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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
07 3149 3511
6 Wongabel st Kenmore 4069
In the lead up to the birth (17 weeks to go) my focus is narrowing down onto the best options available in labour. I am asking all of my mother friends to share their experiences about what happened for them, what they found helped and/or hindered their experience. I have also been pointed in the direction of Calmbirth, where mothers are all educated in the birth and never have any need of drugs during the process. All of this research is what I share with my students and apply myself.
The one consistent thing all of them have said is that staying present and surrendering to the moment was the thing that helped them most.
This is a fundamental principle of yoga. It is one of the Niyamas of Pattanjali’s yoga sutras- Ishvarapranidhana- surrender to god. Whether you believe in god is irrelevant, the point is to surrender. The process of letting go is one of the most powerful things we can do, as it reminds us that at a greater level, we aren’t in control of things and we never were. Nor do we need to be.
Often in the course of some yoga classes this principle can go astray, and it is easy to forget in an attempt to attain a posture that the real reason yoga is so beneficial for us is that it brings us back to the present moment.
When we achieve yoga we become one with our bodies and the world. We let go of any fears and ideas we have about being and allow ourselves to just be.
This is why pregnancy yoga has been so beneficial, because never before have I felt so at the mercy of ‘advice’ , ideas and judgements by other people and society at large. The notion of glowing didn’t really help when I got chloasma. Having a chinese mother who keeps telling me about how she didn’t show until she was seven months doesn’t really grate either.
I feel grateful to have the opportunity to share my experience and lesson learnt with other women going through a similar process. And if it wasn’t for yoga I suspect I would probably have killed something by now, most likely my husband.
Shared by our beautiful Laura who takes our Urban Pregnancy classes Tuesdays @ 6pm and Saturdays @ 9.30am