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What’s your perfect life?

What’s your idea of the perfect lifestyle?

Mine is a mix of family, Bees, yoga, self sufficiency and friends.

I reckon if you get the balance good your bound to be happy.

If you had a choice to make your perfect life what would it be? What order would you place your priorities in?

We love to hear what makes others tick and that includes you so drop a comment and let us know.

To see how we spread our passion for life you can see us at The yoga Hippies place

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Beekeeping. From bust to boom and back again.

Do you know what’s flowering in your environment? Do you know if they are good for bees or honey production? Would you be able to take 10-500 bees stings for a days work? I know that I couldn’t as it hurts and then I get a little sick ( allergic to bees).

What do you think a beekeeper does and how much honey do you think they get?

The start of spring has definitely not been what we expected to start with it was dry and therefore we struggled to get our usual season openers of Honey.

By now the honey has usually been flowing well for around 6-8 weeks and we have a constant supply which usually means Honey for our regular and supportive customers, this season however I have had to call and let them know that we would be unable to supply Honey at the moment.

Fast forward to now and we have had a nice amount of rain that has put flowers on gum trees and smiles on faces. Just two weeks ago we were talking about moving bees due to the lack of honey and then the night Stuart and Mike go down to get the bees a lot are full.

Empty to full in just two weeks, that’s how awesome honey production can be one minute your struggling to fill a bucket next your getting 44 gallon drums full.

Now this is not out of the ordinary in fact pretty normal but, when Stu decided to check the bees yesterday and told me they had an awesome shake of iron bark nectar I was ecstatic to say the least.

Honey production can bee (is) hard work and unpredictable which isn’t an understatement, but when the going is good we all reap the rewards of the hard work.

The climate plays a massive role in our line of work as does Stuart’s knowledge of the flora of different areas. He has to know when and where to move the bees, what’s flowering and if what’s flowering is good for the bee or will cause disease or make them run dry or wether it is all nectar and no pollen or vis versa he also needs to be aware of the temper of the bees on any given day ( they say women are hormonal wait till you catch the bees on a cranky day woo)they can change from morning to evening deepening on cloud, humidity etc there is a lot to it when it all boils down.

If we all had the knowledge that beekeepers carry we would be able to work the land and even our backyard to produce the products that was beneficial to our families.

If Beekeeping was easy everyone would be doing it and if we could all take the stings that they dish out we wouldn’t think twice about becoming one ourselves but we don’t and that’s why it is only a small amount of these people that make it their life’s work.

Want to see videos of the Beekeeping process? Follow the link to see more.

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Call for assistance… HELP

Hello fellow WordPress crew. We have launched a patreon Page that will be posting videos, podcasts, some live, and blogs on YOGA, Bees & Beekeeping and self sufficient living in rural NSW.

” In case you’re wondering, patreon is a simple way to contribute to our videos, podcasts, blogs every month and get super cool, exclusive rewards in return! ”

For as little as $1 per month you get access to our patron only blogs and for as little as $5 per month you can access all our videos online.

Could I please ask you all to share this with other amazing people like you so that we can get this fabulous venture up and running.

You are have our gratitude and thanks for this awesome amount of help.

http://www.patreon.com/YogaHippy

Link to our Patreon Page.

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Goats for milking

Okay, so I thought I would have some milking goats by now but, as one thing leads to another they have had to wait.

We are completing our fencing for the paddock, yet to concrete their shed floor as we have discovered that they suffer from wet weather feet and over the summer months we have a high average rainfall so the ground can get a little boggy.

Once we have completed this and made sure that we have the necessary nutritional requirements needed over the winter we will get our beautiful milking goats 🐐.

The plan once we have these fabulous members of the family is quite simple. Milk for kids and us, make yummy feta cheese for the all important Greek salads and spinach and feta pies, lasagna etc and make some goats milk yogurt.

These products will be fantastic as they are already staples in our household, add these to the fantastic vegetable gardens that are growing we will have and amazing self sufficient year.yep these are our veggies 🌽 not just and upload pic from the web.

We grow everything we love to eat. Melons, peaches, mulberries, oranges, grapefruit, corn, beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplants, chilli, piles of herbs etc ( basically I can’t remember the rest).

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The blend of Beekeeping and Yoga in a simple space

The beautiful mix of the honey man ( Hibbo’s Honey) and the yoga hippy ( Naturally Fit Bodies) , Bee-Lotus ( combination of the pair) is the family establishment that wants to share and spread the love for our wonderful natural environment and the beauty of movement of the body, mind and spirit in on space.

As a beekeeping / yoga family with 4 small children we are ways on the out and about and love to share the stories of our travels along with wonderful products we have or have found that are natural, sustainably sourced and are great for you and the environment.

Our motto for all things in this area is quality, affordability and environmentally friendly. If you would like an article to reach thousands, on a product that you are passionate about and is sustainably sourced please contact us here and we will have a look.

We support the Australian (worldwide) beekeeping industries that are sustainably Run and also the wonderful yoga hippy world that is full of wonderful products, genuine practice, and sustainability for all.

As a family run, owned and created business which incorporates so much love for these things we look forward to sharing all these Inge with you.

Re-vegetation Sponsorship

Sponsor a tree and help to get native, bee friendly plants into our beautiful country with a small contribution. For every plant you sponsor a orange ribbon will be placed around the tree with your name written on it to show our appreciation for your support.

A$5.00

Sponsor a Hive of Bees

The sponsorship of a hive shows your awareness of the plight of our Bees. Increased awareness helps us to build bee numbers, plant native bee friendly vegetation and make fabulous honey from these plants.

A$20.00

purchase some veggie plants

Did you know just one plant can highly increase your families nutritional intact, can you imagine 6 different veggie varieties and how these will feed your family? By adding a small contribution you are helping to increase awareness of home grown versus mass produced production and helping us and those around us enjoy great value, nutritionally perfect produce.

A$10.00

Sponsor a chicken

Just one chicken will help to arreate the soil in your gardens, keep bugs under control and produce an egg a day. Can you imagine what a fresh egg looks like? the yolk is bright orange/yellow, the white is white not cream and the chicken is fat and healthy. By buying a chicken for the farm you give this chicken a long happy life, great food ( they get the veggie scraps) and you allow people to get great, fresh eggs. Each chicken that is brought gets the name of its sponsor as constant respect for your support.

A$15.00

Help get more gardens

By helping with the purchase of more raised garden, we are able to plant more veggies which means happy healthy people. With each garden we get through your support we paint your name on the side to show our gratitude and appreciation for your support.

A$30.00

Creating a self sufficient lifestyle.     

Destruction of the beekeepers way of life. 

Good Food for Good Health

Food for life….

001. A Bit Hippy- Product Review.

Yoga that supports Crohns Disease.

I was born with crohns disease, an autoimmune disease of the intestinal area. There are many drugs that are given to people with this disease and sometimes they work and help to reduce the inflammation and other times they don’t and when they don’t the sufferer can have severe side effects from the drugs ( even when they work the side effects can be bad). I have been VERY lucky to avoid medication through dietary changes, non smoking, hardly ever touched a drop to drink bar water and coffee and became a (not strict) but vegetarian.

I put a great deal of respect and gratitude into my good health from the practice of yoga, no this doesn’t mean i practiced daily over the last 30 years but i does mean that i have utilised yoga weekly over this time. Due to this I have also become aware of the best yoga asanas for my condition and I am sharing them here today as I know that they will help many sufferers of this.

Firstly there are three main techniques that are the best and they are the same as with normal yoga,

  1. Pranayama– this is the breathing that is performed throughout your yoga practice.
  2. Asana– The physical poses that make up the yoga practice.
  3. Meditation – This is the best way to complete your yoga practice as it allows the body, mind and spirit connection to complete and surrender to the physical effects of the yoga practice, eventuating in a peaceful, restful feeling.

Secondly is the yoga asanas themselves, I have a tried and true flow that gives me an all round internal and physical practice. I also hold each of mine (core help tight in what the yogis call Mulabandha) 5-10 exhalations and this gives me plenty of time to feel my body and notice the way it is moving with my breath.

  1. Start with a least a 2-5 min breathing session, just sitting and relaxing getting to know how your body feels ( tense, stressed, sore, painful etc) take your mind to each body part with each inhalation, and on the exhalation mentally release any tension, strain from those muscle groups. keep this going until you have reached your toes. 
  2. Come over into a cat/cow combination and work through this for 5 exhalations and then roll back into extended Childs poses and rest for 5 exhalations, return to cat and cow for another 5 exhalations.
  3. slide back into downward dog now and place your weight evenly between your hands and feet, allowing your head to relax naturally once in the asana, stay here for 5-10 exhalations and then roll back into extended Childs pose, head back into downdog for another 5 exhalations.
  4. Lift your left leg into dog splits and as you exhale bring it through between your hands, keeping right hand on the floor, exhale and lift your right hand to the sky twisting from the navel centre. hold here for 3-5exhalations. placing hands back to floor, exhale and move back into downdog, hold for 5 exhalations and then repeat this on the right hand side. move back to downdog when completed for 5 exhalations.
  5. walk both legs up to your hands and come into your mountain pose (tadasana) engage your knees, glutes, core, chin lock (chin slightly tucked to neck) and breathe deeply for 10 exhalations. Inhale and raise your arms above your head giving yourself a gentle backbend and as you exhale swan dive placing wait into your big toes as you come into standing forward fold ( uttanasana)
  6. Exhale as you step back into downdog and slowly bring your self into extended Childs pose. taking 5 breathes at each asana. 
  7. relax now and come into savasana for 5-10 minutes, breathing deeply as you release all tension in the body by taking your mind to each place on each inhale and releasing through the exhalation.

Ok so this is not the whole practice I do but, this is a really good start for anyone with crohns, at any point that it feels to strenuous come back into Childs pose and always come out of any asana or physical practice that is causing you pain  (only practice to the end of stretch NEVER pain) 

Give this a go and let me know what you think. I will be posting a Crohns flow on the new page when I have finished…..so keep your eyes open for the Yoga Hippy Anonymous page.

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002. Cool little creative -coffee hub

Do you ever wonder why it is so hard to find the perfect little place to take your family? Have you ever noticed that even the coolest looking coffee lounges, tea room and surfer dives aren’t that special once you hear the person behind the counter talk, that the energies aren’t what the surroundings portray? I have and that’s why I only review the ones that are as authentic as there decore promotes.

There are a lot of little dives out there that seem authentic, relaxed, visionary, alternative and family friendly but once you sit down, get comfy you start to realise that it’s not all the decorations paint it to be, it’s energy or the operators energy that just doesn’t match the stores initial vibe.

The little place I found today ( Liberty Providores -Urunga- ) has all that I love in a dive it had milk crate chairs outdoors where you could keep the rug rats entertained, there was fresh fruit and veggies for sale from local produces including honey sourced locally, coffee which is every parents saviour the usual cold drinks to keep the kids happy and then the best was pre-loved funky clothing, bags, incense, teas and a variety of other cool stuff to keep the parental happy and wanting to spend.

The lady that runs this little beauty is named Emily, her husband and her set it up about a year ago. Emily had a beautiful relaxed energy that portrayed the same energy as the store which was a very pleasant experience, Liberty Providores -Urunga- The store that has fruit, veg, coffee and is a creative hub. Drop in and have a coffee and relax.

The store was set up in a organised but energetic way that made you look but didn’t make you overwhelmed by products and produce it was smooth in its layout and styling.

Some of the fantastic stuff that was there I have NEVER seen elsewhere and was unique to her I totally loved the mandala painted river rocks that were bright, cheerful and just perfect for brightening the home and for the Yoga Hippies out there she had earth coloured hair wraps that had genuine feathers to wind or pin into your hair. I myself ended up indulging in two new vintage dresses, so sage and the wonderful Moondance incense that I haven’t been able to get elsewhere.

Personally I would highly recommend dropping in and having a coffee at this shop, meet Emily and enjoy the experience. It is on the old highway in Urunga NSW

I found this Facebook page for them and here is a lovely video to see the atmosphere.

https://www.facebook.com/libertyprovidores/videos/1543857229011758

Total Yoga Hippy award 🥇 for this amazing place 🙏