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The day I got unfriended on Facebook!

So I have this “friend” or so I thought until I went to send her a message to see how she was doing, I had a message come up saying she wasn’t taking messages right now, so off I trotted to her Facebook page to get her number and low and behold found out that I had been unfriended. Well this was a surprise as I have only been unfriended by a relative before never a so called friend. Did I know that I thought she was a friend and she didn’t think the same despite talking to me constantly about her problems, travels, house sales, earnings and courses she was doing? No I definitely  saw her as a friend and loved her keeping me posted about her travels and relationship stuff. 

So what is this movement where people unfriend you but can’t tell you? What is it that people find so difficult to communicate? If I have a issue with someone that is supposed to be a friend (or relative) I don’t use social media as a way of disconnecting, and I also pick up the phone and call them instead of using a messenger device. 

So many people connect with people these days through social media, when they meet someone in the street, at a yoga day, shopping, at a restaurant etc they assume the best way to stay in contact is to go through Facebook. This particular lady and I meet a a yoga day and she contacted me constantly and we became close accauintances and we talked back and forth as she went through some pretty dramatic life events. We became contacts on Facebook and I still contacted her both by phone and on messenger, she is an extraordinary lady that has lead a interesting life.

So why the sudden disconnect? Why the sudden unfriend? What has changed that I haven’t see? Should I confront her and ask? Should I leave it alone? 

My response will be the same as always, just leave it alone as she has been the one to disconnect not me and if she wishes to speak to me again I will be the same as always, this is the way I handled the relative and I will handle any in the future, but this doesn’t cure the curiosity that surrounds this type of behaviour and I am sure that the person would be curious, vexed or just plain annoyed if the boot was on the other foot.

So the big question for everyone out there is  HAVE YOU BEEN UNFRIENDED or HAVE YOU UNFRIENDED SOMEONE? why all us curious by nature would love to know the dynamics of this behaviour so let’s us know.

Smile the world needs brightening up. 😄

Meditation for inner peace.

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I know it is a great to say that meditation works for people but, does it really?

The answer is simple yes! It does. It helps to unwind, refresh, rejuvenate and just generally make you feel so much better but, how do we find the one that works for us or is best for me? Hmm well this is a tough one as there is no simple answer for this question it is all about searching and trying.

Each teacher, student, person is individual and their needs are as varied as the people themselves, my style is relaxing and some say hypnotic others are very deep, spiritual, or classical.

Meditation is definitely like your shoes and handbags, very individual and unique like yourself.

I provide a small meditation at the end of all my yoga classes instead of the standard Savasana relaxation, this provides all my ladies with the refresh and reboot needed to enjoy the rest of their day, week, evening and each of the ones I do carry a gentle visualisation of healing energies.

I like to advise everyone to give it ago as if you find the one that suits you you will notice the amazing health benefits that go with it. The include but are not limited to,

  • Weight loss
  • Happiness
  • Glowing skin
  • Forgiveness
  • Spiritual healing
  • Physical healing
  • Family satisfaction
  • Self awareness
  • Self love
  • Better sex life

And the list could go on.

I have done a recordings of meditations that I have created,

They will help to relax and find inner peace or heal the body mind and spirit. You may be after something completely different so go out and try different styles and embrace and enjoy the experience of surrendering to your own health.

 

Namaste.

The yogi with crohns.

I have Crohn’s disease, it is not glamorous, attractive or even what I call practical. This disease calls for gastronomic and colonoscopies a lot just to check that all is in working order and that there is no flare ups. Anyone that has either of these knows that the preparation for the up to 4 days pria is not fun.

So anyhow this is me, it means that I eat a sensible diet that excludes the high fat, deep fried, meats and breads that we all generally love. I can eat any or all these things on and off but definitely more off is preferable.

Crohns is a disease that I have had my entire life but, only recently been diagnosed with. When the diagnosis was given it was due to a appendectomy that I had in 2015 where they found not the usual appendicitis but an over sized, banana shaped appendix ( not normal).

Most People that you speak to wouldn’t know anything or anyone with this disease and then there is those that would’ve meet or do know someone with Crohns. It can react very differently to each and every sufferer bit all in all is quiet manageable if treated correctly by yourself or your medical practitioner.

Crohns is a disease of the gastrointestinal tract and can effect anywhere from mouth to anus. Sounds like a blast hey! So with me it was in the small bowel concentrated in the appendix area and shooting off into the large bowel a little. When they removed my appendix they also removed a 10cm piece of bowel just in case I had a cancerous section as they where not sure what they had found, they also removed a little valve that regulates the movements in my system and this took a while to adjust to as it meant that my diet had to change more then expected.

So today I am in for a colonoscopy and have been starving for the last few days, it takes approximately 40mins and then around another few hours before I can be released from the hospital.

Once this is over I start to get back to my life starting with a massive feed as I am so hungry and thirsty right now.

Do I let this disease control how I live my life? No way. I live everyday of my life, the highs lows and indifferent as it is my life and to quote someone’s saying ” it’s my lot, it’s not a lot, but it’s my lot”

Positivity is the key to everything we live through, not always easy but doable if we try.

Do yoga teachers have to always be happy?

Lately I have been feeling a little testy and I could blame it on the moon cycle as we are about to have a full moon, I could also blame it on nerves, but is it either, or am I just being cranky?

I can't say I get overwhelmed or over emotional easily I am usually quiet laid back but, over the last week or two I can't say this is the case.

Do we as yoga teachers have the right to pretend that all is great? Do we have to just be happy all the time? I can't see how portraying something that is fake and unauthentic could be good for anyone especially me.

To portray the reality of life as it affects me I believe is good as long as I don't cause emotional problems for others. People believe that yoga teachers are always calm, relaxed and totally zen, so is it good to continue the illusion despite the reality?

I have had it said more then once in my life someone say OMG it's so good to see your human. This is due to my endless energies and I'm generally unaffected by stuff, so when "stuff" does affect me am I to hide it behind the big smile?

I am a strong believer and supporter for keeping it real in life and that is sharing the ups and downs and drawing of life's experiences to help and teach others but also to learn from others that have been through things that they wish to share. Now I am not talking about the person that is never satisfied but, the person that is just in a point of life that is in need of a little inspiration, encouragement, compassion and just general respect.

When we listen we learn and as I got told many many years ago "we have two ear so should listen twice as much as we talk" but unfortunately so many people talk far more than they listen and as my brother once said " people listen to respond they don't listen to hear" and boy was he right.

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Femininity V’s Feminism

There is a lot to be said for the female body, hair, face, natural beauty and the belief that we have to measure up to societies views. Is this belief the natural way of female progress OR is it the natural place for the goddess that has lost her way? 

Is today’s women, girl, sister, mother controlled mindlessly by expectations or, does she truely believe that acting different to her true self the best way to get recognition?

Can you honestly say that you are happy with 100% of you? Is the reason that you are dissatisfied due to the reflection in the mirror? 

Your not alone this is basically the entire population of women worldwide. Disappointing, depressing and dissatisfying is what this is, not to mention really bad for us all.

Now that we have established that we are dissatisfied with what we see let’s look at why! The reason is that we look into those god damned mirrors and start to think that everything about ourselves is wrong, our arses are not a peach, our bellies are shaped like an apples, our hips are pears, our boobs are saggy grapes, and we just don’t look like the embodied meant of Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Elle Macpherson and so on and so on. So what is the Anwser to this self sabitaging behaviour? 

Well in my world that’s as simple as the apple pie and fruit bowl that we have just compared our bodies to, read the magazine and remember that the person you are viewing is actually photoshopped (think Kim Kardasian) and secondly stop looking at yourself in the mirror until you can see the beautiful women you are.

Step 1, check out that sexy shadow walking beside you.

Step 2, add some colour to your waldrobe ( think underwear, sexy underwear.) yeah I know your wandering why but we will cross that in a mini moo.

Step 3, start to see the good bits that you haven’t noticed yet, hair, eyes, mouth, feel them, touch them.

Step 4, feel feminine, not for anyone but yourself, just feel that wonderful female energy creeping in, embrace it, and surrender to it.

Step 5, write down how you feel, uncomfortable with starting, loving the change, noticing the smile that you have that you just can’t shake.

Now that we have completed this wonderful 5 step. Program, start to live this free feminine life.

Can we be feminine without being feminist? Hmm well I have my Anwser, how about you?

Yes of course you can! A feminist is someone that has to prove that she can do everything as good or better than men. femininity is the way we act, dress, behave within our lives (. Moral, standards). 

Feminist, they are the women that did help us get out of the kitchen, mines, and general drudgery. These are women that have paved the way for us to create the world of family friendly that we have. Have we gone to far now? would our for mothers approve of where we have taken feminism to in today’s society?

I am sure that they wouldn’t, infact I believe that they would be disgusted with us for merging into men instead of staying feminine and accepting ourselves for the beautiful women we are. Do we really have to go this far, Or can we stay feminine and appreciate what they did for us whilst still be able to remain in this century? The thing is women today want equal pay for equal work yet, they still ask the bloke in the next cubicle for the use of their muscle. Is this the right way to go really?

No for me if you want equal work, equal pay then do the work yourself, don’t ask for help, don’t ask them to do bits and pieces for you ( obviously this is job general not specific) . By the way girls you don’t have balls so start to embrace the fact that you are a women not a man in disguise. I know, I know you really want to give me a blast for that last comment and please feel free but, accept the fact that I am a women, mother, friend and granddaughter, great niece etc and I do value the femininity that I possess and also respect those that helped to get us where we are today, but I also would rather accept a pay cut and a mans help to lift that box then receive the exact amount of money so I wreck my body trying to achieve the impossible and prove that I have the same equipment as the blokes.

Ladies from now on try to start to see the inner goddess in you, start to appreciate the body that you have been given, start to embrace colour, sensuality, and start to cover those mirrors, remove media from your zone that makes you feel horrid and really work on the finding of your beautiful feminine self.

You are beautiful, your are feminine and you are the best person in your life once you embrace self as there is nothing more sexy then a comfident women that ouzes sensuality. The best thing is you can do it all for yourself and not care what anyone else thinks as they aren’t in your body so it’s all about you.

be fearless, can you be feminine today?

First the Goddess in the sunlight of heaven, then the domestic Goddess sanding the wall ready for painting, both make me feel feminine and I am proud of the way I look. Time for you to embrace the beautiful Gooddess in yourself.

Yoga Hippy of Naturally fit Bodies

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Yoga Hippy Lifestyle

I have acquaintances that love the idea of being self sufficient and I have others that love the idea of the city and all the supposed simplicity of it all, can we really say that one or the other is simplistic or, is it just a state of mind?

I moved to this remote place just on ten years ago and realised that I had moved myself into isolation but, when push came to shove was I really more isolated than I was in town? Answer no I was actually far more isolated in the thriving metropolis of Newcastle where my family lived and I never saw.

Living where I do I have No electricity bills, no water bills, this is due to being on solar and generator power and having river and rain water for supply, We have the internet through the NBN sky muster system which everyone complains is slow but works wonders here and we a perfectly good phone line but no mobile service.

This is where everyone is going oh totally wish that was me, but do you really think that the challenges you face with these will make you happy? For me they have the power plays up and this is due to financial capital or lack there of to replace the old failed batteries, the generator needs an upgrade and for the same reasons can wait. All this aside am I happy? You bet and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

So right now I have spent the last few days preparing our beds for spring, nice and early so that we have a great diet to plant all the vegetables that our family eats, these are wife and varied and are always in overly abundant in which we share with neighbors, friends and of course the general public. Our business motto has always been pretty simple when it comes to the over supply of our fruits and vegetables 🥒 it’s a pay what you feel they are worth and people are as varied with this as the produce itself.

I love this life but it’s not for everyone, most people find it hard to disconnect from the world and live as natural as we do but, for us it isn’t even a thought as Stuart works bees 🐝 with Mother Nature as his boss, I work with yoga which is a universal down to earth, grounded way of life and we Both value greatly the time we spend together as a family unit as you really don’t know when it could be taken away.

Our little stall at the side of the road is where we stick our products and it’s on the old fashioned honesty system as karma catches those that are dishonest and we leave it to karma for the peacefulness of mind. We call our little stand the Yoga Hippy stand as it incorporates both my husband and I as well as the children we are all hippies at heart and we love a yogic lifestyle. Stuart’s Honey is sold at this little stall and we know that we get regulars coming as when where out of good old Hibbo’s Honey 🍯 they come up and ask for it.

So by the time that this article gets released I probably would have finished the gardens and started looking for plants to put in so it will probably be old news. I don’t turn the internet on daily let alone weekly and this is why you find that my posts are irregular.

Well hopefully you have a wonderful growing season and you find so peace in growing something for yourself.

Love the Yoga Hippy and Hibbo’s Honey crew from Newton Boyd NSW Australia ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏

Feedback from classes

You know I love yoga by now but did you know that I am always surprised to get positive feedback from strangers… bet you didn’t. In fact I am genuinely so surprised that I never know what to say, dealing with people that make negative comments is easy but when a pile of positive feedback comes your way how do you stay modest, without ego and humble whilst feeling elated and excited that people are happy with the yoga sessions you provide…. this is the quandary that I face when this happens.

Just the other day I had an amazing conversation with a potential new student, Carol is a shiatsu massage artist from outside the Glen Innes NSW area and when her first words to me where, ” I have a few of your ladies come and get massages off me” I immediately became nervous thinking OMG I am hurting people. Luckily this was not the case as I asked her if they where there due to my yoga sessions which she assured me they weren’t.

After the initial panic and anxiousness subsided I was able to ask her a few questions regarding the usual stuff we need to know so that we don’t injure people ( Ahimsa remember). Carol then provided me with vague but positive feedback from clients of hers which made me feel fantastic as I hadn’t hurt anyone, been authentic and true to myself and my own style that is not any particular form but a melding of hatha, yin and vinyasa, with the added benefits of the Yang Chi that I developed through the guidance of a higher power.

I am sure that I am not alone in the questioning of ones own abilities and the occasional need to hear that you have been a capable teacher. When this happens however it can leave a lot of different emotions swirling through that you don’t realise that one person could feel in such a short time, starts with nervous anxiousness, followed by elation then a little pride creeps in and finally just happiness. All these emotions are natural and realistic but as yoga teachers we are tought to be humble, remove ego, and just be, not the easiest job in a small country town where people generally know your business before you do.

Finding an amazing yoga teacher can be difficult as its not just the yoga you need to feel the flow of, you need to feel a genuine connection with your teacher, a comfortability with the setting, and relaxation that you want be hurt, you will be safe and that your best interests are put front and centre. I don’t have a big practice group they are more buddies that I enjoy doing a personal practice with, I do have a large family so starting the much desired studio will have to wait as I can’t be there 7 days a week ( money) . I enjoy what I do even with the driving and distances involved and want to continue to here that people are benefitting from yoga.

I studied my Level 1-2 and Yin yoga through My Health Yoga at Burleigh heads QLD, the lovely Carrie-Anne fields was my teacher and her philosophies of life and practice were inline with mine. Here is a link to her site for anyone wishing to start thier own yoga teaching journey or just to deepen their knowledge of yoga for themselves.

My Health Yoga teacher training.

Yoga Australia – link to find teachers and training courses.