Winning! Pure Flow Yoga Awarded Yoga Retreat Provider of the Year 2022 by GHP

Winning! Pure Flow Yoga Awarded Yoga Retreat Provider of the Year 2022 by GHP

Check it out! We’ve been awarded Yoga Retreat of the Year 2022 by GHP Global Health and Pharma for the 2nd year in a row!

 

About Pure Flow Yoga: Pure Flow Yoga School, offers Inspiring, Empowering & Award-Winning Yoga Classes, Yoga Retreats, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education Courses and 1:1 Mentoring & Coaching for aspiring and dedicated Yoga Students & Teachers to Deepen your Practice, Find your Flow & Live Inspired.

 

 

United Kingdom, September 2022 – GHP Magazine has announced the winners of the 2022 Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards.

Over recent years, the health and wellbeing of millions around the world has been under threat due to the pandemic – however, it is thanks to the innovations and resilience of those working within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries that the public are protected from a number of viruses, with access to some of the latest, most cutting-edge healthcare and pharmaceutical solutions.

Now running in its eighth year, Global Health & Pharma’s Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards are designed to recognise and award companies and individuals who served a variety of purposes during the pandemic. From researching and developing innovative pharmaceutical products that can be useful for those who may have contracted the virus to providing exceptional healthcare services to patients.

GHP Magazine, as always, endeavours to recognise those that are going above and beyond, or indeed, the businesses that are leading the industry forward, no matter how small their contributions might seem on the greater landscape. That’s why we launched our awards programme, and why we continue to spotlight the work of exceptional companies and individuals.

Our Awards Coordinator, Katherine Benton has commented on the success of the awards programme: “It has been a delight to reach out and work alongside everyone who has been recognised in this year’s Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards. Congratulations to you all and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

To find out more about the 2022 Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards, and the professionals selected for it, please visit https://www.ghp-news.com/awards/healthcare-pharmaceuticals-awards/ to access our winners supplement.

 

About GHP Magazine, a publication under AI Global Media

Global Health and Pharma magazine is a global information sharing platform & a multi-disciplinary member’s community. The publication was established to enhance communication networks & collaboration across all themes and disciplines within three main categories; Human, Animal & Environmental Health.

About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 14 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 108,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

How to Balance your Throat Chakra

How to Balance your Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra Activation Kit:

How to Balance your Voice

*Communication * Self-Worth * Creativity* Expression * Empowerment * Trust*

 

 

Part 1. Understand the basic Psychology of the Throat Chakra

What is the Throat / Vishuddha Chakra?

Visha = impurity, poison Shuddhi = purification

The Throat Chakra, or Vishuddhi Chakra is located at the larynx, in the upper 3 chakras, and is considered the center of physical and spiritual purification.

Considered the “soul’s gate”, as the throat is a bridge connecting the emotions of the heart and the thoughts of the head,

Our throat chakra is our center of communication, creativity, will, speech, self-expression. deep listening.

It represents our ability to speak our truth, to speak up for ourselves, to say what’s truly important.

The throat chakra is a powerful energy center that allows or blocks the flow of prana – life force energy – throughout our entire energy system.  

When the Throat Chakra is balanced and healthy, prana flows and you feel energized and bright. When this chakra is stressed.or out of balance, you can feel drained and stressed.

As the center of will power, creativity, self-expression and communication, the throat chakras governs how we bring what we experience on the inside into the outer world:  how open and vibrant this chakra is, impacts how how we give voice to the self, to our emotions, and how we allow or prevent creative ideas, energies, visions and dreams to flow and manifest.

The Throat Chakra feels most open, when our hearts are relaxed and we are in a full state of allowing ourselves to Be. When we restrict, control or hold back any parts of ourselves, we compromised the throat chakra’s balance.

When the throat chakra is out of balance, it can manifest as emotional dysregulation, addiction, self-doubt, judgment gossip, negative speech, self-censoring  – all of which are acts of control that shut down the throat. 

 

Core wounds at the level of the throat chakra, can manifest as

  • Feeling of not trusting in what you believe
  • Not trusting that you deserve to be heard
  • Shutting down and not getting your needs met,
  • Feeling of continued disappointments and dissatisfaction in life

 

How do you know if your chakras are open or blocked?

When your chakras are balanced and healthy, life experiences are digested with ease and enable you to grow. 

However, chronic and unresolved conflict, stress, negative self-beliefs systems, traumatic past life experiences that are left unprocessed or unexpressed, undigested can lead to any given given chakra being imbalanced, blocked, damaged or dysfunctional – expressing as either  overactive or understactive, and leading to significant physical, emotiona, and mental health challenges.

Trauma, unresolved conflicts, karmic and past life circumstances, belief systems and/or chronic behavioral patterns cause imbalances, blockages, and/or damage in the chakras.

 

When our throat chakra is open and balanced, it can be expressed as:

  • Sense of feeling worthy
  • Healthy self-confidence / self-acceptance
  • Authenticity
  • Ability to express our truths
  • Ability to listen to our inner voice
  • Ideas, hopes and dreams are flowing
  • Verbalising and expressing needs, desires and opinions

 

When the throat chakra is closed, or out of balance, it can be expressed as:

  • Trauma and unresolved conflict
  • Excessive talking
  • Arrogance
  • Habitual dishonesty / manipulation
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Timidity
  • Hurtful, mean or gossiping words
  • Addiction
  • Judgement of self and others
  • Blocked creative flow
  •  

Throat Chakra Imbalance in the Body

In our body, the throat chakra most influences the neck, shoulders and upper back. Deficiencies in the throat chakra can lead to:

  • thyroid imbalance
  • hearing problems
  • ear infection
  • chronic throat conditions
  • neck and shoulder pain,

 

Part 2. How to balance and heal the throat chakra

Your voice is a powerful tool for impact and change, for sharing your inner world with the people around you.

Self-Care, Hydration & Spacious living Singing, Humming & Chanting, Allow yourself to share your thoughts and ideas

Speak your truth – Share your feelings, thoughts and ideas. Recognise when you judge yourself or others and Stop

Practice Giving yourself permission
Journal Deep breathing exercises

Resting and Consciously relaxing your throat, your jaw, neck and throat

Be Creative, Express Yourself and let yourself be heard

 

 

Singing the Voice Awake

The process of awakening & empowering your voice, and balancing your throat chakra is key for healing, joy and spiritual growth.

Begin with this 20-minute warm-up to begin your journey towards more relaxation and flow with your voice:

 

 

Song Singing Practice

Play with your Voice and Sing your heart wide open to some of my favourite heart and soul awakening songs.  Singing as little as 5 minutes a day can help you build more vocal stamina and confidence as well as bring you more joy and connection.

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7ti28yWCyVn0qwUozhxWkg?si=c4433459d1e14551&pt=902ceec28859d9dec9f3cb10ef751d63

 

Additional Practices to Nourish the Voice

  • Sing, hum, chant
  • Deep breathing
  • Rest your voice
  • Hydrate
  • Conscious jaw relaxation
  • Stop judging yourself and others
  • Allow yourself to share your thoughts and ideas
  • Speak your truth

 

Affirmations for a balanced mind

  • My voice is valuable and worthy of being heard
  • I communicate confidently and with ease.
  • I live and speak my truth
  • I freely use my voice to express myself
  • I am comfortable speaking my heart and mind
  • I listen actively and with presence. I express myself honestly with clear intent.
  • I know when it is time to speak, and when it’s time to listen.
  • I have clear boundaries and stand up for what I believe in.

​Yoga poses to help balance the throat chakra:

  • head and neck rolls
  • fish pose
  • lions breath
  • plough pose
  • shoulders tand
  • headstand

 

 

Ready to Release Blocks, Free your Voice & Empower your Expression?!

 

 

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

6 Simple Rituals to Make your Summer Solstice Magic

6 Simple Rituals to Make your Summer Solstice Magic

6 Simple Rituals to Help Make your Summer Solstice Magic

 

Solstice brings us a shift in light and a change in seasons, no matter where you are in the world.

On this day every year, the sun reaches the highest point in the sky, and the power of the sunlight has reached its full bloom.

This time of illumination can help us to reflect on what’s ripening in your life,

help to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the fruits of your efforts thus far,

and inspire you to re-ignite your vision for the rest of the year. 👁

To welcome and celebrate 🎉 this day of light, consider taking time for some nourishing rituals; anything from a simple sacred pause to gathering together with your people, your community or tribe to offer your full presence to honouring the light within.

 

 

6 Simple Rituals to Help Make
your Summer Solstice Magic

☀️ HONOUR THE SUN

Connect to the power of the sun and allow yourself to enter the full light of your being. Build an altar to the sun, fully elcome in the light of day, or try a few sun salutations to draw in the power and energy of the all-giving sun

🤩 MEDITATE ON JOY + GRATITUDE

Practicing gratitude is the ultimate prayer and the ultimate state of receivership – allow yourself to be in a state of gratitude and count your blessings. What are you grateful for?

✍️JOURNAL
Take some minutes to reflect on the last 3 or 6  months in your life:
– What’s ripening in your life right now?
– What are the fruits of your efforts that you are celebrating?
– What is your vision for the rest of the year? How do you want to feel? What do you want to create?

🔥 MAKE A FIRE

Make a fire, transform what no longer serves, or simply light a candle the let the warmth of the light warm your soul

🎼 CULTIVATE GOOD VIBES

Gather together with people who light you up Connect to nature’s vibrations through sound and silence.  Listen to some awesome sacred sounds.  This Yoga Playlist is one of my favs.

✨ CAST SPELLS & NURTURE YOUR DREAMS

Words are energy. With them, we can cast spells. Journal about what you are calling in, and the vision you are re-igniting.  Which project, relationship or aspect of your life would you like to see flourish? How do you plan to show up for this?

 

 

☀️HOW ARE YOU PLANNING TO CELEBRATE THIS MAGICAL SUMMER SOLSTICE DAY?!

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>P.S. Did you know that you Get Unlimited FREE access to this supportive community and ever-growing Love & Inspiration Library, when you join any of my offerings, including personalized coaching programs, mentorships, online courses or retreats?!

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

Pure Flow Yoga is Retreat Provider of the Year Thailand 2022 LUX LIFe

Pure Flow Yoga is Retreat Provider of the Year Thailand 2022 LUX LIFe

LUX 2022 Health, Beauty and Wellness Awards logo

 

Pure Flow Yoga is Yoga Retreat Provider of the Year Thailand for 2022

 

United Kingdom, 2022– LUXlife magazine has announced the winners of this year’s Health, Beauty & Wellness Awards.

Once again, this year’s programme was an immense success, with nominees and winners from across the luxury sphere. It goes without saying that such companies operate with core values that encapsulate the need to pursue perfection. Whether it be through honed expertise, or next level client service, the winners recognised truly capture what it means to be considered a leader in luxury. Here, businesses of all shapes and sizes have thrived through a dedication to betterment, creativity and innovation.

Ultimately, the Health, Beauty and Wellness Awards were launched to determine and recognise the best of these companies and their world-leading products, services and experts. This year’s winners are certainly no different.

Awards Coordinator Victoria Cotton stated: “It has been an honour to work on this year’s programme. Congratulations to all of the winners– I hope you all have a fantastic rest of the year ahead!

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit http://www.lux-review.com/ where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About LUX Life

LUXlife Magazine is a premium lifestyle publication which was founded in 2015 by the publishing company AI Global Media Ltd. Distributed to a circulation of 238,000 globally, LUXlife focuses on a range of topics within the luxury lifestyle industry, featuring articles on; fashion, beauty, fine dining, travel, luxury real estate and much more. Within our pages you’ll find everything from product news and reviews, to in-depth pieces on trends, features and comment; all designed to inform, entertain and inspire.

Our Mission

In addition to providing our readers with regular news and updates on all elements of luxury lifestyle, we also provide luxury firms with the perfect media platform to showcase their business to our readership comprised of high net worth individuals. As such, we publish only the most cutting edge of products, services, attractions and events that will appeal to our audience. Some of the world’s most internationally renowned brands, individuals, high-end developments and products are highlighted in our magazine so that our esteemed readers will find everything they need to truly live a luxury lifestyle.

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About the Company: THE TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY AWARDS is an annual celebration of excellence across all sectors of travel. The independent awards programme is an annual celebration of excellence for the best hotels, spas, restaurants and tour operators.

About Pure Flow Yoga: Pure Flow Yoga School, offers Inspiring, Empowering & Award-Winning Yoga Classes, Yoga Retreats, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education Courses and 1:1 Mentoring & Coaching for aspiring and dedicated Yoga Students & Teachers to Deepen your Practice, Find your Flow & Live Inspired.

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

Get Clear for the New Year with Be.Do.Have

Get Clear for the New Year with Be.Do.Have

Get Clear with Be.Do.Have

An Uncomplicated Way to Gain Clarity and Achieve your Goals

The Be Do Have model is one of my favorite rituals for programming my inner GPS with where I want to go, and what changes I want to integrate in my life.  

 

It’s a widely used coaching tool, that I came across in the Conversations with God books once upon a dream.  

 

I find this model to be very helpful in getting you feeling more clear in any area of your life.  Once you get clear, it becomes easier to establish – who do I need to be in order to get these goals accomplished.

 

The key is to keep it simple, avoid overthinking, just write down as honestly as you can the top 3-5 things that come to your mind for each category.  This is for you to save to your desktop and refer back to through the year, to add to, like a compass guiding your way home….

 

 

Be – Create a way of being that’s aligned to your visions and Goals

This section is who you are aspiring to become, who you are cultivating being, how you’d like to behave.

Write at least 3  “I am” statements.  E.g. I am Abundant, I am totally perfect and whole as I am.  I am generous, I am clear, I am in flow

…..or whatever resonates for you

 

 

Do – How your way of being propels you into action

This section is what you’d like to make happen,  to accomplish, to experience

 

 

Have – the results of your action will bring you to this goal

This is what you’d like to achieve

 

Once you get clear, it becomes easier to establish – Who do I need to be in order to get these goals accomplished?

 

The key is to keep it simple! Avoid overthinking,

 

Just write down as honestly as you can, in the present tense the top 3-5 things that come to your mind for each category.

 

This is for you to save to your desktop and refer back to through the year, to add to, like a compass guiding your way home….

 

 

Ready to Try your Be-Do-Have and Get Clear?

…Click the Image Below to Download your FREE pdf…

 

Are you calling in support to Get Clear?

Would you like some help to Deepen your Practice, Find more Flow & Live Inspired?

Let’s see if Flow Coaching is Right for you!

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

Pure Flow Yoga is a Travel & Hospitality Awards Winner for 2021

Pure Flow Yoga is a Travel & Hospitality Awards Winner for 2021

Pure Flow Yoga is a Travel & Hospitality Awards Winner for 2021

 

Travel & Hospitality Awards
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23/11/2021: The Travel & Hospitality Awards is proud to announce that Pure Flow Yoga has been awarded in its 2021 Spa and Wellness Awards programme.

While this year has been the toughest the travel industry has ever faced, we endeavour to recognise those who deserve praise and to promote the hard work of tenacious travel businesses. Recipients of Travel & Hospitality awards in 2022 were scrupulously selected based on the aggregation of reviews from multiple third-party sources. Selected by a panel of experts who analyse submission material, review customer feedback and compare the facilities of each entrant. Our winners are those who can demonstrate their uniqueness, quality of services and facilities and exceptional levels of customer care across a number of categories.

In this extraordinary year of the awards over 2,800 nominations were received for this years programme, and the standard of entries was incredibly high. The judging panel had great difficulty in narrowing down the entries but the winners reflect the very best in travel and hospitality standards. The team at Travel & Hospitality Awards, said: “We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries this year. We hope this guide will be a useful tool for discerning travellers planning their next luxury getaway. Congratulations once again to all our winners.”

The full list of winners will be included in the annual awards publication that will be available for digital download in December. To receive this publication, you are encouraged to join the mailing list to be notified upon its release.

For more details on Travel & Hospitality Awards, go to www.thawards.com

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About the Company: THE TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY AWARDS is an annual celebration of excellence across all sectors of travel. The independent awards programme is an annual celebration of excellence for the best hotels, spas, restaurants and tour operators.

About Pure Flow Yoga: Pure Flow Yoga School, offers Inspiring, Empowering & Award-Winning Yoga Classes, Yoga Retreats, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education Courses and 1:1 Mentoring & Coaching for aspiring and dedicated Yoga Students & Teachers to Deepen your Practice, Find your Flow & Live Inspired.

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

10 Hindu Deities to know as a Yoga Teacher

10 Hindu Deities to know as a Yoga Teacher

10 Hindu Gods & Goddesses to Know as a Yoga Teacher

“There can really be as many Hindu Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions & social background of the devotees.” ~Sri Rama Krishna

 

If you’re a Yoga teacher or Yoga student and enthusiast, you’ve likely come across some of the mantras or depictions of some of the popular Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and be wondering why it’s important for you to know who or what they are!  

 

Incorporating myth and mantra into your practice – whether teaching or simply deepening as a student, can help bring you into powerful depths of clarity, heart-opening, support and insight for your journey.

 

Yoga as we’ve come to know it in modern times, is a syncretic and living spiritual practice and awakening system that draws from a wide range of inspirations including religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and also western science and psychology.

 

The Pantheon of Hindu Gods is vast. There are said to be anywhere from 33, 000, 000 to 330,000,000 Hindu deities, each associated with a variety of stories, parables,  iconographies and mantras that teach about the values and aims of human life and the path to awakening. 

 

In India, you can find worshippers decorating shrines to the different deities with offerings including mantra, prayer, incense, flowers or other precious items.

 

While Yoga has borrowed powerful mantras and depictions of Gods & Goddesses to help us invoke, embody, realise ad benefit from the beauty and power they represent, deity meditation or chanting, does not mean that we have subscribe to any religious belief in order to tap into the immense beauty and power of the this practice. Modafinil

 

Each Hindu God is one tiny aspect of Supreme Being. Deities are simply archetypes that are used to represent patterns of thoughts and behavior that are universally present in individual psyches.  By en-chanting and embodying these qualities in sound and form, we can better identify, honour, and invoke these characteristics and qualities within ourselves, and welcome ourselves into the skirt of their protection.

 

In short, learning to work with mantras and deity meditation in your Yoga practice can not only help you to connect to the ancient traditions upon which Yoga draws, but also help you to take yourself and your students on a deepening journey towards awakening,

 

 

Trinity of Supreme Gods in Hinduism:

Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva

Brahma

“Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic ocean, and the lotus of the universe grows from his navel. On the lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a Brahma is 432,000 years. When he dies, the lotus goes back, and another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond galaxies in infinite space, each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it, opening his eyes, closing his eyes.” – Joseph Campbell

 

  • Brahma is the God of Creation, the Cosmos and all its being. Brahma is the first of the Trimurti – the supreme trinity of Gods, along with Vishnu and Shiva

 

  • Symbolism – Brahma symbolises the mind and intellect as he is the source of all knowledge

 

  • Iconography: Brahma is depicted with 4 faces symbolising the completeness of knowledge, and 4 hands symbolizes aspects of the human personality – mind, intellect, ego and consciousness

 

  • Divine Consort: His divine consort is Saraswati who gives him knowledge to run the universe

 

  • Mantra:  We invoke Brahma to honour the Creator and great teacher

 

Gurubrahma Guruvishnu Gurudevo Maheswarah,

Guru saakshaat Param Brahma Tasmai shri guravey Namah.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

2) Vishnu    

                                                                    

The glorious Vishnu is the sole refuge of mortals. He is Infinite Light, Love and Wisdom.” – Swami Sivananda 

 

  • God of Preservation and Sustaining. Some of his avatars are Narayana, Vasudeva and Hare

 

  • Symbolises Justice, Moral order. He is omnipotent, omniscient and encourages kindness

 

  • Divine Consort: Lakshmi – Goddess of wealth and happiness

 

  • Iconography: Vishnu is often depicted as having dark blue, blue-grey or black skin, holding a conch shell – spiral symbolism of all interconnected cyclic experience, , a chakra – war disk symbolising that which restorces dharma and cosmic equilibrium with war if necessary, a club – symbolising authority and power of knowledge, and a lotus flower which symbolizes purity and transcendence

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Vishnu and his avatars for help with patience, liberation, compassion, prosperity and when you need help remaining at peace in the face of fear or worry:

 

3) Shiva       

                                                          

Fire is his head, the sun and moon his eyes, space his ears, the Vedas his speech, the wind his breath, the universe his heart. From his feet the Earth has originated. Verily, he is the inner self of all beings.” — The Upanishads

 

  • Shiva is the God of death and destruction – destroying the ego, and any illusion of separateness

 

  • Symbolism: Shiva is known as the Protector and Destroyer as he helps to to move beyond small concerns to bring us to a still point so we can recognise the bigger picture

 

  • Iconography: Shiva, can almost always be seen depicted in deep meditation, representing pure consciousness and bliss. His body is covered in ashes reminding us that material existence is impermanent. He has a serpent around his neck – representing he ego which has no place in his body,  he is adornin a crescent moon to represent the infinite cycles, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the 3rd eye on his forehead, the trident, as his weapon, and the drum. He is usually worshipped in the form of lingam. 

 

  • Family: Shiva is the Divine Consort of Shakti, Father of Ganesha & Skanda – god of war

 

  • Mantra – We invoke Shiva to align with the union at the heart of Yoga, to help us let go old habits and attachments, and to destroy greed, lust, anger, illusion and ignorance, which create hardship and challenge and stand in the way of peace and enlightenment

 

Om Namah Shivaya

Jaya Shiva Shankara Bom Bom Hara Hara!

Trinity of Supreme Goddesses in Hinduism:

Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kali

The Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Kali are all manifestations of Shakti, Shiva’s consort. These representations of Ma, the Divine Feminine, govern the world of forms, and each gives us tools to navigate the here and now of our daily lives

Om Namah Shivaya

Jaya Shiva Shankara Bom Bom Hara Hara!

4) Saraswati

Only ‘knowledge’ can help us to know the universe, which is vast like an ocean. It enlightens all minds.”— The Rig Veda         

  • Saraswati means “The Flowing One”.  She is the Goddess of language, knowledge, wisdom, flow, the arts
  • Divine Consort of Brahman, Daughter of shiva and durga

 

  • Iconography & Symbolism: Saraswati is represented as a beautiful woman, wearing a white dress and riding a swan, playing a lute upon a pure white lotus – the symbol of the 7th chakra correlated with ultimate bliss and enlightenment.

 

  • Saraswati is depicted with four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego.   She is depicted holding sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena.  

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Saraswati to help us with our creative flow, expression and communication, to help support our studies and to help us cultivate discernment – that which takes us away from enlightenment and that which takes us towards.

 

 

5) Lakshmi

 

“It sometimes strikes me how immensely fortunate I am that each day should take its place in my life, either reddened with the rising and setting sun, or refreshingly cool with deep, dark clouds, or blooming like a white flower in the moonlight. What untold wealth!” –  Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet     

           

                                                            

 

 

  • Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance, prosperity, fertility, purity, grace

 

 

 

  • Symbolism: She reminds us to be grateful for the material, spiritual and emotional abundance that we already have within ourselves – rather than what we lack.

 

 

  • Family: She is the Divine Consort to Vishnu, as well as the daughter of Vishnu and Durga

 

  • Iconography: Laksmi is elegantly dressed, with prosperous golden-colours, with an owl as her vehicle, signifying the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life, her ability to move, work and prevail in confusing darkness. 

 

She typically stands or sits on a lotus, while holding a lotus in her hand, symbolizing fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual liberation. 

 

She is represented as having four hands, which represent the four aspects of human life important to Hindu culture:  dharma, kama, artha, moksha.

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Laksmi, to help support our success and prosperity, and also to help us appreciate with gratitude the abundance we already have.

 

Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha

Om Namoh Kali ma     

6) Kali

 

Whether Kali seems terrifying, fascinating, or loving depends on our state of consciousness and our level of both emotional and spiritual development. But she always invites us to a radical form of ego-transcendence.”

Sally Kempton,

 

 

  • Goddess of death,  time, change, destruction

 

 

 

  • Symbolises: Kali symbolizes the death of ego and reminds worshippers that the human body is a temporary condition only.

 

 

 

  • Family: Kali is the Divine Consort of Shiva

 

 

 

  • Iconography Kali is often depicted as a terrifying force, with blood dripping from her mouth, a protruding tongue, garland of skulls, a skirt of bones, and a sword that cuts away fear, ignorance, and greed – the delusions that keep us from finding peace and joy within our lives

 

 

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Kali for protection, and to help us cut-away what no longer serves us.

 

7) Durga    

 

“Roar with delight while you still can, O illiterate demon, because when I will kill you, the gods themselves will roar with delight”

Hindu Goddess Durga

 

 

 

 

  • Durga is the Goddess of War, also known as Divine Mother, Warrior Goddess, Leader, Fierce Compassion

 

  • Symbolises: Durga helps protect mankind from evil forces and misery: jealousy, prejudice, hatred and ego. 

 

  • Iconography: Durga is depicted riding a tiger, and with each of her eight arms holding a myriad of weapons, showing that she is always protecting mankind in every direction of the world.

 

  • Family: Divine Consort of Shiva

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Durga for protection, wisdom, blessings and strength, to help us rise up as fierce leaders to support the vulnerable. 

Om Dum Durgaye Namaha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

8) Ganesha

 

“Remember, Yoga practice is like an obstacle race; many obstructions are purposely put on the way for us to pass through. They are there to make us understand and express our own capacities. We all have that strength, but we don’t seem to know it. We seem to need to be challenged and tested in order to understand our own capacities. In fact, that is the natural law. If a river flows easily, the water in the river does not express its power. But once you put an obstacle to the flow by constructing a dam, then you can see its strength in the form of tremendous power.”

 – Swami Satchitananda

 

 

  • Ganesha is the beloved elephant-headed God who is famous for being the remover of obstacles. 

 

  • Symbolism: Ganesha represents wisdom, good fortune and is also emblematic as being the both the remover and placer of obstacles– both those outside of us, those we place within our own paths. Ganesha rules the earth element and sits at the root chakra – muladhara,  reminding us to stay connected and rooted to the earth even when we are striving for divinity.

 

  • Family – Son of Shiva and Parvati

 

  • Iconography: Ganesha is represented as having an elephant’s head, riding or being attended to by his vehicle the mouse or shrewd.

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Ganesha at the beginning of anything – a practice, a day, a new journey to clear the way for new beginnings and to remove obstacles:  

 

 

9) Hanuman

                                                                    

“When I do not know who I am, I serve You; and when I do know who I am, You and I are One.”— Hanuman, The Shrī Rāmcharitmānas

 

       

 

  • Hanuman is the great warrior monkey God, and the original Bhakti Yogi

 

 

  • Symbolism – Hanuman is the symbol of devotion, strength, faith, perseverance and devotion. Like us, Hanuman often forgets his divinity, and reminds himself, by chanting Ram’s name over and over again to help him remember and bring him back to the path. 

 

 

 

  • Family: He is the faithful and devoted servant to Ram, an avatar or incarnation of Vishnu, and his wife, Sita.

 

 

 

  • Iconography: Hanuman is often depicted bowing or kneeling in devotion next to sita and ram, or by himself usually opening his chest to symbolically show images of Rama and Sita near his heart. 

 

 

 

  • Mantra: When we sing with our hearts and voices to Hanuman, we remind ourselves that we are at once human and divine. We also invoke Hanuman to help with physical strength, devotion, stamina and power.

Om Hanumanate Namah

Jai Sita Ram Jai Jai Hanuman

 

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

10) Krishna  

 

“Just as a lamp in a windless place does not flicker, so the disciplined mind of a yogi remains steady in meditation on the self.” –  Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita    

                                                            

  • God of Ecstatic devotion (bhakta), embodied love & divine joy and the destroyer of pain 

 

  • Symbolism –  Krishna is the beloved main hero of the Bhagavad Gita. He is leader, teacher, and friend who represents the descent of the infinite to the finite material world

 

  • Family: Avatar of Vishnu, amongst many other avataras, Krishna is also popularly known as Govinda and Gopala

 

  • Iconography: Krishna is depicted as being blue to represent the color of the infinite which symbolizes the immeasurable and all pervading Reality, such as the sky or ocean can appear to the mortal eye as color blue.

 

  • Mantra: We invoke Krishna for purification, solace and bliss. It is often said that Krshna is the saviour of the humanity and the remover of all sufferings

 

 

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

 

Yogi, Retreat Leader, Teacher Trainer, Event Curator and Creator of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School and boutique Retreat Center in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018. 

 

Francie is a dedicated Yogi, sacred sounds musician, entrepreneur, producer, and joy-spreader on a mission to uplift, educate, inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, connected, playful, fulfilled and awakened lives 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master spiritual teachers worldwide, and has curated, organised and led more than 200 transformational Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 1000+ students from all walks of life.

 

Francie’s classes are light and playful, yet deep and meaningful experiences to unwind your mind, open your heart and embody flow .

 

Francie is dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and empowering people to live joyful, connected, and awakened lives, and she is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

Francie Fishman

Founder & Creator of Pure Flow Yoga, Teacher & Educator, Pure Flow Yoga

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How to Cultivate Abundance in your Mind, Heart & Life through Yoga

How to Cultivate Abundance in your Mind, Heart & Life through Yoga

 

 

Cultivate Abundance with Yoga & Meditation

 

“Abundance is about being rich, with or without money.”– Suze Orman

 

 

What does “abundance” mean to you?

 

Abundance can relate to material possessions, such as having lots of money, comfort, wealth – and it can also relate to a mindset and heart-set of gratitude, freedom and enoughness. 💰💜🙏

Abundance means “overflowing” – in other words, having more than enough. It’s a knowing, a feeling and a trust in the fullness and beauty of life within and around us. 🎉

It’s opposite is a feeling of contraction, scarcity and fear.

Truth is, having all our material comforts and possessions in the world will not inevitably lead to happiness and fulfilment.

Instead, Abundance comes from acknowledging the great gifts that we all have within us and all around us. 🎁

When we feel abundant – with love, connection, support, inspiration, nature, beauty… only then can we feel truly happy and free! 🙌

 

So how can we cultivate more of an abundance mindset & heartset?

 

The simplest path to feeling abundance is to practice daily gratitude and appreciation for life in its fullness as it is, and also practice trust in the process and great mystery of life.

 

Take a few moments to consider and/or journal about your relationship to abundance, both in the material and financial sense, and also in the spiritual and heart-based sense:  

 

💕Where in your life do you feel abundant?

💕Where in your life do you desire to feel more abundant

💕What are you grateful for today?

💕Where do you lack trust in life?

💕What are some ways that you practice trusting more in life, in yourself, in the ever-unfolding mystery of life?

 

 

Let’s Practice: Laksmi Meditation with Abhaya / Fearlessness Mudra

 

Lakshmi is a goddess from the Hindu tradition who represents, wealth, love, beauty, grace, and lovely things. She is the goddess of abundance and is happy to be generous with us especially if we treat the earth and all of her splendours with tenderness and respect, and that we notice and delight in the wonder around us, the people we love, and that we listen to and honour the longings of our souls.

 

For this meditation, we emulate the mudra – energetic gesture that the image of Laksmi is expressing through her two front hands to help us cultivate a sense of abundance,

 

  • Sit in a meditation pose with your spine nice and long.

 

  • Raise your right hand shoulder height, palm facing outwards, fingers extended pointing upward, in a gesture of opening and receptivity. The wrist is bent at a right angle with the forearm. The left hand is hip height, palm facing downward in a gesture of giving and letting go.

 

  • Take some deep breaths to allow the flow of prana – life force energy – to fill you up with courage and peace.

 

  • Relax and make yourself comfortable.

 

  • As you inhale feel yourself receiving abundance in your life through your right hand, and as you exhale, feel yourself giving it all way.

 

Hold this position for 5-10 mins everyday, or as long as you can, and then release gently.

🤔 Notice how you feel:

Are you more calm and relaxed?
Do your emotions feel settled?
Do you feel more abundant
Do you feel more fearless?

 

Awesome Abundance Quotes

 

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”- Wayne Dyer

 

“If you look at what you have in your life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”- Oprah Winfrey

 

“Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.”- Nazr Mohammed

 

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”- Tony Robbins

 

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”- Lao Tzu

 

“If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away.”- Mark Twain

 

 

Any of these resonate with You?

Which do you love the most? Let me know

 

 

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

 

Yogi, Life Coach, Musician, Entrepreneur, Enthusiast. Community Activator. Event Producer. Multi-Passionate, Free-spirited Lover of Life and Gypsy Soul. Francie is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018, 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master teachers worldwide, and has curated and led more than 150 + Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 600+ students from all walks of life.

 

She has been a featured presenter at the acclaimed Bali Spirit Festival for the7years, as well as Island Elements in Australia, Oregon Eclipse, Symbiosis Gathering.  In addition to presenting, Francie has also been involved as a festival producer with True:Nature Experience, Air Festival,  Sacred Circularities, and other global festivals, retreats, trainings and gatherings online and worldwide. 

 

Francie’s signature style embraces the most intuitive, creative, graceful and flowing movements that the practice has to offer, while tapping into the nurturing and powerful insights of the ancient tradition.  She offers all-levels, inspiring and playful classes in Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin styles and retreats that weave in-depth instructions on alignment, sequencing, and awareness of the breath with her love of flow, embodiment, storytelling, music, and dance with her knowledge of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy, and Yogic philosophy and wisdom.

 

Francie is known for her enthusiasm, joy, and dedication to helping to uplift inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, aligned, connected, playful, and awakened lives, and is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

 

Francie is based in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Ubud, Bali, where she offers her one-a-kind Cosmic Flow Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga classes, Masterclass workshops in Philosophy, Lifestyle and Vocal Awakening, Kirtan, Sacred Music concerts, Sound healings and her Signature intimate, magical & life-changing “Yoga in Paradise” Yoga & meditation retreats. 

 

For more info & inspirations visit:

Www.PureFlow.Yoga

Francie Fishman

Pure Flow Yoga Founder, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach, Musician, Pure Flow Yoga

Awaken your Inner GPS: Practical Guide to Create your Sankalpa

Awaken your Inner GPS: Practical Guide to Create your Sankalpa

Awaken your Inner GPS:

Practical Guide to Create your Sankalpa

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

 

What is Sankalpa?

Whether it’s a New year’s Resolution, or simply an intention you’ve been asked to set at the beginning of a Yoga class, practicing self-inquiry, and getting clear on your personal, emotional, physical and spiritual growth mindsets can have deeply positive and often immediate benefits on your daily life.  

 

Sankalpa or focused intention, is deep inner resolution to allow for evolution. It is a way of planting seeds that align our wisdom, will and action to help bring more depth, meaning and significance to our practice.  

 

Establishing your sankalpa is a powerful way to build and strengthen a bridge from where you are now, to where you want to be. The more you are able to look within for the answers and make shifts in your life that are guided and nurtured by this self-inquiry practice and the inner wisdom that arises therein, the more narrow this gap becomes. 

 

Unlike a goal, sankalpa is not about quenching of a thirst for more money, or losing those 5 pounds. Instead, it is a profound way to connect to your highest truth and your BEST SELF, from the depth of your soul to be able to realise your most heartfelt desires. 

 

When your sankalpa arises, be willing to sit with it, feel it, cultivate the willingness to put in the work needed to align yourself to it. Then practice. Our resolves are nourished with practice and focus.

 

When you are clear on the “WHY” of your promise to yourself, you begin to more naturally show up for yourself and begin to track your follow-through progress – then your journey with practice can begin to flow with more ease. You tap more into the pure FLOW! 

 

Remember, when it comes to making a promise to yourself, adopting a new habit, a big life change, or moving through transition, the process, “the journey IS the destination”.  Enjoy the process, and let go of any expectation of how your sankalpa may or may not unfold.

 

How to Awaken your Inner GPS:

For me, it’s been quite helpful to think of programming my sankalpa in terms of programming my inner GPS – my inner navigation system, like I would in a car trying to reach a new destination.  

 

Step 1 – Let yourself be quiet for a few intentional moments. 

Take a few minutes to just focus on and slow down your breath.  Give yourself a few moments, to clear away the busyness, the hustle and bustle, the to-do’s, the what comes nexts….and be here now.

 

Step 2 – Program your Inner GPS

Get your journal or simply consider the following question for a few moments, in terms of your body, mind, heart and soul:

What do I really want?

What is my most heartfelt desire?

How do I want to FEEL?

How do i want to help others to feel?

What do I wish to bring into my life?

What new life-supporting habit  – thought pattern, relationship, skill, routine, self-care regime – do i want to add or amplify in my life?

What habit, thought or behaviour do i want to release from my life?

What do i need to let go of? What’s holding me back?

What is it that I truly want from this short and precious life?

What are the things that light me up and make my heart sing?

 

Step 3 – Purify – Prepare your Vehicle

Once we’ve programmed our GPS with where we want to go, and before we put the car into gear and let it follow the map, it’s important to make sure our vehicle is in optimal running order 

This is the self-care piece of the puzzle.

Consider the quality of your day to day life.  How are things running?

Are you well-hydrated, are are eating well, sleeping enough, surrounding yourself with people who uplift you to rise to your best self? Are you in positive clear environments.  Make an y upgrades you deem necessary for the journey to run as smoothly as possible.

 

Step 4 – Begin the Journey / Turn on the Ignition!

It’s time to turn the vehicle on, and go forth in the direction of your dreams.  Who do you need to be in order to actualise these intentions? What steps do you need to take? Create an achievable action step.  Then do it again. One foot in front of the other – keep showing up.  Persistence and presence are the key to making sustainable lasting changes in your life.

 

Step 5 – Trust the Mystery / Believe / Let go

Once everything is in motion, the exact route may unfold differently than you may expect.  In fact, life very rarely goes exactly to plan, as we’ve all so tangibly experienced this year.

What’s important it to practice the art of Trusting the Process.  Easier said than done.  That can be one of your intentions – to TRUST MORE IN THE MYSTERY.  Trust that Maps is gonna get you there eventually.  Trust that there is a greater intelligence operating in life, that is beyond our limited human comprehension.  Trust that simply doing your best to show up with love to each moment that presents is enough. 

Just as google maps has for me at least, on so many occasions, led me down unexpected routes, and sometimes completely wrongs turns and streets, eventually, ideally, we reach our GPS’s programmed destination. 

 

3 Practical Tips to Create your Sankalpa

1. Make your intention Personal – This is all about YOU

What do you want to get out of your home practice in the next couple months?

  • Be my BEST Self / Live my BEST life
  • Be more authentic, kind, compassionate
  • Feel more present
  • Master my emotions and heal core wounds
  • Improve physical, emotional and spiritual flexibility
  • Reduce pain
  • Manage anxiety, stress, depression
  • Grow strength
  • Improve mental function
  • develop openness of heart and mind
  • Something else?

 

How do you want to FEEL?

What is the deeper FEELING behind what YOU want. If you want to commit to a daily yoga practice, perhaps it’s the feeling of presence or openness you want to invite into your life. 

Or maybe you want to be fully free of suffering and think starting a Yoga practice could help with that.

 

2.  Keep it simple and concise: Phrase your intention positively & in the present tense – 

Keep your sankalpa simple and memorable so that you can go deep working with it over and over if you like. 

Rather than focus on what you want to release, let go of or change, focus your awareness on the energy you are currently cultivating – how you want to be feeling.

E.g. I am / feel: …Worthy / Free / Enough / Balanced Joyful / At Ease / in Peace / Healthy and Well / Connected / Relaxed / Rejuvenated / Recharged / Present / Empowered / Supported / in Flow…

 

3. Ritualise it. 

When you have found the right intention for you, it will feel expansive and resonant. Feel into that. Marinating in your sanklapa will take you and your commitment to the next level.

Take a moment to bring in the sacred. Acknowledge the mystery. A simple ritual to consecrate your intention can be simple – turn to your intuition and trust yourself

Perhaps you light a candle, some incense, share some insightful words or prayer of gratitude.

 

Create your Sankalpa – Let’s Practice Together:

Preparing:

  • Take a few moments to consider your Sankalpa and get clear on what you really want. 
  • Set your timer, and take 5 minutes NOW with your journal. Feel free to share in the comments.
  • Write point form or in sentences, in as much details as possible, your sankalpa, your resolution to evolve and integrate these qualities more into your life. 
  • Place it where you can see/read it every day – This is the best way to keep your sankalpa present and fresh in your awareness. Make it beautiful if you feel inspired!

 

Journal/Ask-Yourself:

  • What is inspiring you to create a sankalpa right now? What needs aren’t fully being met in your life?
  • How do I want to feel?
  • What do I really want?
  • What is my heartfelt desire?
  • What qualities do I want to grow and nurture in my life?
  • What qualities am I hoping to grow within myself this year?
  • How much time am I willing to commit to practice on a daily basis?
  • What are my top 5 excuses or reasons that will likely come up and deter me from fully participating/being present for my practices?
  • What are my top 5 challenges or distractions to Yoga/meditation in general?
  • Am I willing to face the inevitable resistances and challenges that arise along this journey? How?

 

Ready to Get Clear, Deepen your Practice, Feel more Balanced and Resilient & Align to Your Sankalpa & Purpose?

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

 

Yogi, Life Coach, Musician, Entrepreneur, Enthusiast. Community Activator. Event Producer. Multi-Passionate, Free-spirited Lover of Life and Gypsy Soul. Francie is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018, 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master teachers worldwide, and has curated and led more than 150 + Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 600+ students from all walks of life.

 

She has been a featured presenter at the acclaimed Bali Spirit Festival for the7years, as well as Island Elements in Australia, Oregon Eclipse, Symbiosis Gathering.  In addition to presenting, Francie has also been involved as a festival producer with True:Nature Experience, Air Festival,  Sacred Circularities, and other global festivals, retreats, trainings and gatherings online and worldwide. 

 

Francie’s signature style embraces the most intuitive, creative, graceful and flowing movements that the practice has to offer, while tapping into the nurturing and powerful insights of the ancient tradition.  She offers all-levels, inspiring and playful classes in Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin styles and retreats that weave in-depth instructions on alignment, sequencing, and awareness of the breath with her love of flow, embodiment, storytelling, music, and dance with her knowledge of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy, and Yogic philosophy and wisdom.

 

Francie is known for her enthusiasm, joy, and dedication to helping to uplift inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, aligned, connected, playful, and awakened lives, and is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

 

Francie is based in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Ubud, Bali, where she offers her one-a-kind Cosmic Flow Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga classes, Masterclass workshops in Philosophy, Lifestyle and Vocal Awakening, Kirtan, Sacred Music concerts, Sound healings and her Signature intimate, magical & life-changing “Yoga in Paradise” Yoga & meditation retreats. 

 

For more info & inspirations visit:

Www.PureFlow.Yoga

Francie Fishman

Pure Flow Yoga Founder, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach, Musician, Pure Flow Yoga

3 Ways Yoga can help you to Thrive in Uncertainty

3 Ways Yoga can help you to Thrive in Uncertainty

3 Ways Yoga can Help You

to Thrive in Uncertainty

 

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly”. – R. Buckmister Fuller

 

We all know the cardinal rule: Everything changes always. Yup, We can definitely count on that, for the seeming better or worse. Everything in nature moves in cycles and waves.

 

And even though we intuitively know that, change can be hard to readily and easily accept and embrace.  

 

Let’s face it, this has been a tough few years – if not for you directly, then for many of your friends, family and loved ones. Whether you’re thriving or surviving, literally everyone is being effected in some way, shape or form.

 

As a collective, we’re being called out of comfort zones and invited into the great mystery of life in a whole new way. Some of us have lost our work as we know it, some of us have lost loved one.

 

Relationships are shifting, and what we’ve counted on as solid up until now – the ground many of us stand on – has been fully shaken. The future can feel sometimes dauntingly uncertain.

 

Many of us are asking ourselves how to be ok, how to find balance and connection, how to overcome stress and overwhelm, how to BE in relation to this wild moment in time.

 

Every challenge and change offers us the opportunity for transformation or trauma.  Sometimes both!

So how can Yoga help us Thrive in Uncertainty?

3 Practical Keys

 

1) Yoga is a Practical Practice.   It teaches us Self-Discipline, Self-Care and Self-Love.

Focus on your own personal growth and transformation. Work on your self and your well-being. 

We are at the core of our own experiences.  All we can ever control, is our relationship to what each moment presents.  For most of us, finding and maintaining strength, balance and flexibility, in both our outer and inner worlds, requires deliberate PRACTICE. This will help you immensely to stay balanced, centred and grounded.

Yoga as a practice helps to teach us to keep watching the mind, and the stories we are telling ourselves about the moment – to watch the feelings, thoughts, and sensations arise and release identifications with them .  The practice is to keep coming back to the breath, and to open and move our bodies and move stagnation and stuck energy. 

Looking after your body, eating healthy whole, balanced, foods, drinking plenty of water, taking care of your hygiene, getting enough exercise are simple, beautiful and important aspects of our daily self-care regime, that when honoured, can help to build more self-love, respect and self-worth  Take care of your body.  It is the temple of your spirit. 

 

2) Yoga helps us to Consciously Cultivate Awareness, Presence & Adaptability.

So we can Allow, Let go & Create New Dreams

Lean into the discomfort.  Let all the feelings arise and breathe in to them. Allow the feelings of loss, grief, gratitude, nostalgia, emotion, endings, new beginnings. Let yourself be fully present with any discomfort. Practicing letting yourself completely feel whatever is there for you to feel in relation to the changes, whether you perceive them as positive or negative. 

Yoga as a practice is designed to help awaken our consciousness to the illusion of separation.  it is a pursuit of relinquishing suffering by virtue of come into direct awareness with our true nature.o slow. Breath into it.  Trust that it’s a process. And when you’re ready, start dreaming new dreams and growing towards more light and purpose.

Being able to witness passing thoughts as clouds moving through the mind, as one might in a buddhist mindfulness meditation practice, can help us to establish a space between a stimulus – a thought, feeling, or sensation – and our reaction. That space of awareness, creates the opportunity to instead of moving into reaction, we can cultivate more supportive responsiveness.

Dream. Plants and Grow new seeds. Cultivate them with your awareness and love. The Yogic practice of sankalpa, of creating intentionality in our lives, connecting with the ultimate feeling we desire to be experiencing or rise into – whether that inner calm and peace, or abundance and love – can really helpful in supporting the conditions for thriving.   

 

3) Yoga helps us to Strengthen & Resource Ourselves

To Welcome Connection, Support,  Learning, Letting Go, Growth and Transformation 

Our basic human needs for connection, belonging and purpose are still there, and are important ingredients to include in the recipe of thriving.  If you’re feeling alone, reach out – let yourself connect and be supported. I know it can be hard. Remember the ol’ adage “ask and you shall receive”.  You are not alone, even if it feels like it. People care about you – I promise.

Connect with community, support and let yourself be supported. A key component of a spiritual practice is to support yourself with a sangha – a supportive community of like-minded seekers who are committed to the path of love and evolution and help you to ask important questions, seek truth, and rise to your highest self. 

Stay curious. Breathe into it. What is adversity teaching you about yourself and life in general? What can you learn from your emotions, from what’s happening all around you? Yoga teaches us to reflect – svadyaya – to study ourselves, to know ourselves.  To see all the tricky ways the ego works to keep us in sufffering and separation. 

Yoga gives us mantras like “om mani padme hum” – a powerful mantra for peace and compassion from the buddhist tradtion.  The mantra translates as the “the jew is in the lotus flower”. The basic symbology of the lotus is a representation of the human journey – Rooted in the mud, the lotus rises in beauty and grows towards the light. In the other words, and in the words of Thich Naht Hanh – “No mud. No Lotus”. When we repeat this mantra, we practice replacing our negative or looping thoughts with this sentiment that we hope to realise – that even if we feel we are in the mud right now, there’s more beauty to the picture that we can’t yet see, that will be there as a direct result of having been in that mud.

 

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Yogi, Life Coach, Musician, Entrepreneur, Enthusiast. Community Activator. Event Producer. Multi-Passionate, Free-spirited Lover of Life and Gypsy Soul. Francie is the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School in Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018, 

 

As a devoted practitioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master teachers worldwide, and has curated and led more than 150 + Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 600+ students from all walks of life.

 

She has been a featured presenter at the acclaimed Bali Spirit Festival for the7years, as well as Island Elements in Australia, Oregon Eclipse, Symbiosis Gathering.  In addition to presenting, Francie has also been involved as a festival producer with True:Nature Experience, Air Festival,  Sacred Circularities, and other global festivals, retreats, trainings and gatherings online and worldwide. 

 

Francie’s signature style embraces the most intuitive, creative, graceful and flowing movements that the practice has to offer, while tapping into the nurturing and powerful insights of the ancient tradition.  She offers all-levels, inspiring and playful classes in Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin styles and retreats that weave in-depth instructions on alignment, sequencing, and awareness of the breath with her love of flow, embodiment, storytelling, music, and dance with her knowledge of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy, and Yogic philosophy and wisdom.

 

Francie is known for her enthusiasm, joy, and dedication to helping to uplift inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, aligned, connected, playful, and awakened lives, and is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.

 

Francie is based in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Ubud, Bali, where she offers her one-a-kind Cosmic Flow Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga classes, Masterclass workshops in Philosophy, Lifestyle and Vocal Awakening, Kirtan, Sacred Music concerts, Sound healings and her Signature intimate, magical & life-changing “Yoga in Paradise” Yoga & meditation retreats. 

 

For more info & inspirations visit:

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Francie Fishman

Pure Flow Yoga Founder, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach, Musician, Pure Flow Yoga

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Kundalini Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, the Creative Process: Creating a Better World Through Dance & Service

Kundalini Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, the Creative Process: Creating a Better World Through Dance & Service

Kundalini Yoga, Ecstatic Dance & the Creative Process

Creating a Better World Through Dance, Purpose and Service

 

 Interview with Sophie Sôfrēē

“Music brings frequency and unity.  We can all be doing our individual practices and have different belief systems and religions, but once music comes in, everybody is equal.”

– Sophie Sôfrēē

 

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In this episode, Sophie Sôfrēē shares

  • Creativity and her passion to help people tap into their creativity – through ecstatic dance, sharing their voice, creating art and leading retreats
  • Her journey from the tech hub of Silicon Valley to the spiritual and wellness hub of Bali and how Yoga helped her to awaken to an appreciation of spirituality, self-care and caring for others,
  • Kundalini Yoga: the resonance of the music and mantra, the practice, the depth of meditation & why Kundalini Yoga is the perfect compliment to other spiritual and physical practices
  • The Energy body – Chakra and Kriya– and how focusing on clearing and strengthening the aura and energy fields around us through Kundalini Yoga can help us live more grateful, gracious and expansive lives
  • The global rise of Ecstatic dance – a healing modality of dance and music that unites and connects us as individuals and communities, bringing us back into circle tribal culture, and her role as one of Bali’s Yoga Barn resident DJ’s
  • Retreat Culture & Leadership – Her journey from wellness retreats to executive coaching and the empowerment world, and how we can respond and create positive culture, where we live from our purpose and create positive impact on the planet
  • Wakamaia – Her co-creation project with Rob Weber / Raio – an inspiring platform to share music, art and events, including their upcoming ecstatic dance facilitator training
  • Self-Care – Waking up each day and thinking, “What do I want to bring into this day?”
  • Her Forbes feature and why she felt it was important to use this platform to share on the superpowers of the menstrual cycle

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About Sophie Sôfrēē:

Sophie Sofree is the co-founder and creative director of Wakamaia, where she curates a celebration of music, art, retreats and indigenous artisans. She is also an event producer for the growing startup Abroad, for which she creates transformative experiences for executive leaders in Bhtuan, Bali, New Zealand and Peru. This year Sophie has been featured in Forbes magazine, where she highlights her journey of  bridging the gap between her experience in the tech space in San Francisco in Silicon Valley, to integrating spirituality and ancient wisdom cultures to help inspire and support others to connect with themselves to find their true purpose with the work they are doing in the world. BBC has also recently filmed Sophie as part of a feature on alternative wellness modalities, focusing on ecstatic dance and the benefits of the creative process. Originally from Singapore, and now residing and thriving in Ubud, Bali, you can find Sophie Sofree DJ’ing for ecstatic dances, teaching Kundalini Yoga, Mandala meditation classes or designing retreats and simply empowering others to tap into their creativity and reverence for life itself.  

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Yoga as a map to Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance & Spiritual Growth –  Interview with Tanya Kaps

Yoga as a map to Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance & Spiritual Growth – Interview with Tanya Kaps

Yoga as a map to Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance & Spiritual Growth

 

 Interview with Tanya Kaps

“One of the biggest myths of Yoga that I hope that any practitioner gets dispelled as soon as possible: Yoga is not about creating a perfect state. It’s cultivating the capacity to be with all states and respond without attachment”

– Tanya Kaps

 

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In this episode, Tanya shares about: 

  • Yoga as a support system to assist people in spiritual growth and awakening
  • Finding freedom and the underlying questions that drive the path ending suffering and obtaining happiness, independent of conditions
  • The happiness question and how the modern paradigm of happiness based on success and money lead her to the yogic path
  • Vedanta philosophy, finding a guru, and the natural progression of Yogic practice from gross to subtle
  • Teaching at the world-famous Yoga Barn in Bali and how she manages huge studio classes
  • Gifts and myths of Yoga and the Breathing practices
  • Transpersonal psychology, coaching, and Ken Wilber’s states and stages of consciousness to understand spiritual progress
  • The Yoga of RelationshipsIntimacy, shadow work and motherhood as the greatest spiritual practice
  • Online Sadhana – inspired offerings for her international student base including regular Yoga practice,  spiritual talks and contemplation practices – satsangs, and also a platform to learn and train, with posture clinics, techniques and the spiritual teachings.

 

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About Tanya Kaps

Canadian- born and Bali based Tanya Kaps is the founder of One Yoga School and AthomewithTanya.com. 

Tanya is a Transpersonal Psychology Coach, resident teacher at Bali’s legendary Yoga Barn and a solo mother. She has been studying the spiritual system of Yoga and teaching internationally for 2 decades.

Tanya’s wisdom, humility and compassion opens hearts and minds as she shines an inspiring light on the universality of the human journey and the power of yoga to guide us home.

Tanya has been sitting with her teacher Swami Vagishananda, for the past decade and has been initiated into teaching Vedanta which are traditional teachings of Non-Duality and Oneness.

Tanya has created an extensive online learning platform Athomewithtanya.com with over 250 hours of classes, training material, detailed posture library with alignment, puja, chants, meditation, pranayama and satsang and talks to unfold Yoga’s main spiritual texts.

 

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Soulful Recipes for Stressful Times

Soulful Recipes for Stressful Times

Healthy Snacks for Stressful Times

Soulful Recipes to Nourish your Body and Mind

“Your Body Is Your Temple.

Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in”. 

– B. K. S. Iyengar

 

 

Hi! I’m Liz.  In this Guest Post I take a deeper look at how high sugar snacks impact the brain and show you some easy, healthy homemade snacks

 

More than ever our body and mind asks us for a little extra care. It’s not only how and what we eat, it is also about our mindset and mental health.

 

Why do I Comfort-Eat?

Have you ever found yourself starring inside the fridge, looking for food, eating any convenient snack you can find?  I for myself can assure you that it happened to me many times before.

 

But what is it that leads us to “comfort-feeling-eating”?

 

Deep within we’re longing for something that fills us, that soothes the pain or calms the mind.

 

Especially in times when we find ourselves home alone, without social contacts, some of us lost their jobs … our longing for something that replaces the missing pieces is stronger than ever

 

The sweetness of being all by myself I feel empty – I fill it up with food 

 

I think we all know the scene from “Bridged Jones’ Diary”; Shattered and emotionally overwhelmed on the sofa, crying, hugging a jar of ice cream, singing the pain out loud to the most emotional songs. I guess that’s how most of us feel at some point these days or some may already have repeated this scene in perfection. And I totally feel you as some days I don’t feel different at all. 

 

But why not replace the sugar bomb with a healthy energy boost?

 

Our brain cries for a reward and the biggest reward for our brain is: Sugar. 

 

Instead of nurturing the body with nutritious food, we prefer comfort-food that is convenient, ready to eat and that makes us feel better for a little while. 

 

Unfortunately the most convenient comfort-foods are often those with the highest amount of sugar and not nutritious at all. It is also proven that sugar has high impacts on inflammatory reactions in the body; and this is what we don’t need at all. 

 

Dopamine  – Messenger of your nervous system 

There are days when we feel low and the routine of staying home challenges us. We need an extra boost of Dopamine and some creativity to keep the body and mind healthy and attuned.

 

Sugar has a high impact on the brain and leads to Dopamine production in the body. Dopamine functions as a hormone and neurotransmitter at the same time. As a neurotransmitter the nervous system uses it to communicate between the nerve cells.

 

It affects the brain at the reward system which is responsible for feelings, emotions and our behaviour towards pleasurable stimuli such as shopping, food, sex, alcohol, drugs, etc. 

 

When we activate the reward system it leads to distraction from unpleasant feelings and painful emotions.

 

Do you remember the last time you fell in love: you feel excited, more than alive and over enthusiastic. Your brain is in constant reward mode and this hormone cocktail prevents you from negative emotions, conflicts, etc.

 

Once its high level drops the feeling of being high above everything starts to disappear, you start to see your partner with different eyes and without the rose-colored glasses. The same happens when your child has too much sugar before bedtime. The nervous system is highly activated and ready to conquer the world.

 

 

When your Dopamine level is low you may feel:

  • Reduced ability to feel pleasure
  • Sugar and carbohydrate cravings
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Feeling bored, apathetic, depressed
  • Low drive and motivation
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Low libido

 

 

Foods naturally high in tyrosine an amino acid that is needed to produce Dopamine:

Apple Strawberries Blueberries Watermelon Raw, Dark Chocolate  Almonds Eggs  Beetroot  Chia Seeds Green vegetables  Dates  Banana Walnuts  Pineapple

Home-Made Recipes for Healthy Snacks & Treats

If you’re craving something sweet,  let’s get creative together with a whole bunch of delicious, nutritious foods!

Put on your favourite playlist, I can highly recommend Francie’s playlist or you can also tune into mine, put your hair up to a bun and let’s get ready 🙂

1. Peanut Butter Energy Balls 

 

1 cup crunchy peanut butter (unsweetened) 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats 2 tbsp shredded Coconut  1 tbsp Chia seeds 1 tbsp honey  1/4 cup dark chocolate chips  1 tsp vanilla extract 

 

  1. Mix all ingredients together. It should be a well mixed, sticky mass.
  2. Let it sit for at least 30 min in the fridge.
  3. Mix again and form little round balls. 
  4. Store them in the fridge in a closed jar or box. 

2. Chocolate Cashew Energy Balls 

 

Filling 8 pitted Medjool dates (or 16 small dates) 1 cup unsalted cashews  1/2 cup unsalted pistachios  1 tablespoon raw cacao powder or dark chocolate  1 teaspoon cinnamon 

 

Coating  1 tsp coconut oil  100g dark chocolate  1/2 cup crushed pistachios

 

  1. Mix all ingredients for the filling in a food processor. It is a very sticky mass that you might have to replace the mass from time to time in the food processor. 
  2. Mix until you have a mass with some crunchy nut pieces.
  3. Form into balls and place them at least 30 min in the fridge. (If the mass is too sticky you can place it in the fridge first and form the balls after) 

 

  1. For the filling, melt the chocolate and stir in the coconut oil.
  2. Dip the cold energy balls into the coating and sprinkle with crushed pistachios.

 

All energy balls are storable in the fridge for up to one week. 

 

3. Coconut Chia Pudding with Mango Purée 

 

2 tbsp Chia Seeds 2 tbsp Shredded Coconut  150 ml Coconut Milk  75 ml Almond Milk (you can replace it with any of your preferred type of milk)  1/2 – 1 tbsp Coconut Sugar ( or any other sweetener) 1 tsp Cinnamon  1 tsp Vanilla Extract 

 

1 ripe Mango

 

 

Chia Pudding

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure the chia seeds doesn’t stick together or stick on the ground  Cover the bowl and place it for at least 2 hours in the fridge. (Best over night but not necessary)

 

For some extra sparkle you can add some matcha 😉

 

Mango Purée 

  1. Cut the Mango in half 
  2. Use the following trick to get out the flesh the easiest way 🙂 
  3. In a food processor mix the flesh until it is a smooth purée.
  4. Place the purée in the fridge 
  5. Before serving top the Chia Pudding with Mango Purée. Voila! 

 

Coconut Chia Pudding is storable in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. 

  1. Mix until you have a mass with some crunchy nut pieces.
  2. Form into balls and place them at least 30 min in the fridge. (If the mass is too sticky you can place it in the fridge first and form the balls after) 

 

  1. For the filling, melt the chocolate and stir in the coconut oil.
  2. Dip the cold energy balls into the coating and sprinkle with crushed pistachios.

 

All energy balls are storable in the fridge for up to one week. 

 

4. Sweet & Salty Quinoa

1 cup white Quinoa  1/2 cup Coconut Milk  1 1/2 cups Almond Milk (or any other)  1/2 – 1 Banana  4 chopped Dates  1 tsp Cinnamon  1/2 tsp Nutmeg  1 pinch of Salt 

 

  1. Rinse Quinoa with cold water. 
  2. In a pot mix all the ingredients and stir until simmer. Cut Banana in slices and add to the Quinoa/Milk mix.
  3. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Stir from time to time.
  4. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a little while.
  5. Place Quinoa in a bowl. 
  6. Serve either hot or cold.

 

Add any topping you like. I love Mango-Passion Fruit Purée on top.

 

 

5. Watermelon Pineapple Salad 

Watermelon  Pineapple  Fresh Peppermint 

 

  1. Cut watermelon and Pineapple in cubes.
  2. Chop Mint leaves.
  3. Mix in a bowl and enjoy 🙂

 

6. Ginger Turmeric Immune Boost

 

1-2 Organic Ginger Root  1 tsp ground or fresh Turmeric  4 Peppercorns  1-2 tsp Honey  1/2 – 1 Lime  1,5 liter Water 

 

  1. Cut Ginger in slices and place in a pot.
  2. Add Water, Peppercorns and Turmeric and cook for at least 15 min.
  3. Take the pot from the oven and add Lime and Honey.
  4. If it’s too spicy you can add water or a little bit more honey.

 

Pepper is used to activate Curcuma in Turmeric. 🙂 It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 

7. Beetroot-Apple Smoothie

 

1/2 Beetroot 1 Apple  1 Carrot 1-2 cups Coconut water or normal water  1 tbsp Lime Juice 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixer. 
  2. Enjoy! 🙂 

 

If you like it spicy you can add a little piece of fresh Ginger.   

re honey.

 

Pepper is used to activate Curcuma in Turmeric. 🙂 It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 

Hope you enjoy these delightful recipes!

Sending you so much love.

XOXO

 

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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.


Practice with us:

 

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!



 

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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,

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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?  

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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. 

>>>READ MORE

 

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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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 #45

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 #45

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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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

 

Hit Reply and Let me Know

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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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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So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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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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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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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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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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