Seeking balance

Sun and Moon seeking balance….

In our yoga practice and in our lives, we can observe the power of opposites. Yin and Yang, ebb and flow, contraction and expansion, effort and surrender – when we take a moment to step back and reflect on these opposites we can see the qualities and benefits of each side, helping us to find balance and unity.

Sun Salutations could be described as a yang practice, related to activity, heat and light, whilst Moon Salutations are associated with a yin practice (although Saltburns 9:00am didn’t experience a cooler session)– receptive, meditative and cooling. Yin and yang (dark and light, day and night,etc.)  they are utterly interdependent. In the same way, although Sun and Moon salutation sequences embrace different qualities, they complement each other perfectly. The yogic term Hatha also reflects this – Ha referring to the masculine, warming, active energy of the sun and tha – the feminine, cooling, receptive elements of the moon. Hatha yoga, therefore, seeks to unify these apparently opposing elements, creating harmony and balance.

While sun salutations are used to awaken the body and create energy and heat, the Moon Salutations can be used as a restorative sequence to cool and soothe the body. They are especially nice to do in the evening as the meditative, calming quality of the poses helps to form a stronger connection to the breath, preparing the body and the mind for a restful night’s sleep. Although I did take Saltburn through it in the morning which may have been why some of you felt a bit brain busted.

Chandra Namaskar; Like Sun Salutations there are many variations of the Moon Salutation sequence. In the version, we did in class, we faced the long edge of your mat moving first to one side and then to the other. Imagine that the side stretches and circular motion of the sequence represent the waxing and waning phases of the moon.

As the Moon Salutation sequence focuses mainly on the lower body, it’s great for people who have trouble resting their body weight onto their arms and there are many physical benefits to the practice. The exercise stretches and strengthens all of the major muscle groups, aids flexibility and increases the functioning and balance of the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems.


Only 7 weeks to Yoga & Ibiza

I’m so excited to be going back to Ibiza this year, especially with a fantastic group of yogis, with only 7 weeks left until we can be back on this gorgeous island to feel the energy, connect to the source and simply be. Practicing yoga outside, enjoying local food and meditating to the sunset. What more could you ask for !

Although Ibiza may have a reputation as Party Central, it has always been a beacon for bohemians and artists decades before the ravers ever made their mark on its glittering shoreline.

Spiritual-seekers have long been attracted to the alternative vibes and magnetic beauty of the ‘White Island’. In the case of Es Vedrà, the magnetism is believed to be geological – this 400m-high limestone island off the southwest coast is venerated as one of the most magnetic places on earth and a centre for cosmic powers (although scientists may not agree).

Underpinning these energies is thought to be an unseen network of ley lines – channels of earth energies – as well as the ancient influence of the island’s goddess, Tanit, an earth mother and fertility deity. Add to this mystical mix a big dose of sunshine, glorious beaches, whitewashed villages and pine covered hills and you have yourself an awesome retreat to simply just be and enjoy being.

Interesting fact: Ibiza is a ‘Scorpio island’ (actually, a triple Scorpio astrologically speaking) which means she is capricious, volatile and like a magnifying glass for your experiences, feelings and emotions.

With one space left due to a last minute cancellation, there is still time if you fancy it.

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Liquid fast

Most of us have tried juicing with Jason Vale or fasting 5:2 style for one reason or another, including me. However, I never considered fasting for my mind or even my mind-body connection, that is until now.  When H & I were in Bali our gorgeous mentor Randy who regularly does a liquid fast on the 11th of every month was doing one, and we thought we would join her.  As the fast only lasts for 24 hours, I thought it would be super easy, especially as I have fasted for longer and experimented with a few fad diets in my time.

Bali was an awesome destination to do it, there are sumptuous juices and soups in almost every cafe you come across, all with added vitamin and healthy boosts, but I discovered (I must have forgotten) that there is something addictive about actually eating and putting food in to your mouth (for me any way). Even though I had consumed enough calories by the end of the day I was really craving something to chew, what I did also realise that by having juices I had a lot more free time, I didn’t think about where to have lunch or diner, what to make or what time my next meal would be. I slowed down, literally I started to do everything with more attention and focus, I felt more conscious and aware. Aware of the flavours I was tasting, aware of my surroundings and aware of how my internal body felt. It was actually a really tasty experience. I was also pretty tired and went to bed by 8:30pm, when I awoke the next day surprisingly I wasn’t hungry at all, we practiced yoga at 5:30am and then considered breakfast, after fasting even though it was only for a day we were really particular about what we wanted to eat, we took time over our meal and ate less that we would normally. My body felt lighter and my mind felt lifted.

So guess what? Tomorrow is the 11th and not only would I like to share in Randy’s liquid fast day to support her but, I would also like to give myself this gift of more time, slowing down, being more conscious and savouring everything around me therefore,  H and I are going to indulge in a little liquid fast and should you feel like joining me here a couple of the meals I am going to try:

I adore beetroot so for breakfast i’m going to go for a Liver Boosting Beet Juice: and blitz these few ingredients which I already have in the fridge.

  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 handful parsley

For diner I think I’ll try this totally tempting Kathryn Budig Soup

1 bag frozen sweet peas (10 oz)
1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups veggie broth
1 cup coconut milk (ideally the solid part)
1 meyer lemon, zest of whole lemon, juice of half
2 T mint leaves
2 T coconut oil here
pinch red pepper flakes
sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Melt 1 T of butter (or oil) in a large, deep sauce pan on medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic and red pepper flakes with salt and pepper to taste for roughly 5-8 minutes or until the onions soften. Mix in frozen peas with 4 cups of broth and let cook for 3 minutes or until the peas have thawed. Remove from heat and transfer contents adding mint leaves to a high speed blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth. Return the blended contents to your sauce pan and bring back to a low heat. Add lemon juice, zest, coconut milk and final T of butter (or oil). Mix until everything is combined and then transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh cracked pepper and mint leaves. Enjoy!


If you have any suggestions you’d like throw my way they will be gratefully received.. come on yogis lets do this liquid fast.. and see how you feel inside and out xx

Surf lessons = life lessons

These posts are a little back dated but ‘it’s all gravy baby’ I hope you enjoy !
Often things we learn can be quite challenging if it’s not that something that comes naturally to us, surfing was included as part of this real yoga for real life course I have been submerged in for the last few weeks.  It goes without saying that H and I had an absolute blast, not to mention getting some awesome technical tips from Daniel Young however, what did become apparent to each and everyone of us out there was that the things we struggled with in whilst trying to ride a wave, were an exact reflection of the things we struggle with in life and also it seemed on the course.


For me patience and trust were my biggest obstacles, I was in such a hurry to get up on the board that I found I often didn’t have the patience to wait for the right wave. When I did take my time, take a slow steady yogic breath and get centred on the board I was definitely making progress, the final piece of the puzzle was the trust element, trust in me and trust in the ocean that she was going to do her thing. Combining these two took me a little while but when I did I was up and surfing, loving every moment and feeling completely free and elated. Thanks Dan 😉

So for you guys who know me well, you will totally appreciate my struggle with trust and patience, with myself, with others. This was a profound and super cool lesson to experience and one that is part of my daily focus, I’m working on letting go of the outcome and just trusting that I have got this (whatever this may be) and all is good.

Nuts and offerings ;)

So I know it’s been a few days but a lot has happened in terms of yoga and also in life stuff here …

So a couple of days ago we had a really inspiring Yin class, now I in my ignorance thought that Yin was just holding laying down poses for a really long time. However, I have since learnt that that’s restorative and the Yin class that we did was really powerful, holding some challenging positions for 5 minutes each one, I will try and relay this to you guys when I get back. We are looking at how the body can store emotions or issues that you might have and how we can use yoga or yoga poses to help you breath in to these areas and release these things.

This session also coincided with the full moon and a womb healing meditation which was really powerful stuff ladies.. anyway I think H and I may have been floating on a cloud after these sessions. At lunch H had a smoothie with peanut butter in it, (i’m allergic to nuts) she offered me some, I asked what was in it, she said chocolate and bananas, I had a sip through the straw and immediately knew something was wrong. I ran back to the villa, started vomiting and eating anti histamines ! Which is crazy right as I am not digesting them, anyway just when I thought I was ok my chest started to contract and my throat and I couldn’t breath, Amanda stepped in with my adrenaline shot and soon after all was well. A little trip to the hospital and some odd replacements for my injection.

Towards the end of our first week which was a continuous 8 days straight we went to an absolutely incredible natural hot spring, about an hour away from where we are. Absolutely incredible, it formed part of a ceremony to release old patterns and offering up something for the future.

The Balinese make these beautiful offerings two or three times a day they’re everywhere. From a few grains of rice stuck to a slice of banana leaf, to the daily canang placed around a home or family shrine .

Walk down any street and the first thing at your feet are the daily canang – ‘chanang’, or small, square, woven baskets made from cut coconut leaves and filled with flowers – with an assortment of gifts for the Gods and topped with incense.  Inside everything has a meaning. You’ll find white lime, red betel-nut and the green sirih or gambier plant – each representing a major Hindu God of the Trimurti – Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. On top are placed four flowers that symbolise sincerity and love: white petals in the east of the little box for the God Iswara; red for the fiery Brahma in the south; yellow flowers – usually jepun, or ‘frangipani’ – for the God Mahadeva in the west; and blue or green for cool Vishnu in the north. On top you’ll often also see a small-denomination banknote that completes the sari – the selfless essence – of the offering.

In each little village it seems to be different, what I love about it is that they make these offerings in a high place and a low place,  thanking mother Earth and the gods above, by honouring both the higher and lower spirits negativity be balanced with positivity – thus ensuring harmony.


Spinal assessments and baggy pants

Today has been another jaw dropping day of exploring the self and yoga, our sunrise practice which started at 5:30 was phenomenal today because it was intense monsoon style rain through out most of the practice, the energy within the group and the rain made our start to the day really special.

Although it’s been a rainy day it’s still warm and we are studying so it’s been fine, we had philosophy this morning and an intensely fun afternoon on spinal assessments and alignment, looking at each other and feeling our spines, with a rocking teacher, Stella. We learnt some gorgeous techniques to help those of you with tight backs and hips, which I will be able to share with you if we are in a small group or doing 1:1s.

This morning one of our teachers told us a story while she was going through the chakra system, which made us all laugh so I hope I can relay it in the same way.

When she was only 20, she was house sitting for a family who had chickens and stuff, which her and a mate were supposed to be looking after. Only when she checked on them she was confronted by the site of a chicken in the jaws of a dog!! Without really thinking she managed to get the chicken out and took it under her coat to safety, the chicken wasn’t moving and had blood on it, all she could think of doing was giving it Reiki? Her mate was like, are you really going to do that, to which she replied sure why not I can’t think of anything else, so she was concentrating really hard and giving it Reiki, all the while with her eyes closed, then she started to hear the chicken clucking and starting to move, the blood seemed to have disappeared and the chicken was alive. They took the chicken to the vets who x-rayed it and all that stuff and he could see that the chicken had had major neck trauma and by rights shouldn’t be alive, but he survived and lets just say that was thanks to the power of Reiki x

Street art & smoothies

Happy Friday you guys, hope it’s been a good one for you, today was a pretty intense training day and we took on a lot of mind blowing stuff, so much so that I can really relay that here but I will at some stage.

The highlight of my day today was a meditation that Dan guided us through to close our day, if you can imagine yoga nidra led by a car that you have created yourself that would be somewhere close. It acted as a seeing self and healing self exercise and it was awesome. I could really feel the right and left side of my body as two completely separate things, which was really interesting.  However, after I felt completely calm, restored and relaxed which was extremely welcome. H and I then dashed off and devoured a gorgeous Balinese meal. Since we’ve been here we haven’t felt that hungry I think the quality of the ingredients is much more satisfying than the food at home, but today we were ravenous by the end of the day!

Below is a little snap shot of my day..

Good things are coming and I am enjoying the journey.