Tools & Inspirations

Practical tools for a Purposeful Pause: Self-Retreat Tools & Inspirations

Practical Tools for a Purposeful Pause

Self-Retreat Resources & Inspirations

 

“To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive – to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfilment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before”― Rollo May



Love and New Moon blessings beautiful soul.

How are you in this time of Corona?

Many things I imagine….

All is welcome here.  I feel it’s super important to acknowledge and allow the full spectrum of thoughts and feelings that are arising within you, and to know and trust that

However you’re feeling is totally and completely valid and ok. 

Being present to what is, in these ever-unfolding times, can truly help to create the conditions in which you can maintain an open heart in the face of the ever-unfolding challenges, gifts and opportunities of the NEW now.

New moons are a powerful time to reflect, to cultivate our inner gardens – weeding and plant seeds and it’s a cosmically supported time to pray. 

Today, I invite you to offer a simple prayer:
 

Close your eyes for a moment
Soften your belly
Take a deep breath in and out
Feel into your heart
and offer a simple prayer from your heart:

May I, my loved ones, and all beings be 
happy
healthy
balanced
at ease
respectful
loving
kind
…and anything else you feel to add…
in this time.


This is a simple way for us to be in service to the highest good.

Thank you for doing that. 


We are living in truly extraordinary times.


The world is changing in a unique, profound and unprecedented way. 

This moment is calling for a paradigm shift – a new way of seeing and being in the world,

a way that embraces connection, community, co-creation, compassion and love.

It is incredible to see people from all over the world:

unifying, adapting, sharing, releasing, respecting, rising, awakening,

harmonising, integrating, reflecting, transforming,

grieving, dreaming, praying, evolving,

and demonstrating such a unified field of compassion for the most vulnerable.


Self-Connect: Practical Ideas to take a Purposeful Pause


To best approach this time of transition with balance,strength and ease,

it’s important to prepare ourselves spiritually, physically and emotionally.

What better way to stay strong, centred, balanced, calm, connected and at ease than with Yoga, Music & Meditation?!

We all have an opportunity right now to take pause, while Mother Earth takes a much needed breath. 

We get to choose mindful moments to reflect, educate ourselves, stay healthy and happy. 

I highly recommend that you create a daily rhythm & schedule for yourself to practice, learn, do nothing, exercise…  Very grounding!  Within that framework, there are infinite ways to self-connect. For example:

– Journal – 5 mins a day is plenty.  Get it flowing.  These are historic times.
– Listen to music – Sing along, dance alone, Yoga along
– Call a friend from way-back-when,
– Check in with your karma Yoga buddy – if you were a student here before…

– Pick oracle cards: I love these right now
 Wisdom of the Oracle – Collette Baron
– Take an online class
– Meditate

– Do Yoga – Stay grounded and open in your body.


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Our Live Class & Conversation Podcast

 

“How to Balance the Chakras”

Check out Part 1 / 5  of our Balancing All-Level Chakras Series: 90 min Muladhara Flow – Balancing Chakra 1, complete with contemplation questions, singing, mudra, mantra and movement…recorded live at our recent 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. 

 

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Inspiration:

Music & Playlists

 

A New Vision – Temple Step Project feat. Darpan

This is my anthem of the Now. I have literally listened to this track every single day for the past 7 days straight.  My friend Tomi has challenged me to memorise something in this Self-Retreat time to exercise my brain, and I’ve chosen this.  What do you think?

 

Love & Inspiration Maha Yoga Playlist

3.5 + hours of some of my favourite curating listening & practicing music Magic

 

Ecstatic Dance Playlist

Hours and hours of some of my favourite Ecstatic Dance DJ sets

Stay-at-home dance parties are the new black.  Get into it. Move your body and lift your spirit.

 

Reading Recommendations

 

Here’s a list of some of my favourite books on Yoga and Awakening.

 

Have some other great suggestions? Hit Reply and let me know what you’re reading!



 

Private Sessions & Online Classes
with Francie 

Life-Guidance / Mentoring
Yoga & Meditation
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The Thailand Yoga studio is now closed indefinitely, but you can still practice with me in the jungle for now!

I’m excited to be devoting my time and energy to connecting with you more deeply via private sessions and online classes on ZOOM. 

Stay Tuned…I’ll keep you posted about online classes coming soon,

and for now, you are welcome to book a private session with me here:
 

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Moving forward – I’d LOVE your Help! 


It feel spacious and exciting to play with the possibility of creating and thriving in a new way. and I’d love your input.  Which of these lights you up?  

O Scheduled Live-streamed classes & Events
O Online Course: At-Home Retreat or Bhakti Flow: Mantra & Chanting Magic
O Monthly Membership: Fresh Weekly Love & Inspirations? + Live Workshops?
Check out our Love & Inspiration archive full of sweet curated Quotes, Music, Books, Blogs, Talks, Podcasts and more… in 2019’s Experiment here
O 10 or 21 Day Challenges: Yoga, Meditation or Singing 
O Something else?

Many options. 🙂 Please reply and let me know your thoughts. I’s LOVE to hear from you.


CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 YTT Grads!

Big warm Thank YOU and Congratulations to
Sophie, Ida, Kathryn, Karen, Melanie, Alicia, Elisa, Rose.
Could not be more proud and happy to welcome these bright new star Yoga Teachers and Spiritual Leaders  into the world. 
Watch out for magical unfoldings with this stellar crew of empowered women!

On a personal note, thank you.


Thank you for being here.  It truly means a lot for me to have you here in this Pure Flow Yoga community.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to express the depths of my gratitude and appreciation to all of the students, all of the staff and teachers, in person and virtual, for helping to support and inspire me in my dharma, my purpose til now, this Pure Flow Yoga project. 

To all of the students who have come here in person, to a class, retreat or training.  You have been my teachers.  Thank you.

Thanks for the past 3.5 years of love, support and sparkles here in Magic Bay, Koh Phangan,

where I am now getting to experience a full savasana…

I look forward to meeting and co-creating magical moments with you soon; online or somewhere in the world, one day soon…


 

Thanks for being a part of our community. 

Sending you infinite light, love and blessings for you.

I truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you being here,

XOXO

Francie
Founder of Pure Flow Yoga

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Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 2019

Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 2019

Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 

 

This is a round-up of some of my favourite tracks from 2019.

These are the songs that I shared with you this year in our  “Love & Inspiration” project – where I shared weekly my favourite quotes, music, books, blogs, articles, podcasts, meditations, talks and more that have been inspiring me on the path.

 

 

 

If you’re new to Pure Flow Yoga, you can access our Love & Inspiration archive of goodies here.

 

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

 

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #45

Love & Inspiration #45

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

1) Quote

  • Instead of measuring success in practicing a yoga posture by how far we go, we can ask how present we are in each moment. How aware are we of the movement of our breath, the sensations in our body, and the thoughts that pass through us? Instead of judging the correctness of a yoga posture by how we look, we can inquire what positioning makes us feel most integrated and honours rather than injures our unique physical body. If we are ill or emotionally overwhelmed, how skilfully can we make this challenge grist for the mill? Instead of, “How many hours did I spend meditating today, ” we can ask, “How did I live my practice in every moment of the day?” Something is tragically missing in our spiritual practice if through our most diligent efforts we manage to become a perfect yoga posture, rather than a person.”     – Donna Farhi 


 

2) Yoga 101:  Namaste

Namaste is generally the first and last greeting you hear shared in a Yoga class.

 

 

It’s the common form of greeting in many south Asian and Hindu cultures and countries such as Nepal,  and India – the birthplace of Yoga.

Often accompanied by a slight bow, and hand gesture, anjali mudra, where hands are brought together in a prayer like position in front of the heart, to symbolise heart connection, honouring, worshiping, prayer, balance, union of dual nature, humility and internal focus

On a very simple level, namaste is a greeting – a gesture of acknowledgement and way of saying “hello”.

On a deeper more esoteric level, Namaste is  a deep recognition of the interconnected nature of being human. 

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3) Podcast I’m binging on:

My dear sister Sofia Arajuo of Swara Yoga sent me this podcast a couple weeks back and I’ve been seriously enjoying the stories, research and discussion around the taboos of Yoga.  

Whiie I don’t agree with or endorse all of the opinions expressed here, I do appreciate the importance of shedding light, and raising questions and discussion around these important and fascinating topic areas living modern Yoga’s shadow:

from spiritual bypassing and cultural appropriation, to Karma Capitalism, corrupt Gurus, whether white women “killed yoga”, and what a Yogic diet really means.

 

 

4) Book I’m Reading / Loving

Yoga mythology nerds – this one is for you.  I’m loving this book which s filled with rich and colourful, myth and meditation.  It’s been recommended to me for years by fellow Yoga teacher friends of mine, and I am grateful to now finally be delving in.  

How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selflessly, yet passionately celebrate your life?

The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti―the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga―these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight. 

 

 

5) Music Playlist

This playlist was created by our Pure Flow Yoga retreat teacher Margit Selsjord

to help you feel, heal and flow. 

Press play and enjoy a beautiful slow flow / yin heart-opening vibe. 

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Love & Inspiration.

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Yoga 101: What does Namaste mean?

Yoga 101: What does Namaste mean?

Yoga 101:

What does Namaste mean?

Na·ma·ste /ˈnäməˌstā/

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  1. a respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.
     
noun
 
  1. another term for namaskar.
     
 
Yoga literally means “union” or “to yoke” our everyday selves with our highest most divine selves. Yoga is a powerful tool that teaches us not only how to live a life of balance, peace, harmony, strength and flexibility on all levels, but also to help us remember that
we are all connected and related.

 

Namaste is generally the first and last greeting you hear shared in a Yoga class.

 

It’s the common form of greeting in many south Asian and Hindu cultures and countries such as Nepal,  and India – the birthplace of Yoga.

 

Often accompanied by a slight bow, and hand gesture, anjali mudra, where hands are brought together in a prayer like position in front of the heart, to symbolise heart connection, honouring, worshiping, prayer, balance, union of dual nature, humility and internal focus

 

On a very simple level, namaste is a greeting – a gesture of acknowledgement and way of saying “hello”.

 

On a deeper more esoteric level, Namaste is  a deep recognition of the interconnected nature of being human. 

 

One translation I’ve heard that resonates with me personally, is that

 

“The light in me, see’s the light in you, and I know that we are One”.

 

In fact,  you can replace the word light with any human quality:

 

The fear in me, see’s the fear in you and I know that we are one.

The frustration in me, see’s the frustration in you and I know that we are one.

The loneliness in me, see’s the loneliness in you and I know that we are one.

The joy in me, see’s the joy in you and I know that we are one…

 

In Yoga, as in many other cultures, for example, the mayan culture of the Americas who greet each other with the words –  “in lakesh” – translated as I am another yourself,

 

the main objective is to remember that we are all related, all interconnected, and intrinsically interwoven together in the greater fabric of life.

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Francie is an experienced life-transformation expert from the Yoga perspective, having curated and led more than 150 + retreats, workshops and programs with over 500+ students from all walks of life from all over the world.  She is a passionate and free-spirited Yogi, hula hooper, musician, social entrepreneur and world-traveller dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live embodied and awakened lives.

She is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga, True:Nature Experience and Hoop Love Tribe.  Francie is currently living her dream between Thailand, Bali and the rest of the world, sharing intimate, magical and life-changing experiences, including her signature Retreats in Paradise, as well as festivals and community gatherings.

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Love & Inspiration #44

Love & Inspiration #44

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quotes I’m pondering from Joseph Campbell 

  • “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”.  Joseph Campbell

    “Take one step towards the gods and they will take ten steps towards you.” – Joseph Campbell

 

2) Blog & Mantra for Inner Peace

In Nepal, where I am currently visiting, you can hear this mantra on repeat everywhere you.  In all of the temples and shrines you can spin the prayer wheels, which all have this sacred mantra imprinted on it.

In many ancient cultures and traditions,  the lotus flower is considered a symbol of purity, enlightenment, awakening, perfection, and rebirth and serves as a metaphor for life,

Rooted in the mud, the lotus draws energy from the muddy waters below and grows towards the light,d transforming into a beautiful flower

The journey of the lotus from the darkness of the mud to the light of the sun is a perfect metaphor for the human condition,. We often forget that we are divine beings with seeds of infinite potential waiting to blossom within our hearts.

Read on to discover the lessons of the lotus.

 

 

 

3)Power of Prayer Flags

If you’ve been to our studio in Thailand, you’ll have noticed hundreds of Tibetan prayer flags – horizontal flags in sets of 5,  strewn around our space. After each retreat, we have our retreat students hang the Lung-ta, infused with their prayers and intentions to offer to help people around the world be happy and free from suffering.

Here in Nepal, they are everywhere.

Here is a picture from my recent trip to the VajraYogini Temple in Nepal:

 

 

It is said that these flags bring benefit to all, promoting compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom, and are used to carry prayers and mantras through the wind. 

Colour represent the 5 elements:

  • Blue – the sky and space
  • White – the air and wind
  • Red – fire
  • Green – water
  • Yellow – Earth

 

4) Gods & Goddess Study Guide

This book is proving to be an excellent companion for helping to understand even an iota of the depth and scope of symbolism, religion, history and syncretism characteristic of the culture and it’s people.

 

 

5) Music

LOVE this song as a reminder of the beauty and gift of life. I often feature it in the savasana portion of the Yoga classes i share.

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Love & Inspiration.

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #43

Love & Inspiration #43

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • “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

 

2) Tedx Talk – On Raising our Vibration & Serendipity

 

 

Super cool talk.

We have the power and self-responsibility to tune, raise, and enhance our personal vibration and frequency using sound and entrainment to influence serendipitous events in our lives. 

This is what the practices of Yoga are all about; Attuning and aligning our body, minds, consciousness and energy field to bring more peace, joy, grace, serendipity…

 

 

3) Important Book I’m Revisiting

 

As I prepare for our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training in February, I am revisiting what I’m now considering a modern classic for our Yoga Studies.  I’m excited to add this book to our recommended reading for this training.

Every aspect of our life has a part to play in the greater ecological system, Michael Stone explains in this book. How do we bring this large view to our yoga practice?

According to Stone, our responsibility as human beings is to live in a sustainable and respectful way. He says two things need to change. First, we need to understand the relationship between our actions and the effects of our actions.

Second, once we see the effect of our actions in the human and non-human world, we need practical skills for learning how to make changes.

Using the five principles (yama) described in the Yoga-Sutra attributed to Patanjali, Michael Stone offers a basis for rethinking ethical action and the spiritual path”.

You can find more of Michael Stone’s teaching here:

 

 

4) Giving Back: Yoga for Social Change 

Atira Tan, one of our incredible Pure Flow Yoga teachers on our upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is celebrating her birthday this year by giving to others in an incredible way, and you can help!

#40for40: Atira’s wish is to sponsor 40 Indian & Nepali girls and women who have experienced sexual slavery, exploitation and trafficked to have a chance to regain their freedom, sovereignty and wholeness through attending Art to Healing’s trauma-recovery and education programs for 2020 by raising AUD$6000.

You can help make this dream come true.

 

 

Helping Others is at the Heart Of What We Do. Since it’s beginning in 2016, Pure Flow Yoga’s mission and essential living philosophy has been to help support and create positive social change through the practice of Yoga, Education & Joy-Spreading. Along with our own direct initiatives, a portion of all retreats and training income is donated to a group of beautiful grassroots charities with proven records of delivering contributions and services to effect positive social change.

You can learn more about our Giving Back Program and our Partner Projects here. 

 

 

5) PrayerSong / Eagle Medicine

Traditional and beautiful medicine song from the mountains of Ecuador that talks about the great eagle, likened to either a grandfather or grandmother who sings in love. Eagle symbolism means different things in different cultures – power, change coming your way, truth, honesty, connection to the divine, and balance are some interpretations.

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Love & Inspiration.

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Freedom through Movement: Healing Trauma & Addiction –  Interview with Bex Tyrer

Freedom through Movement: Healing Trauma & Addiction – Interview with Bex Tyrer

Freedom through movement: How to Activate Yoga & Heal Trauma and Addiction

 

Interview with Bex Tyrer

“We’re so busy on this treadmill of seeking some mysterious idea of enlightenment, perfection or happiness that we forget to embrace what we already have – even if it might appear to be imperfect.” 

– Bex Tyrer

Listen to my conversation with Bex Tyrer here:

 

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In this podcast, Bex shares:

  • Her journey of seeing the world and embracing life in a different way after burning 30% of her body in an accident
  • How she changed her priorities and values – She went from being “busy” and “successful” to investing in what’s important: spending time with friends, being in nature and allowing her body to rest – Embracing the simple things in life
  • Unpacking what has gone wrong with commercial Yoga – With so many women showing up to practice and being deeply unhappy on the inside, not allowing the full freedom and health available through the practice of Yoga
  • Her personal journey with addiction – How she went through 10 years of eating disorders and overcame it
  • Dealing with body image and trauma – Advice from her own experiences
  • Stories and experiences from her travels sharing Yoga and how an embodied practice can help step back into power
  • What Yoga Activism means to her – Taking Yoga into areas where it is not currently accessible and in need of a physical practice
  • Her self-practice – Moving from a 2-hour Yoga self-practice to one more suited for her

 

Highlights of Bex’s wisdom:

  • Slow Down – Put yourself in an environment and let yourself rest and embrace life more fully
  • Change your narrative – instead of your scars reminding you of the physical pain, let it remind you of the strength and love that surrounds you
  • Allow yourself to feel emotion instead of numbing it out – “emotions won’t kill you, but not feeling them will”
  • Embrace life and the power within. Our practice can either help us remember that power, or it can distract us
  • Stay present. “You can do anything for one more breath.”
  • Embrace this moment as it is.  We are never given more than we can handle

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About Bex Tyrer:

Scotland born and raised, and Oxford educated with a graduate degree, MPhil in Development Studies, Bex Tyrer has been Asia-based for the past thirteen years, sharing her passion for Yoga and Yoga activism for the past 12, mostly here in Bali at the Yoga Barn. Here she shares her experience with hundreds of teacher trainees and thousands of students and practitioners all over the world.

While she teaches a wide range of styles including vinyasa, yin, restorative, power, hatha and AcroYoga, at the core of it all, her true gift is to simply share her personal and intimate relationship with Yoga, while helping to remind people that Yoga cannot be simplified into a set of postural cues or alignments. Yoga is enormous, ancient, wide and diverse. Bex shares what her dedicated study has revealed to her.

Bex has had the privilege of being guided by some great teachers including Angela Farmer, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Denise Payne and Mark Whitwell. Her extensive travels in Tibet, Nepal and India showed her that much of what is sold and advertised has very little in common with the wealth of Yoga waiting for us to individually activate.

Her education, life journey and love for Yoga took Bex into the field of Yoga Activism, to establish Freedom Through Movement projects in Kolkata, Kathmandu and Palestine. Her love for wisdom and a fascination with the human experience breathes life into Yoga philosophy, history and practice.

 

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How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training: Top 10 Tips for Consideration

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training: Top 10 Tips for Consideration

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training:

Top 10 Tips to Keep in Mind

by Margit Selsjord

 

 
After almost 10 years of practicing yoga I finally felt brave enough to start looking for my first teacher training, and as a person who dreaded the idea of talking or teaching in front of people, it felt like the scariest thing ever.
 
But after finishing my first Yoga teacher training I asked myself why i hadn’t done it earlier?
 
Overcoming a fear is so thrilling and liberating, and the fear can be hiding a passion you had no idea about before facing it.
 
After the first training I completed, I started teaching free classes at my work place, and had a enthusiastic group showing up every week, most of them where new to yoga, and I was new to teaching, but together we grew more confident and brave.
 
I quickly signed up for my next teacher training, this time with my favourite yoga school – Pure Flow Yoga, and I feel proud to have been a part of the first training held by Francie Fishman and Atira Tan in Thailand.
 
In the list below i will share 10 important aspects when choosing and following trough with a YTT, things is wish I knew, what I’ve learned, and other experiences that i hope you will find helpful.

 

1. Check in with yourself/reflect/meditate

My first tip is to really check in and be real with what you want from a teacher training.
 
If something is holding you back from taking the plunge, it can be a good idea to meditate, find some stillness and reflect on these thoughts and feelings.
 
For me it was the fear of not being good enough, worthy or experienced enough to be a teacher, so then i had to investigate within where this fear came from, and if it had any validity in this moment and decision.
 
When something feels scary it might be because it is important.
 
 

2. Find your WHY

 
The Why is what personally drives you in life, and it also means being clear about your reasons to deepen your yoga practice, trough a Ytt or maybe start teaching.
 
What is it about yoga that is important to you, or what is it you want to contribute with in this world. 
 
Why do you want to do this?
 
Ask yourself this as many times you need.
 
Ask this and wait for an answer, write it down and revisit it a few times, then state it out loud. 
 
Finding your Why will help you keep up the motivation when in doubt or when having a rough day during an intense teacher training, helping to bring you closer to the core of your purpose.
 
 

3. Style/teacher

When i choose my first YTT I choose an Ashtanga Vinyasa training in Oslo, Norway.
 
I didn’t exclusively practice Ashtanga at this time, but was drawn to this style because of the thorough and structured style and sequence.
The teacher leading the course was very highly recommended due to her extensive background and experience. I had attended a few of her classes and knew I liked her personality and style.
 
This is important, because you need to trust and respect the person who is in charge. So testing out the teacher or knowing the school is a something i recommend.
 
The style of yoga you choose is often based on what you prefer to practice, but it can also be a style you want to learn, choosing the latter will affect how challenging the training will be, depending on having to learn a whole new style or just continue in the same style as you already practice.
 

 

4. Form, length, intensity

 
Thera are a few forms and ways a teacher training is conducted. The most well known type is the 1-month 200 hour intensive training.
 
This has become very popular, giving the students a certificate and diploma in as short of a time as possible.
 
What many forget to consider is that you will never become an experienced teacher in 30 days or so.
 
In fact many seasoned yoga teachers often attend teacher trainings on a yearly basis to get fresh inspiration and new input and knowledge.
 
There are no short cuts to deep and hard learned experience, it can take years and decades to become a truly good teacher. The good thing about a 1-month YTT is that it throws you in the deep end, and gives you a great toolkit to start your teaching, or simply deepening a practice.
 
My first YTT was a 4.5 month long part-time training adding up to 200 hours. This was great for me since i at the time had a full-time job. We met up every other weekend for two full days of workshops and practice, and we where expected to practice as much as we could outside the training. On top of this we had homework and wrote 6-7 essays about yoga philosophy.
 
If you have family, obligations or work and there is no free time to take 1 month away from everyday life, this form of training is highly recommended.
 
The downsides is that you get less space to concentrate on just the training, and it takes more effort to get back in. Also the classes are often on the weekends -which with a full time job- normally is for relaxation, rest and social meet ups, so you might end up feeling a bit depleted in these areas.
 
 

5. Reality check – Logistics of taking a month off

Now that you have become more clear about how, why, where and with whom, it is time to sit down and check out your finances, ask the boss for time off from work, and talk to you family and partner about what you want to do, so that you get the support and freedom you need to make it happen. 
 
Many teacher trainings offer an early bird discount if you can commit a few months in advance, which lets you save some money. 
 
After you have secured your YTT spot, the studio/school will most likely send you an welcome email with information about what you can expect and what to prepare/read etc.
 
If you don’t receive this kind of info, don’t be shy to write them first and ask.
 
Start researching the place/space for the training so that you are mentally prepared, letting them know dietary any preferences, book a flight, hotels, get that extra pair of leggings and get excited!
 

 

6. Prepare and read

 
One or two months before the training starts it is a good idea to start deepening your own yoga and meditation practice so that your body and mind is ready for the intense training, while getting enough sleep and food.
 
There will be so much going on at the training, so the more you can read and cram beforehand, the less you have to spent your precious free time at the training.
 
There is an extensive reading curriculum prepared for you to finish before the exam, so getting a head start is recommended. 
 
Buy a journal and start writing.
 
 

7. How to get through successfully

 
Before the training starts. write yourself a motivational letter, with why you are doing this, what makes you amazing, and how you can make the world a better place by just being you, and keep this letter for those hard to get out of bed days.
 
There will be lots of emotional and physical ups and downs during a training, and I can almost guarantee tears, but also lots of laughter and fun.
 
So prepare yourself to be pushed out of your comfort zone, and let go of the idea that you are in control.
 
There are many uncontrollable elements that can happen as a part of a training such as group dynamics, weather, female cycle, upset stomach, sleep deprivation and monkeys (yes really, at Pure flow yoga, monkeys happen, and they will steal your attention, and bananas!).
 
The trick is to meet each challenging situation seeing it as a teacher, lesson or friend, and ask yourself what is it within you that makes it hard?
 
These lessons can be the most powerful teachings you are left with after a training.
 
 

8. Overcoming nerves and expectations

 
No matter how experienced you are or how many trainings you have done, there will be pressure or nerves surfacing at some point or many during the training. 
 
In my experience this can be caused not just by you, but also by the group you are spending your days with.  This is almost unavoidable when being this close and sharing space and practices together.
 
When, and if you feel contagious nerves or pressure from the group members, try to get some space and shield yourself until you have calmed down.
 
Going for a walk, swim, being alone, dancing in your bungalow or talking to loved ones can help you get back to yourself, don’t forget there is a world outside your yoga training bubble.
 
Read your motivation letter, and remember who you are!
 
 

9. Preparing for exams

 
When the last week is arriving, the pressure will be on. You might be expected to teach a small group, half a class, know the names of poses/asana and basic philosophy and history. This varies greatly from training to training. 
 
My tip here is to re-read all your own notes a few times, underline the core of the lessons. Then focus on the teaching skills, practice projecting your voice, and ask as many questions as you can.
 
Remember what your WHY is, and be mindful about what you came here for, and what you want to take back with you.
 
Find a way to have fun, this way you will remember more of what you learned, and your love for yoga will shine trough. 
 
On the exam day, take some time to meditate before it all starts, have your white clothes ready(some yoga schools uses white garments for opening- and closing ceremonies).
 
Stay with your breath and trust that you know much more than you think.
 
Then take the photos with the teachers, co-students, celebrate, eat a great meal, have a dance party, and call home to let them know you did it!
 
 

10. What to do after:  Integration

 
First you might need a break, taking a teacher training savasana so that the heart/body/mind can soak up and integrate all the goodies you have learned.
 
Then revisit your why and see if this have changed, or developed.
 
You might have gone from thinking you will never teach, to being super excited about the thought of teaching. If so, get in touch with studios that you like, and ask if  they need a fresh teacher.
 
Often the way to go is to teach for free or by donation until you feel confident, and comfortable with the teacher role.
 
Patience is the key.
Look for interesting spaces you can rent cheaply or use for free, look for places where you can volunteer, or a spot in a park near by. Make a public account on a social media, make a mailing list, or the old school way of hanging up posters in the area where you want to teach.
 
 
I hope this helps you to find and complete your perfect YTT!
 
As always, we LOVE hearing from you. Please let us know below:
Which tip you found most valuable?
Do you have any other tips?
 
 

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Margit started her yoga journey over 10 years ago in Norway when she was looking for a way to befriend her anxiety and depression. She quickly noticed how a regular yoga and meditation practice improved her life quality tremendously, and want to pass on the knowledge that have helped her in such a profound way.
 
Margit`s mission as a yoga teacher is to inspire people to live from the heart; being courageous, honest, vulnerable and compassionate, and to discover how powerful meditation and yoga practices can be, and to experience how a steady practice can reduce suffering and bring more lightness and consciousness to the whole being. 
 
In her practice she is passionate about using the breath to go deeper in yoga asana, and combines inspiration from different traditions like Ashtanga, Yin yoga and Hatha to teach a balanced and mindful class for every levels and bodies. 
 
With her background as an artist and photographer she sees yoga and meditation as a tool that everybody can use in their own life, making more space for creativity, clarity and happiness. 
 
She believes in a holistic yoga lifestyle on a plant based diet, and is a enthusiastic vegan cheese maker and home cook.
 
– 200 hour YTT Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hiyoga, Norway
– 200 hour YTT Hatha Vinyasa, Pure Flow yoga, Thailand
– 4 x 5-day Vipassana meditation retreat with Christopher Titmuss, Germany
– 7-day new year Vipassana at Gaia House, England
– 3 x 5-day Yoga Retreat, Pure flow yoga, Thailand
– 2 x 5-day Yoga Retreat, Blooming lotus yoga, Thailand
– 12 hour yoga sadhana intensive with Gregor Maelhe, Hiyoga, Norway
Margit Selsjord

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Love & Inspiration #42

Love & Inspiration #42

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • “Look within. Approach everything with devotion and gratitude. Stay at heart”. – H.W.L Poonja

 

2) Reading & Practice on Mindfulness

 

“Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.”

Mindfulness of breath is a simple practice that can transform our lives.

In this article, the great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy.

 

 

 

3) Serenity Prayer

  • The Serenity Prayer offers us simple, humble, timeless truths.  I first came across the serenity prayer in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” back in high school, yet it’s most widely canonised within the 12 step / Alcoholics Anonymous program. It reminds us that acceptance is an active pursuit, that courage is required in order to make changes to ourselves, our habits, our lives, and that ultimately these possibilities are in our own hands

 

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

– Reinhold Niebuhr

 

4) Mother Peace Round Tarot

Created in the 1970s, the iconic, significant and rich Mother Peace Tarot is a deck of tarot cards inspired by the Goddess Movement and second-wave feminism.  This deck has just invited itself in to my world in a myriad of ways.   I’m beginning and loving to explore it’s depths and symbolism.  You can try picking form the deck here.  If you do purchase this deck, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you also get this book “Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess Through Myth, Art, and Tarot” to more fully understand and appreciate.

 

“For over a decade, Motherpeace has been an inspiration and oracle for women all over the world. Motherpeace recovers the positive, nurturing peace-oriented values of pre-patriarchal times, and brilliantly combines art, history, mythology, folklore, philosophy, and comparative religion with an informed spiritual and feminist perspective.

Vicki Noble challenges us to celebrate our ancient peaceful heritage and to reclaim our right as a people to a life without war. The book is a vision of hope and transformation, made even more powerful by the vibrant pictorial images of the seventy-eight Motherpeace tarot cards.

Motherpeace shows how traditional myths and symbols can provide ideas and images for understanding the meaning and power of the Goddess for women and men today

 

 

 

5) Song on Repeat

Walking endlessly through the streets of San Francisco, training my intuition to respond to the “full body yes” that has space to arise in these moments of flow, led me to the gift of discovering this incredible musician, vocalist and producer.  I instantly fell in love with the ephemeral beauty of her creations.  This is my favourite song so far. .  Hope you like it!. 

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #41

Love & Inspiration #41

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S Eliot

     

2) Poem

  • Hokusai Says – Roger Keyes

Hokusai says Look carefully.

He says pay attention, notice.

He says keep looking, stay curious.

He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.

He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are.

He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child, every one of us is ancient, every one of us has a body.

He says every one of us is frightened.

He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.

Wood is alive.

Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.

It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.

It doesn’t matter if you sit at home and stare at the ants on your veranda

or the shadows of the trees and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.

Joy is life living through you.

Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.

Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid.

Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.

 

3) Mantra Music Meditation

This kundalini mantra, in Gurmukhi language is a Prayer of Peace and Protection.  Yogi Bhajan taught that this mantra should be chanted 3X in a row to create a field of protective energy.

You can download the full 23 minutes version here.

 

Aad Guray Nameh – I bow to the Primal Wisdom.

Jugaad Guray Nameh – I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages.

Sat Guray Nameh – I bow to the True Wisdom.

Siri Guroo Dayvay Nameh – I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom

 

 

4) Astro-Carography

Wanna know where to travel? Retreat? Settle down? Make money? Find love?

Astro-cartography is a fun and amazing tool to help you navigate your choices and opportunities with greater insight and ease.  You need to know your birth time and place.

Let me know if you try it.  I’d love to hear your insights!  

 

 

5) Spooky Halloween Thoughts

 

 

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #40

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote I’m pondering:

  • “The greatest danger in yoga, that by routine, is becoming mechanical and regimented. I find that the beauty of a mind-body discipline, such as yoga or qigong, is that it’s an endless process of discovery and surprise. This is often overlooked by students, driven by gain and strength and flexibility. I think that yoga, rather than a path leading to mastery, is an invitation to evoke mystery and a powerful, subtle, and unnameable energy that roams inside. A dedicated practice is like a rite of passage that guides one to sense, feel, and remember that which inevitably resists identification. I can testify that the further I travel into the inner processes of the body and mind, the more I realize I don’t know.” – Tias Little, Yoga of the Subtle Body

 

2) 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age

  • The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age – Yogi Bhajan

    1. Recognize that the other person is you.
    2. There is a way through every block.
    3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
    4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
    5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.

This week I had the opportunity to attend some Kundalini Yoga classes and it got my curious.  Unlike your typical Vinyasa Flow type Yoga practice, Kundalini is much more a breath and energy centered practice.  I started to do a bit of research and came across Yogi Bhajan –  Master of Kundalini Yoga and spiritual teacher to thousands – five principles which he called the Five Sutras, to help us navigate this time of transition that is being called the Age of Aquarius – the age of information, of growth and connection, of breaking down hierarchies.

 

3) My favourite Autumn Tea

A few years ago, my heart broke into a million pieces and I lost my voice for a 1.5 years.  As is often the case with life, my challenge has become my gift, and helping people to find their voice and connect to their song is becoming more and more a main passion and offering of mine. At that time I tried everything – ginger tea, salt water gargles, ninjaiom, medicated honey, steams, silent retreats….The thing I feel that works best for me, aside from working through the emotions and heartbreak,  when I get that slight tingle in the throat are these Organic Licorice Root based teas.  Yummm!

 

 

4) Yin Yoga Podcast Practice for the New Moon

New moon is coming up this weekend.  Are you feeling a bit more inner? Lower energy perhaps? More clear perhaps?

New moons are a great time to reflect, set new intentions, plant new seeds and get clear about how you’d like the new cycle to unfold.

Join us in the Jungle for this live-recorded class to help you melt away layers of emotions and stiffness held in your body’s connective tissues.

 

5) Music

Amazing and beautiful. Check out this powerful video. Deya Dova is musical medicine for awakening consciousness. 

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #39

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote I’m pondering:

  • “Sometimes the ‘wrong’ train can take us to the right place.”— Paulo Coelho

 

 

2) Book I’m Reading:

Ancient wisdom and perspectives,  and practical contemporary take-aways for healing, shared here in-depth by Alberto Villoldo, a classically trained medical anthropologist, who has studied shamanic healing for more than twenty years.

 

 

3) How to play the Infinite Game – 37 mins

I’m still thinking about this awesome talk

understanding the difference between a finite and an infinite mindset, and considering ways to adopt this exciting mindset shift to be able to see life more clearly through an infinite lens.

This is an excellent conversation to help let go of any competitive mindset, and inspire more resilience and more positive growth mindset for our businesses and personal lives.

 

4) Free Oracle App I’m Loving:

I LOVE receiving oracle cards as gifts, and this is the latest one that I’ve been getting into. 

Oracle cards are not meant to predict the future per se, but rather give you insight into the present moment – a fresh perspective to view a situation.

Have a try  – this one is great.  It’s easy to use, free, and online, and I find it’s very insightful!

 

5) Music

Sing along, stretch out your body, close your eyes and just be.

I’ve loved this class mantra – dub remix track for almost a decade.  

This is a quintessential yoga class playlist favourite for many a-teacher, and I know you’ll LOVE it too. 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Asana is the tip of the Yoga-Iceberg

Asana is the tip of the Yoga-Iceberg

Asana is just the

Tip of the Yoga Iceberg

Yoga is sooooo much more than just the poses.

At its core, Yoga is a practical life philosophy of self-inquiry and observation.

When you hear the word “Yoga” you may think of a room-full of fancy-pants wearing stretchy types breathing loudly and chanting OoooooommmmmM…

The physical practice of Yoga is called asana – physical postures linked with breath and movement.

Asana is just one tiny little aspect  – the very tip of the Yoga-Iceberg.

Asana is the 3rd limb of an 8-limbed philosophical system known as Ashtanga Yoga.

The Ashtanga Yoga system is considered a map to freedom or a guide to optimal living.

This system was outlined in one of the key texts of the Yoga tradition, the Yoga Sutras, which was written around 400 CE by a sage and scholar known as Patañjali

who borrowed from a variety of traditions to shape 196 still-highly-relevant aphorisms for living in alignment, grace and flow.

Asana is an easily accessible gateway to the rest of Yoga.

It’s a great place for people to start their journey into the heart of Yoga’s practices and life philosophy.

People often start a Yoga practice to enhance their health, lose weight, tone up, cultivate some space for me-time, and relieve stress.

At first, You start with one class,

then it’s one class a week,

then 2 classes a week…

Before you know it “doing Yoga” becomes an integral part of your day-to-day life….

Why?

Because the benefits you experience from your asana practice, far surpass just the physical. 

We love Asana / Postural Yoga.

It can be a great workout and way of staying toned and in shape.

Asana is essential to life force control.

Asana is designed to build internal heat, called tapas.

On the physical level,

the purifying heat of tapas helps to

cleanse the internal organs and glands,

oxygenate blood and joints.

and work through and clear tensions, stress, and stuck energies in the body.

On the mental-emotional level,

When we clear and purify the physical body through our asana practice,

we begin to breathe with more depth and ease,

Which helps calm and clear the mind of disconnected thoughts which can lead to anxiety, tension, restlessness, stress, anger or depression.

From this more calm, cool and collected headspace,

we elevate our consciousness

helping us to see life from a wider perspective

to make decisions and plans more easily.

We feel more healthy, light, aligned, balanced and happy in both our inner and outer worlds.

It helps us to enhance our well-being and raise our vibrations.

I’ve personally NEVER regretted getting on my mat and doing a physical practice.

It feels sooooo good and I truly LOVE it.

What’s important to remember is that the benefits and practices of Yoga extend far beyond just the physical shapes we make with the body,

Asana is truly just the tip of the Yoga iceberg.

Ready to dive deeper into Yoga and its 5000+ year old philosophy and tradition?

Wanna learn more about the 8-limed system, and begin to uncover more of the Yoga Iceberg?

Please join us for in Paradise for our upcoming 200 Hour Yoga-Alliance Accredited – Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course

Deepen your Practice, Connect to your Purpose and Find your Voice.

Hurry…Only 3 weeks left to save $300 USD when you register for our upcoming YTT with our Early Bird Special!

Our next 28 day Yoga Teacher Training is Feb 16 – March 16, 2020, and we’ll be going into Yoga as a philosophical tool and map,  an inner technology to help us develop higher levels of awareness, presence, peace, love and joy in our everyday lives.

If you’re feeling a call to invest in Yourself, and are ready to say YES, then please apply now!

If you have a desire to really help people through Yoga, this training is for you

Thank you so much for being a part of this growing, evolving, loving Pure Flow Yoga community. 

It really means so much to me and the rest of us teachers and staff to have you here. 

Have any questions about our Yogi/Teacher Training?

Please e-mail me – francie@pureflow.yoga – I’d love to hear from you!

 

Sending you lots of Light + Love

Francie Fishman

Founder of Pure Flow Yoga

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P.P.S. Wanna connect with me one-on-one to see if a retreat or training is right for you? Click here to set up a FREE 15 minute discovery call with me on my calendar, and Ill be happy to chat with you on the phone!

P.P.P.S Wanna do some Asana practice with us Online? Check out our 90 min Pure Flow Yoga Class Podcast – recorded live at our jungle studio. 

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Francie is an experienced life-transformation expert from the Yoga perspective, having curated and led more than 150 + retreats, workshops and programs with over 500+ students from all walks of life from all over the world.  She is a passionate and free-spirited Yogi, hula hooper, musician, social entrepreneur and world-traveller dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live embodied and awakened lives.

She is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga, True:Nature Experience and Hoop Love Tribe.  Francie is currently living her dream between Thailand, Bali and the rest of the world, sharing intimate, magical and life-changing experiences, including her signature Retreats in Paradise, as well as festivals and community gatherings.

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Love & Inspiration #38

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “They who are steady in eating and in rest, and in their work, do their duty; they who, are steady in sleeping and waking, they will be able, training Yoga, to mitigate sufferings of their material lives…” – Bhagavad Gita 6:18

 

2) Celebrating Navaratri

Navaratri is an auspicious time in the Vedic calendar dedicated to honouring and celebrating the goddess energy within us all, male and female.

I’ve had the privilege this past week of sharing goddess mantras with my soul sister Lindsey Wise for 2 powerful Navaratri Yoga classes here in California, with Emily Perry at Bhakti Fest ,and Hannah Muse for Ygoa Church Santa Cruz, and have been feeling so much the forca feminina within.

Nava means nine in Sanskrit while Ratri means nights. This is a nine day celebration that is divided into three parts. The first three days are dedicated to the goddess Durga. Her warrior spirit cleanses, shifts, uproots, changes and transforms. Think of her as tilling the soil, prior to planting seeds.

The goddesses Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi symbolize these parts of life and Nature, while also being parts of our own innate Self. The three of them together represent our wholeness, the trinity of life, alive in and around us. These three goddesses also connect to Shakti, the goddess who gives the spark of life to every being, to Nature, and to existence.

lakshmiThe next three days of celebration are dedicated to Lakshmi. Her abundance, nurturing, and wealth offer nourishment and support to us on all levels of life.

Finally, we have three days dedicated to goddess Saraswati. Saraswati gives us knowledge, understanding, wisdom, creativity and artistry. She is the rasayana (or healing balm) if you will to close these nine sacred days of festivities. Together, these three goddesses bring wholeness, renewal and the life giving offerings of Shakti.

It is at this time that we can connect to these three goddesses most easily—inside of us, and around us. Because of this, Navaratri is considered a very sacred and powerful time of year—one that influences our inner and outer experience of life for months to come.

To connect with the goddesses more closely, make special offerings on your altar for them during the nine days. You can also dedicate your actions and intentions to them for greater communication.

from https://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/03/the-power-of-navaratri-inspiration-for-connecting-with-the-goddesses/

 

 

3) Pranayama / Breathing Technique:

Have you tried this yet?  It’s getting cold here in North America, so my friend suggested I try the Wim Hof breath.  Everyone and there cousin seems to be getting into Wim Hof  – the “ice man” and his method, so I decided to try it…

This video shares a really super simple practice, straight from the source – essentially it’s 30 x rounds of the fully belly-chest-head breathing, followed by an increasingly long retention.

What I discovered is that this particular Wif Hoff breathing method is simply a form of pranayama, which is one my main personal practices.  There are more than 50 known types of pranayama techniques, all with multiple positive benefits.  What I experienced right away in trying this practice, is what I often feel with my regular pranayama practice –   stress relief, increased clarity, presence, concentration and well-being.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

 

4) Learning a bit more about Positive Psychology:

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001).

I’ve always been fascinated by the human being, our behaviours, thought patterns, how both genetics and life experiences manifest in how we interface with reality.  I did my first University Bachelors degree in Psychology.  At that time, we learned a lot about when things go wrong…abnormal psychology, the brain and how to treat “problems”.

Once I started getting deeper into Yoga, what became more relevant for me, what how I could use the wisdom, knowledge and understandings of science and psychology theory to thrive more in each arising present moment – essentially how to be more happy and awake.

 

5) Mantra Music for the Goddess

We sing this mantra to the fierce aspect of the goddess, as we help to liberate ourselves from the ever-deep layers of the lower self, which can seem to come back more and more powerfully, especially when we thought we had already dealt with and integrated that aspect of our being.

 

 

Jay Shri Ma Kali Kali Ma Jay Shri Ma
Jay Shri Ma Kali Kali Ma Jay Shri Ma
Ananda Ma Durga Devi Jagadambe Shri Ma
Ananda Ma Durga Devi Jagadambe Shri Ma

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #37

Love & Inspiration #37

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. – Margaret Mead

 

2) Book I’m Reading

This New York Times bestseller is an easy-to-read, insightful and engaging guide to meditation as a rational practice that is informed by neuroscience and psychology.

 

 

3) Practice I’m getting back into:

I’ve been a fairly consistent journal writer throughout my life, and often think of my relationship to pen on paper as my most trusted therapist.  It feels really good, cathartic, insightful and space-making to get back into this as a daily practice.  Join me!

Morning Pages, known as “the bedrock tool of a creative recovery” are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing,
done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.”

They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritise and synchronise the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

 

 

4) Music I adore:

Grammy-nominated for best world music album.  i LOVE this album and have listened hundreds of times at least.  You’ll love it. 

 

 

5) Movement that’s Inspiring me:

  • Global Climate Strike  – Sept 20-27th – Greta Thunberg’s inspired #climatestrike,#fridaysforfuture

What’s happening today is an incredible landmark planetary event: Over 4 million people have been protesting for #ClimateStrike  #FridaysForFuture ‬in163 countries, and counting…

 

 

I am experiencing a full body “YES!!!!” to this movement, and so grateful to everyone who is taking a stand, and to all those people like you and I who are becoming more and more open and curious about our own carbon footprint and personal responsibility, and what actual life changes we can adopt to help #bethechange.

This is an incredible opportunity for collective evolution to support the common dream.

6 ideas we can consider to support climate action:

1) Eat less Meat

2) Walk rather than drive

3) Avoid single-use plastics

4) Plant more trees 🌱

5) Make a stand – Share how important this is with local businesses and change-makers

6) Spend more time in wonder, awe, curiosity, and gratitude, remembering that we as individuals and as a collective and completely interconnect and interdependent

 

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Do you have other great ideas to take responsibility and support climate action?

? What is one thing you are willing to give up or change to help protect the future?

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #36

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • ““We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”― Anaïs Nin

 

2) Book I’m gushing about

Empowering, inspiring, practical.  Everything is Figuroutatable is simultaneously a mantra, a mindset and a life philosophy.

I am huge big fan of Marie Forleo and everything she creates.  I often credit her for helping me find, and keep finding my way as an entrepreneur and motivated, inspired human.

I cannot remember the last time I underlined and highlighted so much in one book.  She has so many great, memorable and incredible helpful one-liner philosophies, and I highly highly highly recommend this book or anyone, especially if you are at all feeling stuck in any area of your life.

Some of my fav and most practical one-liner highlights:

  • Start before you’re ready
  • Define your Dream
  • Progress over Perfection
  • Try it before you deny it
  • If it’s important enough you’ll make time for it, otherwise you’ll make an excuse
  • The truth of Can’t vs. Won’t

     


3) Enneagram Test – ~15 mins

One of the absolute best and most complete personality systems and “user-manuals” I’ve ever had the opportunity to study is the Enneagram. 


If you spend any length of time with me personally, eventually we are gonna start talking Enneagram, because I love it and think its the greatest thing ever. 


Through discovering and learning to understand  our “type” we can begin to know and understand ourselves, our core fears and motivations and how to bring ourselves into more self-awareness, balance, wellness and growth.   

Rather than being yet another box or label to put ourselves into it,  I feel that learning the Enneagram has helped me to, as my dear friend and Enneagram Expert Lubna Shareif describes, “step out of the box of who we are”. 

Read Lubna’s article – Why Learn the Enneagram, here, and even set yourself up for a consultation to be able to begin navigating this masterful system. 

and let me know what type feels resonant for you! I’m always curious and excited to learn more about my people!

 


4) Music

Rootsy, soulful, hip-hoppy, folky, traditional somehow, yet totally new.  I love the genre-bending tapestry of voices and creations of these beautiful sisters. I chose this song to share with you today, but I love pretty much everything I’ve heard from Rising Appalachia.  Check ‘em out!


5) Ayurvedic Self-Care Practice

I just started tongue scraping a couple months ago after one my super knowledgable Ayurvedic Consultant friends, had one look at my tongue and told me I was toxic! 


I knew she was sharing from a helpful and empowering place, so I gave it a try and haven’t looked back. 

Scraping our tongues everyday, according to the ancient sister science to Yoga of Ayurveda, can help give you a better understanding of your overall oral and general health, as well as stimulate internal organs and improve digestion.

 

Which Inspiration did you LOVE the most today?

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XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #35

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

2) Bodhisattva Prayer for All Humanity

  • Bodhisattva Prayer for All Humanity  – Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D.

I love this prayer because it reminds me that we all carry within us the capacity to awaken, if we so choose, and that this awakening process is an ongoing, personal, continual and life-long journey.  It also reminds me that what matters is how we show up in the world, how we respond to life and its challenges, and in the face of challenges, its reminds me that we can help each other and approach the challenge with love and compassion rather than fear and anger.

 

“May I be a guard for those who need protection,

a guide for those on the path,

a boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood.

May I be a lamp in the darkness,

a resting place for the weary,

a healing medicine for all who are sick,

a vase of plenty, a tree of miracles.

And for the boundless multitudes of living beings,

may I bring sustenance and awakening,

enduring like the earth and sky

until all beings are freed from sorrow

and all are awakened.

 

3) 5 Love Languages Quiz

Understanding our own love language, and those of our loved ones, has for many, including myself, been a game changer.

I have a friend for example, whose husband came home every day from work, cooked her dinner, gave her a foot massage and yet they fought all the time because all she wanted was for him to ask her how she was, and about her day.  They were simply speaking different love language.

The premise of Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages is simple.  Each person gives and receives love in a certain language, and learning how to be more fluent in the love languages of yourself and your loved ones, can help you to better understand and express your needs thereby strengthening and enhancing your relationships.

The 5 Love Language are: Acts of Service,Physical Touch, Receiving Gifts, Quality time, and words of affirmation.

What are your primary love languages?

 

4) Music

 

 

 

5) Sneak Peak at some exciting Pure Flow Yoga News….

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #34

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “At the core of our deepest longing is to be friends with ourselves, to hold and touch and dance and play with the pieces of soul that sparkle and form our true being”. – Matt Licata

     

 

2) Self-Compassion Guided Meditations 

Are you going through a challenging moment? Feel triggered? Dark moon and new moon, can be especially challenging times of the cycle for some of us. 

Self-compassion work is some of the most powerful way to access loving kindness towards ourself, and Dr. Kristin Neff offers us this incredible resource to help learn about self-compassion. 

I experimented with this particular “sooth soften allow” meditation mentioned above this past week when some old emotions resurfaced, and I found it valuable.  You may like to choose a different meditation to try.  Let me know what you think!

 

3) Mystic Mamma

This is my go to source to learn more about new and full moon astrology.  Hope you love it!

 

*NEW MOON* in Virgo brings forth healing, calling for purification so love can flow through.

We are in an age of healing ourselves and our planet, and that means awakening our collective mindset to a vibrational and energetic understanding of our universe.

We are each called to task and it begins in our body.

Her body is our body. We are not separate from Her. 

Our task is to feel, work through and release all that blocks love from freely flowing through us.

We have so much collective grief and trauma that we carry in our root chakras and in our womb centers.

 As we work with loving awareness to release the fear, the rage and the grief, we will begin to feel the regeneration and flow of our Life Force as it activates our creative powers.

Virgo reminds us that through our Earthly embodiment we become the Chalice.

She teaches us to ground into our Earth and offers her intuitive and discerning gifts to help us sort and map what is needed and what will serve the whole.

Her way is one of love, of caring and compassion for all living things.

 

4) Book I’m Reading

One of the topics we share in depth on our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is Trauma-informed Yoga teaching practice.  This area is starting to get a lot more attention in the Yoga world as we realise that it is highly common for people to experience the devastating and pervasive effects of trauma.

Trauma is a response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event, that can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope, causing feelings of helplessness, a diminished sense of self and ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences.

In this powerful, informative and well-researched book, one of the world’s experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

 

 

5) Savasana Music

New moons are a naturally more reflective time.  I like to take this nature given opportunity to slow down and take time to go inward.  Pop on this playlist after a practice, or as your practice, and melt!  Do you have a favourite savasana song?  I’d LOVE to hear it!

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #33

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees”. – B.K.S Iyengar

 

2) Poem by Jeff Foster

Falling in Love with Where you Are

Dying to all
you think you know

Letting go of the image
of how life ‘should’ be

Sinking into the vast mystery
of the present moment

Embracing change and loss
as misunderstood friends

Falling in love
with where you are

This is the path
for those who know
there is no path

Only endless destinations
and never-ending beginnings

– Jeff Foster

 

3) Inspiring Talk from Russell Brand – 8 mins

In this short video, Russlee Brand gives a good and simple explanation on meditation  – how we are not our thoughts and feelings – and mantra and how it works to focus the thinking mind – like giving a child a yo-yo, so that we are not identified and controlled by the mind, so that we can be in higher service.


 

 

4) Music Playlist for Yoga Practice

I love practicing to music to help me get in the flow zone.  I made this 13 track playlist a couple years ago, and it stands the test of time. Put it on for background music, a gentle dance, or get some sun salutation movement medicine happening!

I’m brewing some new playlists too, so let me know if there are any standout trax that you’d like to hear more.

Click here if you wanna check out more music playlists from Francie / Pure Flow Yoga

 

 

 

5)🎧 Francie’s Interview with Daniela Garza Rois

“Devotion is my teacher…Before anything you are in life, put the word “devoted” in front of it. A devoted mother, a devoted sister, a devoted child…this way you know that everything you do in life in an offering, and everything that life brings to you is also an offering”.-  Daniela Garza Rios

Sweet Bubbly and wise, Daniela Garza Rois, celebrated Mandala Yoga Teacher Trainer, AcroYogi, Vedanti, Bhakti, and teacher at Bali’s famous Yoga Barn, shares with us all about:

  • Her Yoga Journey: Her mom as her first big inspiration, how Yoga found her, and her passion for sharing her unique Teacher Trainings
  • What is Mandala Yoga and how she uses this practice to dance with life and connect with the rhythm of Flow
  • Words of wisdom for the single parent – How becoming a Single Mom, challenged not only her morning practice, but also helped her transform the traditional concept of what it means to have family, to recognise that family and support is all around
  • Obstacles as tool for Self-growth – Self with a capital “S” – The harder the teaching, the thicker the blessing.
  • Acro-Yoga as a way to experience and understand how the body moves, by feeling meridians and anatomical planes
  • Bhakti Yoga – and what it means to be in devotion
  • Dharma Yoga & the 20 Value of Values – Why it’s important to follow your life’s purpose
  • Sacred space, and the power of having an altar, and working with nature and the 5 elements to help connect with and transmute emotions
  • Vedic Studies – Non-Dualism and her passion for studying Vedanta – the sacred teachings of Yoga from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata – and the importance of having a experienced guide to unfold the teachings
  • Epic beautiful life wisdom Galore…

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

 

 

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Mandala Vinyasa, Vedic Teachings & the Gift of Being a Single Parent – Interview with Daniela Garza Rios

Mandala Vinyasa, Vedic Teachings & the Gift of Being a Single Parent – Interview with Daniela Garza Rios

Mandala Vinyasa,

Vedic Teachings

& the Gift of being a Single Parent

Interview with Daniela Garza Rios

“Devotion is my teacher…Before anything you are in life, put the word “devoted” in front of it. A devoted mother, a devoted sister, a devoted child…this way you know that everything you do in life in an offering, and everything that life brings to you is also an offering”.

– Daniela Garza Rios

Listen to my conversation with Daniela Garza Rios here:

 

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In this Episode, Daniela shares:

  • Her Yoga Journey: Her mom as her first big inspiration, how Yoga found her, and her passion for sharing her unique Teacher Trainings
  • What is Mandala Yoga and how she uses this practice to dance with life and connect with the rhythm of Flow
  • Words of wisdom for the single parent – How becoming a Single Mom, challenged not only her morning practice, but also helped her transform the traditional concept of what it means to have family, to recognise that family and support is all around
  • Obstacles as tool for Self-growth – Self with a capital “S” – The harder the teaching, the thicker the blessing.
  • Acro-Yoga as a way to experience and understand how the body moves, by feeling meridians and anatomical planes
  • Bhakti Yoga – and what it means to be in devotion
  • Dharma Yoga & the 20 Value of Values – Why it’s important to follow your life’s purpose
  • Sacred space, and the power of having an altar, and working with nature and the 5 elements to help connect with and transmute emotions
  • Non-Dualism and her passion for studying Vedanta – the sacred teachings of Yoga from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata – and the importance of having a experienced guide to unfold the teachings

 

Highlights of Daniela’s beautiful life wisdom:

    • The more you honour life and have complete validation and trust in what life brings, and take it as prasada, which is the blessed food after the puja, ritual of gratitude, even if its bitter, or sweet or sour, everything is a gift, and is in perfect order.
    • Life is happening for you, not to you – it’s your friend.
    • As much as we resist life, life will resist us. As soon as we embrace and trust, life blossoms in front of you
    • If you follow your dharma the dharma will always protect you
    • Pain is part of he process, that’s why we’re here: “When the pain comes, the rain comes, and eventually a thousand flowers will blossom”.  
    • From the what to the so what? Vedanta – how fast can you go through the threshold of the ego, of what you expected life to be, from the what to the so what?

 

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About Daniela Mandala:

 

Daniela Mandala is the spirited founder of SOHA – the global School of Healing Arts Yoga Teacher Training, and Co-Founder and Spiritual Director of Sutra Yoga Studio, Monterrey, Mexico, where she’s from. She’s also the proud mother of a beautiful 2 -year old boy.

Daniela has been immersed in bodywork and spiritual practice for more than 16 years, and along her travels has become certified in Osteopathy & Bioenergetics, Medical Magnet Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Mandala Vinyasa Yoga, Prana Flow, Krama Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Acroyoga, and Thai Massage. 

Daniela is known for her highly positive attitude, a devoted practice and a sense of service, all of which are present throughout her teachings. Her work as a Yoga and Holistic practitioner inspires very clear technique and a deep understanding. She emphasizes acquiring awareness and sensitivity on how to listen, feel, and support each individual back to the Self.

Currently Daniella is one of the main teachers at Bali ‘s famous Yoga barn, where she shares all her trainings, Daniela also shares class online classes, in Spanish and English on Udaya.com, and is currently working on her first book.

 

Daniela’s Upcoming Offerings & Collaborations

300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings  – Ubud, Bali @ Yoga Barn:

  • Lucid Flow – Mandala Vinyasa – 100 hour Advance Yoga Teacher Training – September 17 – 28, 2019, July 17-28, 2020
  • Inner Pathways /  Yoga meets Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Thai Yoga Massage – 100hrs – Nov. 17-28, 2019 / Oct. 3 – 14, 2020

  • Vaidika Dharma / the Art of Devotion – 100 hours – December 6 – 19, 2019, November 16 – 28, 2020

 

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Love & Inspiration #32

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. – Gandhi

 

 

2) Full Moon Mantra: Purna = Fullness

The meaning of this beautiful mantra, an invocation mantra from the Upanishads: From Wholeness Comes Wholeness

 

Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Puurnnam-Udacyate |
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

 पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते ।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Om, That is Wholeness, This Wholeness
From Wholeness comes Wholeness
Though this Wholeness is taken from that Wholeness
This Wholeness remains Whole
Om Peace, peace, peace

 

3) The Psoas – “Muscle of the Soul”

 

This article is a great introduction to the psoas muscle, and how to stretch and relax it.

 Included you’ll also find a lovely 5 minute practice sequence for stretching the psoas.

 

I did my first ever TRE – Trauma Release class the other day, and got re-interested and curious about the elusive “psoas” muscle. The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body that connects the upper and lower body, and is activated in times of stress and trauma.  It affects our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning.

According to Liz Koch, the psoas is “far more than a core stabilising muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish”.

Click below to read more:

 

 

4) Ecstatic Dance Party Moment – 6 mins to Shift your Vibe

Feeling the full moon power giving you energy?

Free form dance is one of my main practices to shift stagnant energy, to bring more joy and connection.

Put this new edition throwback on full blast and have a boogie!

 

 

5) My New Favourite Self-Care Ritual

  • Facial Gua Sha – Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine( TCM) Technque

I love my new jade self-care tool. I’m a person who tends to hold a lot of expression in the face.  Many of us are.  Notice. See if you can spend a moment now, to just consciously relax every single muscle of the face.  Notice this a few times a day and relax.

A few friends have been talking about Gua Sha recently, so I got curious and ordered one from the internet.  My immediate response is that I need to get many to give away as presents.  It feels great.  The face likes being touched, and you can feel the benefits of this self massage immediately.  You can read about how to give yourself the ultimate gua sha facial here.

Gua sha is a Traditional Chinese massage technique for opening the neck and face.  It improves skin complexion by relaxing the muscles, improving blood flow, supporting microcirculation, reducing stagnation, and draining lymph.  It has enormous anti-ageing and beauty benefits, and it helps boost circulation of oxygen and nutrients to our face and helping to move stagnant lymph and wastes away from our face. This helps reduce puffiness, stagnation and swelling.  Facial Gua Sha can also help relieve headaches, sleep, and stress

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

 

 

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Love & Inspiration #31

Love & Inspiration #31

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • “Each of us is a moving centre, a space of divine mystery. And though we spend most of our time on the surface in the daily details of ordinary existence, most us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept away into something bigger than us”. – Gabrielle Roth

 

2) Sound Healing – Music @ 432Hz

Stephen Halpern is a Grammy® Award nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist, composer, producer, researcher, author and he is considered the pioneer and founding father of modern sound healing.

For the past 44 years, he has been producing and recording his beautiful music at 432Hz which is said to be in harmony with the cosmic vibration. His music is ideal for Yoga, meditation, healing and creating relaxing sacred space for inner peace.

 

 

 

3) Guest Blog Post

Have you ever been in yoga class and zoned out when invited to set an ‘intention for your practice’, or during Yoga Nidra got the dreads when asked to call upon your sankalpa?

Know that you are not alone….

Getting clear about our intentions and coming to know our life’s purpose can take a little time and heart felt thought.

Read on….

 

 

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4) Mystic Mantra Meditations

I highly recommend you sign up here to join their FREE August 21 & 24th global mantra and meditation sessions.

 

 

5) 12 Steps of Spiritual Recovery

 

“Spiritual life can usefully be pictured as a progressive recovery from the addiction of ordinary life, which is inherently schizoid and hence lacking in fullness and bliss. The well-known twelve-step program of recovery used in the literature of addiction also serve as a convenient model for spiritual process. Spiritual recovery is an uncovering of the spiritual dimension, whether we call it transcendental Self, God, Goddess, or the Ultimate – the dimension that is ordinarily covered up by the self-divided ego-personality, especially when it comes under the influence of the rational consciousness.

 

 

Here are the 12 steps of spiritual recovery:

Here are the 12 steps of spiritual recovery:

1. We admit the fact that our ordinary human condition, based on the dualistic perception of life, is a stubborn habit that we normally conceal from ourselves through denial.

2. We begin to look and ask for guidance in our effort to cultivate a new outlook that embraces the spiritual vision of the interconnectedness of all existence. The means of doing so are varied from supportive spiritual environments to uplifting books.

3. We initiate positive changes in our behaviour, which affirm that new outlook. It is not enough to read and talk about spiritual principles. Spirituality is intrinsically a practical affair.

4. We practice self-understanding; that is, we accept conscious responsibility for noticing our automatic programs and where they fall short of our new understanding of life.

5. We make commitment to undergoing the catharsis, or purification, necessary to change our old cognitive and emotional patterns and stabilise the new outlook and disposition, replacing the egoic habit of splitting everything into irreconcilable opposites with an integrative.

6. We learn to be flexible and open to life so that we can continue to learn and grow on the basis of our new outlook.

7. We practice humility in the midst of our endeavours to mature spiritually. In this way we avoid the danger of psychic inflation.

8. We assume responsibility for what we have understood about life and the principles of spiritual recovery, applying our understanding to all out relationships so that we can be a benign influence int eh world.

9. Guided by our new outlook, we work on the integration of our multiply divided psyche.

10. We cultivate real self-discipline in all matters, great and small.

11. We increasingly practice spiritual communion, which opens us to that dimension of existence where we are all connected. Through such communion and through continued growth in self-understanding, we become transparent to ourselves.

12. We open ourselves to the possibility of bliss, the breakthrough of the transcendental reality into our consciousness, whereby the ego principle is unhinged and we fully recover our spiritual identity. Through this awakening the world becomes transparent to us and we are made whole.

 

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5 Tips to Creating a Meaningful Sankalpa

5 Tips to Creating a Meaningful Sankalpa

5 Tips to Creating a Meaningful Sankalpa

by Emma Lowe

What is Sankalpa?

Have you ever been in yoga class and zoned out when invited to set an ‘intention for your practice’, or during Yoga Nidra got the dreads when asked to call upon your sankalpa?

Know that you are not alone. Getting clear about our intentions and coming to know our life’s purpose can take a little time and heart felt thought.

First let’s get clear about what an intention is not – it is not a goal or resolution. 

When I’ve set myself a goal, it has usually been based around something I no longer want in my life and I become overly attached to a particular end result. The slightest of deviance makes you feel like you’ve failed and ultimately to quit what might have been a very good and worthy intention.

In my experience goals are set in the thinking mind, bringing with them layers of conflict between the unconscious mind and the workings of our being.

Our bodies therefore do receive the mentally constructed goal of change but instead energetically receive the internal conflict, which is the opposite of the desired effect and any changes materialising out of sheer will and determination rather than deep rooted and lasting transformation. 

With an intention however, we don’t need to judge whether we win or fail. An intention doesn’t trigger that conflicting voice in our minds.

An intention is a direction which allows us to learn from our detours without judgement, so we don’t quit, we don’t fail – we simply notice we’re face deep in the box of chocolate (self observation without judgement) and pull ourselves away from them (re-choosing our new direction) and get back on track (towards our intention). 

Where I have found radical and lasting transformation is with the use of intention or sankalpa within the practice of Yoga Nidra, which I’ll be sharing on our Thailand Yoga Retreats this summer/fall..

Yoga Nidra is a full body, conscious guided meditation process dating back to the Tantras.

Lying down, usually in savasana, you are guided to physically and energetically relax, withdrawing from the senses and external stimuli and coming to rest as open awareness itself in the bliss layer of being or Anandamaya Kosha. 

Here we work with intention at the very subtlest layers of our being.

In this state intentions can be planted without the presence of the conflicting mental mind and real paradigm shifts can occur.

 

But how do you actually go about setting an intention or a sankalpa? 

 

1. Make your intention about you

How do you want to be in the world? 

What is your highest expression of yourself?  

 

2. Let it resonate within you

You know when you have found the right intention for you as it will feel right.

It will resonate throughout your entire being.

Our intention should create a sense of expansion in the body.

 

3. Phrase your intention positively & in the present tense

Your intention should be a statement of truth. You may not fully believe it right now and that’s okay but feel it as though it were true and start to cultivate and direct your attention and energy in that direction.

Being cruel and drawing upon “negative” traits and characteristics seldom motivates lasting, positive change in ourselves (or in the world).

By focusing all our energy on the things we don’t like or don’t want creates discord – which is actually the opposite of the desired outcome!

For example rather than “I want to quit smoking” or “I want to be thin” your intention could be “I am healthy and only do things that nourish my body”.

Or rather than “I want to be less anxious” your intention could be “I am at peace”.

Make your intention withdraw energy from where you don’t want to be and instead direct your energy to where you do want to go. 

 

4. Keep it simple and concise

So you easily can recall it whenever you need it. 

If words aren’t really your thing, perhaps make your intention an image or a sense. As long as it creates the energetic sensation you want; your intention can be truly anything that works for YOU.

However, the best part about working with intentions in Yoga Nidra is that even if you aren’t quite sure of your Sankalpa, the more you practice Yoga Nidra and allow yourself to rest in open awareness  – the more you naturally come into better alignment and harmony.

Often bad habits and emotional patterns and all the things we tend to set intentions to shift naturally melt away, sometimes without you even realising they have been transmuted. 

 

5. If you’re still drawing a blank, ask yourself what is it that you truly want from this short and precious life?

What are the things that light you up and that make your wild heart sing?

Do more of whatever it is that you love and allow yourself to be more YOU in everything you do

and in doing this, you’ll align with an intention so deep and profound it lies beyond what the body can feel or the mind understand yet all things will fall into place. 

 

 

Emma will be sharing Yoga and Yoga Nidra at Pure Flow Yoga this summer .

Click here to find some free Yoga Nidra recording from Emma, including one on to help you find your sankalpa.

Join Emma for an intimate, magical, & life-changing retreat in Thailand this August and September 2019.

 

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Founder of Essential Nature Yoga, Irish nomad and Celtic Yogini Emma Lowe facilitates Yoga and Yoga Nidra practices which merge yoga and nature based wisdom. She has also been Communications and Creative Director and assistant facilitator with Somah Journeys since 2018.

With a background in creative and performing arts, Emma engages music, song, folklore and story telling for the purpose of personal and cultural healing in her offerings. She is also a poetic writer, photographer and painter. Since childhood Emma has been engaged in using these mediums for the purpose of peace and reconciliation through cross community projects in Ireland.

Emma’s career in film and television opened her eyes to an holistic way of living and opened her heart to a spiritual path while working on a national religion and ethics series. Later while working on hit HBO series Game of Thrones, Emma found balance and a way to deal with personal grief through mindfulness techniques she learnt from a Buddhist nun. An encounter which eventual led her to the yogic path and to South East Asia. 

Trained in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Emma teaches intuitively and with a deep understanding of life’s natural cycles and rhythms in order to nourish and inspire her students. 

Emma sees yoga as a vehicle for personal and social change and offers inclusive, safe spaces where everyone and everything is welcome. She is particularly passionate about practices that support women’s health, having trained with Tina Nance in Womb awakening and studying with Yoni Shakti author Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Emma offers hormone balancing restorative yoga and her popular Yoni Nidra (womb meditations).

Emma spends time working with the native plant medicines of the Amazon basin, including the ‘vine of death’ and has received medicine songs and red road teachings during her time in South America, which inspired her to study and share her own ancestral roots through Celtic spirituality and Celtic Medicine wheel teachings.

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Love & Inspiration #30

Love & Inspiration #30

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote:

  • We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.- William James

 

2) Beautiful Remix

  • Lilac Wine  – Nina Simone & Jeff Buckley – (Marco Rigamonti Rai Tunes Remix)

I have long loved Jeff Buckley and also Nina Simone.  This is such a beautiful downtempo remix. 

Perfect for a little 6 minute boogie or Yoga flow in your bedroom,

 

 

 

3) Soul Session interview with Joe Dispenza

“Thoughts are the language of the brains, feelings are the language of the body”.

 

 

Wanna know what’s possible for your life?

In this masterful talk, high-profile neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza talks about quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and the nature of consciousness.  He explores what its like living in survival vs. living in creation. He unpacks the different types of stress and how they arise, emotions, meditation how-to and the brain states experienced within both waking and meditative states, and so much more.

As you know, I love hearing from you!  The past couple weeks, 2 different friends – Mel & Nadia have shared Joe Dispenza talks with me, and I’ve finally spent some time listening, and WOW!  Feeling inspired.

There are so many gems in this talk…not a huge fan of the background music tbh, but still so much gold here.

 

4) 🎧 Ayahuasca, Yoga Nidra & the Changing Landscape of the Yoga World

 

In this Episode, Simone shares about:

  • The 3 phases of the Yogi’s Journey
  • Why she’s letting go of teaching 200 hour trainings after 10 years and over 500+ graduates
  • The changing landscape of the Yoga World, and the irony of Yoga and social media
  • Yoga Nidra– Yogic sleep as an effective and useful way to integrate healing –especially for trauma work, addictions, anxiety, depression, and stress in general
  • Symbol of Aum as it relates to the brain states that we experience in Yoga Nidra, Medicine work and daily life – alpha, beta, theta, delta, gama.
  • Vision quests, Rights of Passage & the value of exploring different cultural and experiential lenses and perspectives
  • Bridging Yoga and Plant Medicine World
  • Ceremony & Dieting with Plant Medicines like Ayahuasca, Wachuma – San Pedro – What are they? Why are they being used? Who are they of benefit to? What does it mean to feel “called?
  • How the plant intelligences work: Hint: They give you what you need, not what you want…
  • Re-defining self-practice and it’s important role in integrating transformation

 

5) Yoga Nidra with Simone – 36 minutes

 

 

Yoga Nidra the ancient and sacred science of Yogic Sleep.  Yoga Nidra is said to be so powerful and effective in regenerating the body-mind, that 1 hour is said to be equivalent to 4 hours of regular sleep.  It has proven benefits including: Increasing joy and well-being, decreasing stress, anxiety and depression, improving sleep and energy, and helping us to clear habits, beliefs and patterns that no longer serve us. Enjoy this magical practice and discover the depths of stillness with Simone.

 

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Yoga Nidra, Plant Medicines, & the Changing Landscape of Yoga – Interview with Simone MacKay

Yoga Nidra, Plant Medicines, & the Changing Landscape of Yoga – Interview with Simone MacKay

Yoga Nidra, Plant Medicine

& the Changing Landscape

of the Yoga World

Interview with Simone Mackay

“We have to get clear within our heart our deepest dharma – what our purpose is.

When we live our purpose, we care about ourselves, we care about those around us, we care about our planet…

and then that ripples out to the relationships we have with each other,

and we recognise our interconnection”.

– Simone Mackay

Listen to my conversation with Simone Mackay here:

 

 

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In this Episode, Simone shares about:

  • The 3 phases of the Yogi’s Journey
  • Why she’s letting go of teaching 200 hour trainings after 10 years and over 500+ graduates
  • The changing landscape of the Yoga World, and the irony of Yoga and social media
  • Yoga Nidra– Yogic sleep as an effective and useful way to integrate healing –especially for trauma work, addictions, anxiety, depression, and stress in general
  • Symbol of Aum as it relates to the brain states that we experience in Yoga Nidra, Medicine work and daily life – alpha, beta, theta, delta, gama.
  • Vision quests, Rights of Passage & the value of exploring different cultural and experiential lenses and perspectives
  • Bridging Yoga and Plant Medicine World
  • Ceremony & Dieting with Plant Medicines like Ayahuasca, Wachuma – San Pedro – What are they? Why are they being used? Who are they of benefit to? What does it mean to feel “called?
  • How the plant intelligences work: Hint: They give you what you need, not what you want…
  • Re-defining self-practice and it’s important role in integrating transformation

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About Simone:

With over 2 decades of experience as a yoga practitioner and Yoga Alliance accredited teacher trainer, and supported by a Bachelor in Social Work, Canadian-raised and Switzerland-educated, Simone MacKay has dedicated her life to the path of self enquiry, care and conscious living while empowering others to do the same.

As the co-founder and director of the renowned School of Sacred Arts, which is Bali’s yoga mecca – the Yoga Barn’s original 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Simone has certified over 600 teachers, and inspired thousands of students to find their soul purpose through yoga teacher training, retreats and events across the globe. 

Simone  spends intensive periods working in ceremony with various plant medicines and yogic practices and deepens her connection with nature through Vision Quests inspired by Western psychology and Native American traditions.

Her new project Somah Journeys, grounded in shamanic, yogic and nature-based spirituality, brings together a wealth of study, various cultural lenses and wisdom traditions, ancient tools of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Medicine Wheel teachings, in synergy with the plant teachers and shamanic practices to help guide people home, to their heart space and soul’s purpose.

 

Simone’s Upcoming Offerings & Collaborations

    • Yoga & Ayurveda with Simone &  Dr. Sujata – (Immersion or YACEP credit available)  – April 4-9, 2019 – Bali
    • 100 Yin & Yoga Nidra Training with Swara Yoga – Sept 1 – 14th 2019 – Thailand
    • Yoga & Medicine 100hr Immersion –  Feb 1 – 10, 2020 & Jan 17-27, 2021 Peru
    • Plant Medicine Wheel & Yoga Retreat – Nov 30 – Dec 5, 2020 – Peru
    • 100 hour immersion Prana, Pranayama , Yoga Nidra – April 17 – 27th, 2020 –  Yoga Barn, Bali
    • Somah Yoga Nidra 100hr YTT & 7-day Retreat – Aug 15 – 22/26, 2020, Bali
    • Cycles and Rhythms with Simone and Bex Tyrer – October 17-27th 2020 – Yoga Barn, Bali

 

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Love & Inspiration #29

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead: 

 

1) One of my favourite Poems ever.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jalaluddin Rumi

 

2) StoryTime & Music with Reggie Riverbear

Close your eyes, meditate or just listen and enjoy the magic and beauty of storytelling with one of my most creative, inspiring and talented music sisters, Reggie Riverbear.  

 

 

Reggie on the Magic of Storytelling:

“For thousands of years we have sat around fires beneath star filled skies listening to the enchanting voices of the Elders taking us into timeless worlds with their words. 

Storytelling is not simply entertainment. Storytelling is a journey, a ceremony, a gift where you are taken on a magic carpet ride to the Land of the Ancients. It becomes a transmission of re-membrance and wisdom. Each Story like a old friend whom’s colourful words and mesmerising rhythms awaken the Heart, re-member the Mind & send the Spirit soaring. 

With a deep reverence for it’s Toltec origins, I have been so blessed to carry this Story and share the experience of it with so many people all around the world. The Story of The Rainbow Flame stirred my Heart into blossoming upon hearing it for the first time by Don Miguel Ruiz. For this I am forever grateful. 

May this Story bless you as it has me. May it reconnect, re-mind & re-member you ~ as it has me. 

You can listen to it as a meditation, use it in ceremony or share it with loved ones. One of the Toltec beliefs is that we are the Artist of our own lives. I hope that this Story inspires you to create the most magnificent artwork out of your life as only you know how.”

 

3) TEDx Video: at TEDxWhitechapel

Highly recommended. I love Eisenstein and his work sharing simple wisdom with clarity and eloquence.

“Our hearts know that a more beautiful world is possible; but our minds do not know how it’s possible”. In this intelligent and inspiring talk, writer and visionary Charles Eisenstein explores how we can make the transition from the old story of separation, competition and self-interest to a new Story of the People.

 

 

 

4) Reading – 10 min read

One of the main and most powerful daily practices that we have here on our Yoga Retreats in Thailand is journalling.  I personally started keeping a journal as a kid in school, and have since filled 100s of blank books.  I’ve always found that the habit of daily writing has been enormously helpful to me for a variety of reasons. 

Primarily, I feel it’s helped me become more self-aware.  I have often felt that I’ve managed to save thousands of dollars in life on psychotherapy by just having a diary, and cultivating these intimate conversations with myself. It’s been a powerful way for me to process emotions and whats happening in my life, while tapping in to my creative potential, opening realms of flow and expression, and being a safe place for me to get clear, organise my mind, set goals and hold myself accountable.  

 

 

5) Inspiring Reminder / Homework:

Another theme we often explore here on our Koh Phangan Yoga retreats, is the important and evolutionary benefit of consciously stepping outside of our comfort zones.  In fact, one of the main reasons we practice Yoga in the first place is to enhance our inner and outer flexibility, both on the physical level, but also cultivating flexibility within the mind. 

One of the things people are often surprised by, about their stay here for example, is how by the end of their week or two journey here, they discover that they LOVE the simplicity provided by staying in a simple Bamboo Hut, with a family of Gekkos, and no hot water and just a bucket flush toilet.  

 

Your homework invitation this week is to do one thing a day, or at least one thing this week,  in the name of growth and expansion, that is a step or two outside of your comfort zone, somewhere on the edge. 

Let me know how it goes.  Did you experience more magic?

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Love & Inspiration #28

Love & Inspiration #28

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead: 

 

1) Quote

  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself”. – Rumi

     

2) Song

Love Danit. Love Mose.  Beautiful co-creation.

 

 

3) Video: The Big Questions 

All spiritual traditions and religions have been asking these existential questions from time immemorial: Who am I? Where am I? Why am I? What do I intend to do about that?

From the acclaimed author of “Conversations with God”, Neale shares 4 profound questions about redefining your true existence on this planet. Asking them daily from yourself will make you see every day as a precious gift and a new found opportunity.

 

 

4) Reading

Here’s the thing.  There’s a reason why Tony Robbins is the acknowledged expert in the psychology of change.   There’s a part of me that feels somehow embarrassed to share this with you if I’m honest. 😉  It almost feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure.  That being said, it’s actually my second time reading this book, and I love it.  I find it smart, empowering, inspiring and logical and i think you may find a lot of goodness in it.  His step-by-step programs teach the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shapes your destiny.

 

 

 

5) Podcast

This is the first of a series of new interviews I’m so excited to share with you.  In this talk Cathy shares about the deep and life-changing inner work of Transforming Cellular Memory, the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival,  how she’s helping to uplift and giveback to her local Yoga scene through the creation of Ireland’s 1st ever International Yoga & Spirit Festival, being a mom, and the power, bliss and choice of Natural Birth, and her work with the “A trillion trees project” and why it’s so important to do our bit to support worthwhile endeavours that are helping with climate crisis.

 

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Transforming Cellular Memory, Yoga Deep & the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival – Interview with Cathy Pearson

Transforming Cellular Memory, Yoga Deep & the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival – Interview with Cathy Pearson

Transforming Cellular Memory,

Yoga Deep &

the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival

Interview with Cathy Pearson 

“You tears are prayers…with them come great relief and expansion”. – Cathy Pearson

 

Listen to my conversation with Cathy Pearson here:

 

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In this Episode, Cathy shares about:

  • Meditation instead of medication – From depressed in her teens in Ireland to a life-long meditation practice
  • Her fascinating journey as an an award-winning documentary filmmaker
  • Transforming Cellular Memory, and the language and anatomy of sacred energy and purification
  • How to embrace and transform challenges through Universal Connection
  • the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, and how she’s helping to uplift and giveback to her local Yoga scene through the creation of Ireland’s 1st ever International Yoga & Spirit Festival
  • A trillion trees project and the importance of doing our bit to support worthwhile endeavours to help with climate crisis
  • Being a mom, and the power, bliss and choice of Natural Birth

 

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About Cathy:

Born in Ireland, Cathy Pearson, founder of Yoga Deep and the Celtic Woodland YogaFestival, is an award-winning feature documentary filmmaker, Yoga teacher and Spiritual Educator. She’s also a mother and proponent of natural birth, who has been involved with yoga for over 20 years.  In that time she has been living between Ireland, Thailand, India & Bali offering group and one to one sessions and deepening her understanding of the incredible depths of yoga. studying and practicing a variety of styles and disciplines, from Iyenger and Hatha, to Ashtanga and meditation .

For the past 18  years, Cathy has been in a deep process of spiritual healing & purification, and has qualified as a certified Cellular Healing Therapist. This process is called Transforming Cellular Memory or TCM, where intuitive & psychic skills are developed to clear the pathways for sacred energy to flow through to help us unlock old behaviour and thought patterns and raising our level of consciousness in a profound and powerful way.

Her new project, The Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, Ireland’s first international Yoga Festival,  launches in July 2019 in Ireland

 

Learn more about Cathy:

 

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Love & Inspiration #27

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead: 

 

1) Quote

  • “Our vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”.  – Carl Jung

     

2) Beautiful Song

A bit of a throwback to my Canadian hipster days.  So pretty, and such fun to flow with on the mat…

 

3) Article: Silence as a Life-hack

Super interesting and confirming what the Yogis have long known.  Check out a number of studies an research quoted in this article.

“Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain….

 

4) Video(s): How to get into a Flow State 

I’m a bit of a flow junkie.  Before running Pure Flow Yoga, I was a hula hoop artist, connected deeply to Flow Arts Community and Flow as a state of being.  These days, my current flow state tends to come from my work and creations.  Currently I’m in flow state researching flow for possible online course topics I’m planning for end of 2019/2020 and came across these awesome “how to” videos. 

Flow is a state of optimal experience / consciousness in which is found to be the quickest way to happiness and creativity.

In flow, there is a complete immersion and concentration on an activity –  In this state, there is no time for attention to problems, our sense of time becomes distorted, and self-consciousness disappears,

We are all hardwired for flow. Flow is learnable and trainable.

Let me know below what you think of FLOW…::)

 

 

Knowing that you have access to flow state:

“What kinds of impossible grand challenges would you go after if you could be 500% more productive, 600% more creative, if you could cut learning times in half? – this is exactly what is available to you today” – Steven Kotler

 

5) Book I’m Reading / Required Reading for Women

I’m so incredibly grateful to finally have access to the timeless wisdom contained in this work, and I do believe this, or perhaps any book on menstral cycle awareness (MCA)  should be required reading for women.  I’m so grateful to finally have this “user’s manual” and operation guide for my body and being as a woman.  

 

 

“As a woman you are coded for power, and the journey to realising the fullness and beauty of that power – your Wild Power – lies in the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is a vital and vitalising system in the female body, yet our understanding of and respect for this process is both limited and distorted. Few women really know about the physiology of their cycle, and many do not see it as an integral part of their health and wellbeing, let alone as a potential guide to emotional and spiritual empowerment.

Wild Power tells a radical new story about feminine power. It reveals:

  • Your inner architecture and the path to power that is encoded in your body
  • How to tune in to the rhythm and changes of your menstrual cycle to realise the fullness and beauty of your authority
  • Three ‘maps’ to guide you through the energies, tasks and challenges presented as you journey through each cycle
  • How to work with your Inner Seasons to pace your energy, calm your nervous system and gain insight into your overall wellbeing
  • How to work with your cycle to channel spiritual forces, affirm your expression in the world and achieve a deep sense of belonging

 

 

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Are you an artist/painter, photographer, videographer, marketing maven, data analyser, blogger, v-logger, writer, PR specialist,  storyteller, influencer or have another special talent, skill or passion that wants to SHARE & Practice Yoga in Paradise?

  Please reach out and send an e-mail to francie@pureflow.yoga

If it’s a good fit, we’ll invite you to come stay for

an intimate, magical and inspiring week FREE @ Pure Flow Yoga, Koh Phangan Thailand

 

Love & Inspiration #26

Love & Inspiration #26

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.  I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love.and in love “.  – Victor Frankl

 

2) Meditate – A New Vision

As we embark into the transition to 2020 we feel a new invocation was required to bring us back to a point of balance. What is being called for, is a New Vision.

This is a new anthem for our generation.  Please take 8.25 minutes to close your eyes, and listen with full presence to this musical transmission. 

It is powerful, clear, insightful, inspiring, informative, empowering, and it unpacks how we can wake up to more joy, awakening and freedom. 

Highly recommend you support these artists.

 

 

 

3) Tedx Talk – Breathe to Heal

With anxiety, stress, and sleep dysfunction skyrocketing around the globe, it’s time we look at the unspoken reasons why. These debilitating challenges can be meaningfully impacted with ten to twenty minutes of breathing exercises per day. Max Strom,who has taught breath-work for 20 years, reveals his insights into the healing power of the breath.

 

 

4) Inspiring Japanese Concept, Aesthetic & Worldview

  • Wabi-Sabi  –  Finding beauty within the imperfections of life, and accepting peacefully the cycle of growth and decay, remembering that Nothing is Permanent. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect.  

Wabi-sabi is about making peace with imperfection. All life is in a constant state of change.  Even though we know this in our minds, it can be hard to accept.  Sometimes I look in the mirror and see the signs of my ageing, and there arises in me moments of sadness at the recognition that a certain youthfulness in me has now passed….This concept of Wabi-Sabi helps me celebrate the inevitable changes of life, and is an excellent tool to keep in your bag of tricks especially in those moments when you feel separate, loss or disconnected.

 

 

 

5) An Essential Mindfulness Read

This is a beautiful and insightful little pocket-book that was gifted to me by a very special friend once upon a dream.  I truly cherish it and the insight within.  This is a section from  the book that I particularly love and that we shared on retreat this week.

 

There are 4 Elements of True Love:

 

1. Loving-Kindness

2. Compassion

3. Joy

4. Equanimity

 

True love is made of four elements: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In Sanskrit, these are, maitri, karuna, mudita, and upeksha. If your love contains these elements, it will be healing and transforming, and it will have the element of holiness in it. True love has the power to heal and transform any situation and bring deep meaning to our lives.

 

1. Loving-Kindness (maitri)

First, there is loving-kindness. Being able to offer happiness to another is the essence of loving-kindness. But more importantly, we must remember that the first person we are to offer loving-kindness is ourself. How can we give happiness to anyone else if we don’t offer it to ourself?’

You can be the sunshine for another person. You can’t offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself. Learn how to practice mindfulness in such a way that you can create moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment. Then you have something to offer the other person.

 

2. Compassion (karuna)

Compassion is the second element of true love. As with loving-kindness, we must first have compassion for ourself. With compassions, we understand the suffering we experience as well as the suffering in another person. The compassionate mind cherishes another (and oneself) and wishes to release them from their suffering.’

You can transform your own suffering and help transform the suffering of the other person with the practice of mindfulness and looking deeply.

True compassion has no personal intention or attachment. We may think we are being compassionate when we wish for someone to be free from an illness, but if we are mindful, we may see that we want them to feel better because we miss their company. This is a selfish intention and it is likely that the relationship is based on attachment and not true love.

True compassion comes from cherishing the other and wishing them well without any self involvement.

But again, we cannot hope to be compassionate toward another unless we are first compassionate toward ourself. Thich Nhat Hahn says,

Often, we get crushes on others not because we truly love and understand them, but to distract ourselves from our suffering. When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person.

 

3. Joy (mudita)

Joy is the third element of true love; that is, the capacity to offer joy.

When you know how to generate joy, it nourishes you and nourishes the other person. Your presence is an offering, like fresh air, or spring flowers, or the bright blue sky.

Simply put, there cannot be true love without joy – joy for ourselves and the one we love.

 

4. Equanimity (upeksha)

The fourth element of true love is equanimity or upeksha. Upa means ‘over’ while iksha means ‘to look’. This fourth element lets us look over the whole situation – without being bound by attachment, clinging, or discrimination. If your love has any of these qualities, it is not true love.

In a deep relationship, there’s no longer a boundary between you and the other person. You are her and she is you. Your suffering is her suffering. Your understanding of your own suffering helps your loved one to suffer less. Suffering and happiness are no longer individual matters. What happens to your loved one happens to you. What happens to you happens to your loved one.

It is essential to nourish these 4 elements of love. If we do not, any love we have will fade.

Also essential is practicing and directing love toward ourselves first. This is something that many people simply do not do.

The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.

 

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Love & Inspiration #25

Love & Inspiration #25

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

    ― Rumi

 

2) One of the Best Motivational Speeches Ever 

I love this. I had no idea of the depth and intelligence of Jim Carrey.  I knew he was hilarious but….Wow! I’m totally speechless.  “Many of us make decisions through fear disguised as practicality”.  A huge topic on our retreat this week has been LOVE vs FEAR, and Jim Carrey addresses this incredibly.  You can watch the whole speech on Youtube as well. 

 

 

3) Read the 4 Agreements

This book changed my life, and I’ve been revisiting these key agreements as a way to engage more gracefully with myself, with life and with other people.  Currently I’m working deeply with #2 – Take nothing personally.  I tend to.  So it’s been wonderful to revisit this and remember that often, if there is disharmony in relationship, it is stemming from suffering or unhappiness, either in myself, the other person, or more likely, both of us. 

The Four Agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions.
  4. Always Do Your Best.

 

 

Which agreement do you feel you could benefit most from working with?

I’d LOVE to hear from You. 

 

4) Inspiring Reminder

 

 

Yesterday on retreat, we did some epic ecstatic dance and vocal activation.  For most of the students, it was one of the highlights and breakthroughs.  It was also one of the biggest challenges.  At first, the students were tentative, they felt awkward, I felt the looks of mistrust distrust….but then every single person cracked open a new layer of letting go, of freedom,  We were all reminded that in fact, the magic, the growth, the evolution, the proverbial lotus growing from the mud, arises when we take the leap outside of our comfort zones.  Woo hoo!

 

 

5) Music Video

What can I say? I’ll probably always LOVE anything and everything created by Radiohead.  Deep, powerful, incredibly well-produced and created. They are still one of my favourite all-time bands and this is a beautiful short film.

 

 

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 I hope you enjoyed today’s selection of Love & Inspirations.  Please let me know which of the above inspirations is you LOVE the most?

If you could wave your magic wand and have me share anything in particular, what would it be? Help me Help You!

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Love at first Yoga

Love at first Yoga

Love at First Yoga

“I do” – Love at First Yoga – My Journey

 

Becoming a student of Yoga

Once upon a time, I was backpacking in India and decided to try a 10 day silent meditation retreat at Tushita in the Himalayas.

I thought that such a feat would be nearly impossible for such an incessantly talkative, extroverted, enthusiastic person such as myself.

It was surprising to me how easy it was to melt into the Simple Life.

I knew immediately how important this experience would be for my life.

It was challenging at times, don’t get me wrong, but I was in deep gratitude everyday for having discovered this practice of Being in my early 20’s.

On this retreat, they offered Yoga practice everyday.  

From the first downward dog I ever took, I knew:  This was it.  FULL YES.

I fell head over heals in love with Yoga.  Everything about it. The movements, the breath, the philosophy, the community of truth-seekers.

Truly, madly, deeply in LOVE.

As soon as I started loving and practicing Yoga, I felt openings and awakenings in my body and almost instantly the mind benefits started to creep in.

With more space, flexibility and awareness of my body, I learned to heal 16 years of chronic pain in my IT band – in my outer knee and thigh.

I also began to feel a lifetime full of indecision and the dances with depression begin to loosen their grip.

Resilience continues to grow strong all the time.

 

 

Poly-Yogamous

The next move on my travels was Thailand, where I met Lily of the Blooming Lotus.  Again, instant Love.  We kept in touch and I always knew that I wanted to learn more from this incredible embodied and wise Yogi.

Over the next many years I became a true Yogaphile: I really gave time to and tried Anusara Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini, Satsang, Yin, Restorative, Bikram, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga, Mysore practice, Iyengar. 

You name it, I tried it. Mostly…

Travelling for Yoga, taking as many classes and workshops I could, reading all the books.

I studied thousands of hours with countless teachers, masters, took endless trainings and workshops…

We know that life isn’t always easy.   Buddha’s first noble truth state that “all beings suffer”.  Its part of the package of being gifted this embodied life.

Yoga always helped make things better.

Yoga started to make my life easier and more enjoyable. 

It started to help me become more resilient and to help me overcome the bouts of depression that have been a signature part of my life throughout my child and adulthood.

 

 

Becoming a Yoga Teacher

After living for some time in Bali, teaching Pre-Kindergarten at the Green School (I’m actually a qualified and certified Primary school teacher!), 

I decided it was finally time to take my Yoga to the next – level with a Teacher Training course.  Of course Lily was top of my list of who I wanted to study with, even though I had only met her for a few days 6 years before.

The teacher training blew my mind and my teachers invited me to assist and work with them.  

Shortly thereafter, I moved to Thailand and started running classes, then retreats at the Blooming Lotus.

Dream come true.

For me, despite the statistics that share that there are anywhere from 2450-650,000 Registered Yoga Teachers in the US alone, I’ve always know that if its my dharma, or sacred purpose to teach, the universe will guide me.

I guess I’ve become a little woo-woo like that.  But it’s proven true.

A few years later, my teachers decided that it was time to move to Bali and open a beautiful new centre and world there.  We parted paths.

 

 

Becoming a Yogi-Preneur

This transition invited me to step up in to a new role – as a Yogipreneur – a Yogi + Entrepreneur, to take over the space in Thailand and create my own flavour of offerings.  

Another dream come true!

This has been a really challenging part of the journey. 

The beginning of our paths with Yoga is often a lot of Love + Light.  Which is great.

Eventually though, we need to sustain the practice, sustain the learnings, integrate the lessons…

So, it’s been 3 years now of running a business, and I’d say its been mostly rewarding.

I’ve learned sooooo much.  I’ve made countless friends, connecting with incredible people from all over the globe, I’ve help ed to positivly impact the lives of thousands of people. I’ve been able to live in paradise and practice Yoga and meditation in peace.

Running a business is no piece of cake. Its been very demanding and at times, I even forget that I’m a Yogi first. 

I’m doing my best, and definitely feel like I’m earning the equivalent of a Masters degree in Spirituality and Business.

Mostly though, having a business demands that I step out of my comfort zone and learn things that are not in my so-called “Zone of genius”.

For this I am grateful…and challenged.

 

 

What’s next for me?

No matter what happens in terms of my career or trajectory as a human being….Yoga and Meditation are next for me. 

If life has taught me anything, it’s that everything changes.

So I don’t know that I’ll be teaching Yoga in this way for the rest of my life, and I don’t know if it’ll be here in this paradise.

Yoga teaches me to be present, to be grateful and  love what is, and to accept change with grace.

Again, not always easy. 

Yoga is a practice.  It’s not something you do, then tick off the list.  

I think of showers in the same way.  Great! I had a shower today – that doesn’t mean I won’t need one again tomorrow or in a couple days right?!

Yoga is something you show up to in every moment, day after day after day.

Teaching Yoga does not mean that I have mastered it.  It simply means that I am dedicated to being a student of life, dedicated to facing my shadows, to learning, to growing and to evolving

Yoga is my forever teacher,  in the good times and the bad.

Yoga always helps to remind me of who I really am, beyond the stories and emotions.  It helps guide my way home.

I feel beyond blessed and grateful to dedicate my life to practicing and sharing Yoga, opening my heart, discovering deeper dimensions.  

And I vow to continue to evolve and grow, and become a more balanced and diverse person,  teacher and entrepreneur along the way, so long as that is what feels like the highest good for all, 

 

Til death or beyond…do us part Yoga.

Thank you for all that you give me.

 

 

In a nutshell, Why Yoga?

Hatha Yoga combines movement, conscious breathing, and mindful awareness and presence to offer physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual practices that connect us to the deepest aspects of our selves and our true nature.

The Benefits of yoga are boundless and include alignment, balance, strength, flexibility and connection to nature, community and our highest selves. 

Yoga helps me so much to navigate the reality of what presents in each moment. Its help me to know what the “highest alignment” is in each given situation, and it helps me to the see a true reflection of the roots of my suffering more clearly.  It improves each present moment most especially when I am in a really dedicated space of active practicing.

Life is still life. Up, downs, waves, emotions, times where I feel alone, time where I feel not enough. But every time an emotional fluctuation arises, it lasts less long and I can see the progress and resilience, I can feel it…

Yoga is the one thing I can absolutely commit to for the rest of my life. And I love nothing more than sharing this passion for the Practice, for being a student of life ever-after, and for living the ever – evolving dream of sharing this love with you all!

Yoga literally means “union” or “to yoke” our everyday selves with our highest most divine selves. Yoga is a powerful tool that teaches us how to live a life of balance, peace, harmony, strength and flexibility on all levels. The practice of yoga helps us become stronger, more open, free, happy, flexible and balanced, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through yoga, we open ourselves to the infinite possibilities of life, allowing us to connect more deeply with ourselves, nature and community.

 

A Discipline Practice

A Disciplined Practice of yoga has the transformational benefits of deepening our connection to the body, mind and spirit, supporting us in living and loving long, vibrant, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

 

Yoga teaches us the art of letting go, letting grow, letting flow.

 

We move our bodies to move energy and restlessness to ultimately still the mind and enter the bliss of meditation, wherein our individual consciousness can merge with the ultimate or spiritual oneness consciousness, leading to our remembrance that we are not separate from that which appears to be outside of our own minds.

In practicing yoga, we become humbled and cultivate our trust in the body of wisdom that is sacred and vast and greater than our individual selves.

 

The Shift

We are invited through our practice to look at the reflections life shows us in the form of experiences, the people we come across, emotions that enter.

We practice the art of receiving, giving, continually striving for an open heart especially when it wants to close.

We come to believe seemingly impossible to be possible and begin embracing feelings of gratitude for the perfection of it all either way

From wherever we are at,  breaking through our somewhat uncomfortable comfort zones of who we think we are, the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves that we believe – “I’m not good at yoga”, “I’m too stiff/ old/ etc.. allows us to have the biggest heart, mind and body openings and shifts in our attitudes, mindsets, behaviours and thoughts.

Becoming more consciously aware, more mindful, in the choices we make everyday, from diet and lifestyle to the company we keep, so that we are living in full truth, love and integrity, is another great ripple effect of the practice.

Yoga helps inspire a deeper connection with mother nature and her cycles.  Perfectly orchestrated symphonies of synchronicities and coincidences being to more readily flow and stream through life.

And most importantly,  at the end of the day, Yoga is simply a practice.

So all you really gotta do is show up.

Be present.

Allow.

Let go

Breathe

and

Be.

 

Do you love Yoga as much as we do?  Let us know in the comments section! 🙂

 

 

Enjoy this short practice that explores a simple standing sequence to build strength in alignment, flow with the breath and movement and openness in the hips and heart.

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Francie is an experienced life-transformation expert from the Yoga perspective, having curated and led more than 150 + retreats, workshops and programs with over 500+ students from all walks of life from all over the world.  She is a passionate and free-spirited Yogi, hula hooper, musician, social entrepreneur and world-traveller dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live embodied and awakened lives.

She is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga, True:Nature Experience and Hoop Love Tribe.  Francie is currently living her dream between Thailand, Bali and the rest of the world, sharing intimate, magical and life-changing experiences, including her signature Retreats in Paradise, as well as festivals and community gatherings.

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Love & Inspiration #24

Love & Inspiration #24

Happy International Yoga Day!

Yoga totally changes lives!

 

How awesome that the United Nations has officially declared the summer/winter solstice as International Yoga day to raise awareness worldwide of the benefits of practicing Yoga.

 

Today we celebrate the importance and value of Yoga as tool for connection to ourselves, and how that affects the way we connect with others and the planet

 

I wonder, How has Yoga changed or improved your life?

Hit Reply – I’d love to hear from You!

 


 

We remember with love, one of our mot loyal students, devoted friends and helper, Kyle Keeber who passed this week.

 

“Thank you francie!!!! ! I really can’t be grateful enough for what a big difference you’ve made in my life. Hearing all the wonderful and beautiful things people have said to me and about me this past week and how much people have recognised this new positive energy I carry with me has really made me realise what a big evolution I’ve had in the past year and all this really wouldn’t have been possible without you and pure flow” – Kyle, USA

Here are your fresh Love & Inspirations for the week ahead:

1) Quote

  • “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” — Tim Ferriss

 

2) What is Aum / Om?

  • “Om or Aum of the Vedas became the sacred word Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Moslems, and Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians.” -Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Aum, sometimes spelled Om,  is the most universal of Hindu symbols and its sound is used in most yoga traditions to promote body-mind harmony. We often begin and end each yoga asana class with 3 Aums, to bring each individual and the collective into this. The sound of Aum spans the full range of the human voice, beginning at the base of the spine, moving up to the navel and slowly vibrating up to the 3rd eye chakra and beyond.

Aum is said to be the primordial sound of creation; the sound of all things in the universe vibrating simultaneously. Aum is used to symbolise the universe and the ultimate reality, representing the three aspects of God: Brahma – Creator (A), Vishnu – Sustainer (U) and Shiva – liberator/destroyer (M). Aum is a also said to be a prayer of protection, representing: “a” –the waking experience, “u” – the dream experience, “m” – the deep sleep experience. Many traditions use this sound to seal or confirm a prayer, for example “Amen” is used in Judeo-Christian cultures and “Aho” in Native American tradition.

 

3) Join Global Om TODAY – June 21st!!!

This is happening TODAY and I encourage you to join – Click the Link for Time Converter to sync up.

From this article…”Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union”, and therefore yoga is a perfect antidote to our divided world. Recognising the popularity and health benefits of Yoga, on the 11th of December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This year’s theme for Yoga Day is Climate Change and it will take a unified global effort of individuals with healthy bodies, clear minds and open-hearts to avert our planetary crisis. Sanskrit is an ancient Indo-Aryan language that influenced cultures in Asia and Europe, and OM is the root syllable from which the language originated. Unify.org is hosting a Facebook Live webcast of a globally synchronised OM to honour Yoga Day and inviting people to join for 15 minutes on June 21 at 10:30 AM PDT wherever they are on the planet.”

 

4) Guided Meditation – 20 mins

My friend Rita, who has been a devoted meditator for many decades now, turned me on to this meditation to help me de-clutter the mind and find more relaxation.  I find the visualisations they offer pretty helpful, and could see how coming back to this again and again could be very helpful.

 

5) Song – To Let Myself Go

I’ve loved this song as long as I can remember.  This is a fresh more danc-y version that is helping to bring me into my embodied practice on the mat and remember the mantra …to let myself go.  Do you dig?

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Love & Inspiration #23

Love & Inspiration #23

Here are some fresh inspirations for your week ahead:

 

1) Quote

  • The journey of true discovery lies not in finding new lands but in looking through new eyes. – MARCEL PROUST

 

2) Song Pre-Release, just for You Guys!!!

  • Karina’s Song – by Mel Dobra 

Feel so honoured that Mel is sharing her pre-release with our tribe.  That’s me singing her backup vocals too 🙂 Hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!  Mel will be joining us for the Sacred Sound Retreat in a few weeks:  Yoga, Sound Healing, Vocal Activation, Singing, Kirtan and practices to unlock your creative potential.  It’s gonna be epic.  Secure your place here.

 

 

 

3) My favourite Gaia Video Series: 

Are you a Yoga nerd too? This has to be one of my favourite Yoga series ever.  The Yoga Nerd in me is just so so sooooo satisfied.  I particularly love Ep. 7: Sound and Technologies of Consciousness.  If you are looking to get a deeper understanding of the Yoga path, this is a no-brainer go-to to give you the feeling, the wisdom and the information to inspire and inform you. Check it out!

“Filmed across India, this 9-episode series takes you on a journey through mystical Indian landscapes and never before seen ashrams to explore the many branches of yoga.

While the practice of physical postures called asanas is most well-known in the West, understanding the full scope of this rich and varied tradition gives meaning and power to the yoga we know today. An incredibly honest and deep exploration of yoga, Yogic Paths is a docu-series of thoughtful interviews that touch the heart and encourage self-discovery, reminding us how deeply we are all connected.

Featuring Geeta Iyengar, Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Krishna Das, Krishna Kaur Khalsa, Anand Mehrotra, Dr. Jim Mallinson, Sally Kempton, Chris Chapple, and more.

 

4) Full Strawberry Moon Update

“So far this year,  disruption and big decisions have ruled the day. As you head into mid-month, expect things to come into sharper focus as you set your eyes on a new goal…you can expect extra focus, optimism, and feelings of security as you pursue your goals.You can also expect an extra dose of optimism and a sense of expansion from moon conjunct to Jupiter…”

 

 

5) Productivity & Organisation hack

  • Passion Planner – An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.

This week I was gifted, by Randi Schiffman, who I interviewed this week for an upcoming release of a podcast episode, a passion planner before setting off on her summer tour.  No joke – it has literally changed my life. I’ve always been a pen and paper kind of girl, and yet I’ve got so much so many notes in so many different online places in apps, on my computer on my phone…Now, I finally feel like I’m getting organised with intention, and I’m super grateful for the structure and clarity that the format of this passion planner offers. For those of us who tend to get scattered or leave things to the last minute, a planner like this can really help. Highly Recommend.
 
 

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Love & Inspiration #22

Love & Inspiration #22

Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:

1) Quote

  • “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Zhuangzi

 

  • “I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first”. – Kurt Vonnegut

 

  • Sometimes your higher self will guide you to make mistakes so you can learn lessons.” Gabrielle Bernstein

 

 

2) Article I’m Featured in 

In this article, I am featured alongside superstar Yogis, Janet Stone, Rachel Zinman & Annie Au to name a few, offering excellent insights and tips on how to market your holistic wellness or retreat business.

 

***This week, 5 of my friends asked me to look over their websites and offer them feedback and advice.  It was amazing.  They got so much value and I loved it. WIN-WIN  All 5 of my friends really encouraged me to put myself out there and charge for my offerings! Turns out after 3 years of running a business (7 years if you take into account my previous work), researching, doing online courses and gathering tonnes of information and knowledge in the realm of spirituality and business, I have actually qualified myself to help people THRIVE in their offerings.  So, now after spontaneously putting myself out there to my friends on FB,  and having a really full-power response, the universe seems to be indicating that I just try – and simply communicate with you what I’m doing.   

 

******Holistic Business Mentoring now available, first-come first-serve to help 3 more people get more clarity, purpose and direction with your Yoga or Wellness business and website. This could be especially beneficial to you if you are in the first 0-3 years of creating an online presence,  If this is you,  please e-mail me – francie@pureflow.yoga

 

 

3) Epic Song created @Inspirit Music Production Retreat

Shoutout to my friends Josh Wise for producing an epic first release.  Also a big shoutout to Baptiste Sejourne who recently created In-Spirit – first ever holistic music production retreat in the jungle of Bali close to Ubud. The idea behind the retreat was to combine the technical side of music production with the practical side of channelling divine inspiration trough meditation, qi gong, breath work and voice embodiment with the goal to create music that is a unique soul expression, inspiring and healing and has the power to uplift the frequency of the planet. The result of this magical co-creative experience can be heard on this compilation. Most of the participants have had little or no music production experience at all before but thanks to a very efficient schedule and passionate teachers they each ended up with a fully finished unique track.  For more information on upcoming retreats check www.inspirit.love!

 

 

4) #LessPlasticMoreFantastic Short Film- 15 mins

Last year I got to be a part of really cool beach-clean up project and trashion show.   More and more we are being called upon by pacha mama, mamma Gaia, Mother Earth. the next generation…to step up our game and become more aware and accountable of how we are consuming, using precious resources and living on this crying planet.

Check out this awesome full length BTS Documentary (behind the scenes) documentary on the making of the short film I am Ocean, an artistic commentary, on the dire ocean-plastic issue that is clogging our planet’s oceans.

and Please & Thank You – SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC  #LessPlasticMoreFantastic 🌺

 

 

5) Podcast I’m Enjoying

I’ve been on a bit of a podcast binge this week and came upon this raw and real, inspiring, connected, vulnerable and authentic interview by Elena Brower – Super star Yoga teacher, author and speaker with with Gabrielle Bernstein,  the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back, five additional bestsellers, and featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” among other accolades. 

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***What’s your favourite inspiration this week?

I’d Love to Hear from You. Please let me know!***

 

 

** Pssst….Wanna Co-Create?**

We love collaborating with our beautiful community.  This summer (over the next 3 months) we are inviting you to come share!  If you’re a photographer, videographer, marketing maven, blogger, vlogger, storyteller, influencer or have another special talent, skill or passion that you want to SHARE,  please reach out and send an e-mail to francie@pureflow.yoga.  If it’s a good fit, we’ll invite you to come stay for an intimate, magical and inspiring week FREE @ Pure Flow Yoga, Koh Phangan Thailand

 

Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect Way to Travel Solo

Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect Way to Travel Solo

Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect way to Travel Solo

Top 5 Reasons Why a Yoga Retreat is the Perfect Way

to Make your Solo Travel Journey Deep and Meaningful

 

Traveling to a new part of the world can be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re going alone, and especially if it’s your first time.

 

Some thoughts that may go through your minds – Is it safe for me to travel alone? Will I feel lonely? How will I know where to go or what to do?

 

And yet when we feel that call to explore the world, we know in our bones that traveling alone can be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lifetime.

 

Often when we begin our travels into the world it’s to honour the calling to create more adventure, balance and wellness in our lives.

 

While there’s definitely a magic in traveling for the sake of travel, when we have a passion to tether our interests to, like Yoga, it empowers us to meet like-minded people and to develop ourselves and our skills to have a more fulfilling journey.

 

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.

 

A yoga retreat is a disciplined space in which to cultivate more connection, presence, health, wellness and awareness of our bodies, minds and hearts.

 

It is also a deepening journey to whatever healing process you may currently already be on.

 

 

The Beginning of My Solo – Travel Journeys

 

My first solo travel was at the age of 18, when I was young, naïve, and adventurous. At the time, my thirst for the world and its people was unquenchable and I was so happy to just go with the flow, figure out the next step of my travel on the fly, sleep in hammocks under the stars or out on the beach in the wild.

 

I met incredible people from all over the planet, expanded my horizons a lot, and really started the journey of knowing myself a lot more.  

 

As I move into my late 30s now, I notice that my preferences are changing, and I now feel called to travel with a deeper purpose.  

 

I still crave adventure and to meet like-minded people from all over the world, but more important for me now, to travel with purpose, to be learning or to be in service, to be investing in my skills, knowledge, and well-being.

 

My life changed forever after I attended my first meditation and yoga retreat.  I really tasted the magic of Yoga, and its benefits for my mind, body and spirit.  After the retreat, I felt more clear, more balanced, more open, and some of the people that I connected with there, I’ve now travelled with or have visited in different parts of the world.

 

After that retreat, Yoga became the central organising focus of my life, work and travels.  Anywhere I go, I know that if Yoga is at the heart of what I do, that I am investing in my education, my happiness and well-being and my connection to community, nature and like-minded equally impassioned people.

 

Top 5 Reasons Why a Yoga retreat is a perfect way to Make your solo travel journey more deep and meaningful

 

1) Connect with international community & Create lifelong friendships with like-minded people

 

Coming on retreat is a powerful way to make new life-long friendships and connect with new like-minded people, at different stages of their lives – people who have come across different challenges and breakthroughs in their careers and in their relationships –  from all over the planet.  

 

What becomes so apparent in the shared experience of retreat, is that despite all of our individual differences, we are all so much the same. We all just want to be happy and we all want to be free of suffering. And we all do suffer with our own challenges and fears. This is something that we all have in common.

 

2) Get Inspired and Create new travel plans from like-minded people

 

Often your new retreat friends are also solo travellers, and oftentimes in Yoga they are women  who travel with a passion for adventure, yoga, and new experiences, and they are excited to share with you their experiences and insights.  

 

People who come on our retreats often make new travel plans and have lots of local and international adventures together.

 

New retreat friends often meet up in other parts of the world, open up their homes to each other, and also come back the next year to our retreat to meet again as well.  

 

3) Retreats can help your Connect deeper to a Community or Place

 

A retreat offers a perfect way to connect deeper with the place you are visiting.  

 

When we are in travel-mode, sometimes we stay just a night here, or 3 nights there.  

 

While this can be an awesome way to see the planet, when we allow ourselves the opportunity to stay in a place longer, we can drop-in to our daily rhythm, drop-in with the local community, and create a home-away-from-home.  

 

Staying a little bit longer allows us to unfold more more depth and connection with a place and the people that call that place their home.

 

Our experiences and connections become richer.  We feel like we are a part of something.

 

Our location in Koh Phangan, is in a magical hidden gem of a community where there are no cars and no roads.  It is accessible only by boat which makes it an incredible off-the-beaten track find.  

 

The community here is from all walks of life and from all over the world.  One of the greatest things that unites us is our love of this place and the experience of transformation it has had on us all as individuals.  

 

We all feel we are a part of something bigger, and for this reason, we keep coming back year after year, deepening our friendships and making new ones.

 

4) Retreats are an Investment into your own Happiness, Well-being and Self-Love

 

Within a Yoga retreat, you give yourself the space to transform and integrate your life and travel experiences.  

 

You give yourself the experience to take a pause, reflect, integrate and drop in deeper with yourself and whatever experiences you are having in the moment.   

 

This opportunity to reflect and connect through being in nature, slowing down and practicing meditation and yoga is incredibly nourishing for your body, mind, and spirit, and is a worthwhile investment into your wellness and happiness.

 

In this way, you come to know yourself more, where your blockages, challenges or areas of self-growth are.  You get to practice discipline, gratitude, self-knowing and self love.

 

 

5)   Retreats can help you begin the ritual of a daily practice to help support you throughout the rest of your travels

 

Retreats are an awesome way to begin the ritual of a daily practice.

 

Having a daily practice when you’re traveling is a really awesome way to ground and center your energy so that you can move into the mystery of each day with more confidence, grace and ease.

 

A yoga retreat can help you to develop you balance, strength and flexibility both on and off the yoga mat.

 

It can also help to set you up with the skills and tools to navigate the rest of your travels with more confidence, clarity, decisiveness, depth, and meaning.

 

On our retreats for example, we offer lots of tools and techniques to help you establish your commitment to a daily home practice and resources, like our free 21-day post-retreat practice program, to help you continue developing and practicing once you leave.

 

The qualities of flexibility and openness that we foster on retreat offer so many rewards in the present moment, but also help you navigate your travels moving forward with more grace, ease and magic.

 

In the end, one week is not such a long time, and it goes by in a snap of the fingers. But when you create time out of time to really invest in yourself, the experiences that you will have can be utterly life-changing, and can help you to step even deeper on to the ever-winding path to self knowing, self mastery, and ultimately to self love.

 

So if you’re looking to bring more depth, meaning and purpose to your solo travel, please consider coming on a Yoga Retreat in Paradise @ Pure Flow Yoga.  Our retreats are affordable, intimate, magical and life-changing.

Now I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Please leave a comment below:

Have you travelled Solo?

What have been your challenges and breakthroughs?

If you haven’t travelled solo but want to, What’s holding you back?

 

E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance | Post-Grad Dip. Education, Queensland University of Technology | BA Psychology / Philosophy, McGill University 

Francie is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand.  She is an experienced life-transformation expert from the Yoga perspective, having curated and led more than 150 + Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 500+ students from all walks of life from all over the world.  

She is a passionate and free-spirited Yogi, hula hooper, musician, social entrepreneur and world-traveler dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live embodied and awakened lives.

Francie is currently living her dream between Thailand, Bali and the rest of the world, sharing intimate, magical and life-changing experiences, including her signature Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Paradise, as well as festivals and community gatherings.

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Healing Powers of Music

Healing Powers of Music

The Healing Powers of Music 

by Mel Dobra

 

Music has the ability to transcend cultural barriers,

 

Music has the power to soothe and heal emotional wounds.

 

Music has the power to unite communities, nations and even the world. 

 

In a society so focused on deadlines, keeping busy and getting ahead, the healing powers of music can often be overlooked, forgotten, and even dismissed as we strive forward on a never ending quest for the urban dream. 

 

About ten years ago I started playing music, and it was one of the biggest blessings of my life.

 

Through first hand experience, I quickly became aware, of the benefits that music can have, on ones well being, psyche and soul. 

 

 

 

 

My Story of how Music helped bring me back to Balance:

 

When life dealt me my own mental health challenges last year, it was music that played a big part In restoring me to good health.

Its not only the vibrations and the feelings that music elicit, but also the connections to community that music brings, creating shared experiences that we remember. 

I’m sure we can all recall a moment where a beautiful piece of music has been used to unite friends or family in love at a wedding.

I personally have been deeply touched by the music at a friends funeral, allowing us as a community to grieve together, to feel our own sorrow and sadness. 

As an early childhood educator I have researched and witnessed the power that music has in different areas of the education system, especially supporting students with ASDL and other learning difficulties, bringing about both greater educational outcomes, and wellbeing.

 

 

Experience it for Yourself

 

Sound healing, singing, kirtan (or call and response singing), expressing, communicating and sharing are all beautiful ways we can explore the healing powers of music.

Step into this shared experience of music, to heal, create memories, activate your voice and share songs with us in paradise on our upcoming retreat @ Pure Flow Yoga Thailand this July 2019.

And stay tuned by following me on Facebook…I’m about to release my new album Smoke and Flame. 

 

 

About Mel Dobra

 

 

Mel Dobra is a performing arts teacher, a recording artist, and a workshop facilitator who uses the power of music, and creativity to create spaces where people can find a deeper connection to themselves, the community and the planet, through the shared power of sacred music. 

Follow Mel’s Journey on FB: https://www.facebook.com/meldobramusic/

Listen & Buy Mel’s Music: https://meldobra.bandcamp.com/

 

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Reclaim your Day – Checking out of the morning Phone-Check Cycle

Reclaim your Day – Checking out of the morning Phone-Check Cycle

Reclaim your Day

Checking out of the morning Phone-Check Cycle

 

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 started an experiment on myself: I would check my phone only after I had already finished my meditation and yoga practice.

 

Here’s how I did my experiment: 

 

3 Tips to Checking Out of the Morning Phone Check Cycle

 

1. Charge your phone across the room, and put it on airplane mode

If you charge your phone, or keep it next to you in the bed, the temptation to reach over for a even just a quick check can be just too much. Forcing yourself to physically get out of bed to check your phone, brings this habit into much more conscious awareness and control. Make it a conscious choice to check your phone, rather than a habit on auto-pilot

 

 

2. Choose a Habit to start instead: Meditate, Read, Do Sun Salutations, Journal, Exercise

 

Choose something that your highest self would like to do every day.  This could reading, writing, meditating, exercising, staring off into space…Do it consciously for 5 mins, 30 mins, 90 mins….choose something that is easily attainable for you,  so that you are setting yourself up for success.

I use Insight timer in the most simple way possible. I put a timer on for 30 mins everyday.  Once I complete that time, it tracks my progress and celebrates me and the hundreds of thousands of others who are meditating at the same time as me old over the world.  Knowing others are doing this as well is also motivating for me. 

 

 

3. Hold yourself accountable: Tell other people about your experiment

This week I told everyone in my community house about what I was doing.  It helped us all to reflect on our somewhat unconscious morning habits.  It also became a but of silly joke and conversation topic.  But in reality, what it did, was help me keep me accountable to my commitment to this experiment.  I highly highly highly recommend that you do this with a friend, partner, or at least share with people you care about that you are trying this as an experiment.

 

 

Here’s what I  found:

 

1) It’s hard to break this cycle

Honest truth -t it was actually really hard. 

Its become a daily habit to scroll my phone first thing in the morning, For 30-45 minutes sometimes. 

I want to connect, to see what I’ve missed, to know what’s been happening with the world around me, and to be in the know about what I need to do, respond to and/or catch up on. 

and i get joy out of it.

It’s a dopamine hit and I know it.

There is definitely an addictive quality to the relationships most of us have with our phones.  And this is a worldwide phenomena.

Taking a break from this habit this week has felt truly overwhelming at times. 

 

2) The benefits of breaking the cycle far outweigh the cost

Persisting with my commitment to this experiment has been well worth it:

The most stand-out benefit is that I began to reclaim my day.  

I often begin my days feeling like I’ve fallen behind.  I get stressed and overwhelmed by the things I’ve got to do, by the things I’ve missed out on or haven’t done yet. and if I’m truly honest with myself, by other people that I’m comparing myself with.  

I often feel like I’m in a hurry, late or need to rush to catch up.

This week instead of beginning my day with this feeling, I began my days feeling more relaxed, present, spaciousness, slow and at ease.

Taking a break from the rush of streaming notifications and messages, has helped me to spend more quality time in dedication to my practice, my thoughts and my plans for the day ahead.

I feel like I am more in alignment with the person who I want to become.

I’ve learned that just because my phone lights up, does not mean that something super important or un-missable is happening.  I can let it be.  

Essentially, I’ve been able to move from a more reactive approach to my day to a more proactive one.

and if I can do it, then so can you.

 

This week, I invite you to try the experiment with checking out of the morning phone-check cycle with me and let me know how it goes? Easy? Hard?

Please feel free to reply or comment below.  I’d LOVE to hear from you

Yoga & Taboo: Sex, Death & Wealth – Interview with Emily Kuser

Yoga & Taboo: Sex, Death & Wealth – Interview with Emily Kuser

Yoga & Taboo

Sex, Death & Wealth

with Emily Kuser

Listen to our conversation with Emily Kuser here:

 

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“Whether something is filled with pleasure or pain, can you be with it?” – Emily Kuser

it ‘s a true honour and pleasure to welcome the wise, accomplished and fascinating Emily Kuser to the 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’s work and 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 talk a bit about today.   

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In this Episode, Emily shares about:

  • How she literally followed her dream to come to Bali and start a life here
  • Yoga as a way to bring order to the chaos of iife
  • The importance for both women and men to explore spirituality for the female psyche, to understand our cyclical nature
  • What is Self-Care and why she’s offering teacher trainings and workshops in this area
  • Business as a great spiritual path and teacher, and the importance of refining our communications, agreements and contracts
  • Tantra as a nature-based teaching and philosophy, and how to allow your self to perceive the world through body and senses 
  • Why she’ inspired by those working most closely with birth and death 

 

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About Emily:

Emily Kuser– Founder of High Vibe Yoga 

Emily has spent a decade on teaching, research and personal experience to create the highest level courses possible. She has a sincere curiosity about healing methodologies and spiritual systems and wholeheartedly investigates their practicality for everyday people with everyday lives. Emily has studied with masters around the world in Asia, Europe and North America. Her work is deeply influenced by teachers Sally Kempton, Tara Judelle, Layla Martin, Lorin Roche & Mark Whitwell and the fields of Classical Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Somatics and Integrated Sexuality. She is dedicated to offering a fresh and honest approach to spirituality.  Emily has lived in Ubud, Bali for over 10 years and teaches her courses internationally.

 

Learn more about Emily:

Website High Vibe Yoga

Instagram@highvibeyoga

FacebookHigh Vibe Yoga

 

Show notes:

 

 

  • Ibu Robin Lim –  Natural birthing midwife offering courses, retreats and disaster relief in Bali. 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.

Somatic Yoga – Our Body is our Brain

Somatic Yoga – Our Body is our Brain

Our Body is Our Brain:

The Basis of Somatic Yoga

by Daphne Chua

What is Somatic Yoga?

The notion of practising yoga might in itself present itself as a scary concept for some. 

I’ve heard many utter… 

 “I’m not flexible enough!” 

“ Are you kidding? I can’t bring my legs behind my head,” 

“ It’s a practice for women” 

“ It’s too boring”

“ I will break before I start” 

etc.

Contemporary yoga presents a svelte, slim, flexible, bikini-toned, model-like poster image of what a modern yogi (yogini) should look like.

The power of glossy marketing have certainly encouraged many to take up this form of fitness modality as it is now a modality practiced by over 36 million people*. However, it has also turned away many others who might have the notion that Yoga is an exclusive club for social media savants.

 

The accessibility of Yoga has often been mistakenly positioned as a practice for:

1. those who are hyper-mobile enough to pick up the practice easily,

2. those we are determined enough to put themselves through the ordeal of contortionism, or

3. those who thick-skinned enough to suffer through the humiliation of being “stiff”. 

 

The yoga landscape is really diverse now with a gazillion choices on styles and lineages.

It can be overwhelming to even get started! There is Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, HIIT Yoga, Yin Yoga, Barre Yoga, even Beer Yoga, Dog Yoga… and the list goes on…

 

But what if, just 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? 

 

For me personally, Yoga is first and foremost, a somatic practice to arrive into the present moment.

What does that mean?

Soma comes from a Greek word connoting “The Living Body” – pertaining to the consciousness of our living body, experienced and regulated from within. It is an exploration into waking up our innate senses to uncover our mind-body mapping. The practice shines a light on our habitual but mostly unconscious neurological patterning that will show up in how we breath, how we move, how we react to circumstances. These are manifested through pre-dispositions, deep seated patterning, and years of conditioning.

 

The practice of Somatic Yoga is thus a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. 

Somatic Yoga brings together mindfulness through movement, meditation, breath work, touch, visualisations, sounds, creative expressions etc, to dive deep into our consciousness and our embodied biological processes. Through sensory-motor education we can also improve motor control, coordination, and change learned muscular patterns. This approach to yoga is highly effective in relieving chronic pain, improving bodily function, and recovering from common musculoskeletal conditions.

 

What are Somatic Principles?

  • It is body centred to improve awareness of the body-mind connection
  • It is a sensory approach (rather than cognitive approach) to learning / unlearning / relearning
  • It is exploratory in nature, based on the premise that the body is shaped by the mind, and that the mind can be reshaped through the body
  • It is focused on the internal experience of the movement rather than on the end result.

 

A Body-Sensing Approach

  • It is calming & restorative. It regulates our nervous system from the constant Fight – Flight – Freeze mode, to a Rest – Digest – Engage mode.
  • It brings together somatic, mindfulness & movement principles to guide better movements.
  • It is an embodied learning approach based on neuroplasticity (the brain can be rewired, i.e unhealthy, deep conditioning patterns can be shifted_
  • It helps us to develop kinesthetics and spatial intelligence by working through the whole body’s myo-fascial connections.
  • It helps us embody how the various systems (e.g circulatory, digestive, endocrine systems) of the body work in unison to achieve balance and homeostasis. 
  • It is based on how moods & language influence physiology
  • It improves fascia health, immunity, and overall body and mind integrity

 

So how are we shaped?

  • Via communication – the exchange of information between body and mind, through the nervous system – central, autonomic, enteric (gut).
  • It influences how we breathe, our digestion, body chemistry, and energy levels
  • Our moods & emotions lie at the heart of this communication as it shapes our physical body, i.e stress & anxiety can lead to poor posture, pain, inflammation, dis-eases.
  • How we feel, think and behave is a biological process that is embodied through fascia health and body chemistry
  • Interoception – how we are being informed by our body – is linked to the myofascial system. 

 

The Benefits of Somatic Yoga

  • Helps to uncover movement patterns / habit (Samskaras) that are built on misalignment, inhibitions, co-contractions, and compensations.
  • Awaken sensory motor amnesia
  • Helps lubricate joints, nourish and hydrates tissues, create ease and increase range of motion
  • Interoception will regulate our nervous system and reduce pain sensitivity.
  • Variety of movement creates better coordination and neuroplasticity. It helps us to adapt better to our environment physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • “Subtle is how the body works. Gross is how the mind works.”  Paying attention to small changes can create profound impact on the way we think, move and relate.
  • Motion is powerful to Emotion. Movement can be used as a gateway to explore emotional regulation

 

The mind is like the wind & the body is like the sand. If you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.” 

~ Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder of Body Mind Centering

 

* Figures quoted from ~ http://media.yogajournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016YIAS-Release-Final.pdf

 

 


 

Daphne will be offering Somatic Yoga & Movement Therapy at Pure Flow Yoga Retreats in gorgeous Koh Phangan from May 27 to June 28, 2019. 

Join her on this journey of self-exploration into uncovering your very own healing through movement, breath-work, hands-on techniques, and creative expressions to unravel our innate intelligence to nurture our body, mind and spirit. 

As a yoga therapist, a movement educator and bodyworker, Daphne has been practising yoga for the last two decades in a multitude of yoga styles &amp; movement disciplines. Her studies include are grounded in philosophies as well as in anatomy and physiology. Some of her biggest inspirations have come from Richard Freeman – who has had a deep impact on the way she sees Yoga as a profound embodiment practice for the body, mind,spirit – as well as Donna Farhi, Tom Myers, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind
Centering®). 

In recent years, she has delved into the study of neuroscience, somatic movement, combined with the holistic framework of Yoga Therapy tools to deepen her knowledge in the connection between mind and body. She uses an inquiry-based, body- sensing approach to bring about greater transformation and healing into the way we relate to ourselves and the environment. She has also recently completed her Graduate Certification in Yoga Therapy.

Daphne is trained in the art of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang (TCM Abdominal Detox Massage), Tai Chi Massage and Reiki, all of which she infuses into the alchemy of her integrated bodywork and evidence-based yoga therapy. Her therapy sessions, classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings are known to focus on breath, mindfulness, and embodiment to create the moment-to-moment balance
in nurturing the body, mind and spirit.

for more info on Daphne, you can visit her website here – www.yogawithdaphne.com

Daphne Chua

Certified Yoga Therapist | Teacher Trainer | Bodyworker | Movement Educator | E-RYT 500 & YACEP Yoga Alliance | GCYT – Yoga Australia & AAYT

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Drishti: Find your Balance

Drishti: Find your Balance

 Drishti: Find your Balance in Life

by Nadia Moon

 

Find Your Drishti and Balance in Life

The Sankrit word for Yoga is translated in English as “union”. Yoga is indeed the practice that unites body, mind, spirit and beyond. Beyond duality there is yoga, union.

If I look back at my personal yoga journey, I have to confess that the reason why I started practicing yoga in the first place was mainly to keep my body fit.

I was not interested in spirituality and very sceptical about the whole idea of it. I was very much body-only focused – probably also reflecting the society I was living in. I had no awareness of how powerfully this practice would have transformed my entire life very soon.

However my body knew it. The body is very wise and it knew that it was just the beginning, so I kept going.

As I increased balance, strength and flexibility on the mat (through yoga asanas and pranayama) I started to notice those changes off the mat as well, in all aspects of my life.

After 5 years of yoga practice (including meditation) I quit my toxic corporate job, I quit an unhealthy relationship I was stuck in for over 10 years and I started a journey of listening to my soul and following my higher purpose in life.

Yoga has certainly been the tool I needed to break through my conditionings and find balance.

Now I can share with you the beauty of yoga in all its universal benefits.

Everything we learn and master on the mat influences the way we show up off the mat in our everyday life.

Let’s look at one of the qualities we often seek for in our lives: balance, and how the yoga practice can help us achieve it more deeply.

 

Drishti

The balance in a yoga asana (a body posture) can be reached by finding our drishti.

Drishti is a sanskrit word for “point of focus”.

We can’t balance in an asana by focusing on the whole wall in front of us. We need to chose a precise point on that wall, stick with it with full awareness and commitment and let go of the rest. That point on the wall is our drishti.

Once you find your drishti, the invitation is to commit to it and to let the breath be deep and smooth.

And every time you fall, honour that.  Honour the commitment you have to get back up again, and again.

Let’s remember that it’s not about how many times we fall, but rather how many times we are willing to rise up once again. Enjoying the process is the real goal.

Likewise in life, to be balanced, we need to develop the ability to chose to focus only on the things that are beneficial to us and let go of that don’t serve us.

Following our dreams, our true desires, our soul purpose in life – that’s our Drishti. It requires determination and practice; it demands to believe fully in our dreams and to drop the resistance or attachment towards what doesn’t serve our purpose. We are capable of the impossible if we only believe in it.

Yoga gives us the tools to find that drishti, that balance on and off the mat.

 

Practice: Balance your Breath

Beside yoga asanas (body posture) we can practice the principle of balancing with the breath as well.

Set aside 5 – 10 mins now, or longer if you can, to practice this gentle breathing meditation and increase your awareness on balancing:

Find a conformable sitting position or lay down in savasana.

Take few moments to tune in into what balance means to you.

What is the quality of balance you wish to bring in your everyday life?

Breath in your intention with full awareness. Stay here for few moments as you plant the seed of your intention. Water it with your breath.

Then let go of your intention for now, drop any story in your head and shift your mind from whatever is drifted to, to watch the rise and fall of your natural breath. Without changing it, just bring awareness to it for few minutes.

As you inhale you receive energy, as you exhale you give energy. Pay attention to whether your inhale is longer then your exhale or vice versa. Notice if that is also true in your everyday life. Is it probably time for you to receive more? Or to give more?

Then start to bring balance to your breathing. Feeling that the inhale and the exhale become equal length. Counting the breath may help. Breathing in for 5… breathing out for 5… noticing the gap in between each breath. That tiny little pose at the bottom of your inhale and the tiny little pose at the bottom of your exhale.

Continue for few minutes and then release.

What have you noticed?

 

I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share and comment,

Enjoy the process!!!

With Love, Nadia

 

Nadia will be sharing her passion for Yoga on our upcoming Yoga RetreatsThailand @ Pure Flow Yoga, in April 2019.  Learn more about here or on her website @ www.NadiaMoon.com

Yoga & Sacred Activism: 3 Ways to face the Darkness and stay Light

Yoga & Sacred Activism: 3 Ways to face the Darkness and stay Light

Yoga & Sacred Activism:

3 ways to Look into the Darkness and Stay Light

The world these days is like a dirty house. It’s been sullied with injustice, cruelty, selfishness, and greed. But just like a dirty house, it has every capability of being righted. We, as its inhabitants, have the choice of sitting in its filth, or being the ones to help clean it.

There are three ways to address the darkness in the world around us.

  • One, we can pretend we don’t see it so that it doesn’t bring us down.
  • Two, we can let it break our hearts and lock us into a state of depressed inaction
  • Three, we can be honest about its existence and understand it as a place asking for attention, action, and change.

 

 The Path of Service

Stepping up to the wrongs of this world is not an easy task for anyone, but it is the task worth doing. Atira Tan, founder of Art to Healing (www.arttohealing.org) and Yoga for Freedom (www.yogaforfreedom.org.au), first heard her call to action in Cambodia in 2004.

After witnessing the on-goings of a child sex slavery ring in the street below her hotel room, she was faced with a choice. She could look away, board the plane to her next vacation destination, and move on with her life. Or she could stay, step into the discomfort of a painful situation, and try to help these 9-10 year-old girls being sold by their family so they could survive.

Atira stayed. She spent the next four years living in Cambodia and working for a non-profit to prevent and heal the trauma of child sex slavery. She took the time to speak with these girls, girls who had experienced an unimaginable devastation of spirit from the trauma they’d undergone, and she chose to believe that there was still life within their deadened eyes that could, and needed to be, revitalised.

Today, Atira continues to follow her path of service and seeks to encourage others to do the same. In 2005, she founded Art to Healing, a non-profit that incorporates art therapy and yoga to help both women and men affected by sex slavery to foster a healthier relationship with themselves and their bodies. Furthermore, she launched Yoga for Freedom yoking the yoga community with social change, a world-wide fundraising event that taps into the billion-dollar yoga industry to raise money for women and children who have experienced child sex slavery in Asia.

 

Yoga & Sacred Activism

“Yoga is such a powerful tool for source energy,” Atira explains. “It helps me to connect with what’s true, to move beyond the notion that we are separate from each other. We can take time to tap into our practice and fill up and open up to be a vessel of love and light and that affects our actions and what we do in the world.”

 

Atira Tan uses yoga in her own life to keep her firmly on the path of service and sacred activism.  So, exactly how can we use yoga as a tool for social activism?

 

1. Don’t take time to worship, make your life worship.

 Yoga does not end in the studio. Yoga is a practice of union that is cultivated just as much on your mat as in the waiting line at the DMV. Be present in each moment. Dedicate your life to something more, whatever more is, and remember that it flows through you in everything you do, in every breath you take.

When we attach ourselves to something bigger than us, our actions become more in line with what we are incited to do, rather than what we think we should do.

 

2. Let go of your egoic notions of success, and surrender to the infinite

We are incredibly attached to our egos and outcomes; it’s a part of our culture to want to be successful.  The work is the only thing that matters and it is the only thing that exists. Activist burn-out does not come from the work itself; it comes from expectations.

The truth is that none of us know the outcome of anything. Let go, surrender. Act for the sake of action, act because you feel incited to do it. Let life take care of the rest. It’s going to do that whether you have a prediction or not.

 

3. Dedicate your life to being in Service

Dedicating one’s life to service is the quickest practice to kick us out of our egos. When we attach to something more and when we act for something more, we become something more.

When you dedicate your life to service, you must find something you feel purposeful about. You may care about the environment, but if that work doesn’t light you up, let it go. Find something that gives you meaning, that makes you feel alive when you connect to it. “When I work with women and children,” Atira says. “I know from the inside that I’m meant to be doing this work and I couldn’t be doing anything else. There’s an energy that is bigger than my mind. That is what sustains us in this work of activism.”

Sacred activism is not a “rescue” mission and it cannot be done through the mind. As activists, we cannot approach the work as the “rescuers” who have come to save the “victims.” This is not sustainable, and it is not true. Sacred activism is about coming together as one and learning from each other as human beings. It’s about discovering what we all have to offer one another.

The “call” to service is not always a pleasant one. It can be uncomfortable and frightening, even daunting. Our egos fear what will happen if we fail, or how we too may become hurt if we get involved. Yet, we all have the power to overcome our ego and attach ourselves to our life’s purpose.

After witnessing the horrors of the earthquake in Nepal, Atira Tan received an idea for a new endeavor during her meditation. It was an immense project to take on, and despite misgivings at the onset, she decided to set the idea into action.

Three years ago, Atira Tan held the first Yoga for Freedom movement in Australia, previously named International Yogathon for World Peace, alongside Off the Mat, into the World Australia and NZ. Her vision was to create a global yoga and social change movement that tapped into the 27 billion-dollar yoga industry and filtered that profit to the birthplace of yoga, a place that rarely saw the financial gains of the philosophy it shared with the world. The event invited yoga teachers to teach a Yogathon in 3 cities that donated its proceeds to the earthquake recovery effects through Art to Healing. The event was incredibly successful and raised over $16,000 in one day.

Now, Yoga for Freedom is a week long international yoga movement, will be held annually across 4 continents between 40 yoga ambassadors. All proceeds will go towards providing food, shelter, and safe accommodations to women and girls in need, as well as education and therapeutic programs to heal the trauma they’ve endured.

“The intention is to come back to the heart and dedicate our thoughts and practice in meditation back to the world,” Atira explains. “It’s to turn the focus from Instagram and Facebook and getting in perfect in shape – yoga is meant to be something that uplifts us all, that uplifts the planet. It’s a practice that can shine light within ourselves in the darkest place of shadow and we have to help others find it too. We have to use this practice to shine light on the darkest corners of humanity.”

To get involved with Art to Healing, visit arttohealing.org. To become involved with Yoga for Freedom, please visit www.yogaforfreedom.org.au

Malaika Darville – Walking the Beauty Way

Malaika Darville – Walking the Beauty Way

Walking the Beauty Way

with Malaika Darville

 

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depress, they would ask you one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

– Ageles Arrien, from the forward to “Maps to Ecstasy”.

 

 

Listen to Malaika on the Pure Flow Yoga Podcast Here:

 

 

It is my honour, joy and privilege to introduce to the show today, my friend, teacher and community-mate Malaika Darville, a powerful shaman-ness, ceremonialist, Yogi, musician, community elder, 5-elements Ecstatic Dance facilitator, and DJ, with her basket FULL of life-experiences.

Malaika is committed to walking the beauty way: she has been travelling and living in indigenous and tribal cultures, and has been sharing her earth wisdom worldwide for over 25 years.  She has walked the shamanic path for a lifetime, and is known across the globe, for her ability to re-connect individuals with their inner body spirituality, helping all who practice with her to access to higher realms of consciousness and authenticity.

Her mission is to create sacred space through ritual and ceremony to bring personal and planetary awakening, restoring balance to our distorted and over-civilised culture.

 

 

In this Episode, Malaika shares about:

 

  • the Rise of the Feminine and why we need to balance and heals the wounds of the Shiva & Shakti principle within each of us
  • Embodiment, Movement, Ecstatic Dance & Community‘s for Healing ourselves and our planet
  • the Beauty Way – Emergent Culture and the rise of festival and retreat culture
  • the Importance of Ancestors, Tribe & Ceremony for initiating people and bringing people together to heal,
  • 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

 

 

About Malaika:

 

Malaika’s accreditations include being a qualified ISHTA yoga teacher, Qualified Water Dance Practitioner, African Dance performer and teacher, Dj, Ceremonialist, Creatrix of 5Elements Dance Activation™ a shamanic dynamic meditation dance journey embodying the five cardinal elements, earth water, fire, air and spirit. She is a Wisdom Keeper and inspirational facilitator who has been at the forefront of the consciousness movement.

Malaika shares her wisdom and magic at the world’s top events including Burning Man, Symbiosis, Festival of Bliss, Tantra Festival Thailand, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Peats Ridge Festival, Ibiza Tantra Festival, Bali Spirit Festival, BOOM Festival and numerous private events.

 

 

 

Show notes:

 

WebsiteIn my Elements – Malaika’s website with complete list of dates & offerings

Instagram – @inmyelements

SoundcloudDJ Ma on Soundcloud –  FREE Ecstatic Dance DJ Music Sets

6 Ways to Nourish your Immune System this Winter

6 Ways to Nourish your Immune System this Winter

6 Ways to Nourish your Immune System

this Winter

by Ellanah Fawcett

For those in the Northern Hemisphere the phase of winter within our yearly cycle is beginning to settle in. With it comes the gift of our annual time to really go inside, reflect on the cycle that has been, bring light and love to our deep inner world and generally get really yummy and cosy.

 

Sometimes though we can forget that behind the clouds and blankets of cold there is a burning, radiant sun still shining its light into our world; the days can feel heavy and dark, our heart energy turns inwards as we tense and hold our bodies against the cold and our immune system can begin to struggle if we are not cultivating our inner fire and working with the internal sun of our heart.

 

So here are 6 ways you can tend to your heart fire and nourish your immune system to feel radiant, balanced and filled with vitality this Winter time:

 

1. Chant Mantra

 

 

Mantra is one of the most beautifully, powerful ways to balance our entire body-mind-being. It works so viscerally within our physical body all the way to the subtlest expressions of our self.

 

When we chant mantra we are inviting our mind to align with the essence of the heart. As this re-alignment and reprogramming gently occurs the immune system gets a huge boost. Our thoughts begin to take on a much more peaceful and loving energy transforming our whole entire energy field, which leaves not much space for any winter lurgy to live and thrive within us.

As little as 15 minutes of chanting a day can have profound effects on your whole being, those around you and the energy of your home; give it a try!

 

A beautiful mantra to explore this wintertime is the Gayatri…chanting to the Goddess of the Sun and the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.

 

You can find many recordings online to listen to the pronunciation, a beautiful recording is by Deva Premal & Miten (you can find on Spotify or YouTube).

 

Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

 

Really see if you can savour each syllable and invite the essence of peace to be experienced through the mantra, embodying the essence of the mantra; this will permeate your entire being, helping to transform your thoughts, emotions and physical being.

 

There might even be mantra chanting circles or Kirtan in your local area, have an explore online and see what is near to you so that you can share and connect with others.

 

2. Embodiment Practices

 

Dancing fun

Dancing fun

 

Movement fans the flames of our inner fire. When our outer weather is cold we can balance this by keeping our body-home warm. We can’t control our outer environment but we can create the most nourishing inner environment.

 

When we are embodied within our self the immune system naturally functions at a higher level. Our awareness expands throughout our body and this awareness is essentially warmth and love; thus creating the conditions for more peace and joy to flourish.

 

Find a movement practise that brings joy to your heart and warmth to your body, whether it is Yoga Asana, dance, shaking, running, jumping, climbing…if you like to move alone, find a space where you can let your whole self be free or if you like to move with others find a class or group or start one yourself.

 

Activate the heart, feel it beating as you move, beating warmth and life into every corner of your being.

 

3. Metta Meditation

 

 

 

Anahata, our heart chakra, is directly linked to our Thymus Gland where T-Blood cells are produced that are an integral part of our immune system. When Anahata is in balance our Thymus is able to work efficiently, creating a healthy immune system for us.

 

Metta Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to activate and balance our heart chakra; opening the doors to the compassion that is innate within all our hearts and inviting our love to flow to the world around us, our loved ones, those we are struggling with and to ourselves.

 

You can find a Metta Meditation on our Pure Flow Podcast and plenty on YouTube and Insight Timer.

 

4. Ayurvedic Golden Milk

 

 

In Ayurveda winter time is associated with Vata Dosha (cold and dry), which means to balance this we need to invite warmth into our system. Ayurvedic Golden Milk is a beautiful way of doing this, working with the immune superfood Turmeric.

 

Turmeric is a magic herb that has been proven to be highly anti-inflammatory for the body, supports healthy liver function, boosts immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, balances hormones, manages arthritis pain and many many other beautiful gifts.

 

To make this warm, Ojas boosting, turmeric-based drink is lovely and simple:

  • Bring one cup of organic cow, almond or coconut milk to a gentle boil.
  • Add a teaspoon of fresh grated turmeric or turmeric powder, a small amount of ginger, a pinch of black pepper and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  • Gently stir or whisk
  • Pour into a cup adding honey to sweeten
  • You can also get creative and add other winter warming herbs to this mix such as cinnamon, clove or nutmeg

 

 

5. Creative Free Flow (Journalling, Drawing, Crafting…)

 

 

The natural essence of energy is to flow. When energy becomes stuck or stagnant (held by a thought form or by not allowing our emotions and bodies to flow and move) it creates the conditions for ‘dis-ease’ to manifest in our physical reality. We can keep the mind and emotional body flowing through some form of creative outlet.

 

Each morning put a timer on for 5-10 minutes and invite your pen to flow across the pages of your notebook without stopping and without censoring. This may express in the form of words or drawings or paintings.

 

If you are someone who resonates with sound, then for this time you can explore and allow sound to flow; be curious with how sounds feel in your body, where they come from and which sounds different parts of the body want to express on any given day. Find your outlet and invite in a sense of flow and grace.

 

6. Making space for rest and relaxation

 

Our bodies need down time in order to regenerate; this means making sure we are getting an adequate amount of sleep and enough time spent just simply being.

 

Some favourite ways of gifting these precious spaces of silence and healing are: Yoga Nidra, Meditation, time spent simply being in nature and restorative or yin yoga. These deep states of silence refill our cup so abundantly and invite us home to the peace we seek that’s always available inside.

 

Create a technology curfew each evening so that you can disconnect to reconnect and set aside an amount of time each day that feels manageable to really gift yourself space to simply be.

 

When we nourish our heart and really awaken a deeper sense of self-love our body and surroundings naturally come into alignment and vitality. Let us know what your Heart nourishing winter practises are, we love to hear and share!

 

An adventure loving soul, Ellanah is forever exploring new ways of connecting to our true self and the magic of everyday life. Her sunshine infused classes explore the flowing dance between breath and movement; cultivating greater space, peace, and presence in both body and mind. A nature loving Reiki Master with an eclectic background in performing arts and Anthropology, and a love for all things dance; Ellanah draws from a creative mix of inspiration, always exploring how we can come deeper into awareness and move deeper from love. She is an avid believer that each individual’s yoga mat is an inspiring microcosm for life itself, encouraging us to flow with freedom and compassion both on the mat and out in the world.

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Ellanah Fawcett

Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, "Life is a Gift, Let it Flow" - Yogi Bhajan

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