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How To Continue to Practice While You’re Away on Holiday

How To Continue to Practice While You’re Away on Holiday

This time of year is all about getting those last bits of work done, time off, family, friends, parties, holidays, and anything in between. Whether you’re still working throughout or getting away for weeks with family, this time of year can be a challenging one when it comes to consistency in our practice. Our practice helps us to stay happy, healthy, and connected so it’s something that we want to continue year-round. Here are some of our tips and tricks for keeping our practice up, from asana to meditation to simply being present; it all counts towards a calmer and happier self throughout the holiday period.

Listen to your body

This is really number one. Sometimes when we are stressed and busy a strong and dynamic vinyasa practice isn’t what we need, perhaps a slow yin-style practice is just what the doctor ordered. But also if we’re away and rested and filled with energy, a vinyasa practice might fill us up. Listen to your body and always move in a way that makes sense for you on any given day. With no expectations of what that has to be. A nourishing practice is one that helps us feel better, so start with how you’re feeling and go from there.

Get appy

Some of us love to get on our mat and move to the beat of our own drum, but some of us find that very challenging. For those of us who want to practice asana while on holidays and away from the studio but need some guidance, an app or a website can be really helpful. Some of our favorites include Yoga Glo, Cody App, and Gaia TV. These sites and apps have world-renowned yoga teachers guiding you through one off classes, series that focus on particular things, as well as beginner classes and even meditations. There’s something for every stage of your practice.

Remember presence

One of the most important parts of our practice is to be mindful and present in what’s going on. Sometimes that means our practice for the day is being 100% in the moment with the people we’re with, the situations that arise, and wherever the day takes us. If that means no formal practice takes place, so be it. Remember that you don’t have to sit on your yoga mat to have practiced that day.

Five minutes is better than no minutes

When we’re away from our normal routine, time doesn’t always feel the same. And we don’t always have an hour or more to dedicate to our practice. So whatever the time you have, use it for whatever your body needs in that moment. From five minutes to 90 minutes.

Get outside in nature

Connecting to nature is a huge part of feeling part of something, connecting back to the grounding nature of our practice, and healing the body and mind. Wherever you are use the great outdoors to help you feel more connected with your practice. Whether you roll your mat out on the deck, meditate by the ocean, or simply get present with the trees around you, nature is one of our best tools. Enjoy it.

Our Favourite Yoga Reads

Our Favourite Yoga Reads

The art of study is a big part of the yoga tradition. Both study of the self – how we behave, think, act, but also study of the scriptures. While back in the day the scriptures often meant more tradition texts, we can expand on that idea these days and explore a range of books to help us continue to learn and develop. We find that when we read books that make us ask questions we can both study the texts themselves but also use them to study ourselves. If you’re looking for a new book or two, here are some of our favourites, for a range of reasons.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

This book is one all yogis must read at least once in their life. It really gets you to look at yourself, your habits, your thoughts, and your emotions. It uses mindfulness and meditation teachings to help you to tap into the present moment in a way that helps to let go of pain, let go of the past, and embrace the present moment as well as embrace happiness.

Happy Yoga by Steve Ross

Steve Ross is known for his lighthearted yet deep understanding of the yogi path. A musician turned monk turned yoga teacher, Steve doesn’t dictate in his teachings, but rather shares knowledge he’s gained through direct experience. His book talks about typical thoughts and situations that hold us back and why we don’t need them anymore. 

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras are an essential read for all yogis looking to learn more about the practice and ancient teachings themselves. And while the book itself is big and can be somewhat overwhelming at times, each sutra is only one line. This line is then spoken about in detail. But it makes the content digestible for any one. 

The Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life by Twyla Tharp

This is a very interesting, helpful, and thought provoking book for anyone who wants to use or understand their own creativity. While creativity is often thought of as a gift that is dropped in at different points of our life, Twyla Tharp suggests that it is instead a habit that needs to be practiced, daily. She comes from a 35-year career in dance and choreography and discusses how she used this process to create what she has created. It’s a brilliant tool for those looking to teach yoga as well.

The Prophet by Kahil Gibran

Sometimes wonderful and thought provoking prose is all we need to start the thinking and discovering process. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in The Prophet. With phrases like “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” and “much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter poison by which the physician within you heals your sick self”, you’ll find it hard to not start to study your own behaviours and beliefs.

How to Maintain Your Practice When You’re Busy

How to Maintain Your Practice When You’re Busy

Heading to yoga daily can be easy when you don’t have a whole lot else going on. But as soon as life fills up, whether it’s due to work commitments, looking after a growing family, or even just a busy period, it gets a whole lot harder. Here are some of our tips and tricks for keeping your practice a part of your life when it feels like it’s becoming too hard to do so.

Allow your practice to look different 

Often we get stuck in our ways. Your routine used to be one hour of vinyasa yoga a day. So when we don’t achieve that, all of a sudden it feels like failure. But when it comes to yoga, especially, there is so much more that is a part of a daily practice. Whether you commit to 15 minutes of poses a day instead of a full hour, or whether you allow meditation just before getting our of bed to be a part of your daily practice, or even five minutes of breathing. It’s ok for our ‘practice’ to change and evolve depending on our time and energy levels. And be ok with breaking it up. Five minutes of breathing at lunchtime, 20 minutes of asana once the kids have gone to bed, and 10 minutes of meditation as you go to bed. All of a sudden you’ve done 35 minutes of yoga and it only took a small commitment here and there. 

Make it a priority

When you’re short on time it’s very easy to cut things from your to do list. Usually the things you do for yourself. But when you’re at your best, you can be your best for your family and those around you, which will benefit them even more. Once you establish what is achievable, even it is 10 minutes a day, commit to that and make it a priority in your day. Otherwise it will easily start to slip. Book your classes a week ahead so you have a plan and a level of accountability, we suggest adding your classes in your calendar as a nonnegotiable practice. 

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Yoga Poses for Better Digestion

Yoga Poses for Better Digestion

Healthy gut function and digestion is one of the most important things for overall wellbeing. And while it’s important all year round, it tends to get sluggish during winter as we eat heavier foods and more of it. Here are some of our favourite shapes to create when you need to get your body back on track.

Cat – Cow

This shape is a nice and easy way to warm up the body, but it’s also really beneficial for the digestive system. Come to all fours, tabletop position. On your inhale, drop your belly towards the ground, lifting the heart and the tailbone. Then on your exhale, round the back, tuck your chin to your chest, and drop your tail towards the ground. Continue like this for a few rounds. These forward and back motions compress and then lengthen the intestines, which allows for the body to increase blood flow in that area, helping to maintain healthy gut function.

Puppy Pose   

You can take this shape straight from cat cow. Keeping your hips and knees as they are, walk your arms forward as you start to lower your heart towards the ground. This shape allows the whole front body to lengthen from hips to fingertips. This helps to stretch out the front of the belly and can be very helpful in relieving cramping, especially any discomfort caused from eating a large meal.

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Post Yoga Eats 😋

Post Yoga Eats 😋

After a yoga class, whether you leave feeling calm after yin or energized after vinyasa, the next thing on the agenda can always be food. We are spoilt around our side of town for healthy and tasty eats. Sometimes the hardest thing you’ll do is choosing where to go.

Here are some of our Bayside go-to cafes for that post yoga fuel.

Combi

You can’t really go wrong at Combi. The long list of hearty smoothies is just the beginning. We’re a huge fan of the Greenie, which is a creamy and rich combination of bananas, seasonal greens, Brazil nuts, dates, spirulina, protein powder, and filtered water. If you’re looking for something less green, the peanut butter cup is a meal on its own – organic peanut butter, banana, cacao nibs, coconut flesh, chia, protein, and almond milk. You can also get big plates of avocado toast, raw dishes, acai bowls, and salads. While they do coffee (and well), you can get any other latte as well from matcha to turmeric to beetroot.

The Little Ox

These guys are conveniently right across the road from the studio! Whether you’re going for breakfast or lunch, there will be more than one item on the menu you want. For breakfast you can keep things simple with something like Avo toast, the Green Goddess or the Jerusalem Bowl which is brown rice, hummus, avocado, beetroot, leafy greens and a poached egg. Or for something a little bit more special try the Warrior Acai Bowl, yes the name was inspired by us! And as expected they have delicious chai lattes and the best winter warmer, the Little Ox Tea. Yum!

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Spend a Day with us in the Yarra Valley

Spend a Day with us in the Yarra Valley

You don’t need to take a week away from work and life to get the benefits of a retreat. One of our favourite ways to reset is to spend one day focused on health, yoga, and community. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do on Sunday September 10th and we hope you’ll join us. So what can you expect from this one day retreat with Dustin Brown and Chris Dixon at the beautiful Amarant Retreat?

You’ll get a chance to move and rejuvenate your body

Over the course of the day you’ll be guided through a slow flow with Dustin as well as a restorative yin practice with Chris. The slow flow will allow you to find flexibility and mobility through movement. But then later in the day you’ll get the chance to completely surrender into deep long holds with the restorative yin practice. Both of these classes will also help you quiet down the mind and find more mental rest at the same time.

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Yoga Poses to do Before Bed to help you sleep

Yoga Poses to do Before Bed to help you sleep

There is nothing worse than getting into bed, exhausted, then all of a sudden your mind starts racing and you can’t fall asleep. No matter how tired you are, or what your day has been filled with, sometimes you can have a tricky relationship with sleep. While sometimes there are physiological causes and sometimes psychological, here are four yoga poses that can help you calm both the body and the mind to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Paschimottanasana (forward fold)

Forward folds are really calming on the system and allow everything to really slow down. Paschimottanasana is one of the simplest and most common forward folds you can do seated. With the legs together out in front of you (you can take a bend in the knees if that feels better) simply fold softly over the legs without force. If you have trouble folding here, sit up on a block or a cushion, or anything soft that can elevate the hips slightly. Try to relax into the shape, approaching it in a soft yin style rather than staying active.

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25-Hour Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Training

25-Hour Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Training

We’re excited to announce that this October, Dustin Brown and Phoebe Cole will be coming together to present a comprehensive 25-hour training that will bring together both yin yoga and myofascial release techniques using our loved Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls as well as foam rollers. This training is perfect for teachers wanting to share this knowledge with their students, or simply students who want to deepen their understanding and knowledge in the area to better their home and studio practice.

Some of the key things this training will deliver:

A deeper understanding of the physical body

This training is delivered by Dustin who is a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher and Phoebe Cole who is not only a yoga teacher but also a Myo-Therapist with a deep understanding of the human body and how we can heal it ourselves. You will leave with a deeper understanding of fascia, anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics in a really applicable way.

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Five Yoga Poses for a Hangover

Five Yoga Poses for a Hangover

While moderation is usually the best way of operating, sometimes you enjoy yourself a little too much and wake up with a sore head and a case of dehydration. But never fear yogis, our yoga practice is here to support us whatever we’re doing and whatever it is that we might need.

So when it comes to Sunday morning and we’re feeling a little worse for wear, these are the poses we go to, to fix us right up. You’re welcome.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose is a nice place to start, no matter what you’re feeling. But it’s even more nourishing when you’re not feeling your best. It allows you to be still, supported, and relaxed. But it also gently compresses the abdomen. This helps to stimulate digestion and also get lymph circulating. This all helps you to get rid of the waste products that the body has built up from that one too many glasses of wine.

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Why we see indulgence as part of a healthy lifestyle

Why we see indulgence as part of a healthy lifestyle

Yin and yang go together perfectly because they balance each other out. And that’s how we feel about lazy days with good wine, good food, and good company. It balances out a life of constantly working and often working out hard on the mat. Here are some of our main reasons we love to sip that glass of wine.

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