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As 2018 is here, we've all made it through the silly season and hopefully set our intention for the new year. Now its time to detox! Thought it would be helpful to share my ten detox tips to set you up for a healthy start to the year!
Drinking water is one of THE most important things for you to remember! Being DEhydrated can make you feel tired, sluggish and hungry for food your body doesn't need. Make sure the first thing you do when you wake up is to drink at least a glass of water at room temperature. Our bodies are made up of over 60% water. So drink H2O regularly and feel the difference!
2. Just Breathe
The easiest and cheapest method available to centre us during a busy period is already within us... our breath. Take a few moments throughout each day to breathe deeply, consciously and all the way down into your belly. This will help to relax your body and calm your mind, so you'll be able to process requests, invitations and information better. This will enable you to make good decisions about what you eat and what you can do to help you to detox. SO B R E A T H E!
3. Eat nutritious and cooling foods
Try to aim to get plenty of fruits and vegies into your day. With summer upon us there are so many great fruits to indulge in. Aim to eat as much colour in your diet everyday, think all the colours of the rainbow. No, that’s not skittles!
Whilst your detoxing, it’s great to eat cooling foods such as are leafy greens, coconut, cucumber, blueberries, pineapple and watermelon. Reduce dairy products and increase salads and other dishes with cooling parsley, and alfalfa sprouts. Avoid spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, and chilies. Peppermint or green iced tea are cooling.
Alcohol, sugar, processed foods and stress of the silly season can greatly affect your digestive flora and result in bloating, poor bowel health and general sluggishness. Get a good quality probiotic supplement that provides a range of different strains and take daily to assist with building your good gut bacteria.
Be grateful for what you already have, and then you will realise that you already have plenty. See the beauty in small things. Simple days add up to a very rich life. Rather than lament what you don’t have be thankful for what you do have. Live in the moment and be grateful for the gift of life.
6. Make You A Priority
What we mean here is, look after yourself! Make sure you're nourishing your body with whatever you put in. Enjoy finding ways to add extra health and energy into your food. A good drink for first thing in the morning is hot water with lemon, ginger, turmeric and cayjenne pepper. The lemon will help balance the acidity in your body and the ginger is great for soothing sore tummies whilst turmeric is great for your joints and the pepper helps to absorb. You can add Apple Cider Vinegar in here for an extra kick if you fancy it! Finally, help your body process everything by eating slowly and being mindful of every mouthful. Chew your food!
7. Get plenty of rest
Burning the candle at both ends and not getting enough sleep is one of the fastest ways to drag your health down. Getting adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Apart from having more energy to keep up a hectic schedule, your mood will be lifted, you’ll reduce stress, your body will repair and replenish itself, your mind will feel clearer plus you’ll feel and look refreshed. All definite bonuses!
8. Schedule in your exercise
As tempting as it is to watch your new favourite show on Netflix over the holidays or take too many long lunches & dinners with friend or family, it’s vital that you maintain your daily exercise regime. Schedule your gym exercise in your calendar and better still, integrate movement into your social activities as best you can. Take a walk instead of a drive or picnic on the beach or, take a road trip and stroll through a town you’ve never been to. Get out into the fresh air, swim in the ocean, anything you enjoy. Before you know it, you will begin feeling healthier. There are so many ways to keep moving during the holidays, and your body will thank you for it.
9. Commit to your yoga and meditation practice and annual retreat
Set your intention to commit to the yoga and meditation habit in the new year as it is one of the best ways to help you detox after the silly season. Join Yogarama on the mat for a regular yoga practice and book into one of our yoga and mindfulness retreats so you can look forward to a rejuvenating yoga and meditation weekend as the years starts to get busier with commitment and stresses. Also, there are plenty of good meditation/mindful apps you can download to help you including: Calm, Smiling Minds and Headspace.
10. Discover Essential Oils
Why not try using essential oils for a wonderful calming experience - add lavender oil to your bath salts or to your massage oil or you can diffuse the lavender so your room or entire home smells like a day spa. Lemon and peppermint are both essential oils that can be especially invigorating and detoxing. lemon is great for detoxing and regenerating whilst peppermint is an ancient remedy for indigestion and cleansing gut issues. There are so many more oils that can boost your health and wellness (ask me if you're interested).
"India is Calling". Increasingly this mantra hypnotised me on the journey to becoming a committed yoga teacher not yet in India but still at Coogee Wylies Baths (WB).
As a yoga teacher, I chose to teach exclusively at WB, preferring it's spacious beauty & serenity for my growing following as an emerging yogi . The outdoor experience of connecting to nature whilst practicing yoga brings a calm balance back into ones body mind and spirit.
A rejuvenating swim in the cool ocean of Wylies pool is always an added bonus on offer for my yoga students. Teaching yoga at WB has unfolded from being a dream, to become my reality once I discovered that working part time in the corporate world enabled me to make ends meet.
The truth is though yoga teaching can be a lonely journey, and I began to feel lost and uninspired after three years of it.
Increasingly I have felt the need to connect with other women to gain a deeper understanding of what they wanted from their yoga practice. Also, I became aware that what I needed was a mentor or in Indian culture terms a “swami” to guide me deeper through my personal yoga practice & into my yoga teaching.
Yogic wisdom teaches that when you let the universe know what you want, it will speak back to you.
Within 6 months, I had run two local yoga retreats at an Indian style Ashram an hour outside of Sydney and my yoga student Sheryl Simantov, invited me to lead her yoga tour to India. I was thrilled & accepted!
This shared retreat experience and my connection with Sheryl inspired a more courageous journey with a circle of women who shared the same yearning to experience India.
So here I am, on this first of many more adventures to India ..this time with 9 wonderful women committed to 9 days of fun and deeper understanding of self through the experience of yoga beyond the stunning beauty of Wylie's Coogee to the overwhelming depth and challenge of yoga all around “incredible India “!
Follow me on this amazing journey to India and join me, and dare to gift yourself this indulgent trip to India in November 2018. You will be a better woman for it!!!
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Each one of us choses to practice yoga for our own personal reasons, however one common theme is that we are all looking for ways to improve our health, wellbeing and balance in our lives.
Coming on retreat is a step beyond a yoga class – it’s an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in wellness while stepping away from the daily grind. On retreat, the daily practices of yoga and meditation sink in on a much deeper level. You will really start to reap the benefits of moving your body and quieting your mind.
Our next yoga retreat is at the magical Swami's Retreat only one hour from Sydney.
In October, we are heading off to our India adventure and retreat 3-13 October. Only one spot left for this 10 day all women India adventure for 10 bold women. From the Taj Mahal to Rishikesh (birthplace of yoga) and a deeply relaxing 3 days of indulgence at Kerala's Yoga & Ayurvedic Retreat. (less than $3000 incl: flights).
Book your Weekend Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat or Taste of India Trip now at www.yogarama.biz/retreats .
My dance with yoga began when I was only 5 years old – as a hyperactive child that could not sit still. I was regularly overwhelmed with so much to do & was sent to yoga classes to keep me calm and centred.
Despite my early yoga training to keep me balanced, my personality has always been a less balanced VATA type – that is constantly busy, doing too much and getting stressed out or anxious….
Stressed out Science Student
For better or worse, I spent most of my early adult hood as a poor & stressed out University student finally completing a medical science doctorate, the highest of all post-graduate degrees. With very little income, I could not justify paying large sums of money for yoga classes and instead would jog in the streets and parks – jogging is free !!!.
Stressed Out Working Mum
Ten years later as a wife and then mother of two beautiful children, I continued jogging to destress with no time for yoga classes in my busy day as a working mother. My stress increased as my job and children became more demanding… I was heading for a nervous breakdown as I began shouting and crying at the smallest issues. It was clear that things could not continue as they were. My doctor then diagnosed me with a thyroid condition and the appearance of a small lump in my thyroid – I was frightened it could be cancer!
It was at this point that I left my job and began attending regular yoga classes to heal my thyroid condition. I had read that yoga was particularly good for balancing hormones.
Within six months of regular yoga practice and leaving my job, I began to feel better, my thyroid was back to normal and the lump had shrunk, and my relationships with my family, and friends as well as my career had improved.
A Scientific Yoga Teacher
I became intrigued to understand how yoga worked on a molecular and cellular level to balance my hormone. Ironically, my medical research doctorate was studying hormones, mainly for osteoporosis, so I knew lots about hormones already.
I decided to study yoga to be a teacher…That’s for another blog. Nowadays, my classes always include at least one yoga sequence that is critical in balancing hormones as everyone of us experiences hormone imbalances and may not even know it. I have integrated mindful meditation into my practice to quieten the mind and I look forward to sharing this with you.
That’s a bit about me and my yoga journey and I’d love to hear about you. Until then....
Click here for further information about yoga poses that may nurture the thryoid or watch the yoga video.
Tomorrow is International Calm Day and this is the perfect time to share top tips on how to use your breath to keep you calm.
We all spend so many of our waking hours rushing around getting stressed about things we don’t like & attending to our endless lists of Things to Do – for the day, the week or even the year ahead.
I’d like to encourage you to always take a breath to keep calm when you feel stressed out. Learn to access your breath on International Calm Day to help you keep centred when facing life’s more challenging moments. Your breath can help you destress and calm your body and mind - and its empowering to know that your breath is always with you no matter where you go.
Entire books have been written on the benefits of correct breathing and the many techniques that have been passed on from ancient teachings. If you find this blog interesting I encourage you to explore a range of books written by yogi’s BKS Iyengar, Donna Fahri and a recent one by. For now, here is a calming breath exercise that I teach in my yoga classes at the beautiful Wylie's Baths in Coogee and its for you to try out at home, in the office or wherever you are.
CALMING BREATH EXERCISE
The calming breath exercise can be practiced both in sitting or lying position and is ideal for beginners. Below is my instruction on how to practice this breath exercise which is variation of the viloma breath which is a B.K.S Iyengar technique. In this breath exercise inhaling and exhaling is not a continuous process, but one that is interrupted by several pauses.
I will also be teaching this at my yoga & mindfulness retreat coming up this weekend and later this year - hope you can join me.
How to Practice The Calming Breath (Viloma) Exercise
If you want to try some excellent on-line Mindfulness Tools, download the "calm" app. and you can use their on-line resources for free on International Calm Day.
Following the recent Body-Mind Centering Workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, I am keen to share my experience and hopefully a lesson about Ahimsa - to do no harm to your body when practicing yoga.
Ahimsa "non-violence is on the top of the list of yamas, or ethical guidelines, that form the foundations of Patanjali's eight limbed system of yoga described in the classic, yoga sutras.
“Non-violence" (ahimsa) is not a garment to put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Almost all the healthcare professionals attending the Body-Mind Centering Workshop were practicing yoga or yoga teachers themselves. Through gentle breathing and yoga (asana) practice, healthcare professionals are discovering the benefits for healing their patients.
Ms Cohen explained that healing is an experiential process which can be supported through touch, breath and movement. She facilitated the experiential tuning into your body's inner cellular movement such as blood flow or lymph movement and aligning this with the external expression of movement through space. The expressive movements Bonnie talked about were often similar to yoga flow movements.
I believe that meditation at the beginning of each yoga class is so important to give you the time and space to tune in and acknowledge how you are feeling in your body, mind and spirit, before you start your asana (yoga poses). Your yoga practice becomes nurturing and healing once the meditation is there to guide you.
On Sunday, I went to an early morning advanced yoga class which I often attend. I arrived a bit late and missed the meditation practice before class. Throughout the class, I was neither tuned into my intention nor aware of how I was feeling in my body and mind, having missed the meditation.
On that day, yoga poses that I have done hundreds of times before seemed so much more challenging!
Meditation followed by warm up stretches are an essential component at the beginning of my classes at Wylies Baths. Mindful meditation and Savasana at the end of our yoga practice also have an enormous role in the healing process - that's a story for another blog..
The gentle yoga and meditation is key to nurturing & healing your body and doing no harm. The importance of meditation before you practice the asana (poses) is vital - so be on time, if not early so as not to miss it out one of the most important part of the practice - meditation.
Try this Mindful Breathing Exercise To Get You Started Here or download the Smiling Minds app. for mindful meditation for kids or adults.
Looking forward to seeing you on the mat at Wylie's Baths at our Beginners Yoga Class Tuesday 930am or our Foundation Class Friday 9am - both ideal for beginners and gentle yoga.
Join us at our upcoming yoga retreats 7-9 April at Swami's Yoga Retreat and in India for a 10 day yoga journey in October 2017. India Yoga & Wellness Tour is here. INDIA INFO NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY.
As a working mum, my most precious & frightening memories were leaving my baby & toddler for a weekend yoga retreat to help me replenish my mind, body & spirit which were so utterly exhausted!
With grown up kids now, I have made it my mission to give back life balance to all those amazing mums (& dads) with heavy shoulders, as they do everything possible in their waking hours to nurture happy children, partner, friends, family, career and a home that is running continuously and smoothly without a break!!!.
As a mum (& dad) you give of yourself whole heartedly to those helpless & beautiful precious babies that continue to grow up to be busy children, then wicked teenagers and responsible young adults - hopefully.....
We tend to lose touch with our inner self as committed parents - that strong and centred person inside us of can become disconnected with our true self. It's important to have time out on our own - even though it is so terrifying!
It may seem so far out of your reach to take time out for a weekend away in the bush to nurture yourself & be amongst nature. Amazingly the earth continues to revolve and your family will step up (most of the time) when you decide to commit.
Our weekend Yoga Bush Retreat 7-9 April 2017 welcomes mums & dads of all ages inviting them to take time out to relax & replenish in a tranquil destination of 63 acres of bushland located less than an hour drive north west of Sydney.
Would love you to join - if you are ready to get back to nature & nurture yourself - please register here.
Yoga & Mindful Meditation class dedicated to World Peace & driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity on International Women’s Day, March 8 2017 held today (630-930am) in Sydney KGV Recreation Centre. The International Yoga Teachers Association's sponsored the IWD event with over 350 women registered for the yoga and mediation practise followed by a light breakfast. The charity Dress for Success created the initiative.
On International Women’s Day (IWD) 8 March 2017, women all around the world united are dedicating themselves to driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.
Early this morning, I joined hundreds of women as they gathered from all parts of Sydney to be empowered & inspired by women at the largest Women's Yoga & Meditation Class at Sydney's KGV's Recreation Centre.
President of the International Yoga Teachers Association Marie-Louise Parkinson who led the sunrise meditation devoted to World Peace said, "Peace starts in the kitchen sink and it spreads to your family, friends, your workplace and to all those around you. Once you're peaceful inside than it will naturally permeate out to others.
"There's no use marching on the streets and raising the banner, when you're angry at home," she said.
"The meaning of yoga is to unite and so through our yoga & meditation practice today women in Sydney and worldwide were able to connect physically, emotionally & spiritually to acknowledge the power women have to bring peace to the planet".
Following this empowerment, recent surveys reveal that women believe that it is more challenging for them to climb the career ladder compared to married men.
Employers can perceive mothers as not fully committed to their job due to other family commitments and women can simply miss out on the opportunity to climb up the career ladder.
Almost 5 years ago, IWD changed my life when I was introduced to a small but powerful advocacy group, Chief Executive Women (CEW) that support Women leaders enabling women leaders. CEW was keen to make a difference, to empower women to connect, to help women climb the ladder in their field. I had felt the impact of being a working mother and was not recognised as being committed enough to my job.
Only a small number of women knew about International Women's Day back then and its wonderful to see it flourish worldwide impacting women and men of all ages. Both executive women and men addressing issues such as unconscious bias in the workplace - whether its gender equity in pay, board positions or in senior/executive management.
Personally I have felt the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace and have chosen to grow my own small businesses, yogarama – taking yoga and mindfulness to the people of all ages 8-80 years, starting with my committed yoga students at Wylies Baths in Coogee. Yogarama students experience most beautiful outdoor yoga studio in Sydney.
Wishing women all around the world a Happy International Women’s Day.
2017 is the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster.
“The rooster shines like a bright star in the dark sky, bringing hope and transformation to those who know how to act harmoniously around prevailing circumstances”
For those of us celebrating Chinese New Year today, you will know that 2017 is a year of immense change. What does this mean for our yoga practice ?
January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 is marked in the lunar calendar as the Year of the Fire Rooster, a period when the fiery temperament of the Rooster is expected to infuse enthusiasm and energy into our activities increasing hopes for better prospects for everyone.
In our yoga practice, we will be doing asana to brace ourselves for this period of change and transformation.
Yoga for Change and Transformation
Asana to open you up for change are inversions of any kind where the heart is lower than the head. Asana like downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), forward fold (uttanasana) are good ways of achieving this. Full inversions like supported head stand (salamba sirsasana) or supporte shoulder stand (salamba sarvangasana) where your body is turned upside down so that your heart and feet are above your head are wonderful for opening your mind to change and transformation in your life.
Importantly, whilst you are transitioning through the sea of life ebbs and flows, during these ups and downs, you must stay present and grounded. In our class, we will be practicing asana such as the warrior 1 & 2 (Virabhadrasana 1 & 11) poses that are grounding as well as child’s pose to the earth.
Look forward to exploring this in class. See you on the mat in our outdoor studio at Wylie’s Baths.
Wishing every one a Happy Chinese New Year filled with positive change.
With love and gratitude
Daniella Goldberg has a love of yoga and a passion for mindful meditation. Through her Hatha-Flow classes, she gently guides her students to grow strong, be flexible, focused and mindful, on and off the mat.