‘Tis the Season!

Hello! Welcome to our final Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for 2018!

Where has this year gone (do we say that every year??!!), it really has just flown past! This newsletter will give you some sustainable Christmas present ideas for the people in your life that you LOVE and also run through a short reflection exercise to wrap up the year and hopefully give you some insight into your goals for 2019. Enjoy!

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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. There are 2 weeks left for this term. Our last class will be on Sunday 16th December.

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7pm
  • Sunday afternoons @ 4:15-5pm

***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 will extend 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!!) 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! There are 3 classes left for the year. Our last class will be on 19th December.

  • 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

Giving the Best Gift of All, This Christmas!
At Yamala Yoga, we really do love Christmas! Spending quality time with friends and family, fun christmas decorations, boppy christmas music and eating lots of delicious food! Heaven! The only thing we don’t like about Christmas is the huge emphasis on buying lots of stuff. It’s too much stress, bad news for our wallets, and terrible for the planet. So we’ve put together a little list of ideas to help cut out the crap and really bring you back to making smart choices that support small businesses and the planet this year.

    • Secret Santa: The simplest, and funnest way to dramatically reduce how many gifts you buy is to incorporate a secret santa into your family. We’ve been doing in our family for at least 10 years and it’s brilliant! Honestly, getting one really well thought out gift is much better than loads of crappy, unthoughtful ones.
    • DIY: You can make lots of amazing things for the people in your life that they will actually use. Think body scrubs, candles, beeswax wraps, fruit cake, bath bombs, granola…the list is endless and totally only limited by your imagination! If you’ve got kids, get them involved. Honestly, the best gift is a special drawing or card made by a child with love!
    • Reusables: Think zero waste this year and give reusable straws, cups, cutlery, hankies, shopping bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, wax wraps and produce bags. There’s no better way to look after the planet and your loved ones.
    • Experiences: Lets face it, most people have too much ‘stuff’ anyway, so why not give an experience instead? Movie tickets, a voucher for a fancy restaurant, tickets to a show, cooking class vouchers, float centre vouchers, tickets to a gardening workshop….there are so many options!

 

Something a little extra….

Reflection on the year that’s been
With the end of the year descending upon us so quickly, why not use this time to reflect on the year that’s been. A great way to gain a little perspective, feel grateful for what you’ve got and most importantly allow you to learn and grow from the experiences that you’ve had. Why not try this little reflection exercise with your family and think about all the wonderful things that have happened this year, how you have grown, and what you might want to achieve next year.

 

  • Describe 2018 in 3 words
  • What was your happiest moment?
  • What did you enjoy doing the most?
  • What new skills did you learn?
  • What qualities/habits did you strengthen?
  • What new things did you discover about yourself?
  • What got you out of your comfort zone?
  • Did any negative events happen? How did you overcome them?
  • What and who are you most thankful for?
  • How have I been spending the year (family, work, giving back, personal growth, personal health, career, love)?
  • Envision your life in 1, 3, 5 & 10 years from now. Visualise your future and the kind of person you want to be.
  • Think about what you want to achieve in 2019 – set mini goals to reach these., and an action plan to get started.

Why not write it down and keep it somewhere safe. Do the same next year and see much you have achieved over the year!

And finally-

We have been so blown away by all the support from you this year. Our goal and reason for starting Yamala Yoga has always been to make yoga accessible to everyone in the community. And we have well and truly delivered. Without a doubt the most rewarding and exciting part of our week has been watching you turn up and give yourself space and time to practice yoga in this crazy rollercoaster of life.

Enjoy the break with your families and friends. Remember to take time out for you during this busy period. We will see you back on the mat in 2019.

Namaste. Meg & Hilary.

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❝We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”- Winston S. Churchill.

 

Summer Lovin’!

Hello! Welcome to our Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for November.

Summer is well and truly here, which means longer days, warmer nights and a sweatier yoga class 😉 But don’t let that put you off commiting to a regular yoga practice as the days heat up – getting your body ‘summer ready’ has never felt more right with Yamala Yoga! We will show you how in this months newsletter.

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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. Please note that these classes run in conjunction with the state school term.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm
  • Sunday afternoons @ 4:15-5pm (please note that there is no yoga on the 11th November)

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Soul Pantry, 31 Wolverhampton St Stafford: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! Practice yoga in the gorgeous surrounds of Soul Pantry, as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter (Meg) and the other kiddies OR get them involved with the stretches. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow at the Soul Pantry Cafe. **Onsite Parking available.

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

How to get your body ‘Summer Ready’.
We are constantly bombarded with images of ripped guys and girls, barely wearing any clothes, lounging on the beach…an awesome 6-pack, no wobbly bits, a teeny waistline and rock hard muscles. Don’t we wish we looked like that this year, sitting on the beach drinking a cocktail…..ummm NO! While we think it’s great to get fit and use summer as a motivator to drive a great exercise program or healthy eating diet, the truth is your body is already summer ready! And yoga has the tools to help us be ‘summer ready’ all year round.

As you know, yoga is a perfect mix of toning and strengthening exercises for the entire body. But there is also more to yoga than just the physical movement. The breathing, listening to your body, and mental clarity you get from a regular yoga practice is arguably the most important aspect to loving and embracing your body as it is (aka, making your body ‘summer ready’).

That means, loving every inch of your body so that you no longer feel the need to be something you’re not. Being kind enough to your body to embrace any ‘flaws’ (well, honestly….who is perfect?!?!), and have a great time on the beach regardless of if you have washboard abs or not.

We are all beautiful and unique in our own way (ahhh, sounds so cliche!), and once you start loving YOU for who you are, we promise that life will just flow. We do harp on a bit about this at Yamala Yoga, but it really is something we are so passionate about. So, our tips for an awesome summer this year?

 

  • Drink plenty of water
    It’s hot out there, and you will honestly glow from the inside out if you keep your fluids up! AND you will feel so much better for it too!
  • Keep up your yoga practice
    We know its hot, and we know you would rather be sipping that refreshing beer on the back deck. But by regularly scheduling in a little yoga into your daily routine (even just 10 minutes will have you reaping the benefits), your mind and body will thank you in so many ways! Bring more focus and energy into your day, as you breeze through the silly season with ease and grace.
  • Eat fresh, seasonal foods
    Who wants to be slaving (and sweating) over the stove each night! Why not try to incorporate more satisfying salads into your weekly dinner routine, or make a refreshing mango smoothie for breakfast. By loading up on good fats (nuts, avocado, olive oil), healthy proteins (lean meats, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes) and many fresh salads and veggies….you will be glowing from the inside out in no time!
  • Stay positive
    It’s a no brainer. If you’re spending your day feeling down and out about your life or your body….then you’ll never feel ready to embrace the fun and join in with the rest of the gang over summer. Embrace what you’ve got. Remember you are not fat, just as you are not a hairy toe or a mole on your face. You are YOU, and you are absolutely bloody fantastic just the way you are!!!

 

 

  • Do what you love
    Try not to get too caught up with all your day to day jobs and weekly to-do list. Remember that most jobs will still be there to do tomorrow. Try to enjoy and embrace something you absolutely love each day, weather that’s a morning walk with your pooch or an afternoon play with your kiddies. Take the time to really soak up each moment, because really….that is what living is all about.
  • Don’t judge others
    Just as you don’t want to be judged, it’s not fair to judge others. You don’t know everything about someone else’s life or what they are going through. Try to be fair and understanding. Show compassion throughout your life and enjoy the rewards. The old saying from Roald Dahl is just perfect here. “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”- The Twits.
  • Love yourself
    Loving yourself means listening to your body, it means treating your body with the self respect it deserves. This is not a vain thing to do, it is essential if we want those around us to love us just as we are. This one is tricky, and often a work in progress (gosh…we all have bad days!). But stick with it. Each morning think of two things you appreciate or love about yourself, and just take it from there. Words of kindness to yourself here are SUPER important. Remember #6….don’t judge others? Well the most important person to follow this rule is with yourself. Don’t judge yourself. Sounds easy, but can be really challenging.

 

Now you’re ready to jump head first into Summer! Give yourself the love and compassion you deserve and show those around you how it can be done! If you’ve got kids, lead by example. We want our children to grow up knowing that they are amazing just as they are. That we don’t need to act or look a certain way to be accepted. If we respect our bodies, we will move it in a way that feels good (hello yoga!!), and fuel it appropriately with fresh and seasonal produce! We also know how to celebrate and party (yes, wine/beer/cake!). Everything in moderation and shared as a fun experience with others is what living is all about. Don’t restrict your life by worrying about each mouthful you swallow or miss out on all the fun little moments in life because you’ve spent 2 hours at the gym each day. Find activities you love to do and enjoy summer with loved ones this year.

Something a little extra….

Meditation for the busy people
The end of 2018 is creeping up, and chances are your new years resolution have long been forgotten, but it’s not too late! Maybe ‘Meditate More’ has been a resolution for a while but you just never get round to it, or you tried for a bit and it was just a bit too hard to keep going? Well, here are a few simple and quick ways you can incorporate meditation into your daily routine to help build your mindfulness practice from the ground up.

Keep breathing
Simple as that. Just take a deep breath in and slowly release.

Take a moment to enjoy your coffee
Every morning when you make your coffee (or tea!!), take a few quiet moments to really just BE. Even if it’s only for 2 minutes. Smell the coffee, hold the cup in your hand and notice the heat coming through the cup, take a sip and really savor the taste. Do this every time you have a coffee, and you’re on your way to a mindful day 😉

Waiting for the bus
Instead of just sitting and scrolling through your facebook feed, why not take a few moments to notice what’s going on around you? Can you hear any birds chirping? Is the breeze blowing the leaves on the trees around you? Notice the people walking past. Just observing what is going on around you and being truly present is the key here.

While your lunch is heating up in the microwave/while you are eating lunch
Take your lunch break to focus on what is going on around you. Enjoy the smells, tastes and textures of your meal. Although it might be tempting to just shovel your food in as fast as you can, and scroll through Instagram…slow down a little to notice the delicious meal you are about to eat.

Try a moving meditation
When you go for an afternoon walk, use the opportunity to do a moving meditation. As you move, bring your awareness to your breath and to your movement. Yoga is also great for this 😉

When you’re jumping into bed
Take a moment to reflect on your day and to be grateful for what you have achieved. We happy for what you’ve got in your life, and take a big deep breath while you relax into your mattress.

If you squeeze in a couple of these throughout your day, you’ll build a regular meditation practice. Eventually, you might even feel like you’re able to spend 5 minutes a day just sitting and being.

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❝The thing about meditation is; you become more and more you”- David Lynch.

 

Little bundle of JOY!

Hello! Welcome to our Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for October.

Some exciting news to start this newsletter off – one half of Yamala Yoga is expecting a baby in early March! Little yogi Henry & his mumma are very excited to get a little cousin & niece /nephew in 2019 🙂 As such, Meg will start winding down her yoga practice over the coming months, but will continue to teach our Tuesday night classes for term 4. Our Term 1, 2019 Tuesday yoga will take a little break so that she has time to welcome the little one, but if all goes well she plans to be back teaching again for Term 2, 2019. We will keep you updated via email in the new year regarding this anyway.

Weekend Yoga Classes! Are you or your family/friends interested in weekend yoga classes at Paddington? For Term 4, we are willing to start these up again however we won’t lock anything in until we get the numbers. So, if you are interested in a weekend yoga class (suitable to all ages and levels!) please send us an email with your preferred time and we will see what we can do. If we don’t hear back from anyone we will assume you are busy little things with loaded weekends 😉

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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. Please note that these classes run in conjunction with the state school term.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Soul Pantry, 31 Wolverhampton St Stafford: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! Practice yoga in the gorgeous surrounds of Soul Pantry, as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter (Meg) and the other kiddies OR get them involved with the stretches. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow at the Soul Pantry Cafe. **Onsite Parking available.

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

Easy ways to work a little more Gratitude into your life.

No matter who you are, how much you have to be grateful for or how positive you tend to be- it never hurts to introduce a little more gratitude into your life each day. Sadly negativity is just too easy for most of us, so practicing gratitude can be really difficult. Some psychologists believe that our human brain is actually hardwired for negativity (anticipating danger is actually what kept our species from dying out over the years!) So even though life is much easier now that it once was back in the past (for the majority of us anyway), practicing gratitude and positive thinking really doesn’t come naturally for us.

If negativity comes naturally to you, don’t go beating yourself up over it! I mean, heck. My life is pretty damn awesome- but I still need to remind myself daily to work a little more gratitude in my life. Why? Because there is always something to worry about. Remember….evolution screwed us on the whole staying positive thing. Gah!

Here are some easy ways to incorporate a little more gratitude into your day.

  • Keep a Gratitude diary.
    Setting aside 5-10 mins before bed to write down what you are thankful for is one of the easiest ways to cultivate more gratitude in your life. I get it. Sometimes flopping to some Netflix before bed is just too easy. But I promise…..even just every other day of journaling either in the morning or at night is going to do wonders!
  • Aim to live in the moment.
    Ok. This one is a little more tricky. We so often get caught up in what should have happened in the past or what we want to happen in the future. Try to engage your senses next time you find your mind escaping the here and now. Try to find something in your present situation that you are grateful for.
  • Remember the bad times.
    So it might seem a little counterintuitive….but if you remember those shitty times in your life and how you overcome them. Boom. You have something wonderful to be grateful for.
  • Make time for the favorite people in your life.
    It’s simple. If you want to live a more grateful life, spend quality time with those that you love.
  • Make exercise a habit.
    This one makes a whole lot of sense to us too! Physical fitness and gratitude are linked, and it’s no wonder. People who practice gratitude exercise more than those who don’t and they are more likely to suffer from any dietary restrictions and substance abuse issues (because you love yourself and your life!). So try to find some exercise that works for you, and try to either take it outdoors or really focus on spending some quality time with mother nature.
  • Aim to think about what you have, not what you want.
    Another pretty obvious one, but one that we so often forget. There is so much pressure in life to have more and be more these days. But you know what?! There is nothing wrong being being content, while working towards what you want. “The happiest people are those who are content with what they currently have, not with what they lack.”. Try focusing on all the good stuff in your life instead of berating yourself for not being where you think you should be (either professionally, personally or financially).
  • Focus on the small things.
    So you might not be where you want in life. You might have had a terrible breakup, or you are just in a bit of a funk. Focusing on and enjoying the little things in your life are really going to help boost your mood. If it’s pizza on a Friday night with your sister. Or a nice walk at sunset. Whatever it is, enjoy it.
  • Don’t forget to say thanks.
    To the barista who made your morning coffee. To your friend who messaged you to see how you are doing. Saying thanks out loud to people in your day is a sure fire way to help you on your way to becoming more aware and more grateful for what’s in your life. 

Something a little extra….

Easy & Delicious Chia Pudding

It’s spring time and that means delicious breakfasts that keep you going and taste like heaven! So, here is one of our favourite breakfast (or snack!) ideas to use those beautiful berries that are in season RIGHT NOW! This particular recipe comes from https://www.eatingbirdfood.com (sounds healthy!!)

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • blueberries and strawberries, for topping.

Method:

In a bowl or  jar, mix chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. If you’re using a jar, you can make it easy by shaking to mix!

Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds, cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set” for 1-2 hours or overnight. The chia pudding should be nice and thick, not liquidy. If it’s not thick, just add more chia seeds, stir and refrigerate for another 30 minutes or so.

Our favourite thing to do (and also a massive time-saver in the morning!) is to prep the pudding the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. When ready to serve, divide the mixture between two bowls (or take it to work in a little jar!), top the pudding with berries and enjoy.

*Note: You can make this your OWN by adding flavours that you LOVE! Think cacao powder for a chocolatey way to start the day, or add peanut butter for an extra protein boost! Also great with yoghurt on top, or you can even mix the berries through to make it a super berry breakfast. Go crazy!♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

❝It’s not about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself.”- Unknown.

Rest and Revitalise.

Hello! Welcome to our Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for September.

Sorry this one’s a little late….it’s been rather hectic on our side of the fence. Hopefully we can start to slow down and enjoy the rest of this amazing year.

We celebrated our own birthday (being a twin is amazing, as we get to share our birthday!!), and the first birthday of our littlest yogi member- Henry!

This week we are back into the swing of things, hooray!

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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. Please note that these classes run in conjunction with the state school term – there are only 2 classes left until the holidays!!

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Soul Pantry, 31 Wolverhampton St Stafford: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! Practice yoga in the gorgeous surrounds of Soul Pantry, as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter (Meg) and the other kiddies OR get them involved with the stretches. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow at the Soul Pantry Cafe. **Onsite Parking available.

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

Women’s Health Week.
Put your health first.

This week is Women’s Health Week. It is a week to focus on your health, to learn more about it and to take action. When it comes to health and wellbeing, many women are excellent at caring for others but often put themselves last. It’s finally time to take action and put yourself first!

A recent health survey this year found that of 15,000 beautiful women across Australia, nearly 70% feel nervous or anxious each and every day! With a whopping close to 50% diagnosed with clinical depression or anxiety and 34% reported that they didn’t get any time to themselves on a weekly basis. It shows us that usually women are putting their health last, and are struggling with making health and wellbeing a priority. Not a surprise when you think about today’s modern women. We’re either trying to do too much or expected to do so much. Social media has played a massive part in this over the past decade, with the “perfect” being portrayed as the norm.

This is where yoga and meditation steps in. With regular practice (even just once a week)…you’ll get the tools to help potentially deal with anxiety and depression. Regular deep breathing, meditation and focus on ourselves is a fabulous first step in improving our health.

As women, we believe that we should be firm supporters of one another. Seek help when you need it, and really listen to your friends when they are talking to you. Find activities you love doing and try to do them once or twice a week. It could be anything. A walk in the bush, a swim in the surf…a nice slow yoga flow or coffee with your bestie. Whatever makes your heart sing. Health and wellbeing is a powerful thing, remember that it doesn’t need to be something active or taxing. Allowing yourself rest and self care is equally as important. Take time to replenish your spirit, as it will allow you to better serve those around you that you love.

Something a little extra….

Spring is here: Let the change in seasons guide you towards a lighter you!

Winter is all about hot cups of tea, snuggles in bed, sleeping in and warming soups. It’s what our body and soul needs – a chance to slow down, warm up and take note of our surroundings. Winter hibernation. But I’m sure you’ve noticed the days getting longer, the nights getting warmer (maybe?!?!), and your energy perhaps increasing! Spring is here and it’s time to stop hibernating and change with the seasons!

Here are our top tips for embracing this beautiful change of season, to bounce out of your winter hibernation and create a lighter (in body and soul) you!

  • Spring up your diet – Now is the perfect time to check in with seasonal produce and eat what is abundant. Think melons, strawberries, apples, lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, capsiums and cucumber! Not only will your waistline thank you, but you’ll find these foods will give you the energy you need to keep on moving!
  • Get outside – With the beginning of spring bringing longer and warmer days, it’s time to get outside! Being in nature makes people happier, calmer and more energetic. And this time of year is PERFECT to be out and about. It’s not too hot and the sunrises are just magical…do yourself a favour and check one out asap!
  • Try something new – Spring is a great time to start making some new habits or try a new activity. Always wanted to take dance lessons but thought that you’d look silly? Who cares! Just sign up! What’s the worst that could happen? A change in season is the BEST time to change your routine. Try a new gym class, or take an extra yoga class. Do whatever fills your soul!

  • Spring cleaning – It’s a perfect time to clean out your home from top to bottom. Get rid of anything you no longer use and you’ll feel lighter and calmer every time you come home 🙂 Bliss!

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❝Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”- Coco Chanel  

 

Be an Inspiration.

Hello!

Welcome to our Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for August.

Where has this year gone?! Honestly! We cannot believe August is here already. A few little updates for a rather busy month here at Yamala Yoga. Our darling Gran is celebrating her 90th this month….so to celebrate we are off to eat cake and drink champagne with her! This means unfortunately we won’t be running any classes for a week (she lives in Hobart….). There will be no class on Tuesday 21 Aug and Wednesday 22 Aug. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Due to the cooler weather and lack of interest, we have cancelled our Sunday morning classes at Paddington. Our last Sunday session will be this Sunday 5th August. We would love to see you there! Also, please note that there will be no Class on the Ekka Public Holiday (sorry Mummas, that one affects you again!).

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.
● Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Soul Pantry, 31 Wolverhampton St Stafford: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! Practice yoga in the gorgeous surrounds of Soul Pantry, as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter (Meg) and the other kiddies OR get them involved with the stretches. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow at the Soul Pantry Cafe. **Onsite Parking available.

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.

Why it’s important to listen to your body during a yoga class
You’ve probably heard us say a million times during a yoga class, “listen to your
body”, but why do we ask you to do that?
The truth is, it’s important to listen to your body ALL the time, but especially in a yoga class when postures and breathing can be a little more challenging than you are used to. By really tuning in to your body for that moment (remembering that it will be different every day!), you creature a sense of
awareness, and ownership of your body. You will better stretch your body as it needs to in that moment, and you will also find that stillness in your mind that we so often crave after a yoga practice.

Some days are more stressful, you are busier, rushed off your feet….and you need a yoga practice to help calm you down and stretch you out. Other days, you might find that you are full of energy and ready for a twenty Sun Salutations with full on yogi push ups each time. It’s a matter of listening to what your body needs and changing your practice to suit.

At Yamala Yoga (and hopefully any yoga class you go to!), you have the freedom to change any pose to suit. Perhaps you want to sit in childs pose for a few breaths just to bring your focus back to your breath. If that is what your body is calling for, DO IT! We are HUGE advocates of YOUR yoga practice. We are simply facilitating a flow for the whole class but that doesn’t mean that you can’t modify it to suit your body in that moment.

It actually makes us really proud to see people listening to their bodies and doing what feels good, rather than pushing through something that might be a little too challenging.

So, that’s the reason why! Next time you’re in a yoga class, really listen to what your body is telling you
and make changes accordingly and see how much MORE you benefit from that class.

Something a little extra….
How to Be Inspirational
We all have them in our lives. Those individuals who have inspired or improved our lives in one way or another, usually encouraging us to push ourselves, achieve something memorable or just work towards being a better person. There is no one magic way we can be an inspiration to others, but a great step is to start leading by example and take the time to help others. Think about those who inspire you. What qualities make them inspirational to you? Plan to make these qualities a part of who you are.

Start by setting an example. Identify small changes that you want to make to your lifestyle which you can put into action straight away. Improving your diet, doing more exercise or spending more time reading or meditating. Whatever it is, that you can do now. Try incorporating others into this too though! Perhaps spend more time with family or visit your grandparents more often. Living your life with purpose, even through difficult times is also very inspiring to others, so stick at it.

By building our own confidence and self-belief…we are not only improving our life, but perhaps inspiring others around us to do the same.

❝Every accomplishment starts with a decision to
try.❞ — Unknown.

Float into a state of bliss.

Hello! Welcome to our  Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for July. We hope our little newsletter finds you well, and enjoying these cooler days! We’ve just kicked off our little two week break for classes in Paddington….Enjoy the mini break and we will see you on Sunday 15th July at our NEW time of 8:15-9:00am. (Tuesday’s class will remain at 6:15-7:00pm once we return!)

Don’t despair though mummas, we are still running Mums & Bubs Classes at Soul Pantry each and every week 9:30-10:15am. And until the end of the year these classes are still only $5!!! What a bargain!

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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.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm
  • Sunday mornings @  8:15-9:00am

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Soul Pantry, 31 Wolverhampton St Stafford: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! Practice yoga in the gorgeous surrounds of Soul Pantry, as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter (Meg) and the other kiddies OR get them involved with the stretches. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow at the Soul Pantry Cafe. **Onsite Parking available.

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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Floatation Therapy   

How it truly felt to be floating for 60mins.  

Floating, a practice where you step into a float pod or tank, filled with over 550kgs of Epsom salts dissolved into 30cm of clean filtered water. The water and room are warmed to the temperature of your skin, so that when you settle into your float, the sensations of the water against your skin begin to dissolve and you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. As gravity melts away and your senses fade (the room is so black you cannot see a thing, and all you can hear is your own breath and the music beautifully in the background) you begin to let go more and more. What results is a unique experience of total weightlessness, complete calm and the deepest rest.

So now you’ve heard that…are you keen!? Floating is something Meg & I have been meaning to try since discovering meditation during our Yoga Teacher Training a few years ago. It’s taken us a while….but since we’ve both had a rather hectic 6 months, we thought why not now!

Taking the plunge with someone you know quite well is a great way to ease into it. Having said that, I too cannot wait to give it a go on my own and see how different the experience is.

Arriving to the float centre, we were greeted with super friendly staff. Everyone asking if this was our first float. It was. They all seemed genuinely excited for us to have this experience. We were also excited. We had heard brilliant things. An excellent place to meditate…and what really had this sleep deprived mumma excited was the idea of a 60min float rejuvenating the body and mind like a 4 hour sleep. YES PLEASE!

Stepping into our little room (we had our bathers on), we took a shower and got acquainted with the epsom salt bath. Laying our tired bodies in the warm bath. Turning off the lights and suddenly plunged into darkness…listening only to our breath and the gentle music flowing through the speakers. Divine. Of course it’s challenging for anyone to truly meditate for 60mins….I’m sure initially my mind was racing, but by the end of session we both walked out as if on a cloud.

As all forces of gravity on your musculoskeletal and nervous system are removed by the buoyancy of the water, and all sensory input had been eliminated, your whole mind and body can restore and realign.

There are so many wonderful benefits to giving a float a go for yourself….as the pressure of the world has literally been taken off your body due to the absence of gravity, you experience total weightlessness. Your whole body (neck, spine, hips and knees) are all relieved of any tension and pain- allowing for an opportunity for the body to decompress, release and realign. Also, floating in a huge bath full of Epsom salts for 60mins means your body absorbs an abundance of vital minerals, like magnesium and sulphate in via the skin. Improving the effects of high blood pressure, heart disorders, chronic fatigue, migraines, sleep disorders and joint and muscles aches and pains.

This was such a magical experience, and one that we will no doubt be doing again. Give it a go and let us know what you think!!

**We had our first float at CityCave in Paddington. (This is not sponsored…but the staff were lovely and the space there felt like a little oasis.)

Something a little extra….

Plastic Free July!

We know that the ban on single use plastic bags at major supermarkets in Australia has got everyone talking about reducing their plastic waste…and there really is no better time than now to say no to single use plastic! The challenge of ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics during the month of July has really taken shape over the past few years, particularly through the Plastic Free July movement.

It might sound really hard to quit all your single use plastic, but it’s just the little everyday swaps that really do make all the difference. Imagine a world without waste. That is our future and it’s up to us to make it happen!

In order to give up single use plastics, you might just need to be a little more organised…but it’s a small price to pay to keep the world beautiful for our children and grandchildren.

We have put together some super simple tips to help you make the most of a more sustainable way of life!

  • Take a reusable cup with you when you are going out for a takeaway coffee (there are SO SO MANY gorgeous reusable cups available now – Keepcup & Joco are two of our faves!).
  • Take your own bags to the grocery store (keep them in your car or by the front door so that you don’t forget!!)
  • On that note – make sure you take some reusable produce bags with you to the supermarket too! This way you can bundle your apples together without the need of a plastic bag! Win!
  • Say no to straws – Every. Single. Time. We seriously don’t need them to drink and they are so bad for the environment!
  • Stop using Glad Wrap. It’s literally the definition of single use plastic. Some fantastic alternatives are to store food in glass containers or use beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap. Beeswax wraps are seriously incredible…if you haven’t tried them already, you need to ASAP! Keeps food so much fresher – I’ve had a sliced avocado last a week in a beeswax wrap! Miracle!
  • When you’re out, be really conscious of any single use plastic that you might encounter and try to avoid it. Why do you need to by the tomatoes that are wrapped in plastic…buy the loose tomatoes! Simple!

There really is so much that you can do to avoid and reduce your use of single use plastics, and this July we challenge you to see if you can go Plastic Free!

Check out the website (http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/) or even have a look at Biome (https://www.biome.com.au/911-plastic-free-life) for some fantastic plastic free alternatives for your day-today life!

As they say, be the change you wish to see in the world! 🙂

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❝Be yourself. There is no one better.❞ — Unknown .

 

Things your yoga teacher wants you to know.  

Hello! Welcome to our  Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for June. We hope this little bite size newsletter finds you with a smile across your face and enjoying these beautiful Brisbane winters days! We’ve got so many exciting opportunities to get on the mat between now and the end of June. So what are you waiting for?! We’ll see you 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 (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm
  • Sunday mornings 7:45-8:30am

 

Mums & Bubs Yoga at Lanham Park, The Grange (Opposite The Grange Library): Each Wednesday @ 9:30am-10:15am are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is only $5!! We’re taking advantage of these gorgeous winter’s days by heading outside. Practice yoga with the sun on your back as your little one plays with our gorgeous babysitter and the other kiddies. Tell all your friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome. It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow.

FREE Park Yoga at Dorrington Park, Ashgrove (near the Enchanted Forest Playground): Each Saturday @ 8:30am-9:15am!! What more do we have to say? The perfect way to kick off your weekend. If you know someone who is keen to give Yoga a go, now is the time to bring them along! For the month of June only we are offering this class for FREE.

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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What we want you to know.  

Here are our top things we, as yoga teachers want to tell you!  

 

So why don’t we say the following to you in class? Well, sometimes we are a little shy about telling you what we really think. We want to cheer you on, but we also want you to know that we don’t have our lives figured out…just because we are yoga teachers. We really just want to add some joy to your life and help you achieve optimum health and vitality. Because trust us, we are not in this for the money.

We’ve seen it all in our classes (either taught or attended). The body language, the sneaky sideways glances and the body language from students. We also hear assumptions about yoga or yoga teachers that make us giggle. So let us fill you in on the things we desperately want to tell you, but perhaps won’t!

 

    • Yoga is really not that serious
      So chill, and enjoy the ride. Have a little fun!
    • Yoga won’t get you the “perfect body”
      Yoga is for all types of bodies, and honestly….we are all different! It’s not about getting that perfectly toned body to look like a supermodel.

 

  • Your body is already perfect
    It really is.
  • I’m not perfectly healthy all the time
    We too, are real people.
  • You make us love our job!
    You’re amazing and you’ve done so well. We absolutely adore guiding you through your practice each week.
  • It doesn’t matter how flexible you are. Leave that ego of yours at the door.
    Not practicing yoga because you’re inflexible, is just like saying you’re too dirty to shower! Practice leads to progress. Be patient and kind with yourself.
  • Breathe.
    Focus on your breath first, even if that means foregoging the asana (pose) and you sit in childs pose. Focusing on your breath and breathing consciously is far more beneficial than muscling your way through the class while holding your breath!

 

  • Stay and enjoy Savasana (corpse pose)
    You need that extra 5-10 minutes to full reap the benefits of the time spent on your mat “doing” the asanas/poses. Try not to give in to the Chitta Vritti (mind chatter) and try to practice stillness. The groceries, cooking dinner and kids can wait. This is your time. Enjoy it.

Something a little extra….

Living the life of our dreams.

With our attention and time being dragged in so many directions, it’s easy to lose sight of our lives goals and ambitions. But it doesn’t need to be that way! Let’s start living the life of our dreams with a few simple and easy strategies.

Simplify the commitments in your life.
– Take a step back and look at all the commitments in your week. Seeing everything written down can help you to understand what is truly important in your life. Remove everything that doesn’t bring joy into your life (if you can!).

Take a look at your goals.
– Think about some long term goals (could be anything from learning a new language, to running a marathon). Write them down in order of priority.

Involve others.
– Let someone important to you know about what you would like to achieve. You can support each other, and help each other stay motivated and focused.

Celebrate the wins!
– Enjoy the success of completing a task or each step of the way to achieving your goals. You’ve worked hard…but don’t forget to be present and enjoy the success before moving onto the next stage.

 



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❝One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day❞ — Unknown .

 

Making the most of Meditation.

Monthly Digest- April 2018

Hello! Welcome to our  Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for April!

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Term 2: With Term 2 just around the corner, and the cooler months *hopefully on their way…NOW is the perfect time to commit to a regular yoga practice.

✽ General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe. Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). A reminder that Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass. As always, please try to arrive at least 5 mins before the scheduled class time. This means we can start on time, and with less disruptions for everyone when the class is underway.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm
  • Sunday mornings 7:45-8:30am

 

✽ Mums & Bubs Yoga at The Soul Pantry: Each Wednesday @ 9:30am at the Soul Pantry are a real treat! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is $20 for a casual class or $150 for a 10 Class Pass (which has a years expiry!). Tell all your mumma friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome (but don’t fret! If your kiddies are in care…we would still love to see you!!) It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow. **Special note, we now have an extra pair of helping hands for each Mums and Bubs class! This means you can enjoy yoga while your littlest is having fun (playing with toys, crawling, practicing tummy time or relishing in a snuggle) with the other kiddies and the gorgeous Meg!

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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What’s the Go with Meditation?

How to help still your mind at the end of your yoga practice

 

Here at Yamala Yoga, we aim to provide you with quiet meditation time at the end of your yoga practice. While sometimes is just impossible to completely shut your mind down for 5 minutes (hello Mumma’s in our Wednesday class!), the benefits of settling the mind for a few moments is incredible.

 

There are many common barriers to meditation, however we want to give YOU the tools have a successful meditation at the end of every yoga class.

 

“I can’t make my mind go blank or empty
Well, the good news is – you don’t have you! Meditation is about bringing all of your awareness to ONE thing. We usually try to bring our awareness to our breath as it is always with us, but you could also try a mantra (“I am enough” or “I am love” are nice ones to use!).

 

“I have too many things going on in my mind”

Brilliant. We all do. It’s normal. It’s natural. What we need to try to do when we meditate is not hold any attachment to these thoughts or to this ‘mind chatter’. Let these thoughts come into your mind and imagine them flowing out again. Try not to dwell on any specific thought or give into the temptation that they bring (shopping lists, what’s for lunch….etc. We’ve all been there!)

 

“Focusing on my breath makes me self conscious”

Meditation is all about being in the moment. If you feel a bit self conscious, that’s okay. Meditation is about accepting where you are at right in that moment. Being exactly where you are, exactly who you are in that moment and nothing else. Try and let everything else go.

 

“What am I supposed to think about while I meditate?”

You’re breath is a beautiful place to start, as it allows us to bring our attention and focus on just one thing. Try slowly counting your inhale (1…2….3….) and then slowly counting your exhale (1….2….3…). Doing this means you’re unlikely to be able to allow other thoughts to enter your mind as you are already focused on your breath.

 

“I don’t get anything out of meditation”

Try not to put too many expectations on your meditation practice, as it will end up driving you crazy. Try to focus your attention on the process and the rest will follow in time.

Eventually meditation will no longer feel like a chore. You will get to a point where you want to sit down and meditate. Not because you think you should, but because it actually feels so good. No matter what happens during your meditation session (and no matter how long!), you’ll remain peaceful, calm and happy.

Something a little extra….

Avoiding the Flu, Naturally

As the cooler weather approaches, so too does the dreaded cold and flu season! But there are ways to avoid getting sick this year, and they are much simpler than you think:

  • Make sure you are getting plenty exercise – like a regular yoga practice and a daily walk in the sunshine! Keeping active boosts your immunity (and makes you feel like a million bucks! Win – Win!)
  • Drink plenty of water, even though it’s getting a bit cooler. Staying hydrated will keep you healthy and glowing all autumn!
  • Eat well – think lots of fresh fruits and veggies especially garlic, citrus and ginger…these all boost immunity and taste delicious!
  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep each night. More sleep = less stress, and less stress means higher immunity.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption.  Letting your body function at the best of its ability will mean that it can fight off colds better. If you can’t forgo that glass of wine (ha! we totally understand!!), just make sure that you don’t overdo it 😉
  • Keep your gut happy. Taking a specialised probiotic or including fermented foods in your diet such as kombucha, sauerkraut or miso will boost immunity.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after touching surfaces that others may have touched. These germs love to spread, so we’ve got to stop them in their tracks!

And of course, if you can’t manage to keep the sickness at bay (golly, it happens to us all!), the BEST thing you can do is REST. Avoid going to work (you don’t want to share that cold around the office!) and just take it easy at home. Sleep in. Drink tea with honey and lemon. And give your body the time it needs to heal. Honestly, it’ll be over before you know it 🙂

 

A Final Thought

Living the Simple Life, Sustainably!

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce our use of Earth’s natural resources. It is done by reducing the carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.

We believe we should be aiming to live on Earth as lightly as possible, meeting our needs in the present moment without compromising the needs for our future generations- so that they too can enjoy a beautiful high quality of life that we enjoy today.

Some simple changes to the way we live everyday can ensure we are assisting to give our future generations the future they deserve!

 

At home-  Changing our light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs and simply turning the lights off when we are no longer in the room all contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.

Instead of using plastic ‘Gladwrap’ to keep our food fresh, try investing in some beautiful beeswax wraps. They are amazing for storing food in the fridge and keeping it all mighty fresh!

Unfortunately for us ladies….that time of the month is plagued with plastic wrapped Pads and Tampons. It used to really bug us, until a few years ago we stumbled across Lunette Menstrual Cups. Honestly, using these have changed our lives. We no longer dread that time of month, Periods are easier and dare I say- more enjoyable!? A brilliant investment that works out a whole lot cheaper than buying sanitary products each and every month and we are no longer adding to landfill! Perfect.

Out and about- Remembering to take our reusable bags with us to the shops is a brilliant and simple little hack. Just keep them in the car and you’re good to go!
Its estimated that Australian’s throw away a staggering 1 billion takeaway coffee cups each year too! Don’t add to the landfill and remember to use your KeepCup or simply sit in the cafe and use their beautiful cups. Also- remember to pack a reusable water bottle too…they are also massive contributors to landfill (and they simply don’t need to be!)

With our food- Making our food choices sustainable means choosing seasonal and locally grown food (as it reduces our carbon footprint caused by transport!). Choosing organic where possible will also minimise the risk of pollution to the environment caused by chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides. Local farmers markets are a great way to buy your weekly fruit and veg, plus its a great way to learn about how our food is grown direct from the farmer themselves!

Why don’t you experiment growing your own fruit and vegetables at home if you have the space? You can even try trading with your neighbours if they are growing fruit and veg too. If you’ve got the space, why not invest in some backyard chooks? Fresh eggs everyday and a perfect use for some kitchen scraps. Win, win.

Recycling plays a massive role in living sustainably….reusing products will minimise the addition of waste in landfill. Go electronic where possible to reduce paper waste and turn food scraps into compost. Before you throw something away, think about how it could possibly be reused. Old t-shirts could become cleaning cloths or rags for the shed. Empty glass jars make great storage containers or tealight holders!

It is our responsibility to contribute to the preservation of our beautiful planet, by following sustainable living practices- every little bit counts. Smart and easy little hacks like the above are a brilliant start…but there are so many things you can try too! For more ideas and some great products, visit Biome- instore or online (https://www.biome.com.au). One of our favorite shops. Enjoy.

 

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❝Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions.❞ — Albert Einstein.

 

Easter Rituals to try this year!

Monthly Digest- March 2018

Easter Rituals to try this year!  

 

Hello! Welcome to our  Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter for March!

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Term 1: Term 1 is well and truly underway….with the last class for the term finishing on Wednesday 28th March (just before Easter!) We have loads of opportunities for you to jump on your mat and practice some yoga, including general yoga and specialised Mums & Bubs Yoga classes:

✽ General Yoga at the Paddington Annexe. Our classic Yamala Yoga style class with plenty of flows, deep stretches and meditation suitable for everyone (including beginners, children and advanced yogis!). A reminder that Casual Classes are $15 or $100 for a 10 Class Pass. As always, please try to arrive at least 5 mins before the scheduled class time. This means we can start on time, and with less disruptions for everyone when the class is underway.

 

  • Tuesday evenings @ 6:15-7:00pm
  • Sunday mornings 7:45-8:30am

 

✽ Mums & Bubs Yoga at The Soul Pantry: Continuing until the 28th March, our Mums & Bubs Yoga on Wednesdays @ 9:30am at the Soul Pantry are a real hit! Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is $20 for a casual class or $150 for a 10 Class Pass (which has a years expiry!). Tell all your mumma friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome (but don’t fret! If your kiddies are in care…we would still love to see you!!) It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow. **Parking at Soul Pantry has been a challenge the last few weeks! Hopefully it eases up as the term continues. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!!

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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TOP STORIES

Healthy Easter Traditions and Rituals.

Fun family traditions to start with your tribe this year.

What does Easter normally consist of for your and your family? Perhaps you dig into some freshly toasted Hot Cross Buns and sip steaming hot cups of coffee, as you catch up with family and friends. Perhaps you head to the Church with family and friends, if you are religious. However, no matter how you choose to spend your time off….with kids hanging around it usually revolves around gorging in huge amounts of chocolate, with a visit from The Easter Bunny!

It’s lovely to indulge with family and friends over this fun season…but why not try some including some fun alternative traditions with the kids this year, instead of ladening them up on highly refined sugars. We can all agree that there is no better way to spend the holiday than with loved ones, listening to the laughter of kiddies around you having fun!

Why not give some of these a go this year, and who knows….maybe they will become a new family tradition:

 

  • Easter Hunt: Nothing screams Easter like an Easter Hunt. So exciting for the adventurous in your house. Why not try a little treasure hunt using  little dinosaur figurines, colourful boiled eggs, some crayons or chalk instead of the traditional foil covered eggs (because let’s face it…they will melt anyway in Queensland.)
  • Easter Crafts: Find some colouring in or craft projects online, and give these a go over the holiday season.
  • New PJs: With Winter just around the corner, why not get a new set of Winter Pyjamas or Slippers from the Easter Bunny instead of a huge bundle of chocolate.
  • Indulge in some Chocolate: It’s just not Easter without some delicious chocolate. Why don’t you try going for Dark Chocolate this year? Dark Chocolate contains large amounts of flavonoids, which act as powerful antioxidants and can help to lower blood pressure. Try to find one that’s more than 70% (meaning it contains less sugar and saturated fat). Or you can make your own Chocolate, using Cacao (full of magnesium) and Coconut Oil (which helps to boost your bodies immune system and protect against viruses and bacteria). Plus its a quick and fun activities to get the kiddies involved in! Yay!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Sugar-Free Chocolate for Easter (thanks to I Quit Sugar.com)…**so easy to make and an absolute treat to make at ANY time of the year!!!

    • Dark Chocolate: Combine ½ Cup Coconut Oil, 1 Tbsp Rice Malt Syrup, ½ Cup Raw Cacao Powder, 2 Tbsp Coconut Cream in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted and well combined.

 

  • White Chocolate: Combine ¼ Cup Coconut Oil, ¼ Cup Cacao Butter, 1 Tbsp Rice Malt Syrup, ½ Tsp Vanilla Powder, 2 Tbsp Coconut Cream in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted and well combined.

 

Now get creative and add in some flavour:

  • Raspberry Ripple: add in a few frozen raspberries and coconut flakes
  • Nut Cluster: Throw in a few chopped nuts and a sprinkle of sea salt
  • Coconut Rough: Add shredded coconut
  • Turkish Delight: Add a few drops of rosewater and chopped pistachios
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly: Replace Coconut Cream with Peanut Butter, and add a few frozen raspberries.

Something a little extra….

The reasons we LOVE savasana

Corpse Pose or Savasana…a pose considered the easiest to perform and the most difficult to master. Why?! Well, it requires less physical strength and flexibilities than many other asana’s- but its the challenge to our mind and body in many different way that brings the difficulty.

This asana (or pose) is a great place to practice engaging in mindful awareness without too much effort or exertion, a perfect way to seal your practice and relax into a deeper state of being.

When we engage in savasana, sensory stimulation and external distractions are minimised- which allows the body to completely relax. A grounded body means our mental energy is channeled inwards, allowing our mind to explore our body from the inside. The more we practice this, the more we increase our body awareness- increasing the ability to notice our breath and our heartbeat, allowing us to come into a calm and more relaxed state of mind. This lovely state of bliss has been known to decrease signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression (an added bonus!).

Savasana is a great way to calm our mind, reduce stress and fatigue, lowers our blood pressure, release headache or tension pain and improve our sleep!

But it’s not all mental….savasana provides our physical body so many wonderful benefits as well! The pose allows the body to relax and unwind after practicing asana flows, relaxing muscular and skeletal tension (all in the one pose! Amazing!).

So next time we ask you to drop into savasana, give yourself permission to flop. Relax. And really feel connected and grounded as you drift away…..and feel that “Yoga High” at the end of class.

A Final Thought

New month, new season, new mindset!

The start of March brings not only a new month, but also a new season. If you’re anything like us, you might find this change brings a little more energy into our daily routine. A little less heat, a little more sunshine (less rain, hopefully!), a cool change in the temperature. You can almost feel the shift in the environment around you.

This time brings us a perfect opportunity to reset our mindset – update our daily activities, revisit our goals, and go for our dreams! We encourage you to take a moment over the next few days to just sit quietly and do a mini stocktake of those activities and routines which are filling your cup and those that are draining it (metaphorically speaking!). Identify what you love – What fills your soul with sunshine? What makes your body sing? What brings that gorgeous smile across your face instantly? Simply try to work more of these activities into your daily routine.

Start now. Make a promise to yourself that you will do what you can to bring more love, more sunshine, more happiness, and less stress into your life.

Remember that you have the power to control your world. You have one life, one opportunity to live an incredibly fulfilling and happy existence. Now is the time to make it happen!

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❝The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams❞ — Oprah Winfrey

 

Make your best day- TODAY!

Monthly Digest- February 2018

Make your best day- TODAY!

 

Hello! Welcome to our February edition of the Yamala Yoga Monthly Newsletter.

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Term 1: Term 1 is started on Sunday 21st January and is running through until the Thursday 29th March. We have lots of opportunity for you to jump on your mat and practice some yoga, including general yoga and specialised Mums & Bubs Yoga classes:

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

 

  • Tuesday’s @ 6:15-7pm
  • Sunday’s @ 7:45-8:30am

 

✽ Mums & Bubs Yoga at The Soul Pantry: This year saw the start of our brand new Mums & Bubs Yoga on Wednesdays @ 9:30am. These classes run for the term (24th Jan – 28th Mar) at the gorgeous Soul Pantry in Stafford. Prices for the Mums & Bubs Yoga is $20 for a casual class or $150 for a 10 Class Pass (which has a years expiry!). Tell all your mumma friends, kids from 0-5 years old welcome! It’s a lovely class, with coffee and chats to follow.

Just a reminder that we unfortunately 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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Positive starts for a fabulous day

Starting the day on the right foot

We don’t all have the opportunity to jump out of bed every morning to jog a few km, take a yoga class, drink a green juice and meditate (while that does sound like bliss). The reality is that most of us wake up with kiddies that need to be fed, dogs that need to be walked, emails that need to be checked and a coffee that needs to be drunk (amen to that!).

The truth is, it isn’t what makes up your morning routine that can set you up for a fantastic (or crappy!) day, it is the how you go about it. Your internal voice, your mental state, this is what really matters. Regardless of how you start your day, it is possible to bring mindfulness and intention into your morning and set a positive tone for the rest of the day.  

We have put together a few ideas to help you start your morning on a positive note, why not try them and see what works for you. You never know, your best day could be TODAY!

    • As soon as you wake up: You know, that moment when you are awake but you haven’t opened your eyes yet. You might normally think something like: “Morning already, feels like I’ve had no sleep, is that my dog barking, etc, etc”. BUT what if you changed your morning thoughts to something way more positive. Thinking about an intention for the day or a positive mantra can help you practice a little love and a little mindfulness before your head has even left the pillow. So, tomorrow, why not try something like: May today flow with ease. May I be happy. May I be healthy.

 

  • In the bathroom: Pick something that you do every morning – brush your teeth, wash your face, showering…whatever it is, and focus on it COMPLETELY! Pay attention to the way the tube feels as you squeeze the toothpaste out, notice the sounds and smells around you. Notice how you feel. Being present and taking the time to focus on just one thing before the day starts is a perfect way to practice being calm and mindful for the day ahead.
  • Getting Dressed: Once you have your clothes on, take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful/handsome you look today. Self love and happiness go hand in hand, and what better way to get the day off to a positive start! You can always break it down into bite sized chunks of self love too…“I love my hair today, my eyes are sparkling today, my smile is beautiful”. Finding even just one thing to love about yourself every morning will definitely start your day right.
  • Before you start any work: Before you launch into your emails or race into the office, take a moment to think about how you want your day to go. Focus on being positive and productive. As they say, energy flows where your intention goes….so make sure that your energy is flowing to the right place as soon as you get started! You can even give yourself a little pre-work mantra to really get things going: “Today I am focused, Today will go smoothly, Today I am productive, It will be a great day!”. Once you start feeling good about work each day, you will not look back.

 

 

Something a little extra….

Harnessing that Full Moon Energy

The full moon falls in the sign of Leo on 1 February at 12.26am (AEST)…and this one is special! It’s a Super Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. This occurs when the Earth and Moon are in total alignment, with the Earth directly between the Sun and Moon. The Moon with have a reddish shadow from the Sun.

Eclipses bring about transformation, illuminating what needs attention in our lives (particularly in our personal and home front). It’s all about shaking things up to push us out of our comfort zone.

This influence of fiery Leo may cause an urge to act, but listen to your inner goddess and be patient- the first step to letting go is allowing it to come up and surrender to it.

With the Sun opposite the Moon, you need to think about the polarities in your life. It’s time to look carefully to see if you have the right balance in your life. Balance between family and work, children and career, or between looking after yourself and nurturing others. The key to finding the right balance is to trust and have faith in yourself and your belief system.

A Final Thought

Fuel your day, the right way.

It you really want to maximise your energy throughout the day, think about what you a fueling your body with. No matter how many meals you choose to eat in a day, whatever you pop into your gob has the ability to make you feel vibrant and amazing or sluggish and crap. So instead of reaching for that packet of chips or choccie from the charity box to satisfy your hunger…try having some delicious, easy pre-made snacks.

Here are a bunch of our favorite little snacks to help keep our minds and bodies ticking. Easy to make and store in batches, you’ll never be caught out hangry (hungry + angry) again!

Mac & Cheese Muffins- when you’re craving something cheesy!

What you need: 6 eggs, ¼ cup greek yoghurt, 1 cup dried macaroni pasta, 1 cup chopped baby spinach, 1 large grated carrot, 1 large grated zucchini, 100g cheddar cheese, salt/pepper to taste.

How to make them:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 and grease a muffin tin with a little butter or oil.
  2. Whisk the eggs and yoghurt together in a large bowl until well-combined. Add in the cooked pasta, spinach, carrot, zucchini, cheese and a few crunches each of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Divide mixture evenly between the muffin holes. Top with a bit of extra grated cheese and place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until muffins have set and are golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out of the tin and letting cool completely. Store muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

GF Choc Chip Cookies- perfect for that sweet treat with a cuppa!

What you need:

  • 1 1/4 cups (137 g) almond meal
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate (Sara used cacao nibs)
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (Sara used sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup (73 g) brown sugar (Sara used muscovado)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp (45 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate chips, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color and doubled in volume.
  3. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking sheet with 1-1/2 inch space in between each. Press down slightly to flatten a bit.
  7. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

If cooking really isn’t your jam, why not try these grab and go options! All of these options below can be made up and popped in the fridge on a Sunday…ready to grab without fuss anytime during the week as you dash out the door.

  • Banana or Apple Slices with peanut butter (don’t know about you…but PB is life for me! YUM!)
  • Veggie sticks with hummus (pre-made or store bought! So easy! So delicious!)
  • Greek Yoghurt sprinkled with some cinnamon and chopped up nuts.
  • Boiled Egg and some Veggie sticks.

 

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❝You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.❞ — Buddha