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

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

Transforming Cellular Memory,

Yoga Deep &

the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival

Interview with Cathy Pearson 

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

 

Listen to my conversation with Cathy Pearson here:

 

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In this Episode, Cathy shares about:

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

 

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About Cathy:

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

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

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

 

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Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect Way to Travel Solo

Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect Way to Travel Solo

Why Yoga Retreats are the Perfect way to Travel Solo

Top 5 Reasons Why a Yoga Retreat is the Perfect Way

to Make your Solo Travel Journey Deep and Meaningful

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Coming on a Yoga Retreat in is the perfect mix of combining your call to travel solo to an exotic destination, with your desire to invest in your health and well-being, and travel with purpose.

 

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

 

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

 

 

The Beginning of My Solo – Travel Journeys

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Now I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Please leave a comment below:

Have you travelled Solo?

What have been your challenges and breakthroughs?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reclaim your Day

Checking out of the morning Phone-Check Cycle

 

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

 

If you do, you are in good company. 

 

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

 

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

 

Here’s how I did my experiment: 

 

3 Tips to Checking Out of the Morning Phone Check Cycle

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Here’s what I  found:

 

1) It’s hard to break this cycle

Honest truth -t it was actually really hard. 

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

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

and i get joy out of it.

It’s a dopamine hit and I know it.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Yoga & Taboo

Sex, Death & Wealth

with Emily Kuser

Listen to our conversation with Emily Kuser here:

 

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

it ‘s a true honour and pleasure to welcome the wise, accomplished and fascinating Emily Kuser to the Pure Flow Yoga podcast.. Emily is a true seeker at heart, and has journeyed from her humble American roots, to becoming a prominent international Yoga teacher based in Bali and offering her Self-Care, Woman’s work and Taboo exploration workshops worldwide. Emily has a passionate curiosity for exploring the big questions of life (and death), and also how can she be best be in service to humanity a teacher. Emily is known for her skills and passion teaching Anusara Yoga, Embodied Flow, and now the more juicy and unexplored topics of sex, death & wealth, which we talk a bit about today.   

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In this Episode, Emily shares about:

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

 

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About Emily:

Emily Kuser– Founder of High Vibe Yoga 

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

 

Learn more about Emily:

Website High Vibe Yoga

Instagram@highvibeyoga

FacebookHigh Vibe Yoga

 

Show notes:

 

 

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

Malaika Darville – Walking the Beauty Way

Malaika Darville – Walking the Beauty Way

Walking the Beauty Way

with Malaika Darville

 

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depress, they would ask you one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

– Ageles Arrien, from the forward to “Maps to Ecstasy”.

 

 

Listen to Malaika on the Pure Flow Yoga Podcast Here:

 

 

It is my honour, joy and privilege to introduce to the show today, my friend, teacher and community-mate Malaika Darville, a powerful shaman-ness, ceremonialist, Yogi, musician, community elder, 5-elements Ecstatic Dance facilitator, and DJ, with her basket FULL of life-experiences.

Malaika is committed to walking the beauty way: she has been travelling and living in indigenous and tribal cultures, and has been sharing her earth wisdom worldwide for over 25 years.  She has walked the shamanic path for a lifetime, and is known across the globe, for her ability to re-connect individuals with their inner body spirituality, helping all who practice with her to access to higher realms of consciousness and authenticity.

Her mission is to create sacred space through ritual and ceremony to bring personal and planetary awakening, restoring balance to our distorted and over-civilised culture.

 

 

In this Episode, Malaika shares about:

 

  • the Rise of the Feminine and why we need to balance and heals the wounds of the Shiva & Shakti principle within each of us
  • Embodiment, Movement, Ecstatic Dance & Community‘s for Healing ourselves and our planet
  • the Beauty Way – Emergent Culture and the rise of festival and retreat culture
  • the Importance of Ancestors, Tribe & Ceremony for initiating people and bringing people together to heal,
  • Indigenous Wisdom – Ho’oponono – conscious relating to bring freedom from the trauma / drama cycle
  • Elemental Awakening and the benefits of planting seeds for exploring our shadow as well as our light
  • Going with the Flow & why we need to have experiences timelessness for our inner evolution

 

 

About Malaika:

 

Malaika’s accreditations include being a qualified ISHTA yoga teacher, Qualified Water Dance Practitioner, African Dance performer and teacher, Dj, Ceremonialist, Creatrix of 5Elements Dance Activation™ a shamanic dynamic meditation dance journey embodying the five cardinal elements, earth water, fire, air and spirit. She is a Wisdom Keeper and inspirational facilitator who has been at the forefront of the consciousness movement.

Malaika shares her wisdom and magic at the world’s top events including Burning Man, Symbiosis, Festival of Bliss, Tantra Festival Thailand, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Peats Ridge Festival, Ibiza Tantra Festival, Bali Spirit Festival, BOOM Festival and numerous private events.

 

 

 

Show notes:

 

WebsiteIn my Elements – Malaika’s website with complete list of dates & offerings

Instagram – @inmyelements

SoundcloudDJ Ma on Soundcloud –  FREE Ecstatic Dance DJ Music Sets

What to Expect: 7 IMPORTANT Things to Know Before Coming {Magic Bay Hacks}

What to Expect: 7 IMPORTANT Things to Know Before Coming {Magic Bay Hacks}

What to Expect: {Magic Bay Hacks}

7 Important Things to Know Before Coming

We are so excited and honoured to welcome you to our beautiful jungle home. I, myself have been living in this completely unique community for almost 7 years now, and its amazing. Here, you’ll connect with the elements, sand between your toes, sunshine on your face – in epic nature, with a friendly and open community all around. We know that you are going to love this off-the-beaten track gem of a community.

 
To help you feel fully prepared, to ensure you have a comfortable and easeful journey here,
we’ve consulted with past students, and here’s what we all want you to know before you come.

 

Please Read through this Carefully

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: 

 

Getting Here: The Final Leg

Taxi Boat guys & the Walk Up to Bamboo

 
From the mainland of Koh Phangan, you will need to take a taxi boat from Had Rin to our location at Haad Yuan.  If you are in Thongsala you will have to take a 40 minute tuk tuk ride to Had Rin.
 
You can often get a taxi boat right outside of where the ferry drops you off, although sometimes you will need to walk across town to get a boat from the full moon party beach.
 
Typically, the cost is 300 baht. That being said If the waves are big, or if you are the only one, you may be charged anywhere from 1000-1500 baht.
 
They may also say that they cannot take you to Haad Yuan, but only to Tad Thien. This is okay too. You can pay one of the Sanctuary staff 100b or so to help you carry your bags up and over the hill to Bamboo. It about a 5-minute uphill jungle walk to get to Bamboo Huts from here.
 
Once you arrive on Haad Yuan, you will be dropped of on the beach.  If you need help with your bags, you can tip the taxi drivers from Peace and Love Bar 1-200Baht and they will help you carry your bags up.   Its a 5 minute walk up a hill and across a boardwalk to the Bamboo Huts.
 
How to prepare: This negotiating process with the taxi drivers can feel really frustrating at times. It’s a good opportunity to remember that we are guests here and to put things into perspective. We highly recommend managing your expectation by knowing that this may happen.
 
 
 
 

Internet

 
At the time of writing, Bamboo Huts and Whynam now have Free Wifi.
 
There are severally places on the bays to connect more reliably with Wi-Fi with paid services at the Sanctuary and big Blue, 
 
How to prepare:
 
If you feel you need connection in your bungalow at Bamboo Huts, we would recommend getting a DTAC or TRUE MOVE SIM card wit ahead of time, with a 4G data package. The best and easiest place to get this done is at the airport in Samui.  You cannot buy a SIM card here on the bay.
 

 

Off the Grid:

No roads, no motorbikes, no ATMS

 
One of the things that make our bays so magical is that we are truly off the grid. This means that our electricity is run by generators. Also because we are so remote, this means that there are no main roads, no motorbikes and on ATMS. There are a few shops with basic things you may need, but otherwise, come prepared.
 
How to prepare: Take out as much money from the ATMs as you think you may need for the week. Come prepared with all other odds and ends that you might like to have with you while you’re here.
 
 
 

Weather:

Rainy Season

 
We live in a beautiful and warm tropical jungle rainforest. So expect that in November – January,/February it can be rainy. There are still long and beautiful periods of sunshine and blue sky, but definitely know, that if you are coming at this time, to expect some fluctuations in the weather.
 
How to prepare: Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, bring a good book for the hammock on those rainy days
 

ONCE YOU”RE HERE

 

Jungle Life

 

Amongst the many new friends you will make here, there are also some jungle friends: Gekkos, spiders, cockroaches, cats, dogs, mosquitos, and more rarely to be seen are the monkey and snakes. Most buildings have at least a family of Geckos living in them. We love them as they help eat mosquitos, and their “hello” sound often echo’s a deep truth that has been uttered in the room. Nothing is really dangerous.
 
How to prepare: Bring natural mosquito repellant. Know that you will be sharing your space with jungle life. If you want to upgrade your package, then we invite you to self-book at nearby Pariya or Sanctuary. Both places have rooms that are 2-3x the price, but have AC, hot water and are less rustic.
 
 

 

The Bathrooms @ Bamboo Huts

 

Bamboo Huts are a favourite amongst locals, for their delicious restaurant with world-class views and excellent service, and also the beautiful simplicity and awesome location of the huts. That being said, they are simple, comfortable and rustic huts.
 
The bathrooms are very very simple. At present, there are only cool water showers that are open to the jungle, and bucket flush toilet.
 
 
 

Weekend Parties

 
If you are planning to stay longer than 1 week with us, you will most likely encounter one of the all night parties nearby that this island is famous for. Even though its only a 10 minute boat ride away, the full moon party itself feel a world away.  That being said,  there are 2 main parties that do run most weekends: Guys Bar and Eden. Koh Phangan has that yin/yang thing going for it. People come here to expand their consciousness in one way or another…The music can get loud on Saturdays.
 
How to prepare: We recommend bringing earplugs if its hard for you to sleep with loud music. We also recommend having fun and going for a dance!
 
 
 
Hope that helps and please feel to reach out to us or to the community if you have any questions.
With Love
 
 

 

 
 
For those of you who’ve been here before,
 
We’d love if you let us know in the COMMENTS below 🙂
 
Were there things you really wish you knew before you came here to the bay for your retreat?
 
Thanks for sharing!
 
XOXO

 

 

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. To follow Francie’s personal calendar, to receive her music, playlists, blog posts, like her Facebook page: Francie Fishman :Yoga Hoop Music Love

 

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

Francie Fishman

Life-Change Expert, from the Yoga Perspective, Pure Flow Yoga

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Tips for Living a more Sattvic life

Tips for Living a more Sattvic life

The Gunas

10 Tips for Living a more Sattvic Life

Living in Balance: The Gunas

 

 

Finding and maintaining Balance is key to Yoga.

 

There are many reasons people come to Yoga: Some people come to Yoga to build more strength, some people come for more flexibility and some for more balance clarity and calmness.  We are ever-fluctuating beings, and Yoga is a kind of adaptogen that has the capacity to really meet us where we are at in any given moment to give us what we need.

In Yoga philosophy, all matter arises from the fundamental substance of the universe, called Prakriti. From Prakriti come the three primary gunas (qualities) that create the essential aspects of all nature—energy, matter and consciousness.

 

These three gunas are tamas (darkness), rajas (activity), and sattva (beingness).

 

All three gunas are always present in all beings, fluctuating and varying in their relative amounts, and the balance of the three Guna’s is vital for our health and our happiness.

We want to be tamasically grounded to the earth so that we can rest and sleep and connect, rajasically passionate and fired-up about our work and what we do, and sattvically calm and at peace to realise our goal of freedom, of our true nature.

Humans have the unique opportunity to consciously alter the levels of the gunas in our bodies and minds, through our interaction with external objects, lifestyle and thought patterns.

Essentially, through our practice of Yoga, and finding more balance, we want to cultivate as much Sattva, as possible.

Our basic nature is Sattva  – clear, calm, creative, positive, creative force,  with just enough Rajas – dynamic force and Tamas – negative force,  to make things happen.

 

Sattva – Light & Purity, Equilibrium, knowledge, (associated with creation)

is a state of balance and harmony, peace, tranquility, sattva is the naturally arising state originating from being true to your inner teacher, guru, god. By purifying body, senses, and mind, the yogi can experience natural self.

 

Rajas – Activity, Passion, Action (associated with preservation)

When we identify ourselves with actions, with the roles we play in life, with praise received from others, we are in a rajasic state when the mind is identified with the concepts of karma, that which we sow and what which we reap.

 

Tamas – Darkness, Inertia, Lethargy, Ignorance (associated with destruction)

Darkness, ignorance, lazy nature of the mind or body, a force that tells us to take a break and relax when we are near to completing a project whose deadline is approaching – as a result we do not finish the race.

 

 

10 Tips for living a more Sattvic Lifestyle:

To experience being established in health and in oneself, we need to follow a sattvic lifestyle with a deep connection to our lifestyle, diet, physical & mental exercise.

 

1. Eat foods that are organic, fresh, in season, vegetarian, locally produced

According to Yogic philosophy, the mind is formed of the essence of food. If food eaten is pure then it brings inner peace to the body in and encourages spiritual progress.

 

2. Live in harmony with the rhythms of the day and seasons.

Regulate your daily events, eating at similar times each day and sleeping at regular times to ensure that you have enough sleep 6 – 8 hours usually. “There is no possibility of one to become a yogi… if one eats too much, or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough” – Bhagavad Gita

 

3. Meditate/ pray as first and last events of the day

Even spending  just a few moments to center yourself each day can have a profound effect on your overall state. 

Click here to try some of our free guided meditations here.

 

4. Sleep early, Wake and Rise before the sun to 

Capture the high vibrational prana, or life-force energy, that is present just before and after the sun rises, also known as the brahma muhurta. Delight in the glorious display of colours and vibrations that are present at this magical sunrise time of day, when the veils between dark and light are said to be at their most thin.

 

5. Develop Sattvic states of mind.

Peace, calm, positivity, presence, clarity, enthusiasm, joy, happiness, honesty, humility, flexibility, moderation, balance, gratitude, inner silence – these are the sattvic states to cultivate through our practice.   Yoga, meditation, journalling, being in nature – these are some examples of activities that can help cultivate these states. 

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6. Engage in conscientious hard work that contributes good and service in the world.

Engaging in work that is in alignment with your heart and with the good of others and the planet helps to in turn nourish you with more of the aforementioned sattvic states.  If you engage in work or daily habits or behaviours that leave you feeling anxious, dread, doom or gloom in anyway, this is an indication that change may be necessary.  If you need help getting clarity, taking a step away from your everyday life, and joining a Yoga retreat in paradise, can help offer you some much needed support, instruction and perspective. 

 

7. Always tell the truth and avoid hurting anyone’s heart

 

“The truth will set you free” – famous quote from the bible that gives such excellent life instruction.  There is clarity, and lightness in speaking truth and in speaking love.  Gossiping, neglecting to be honest or leaving out truths, and telling non-truths even in the spirit of avoiding hurting someone’s heart, always has the tendency to rear it’s ugly head at some point, and often does more harm to the communicator than anyone else. 

 

8. Study spiritual text and educational, inspirational and uplifting words

 

Malcom Gladwell in his book “Outlier’s” has famously shared his theory that to become expert in anything we need to spend 10,000 hours in dedicated practice or study.  Similarly, if you want to live with Sattva as your baseline state of being, it is important that you input as much of all of the above points in to your life as often as possible.  Books, podcasts, videos from great masters are all great ways to immerse your self in in positivity, clarity and insight. 

Click here to check out our awesome book recommendations for you here. 

 

9. Listen deeply when spoken to and offer compassionate words

 

Presence is the greatest gift we can offer ourselves and others.  When you are with someone, offer them your full presence. 

 

10.  Live mindfully and in the present moment

Be awake to the emotions, feelings and mental and physical states that are present to you this NOW.  Each moment can be our teacher if we allow it to be.  There is so much information in each moment that can help us know ourselves more, and cultivate more calm, presence and sattva.

 

 

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5 Reasons to go on a Yoga Retreat

5 Reasons to go on a Yoga Retreat

5 Reasons to go on a Yoga Retreat

by Krishna Chan

There are many different definitions of the word “Retreat”. My favorite one is “ a period of withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a” teacher. As taken from Merriam-Webster.This winter, I secured my dream yoga-teaching job, leading yoga retreats in Koh Phangnan, Thailand. I think yoga retreats are great, and if you get a chance to go on one, you should. And here’s why 

 

1. Deepen Your Yoga Knowledge

 

 

From what I’ve seen, yoga retreats can run anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. Here is an opportunity to delve deep into a daily practice with qualified teachers who are passionate about yoga. At Pure Flow Yoga, we spend a lot of time breaking down everything from meditation, pranayama, asana and philosophy. When you are in a space where you are practicing everyday, you can really start to see shifts in your practice. 

A retreat can introduce you to different aspects of yoga that you have not had a chance to try before.   These include Kirtan (chanting), partner yoga, karma yoga, restorative yoga and the sister science, Ayurveda.

For some, yoga retreats are a halfway point to yoga teacher training. I have had a few students who came on retreat, unsure if they wanted to pursue teaching. Then the following year, emailed me to say they had enrolled in YTT.

 

2. Gain perspective

 

 

For those of us who live in the West, it can be challenging to focus on spiritual practice when you are juggling a million things at once. It seems that most people fit their yoga practice somewhere in between their 9 to 5 jobs, their partners, children, friends and responsibilities. Yoga in the city is sometimes that 1-hour class you fit in between work and dinner. And most probably don’t reflect that much on what yoga really is. On retreat, there is an aspect of solitude, self-study and reflection. When you take yourself out of your regular routine, allow yourself the time to be in nature, practice, eat well, sleep well, you can create the space for transformation. Hopefully, you’ll be able to take some aspects of the retreat and integrate them into your regular life.

 

3. Connect with like-minded people

 

 

One of my students had said to me, it’s so great to meet other people who have the same interests as me. Here, I feel like I can really be myself. Back home, none of my friends are interested in spirituality, and would not even consider eating vegetarian. A lot of them are very focused outward appearances: like wearing expensive clothing, going to fancy restaurants and looking good. They don’t understand why I am even here. And it’s so nice to find people I fit in with and who accept me for who I am. 

On destination yoga retreats, you have an opportunity to connect with yoga people from all over the world. This becomes your community on retreat, but hopefully these connections may even evolve into lifelong friendships. Ideally you can support each other on the yogic path.

 

 

You always have the choice of whether you want to be social or prefer solitude. Most students tend to find a balance somewhere in between.

Some students use their yoga retreat as a starting point. They will come on retreat, get to know the lay of the land, and then continue on to travel on to other parts of the country.

 

4. See a different part of the world

 

 

A yoga retreat can be a chance to explore. These days, you can pretty much go on retreat anywhere in the: India, Bali, Thailand, Hawaii, Nicaragua, etc.

I love Thailand because you have access to beautiful beaches, stunning viewpoint hikes, healthy, and affordable delicious food. Sounds kind of funny, but for me, a big factor in trip enjoyment is the food! I LOVE Thai food.

If you are going on holiday, why not go to a beautiful destination, where someone has already tested the place as a good yoga spot? You can go away, and come back feeling refreshed & looking amazing.

 

5. Practice living yoga

 

 

Mindfulness is a focus on our retreats. We begin each day with meditation and pranayama. One of the first things we tell people is to get into the habit of cleanliness: encouraging them to make their bed everyday, try vegetarianism, and even to put the computer away. Why not try a digital fast for a couple days? We assign karma yoga tasks so that everyone contributes to the shala. For some, performing simple karma duties such as sweeping the floor can be extremely humbling. These practices may sound simple, and we all know they are beneficial but sometimes it takes group motivation in order to put them into action. 

So what are you waiting for? Why not treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime?

 

Feeling so grateful for the beautiful photos taken by the talented Stig Jaarvik

 

Phyllis is an international yoga teacher based out of Vancouver, BC. She found yoga to be a powerful practice that helped calm her busy mind. It was the blissful moments of euphoric peace she discovered in savasana that kept her coming back to yoga again and again. In times of stress, she knew she could always return to those moments of freedom experienced in yoga.

Phyllis is interested in exploring where science and spirituality meet. She is fascinated by the science of the human body and dedicated to intelligent sequencing. She is inspired by nature, raw authenticity, radical kindness, and music. Phyllis believes that yoga can be for everyone and one of her gifts is her innate ability to connect with people, making them feel comfortable and at ease. When you attend her classes, you can expect to explore functional movement, experience deep breathing techniques, and simply enjoy the peace of mind that the practice of yoga brings.

***We are so excited to welcome Phyllis back to Pure Flow Yoga to share retreats in May 2018***.

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Phyllis Chan

Yoga Teacher RYT 500HR , Phyllis Chan Yoga

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Contemplation Questions for Clarity, Self-Love & Self-Study

Contemplation Questions for Clarity, Self-Love & Self-Study

Contemplations & Journal Question

for Self-Study, Clarity & Self-love

Questions for Clarity,  INsight & Self-Love

Everyday’s a school day! Everything that arises can be seen as a lesson to be learned if you are willing to see it that way.  This is the attitude of the curious seeker, a Yogi. 

 

Ready for some homework? 

 

I invite you to join me in some self-study, to spend some time with these questions over the next few days,  or lifetimes, journaling or simply contemplating, and see how they can help you on your journey to emotional mastery, self-love, peace and clarity.

 

  • What is happening right now?
  • Can I be with it?
  • If I can’t be with it, can I be okay with that for now?

 

  • What would life look like if it were easy?

 

  • When faced with a decision – is it Love or is it Fear choosing?
  • What would a person who loves themselves do?

 

  • What wants to be birthed through me?
  • How am I avoiding it?
  • How am I keeping myself small?

 

  • Who am I?
  • What do I love?
  • Knowing I will die, how should I live?
  • What is my greatest mission?
  • What are my gifts to humanity?

 

  • What do I need to do right now to really walk the talk?
  • How can I open my mind?  my heart? What am I resisting?

 

Blessings on your journey.

XOXO

Francie

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Is this retreat right for me?

Is this retreat right for me?

Is this Retreat Right for Me?

Take this short Quiz and find out

People join us on retreat for many reasons.  While people are coming from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, age and income brackets, there are some truly beautiful and deep human commonalities that bring us all all together here.

Perhaps you have some time off coming up and you are looking for a way to find more joy and freedom, travel with purpose and deepen your practice.  With so many options out there, we want to help support you in choosing a Yoga Retreat as your next holiday.  Retreats are an amazing way to connect to stillness, calm, clarity, self-awareness, healing, freedom, simplicity, joy and transformation.  They are the best way to truly immerse oneself in Yogic Philosophy and Lifestyle, while cultivating community, discipline and depth.  No need to take our word for it – Check it out for yourself! Consider the following questions to find out if you might be ready for a retreat:

Why would you Join us on Retreat?

Have you had any of these thoughts or feelings lately?

 

1. I need a break. I feel burnt out.

I need a break from the busyness and hustle of my everyday life.   I need more time in nature and new surroundings to get perspective, clarity and space. I feel tired, BUSY, and drained – like I’m running on empty all the time.

I feel there is more to life that this 9-5 reality I’m living.  l want off of this hamster-wheel.  I want a break from the daily grind. I feel like  complaining too much. Everyone and everything really seem to frustrate me at times for no good reason.

 

 

2. I want to be more emotionally and spiritually balanced

Sometimes I feel like my emotions are just taking me over.  i want to understand how I can understand and manage them more efficiently.

 

 

3. I don’t know what’s next…I’m in a big life transition.

I’m at a crossroads.  I’m ending or changing my job / career, my relationship is transitioning, my kids are all grown up now, my marriage of 30 years is ending, I am retiring…. and I don’t know what to do next . I feel indecisive at times. Totally unable to get clear. I feel paralysed by choice and am constantly looking to outside sources: friends, blogs, therapists etc. for answers. I need help finding clarity

 

4. I want a digital detox.  

I need to unplug and take break from social media and constantly being on the computer

 

 

5. I want to reconnect with myself

I want to reconnect with myself, with others, with my purpose, with nature.  I want to remember who I really am.  I have a deep desire to reconnect with the real me again, beyond the busyness, beyond all the roles I play in life as an entrepreneur, layer, doctor, teacher, student, parent etc.

 

6. I want to invest in myself

I want to learn, grow, evolve, change.  I want to open to new experiences and new ways of being so I can be more happy, peaceful and free.

but I can’t afford (the time off work, the money…)

 

7. I want to deepen my practice.  

I want to get into my body more, and also in the the deeper aspects of life.  I want to take a break from sufercial coversations and instead have more meaningful and purposeful conversation about the bigger picture and the deeper aspects of life.

 

8. I want to connect with others. I’m craving community

I feel alone sometimes.  I really want to feel like I’m a part of something bigger, a community perhaps.  I just want to feel safe, warm and heard. I am craving community. I want to feel a sense of belonging and connection to the people and world around you.

 

9. I’ve not quite ready to teach…but I want to

I just finished my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to teach…. I need to dive more deeply in the practices and philosophy, and get more experience and mentoring.

 

10. I need to get back in to my body.

I want to feel more energised and healthy in your body and mind. I want to make better food choices, and I want to stop feeling stuck or heavy in certain places in my body.

Now Close your eyes a moment.  Tune into how you feel.  Really Listen.

The Results are In:

Our Yogi Experts believe that a retreat could be PERFECT for YOU right now, (especially if any these thoughts are repeating like a broken record in your mind at times…)

We could all seriously benefit from, and enjoy taking a step back from our day-to-day realities to get some space, perspective, and clarity and to create “me”- time for self care and self love.

What are some other reasons you have for practicing Yoga and wanting to go on a Retreat?  Click here to let us know. We’d love to hear from you! 

 We invite you to join us at Pure Flow Yoga’s Retreats in Paradise

… the perfect sanctuary for your soul in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

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Francie is a passionate and free-spirited Yogi, hula hooper, musician and lover of all things Magic. She has over a hundred retreats over the past 5 years, and is the inspired founder of Pure Flow Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand where she spends half of the year offerings daily Yoga classes, workshops and ongoing transformational Yoga Retreats in Paradise. She is also the founder of Hoop Love Tribe, an international co-creative collective of flow artists offering weekly community by-donation hoop jams for Spark! Circus, as well as the bi-annual “Hoopapalooza Flow Fest”, a 3-day beachside Hula Hoop and flow arts immersion experience. Check out some of Francie’s Music on Soundcloud, and like her Facebook page: Francie Fishman :Yoga Hoop Music Love  to stay tuned in about Francie’s personal travel & teaching calendar, music, playlists, blog posts and more.  Want to invite Francie to teach near you? Contact here

Francie

Founder, Pure Flow Yoga