Yoga

Being Seen

If you’ve been to the Kenmore studio of late some of you may have notice the new big ass artwork hanging above the desk. Yes its me and my kids and the hubster.. a snapshot into the crazy life that we lead. Whose isn’t?! To be honest photos are not my thing.. never have dare I say never will be but.. what ive learned is that photos aren’t about you?!
Well they’re of you but not for you! Looking thru the last 6 years of photos which included 2 pregnancies, motherhood and numerous birthdays, anniversaries and life as i know it, I have 9 pictures of myself.. 9 yes just 9!! And these are only photos with me included in them. Not of me solo. Be it that I’m the one taking the pics or running around looking for a knife to cut the cake or the hard truth…. Im actually not very fond of being photographed. I’m terrribly uncomfortable with them and being seen in them. ( issue alert!)
But what happens when I’m gone and my children and their childrens children look back on the life they had growing up in photos.. Where is their mother? grandmother? what did she look like? what did she do? was she happy? kind? fun? A pain in the butt?
I love tralling thru my grandmothers black and white photos of my gramps, my aunts and uncles as kids and all the places they went to and the crazy clothes they were made to wear, knowing there is a story behind each image.
When was the last time you bought a picture frame or better… a photo album?
For me.. I could not tell you!
So my beautiful friend and photogrpher Amanda from Salt Mama Studios came and took these candid pics of my family and of …ME! It wasn’t to mark any special occasion but to capture a glimpse of the life we have at this particular moment. Something tangible, something my children can look back at .. and for me. And they’re beautiful!! So beautifull that Amanda donated these to the studio so people could see the magic she found in the simplicity of everyday life.. my everyday life, which I bet for most of us is not too dissimilar.
Don’t wait for that special occasion to be photographed. Be remembered especially in print ..theres nothing like it. Be seen by those who love you for years to come.
Amanda ” The Salt Mama ” from Salt Mama Studio can be contacted on 3466 0376 or check out all her works on www.saltmamastudio.com.au

 

Movement Is Medicine

Movement is Medicine
Well that’s what yoga is to most of us
Most of us discover yoga because we need to improve one or more aspects of our lives, be it flexibility, mindfulness, strength , relaxation.. just to name a few OR you were told by a health professional to do some yoga! For me it was a way to keep mobility in my spine from a near fatal car accident at 17. Yep a health professional for me!
I was told I would end up in a wheel chair by 40 if I didn’t keep myself mobile. Well my 40th just came and went and no sign of a wheel chair… Maybe 60?! Maybe Never!!
Well I had a little run in with another car…Actually they had a run into me and my mobility got somewhat immobile.
I have to say I’ve taken my mobility a little too much for granted of late.
So 2 months into rehabilitation I’ve been seeing an EP.. What’s an EP.. I asked the same question of my Chiro.
So an EP is an Exercise Physiologist….4 years uni, trained and specialised in  exercise intervention for those of us with a pre-existing conditions ( chronic pain, weight management, diabetes, hypertension just to name a few)  or  at risk of developing a musculoskeletal injury.
They believe in healing the body with exercise and  movement.
Sound familiar?
Not many forms of movement or exercise believe in healing in this manor or with such cohesion with Yoga
And  I’ve been fortunate enough to be  working with a great EP Matt from Vitruvian Movement.. I know some of you have had the pleasure.
After an initial consult where I get to discuss all things me, illnesses and anything hereditary, Matt took a holistic approach to my body and its healing. So healing I am and approaching my flexibility in a new way ….Turns out you can be too flexible!!
Matt has helped me to establish some new goals for me and my body post babies, car accident and for the future.
So Matt has kindly offered to extend his services to the Urban Yogi Community  and what he does isn’t for every one.. I can tell you I was a little hesitant myself but if you’ve suffered an injury or you know something just ain’t right in your self it might be worth checking what he does out.
And for those of you runners, triathletes and exercise junkies he’ll help you take it to a whole new level.
Ok what I did
I had 1 initial consultation with Matt Butterworth @ Vitruvian Fitness
Where we discussed
Medical and injury history
Training / movement history
Functional movement screen
Discussion of goals / objectives
And worked thru a functional movement screen
I then followed up with a personalised session a week later biased around my goals and the results on my initial functional movement screen
So flick him an email on matt@vitruvianfitness.com.au
Or call on 0449530018
Or go to www.vitruvianfitness.com.au   and suss it our for yourself.
Its till May 15th only and I know he has limited sessions
FYI Matt wanted me to put this in just so you know.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals recognised by Medicare and many Private Health Insurers.
Basically you can claim this!
Now I have a weekly session where we go over movements that reinforce my bodies needs adding in new exercises that move me incrementally closer to those initial goals (feel free to ask me in class what my goals are.. they’re not very yogic must say!).  Matt has also sent me home with a short daily program that not only compliments my yoga practice but supports areas in my yoga that I have taken to for granted.. Its way generous of him  ($195 generous) and I’m super thankful that I found his help
His mindful approach respects the body I live in and the way that I need to use it.
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Bring on the Bunnies

Easter Easter Easter.. or should I say chocolate, chocolate chocolate!!
Easter is almost upon us.. Can you believe it.. I’m still just
recovering from Christmas.. For me it trumps Chrissie simply I’m totally
addicted to chocolate
And well Easter gives me weeks of justification as to why I can eat
chocolate 3 weeks out.. Easters coming, its only once a year, Its the
good stuff,=20
and still eating eggs 3 weeks later.. I need to get rid of them, they’ll
go bad, they were on special, its only once a year, I’ll be good next
week .. I could keep going on and on with excuses to eat chocolate but
there’s a good 7 weeks of chocolate eating just there!!
All I can say thank goodness I get to wear lycra 6 days a week.
Easter times ..
We will be closed for Easter Sunday only
Classes over the long weekend
Good Friday 3rd April
8am          Align   Kenmore
9.30am     HOT Xpress  Indro
Easter Saturday 4th April
7am         HOT Align      Indro
7.30am    Energize   Kenmore
Easter Sunday 5th April  Closed
Easter Monday 6th April
8am      Align         Kenmore
9.30am Hot Xpress      Indro
Kick My Asana
Sun Salutes Masterclass Sunday April 26th @ 2-3.30pm
We we be holding a Masterclass where we will explore the multiple
variations of salutes .. Sunday 26th.  As the cooler months set in and
Easter has more than stretched our lycra this is a great kickstart to
getting thru Winter with warmth, motivation and staying positively
vibrant.
Masterclass is complimentary to all our DD Urban Yogi’s or 2 classes on
a 10/20 class pass
$35 for all UY friends without a current pass
Bookings are essential.
Zippy
What’s a Zippy!??
Well we are trialling a rewards program.. Some of you have noticed the
with tablet on the desk at Kenmore.
Well its a way to earn points for each visit with rewards!!
All you need to do is sign up on the tablet when you next come in and
Zippy will set up an points account for you.
Download the app and Each time you visit us scan over the QR code and
earn points for your visits. And you can redeem them as you like!
We will try to have monthly rewards so no double ups or if you can think
of a great reward we can offer you let us know.. We’ll try and make it
work!
Next 6 Week Beginners Course starts
Kenmore- Thursdays April 9th @7.15pm
Indooroopilly- Mondays April 6th @6pm
Be sure to book
www.urbanyogi.com.au
07 3149 3511
Enjoy Easter in whatever way makes you happy.. with or with out
chocolate
I’ll be away with my family for Easter down in the southern highland of
NSW .. pretty much in seclusion for a week .. But there will be
chocolate so I’ll be fine!!
Happy Easter!!
From The Urban Crew

Care Beware

When I was little ( littler than I am now!) I would find the highest point in my school playground, sit and stare out to sea, breathe deeply and do what I now know as meditation. When I closed my eyes and followed my breath, I would see super bright colours swirling around like a dance performance of energy and vibrancy. I intuitively knew that everything was connected…. and we are here to help each other…and take care of each other.

I’ll be honest with you.. That sensation gets filled up when you grow up. Schedules, goals, work load, families, oh my! I know you know what I’m talking about. We are all so busy and although I am grateful for everything my adventures have brought me so far, I have a strong intuitive sense it’s important to find that space inside again.

We are here to take care of each other.

I’m letting it be my mantra these days and it goes both ways. Take care of others and let others take care of you. When you experience this with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers, you are in the prime of your life. Things happen easily, struggle doesn’t exist, and synchronicity happens from moment to moment.

This month I was treated to a weekend getaway.. from yoga, from children, from my life up here! I had 36 hours in my home town Sydney. 36 hours on my own.. on my own time! First in many years. I had the pleasure of spending time with good friends who I’ve not seen in many years. You know the kind of friends that time has no boundaries on your friendship.. when you catch-up its like nothing has passed and despite many things having happened in your time apart your still you and they’re still them. Funnily enough my time was spent mainly with friends with babies.. a time when taking care of everyone but yourself is commonplace. And it really is the simple things that help us take care of each other. Letting your friend know that she’s awesome and to trust her own judgement..Making a cup of tea for another so she can just sit for 5 minutes and take a break from her 3 month baby and 2 year old daughter .. letting go and allowing others to take care of your family while you take time out for yourself..and being okay with it!

The balance doesn’t work if you favour one or the other. If you spend most of your time taking care of others and forgetting about yourself, you spend all your time giving.
But you can give much more when you take care of yourself first. If you are mainly interested in your self, your own desires, your own dreams and your own goals, you drain from others. Ultimately feeling isolated, finding it harder to find those who want to take care of you.

1. Chose a simple activity that helps you take care of you. Let it be simple, (shopping sprees don’t count!) Take a long walk, start a project, read a good book, or take a bath.
It can be weekly or daily.
Mines a quiet cup of tea during AC’s morning nap.

2. Chose a simple activity that helps take care of someone else. Give a friend or a loved one a back rub, take a friend out for tea and ask them how they are doing in their life and just listen, or call an old friend for no reason other than just to catch up.

Right.. Well I’m off to take a bath, spend some time with my babies, and make a date with my man maybe even call a friend. How about you?

Michaela
XXUY

Healthy Me

Autumn is here, there is a little chill in those early mornings and as the days get shorter and cooler we tend to let things go.. especially or health!
I’ve been reminded lately in more ways than one that the most important thing you can do is take care of our selves.I didn’t always have the grounding self care in my life and I am so grateful to know how to take care of myself so when things start to slip, they don’t slip out of control.
I know your thinking, well I have a stressful job, an out of control schedule, and a busy family to take care of. I have to take care of everyone else there is no time for myself.. I totally hear you and I’m not trying to come across it’s so easy, just eat some vegies and do more yoga. We all have our stresses. It’s part of life. It comes and goes and comes and goes again. The trick I’ve learned along the way is to deal with it when it comes.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It is the best thing you can do for yourself, your life, your goals, your dreams, and for everyone you care about in your life. If you’re not healthy you can’t help yourself and your surely can’t help others. If you are only good when you’e not stressed and things are going smoothly, you aren’t much good to yourself whenever a stress wave hits, and your life will be on a roller coaster cycle of drama.

ACP Cousre still has a few spaces
This workshop is uniquely designed to assist women who have recently given birth, had abdominal and pelvic surgery or have discovered they’re core and pelvic floor muscles just aren’t what they used to be. Being such a sensitive topic for women we use Yoga therapy to assist in reactivating and strengthening your core abdominals, perineum and pelvic area. You will learn to rebuild your core, abdominals, pelvic floor and perineum, the right way. Discover ways to manage change in this area, learn to adapt your practice and get back on track!
This Sunday April 13th @9.30am- 11.30am

Win a New Yoga Mat!!
We have a facebook competition on for the month of April!!…make sure you like us, share our competition and you could win a New PVA, PBA yoga mat..
Winner will be announced on FB April 30th

With Intention

Intentions are a powerful thing. They exists and direct our lives whether we are consciously making them or just going along without them. When we are clear about our intent be it day-to-day, weekly, yearly, or even for our whole life, we can rely on our intuition and the efforts we put into our lives become clear, direct, and powerful!
Whether you intent to feel connected, practice yoga, meditate daily, or see the good in others, just watch what happens in your day when you begin with setting an intention. Intentions are a fantastic way in creating clarity and reaching your goals.
Setting intentions are a easy and powerful way to initiate the process of moving toward living your ideal life.

Setting daily intentions is a simple way to reflect, and discover yourself.
Setting daily intentions is a direct way to gain comfort and safety in your skin, and revitalize your wonder and excitement for life.

Today I intend to take 5 minutes for myself, sit queitly and just be!
And do it. Simple really?!

So remember your intentions. They can be about practicing yoga, meditation, being more centered, connected, helping others, or helping yourself. Set your intention in the morning so you can follow through with your actions throughout the day.
Today I intend to smile at everyone.. yes everyone!
Today I intend to find a cure for cancer!

Not matter how big or small your intention is, just try it and who knows you might just start to live the life you dreamed.

Magic of Movement

Yoga is about moving with ease and practicing with the freedom.
It’s not just yoga that’s the magic, it’s about how you practice.
When you allow yourself the freedom to move your body how it feels good,
explore into all your parts, and to rest your mind on your breath, you get
really capable in your body, mind, and life.
Allow yourself to move how it feels good to move. Linger where it feels nice
to linger. Go to classes that make you feel good about yourself physically
and mentally. If it hurts, don’t do it. And most important, allow yourself
to have fun.

Okay so finally I have Direct Debit sorted! YAY!!
And I want to offer a special Direct Debit for February only!

Just $25 per week to keep yoga in your life.

It includes GST and gives you unlimited classes every week!

If your attending 2 or more classes a week it will more than pay for itself.
2 classes a week on a 10 pass class = $32 a week
1 month unlimited = $39.25 a week

Yep $25 a week to get your yoga on!

Just a few T &C’s .. Only a few I promise!
You have to have signed up before Feb 28th then it will normally be $30 a
week
You only need to sign up for 6 months
And It can be put on hold at any one time for a maximum of 1 month ..but
please give us 2 weeks notice so we can stop the payments.

That’s it !! $25 week direct debit for as much Yoga as you can imagine..

It won’t start till your current pass has expired fully.

All you need to do is email or call to confirm that you would like to
proceed and I will send thru the appropriate paper work .. Alternatively we
can organise it for you in studio at your next visit.

Yoga… we love it!!

Valentines day classes!
Don’t forget Valentines day is Friday and we want to share our love of
yoga… just bring a friend, loved one, aunt, brother even your neighbour,
just as long as they are new to Urban Yogi and your class is free .. We have
2 classes on Friday power 9.30am and 6pm.. So please join us this Valentines
day.

One last thing Urban Bambini is all geared up to bring yoga to our kiddies..
Commencing March 1st Saturdays @ 8.45 to 9.15am ages 7-11 with the gorgeous
Mary Ann..

Next time you on your mat take time to move freely and notice how body pain
cures, emotional stress dissolves, and what’s left is happy people with lots
of energy living out amazing, radiant lives.

New Beginnings Jan 2014

I hope you are having a great start to your New Year!!
It’s a time of massive goal setting and directed action. New big plans of health, quality relationships, and prosperity are set across the globe. All these ideas can be high pressure, high intensity, and a whole lot of stress. It can be a little crash and burn, ya know!!
The goals, you’ll blow past. Don’t worry about them. When you get really good at whatever your doing, you’ll begin to enjoy the process a whole lot more than worrying about a goal.

So to keep you on track for 2014 and feeling great we have some new additions to our timetable comencing February 3rd.

Our weekday 9.30am classes will include Tuesdays 9.30am Urban Align with Jasmine, Thursdays Urban Define with Michaela and Wednesdays 9.30am will change into Urban Power with Krissi!!
Fridays @ 6pm will finish the week with Urban Power.. great way to shake off the week and gear up for the weekend ahead!

Urban Mummie will move from Tuedays @10am to 10.45am
Urban Power on Tuesdays @7.15pm will change to Urban Define… a new addition to our Urban styles!!

We will be introducing our Golden Yogi’s program Thursday @ 10.45am.. Designed for those who are less mobile, recovering from major injury or surgery, manage a physical dissability or are just enjoying their golden years but want to stay active. Using a combination of Yoga therapy and chair yoga, our golden yogi classes will improve the quality of your life and lifestyle for now and the future.

We welcome back our Urban Pregnancy 4 Week Course commencing Monday Feb 3rd @ 7.15pm..Keeping our mothers to be fit and active throughout their preganacy whilst equiping them with active birth tools for that special day.. Partners will be welcome to attend in week 4 where we will equip them with ways to support and get involved.. Booking are essential!

Our first 6 Week Beginners Course for the year will commence Thursday Feb 6th @ 7.15pm.. Bookings are a must!!

Go ahead and have your goals, but don’t get too stuck there. Practice what you want to feel. Just make it feel fantastic… right??

With Kindness Always
The Urban Crew
Michaela, Bronwyn, Jasmine, Krissi, Laura, Mary Ann, Rebecca & Tony

www.urbanyogi.com.au info@urbanyogi.com.au
07 3149 3511
6 Wongabel st Kenmore 4069