Yoga Philosophy: Ahimsa

learn about yoga Dec 29, 2020
In this week's look at yoga philosophy we are going to talk about the first of our Yamas: Ahimsa
 
Ahimsa can be translated to mean 'non-violence' or non-harming', and as Patanjali eloquently puts it, 'in the presence of one firmly established in non-violence, all hostilities cease'. Well, that sounds pretty darn great, doesn't it?!
 
In his book 'Light on Yoga', B.K.S. Iyengar says that Ahimsa 'has a wider positive meaning, love'. So, rather than thinking of Ahimsa in a supremely literal sense of not killing or not being violent, we can apply this concept to our everyday lives by showing more compassion and by embracing ALL of creation because we KNOW that all of creation makes up the one-ness of the entire Universe. This includes ourselves.
 
Ahimsa is not an external action that is only to be directed at other beings. It also needs to be internal. We need to practice showing ourselves compassion, kindness and love, because to do otherwise separates...
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Yoga Philosophy: Yamas

learn about yoga Dec 29, 2020
Let's look at the first limb of yoga: Yamas.
 
The Yamas can be thought of as 'moral restraints' and contains 5 practices known as:
 
Ahimsa (non-violence/harming)
Satya (truthfulness)
Asteya (non-stealing)
Brahmacharya (continence/right use of energy)
Aparigraha (non-coveting/greed)
 
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it is said that 'these great vows are universal, not limited by class, place, time, or circumstances'.
 
Observing the Yamas is not something we only do on our yoga mat. These practices were meant to be observed in our everyday lives and our on-the-mat yoga practice can help us to be more mindful in order to do this.
 
We'll be going into each of these Yamas in more detail in future posts. Stay tuned for the next yoga philosophy post where we'll have a deeper look at the first Yama: Ahimsa.
 
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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

learn about yoga Dec 29, 2020
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there is defined the eight limbs of yoga.
 
It is said that 'by the practice of the limbs of Yoga, the impurities dwindle away and there dawns the light of wisdom, leading to discriminative discernment'.
 
As we know, yoga is not just the poses we practice on the mat, it's also meditation, breathwork and the way we live our life.
 
These are the eight limbs of yoga:
 
Yama (abstinence)
Niyama (observance)
Asana (posture practice)
Pranayama (breath control)
Dharana (concentration)
Dhyana (meditation)
Samadhi (absorption)
 
There's a lot of big words there, so we're going to leave it at that for this post. But keep your eyes on our feed as over the coming weeks we go deeper into what each of these eight limbs consist of
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4 Ways to Support Your Intuitive Child

energy and intuition Dec 29, 2020
So your precious little one is sharing about dreams they are having, people they are seeing at night, information that they possibly couldn’t know otherwise. It seems like that are picking up on something beyond our physical world and you may feel way over your head.
 
Reading this is a great first step. You aren’t expected to have all the answers but here are some ways you can easily support your intuitive child;
 
1- Believe them.
Just because you can’t sense what they can doesn’t mean you can dismiss it. Listen to them and ask them questions as if what they are experiencing is very real. With that information you can reach out to an intuitive healer/energy worker and ask for their assistance in further understanding what is happening.
 
2-Create a safe space.
Sensing something beyond our world can be super overwhelming for adults, so imagine being a kid trying to make sense of it all! With your child create a safe space first...
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Anxiety: The distance between where you are and where you ‘should’ be.

anxiety Dec 21, 2020

Anxiety serves a purpose. It lets us know something is out of alignment. It can be a little niggle or an overwhelming landslide. It can show up for many varied reasons.

 

Here’s a thought; what if anxiety was a sensation representing the distance between where you are in this moment and an attachment to where you think you ‘should’ be?

 

You’re working a job that isn’t fulfilling, feeling disconnected in your relationship and by this age you thought you would have that 6-7 figure biz and be married. There is a gap between what is and an attachment to what ‘should be’.

 

Recently you’ve had the rug pulled out from under you and thought (or others are telling you) you should be over it by now. But there are still so many unresolved feelings. There is a gap between where you are and where you ‘should be’.

 

That underlying anxiety may be telling you something is off, and it's not that you are in the wrong...

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How to MEDITATE (and how you CAN'T do it wrong).

'Not like that! You need to sit like me and if you use any other techniques than what we have covered, you have failed'….... that was when I knew I had found the wrong meditation teacher.
 
It is becoming common knowledge that meditation has so many benefits physically (lowers adrenaline), mentally (teaches you to focus), emotionally (time to process) and spiritually (connection to higher self). So why do you have so much damn resistance to it every time you try to start?
 
First up, cut yourself some slack, I (Renée) have been practicing meditation for 20yrs now, I am fully conscious of its benefits, how I will feel after, and I still have days of total resistance, busy mind and fidgeting. It means I’m human and I am practicing.
 
Meditation in its most basic form is a practice that allows you to draw your focus to a single point. There are many styles, philosophies and ways to meditate but ultimately you need to play with what...
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3 Ways to Enhance Your Daily Life with the Power of Plants

For centuries plants have been used for human wellbeing; to heal and enhance the human experience. They hold chemical compounds which react with our own and some plants are traditionally known to host a ‘spirit’ which impart knowledge.
 
We aren’t experts in this field, but we (Renée & Murray) have spent time sitting with and learning about certain plant medicines. From these experiences we have learnt to respect the spirits within them and to invite them to enhance our everyday life.
 
1: Daily Ceremonial Cacao:
 
Cacao is a heart opener and energizer. It comes with a feminine spirit (Madre Cacao) that when you sit with intention (in ceremony or meditation) she will guide and unveil inspiration. Murray and Renee have a cacao every morning then drop into their daily meditation practice. Be sure to source Ceremonial Grade Cacao (be mindful supermarket/bulk store ‘raw cacao’ may be highly processed AND contain...
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Do YOU Have Intuitive Superpowers?

energy and intuition Dec 01, 2020
Short answer: Yes.
 
We all do to some degree. You may not have a crystal ball, but perhaps you know when someone isn’t telling the truth, or you get the urge to ring a friend only to hear ‘I was JUST thinking about you”.
 
 
You may also be able to summon magic and we are down for that too.
 
So what are YOUR intuitive superpowers?
 
Take our short online quiz to find out! Click here to access the quiz.
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You Can Tell Your Crystals What To Do.

Did you know you can tell your crystals what to do?
 
I first learnt about programming crystals from my Kinergetics Teacher (and all around wizard) Dave. Amongst his wall of energetic tools collected over decades of work, he had a shelf of clear quartz crystals in different tubes with labels of hormones, organs, sensitivities. He would use them in his 1on1 sessions but the explanation never went any further.
 
A few years after I finished studying with him I called him up, ‘Dave, I want to add those labelled crystals to my toolkit.’ I was met with a few moments of silence, ‘That’s not part of the course, Renée… but since you asked.’
 
Side-note: if you are ever in awe of a teacher/mentor skills, ask them to teach you. The way they light up sharing their magic is contagious.
 
The day I spent with Dave learning how to program crystals to specific vibrations was otherworldly. Specifically we were...
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Your Power is Hidden in the Dark.

Have you ever been surrounded by darkness and felt there was no way out? The suffocating depth of darkness, whether in the mind or in the middle of the night can at times be overwhelming. Renée had a night like that recently, the darkness in her dreams woke her.
 
‘Are you afraid?’ It whispered. Her heart did skip a beat.
 
It doesn’t matter how long you have been doing energy work for, when it wakes you up in the middle of the night there is still a moment of ‘please don’t let this be happening’.
 
She looked for the creature her imagination was trying to form from the voice in the blinding darkness. Maybe sharp teeth, tall and broad. Too close for comfort.
 
We often accept stories that the dark is ‘bad’ or ‘evil’. Sure there are some funky energies that you don’t want to play around with. Much how in your everyday life there are people you know you need to give a wide...
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