ready to be brave with me? then have I got an invitation for you

brave 3 (sml)

This is a project that has been in the making for quite a while and the time has come for me to finally spill the beans. So, after much planning and perfecting I am so excited to invite you to……

The Playground Add-Venture series

Come on a playdate with me and I promise to be the perfect playmate. During this series of workshops we will be venturing to new and wonderful places together that will add richness and insight to your life. This is an invitation to spend time together playing and exploring in ways you never have before.

During this first Playground Add-Venture we will be visiting  BRAVERY and COURAGE and exploring their offerings.

This Add-Venture will be like no other. It will nurture you through yoga, empower you through art making, support you within a gorgeous community of like-minded people and guide you step-by-step through courageous moves that will bring (much) more joy and happiness to your life. We will celebrate your dreams, release your fears, leave you feeling strong, clear and inspired.

SO IF..

  • you have dreams and goals and don’t know how to make them your reality
  • you know you could be happier, healthier and more fulfilled but don’t know how to get there
  • that anxious feeling keeps you feeling stuck
  • you know something is missing but can’t identify what
  • you have been wanting to dive into something but have been scared to take the first step

THEN THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!

If you are tired of fear sitting in the driver’s seat, get out of your car now and jump on this bus with me. It’s heading for the Playground and we are going on an Add-Venture.

The good news is you dont need any previous yoga or creative experience to be a part of this workshop. You also don’t need to be completely clear about what brave or courageous moves you would like to make or how they could help you. You do however need to bring a sense of curiosity and a willingness to explore new terrain.

DATE:               Saturday February 22nd

TIME:                1 –  5pm (ish)

WHERE:           Sprout Studios – 123 Auburn Rd. Hawthorn VIC

COST:               $70 (includes yoga session, all art materials and delicious, nutritious refreshments – of course)




Taking steps toward change requires courage, and the first step can be the most challenging. Sign up, jump on board and make this today’s commitment to being brave and creating a better life.

I can’t wait to see you there.

xM

 

how to keep your cool this summer

summer port mcquarie

As temperatures begin to reach well over 40°C here in Australia  the joys of summer begin to fade. The simple pleasures of juicy summer fruits, swimming in the ocean and outdoor gatherings are overshadowed as the fire element makes its presence felt and we all run for water and sunscreen.

Ayurveda , the ancient Indian “science of life” and a sister art to yoga, is based on practical principles that help you maintain balance in accordance with the seasons. During these summer months that translates into practical ways to avoid the symptoms of overheating.  Excessive heat brings with it dehydration, skin rashes, sunburn, lethargy and irritability. So whether or not your constitution is governed by Pitta ( the fire element), we all need to find ways to cool down – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Staying cool is not just about staying comfortable. It is about staying balanced during the warmer months.

COOLING DIET

One of the most important tips to adhere to during the summer is to stay hydrated. Coconut water, with its high mineral and electrolyte content, as well as water served at room temperature and herbal teas are great hydrating summer beverages.. Aloe Vera juice or gel added to your water is another cooling option. Be sure to avoid the stimulating and dehydrating effects of caffeine during these warmer months.

A cooling Ayurvedic diet in summer includes a lot of fruits and vegetables that are sweet, juicy, bitter and astringent in nature. Choose fruits such as melons, pears, cherries, mangoes and grapes. Vegetables to include are cucumber, broccoli, zucchini and asparagus. Fresh, homemade vegetable smoothies are a good inclusion.

Avoid hot, spicy and sour foods. Instead use cooling spices such as mint, coriander/cilantro, fennel, anise and cardamom in your preparations. You should also avoid foods with heating properties such as tomatoes, hot peppers, radishes, onions, garlic and spinach.

Eating more lightly is also encouraged. Avoid deep fried foods and minimize the consumption of red meat and excessive amounts of alcohol.

COOLING YOGA AND EXERCISE PRACTICE

Any form of exercise should be done in the cool parts of the day. Try rising early and going for a beach walk, a swim or practicing some yoga, or get to a yoga class later in the evening. Avoid running or vigorous exercise in the middle of the day.  Whatever your choice of exercise, practice non-competitively and without force or aggression in order to prevent overheating. Cultivate a sense of calm and serenity to help cool the mind and body.

 Your yoga practice at this time should be slower, less vigorous and more nurturing, in an attempt to calm the nervous system. Including poses such a seated or lying twists, supported back bend or shoulder stand, seated forward bends or any wide legged poses will cool the body and help it regulate naturally.

COOLING LIFESTYLE PRACTICES

The mind is susceptible to overheating which leads to both mental and physical symptoms of irritability. To reduce the activity and stimulation of the mind avoid overworking and too much activity. Maintain balance with relaxation practices. A regular meditation practice or at least space for quiet time each day will help to quiet and still the mind.

Bathe in some moonlight to balance the sun’s energy. Take a walk after dark or practice yoga in the garden.

Cool your skin with unrefined coconut oil. Try a daily massage  before your shower allowing the warm water to help it penetrate the skin. This helps to protect against dryness whilst also cooling the skin.

Favour aromas that are cooling and sweet. Sandalwood, rose, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile are all recommended.

Remember that summer is a time to slow down and take it easy. So relax in the shade, read something for pleasure, swim in  cool waters or do whatever you love that is calming and cooling. By taking action to keep your internal cooling system working at its best you will notice a real difference in the way you cope with the summer heat.

Kids Yoga

Drawing with feet

Drawing with feet

 

I take an experiential approach to learning and incorporate many diverse experiences into classes. We have had fascinating discussions, moved our bodies in wonderful ways, experimented with asanas (postures), breathing techniques and guided relaxations that have helped the children to understand their own bodies more fully.

Art is an essential ingredient in these classes and helps stimulate creative and lateral thinking. This week we looked at legs and feet and made a mural drawing using our feet. Besides being a great way to use the little muscles and joints in the feet that dont get much opportunity to move when they are locked in shoes all day, it was so much fun. I highly recommend it as a school holiday activity to try with your own children. They will never know they are refining their fine motor skills.

This term for Kids Yoga we have been looking at ‘Our Bodies’ as a way of exploring yoga principles.

To make a class booking go to http://thelivewellplayground.com.au/childrens-yoga/