Stress Management

What is Self-Care?

Do you practice Self Care?

The wellness savvy crew are familiar with the buzz around self-care. It’s often associated with being selfish or confused with self-maintenance such as having your hair cut or going to the dentist.

Self-care is the way we nourish ourselves on a deeper level. It’s the oxygen mask principle if we take care of ourselves first we are able to care for others.

If we are interested in being the best version of ourselves, in being of service, supporting others and being able to give back, self-care is non-negotiable.
Self Care for Busy People
‘Self-care for Busy People’ is a 6 week course, it starts March 3. This course is an opportunity to learn how to truly nourish yourself. Release anxiety, stress and overwhelm as we explore yogic habits to relax the nervous system. Strengthen your capacity to plug into the present moment with mindful yoga and meditation. An invitation to listen to your body….
Take charge of your health.
Learn how Self-Care can help you become physically strong, mentally clear, & emotionally stable.

This course is for you if:

You want to reduce fatigue and increase energy
You want to manage stress and anxiety with ease
You want to feel better in your body
You want to achieve an optimal body weight
You want to cultivate healthy, simple daily routines
You need to strengthen your digestion
You want to establish a regular exercise and meditation practice

Join my 6-week Self Care course and start living a more vibrant and inspired life.

The pillars of the course:

Daily routine and daily habits
Sleep
Movement and Breath
Meditation
Ayurvedic Self care
Managing Stress

What does this course include?

6 x mindful yoga sessions
6 x group coaching sessions
Live Coaching […]

3 minute breathing space

As it is mental health week, I was inspired to make this little video.

This is a 3 minute meditation helpful for stress and anxiety. The first minute you focus on your thoughts, the second minute focus on the breath and the third minute focus on the whole body. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).

3 Minute Breathing Space

Sal Flynn my mentor taught me this technique and I have found it really helpful, especially when you have busy days and don’t have time for a long meditation.

I hope you enjoy it.

Justine

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Yoga in Bondi Beach Park

Welcome to Spring!

I’m excited to announce that my beach permit is on the way and I’ll be teaching in the freshly renovated Beach Park for Summer.

Come and practice yoga in the Park (starting November 1), relax and revitalise with yoga under the trees, feel the summer breeze on your skin as you inhale the oceanic energy.

All classes 1 hour.

See timetable here.

Nameste
Justine
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Joy Tea for Rainy Weather

Hi,

I’ve named this tea my Joy Tea after my late grandmother, her name was Joy and I’ve been drinking it in one of her old teacups.

In Ayurveda it is known that Cardamon (because of it’s sweet aspect) brings joy and is pleasing to the heart. Did you know you can also add cardamon to coffee to reduce negative effects i.e. it helps liver to detox, it assists in detoxifying caffeine as well as codeine.

Joy Tea
15 cardamom seeds
5 cloves
20g fresh ginger (grated)
1 cinnamon stick
Simmer for 10 min with 3 cups of water
Optional: add milk and simmer 5 min gently add pinch of nutmeg, honey & vanilla essence.

Share and spread the Joy!

Justine
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May 2016 – Yoga and Wellness Retreat

I’m very excited to be offering my first Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla from the unique and beautiful Paperbark Camp. It will be a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast!

Justine

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Relaxed Kids

Do your children ever have trouble falling asleep at night? Are they up and down after you’ve tucked them in? It’s so easy for kids to become over stimulated in the media-driven world we live in.

It can be hard for kids to wind down at night, I remember as a kid finding it hard to go to sleep and often lay awake for hours. We are not taught how to relax, so I’ve decided to share some yogic tips that have helped my family.

Massage for Tense Muscles
Become aware of your child’s body, are their muscles tight and tense, are they clenching their stomach. Just like adults, children can be affected by anxiety and stress for all sorts of reasons, starting new schools, family illness, financial problems even a change to their routine. This stress can be held in their body in the form of tight muscles.

A massage is a fantastic stress-buster. Giving your children a massage before bedtime will help them to sleep better as it is grounding and nurturing and will relax the nervous system. I would encourage you to use oil when you massage, try coconut oil in summer as it’s cooling and in winter you can use sesame oil* as it is warming. (If your child really feels the heat use a mixture of coconut oil and sesame oil in winter) Massage your children regularly and notice the improvement to their health and wellbeing.

*I like Melrose organic sesame oil as it doesn’t smell, you can also add a couple of drops of essential oil like lavender.

Breathing
Become aware of your child’s breathing. Is it shallow, are they breathing into their chest or are they able to take deep belly breaths. When kids […]

Your Sacred Space

Do you have a sacred space? Somewhere you can meditate, center yourself and really listen to your inner spirit? A sacred place will nourish and rejuvenate you. Many people find this refuge in nature.

My morning spiritual practice helps to calm and center me, it creates space in my body and life so that whatever happens during the day I can find space to hold it. Living in an urban environment, I can’t always be in nature, so one way of creating or enhancing a sacred space can be adding an altar. An altar can be as simple and small or as large and complex as you like.

I love my altar pictured above. An altar can be a great catalyst to help you make the transition from the external pressure of your busy life to somewhere you can sit and connect to the timeless aspect of yourself.

I love choosing different things to place on my altar to trigger different aspects of myself. It’s really fun to play around with and helps you start thinking about subtle energies.

Here are some suggestions for putting together a simple altar:

Consciousness/awareness – light a candle or have a lamp on your alter to represent your internal light of awareness.

Teacher/guru/loved one – you may like to place a photo of someone sacred to you or who inspires you.

Crystals – for healing and energizing.

Nature – you can add a plant, fresh flowers, water or herbs to bring nature inside to connect you to the deep energy of Mother Nature and her rhythms.

Do you have an altar? Where is your sacred space? Please share below…

Many blessings to you!
Justine
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Best Brownies, Paleo Style

If you are stressed and find you’re craving chocolate or something sweet, make these Brownies. Kumera (sweet potato) is a root vegetable it’s sweet and very grounding and calming. The raw cacao powder contains magnesium which is also calming for the body. I pop them in my kids lunch boxes, super easy!

Ingredients

500g kumera (sweet potato)

3 organic eggs whisked

3 Tbsp of coconut flour, I have also used amaranth flour (delicious)

1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil

4 Tbsp coconut sugar

4 Tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup of the best dark raw chocolate you can find (broken up) – optional for extra richness

Directions

Prepare a baking tin by lining with baking paper, I use one approx. 20cm x 20cm.

Peel, cook and mash sweet potato until very smooth, no lumps.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Add eggs, oil, vanilla extract and coconut sugar to sweet potato as well as dark raw chocolate if your using it,  gently fold. In another bowl mix flour, cacao powder, baking powder and salt.

Combine the two bowls of ingredients.

Once combined, pour mixture into baking tin. Bake for 30min, then allow to cool.

Slice into squares and enjoy!

justine

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Vitamin or Pain Killer

‘Your role as a Yoga Health Coach is more like a Vitamin than a Pain Killer’, my mentor explains. In other words, as a health coach I work to support people to optimize their health and prevent disease by  listening to their bodies natural intelligence, rather than react once symptoms occur. Yoga health coaching helps you to read the signs.

This analogy reminded me of when Dr Robert Svoboda (American author and Ayurvedic Doctor) spoke in Sydney last year, he was interviewed by western GP, Dr Mark Donohoe. Dr Donohoe described a visit to the doctor, as like a visit to the smash repairer, the doctor usually deals with the ‘what’ rather than the ‘why’.

Don’t get me wrong, western medicine is incredible, I wouldn’t be here today without it. We need western doctors but we could also learn to understand our bodies and the different dimensions of the body-mind connection, why do we get sick and well again? This is where Yoga Health Coaching comes in, it’s like a users guide to our physiology.

Yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine all offer wisdom on preventative health, they all teach awareness, how to tune into the whispers of our bodies so we can take the responsibility of our health into our own hands, take our power back and heal ourselves. In other words, living in our bodies and not just our heads. Looking within ourselves rather than externally for someone to ‘fix’ us with a ‘pill in a bill’.

You see, I’ve tried the ‘pill in a bill’ approach before to help with severe migraines. It may work for the short term but doesn’t work in the long term. Not if you care about being able to rely […]

Bedtime Ritual: Foot Massage

If you’ve had a stressful day, a warm sesame oil foot massage is a wonderful way to help you relax and sleep well. Watch my short video (2min) to find out what to do…

When we are stressed our energy is contained in the upper body, tight shoulders anyone…. massaging your feet will help to ground this energy.

Use sesame oil to pacify Vata (wind and ether elements). Seasame oil is rich in vitamins (A,B and E) as well as the minerals iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, silicic acid and calcium. Sesame oil is also rich in antioxidants, linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid; its lecithin content is beneficial to the nervous system.

Sesame oil is warming so great to use in cold weather.

Have a beautiful sleep twinkle toes!

Justine

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Ref: Ayurvedic Massage by Harish Johari