Archive | July, 2013
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Life Moves Pretty Fast

31 Jul

Remember to stop today.

Take a breath.

Are you here?

Take a moment to feel the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair, the ground beneath your feet.

This moment has magic for you.

Don’t miss it. 

Life Moves Pretty Fast

New Melbourne Class!

29 Jul

The amazing folks at Grass Roots Yoga have invited me to take a master class this Thursday night (1st August)

We’ll get to christen their new studio space with some super Shiny Happy Healthy flow!

You can sign up on their page  or email lovely Shannon: shannon@grassrootsyoga.com

Come get warm, flowing & bendy!

Yoga Love Heart

This 1.5 hour class will feature a strong vinyasa flow practice, working towards some of those tricky arm balances & inversions. Learn how to break them down to interim steps that you can take into your practice and work up to.

Challenge what you think you’re capable of and realise that all poses are possible.

Come to sweat, expand your practice and move with a smile.
Date: Thursday 1st August, 2013
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Location: Level 1, 84 Inkerman Street
St Kilda in the new flow studio / studio b
Cost: $28 non members / $25 members

How to Find Inspiration in the Darkness

23 Jul

Whenever I feel constricted or confused, I find so much comfort in beautiful writing.

Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets and this piece gives me such HOPE.

That once again, I will be an “acrobat in the freezing wind…full of gorgeous life”

That these softer, fallow periods of life, these forced rest stops, are opportunities to learn:

“Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us, even in the leafless winter, even in the ashy city.”

The final stanza, to me, is the lightness I crave…

“improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing”

Starlings

Starlings in Winter

by Mary Oliver

Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly

they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,

dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,

then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can’t imagine

how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,

this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,

even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;

I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

Let it Go

Shake Off The Cold…

18 Jul

Yes, it’s actually happening…

I’m coming to Melbourne!

Finally!

So if you’re feeling like this:

Cold much?

And you want to restore your body warmth, internal sunshine and sense of wonder at the world…

Happy Gal

This is a workshop for you.

I’m just running the one, so make sure you get in quickly to secure your place!

Strong, Shiny, Sweaty Flow

Sunday August 4th

9.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: $55 full / $50 concession

gertrudestreetyoga@gmail.com

Find out more on the Workshop Page.

I also have a limited number of places still left for one-on-one coaching and yoga sessions.
Email me at shinyhealthy@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!

Smiling is Mouth Yoga

This is your life…

15 Jul

Do what you love...

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The Best Day of Your Life

12 Jul

Best Day Of Your Life

Shiny Song #14

11 Jul

Sometimes, your faith is tested.

Everything you thought you were working towards falls over.

You start to look at the external circumstances & think they somehow reflect something that’s lacking in you.

Keep Following

Now is the time to stop. Take a breath.

Sink into yourself & reconnect with what’s truly important.

And then, when you’re ready…

Just keep following the heartlines on your hand…

A Letter to My 28 Year Old Self…

9 Jul

From 32 Year Old Me:

You’re about to leave Australia.

Your bag is (over)packed, farewells completed, the disparate advice of everyone you know is ringing in your ears.

You’re scared. You say you’re leaving for six months, but there’s a part of you that knows it’s for longer. This is more than a departure from Melbourne. This is leaving behind the way things were, the way you were – and leaping into the unknown.
It’s time. Take my hand.

Everything’s going to be OK.

Dream Big Start Now

At 32, you’re going to feel more a part of your own life than you ever have. For the first time, your decisions feel free of the weight of other people’s expectations. You see how you’re the creative force behind your life, that you’re responsible for how it all goes. You’ll still have the fear of missing out, but you won’t let it stop you. You have your hand on the tiller and a boat strong enough to weather the high seas.

You’re going to feel more comfortable in your body than you ever have. That crushing awkwardness you’ve had about your height, your face, your size since you were 13 is going to be a big blessing in your life.

Feeling ugly has helped you develop into a well-read, smart, funny, savvy woman. Somewhere in the next couple of years, you’re going to grow into your face, become at ease with your smile and wake up one morning, look in the mirror and be shocked at the attractive woman looking back at you. Enjoy it. You’ve spent enough time picking her apart.

Want to be someone else Kurt Cobain

You think you’re suffering from aches and pains now? That your knees and shoulders are shot? Guess what? In 3 days time, you’re going to slip on a wet footpath in Bangkok and crack your spine. Your tailbone will be dislocated for a long time. It’s going to hurt, a lot. Sitting, let alone yoga, is going to be difficult. It’s going to feel unfair and too much to handle, but it will distract you from the crack in your heart. Then it will force you to meditate and you will feel peaceful for the first time in your life. Yoga will save you. Yoga will bring you to people who can heal you: your body, your mind and your heart. Help you let go of the past. It will teach you tools you can share. Cracking your back will help a lot of people.

Yoga will change your life

You’ll move all over the world for love and it will end in heartbreak and a huge loss of faith in your judgement and humans in general.

Do it anyway.

Pop Love Bubble

You would always have wondered and you will be proud of yourself later. It helps you see what you’re prepared to do, and what you’re not. You lose your fear of looking stupid, going through those disappointments. It will help you realise what you’re worth – even though you don’t see that yet. Right now, you’re letting other people dictate that to you. But there will come a time when you name your price.

Your Value Doesnt Decrease

You know how you’re scared to live alone? It takes a little while to move through this one. But the time will come when you relish yourself as much as people around you and you suddenly realise the quality of your own company. If only you had taken the time to see it earlier. It propels your friendships to new and amazing levels, because when you want to be there, you’re really there.

Love heart hands

You’re going to really care what people think when you stop drinking. You’ll come back to Melbourne and get totally wasted with old friends to keep them happy and comfortable. And you’ll regret it. You’ll realise that friends who need you to drink with them are not real friends at all. You’ll see that people wanted to hang around you because you had a cool job, not because they were interested in who you are. Don’t hang out with them anymore. It’s OK. A bunch of awesome people are waiting to fill that space.

Dont have to do what everyone else is

You’re going to have compassion for your parents, and understand how hard it was to raise you. Mum had two kids by your age. You’re going to see what a blunder life is. How unknown the prospects. How agonising the decisions, the hurts, the collisions. This life thing, eh? Who knew?

They really did the best they could. And they love you. Fiercely. Those things you think they do that keep you from being close? That’s all you, baby. You can change it. Start slowly. They’re waiting for you to get it.

And you will. That, and a hundred other things. You’ll learn that fear doesn’t need to stop you from doing anything. That losing face is preferable to winning a lie. That everyone is muddling along, just like you are, so be careful and particular about seeking advice.

Scary Regret

You’ll learn that you really love simple things and that you feel best breathing clean air deeply; feeling sunshine on your face; watching the way light filters through green leaves. Those quiet moments you’ve been avoiding? That you “don’t have time for”? They are the most magical moments you will experience. They will unlock your heart and help you feel profoundly connected in a way you never knew was possible. Don’t worry that your face is leaking, it just means your heart is open.

More than anything? Strap in for the ride. By the time you’re 32, you will have visited 40 countries and lived in dozens of cities, just like you dreamed of doing as a kid. As hard as it was to leave your old life behind, don’t mourn it. The next 4 years of your life will see you having the greatest adventures of your life.

Just start.

It’s worth it.

Birthday Card Yogi

Shiny Song #13

3 Jul

I’m a massive fan of Phoenix.

I always get a lot of energy listening to their music and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a go-to favourite for sun salutes to this day…

I don’t know if it’s the catchiest tune on their new album Bankrupt but the new video clip  for “Trying to Be Cool” is GOLD.

Word is they recorded it in almost one take!

I love the sequence around the 2:20 mark – for Thomas Mars’ ping pong skills alone…

Enjoy!

Never, Ever Give Up

2 Jul

Everything is serving you.

It’s all going to add up to something. Every time you step onto your mat, take 10 minutes to meditate, get yourself out of bed to walk.

Every moment you are gaining momentum.

Level Up

Yes, it can feel like it’s surmountable, right now.

But little by little, you’re getting better, every day.

Don’t give up.

I cry every time I watch this…You might want to have some tissues handy.