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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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Yoga in the Veggie patch.

I know, I know the title sounds a little crazy but, what can I say when the need arises the best thing to do is go with it.

That is exactly what happened today, I totally needed and wanted to do yoga whilst pulling weeds from the veggie patch. I think it had to do with the grounding influence of being hands deep in dirt and I’m pretty sure that the earth new I needed to just chill and stop over thinking everything.

So there I was jeans, singlet top, boots and over shirt on with my hair just a little wildly stuffed up in a bun with more grey hair then I like to admit flying hap hazard around in a frizzy nightmare due to the humidity starting to do some yoga in between the corn bed and the cucumbers. Starting with a lovely salute to the sun 🌞 followed by a fabulous impromptu flow of my own finishing in a fantastic Savasana.

Yeah, sounds a little crazy and of course I wasn’t wearing any yoga clothes that you would expect and I certainly didn’t look anything like you see in the mags but, I felt amazing and my four beautiful children thought that mummy was just crazy enough to be fun.

So will I be doing this extra curricular again? Hell yeah, totally rocked an I haven’t felt this awesome for a few weeks so you can bet I will be back to weed the veggies again.

What’s your fabulous way to de-stress and yoga out?< a Beome a Yoga Hippy PATREON member to se all member only posts, videos and podcasts

 

 

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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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Yoga clothing!What do you think?

Have you noticed the rise of the Lycra yoga pants? I have and now I also have heard the rise of ” I won’t be caught dead in Lycra” or ” the I’m not flexible enough” has been replaced with “OMG I would look horrible in that gym clothing”.

This is really unacceptable, the benefits of yoga far outway the clothing choices and for that matter have you ever seen an Indian yogi in tights? Nah they are usually in flowing pants that keep movement easy. I know, I know, tights being skin tight make movement easy but, they also help women to get vaginal thrush and can cause vag/groin sweating that is not nice especially if you can’t shower after class and if you wear them every day with little reprieve from tight pants.

I know that there is so much in the way of advertising the look, clothing etc of yoga and I don’t criticise this as there is definitely a need. Some people love to wear tight clothing in bright colours, others prefer to hide themselves in black as media has decided it hides lumps, bumps, and your beautiful shape. The yoga clothing industry is now worth millions (billions) relying mostly on the status of your yoga elite and that most want to look the part. Do you honestly think YOU need to do this?

don’t get me wrong even I love these pants from dharma bums.

Clothing in yoga doesn’t have to be skin tight pants, sports bra and abs showing. The thing is it’s all about comfort and flow not being the most fashionable in the class. Yoga is an individual journey so how we dress is also individual.

In my classes I actually decided to ban black, this was due to the shade black being an energy blocking colour and I am trying to create a full chakra balancing flow that opens. When our ladies where wearing black pants they inadvertently were blocking their lower chakras.

Once this colour was asked to be phased out I noticed that the ladies in the class started wearing loosened clothing that had fabulous colours. I was also pleasantly surprised by the way their personal practices became more flowing, more connected and far less stressful. They found themselves and became what they prefer; ( they became their home self).

So try not to surrender to the medias viewed yoga and know that you are beautiful, gorgeous and sexy in anything you wear. Embrace your inner beauty and wear something comfortable that you can do your practice in. Be original and don’t bend to the oppressive view that we all have to look a certain way to practice yoga.

Bee Free to Bee Me

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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 🙏