Creating the life of your dreams!

Hello, and welcome to the October edition of our monthly newsletter. 

First of all, thank you again to everyone for your lovely messages and kind words with the arrival of Elliott into our lives in September. As life gets a little busier for the both of us, we have decided to cut back our Mums & Bubs park yoga sessions to run only once a week. As we juggle work, family and yoga- at this point in time something had to give. Just give it a year or two and we will be back to running multiple classes a week, as this is our passion. We love providing affordable, practical and blissful yoga for everyone in our community! Also- as we navigate through this busy period we might cut back the number of newsletters we send out (which might be welcome news to some!). 

Mums & Bubs classes are run outside the Grange Library. The class is only $5 and we stay for coffee and chats after, so it’s a lovely way to mingle with other like minded individuals. We even have an onsite babysitter to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Bliss! 

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 

**Remember this class is open to EVERYONE, not just mums. Bring your Mum, sister, brother, husband, neighbour …whoever you want! It’s important to remember though that we welcome babies, toddlers and kids…so be prepared for some extra noise and little people running around 🙂  

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Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already (p.s. Our bank details have changed, so if you regularly transfer money for yoga make sure you get the updated details!!!

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Changing up our mindset to manifest the life we dream of.   

Using your mind to manifest your dreams…sounds a bit wanky right? But hear us out! There are some really useful ways you can begin to change your mindset to turn your dreams into reality. They work. Promise. 

Become goal oriented- planning and setting goals for yourself is a fabulous place to start. Write them down on paper, or make a note of it on your phone. Refer back to it every few months to ensure you’re still on track to achieve what you want. (Remember to break down bigger goals into little achievable bite sized chunks. You will get there eventually!)

Soak up the power of positivity- you just have to start to believe in yourself lovely! I know it’s not always easy, especially when life isn’t going the way you planned or you failed at something. But remember that each failure is a lesson. Believe in yourself and the universe around you and good things will start to happen. 

Get passionate- Figure out what it is that makes you want to leap out of bed each morning and follow that passion! Don’t be afraid to fail, accept the challenge and learn from each hurdle. You will feel more fulfilled in everything you do. 

Don’t be afraid to fail- I’ve said it above, but it’s so important! No matter how much you believe in yourself or how passionate you are, know that failure will happen. Everyone has failed, but it’s how you move on and don’t give up that matters. Be bold, daring and never give up. 

Be grateful- we bang on about being grateful so much don’t we!? But it’s truly life changing. Each day think about or write down 3 things you are grateful for, or has made you appreciative of the day. Some days will be confronting and challenging, but it’s good to remember that each situation has a silver lining. The more you practice gratitude in your life the more you start to focus on what’s good instead of everything that’s bad. 

These simple things have truly turned around our lives, particularly when we have been stuck head down feeling lost and vulnerable. We hope these little tips help you to manifest the life of your dreams too.

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Something a little extra….

What I wish I knew as a first time mum. 

It’s no doubt that becoming a mother is utterly life changing. The sleepless nights and groundbreaking love for another little soul is just the beginning, but there are a few things I wish I could go back and tell myself as a first time mum….

This too shall pass. Those sleepless nights can hit real hard. I get it. We’ve all been there- frustrated at our little ones for not sleeping! Just remember they are not doing it to spite you, they just need your love and attention right now. It will pass …eventually. 

Everyone will give you advice, but what you choose to do with it is up to you. Take what you want from all of this advice and politely smile at all the other stuff. If there was only one way to parent it would be simple …so listen to your gut instinct mama, you know what’s best for you and your family. 

Cut yourself some slack. You have just been through something so utterly life changing. You grew a baby for 9 months, then you gave birth. No matter what kind of birth you had, there is recovery. Take it slow, ask for help and enjoy snuggling your baby just a little longer. You won’t regret any of it. 

I know it can feel like your whole life has been flipped on its head, and your “old” life as you know it is gone. But honestly, life with this new baby is SO MUCH BETTER than you could have ever imagined. They will bring you so much joy, love and happiness. 

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“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.”- Linda Wooten

Springing into Health and Wellbeing

Hello, and welcome to the September edition of our monthly newsletter. 

Winter is over, and now is the perfect time to end your hibernation and get moving! These gorgeous Brisbane days give us the perfect opportunity to get outside in the fresh air to invigorate body and mind with our Mums & Bubs yoga! A big warm welcome to all our new faces that have been joining us each week. It’s been such a pleasure to get to know you. 

Mums & Bubs classes run twice a week outside the Grange Library. The class is only $5 and we stay for coffee and chats after, so it’s a lovely way to mingle with other like minded individuals. We even have an onsite babysitter (a VERY pregnant Hil) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Bliss!

    • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 
    • Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am

 

 

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon. 

** There is a new little yogi joining the Yamala Yoga tribe any day now, with Hil getting closer and closer to welcoming another member into her family! We will try to keep you posted if there are any changes to our timetable, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages regarding the cancelation of classes if necessary. ** 

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Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already. 

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Putting our health and wellbeing first.  

With Women’s Health Week this week, the 2-6th September- we thought it fitting to remind you all to put your health and wellbeing first, as the saying goes- you cannot pour from an empty cup. It’s so important to remember that your health is a lifelong journey. It’s personal, unique and truly yours. Each of us has our own approach, whatever works for us. So this week, let’s find what works best for you- and learn how to priorities putting ourselves first. 

A foundation for good health should really be the same for us all. General health check ups when required at your preferred health practitioners, getting active, eating healthy, paying attention to our mental health (this includes getting enough sleep and managing our stress levels) and practicing safe boundaries (not texting while driving, quitting smoking etc). But how do we actually manage to fit this all in!? Small little steps towards achieving optimal health- and it won’t happen overnight! Yes it might take years, but starting now will be the best thing you’ve ever done (we promise you won’t regret putting your health and wellbeing at the top of your to do list!). 

Firstly, take a minute to think about why you want to be healthy in life. Is it to feel better within yourself? Perhaps you want to be a great role model for your kids or those around you? Maybe it’s to manage a health condition?

Now think about what steps you’re already doing to lead a healthier life right now. Maybe you’re ace at remembering to get that pap smear, or you really try to focus on minimising stress in your life. Celebrate the little wins now and know that you can slowly work on achieving the other goals on your list, one small step at a time. 

Now take a moment to think about anything that is holding you back at the moment, it could be all those little excuses you have or something that is actually physically holding you back (i.e being unable to run after having kids due to a weak pelvic floor). Now think about the steps you could do now to begin to overcome these. Perhaps you need to book in with a Women’s Health Physio, or look at free alternatives to getting active (walking outdoors is wonderful, and Brisbane has such beautiful Spring days for doing just that!) 

We’re here each week to assist in giving you a little bit of me time, perhaps provide some tools for you to take home and use in life (breathing, meditation, stretching etc), but also the most wonderful of all. Quality time with other like minded women, to chat about all the things in life- to boost our mindfulness, keep our mental health in check and know that you are absolutely never alone on this journey. 

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Something a little extra….

Boosting Confidence through Yoga!  

There are so many benefits to yoga, which we are sure you know (otherwise you wouldn’t come along to Yamala Yoga each week!). But there is one benefit that has crept into our lives that we weren’t expecting. 

When we started practicing yoga, it was for the physical benefits – improved flexibility, increased strength, better muscle tone…but what we also noticed was that along with our fitness improving, so did our self confidence! 

We think this has to do with greater body awareness. Yoga is all about listening to your body and not comparing to others. Learning to love your body for what it can do and being proud of what you can achieve. 

Of course it takes practice, but after years of regularly attending yoga classes we started to notice that we felt better about ourselves, more confident with who we were and our decisions in life. Sure, some of this comes with age (a benefit of growing up!), but we can also attribute this to yoga. 

Yoga offers many things that you can bring into your everyday – Breathing through times of stress, listening to your body and paying attention to its physical limitations, pushing past mental barriers and giving yourself time and space to just be. 

So, next time you’re needing a little confidence boost – try practicing some yoga. As you get better, hopefully your confidence improves which will flow into all aspects of your life. 

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“Confidence is not “they will like me.” Confidence is “I’ll be fine if they don’t.””- Christina Grimme

A little bit of Self-Care, Love and Happiness.

Hello, and welcome to the August edition of our monthly newsletter. 

As the weather really cools, it’s hard to feel motivated to get out and get active. But on these gorgeous Brisbane winter days, joining us in the park for Mums & Bubs Yoga really is divine! A big warm welcome to all our new faces that have been joining us each week. It’s been such a pleasure to get to know. 

Mums & Bubs classes run twice a week. Each Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am get bendy with us outside the Grange Library. Bring your little yogi and enjoy a flow in the sunshine. 

Remember this class is open to anyone (not just mummas – but also dads, grandparents, pregnant mumma’s-to-be, aunties, friends etc!), so if you don’t have a little yogi (or your little yogi isn’t so little and is off at school or kindy) you are always welcome to attend. 

The class is only $5 and we stay for coffee and chats after, so it’s a lovely way to mingle with other like minded individuals. We even have an onsite babysitter (a very pregnant Hil) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Bliss!

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 

 

  • Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am

 

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon. 

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Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already. 

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A Little Bit of Self-Care for New Mums

So this is probably well overdue, but with so many gorgeous new mums joining our tribe each week- we thought it was time to put this out there! Don’t forget though, this list isn’t just for brand new mums. If you’ve been ‘mumming’ for a while, it’s still a beautiful reminder to take some time out and really focus on ourselves for a little bit- because trust us, it will make the world around you feel a whole lot more lovely! 

Keeping in touch with family & friends
We were never meant to parent alone, so make sure you schedule some time to catch up with those around you. Why not create a group chat if you’re not close distance wise, share photos, stories and more about life. 

Remember you are still you!
It’s so easy to get swept up in this new life of motherhood, perhaps your back at work now too …so it can feel even harder to carve out some time for yourself each week. While your new life as a parent means you can’t just travel at the drop of a hat, or head out to the bar/nightclub each Friday night- try to find some activities that you enjoyed doing pre-kids and find some time to squeeze them in each week. Maybe it’s reading an actual book (not just information online about the next “leap” or transition in your babies development), a facemask, a bath or foot soak. Perhaps you schedule in 2 nights a week to head to your favorite gym class or go for a swim, or book dinner out with your partner (at a non-kid friendly restaurant!) Do it for your sanity, it works wonders. 

Write a feel-good list.
Write down a list of things that make you feel good, so next time someone offers to take your kids for a bit- look at this list and pick something that will fill your cup, without having to think too hard about it! Forget the washing, cooking and cleaning. That can wait. You deserve an hour to yourself to feel good instantly. Things like- painting your nails or going for a walk solo. Maybe a quiet coffee at the cafe. Anything that instantly brings a smile across your face. 

Remind yourself that you are doing an absolutely amazing job! Try to keep some humour in it all, keep smiling through the tough days and reach out when you’re just not feeling it. 

We’re here twice a week, if you want a chat- or simply want to escape the house and soak up some sunshine. We love supporting mothers, the new and the not so new. Community means the world to us, and we love each and every one of you! 

PS if you’re interested in a fabulous book with more brilliant information on stuff for new mums, check out “The little book of self-care for new mums” by Beccy Hands & Alexis Stickland. A beautiful little book that makes the most divine gift for any new mum! 

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Something a little extra….

How to be Happy in your Relationship

So it’s not always easy, but it is absolutely worth working hard on. I utterly adore my partner, but sometimes I lose sight of that. These 10 little reminders are great to come back to when you’re feeling frustrated or out of touch. (You can come back to this list, not only for your partner- but there are some great reminders for everyday relationships too!) 

  1. Ditch the expectations
  2. Spend quality time together
  3. Give each other space
  4. Be appreciative and kind
  5. Prioritise Sex
  6. Be open
  7. Keep your relationship sacred
  8. Put each other first
  9. Value who they are
  10. Remember that love is a choice

A quick little list to run through when you’re struggling. Be open and honest and treat your relationship as if it is unique, rare and precious. Treat it like something you really value. Happily value your partner, without trying to mould them into something else and you will find it so much more enjoyable. These are some choices you can make each day to help determine how happy you are. You cannot simply wait and see, you must grasp it and work on it together for a future of love and happiness. 

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“Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives”- Louise Hay

Mid-year recharge!

Hello, and welcome to our July edition of our monthly newsletter. 

As the weather really cools, it’s hard to feel motivated to get out and get active. But on these gorgeous Brisbane winters days, joining us in the park for Mums & Bubs Yoga really is divine! A big warm welcome to all our new faces that have been joining us each week. It’s been such a pleasure to get to know. 

Mums & Bubs classes run twice a week. Each Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am get bendy with us outside the Grange Library. Bring your little yogi and enjoy a flow in the sunshine. Remember this class is open to anyone (not just mummas!), so if you don’t have a little yogi (or your little yogi isn’t so little and is off at school or kindy) please note that you are always welcome to attend. We stay for coffee after, it’s a lovely way to mingle with other like minded individuals. 

Unfortunately our general yoga classes on Tuesday nights haven’t been bringing the crowds. The cost of the room hire is just not longer manageable, so unfortunately we will not be going ahead with the Tuesday night classes. This is not forever, but at least until the end of the year. We can re-evaluate then and see what we would like to do. **If you have a recent 10 Class Pass with us for these classes, we will be in touch with you to arrange a refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience with the cancellation of this class. 

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon. 

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Outdoor Mums & Bubs Yoga at the Grange Library: Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5. We even have an onsite babysitter (Meg on Wednesday & Hil on Friday) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss! 

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 
  • Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already. 

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20 Easy Ways to Recharge Your Body & Soul 

It’s that time of year where everyone is getting sick, run down, drained and over it. It’s chilly, the days are shorter, you don’t have any holidays coming up, you have non-stop demands, work is getting busier and busier…..the list goes on! This is why it is so important to carve out some time to recharge, rest and renew your body and soul NOW before you are forced to with a winter bug! 

Here are our favourite ways to recharge when you’re feeling a bit ‘blah’: 

  1. Stock up on lots of fresh fruits & veggies
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Impose a ‘phone ban’ one day a week
  4. Do some light exercise (think yoga, walking or stretching)
  5. Get some vitamin D
  6. Go to bed 1 hour earlier than normal
  7. Go without TV for a whole week
  8. Write down 3 things you are grateful for every night before bed
  9. Read a book or magazine
  10. Catch up with a friend for a coffee!
  11. Cook and enjoy your favourite meal
  12. Cut back on your alcohol intake
  13. Have a long, warm bath with Epsom salts
  14. Get creative with your favourite hobby (sewing, baking, woodwork, gardening…)
  15. Try some aromatherapy
  16. Avoid multitasking 
  17. Start a journal
  18. Book a weekend away – even just one night!
  19. Cuddle your pet
  20. Go out for a lazy, long brunch. 

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Something a little extra…. 

Getting to know the ladies behind Yamala Yoga 

With so many new faces joining us each week, we thought it was time for another get to know you! Enjoy. 

When did you start teaching yoga, and why did you start Yamala Yoga? We started practicing yoga while at uni, we fell in love with how it made us feel. When the opportunity came to learn more about it by doing the Yoga Teacher Training we jumped at it! Initially we didn’t want to use it to teach, just to educate ourselves and to help deepen our own home practice. Pretty soon our passion overtook and we decided to take the plunge and start Yamala Yoga, at the back end of 2016. We have not regretted it since! Making yoga accessible to everyone in the community has been our number one goal. We think we’re on the right path 🙂 

Favourite thing about running Yamala Yoga Meeting so many gorgeous souls each week!!! 

Coffee order Flat white, or if we’re out and about and feeling like some sweetness a Cappuccino (such twins, ordering the same thing!!) 

Is Yamala Yoga our only job? No, unfortunately we don’t run Yamala Yoga as a business to live off- we really just run it to ensure everyone around us has access to yoga and feels connected to a community. We each have jobs which we work in three days a week, as well as care and nurture for our gorgeous 

little boys. Life gets hectic sometimes, but we love it 🙂 

Best thing about being an identical twin? Always having your best friend close by. We’re lucky that we are so close, and feel very privileged to have been given a twin and best friend to grow up with! How cliche! 

Best part about being a mum? Wow. How life changing is it! So magical, not much can prepare you for that overwhelming love hey? Watching our little boys grow up together has been super amazing so far…. 

What did you study at University? Meg studied Environmental Management, Sustainable Development. And completed a Masters in Education for Sustainability. What a smartie! You can see where her love and passion for the Environment and sustainable living has come from can’t you 🙂 Hil studied Applied Science and also has a Diploma in Secondary Education – this is why she is a natural yoga teacher! 

We love what we do, sharing yoga with you is just one small part of our lives….but it’s certainly a part that we cherish and enjoy deeply! 

Favourite way to spend the weekend? Chilling with family and friends, perhaps enjoying the sunshine at the beach or local park and just soaking in all life has to offer. 

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“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Winter Chills.

Hello! It’s that time again….welcome to our June edition of our monthly newsletter. 

Our general yoga classes have returned to Paddington, have you been back yet?! What a perfect way to wind down after work as the weather cools and the sky darkens earlier. Every Tuesday night at 6:15pm you’ll find Meg guiding you through a magical flow! 

Mums & Bubs class is now on twice a week! Every Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am outside the Grange Library you can bring your little yogi and enjoy a flow in the sunshine. We always stay for coffee and chats afterwards. And remember….no matter what the weather is doing, we will always be there. So if it’s super wet, we still meet for coffee to get our monkeys out of the house and bring about some sanity to the day! A little note- we practice in the sunshine, so it’s not too chilly! If you do feel the cold bring socks and warm jumpers for before and after….although you’ll warm up with some yoga flows in no time! 

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon. 

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General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington: Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone! Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass. These classes run in conjunction with the QLD school term. Term 2 dates are from Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 28th June. 

  • Tuesday @ 6:15pm – 7:00pm 

Outdoor Mums & Bubs Yoga at the Grange Library: Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg on Wednesday & Hil on Friday) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss! 

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 
  • Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am 

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already. 

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES
Our top tips to staying healthy during winter. 

As the days get shorter and the thermometer drops, it can feel like everyone around you is taking days off work or sneezing there way to the lunch room! But it doesn’t have to be! Here are our top tips to staying healthy during winter, and keep feeling great all year round. 

– Keep a healthy diet (think 5 serves of veggies and 2 fruits each day!). It can seem like a whole lot, but chowing down on plenty of the good stuff does wonders for your body (throughout the whole year!) 

– Get out into the sunshine during the day (go for a midday walk before lunch, or walk to/from work to enjoy a little extra of the sun’s rays during these shorter days). – Ensure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Research suggests we aim for 7-8 hours each night to help the body rest, repair and ward off illness.

– Drink plenty of water!

– Get moving!!! Walking, yoga, running….whatever you fancy. Rug up and enjoy it! All you need is 20 minutes of movement, 5 days a week to reap the benefits.

– Include plenty of foods high in vitamin C (lemons, kiwi fruit, capsicum and broccoli). Try a nutrient dense juice if you’re struggling.

– Keep those hands clean. Hygiene is a MUST at this time of year. Wash those hands regularly, especially after you blow your nose or sneeze.

– Stay connected with friends. Now is not the time to hibernate. Invite some mates over for dinner or a movie night on the couch. 

If you do happen to come down with the sniffles, remember to take it easy. Listen to your body and REST. Drink plenty of fluids and keep up your healthy diet. 

You’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

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Something a little extra…. 

Slow Cooker Porridge 

Are you struggling to find time in the mornings?? Want to walk the dog, meditate, do some yoga or spend time looking fancy before heading out the door- but then struggle to fit in the time for a nourishing breakfast?! Well this is for you. 

Pop the oats on before you go to bed, and when you wake up- you’ve got a nourishing, healthy breakfast ready to go! It couldn’t be easier OR more perfect for these chilly winter mornings. Give it a go today and let us know what you think….we LOVE porridge, and really- any excuse to make life simpler in the mornings is good too 🙂 

Note: this recipe serves 4, you can always double the recipe and keep the rest portioned up in the fridge ready to zap to life in the following days (it’ll last in an airtight container for 5 days, no worries!) Yum. 

Ingredients: 

– 3 cups water
1 cup rolled oats
– 1⁄4 cup cream or milk of your choice
– Toppings of your choice (think stewed fruit, banana, honey, nuts, peanut butter, cinnamon, 
maple syrup…the choice is yours and absolutely endless!) 

How to: 

– Combine oats and water in a slow cooker (small works best for this to ensure it doesn’t dry out. If you have a large one, why not double the recipe!?) and stir to combine.
– Pop on the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or overnight.
– Add the milk and anything else you might like at this stage, and set to warm so that it’s no 
longer cooking. Do this before you make your coffee, get dressed etc….it’ll make your oats so creamy and delicious!
– Serve with your choice of toppings and ENJOY. 

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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”- Rumi 

Back to nature.

Hello! It’s that time again….welcome to our May edition of our monthly newsletter.

Our general yoga classes have returned to Paddington, have you been back yet?! What a perfect way to wind down after work as the weather cools and the sky darkens earlier. Every Tuesday night at 6:15pm you’ll find Meg guiding you through a magical flow!

Mums & Bubs class is now on twice a week! Every Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am outside the Grange Library you can bring your little yogi and enjoy a flow in the sunshine. We always stay for coffee and chats afterwards. And remember….no matter what the weather is doing, we will always be there. So if it’s super wet, we still meet for coffee to get our monkeys out of the house and bring about some sanity to the day!

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon.

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General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington: Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone! Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass. These classes run in conjunction with the QLD school term. Term 2 dates are from Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 28th June.

  • Tuesday @ 6:15pm – 7:00pm

 

 

Outdoor Mums & Bubs Yoga at the Grange Library: Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg on Wednesday & Hil on Friday) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss!

    • Wednesday @ 9:30am – 10:15am

 

  • Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am

 

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already.

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES

Save your sanity and get outdoors today.
It’s no wonder we are all getting stressed and anxious in today’s society. We’re piling  more on our plates than ever before, and placing so much extra pressure on ourselves. So how do we combat the stress and pressure we put on ourselves (and perhaps that others put on us too)?!

We get outside. Simple.

Turning to nature is such a simple and effective way to reconnect with what actually matters in life (what’s around us), and allows us to focus on the little things we may often miss when we rush around.

A simple action like taking your shoes off and feeling the grass under your feet is an amazing way to reconnect to nature and bring ourselves back into our bodies (instead of thinking of the future or getting stuck in the past). Allow yourself to close your eyes- and just breath. Even just for 5 minutes. You wont regret integrating this into your day!

You could try lying on your back and gazing up at the clouds. Or step outside at night and gaze at the moon and stars. What a magical way to end the day! Notice the birds chirping in the trees, or the butterflies whizzing past. How special and magical is nature!!!!

Why not head out into your own backyard and do some gardening? Maybe you want to start a veggie garden, or grow some herbs? There are some easy varieties that grow well in pots if you’re short on space.

Living here in Brisbane means we are surrounded by so many wonderful little pockets of nature. Perhaps your family would enjoy a picnic in the Roma Street Parklands this weekend, or even just a walk to your local dog park with your fur baby? Why not go for a walk up Mt Cootha and soak up the exceptional views of our gorgeous city? Or head to the beach for a swim or walk along the beach.

If you have a bit more time to spend reconnecting with nature, why not go camping with family or friends? It’s no secret that we LOVE camping here at Yamala Yoga….and while we know it may not seem like the ideal holiday/weekend away for everyone, we can assure you there are some amazing trips out there on our doorstep you can enjoy this weekend! Nothing beats that night time star gaze as you sit with friends and chat. There is something so magical about disconnecting from technology (tv, phones, ipads etc) to reconnect with family and friends.

With mother’s day coming up and so many ideas to get you off technology and out enjoying what Queensland has to offer. Treat your mum to a little adventure outdoors, maybe a picnic? Or a swim at the beach? A little hike? Whatever you like to do, we promise you’ll all enjoy it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Yamala Yoga Mother’s out there! We think you’re all pretty amazing!

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Something a little extra….

By helping others, you are helping yourself
We are a team…the whole human race! But we are still our own people, doing our own things. Sometimes life gets a little tricky, complicated perhaps, and you might need a helping hand…but it’s difficult to ask others for help. Perhaps you don’t know what kind of help you need, or you feel that by asking for help you have failed, or were wrong about something, or not good enough. But you know what? It actually takes great strength to know when you need a helping hand.

Asking for help when you need it takes courage, but equally BEING the help giver takes guts. However it can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.

So, how can you be more helpful? Well, it’s a simple as being mindful of the people around you and what you can personally do to help make their life a little bit easier. These 4 steps will help you open up to opportunities to be more helpful to those around you:

 

  • Be there
    Friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours…if you listen when they are talking to you, you will be able to identify times when they will need a helping hand. Just being there for them is often a great help in inself.

  • Keep it simple
    You don’t need ridiculous, grand gestures to be helpful! Opening the car door for someone whose arms are full is a very helpful thing to do, and it takes no effort. Just think about situations you might have liked a helping hand and try to reciprocate.

  • Ask
    As we know, people don’t often like asking for help (for a number of reasons), so rather than waiting for someone to ask for your help….why don’t you ask them HOW you can help instead?
  • Take time
    We are all busy people, so we don’t have a lot of ‘spare time’ to help others. But by taking 20 minutes out of your day to walk your neighbour’s dog while they are away, or 1 hour to bake & deliver some fresh cookies to a friend – you will feel so good knowing that you have helped someone you care about (and they will feel absolutely blessed to know that you thought about them and wanted to help in some way!).  

 

 

Being helpful is great for those you’re helping (obviously!), but it’s also fantastic for you. You’ll feel so good knowing that you’ve helped a friend out. And the more we all help each other, the better this world will be! We just all need to be a little bit helpful 🙂  

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“To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world”- Unknown

Hop to it!

Hello! Welcome to another monthly newsletter.

Easter always seems to come around so quickly, but to be honest we don’t mind one little bit! Hot cross buns are our weakness at Yamala Yoga! And while we find the treats of Easter time particularly yummy, we also find that these traditional holidays dotted throughout the year offer a great opportunity to reflect on the year so far and really gets us thinking about how we want the rest of the year to flow.

We’ve got some exciting news for our beautiful yogi tribe: Starting after Easter we are welcoming 2 more classes into our timetable! Yay! Those of you who have been patiently waiting for our ​general yoga​ classes to return to Paddington don’t have to wait anymore, as we will be back up and running with our Tuesday night class (no weekend classes at this stage due to lack of interest). And due to popular demand, we are excited to be offering a second ​mums & bubs yoga​ class on Friday mornings!

We can’t wait to see more of your beautiful smiling faces in our classes soon.

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✽ ​General Yoga​ ​at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington:​ Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone! Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass. These classes run in conjunction with the QLD school term. Term 2 dates are from Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 28th June.

● Tuesday @ 6:15pm-7pm​ (starting 23rd April)

✽ ​Mums & Bubs Yoga at Lanham Park, Grange (next to the Grange Library):​ ​Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss!

●  Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am
●  Friday @ 9:30am – 10:15am​ (starting 26th April)

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already.

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES

Priorities and happiness

Life is busy. Gosh, we know it! You’re working long hours, taking short lunch breaks, rushing home to pick up the kids, racing to the gym, frantically preparing healthy meals for dinner and lunch, keeping the house clean & tidy, making sure the dog has it’s daily walk…we get it! You’re busy! Life is busy! But with this busy life, do you actually have time to enjoy each moment? Or enjoy any moment?

It’s time to prioritise happiness. YOUR happiness.

be living slow. Being mindful. Do life one day at a time.

Of course there is going to be things that you can’t give up, but try to get out of the ‘rush’ of day-to-day life, and take a moment each day to fill your cup. Prioritise your happiness each day.

Our top tips to reduce ‘busy’ and increase happiness:

1. Learn to say NO
It’s ok to say no to things that you don’t have time for, or that don’t bring you happiness.

2. Listen to your heart
It will tell you if something is aligned with your true self or not. Once you start really listening to your heart, you will make decisions that fill you with joy!

3. Let it go
Don’t panic if you don’t get everything done today! Learn to let it go and plan to do it another time.

4. Choose happiness
Whenever you have the choice, go with whatever makes you happy.

We suggest that you use this little break over Easter to sit and re-evaluate your daily happiness ‘non-negotiables’, and work out what actions you can take each day to fill your life with joy! Cut down on the rushing, let go of the need to be busy – stop glorifying busy! It’s WAY better to

Don’t worry about what others will think. Stay true to your goal of reducing busy and increasing happiness and you can’t go wrong! So, hop to it! Make living your best life your priority TODAY 🙂

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Something a little extra….

Healthyland Chocolate

Easter = Chocolate, but it doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to supermarket bought, sugar-laden chocolate bunnies! Here is a simple and delicious recipe for chocolate that is super easy to make but also really delicious (and healthy!!!).

This recipe comes from a lovely lady called Alice (​https://aliceinhealthyland.net/​) who has some amazing recipes and ideas on her blog for healthy living!

Ingredients
●  3 tbsp organic coconut oil
●  2 tbsp organic peanut butter
●  1 tsp Manuka honey ( or one serving of stevia powder)
●  2-3 tbsp cacao (depending on how rich you like it)

Method
1. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and Manuka honey.
2. Take off the heat and mix in the cacao powder.
3. Pour into little chocolate moulds and place in the freezer to set.

* Variations
●  Swap the Manuka honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup
●  Add 1-2 drops of essential oils like peppermint, wild orange or lavender
●  Mix in 2 tbsp of Vanilla or Chocolate Protein
●  Mix in muesli, nuts or blueberries

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“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, and you don’t need an appointment”- Author Unknown

Expanding our Tribe.

Hello! Welcome to another monthly newsletter.  

It has been so wonderful watching so many new mums and their bubs join into our classes on a Wednesday outside the Grange Library. It honestly brings a smile across our faces when we witness mums catching up each week, enjoying some yoga and getting outdoors. It does wonders for the mind, soul and body. So many of you took advantage of our Feb offer for the 10 Class Pass too, which is AMAZING! Good on you for making yourself a priority in 2019!

February was a busy month for us at Yamala, as Meg welcomed little Teddy to the world on Wednesday 20th. It was such an honour to be there to witness the beautiful entrance of Teddy to this world, women and mothers really just blow my mind. WE ARE INCREDIBLE! Some of you may have been able to catch a glimpse of our newest yogi at yoga already (I’ll say it again, Meg is incredible!!). He is just so divine.

Keep an eye out for the coming months, as we might start up a Friday Mums & Bubs Yoga session too! Let us know if you are keen, and what time suits you and your bub best and we will see what we can do.

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General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington. Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass.

 

  • No Classes for Term 1, 2019

 

***Please note that due to the arrival of Meg’s little babe at the start of 2019, there will be NO general yoga for Term 1, 2019. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you currently have available classes on your 10-class pass, we have extended the expiry date 10 weeks to account for the reduced classes early next year. We anticipate that Meg will be back to teaching again for Term 2, 2019 (23rd April). ***

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Lanham Park, Grange (opposite the Grange Library on Sellheim St): Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss!

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already.

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES

An open letter [to my sister & all mothers.]
To my amazing sister, after the birth of your son.

I am so excited for you & A, as the joy, love and changes to your lives that  little Teddy will bring is just so incredible. You’ve waited and wished for this gorgeous little bundle, and now you’ll see it was all worth the wait.

I cried the moment I held your precious little boy, because my heart was totally full of love- and now I get the feeling that you have been trying to explain to me since the birth of my little boy in Sept 2017. My heart is now so big, it could burst. (I love each of my niece and nephews, but I think those of my twin sister will always have such a magical place in my heart! A little piece of me I guess!?)

I have so much admiration for you after watching you bring your son into the world. I always thought of you as tough and bloody strong, but what you’ve shown me that all mothers have a special skill. No matter how we bring our babes into the world, we bring them in with so much love and kindness. The glow you had when he landed on your chest was just magical to witness. I thank you for trusting me to be there to help hold your hand and encourage you during those tough moments. It was a terrific honour to be there to welcome your first born into the world, and something I’ll never forget.

I don’t want you to think that becoming a mother has made you any more complete, fulfilled or wise. Because to me, you were all of these things before your son was born. I want to let you know though, that his arrival earthside means he is super lucky to be on the receiving end of all your love and thoughtfulness that makes you who you are.

A few things I’m sure you’re already learning, now that you’re gorgeous son is a week old. There is no such thing as perfect, you learn on the job and we all learn from one another with this gig! If you have to, fake it till you make it. No one knows your child better than you and my favorite- your child’s laughter is always the best medicine.

I hope our sons become as close as us. Because it has been absolutely amazing to have the love and support of someone I admire throughout my life. I feel so blessed to be able to share this journey into motherhood with you, my twin.

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Something a little extra….

Finding your tribe
Community, tribe, friends & family…whatever you call it, it’s super important for us all to be connected to someone. Humans thrive when they have meaningful connections to others – and finding your tribe is one of the most rewarding things you can do for your soul.

There are many ways to connect with others, and the first step is figuring out what sort of tribe you want (note: you can have MANY tribes in your life!). Friends, family, work colleagues, mothers groups, hobby groups… these are just some ideas for you!

Do you love singing? Maybe joining a local choir will connect you to a wonderful bunch of people to become your tribe! Or maybe you have 4 amazing sisters that you know you can call when you want to hang out/winge about work/ask a favour/get advice from. Whatever your tribe looks like, it is important that you become an active member of that community… not only will you feel the benefits, but so will they! Win:win!

The biggest thing you can do with your tribe is to stay in touch. See them often, send messages, be present when you do catch up, and schedule time together for the future. Nurturing your tribe and your connection will give you an amazing feeling.

We promise, once you find your tribe… you’ll never want to let them go!

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“The choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is”- Oprah

February, the month of LOVE!

Hello! Welcome to our second Yamala Yoga Newsletter for 2019!

Wow, this year is just whizzing past already. Kiddies have gone back to school and the year has officially kicked off! Welcome to all our lovely new members this month, it has been such a joy to get back to teaching the Mums and Bubs classes each week. Towards the end of this month/into March we will be welcoming another tiny member to the YY tribe, as our gorgeous Meg is due to give birth. We are over the moon and sooooo excited to meet the newest little yogi. What’s your bet….girl or boy!? We will find out soon enough, yipppe!

In the meantime, lets get stuck into February. The month of LOVE! We have a super loved up special for you all! Mummas, if you buy a 10 Class Pass (for only $50), you’ll get one class FREE! That’s right! 11 Classes for the price of 10…and with the 10 Class Pass you don’t have to worry about bringing cash each week. Bliss. The pass has a 12 month expiry too, so if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend (or yourself…we’re all about self love!), why not get in touch to purchase one today!

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General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington. Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass.

 

  • No Classes for Term 1, 2019

 

***Please note that due to the arrival of Meg’s little babe at the start of 2019, there will be NO general yoga for Term 1, 2019. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you currently have available classes on your 10-class pass, we have extended the expiry date 10 weeks to account for the reduced classes early next year. We anticipate that Meg will be back to teaching again for Term 2, 2019 (23rd April). ***

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Lanham Park, Grange (opposite the Grange Library on Sellheim St): Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss!

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already.

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES

Love yourself.

At Yamala Yoga, we are all about self care and self LOVE. But, we’re also very realistic. We both work in busy medical environments, teach yoga, have families (almost!), want to stay fit and healthy, want to catch up with our friends, and want to be the best versions of ourselves. That is the juggle (and the struggle!!) of modern life. We know what is good for us, and yet there is still so much pressure to be everything for everyone.

This is where creating self care rituals comes in. We know how hard it is to schedule things in each week as there is always something else that pulls our attention and time away. But if we had a routine, a ritual…well, that makes it a whole lot easier!

We have always been big fans of “Self Care Sunday”, and this is a perfect place to start for those of you whole are stuck in the busy-ness of life, going from day-to-day without a break. Scheduling in time (10 minutes or 1 hour…whatever fits in with your life) on a Sunday for YOU is do-able. We promise!

Some of our favourite things to do on Self Care Sunday are:  

  • Pop on a face mask
  • Have a bath with a yummy bath bomb
  • Read a chapter of your favourite book
  • Have an ice cold beer on the back deck (uninterrupted)
  • Go for a walk up Mt. Coot-tha (or a swim in the pool!)
  • Eat your favourite ice-cream
  • Potter in the garden
  • Walk the dog
  • Dance to your favourite music in the living room
  • Cook your family a delicious meal
  • See a movie
  • Sleep in!

Whatever it is that really fills your heart, do that EVERY Sunday. Seriously! It is your life and you NEED to start making the time to really live the life of your dreams, because no-one else will.

Once you start making these Self Care Sundays non-negotiable, then you can start to incorporate other self-care and self-love rituals throughout the week. Soon you will be adding in 5 or 10 minutes each day just for yourself, which might not seem like much time at all, but it can really add up to making you happier, calmer and more grateful for what you’ve got.

As yoga teachers, our goal is not to make you touch your toes or hold a headstand for 5 minutes….it is to get everyone to LOVE THEMSELVES exactly as they are. Because, once we love ourselves we are more tolerant of other people. We are more forgiving. We are kinder. We are happier. We are simply, lovelier people when we love ourselves. And who doesn’t want to live in a world with more love?!

So, give it a try this month…Self Care Sunday! We will be posting on social media (Facebook and Instagram) each Sunday for the month of February with our Self Care Sunday rituals to hopefully inspire you and encourage you to start your own self care rituals. Use the hashtag #yyselfcaresunday to post your own and to share with our beautiful community.

 

Something a little extra….

Health Icy Cool Treats

It’s still hot in Brissy, so why not look after yourself in the heat by indulging in a lovely icy treat!? Healthy ofcourse! Store bought varieties are often laden with sugar, so why not give these easy and delicious alternatives a go? You and your family will absolutely LOVE them. PS you can purchase a mould from Kmart, Coles, Woolworths, IKEA and more! All super cheap and do the job well.


Watermelon, strawberry, raspberry and mint icy poles.
– watermelon (about a cup or two)
– a handful of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
– a handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
– lime juice (to taste)
– mint leaves (to taste)

Blend everything together, give it a taste and adjust to your liking! Pour into icy pole moulds and freeze overnight.

Mango, pineapple and passionfruit
– pineapple (about 500ml, fresh, frozen or tinned works well)
– the flesh of about 2 mangoes
– the pulp of 1 passionfruit

Blend together the pineapple and mango. Stir through the passionfruit and pour into icy pole moulds. Freeze overnight.

Smoothie Pop
– a handful of berries (fresh or frozen)
– 1 cup of fruit (more berries, banana, whatever you like!)
– ⅔ cup greek yoghurt (full fat is delicious, but use coconut yoghurt for a dairy free alternative)
– ⅓ cup milk (any type you like!)

Blend all ingredients together, pop into the icy pole moulds and freeze overnight.

All absolutely delicious icy poles, which are equally delicious as a smoothie if you simply cannot wait to freeze them! Give them a go, a perfect treat for any time of the day.

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”- Lucille Ball

Welcome to the new year!

Hello! Welcome to our first Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for 2019!

Another year has sped past, but this time we are ready for it! Ready for the adventures we will have, the hard work we will do, the fun we will have. We hope you are ready for it as well! We’ve ditched the New Year’s resolutions this year and instead decided on a mantra, or intention for the year. A statement that we can focus on when times are tough or the stress is real. Something to bring us back to this feeling of us. Feeling calm, feeling in control. We recommend you give it a try, think of a mantra for your year and let it guide you into a beautiful 2019. Happy New Year to our amazing Yamala Yoga tribe. We can’t wait to welcome you back to yoga this year – let’s do it!

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General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe, Paddington. Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass.

  • No Classes for Term 1, 2019
    ***Please note that due to the arrival of Meg’s little babe at the start of 2019, there will be NO general yoga for Term 1, 2019. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you currently have available classes on your 10-class pass, we have extended the expiry date 10 weeks to account for the reduced classes early next year. We anticipate that Meg will be back to teaching again for Term 2, 2019 (23rd April). ***

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Lanham Park, Grange (opposite the Grange Library on Sellheim St): Our favourite time of the week, yoga with beautiful mums and their gorgeous bubs. Suitable for all mums (or dad’s, grandparents, pregnant women, aunties, etc.!!) and children aged 0-5. The class is only $5 and we even have an onsite babysitter (Meg) to watch your kiddies, or they can get involved in the stretches too! Followed by coffee and chats at the cafe next to the library. Bliss! Starting 9th January!

  • Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am

Just a reminder that unfortunately we don’t have eftpos facilities available at this time. So please remember to bring cash or do a bank transfer for your passes. Just ask us for bank details if you don’t have them already.

THIS MONTH’S TOP STORIES

Growing our way in to 2019

It’s only just the start of January, yet we’ve both planted some flowers, herbs and veggies in our gardens to set us up for the year! And while physically planting seedlings into the earth is a very literal way to grow this year, it is a beautiful metaphor for all kinds of changes in life.

There is always so much growing and learning to be done, each day! Our children remind us this, yet as adults we stop finding ways to grow and develop. Perhaps our life is too busy, to work is too stressful, or there is just no time! Well, we are here to encourage you to change your mindset for 2019 so that you DO grow, learn and thrive this year!

Physical Growth
We might not be growing taller like little yogi boy Henry, but there is still plenty of physical growth that we can achieve. Think about gaining strength in your body through a regular yoga practice. Getting physically stronger is growth! Each time you go for a walk, or step into a yoga class, or go for a bike ride with your family, you are growing physically…maybe slowly (so slow that you might not even notice at first!), but after a few months of a regular exercise routine, we promise that you will notice the increase strength, increased stamina, increased power. Go you!

Mental Growth
This is all about growing your mind. Learning more, expanding your horizons. Learning more about yourself – self love. Learning more about the world around you. How you achieve mental growth is up to you! There are so many ways to do this. Learn a new skill, or new language. Read more books. Do crossword puzzles or sudoku. Allow yourself the freedom to see things from new perspectives – think outside your comfort zone and learn to see other peoples sides to life.

Spiritual Growth
While we try not to get to bogged down in the spiritual side of yoga, it certainly is an incredibly important aspect in wellbeing. We don’t mean that you have to go to church every week or pray every day (but if that’s your spiritual calling, fantastic!). We mean slowing down, tuning in and listening to your inner voice. Taking time to meditate (even just for 10 minutes a day!) to really focus on your spirit and your journey through life. Learn to be present, through all the ups and downs of life. This really is, to us, the most amazing growth a human can experience.

So, why not start 2019 off the same way we did. Plant a seed and watch it grow!

Something a little extra….

Question and Answer with the Co-Owners of Yamala Yoga

Obviously, Yamala Yoga is run by us  (Hilary & Meg!!), but we thought it would be great to  introduce ourselves properly and to give you a bit of background about why we started Yamala Yoga and what we really get out of it. So, here is a little Q&A to get to know us a bit more:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourselves!
    We are identical twin sisters (& best friends!). We come from a big family (we’re the youngest of 5 siblings), and we’ve always been passionate about health and wellbeing. We have been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and decided to take the plunge with our yoga teacher training almost 3 years ago (wow, time flys!!).
  2. What made you start your own business?
    When we first did our yoga teacher training (YTT), teaching yoga was not necessarily the end goal (crazy, but true!). More than anything, we wanted to learn MORE about yoga for ourselves. Once we completed our YTT we decided to take a leap of faith and start teaching a few classes in the park as part of a bootcamp session with Hilary’s husband, and WE LOVED IT! Teaching yoga outside was amazing, and seeing the post yoga glow on everyone’s faces once they had finished was just priceless. We found a space where we could teach yoga rain/hail/shine, and we made it our goal to teach a yoga class that was designed for everyone to love (our general yoga classes are just that!). We never wanted to make our classes expensive or fancy, so we vowed to keep the cost down as much as possible – we don’t teach yoga to make money (we already have jobs that we enjoy!), we just wanted to share yoga with the community and make it accessible to all.
  3. What do you do for work, other than teach yoga?
    Apart from being an incredible mum to the gorgeous Henry and teaching our famous Mums & Bubs yoga classes, Hilary works  in clinical research. She is a total smartie and has a background in Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science and Secondary Teaching!  These days, she manages clinical trials for new drugs before they are released to the market. Seriously amazing stuff!

Meg works as a receptionist / dental assistant at a beautiful family owned dental practice. While she’s always loved teeth (what a weirdo!), she is also passionate about sustainability and has studied Environmental Management and Education for Sustainability. Prior to being the size of a whale (thanks baby! haha), she also taught yoga at childcare centres around SEQ, to children aged 2-5! How cool is that!

  1. What’s your goal for 2019?
    We’ve both got a few personal goals for this year, but in terms of Yamala Yoga – our goal has always been the same. To make yoga accessible and easy for those who really need it! We’ve found that since starting the mums and bubs classes in particular, more than the yoga…it’s the community that we love. The coffee and chats, sharing experiences and life with other like-minded individuals. So, keep an eye out this year, hopefully we can add in another M&B class to our timetable.

We also want to grow our general yoga classes so that we can offer them a few times a week. Obviously due to a mini-yogi arriving soon we have had to pause these classes for the first few months of the year, however, we plan to be back and bigger than ever for term 2! Prefer an early morning class during the week or a Sunday yoga session? Let us know so that we can make our timetable work for you!

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❝There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind❞- C. S. Lewis.