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#socialmediadetox It’s been pretty interesting to hit pause on the posting and scrolling business for a couple of weeks. Kinda crazy to notice how many times a day I’d reach for my phone without a real reason, simply to see what was happening in ig land. I actually had to leave my phone at home when I’d go out with Sofie so that the option to check was not there to tempt me. Don’t know how you feel about it, but I find it pretty frightening to realise how conditioned and addicted I am/we are to screen time, especially as our attention default. Social media is probably the most ingenious and revolutionary phenomenon of our generation, but has to be used wisely. Here are my biggest takeaways from the last two weeks: 1. I need to create more awareness around what, why and how much time I spend online 2. Mindless scrolling is an addiction that requires intervention and radical self honesty 3. Spending more time with people and nature is so important for my wellbeing 4. Giving uninterrupted attention to my family, my friends & my Self leads to a deeper connection and more joy 5. Managing screen time requires more personal discipline and self control than I thought! 🙇🏻♀️C. WHAT ABOUT YOU? How do you feel about your use of social media? Any tips or thoughts?
Hey friends, we’re back! How is everyone? Today marks our 11th wedding anniversary, so we thought this “throwback” moment would be a fun way to celebrate and come back online after two weeks of digital detox. More about that in another post, for now let’s crack a smile and share your best/worst marriage jokes.. the more politically incorrect, the better!😄 Here are a few to get the ball rolling: Marriage is finding the person that puts up with your shit, admires your weird little ways and still says they love you at the end of the day. Marriage is a workshop... where husband works and wife shops! Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering. If love is an amazing dream, then marriage is the alarm clock. In marriage two people take part.. one is always right, the other is the husband.
We’re all plugged in to our digital social networks. It’s a beautiful thing, the way we’re so interconnected but every subject is two sided! . While Honzajii is on his 10 day silent retreat, I’m also creating a mini retreat of my own by stepping back from the constant checking, scrolling and posting. I get so darn distracted and pulled down rabbit holes so it just feels like a good time to hit pause and turn the lens towards more important things... like prepping for baby number two! 👶🏼 Spending some precious time with our mini guru. Reconnecting with some homegirls around Sydney. Greater value and meaning will always come from people over things. So my focus is on me, my wild, curious toddler right now and all the forms of self care. 🧡 . If this resonates, I invite you to join me for a little social media detox. I promise it will still be there for you, when you get back! 🤗
There are as many answers as those who are asking that question. To me YOGA is a way of life and it is here to remind us of our true nature - union with all that is. The practice of yoga is both a state and a path to attaining it. It is a state of being in which truth does not need to be spoken because it simply is; and it is a path on which we choose to see the source of life inside of us and say “yes” to shining our light out into the world. At the heart of yoga is the practice of meditation, which guides us to the recognition that we’re more than just a physical body and a collection of thoughts in the mind. Meditation helps us transcend our physical and mental limitations and gradually come to the easeful state of simply being our true Self. In that state we are of great service to all that is, because we no longer feel separate. We feel connected, clear and aware. We remember that life is sacred, love is our nature and fulfilment is our purpose. Simply put, yoga is the process of waking up. 🙏🏼
Happy birthday @sofiephoenix!🎉🎂🎁 Can you believe this little peanut is officially a threenager!? The best three years ever in the history of evrrrrr... thank you for choosing us as your parents!💚 mama+dada
What are your thoughts on having a bad day? In case you were wondering, I have bad days too. And you know what!? There's nothing wrong with having a bad day. It took me a looooong time to understand that. The idea that you’re supposed to be high on life every single day is BS and feeling guilty about feeling low is simply a waste of time. I’ve come to learn that the key is to let yourself feel those emotions instead of numbing them or trying to suppress and hide them away. Now, I’m not saying that you should act on emotions like anger. I’m saying that I simply allow myself be present with whatever I’m feeling, knowing very well that all emotional states come and go. Change is inevitable. I believe that all emotions are here to teach us something. When I feel lost, I always remind myself that self love and self acceptance is what will guide me out of the labyrinth. I love what Richard Rudd says about the darker side of life, “Every shadow contains a gift. Our life’s work is to discover those gifts by having the courage to embrace the uncomfortable, to face all the discomfort we’d rather run away from. Shadow work is hard, but it’s why we’re here. It’s the only way to evolve. The key is to be honest with yourself and to receive and trust whatever comes your way. As you begin to listen, to feel, to breathe more deeply, you begin to let life in. It really is a beautiful journey, the journey to awakening.”
@sofiephoenix may be only 2 years old, but she gets it. Watch till the end to see the cutest self assessment of her efforts. So here is the good news, if a toddler can learn to meditate, so can you! And now the bad news, if a toddler can commit to daily meditation, you have literally no excuse!😆 It may come as a shock to many parents out there to learn that children can meditate. Sounds crazy, right!? But it’s true and they’re natural at it. At what age can you start teaching your kids to meditate? The answer is simple, when they express the interest to do it with you. And here is the catch, they will only ask if they see you do it regularly, so it’s your job to lead by example. How long can your kids meditate for? A good rule of thumb is 1min for every year, meaning that if your child is 4 years old, teach them to sit still with their eyes closed for 4 minutes. Sofie has watched us meditate twice a day since she was born. She understood early on that when mama & dada do “tating” as she used to call it, it was time for her to be quite and wait for us to open our eyes. Nowadays when she wakes up and we’re meditating, she just walks over, quietly sits in our lap and closes her eyes. Of course she can be a little rascal and has her moments of frustration when she wants to jump, play or watch a video, but most of the time she gets it. If you’re interested in learning more about this subject, check out our meditation teacher’s podcast The Vedic Worldview by Thom Knoles and the episode titled Meditation For Mother And Baby (link below). TAG A PARENT, leave a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts or any questions you may have. 🙏🏼 #kidsmeditation Link to podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-vedic-world-view/id1215052677?mt=2&i=1000413435958
My new series #NidraFlow just released on @alo.moves! Link in bio👆🏼I love this practice of unraveling into deep rest. Each class begins with an invigorating vinyasa sequence that leads into an ancient practice of yoga nidra also known as yogic rest/sleep. The beauty of yoga nidra is that anyone can do it and you can’t get it wrong. It’s a simple process of slowing down, releasing stress and learning more about your inner landscape. I filmed this series in my second trimester and now that I’m towards the tail end of this pregnancy, I’m actually really excited to practice it again and appreciate the slower pace and soothing quality of this practice. My intention for this series was to create an opportunity for deeper listening, calmness and rest; an opportunity to discover the quiet space between sleep and awake. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts! SPECIAL OFFER If you’re new to @alo.moves, you can get 20% off your membership, just use the promo code: NIDRAFLOW Offer ONLY lasts 48 hours so sign up now and give it a try! alomov.es/nidra-flow
If you’re wondering why we haven’t posted for a week, it’s cause we got sucked into a baby vortex. It’s a real thing! Just look at this scrumptious little face and try saying no!🙇🏼♀️ @sofiephoenix “Mama, dada, let’s get ice cream, go to the park, pool, play group, library, feed the duckies, ride a bike, play with kitty, oh let’s get more ice cream”.. you know, too busy doing nothing, which as it turns out, is kinda everything we ever wanted. Tempted to feel guilty, but instead choosing to feel deeply grateful for all this freedom and time to simply be present with each other and enjoy every moment. 🙏🏼 #lg #parenthoodrocks
#PreggoUpdate #31weeks Pregnancy is such a sacred and deeply transformational journey. I love feeling the little heart beating inside my belly! This little peanut is not a peanut anymore, he/she has now grown to the size of a cantaloupe that’s taking up more and more space inside. Baby is now putting on up to a half pound each week until birth. With less space inside, I’m starting to eat smaller portions more often. It’s also getting pretty busy in there with regular kicks, elbow punches and all kinds of body rolling around every day. Vision development is underway and this little ninja will soon be able to see his/her own body parts inside the belly. How cool is that?! With all the relaxin pumping through my body and softening the ligaments in my pelvis, it feels so darn good to be back home and take it easy. I missed putting my feet up, dissolving into the sofa, eating yummy food and watching old movies. The plan for the remaining 9 weeks is to be gentle with myself and simply enjoy the journey. Thank you for tuning in and following our adventures. Any mamas out there inspired to share their preggo journey? We’d love to hear from you!🙏🏼 #feelingallthefeels @drishti_studio 📷
Our fast paced modern life is riddled with constant distractions that often make us feel unsettled, uncertain, confused, insecure and without a sense of meaning & purpose. Lack of attention is the psychosis of our times. Perhaps now more than ever before in our evolution, we’re in great need of tools and practices that help us settle our destructed minds and reconnect with the core of why we are here. It’s time we stopped hitting the snooze button and woke up in the here and now. How? Meditation 20min twice a day NON-NEGOTIABLE!😉 The way out is deep within.. see you on the other side. Let me know if you’re enjoying these snippets of philosophy lectures from our trainings and would like to see more. As always, feel free to ask me any questions or simply share your thoughts about these deeper topics. I’ll happily respond and share my personal insights/perspectives. For those of you interested in becoming a yoga teacher, or existing teachers looking to deepen and evolve your practice, we invite you to join us and @adamwhitingyoga & @yogawithbriohny next summer in beautiful Thailand! 200hr YTT | June 14-July 4 | Koh Samui 300hr YTT | July 6-July 31 | Koh Samui Enrollment now open 👉🏼 link in bio
Honoured to call this special human our friend, teacher, brother, our family. Thank you @adamwhitingyoga for helping us hold space for yet another deeply transformational 200hr teacher training journey. Huge congrats to all of our newly certified teachers. We can’t wait to watch you spread your wings and fly! For those of you interested in becoming a yoga teacher, or existing teachers looking to deepen and evolve your practice, join us @adamwhitingyoga & @yogawithbriohny next summer for an experience of a lifetime! 200hr YTT | June 14-July 4 | Koh Samui 300hr YTT | July 6-July 31 | Koh Samui Enrollment now open 👉🏼 link in bio
We’re going home! After 6 months of travelling and teaching around the globe, we’re finally heading back to Sydney to enjoy a few months of “normal” family life.. kids play group, catching up with neighbours, netflix, home cooking, grocery shopping and OMG the farmers markets!🤩🥦🥑🌶🥕🥖🥬 #bringiton
We’re beyond excited to finally announce our 200HR & 300HR teacher trainings for 2020! We’re partnering up with our homies @yogawithbriohny and @adamwhitingyoga for these immersive and deeply transformational trainings, which will be taking place next summer in Ko Samui, Thailand. Our trainings aim to not only deepen your practice and knowledge, but to equip you with a broad range of practical skills necessary to thrive in this fast changing world of modern yoga. Choosing the right training for you is a major decision, so if you have any questions or need advice, be sure to send us a DM or comment below. Hope to see you in Thailand! 200hr YTT | June 14-July 4 | Koh Samui 300hr YTT | July 6-July 31 | Koh Samui Enrollment now open 👉🏼 link in bio
Just remembered that this week is kinda special. It’s been 12 years since a seemingly insignificant passing comment between two friends lead to us finding each other from 10,000 miles away. But that’s a story for another time. This week also marks the start of our third trimester and we just want to share with y’all how excited we are to welcome this little peanut into our tribe. What a wild ride! Can someone pinch us please?! Thank y’all for tuning in and following our journey over the years. You probably don’t even realise that by simply following our account, you’ve been actively supporting what we do in the world. Having this incredible online family and the vast cloud of visibility that comes with it, makes this seemingly impossible dream possible. None of our trainings, workshops, retreats, festivals, online classes, and other deeply transformational offerings would be possible without our global ig family. It’s true, the sum of every single one of you have literally been the catalyst for making our dreams come true. Words are a poor substitute for a big bear hug but we can try.. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! 🙏🏼💛 Emanating beams of gratitude to wherever you are in the world! H+C+S+?
My #glamourgirl moment is finally here!🤪 I’ve been using a neti pot for many years now, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. Neti is one of the ancient yogic cleansing practices known as kriya. I always get a kick out of introducing it to first timers and it’s one of my favorite things to share at our teacher trainings. Nothing like keepin’ it real by highlighting your snot bubbles with a group of new trainees! Yes, it’s awkward, it’s weird, it’s funny, but most importantly, it’s soooo good for you. All you need is a neti pot, warm water and a pinch of himalayan salt. Here are my top 5 reasons to try this out and make it one of your regular practices for optimal health: 1. improves breathing 2. clears out your nostrils and sinuses 3. heightens sense of smell and taste 4. helps to reduce allergy symptoms 5. feels amazing!
Today we stand in solidarity with climate activists all around the world! #climatestrike 🌏 Anjali mudra is an expression of infinite potential that exists within each and every one of us. By relaxing our hands and fingers, we create a pocket of space between the palms, that infinite potential which we can mould into anything our minds and hearts desire. It’s time we remembered that the future of mama Earth, our future, is in our hands. 🙏🏼
I feel honored every time I get asked to share the story of my home birth, because I want to encourage and inspire all you mamas to be out there in the world not to fear giving birth. For me it is a very sacred experience and as strange as it may sound, I honestly look forward to giving birth again. Make no mistake, I’m not saying it’s easy, painless or without complications, but it’s also something us women have done naturally for thousands of years. So here is my story, our story.. I gave birth to @sofiephoenix at home with the help of a midwife, because I had known for a long time that it was what I wanted. Making that choice was both empowering and scary. The fear of the unknown is no joke when you’re planning your first home birth. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for our amazing midwife Robyn for putting me at ease when I needed it the most. She is a living reminder of how natural and normal the birth process really is. When the time came, I felt ready, well, so I thought. I created a playlist, lit the candles and focused on my breathing. When the contractions came, it was the most overwhelming sensation. I wanted to run away but there was nowhere to go. Each contraction was different but all of them had me moaning, grunting and wincing. Then just as suddenly as it happened, the wave passed and I would regroup. This was the cycle that repeated over and over and over. I remember spending most of that time hanging over the edge of the birthing pool. Warm water felt like a warm blanket keeping me nurtured in between the waves of contractions. I knew that I just had to move towards these sensations instead of resisting them. Finding the courage to do that was actually very empowering. My labor lasted about 5 hours, which may sound like a long time, but is actually pretty quick compare to many other mamas giving birth for the first time. When it came time to push, there was no warning, just an urge to get to the ground. Two pushes and Sofie spilled into Honza’s waiting hands. I still remember the moment I first held her, flooded with oxytocin and overwhelmed with love. The most miraculous thing I had ever experienced.🤱🏻💕
Good morning from beautiful Bali!👋🏼 How is everyone today? If you’re feeling like @sofiephoenix in this pic and looking for a reason to crack a smile, check out our ig stories for all kinds of fun shenanigans from our 200hr teacher training!🤩🤙🏼
Headstand is known as the king of yoga poses for its many benefits.. great for increasing blood flow to the brain, building strength in the arms, shoulders and core muscles, energising the body, improving balance and special awareness etc. Traditionally there are 7 types of headstands. This variation of tripod headstand (Mukta Hasta Sirsasana B) is challenging and deserves much respect in order for the cervical vertabra to stay healthy and protected over the course of your yoga life. If you’re a teacher wanting to teach this pose in your classes, you owe it to your students to learn all you can about the proper set-up, execution and ways of evaluating the readiness of your students before bringing it to the classroom. We believe that teaching students about safety and proper alignment through partner spotting is an invaluable tool on their inversion journey. Here is a simple technique using duck squat with knees at the back and hands on the hips. Have any questions? Happy to answer them in your comments below!👍🏼
#naked is my happy place.. all day every day if I could. It wasn’t always like that. I had my fair share of body image insecurities as a girl becoming a woman. When I was in college, I reluctantly decided to face my fears and do some nude modeling for life drawing classes. Not because I loved the idea, but because it paid well!🤷🏽♀️ I still remember the first time I dropped my robe and stood naked in front of a group of art students. My heart was pounding, palms sweating, my mind full of self judgement and ready to run out in utter embarrassment, but as I looked around the room, they all just nonchalantly opened their sketchbooks and began to draw. After a few deep breaths it all felt so normal. I remember thinking how getting consumed by all that fear and insecurity was such a waste of time. I felt liberated that day, so free and happy in just my birthday suit! Many years later, I’m still very grateful for that lesson which helped me fall in love with the skin I’m in. So, what about you? How do you feel in your skin? Any hang ups or breakthroughs you’re bravely willing to share? @drishti_studio 📷
IT’S FINALLY HERE! 🔊Sound on I’m so excited about the release of my new series on @alo.moves called #MoveToMeditate This one has been in the works for a while and I’m stoked to finally share it. To celebrate I want to gift all of you a full *30 DAYS FREE* subscription, so you can all practice this series with me! Just use the promo code: MEDITATE when you sign up. Offer only lasts 24hrs so get on it 👉🏼link in bio My intention for this series was to explore and honour the ancient roots of yoga. Traditionally, yoga asana was practiced to prepare the body and mind for seated meditation and that’s what this series is all about. It revolves around five intentionally sequenced vinyasa classes that each utilise a foundational posture used for the practice of seated meditation: Accomplished Pose, Thunderbolt, Easy Pose, Hero, and Lotus. These classes progressively lead to a final 30-minute meditation practice. You'll learn about general postural architecture, correct alignment, mindful breath and various concentration techniques used to calm the mind in order for you to begin accessing a deeper state of present moment awareness. Let the inner journey begin! I’d love to know your thoughts about this slower paced and more introspective approach to vinyasa practice. H.
“Do it for the baby!”🤰🏽I’m such a dork sometimes!🤪 Anyway, if you want to learn how to transition from Elephant Trunk to Eight Angle pose, here are a few tips. Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) can seem intimidating especially for first-timers - you're lifting your hips, wrapping your legs around your arm, lowering your torso into a pushup position, balancing your entire body and ideally maintaining a sense of calm, ease, and grace. If the pose seems out of reach, don't be discouraged, it’s actually one of the more accessible arm balances. As a teacher I love using this pose to show students the possibility of reaching a seemingly unattainable goal. The key is to prepare the body through foundational poses with Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Elephant Trunk Pose) being the gateway to Astavakrasana. Focus on building arm, core and inner thigh strength, and over time you’re bound to experience the empowerment and exhilaration of these arm balances. Have fun getting into it and let me know if you have any questions or tips from your own practice!🙏🏼 C.