Love & Inspiration #36

Love & Inspiration #36

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Book I’m gushing about

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

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

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

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

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

     


3) Enneagram Test – ~15 mins

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


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


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

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

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

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

 


4) Music

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


5) Ayurvedic Self-Care Practice

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


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

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

 

Which Inspiration did you LOVE the most today?

Please REPLY and let me know!

I LOVE hearing from you.

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #35

Love & Inspiration #35

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Bodhisattva Prayer for All Humanity

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

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

 

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

a guide for those on the path,

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

May I be a lamp in the darkness,

a resting place for the weary,

a healing medicine for all who are sick,

a vase of plenty, a tree of miracles.

And for the boundless multitudes of living beings,

may I bring sustenance and awakening,

enduring like the earth and sky

until all beings are freed from sorrow

and all are awakened.

 

3) 5 Love Languages Quiz

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

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

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

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

What are your primary love languages?

 

4) Music

 

 

 

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

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #34

Love & Inspiration #34

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

 

1) Quote:

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

     

 

2) Self-Compassion Guided Meditations 

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

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

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

 

3) Mystic Mamma

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4) Book I’m Reading

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

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

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

 

 

5) Savasana Music

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

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #33

Love & Inspiration #33

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Poem by Jeff Foster

Falling in Love with Where you Are

Dying to all
you think you know

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

Sinking into the vast mystery
of the present moment

Embracing change and loss
as misunderstood friends

Falling in love
with where you are

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

Only endless destinations
and never-ending beginnings

– Jeff Foster

 

3) Inspiring Talk from Russell Brand – 8 mins

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


 

 

4) Music Playlist for Yoga Practice

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

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

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

 

 

 

5)🎧 Francie’s Interview with Daniela Garza Rois

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

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

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

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

 

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #32

Love & Inspiration #32

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

 

2) Full Moon Mantra: Purna = Fullness

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

 

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

 पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते ।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

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

 

3) The Psoas – “Muscle of the Soul”

 

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

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

 

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

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

Click below to read more:

 

 

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

Feeling the full moon power giving you energy?

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

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

 

 

5) My New Favourite Self-Care Ritual

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

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

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

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

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

 

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #31

Love & Inspiration #31

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Sound Healing – Music @ 432Hz

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

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

 

 

 

3) Guest Blog Post

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

Know that you are not alone….

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

Read on….

 

 

Join Emma on Retreat at Pure Flow Yoga from Mid-August to October!

 

4) Mystic Mantra Meditations

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

 

 

5) 12 Steps of Spiritual Recovery

 

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

 

 

Here are the 12 steps of spiritual recovery:

Here are the 12 steps of spiritual recovery:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #30

Love & Inspiration #30

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Beautiful Remix

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

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

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

 

 

 

3) Soul Session interview with Joe Dispenza

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

 

 

Wanna know what’s possible for your life?

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

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

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

 

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

 

In this Episode, Simone shares about:

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

 

5) Yoga Nidra with Simone – 36 minutes

 

 

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

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to

get exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie

that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #29

Love & Inspiration #29

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

 

1) One of my favourite Poems ever.

The Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

— Jalaluddin Rumi

 

2) StoryTime & Music with Reggie Riverbear

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

 

 

Reggie on the Magic of Storytelling:

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

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

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

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

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

 

3) TEDx Video: at TEDxWhitechapel

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

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

 

 

 

4) Reading – 10 min read

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

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

 

 

5) Inspiring Reminder / Homework:

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

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

 

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

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

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to access exclusive deals and weekly lessons & musings from Francie that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

Love & Inspiration #28

Love & Inspiration #28

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

 

1) Quote

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

     

2) Song

Love Danit. Love Mose.  Beautiful co-creation.

 

 

3) Video: The Big Questions 

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

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

 

 

4) Reading

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

 

 

 

5) Podcast

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

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to access exclusive deals and weekly lessons / musings from Francie that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

 

** Pssst….Wanna Co-Create?**

We love collaborating with our beautiful community. 

This summer we are inviting you to come share! 

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

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

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

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

 

Love & Inspiration #27

Love & Inspiration #27

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

 

1) Quote

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

     

2) Beautiful Song

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

 

3) Article: Silence as a Life-hack

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Knowing that you have access to flow state:

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Upcoming Events

Love & Inspirations

***

Thanks for reading. 

Please remember to sign up for our Love-Letter to access exclusive deals and weekly lessons / musings from Francie that we only share with our subscribers!

***

 

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

I LOVE Hearing from You. Please let me know!

 

 

** Pssst….Wanna Co-Create?**

We love collaborating with our beautiful community. 

This summer we are inviting you to come share! 

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

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

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

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