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. 

 

Make sure to Subscribe to our podcast

 to stay up to the minute with our latest podcast release for the chakra series, and fresh conversations here too!

 

Inspiration:

Music & Playlists

 

A New Vision – Temple Step Project feat. Darpan

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

 

Love & Inspiration Maha Yoga Playlist

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

 

Ecstatic Dance Playlist

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

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

 

Reading Recommendations

 

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

 

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



 

Private Sessions & Online Classes
with Francie 

Life-Guidance / Mentoring
Yoga & Meditation
Singing & Vocal Awakening


The Thailand Yoga studio is now closed indefinitely, but you can still practice with me in the jungle for now!

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

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

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

Private Yoga |  Meditation | Life Guidance | Vocal Activation Sessions

Use promocode “BeHereNow” to save 25% | Sliding Scale also available in this time of need.


Please shoot me a message if you have any questions, or want to see if a session with me is right for you.



Moving forward – I’d LOVE your Help! 


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

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

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


CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 YTT Grads!

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

On a personal note, thank you.


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

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

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

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

where I am now getting to experience a full savasana…

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


 

Thanks for being a part of our community. 

Sending you infinite light, love and blessings for you.

I truly LOVE and APPRECIATE you being here,

XOXO

Francie
Founder of Pure Flow Yoga

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Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 2019

Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 2019

Maha Love & Inspiration Playlist 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

 

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #45

Love & Inspiration #45

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

1) Quote

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


 

2) Yoga 101:  Namaste

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

>>>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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Love & Inspiration #44

Love & Inspiration #44

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

 

1) Quotes I’m pondering from Joseph Campbell 

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

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

 

2) Blog & Mantra for Inner Peace

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

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

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

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

Read on to discover the lessons of the lotus.

 

 

 

3)Power of Prayer Flags

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

Here in Nepal, they are everywhere.

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

 

 

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

Colour represent the 5 elements:

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

 

4) Gods & Goddess Study Guide

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

 

 

5) Music

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

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Love & Inspiration.

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #43

Love & Inspiration #43

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

 

1) Quote

  • “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”

     

    – Brene Brown

 

2) Tedx Talk – On Raising our Vibration & Serendipity

 

 

Super cool talk.

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

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

 

 

3) Important Book I’m Revisiting

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

4) Giving Back: Yoga for Social Change 

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

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

You can help make this dream come true.

 

 

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

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

 

 

5) PrayerSong / Eagle Medicine

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

 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Love & Inspiration.

So much LOVE, Gratitude & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #42

Love & Inspiration #42

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

 

1) Quote

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

 

2) Reading & Practice on Mindfulness

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

3) Serenity Prayer

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

 

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

– Reinhold Niebuhr

 

4) Mother Peace Round Tarot

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

5) Song on Repeat

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

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #41

Love & Inspiration #41

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

 

1) Quote

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

     

2) Poem

  • Hokusai Says – Roger Keyes

Hokusai says Look carefully.

He says pay attention, notice.

He says keep looking, stay curious.

He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.

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

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

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

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

He says every one of us is frightened.

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

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

Wood is alive.

Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.

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

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

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

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

It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.

Joy is life living through you.

Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.

Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid.

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

Let life live through you.

 

3) Mantra Music Meditation

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

You can download the full 23 minutes version here.

 

Aad Guray Nameh – I bow to the Primal Wisdom.

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

Sat Guray Nameh – I bow to the True Wisdom.

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

 

 

4) Astro-Carography

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

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

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

 

 

5) Spooky Halloween Thoughts

 

 

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #40

Love & Inspiration #40

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

 

1) Quote I’m pondering:

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

 

2) 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age

  • The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age – Yogi Bhajan

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

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

 

3) My favourite Autumn Tea

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

 

 

4) Yin Yoga Podcast Practice for the New Moon

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

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

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

 

5) Music

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

 

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #39

Love & Inspiration #39

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

 

1) Quote I’m pondering:

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

 

 

2) Book I’m Reading:

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

 

 

3) How to play the Infinite Game – 37 mins

I’m still thinking about this awesome talk

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

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

 

4) Free Oracle App I’m Loving:

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

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

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

 

5) Music

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

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

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

 

So much LOVE & Blessings to you,

XOXO

Francie Love

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Love & Inspiration #38

Love & Inspiration #38

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

 

1) Quote:

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

 

2) Celebrating Navaratri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

3) Pranayama / Breathing Technique:

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

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

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

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

 

 

4) Learning a bit more about Positive Psychology:

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

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

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

 

5) Mantra Music for the Goddess

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

 

 

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

So much LOVE & Blessings to you sweet one!

XOXO

Francie Love

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