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