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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

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

The First!

As we turn 3 months young I would like to thank everyone for visitng our lovely little studio!
With new beginnings come challenges of settling in, finding our place in the community and most importantly discovering ways to share our love of Yoga. I am so grateful for all the amazing people who have come thru the doors of Urban Yogi and even more excited to watch you all grow on your Yoga journey.. Thank you for taking it with us!

Our beloved Laura farewells us for awhile to enjoy her time as a new mother. Its time for her to take leave and prepare for the birth of her beautiful bubba. Laura we wish you all the very best and look forward to meeting your little man! There will be no changes to Laura’s classes as I will be safeguarding them until her return.

There are a few amendments to the timetable.
Prenatal Yoga on Saturdays at 9am please book into your first class only.
Bookings are required for the 6 Week Beginners Courses that run on Thursdays at 7.15pm.
Our 4pm Basics/Gentle class on Saturdays is open and does not require bookings.

October Long Weekend
Sat 7.30am Power
Sun 8.30am Align
Mon 6pm Power

I am always open to feedback in all its forms so feel free to call on 31493511
or email info@urbanyogi.com.au

Live …….Laugh…….. Love

Urban Yogi

In The Lead Up To Birth

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

XUY