Friday, November 28, 2014

What's a summer time smoothie gotta' do with it?!

Hey yogi/nis,

Here is my latest invention - An amazing powerfully hydrating, nutrient dense and energising summer time smoothie! It turned out so delicious that I am including it in the recipe book I'm compiling!

Please try it, and let me know how you found it in the comments box.

Ingredients are:
1/2 cup young coconut water
1 Kiwi fruit
1/2 a ripe Mango
1/2 Beetroot
1 tspn raw Ginger
1 tspn raw Turmeric
1 tspn Wheatgrass
Half a handful of Mint leaves
Slice up a cold nectarine to top off as displayed for a complementary garnish

O-M-G = I totally let my flow take over and the result was awesome!

Personally this morning I woke up feeling really sore all over, felt very acidic and despite all other efforts I wasn't able to rinse it out. This smoothie, is a powerhouse of energy, antioxidant rich, tasty, fresh and clean drink. By the time I had to teach this evening's class, I really had my spring back and just realised that it was all the fluid absorbing, cleansing and alkalising ingredients in my smoothie.

As they say - there are no coincidences in life :) My body needed it and my mind thought it and delivered!

Love and Peace

Saturday, November 8, 2014

29 Sleeps Till Our Weekend Retreat is on!

Have you been wanting a break from the city routine?

Then Mulgoa is the perfect spot for a weekend away this December. A delightful and soulful retreat will be held in the quiet, peaceful and natural country surroundings of Mulgoa - approximately an hour in from most directions of NSW. We are looking forward to waking up with a bright smile on our dials from just having nowhere to go and holding an amazing 3 day guided retreat to help you unwind and recharge the mind and body before the festive season began!

Shine Bright Like A Diamond ; is a Holistic Holiday

Friday, Dec. 5th, 6:15pm to Sunday, Dec. 7th, 2pm

1315 Mulgoa RdMulgoa, NSW
No Yoga, Meditation or prior knowledge of any other practices are required. All practical guidance will be given to aid in "Relaxing" and breaking out of the "Doing" and "Knowing" mindset. This is part of the self-care program offered by Seva Yoga & Sunshine Wellness to our valued clients all over New South Wales. 

Click to see the full flyer:

Connect with us on:
JOANNE FABRI: 0416 271 408

SUPRIYA ROY: 0469 906 223


Friday, October 31, 2014

A caffeine free alternative to Chocolate??

Oh its over 30 degrees hot in the West of Sydney and I wanted a cold chocolate shake!! Got home from teaching my Saturday morning Seva Yogis in Ropes Crossing and was quite famished as well. I needed to fix up something quick! Et Voila! Here is what I whipped up!

Meet my Carob smoothie! It tastes amazing, its light in taste yet dense in body making it very much a light meal! Combination of all the ingredients make this smoothie rich in antioxidants, natural phyto-nutrients, gluten free, vegan, high fibre, anti-allergenics and simply tasting just like a chocolate thick shake that hit the spot for both my cravings.

Ingredients: 1 pear, 4 small pitted dates, 1 whole banana, half cup soy milk, quarter cup (left over) almond milk, a piece of raw turmeric (my daily dose), sprinkle in flax seeds, chia seeds and 3 small teaspoon scoops of Carob powder. Add some ice if you like and perhaps a little bit of dessicated coconut for garnish.

As I said the drink is a meal! Its quite filling and at the same time filled with proteins and minerals and natural glucose and fats. Once you have tried it - leave a comment. Let me know what you thought. :)


Friday, October 24, 2014

Guidance by the Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana

Yoga really does serve as a tool to engage the mind and body to help me get my answers. My true answers.

I still remember the first time a yoga teacher said for me to hold my foot, stretch my leg up, breathe and lift through my upper back.. whoah! I still remember the difficulty I had taking just the first two instructions and feeling struggle come on. I also remember another teacher teaching the same pose saying there is more than one way to achieve the same posture. Oh god! Through years of practice, whenever poses become overwhelming I just leave it, and come back to it when inspiration strikes.

Lately (the past month or so) life has thrown quite a few googlies my way. Increased work, 3 subjects to study, making time for social events and personal projects had really left me feeling quite scattered. I felt like my mind was developing a new habit. A habit of my mental energy scattering. While I love to flow, I knew there was a sense of loss. A loss of vital energy, focus and inner peace. There was a need for mental reprimand; a clearer, more refined pathway for it to follow. It was time to ask compassionately and tune into my inner compass for the way to go, to regain a sense of grounded-ness, stability and comfort.

Recently I noted a shift in my personal practice. I noted that there was more range to my movements than what I had before but it was just that I had no patience in my patience pool to explore outside of what I knew. The inner stillness was not there and it felt too much like a forceful thing to do, to just sit on it. This pose came to mind. I recalled my points of frustration from those initial days of approaching the movements. So I allowed myself to work on it. I kept working on hip openers, some deep twists and conscious breathing techniques without which I could not allow my body to guide me. It was then as I set the intention to find my inner compass that, thats when I bloomed into my expression of Parivrtta (twisting) Surya (sun) Yantrasana (dial  pose). Also known as the compass pose.

The feeling of this pose is that it invites you to connect to teh ground, the base (legs and feet), your spine, your shoulders, the direction your eyes are to look. And most importantly it asks you to pay close attention to the level of comfort felt with each breath and movement of the body. As I allowed this process of connection to take place, with the unknown, I was soon at the place where I felt myself surrender the need to need more, the need to move more, the need to seek more. It was a cool moment.

The present moment, which without I could not have experienced the comfort, the expansion (mental or physical) nor the pure and simple direction from a place as true as my own inner matrix. My Compass directed me to: BE HERE, BY MY SIDE, MOMENT TO MOMENT. ha ha!

Yoga really is enlightening. It is a journey. Moments like these help me bring myself purpose, joy and inner peace knowing that I can go to Me for the answers and direction I seek at any given point in my life.

I share a lot of my journey online, as I go because this is too much of an important and accessible tool for others not to use. I am inspired by my heart to inspire my community to get on their journey to natural pathways to healing the mind and body.

Come and find your inner compass! A new term starts next week - ENROL NOW! An exciting and illuminating 8 week term awaits.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meditating on a Tree

Today as any other Saturday I got up, finished my daily practice and went to teach my 9am Hatha Vinyasa class at Ropes Crossing. After class I grabbed a coffee and the girl was shocked to see me after so long and joked to say "Oh my its been so long.." and I said to her "yes I'm not a regular anymore" and she said "Oh I thought I wasn't working enough" :) we laughed, I grabbed my coffee and then came home to do some class planning.

It was then when I realised that it was too much of a beautiful day to be indoors and that I should head out to the Lakes. I also felt unsettled (could have been the coffee) but I was also ignoring a feeling of inner turmoil / unrest. I was finding it hard to put my finger on it, as to what was the root cause of my mental and emotional tension (as in which story) and as a result it was hard to focus on anything really but just continuing to stress on feeling stressed.

So I packed my diary and notepad and set an intention to find a way to regroup with myself at the Lake. A place I love to go regularly to connect to source and write. And this time I felt very scattered until I met my tree. :)

You see I have done this 2 hour walk several times but this time it felt like a completely new track. Each time I passed an old pathway I recalled memories of times I have spent with friends along it or how I was feeling the last time I had walked that way but I let my intuition guide the way today and the views and vibrations were absolutely amazing. Butterflies, Dragonflies, Lizards, Birds and Trees surrounded me. The sun was hot out and the breeze was just the perfect temperature on my skin. I was seeking myself though and it took a while for my nose to register the natural fragrances around me and my ears to hear the sounds individually and myself to feel the sounds and vibrations of all things under, over and around me. I was seeking union with the answer I sought, mentally and I was feeling quite emotionally unsettled because of the different directions I found my mental attention travel to.

Twenty minutes into the walk, I paid attention only on my sensory perceptions, I found my mental stories had dropped off. I came to a edge of a big rock and there was my tree. The tree was large and scaly from its bottom to about where its large branches grew out. This tree just drew me in, with its vibrant energy, it looked so dynamic with all that was going on, on it. About 70% of this tree was rough, peeling bark, aged but it seemed that at each portion (going upward toward its branches) its state of dry bark was different. When I looked closer the branches were fresh and young big log like branches with other younger ones growing off them some green leaves. Below them were areas where the tree had red sappy areas which looked like to me were areas the tree had recently been peeling off and had started a new cycle of shedding its old skin.

I sat there for at least 30 minutes observing the tree from bottom (as far down as my eyes would reach from the edge of the rock I sat on) to its top. I then closed my eyes and placed my palms up on my knees, sitting cross legged and just sat quietly.

A happy realisation arrived. I felt so thankful. I realised that I am a tree. This is what I wrote down on my notepad: I am this tree that has fresh branches growing and has dead skin to shed and also fresh wounds and scars to let heal in its own time. I am a modern conscious woman and keep stepping into my holistic life purpose and path. My life body is just like this tree. While there is so much dead and rough bark on the bottom, it stands for old wisdom and strength that I grow with and support my new growing or developing areas in life. While also shedding and letting go old bark and skin and stories that once gave me strength but now have aged and need to drop off. There were parts of the tree that looked wounded with fresh sap falling and I realised that I too have parts of me feeling vulnerable and open and sensitive but that is all a part of being and seeing the holistic self.

This tree stood tall, beautiful and strong, healthy and bright. Really inspired me to feel focused on my own dynamic life body and that it is very okay for me to NOT feel together all the time - unhurt, raw or strong in areas and really strong, skilled, beautiful, in power in many. Life body is a dynamic body and in it there is a large spectrum of experiences, which sometimes when the mind is unfocused can lead to a feeling of hopelessness or even being lost.

Wishing you a very happy Saturday everyone.

I am feeling much at peace now and as you can see, that mindful and reflective living can be quite a joyful way of living life. Sometimes all it takes is a sense of self-care, a little skill in meditating and initiative to go outside the box when life gets tense.

If you liked reading this and like the way I think. I teach meditation and mindfulness at Parramatta Community College. Classes resume next term again. Check into their website to enrol. I also teach yoga in various communities under the name Seva Yoga. Come along to a class.

Namaste & Love of Yoga to you 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TWISTING on a Rainy Day

Its now peaking winter in Sydney and with the cold of winter comes tightness of muscles and general flow in the body's movements. Its a hard time for those that suffer from respiratory issues and any other chronic diseases. I see this in my class rooms and can't stress enough that we must pay attention to our breath capacity and work with it, and support the body to open and breath mindfully. This doesn't mean we need to breathe extra, it just means to breathe to fullfil your lung capacity. 

A mindful breath can shift a lot of things in the psychology, physiology and biology reports logged in our energy body. For example, on a winter day like today, if your breath is already a little shallower than usual due to the tightness in the body and stooping posture, what other events might take place that increase your stress levels will only exacerbate the tightness and tension in your psycho-mento-physical bodies. This will result in a struggle-some day and tiredness throughout the day. Now its not possible to mindfully breathe every second of the day, however by just taking short intervals for a few mins during the day and tracking your breath capacity will allow the body to keep reporting to your brain where you're at inwardly. This will result in helping the nervous system out and also cultivate a sense of calm approaches throughout your day.

Practice a few spinal twists that help open your chest and lengthen your torso! like the one I am in here (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Half seated twist with legs crossed normally Or legs in Gomukhasana (knee pile pose) (which would also help release tension in the lower back and abductors). 
Ardha Matsyendrasana
Half Lord of the fish pose with legs in knee pile

If you are thinking "but I am at work and it will make me look silly" then do the twist on your chair. But don't rush through it. Take a few fulfilling breaths broadening the chest when turned to one side and do the same amount on the other side. Remember you are not meant to pull or push, you are to maintain a feeling of ease for the duration of the upper body twist. Best to pull naval in while in the pose, so breathing is localised through the ribcage. YUMMY!!! :) 

Other benefits of TWISTS include:
  • Increases the elasticity of the spine, tones the spinal nerves and improves the functioning of the spinal cord.
  • Relieves back pain and stiffness from between the vertebrae.
  • Useful for slipped disc.
  • Relieves tension that may have built up in the back from forward and back bending 
  • Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.
  • Loosens the hip joints, relieving stiffness.
  • Releases tension in the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck.
  • Increases purification of the blood as well as the internal organs.
  • Improves round shoulders.
But they are awesome to include in your daily routine because they feel good to the spine. 

Wishing you a wonderful wintry Friday ahead!

Ps. Our new timetable is up! Check into a restorative yoga class tonight in Harris Park. We have a guest teacher teaching. Book via the website / text.
0469906223 / www.sevayoga.com.au 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This weekend we got a Mood Lift!

So we had a great turn out on the 19th July at part 1 of the Mood & Energy Management workshop. Admittedly it was part 1 and most of the content taught were all about empowering everyone with the know how on how to be mindful. Being mindful in our daily activities like eating, exercising, sleeping and leisure helps us become powerful in the way we can remain in control of the energy we spend or keep. The workshop highlighted some active meditating, conscious movements and using aromatherapy to lift a particular mood and treat emotional blockage. The workshop was developed by myself alongside my colleagues Marie and Debra who are both also holistic healing arts practitioners such as Reiki, Reflexology, Massage Therapy. The afternoon was a success and we received awesome feedback prompting us to start working on the next part.

We are going to hold these workshops every 3 months and are looking forward to holding part 2 in October.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Love your practice and the journey!

There is no doubt that "life" for some of us tends to become and feel like a second entity when trying to spend time on our own. And for some it even feels like "life" can blow up if we came off watch, for even an hour.  But this constant feeling of "holding on" and "pressed for time" is a very big sign for stopping and dropping the bags to get yourself on your mat.

It is a sign that "life" has taken charge and you are its slave, when the truth is "Life" is within you and you are the master of "life" and the way it feels, looks, tastes, moves and sounds. Whenever "life" feels like it is separate to you and it doesn't want you to take time out for you, that is the very time you need to nurture and nourish your soul, and begin an audit! A Yogi's audit = Find out what in your life story is making you feel zapped for time, energy and your cool toward yourself.

Know that Life is not a second entity, it is your creation. Life as in life force is your creation as is life like the life story. While they are both similar sounding they each have a unique function. The life force is one we must create through mindfulness and activities which feed our mind and body the correct food to be the source of what we create. And a life story on the other hand is one that is a result of what quality of life force we have cultivated within.

Your life that you are living is a creation of your deepest desires, no matter where you are right now or how it might feel or look. It reflects to you what you are feeling, thinking and focusing on within. And through the act of regular practise you are culturing your body with intelligence via movement, breath work and also giving the mind a break from all the life stories that creates the "pressed" or "out of control" feeling.

Know that life starts to move, only when you place your loving attention on it. And starts to dance with you, when you engage with what grabs your attention. When you are engaging with your life stories, you are engaging through a space of a knowing, a knowing which is the intelligence of who you are right now. This practice of knowing yourself right now is called Yoga = union. Your intelligence of unity between your body, mind and breath.

This loving connection formed in your yoga practise, will show up a loving connection to your life story. Life will then willingly allow you more and more time for this romance between you and yourself in and out of class.

See you on the mat y'all!
We will send out an email on the weekend workshop this week to all attendees!!!
Can't wait to celebrate!


(These notes are shared from personal experience and notes taken on my journey)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 "Self-Care" Practices

The practise of Self-care is at the core of Seva Yoga's mission in the world and with the world.

In my opinion, a simple list of 5 practices which gives me the best experience of better health and sense of well being are:

1) Yoga     2) Meditation    3) Massage    4) High quality Natural Foods     5) Health Retreats

Self care is a holistic practise, which becomes a love affair with the sense of feeling a deep connection to who you are. Who you actually are, is actually constantly working toward remembering and emerging to be the clearest and brightest version of you; the authentic you. The unhidden and unlimited you. You are the brilliance of all the shiny things you see or seek. The path of self care cultivates a sense of deep and genuine care for this amazing life and time we are given to live on earth, which invokes the desire to see yourself move toward your highest purpose. That is to be your true brilliant, brightest self.

Self care, invokes inspired action and keeps you ignited for whatever else you may engage your life force in. The modalities and practices mentioned above all improve the ability of our minds and body to increase cell tissue vitality and that in turn changes and shifts our experience of life as a whole (world we live in and the world that resides within us).

This month, Seva Yoga is collaborating with two other Professionals in Massage and Aromatherapy to bring a wonderful 90 minute Workshop on the 19th July 2014. It will be held in Ropes Crossing from 1:30 to 3pm and we have prepared an amazing afternoon of activities that will empower you on the topic of "Mood & Energy Management".

Follow this link to Book your Ticket:
Mood & Energy Management Workshop Tickets 

Monday, June 30, 2014

The body is the gateway to your true mind

Tree of life - the energy uncoiling
Do you ever wonder why you feel a certain way one day and another on a different day in your practice?
And is it natural to feel confident in a particular yoga posture one day and not on another!!?

The answer to those questions is Absolutely it is natural to feel differently each time you get on your mat! And this is natural because the body is more than just how much we understand of it on any one given day.
It is an ever changing (cellular and) natural operating environment! This practise of Hatha yoga looks at changing our limited awareness of how we feel occasionally to a holistic awareness of the body including the organs that help it function (i.e. one whole unit of mental awareness)!

Can you comprehend it, right now?  Your attention span expanding from just being aware of the external you (the outer shell) to also the inner & complete you - every living cell and tissue that makes up your natural operating environment.

With regular practise this is what we are working toward at large. A holistic sense of yourself that unravels to only you as neural pathways are formed from brain to muscles to cells and tissues -  everytime you connect with your body and mind on the mat.

Keep warm, enjoy the sun and see you all on that mat, y'all!

Monday, June 23, 2014

This week's practise focus: Sukham = Comfort

Eka pada Urdhva Dhanurasana
Hello Yogi/nis, its a brand new practise week and our practice focus is: Sukham = Comfort; a quality we must not discount in our experiences at any time.

In this pose I am in a wheel pose with one leg raised. In developing my one legged wheel pose I had to develop a close relationship with my upper body to stay open and comfortably breathing till I got myself off the floor in a wheel. This level of comfort in breathing, then allowed me to stay up and keep building strength in my arms and legs to lift up the leg in this pose - step by step. 

Working with this week's theme of defining comfort, you will be guided to explore with your personal breath capacity, moving through a specific movement sequence, developing strength but also a deeper sense of comfort wholly. The comfort that you will cultivate will be an anchor in your practise for the rest of your life, as this level of connection to your body, breath and mind will not only increase the flow of energy but also improve the health of your internal organs that are provided it.

The truth of the matter is that Yoga's medicine cannot be extracted till we learn to relax and feel comfortable in our strength. If it interests you to learn yoga this way, I invite you to come along to one of my classes (timetable on this link): Seva Yoga Group Class timetable

There is an amazing 2 part workshop we are holding on "Energy & Mood Management" next month on 19th of July 2014. Flyer will be posted on the facebook page and circulated online. Stay connected.

Namaste & see you on the mat  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Manage & Cure Cold & Flu - 5 natural ways for a Yogi/ni!

Happy 3rd weekend of winter! And happy to report my throat, nose and ears are burning up and I am forced to be in bed. I am on way to get some Z's but just thought to share some of the things I am currently using to manage and cure my cold / flu. 

1) Neti Pot - Using the Neti pot (nasal rinse) in the morning and night to keep my sinuses clear is a regular practise but it has proven even more effective on days like these. Adding sea salt to luke warm water helps the septum feel relieved from the rinse out.

2) Lemon + ginger + honey + turmeric+ cayenne pepper tea = Oooh lala! Make you some hot lemon, ginger, honey and cayenne pepper teas! It really helps with the internal body healing - the properties of all the ingredients strip down the bacteria, sooth the areas affected and flush the guff out. 

3) Some chinese herbal medicine for the flu called "Ganmao Qingre Granules" - This comes as a powder from a Traditional Chinese Medicine doc- A mix of all these root herbs and you have it as a hot drink 2-3 times a day! It is not as pleasant a drink as #2 but you can taste its potency from the flavours and it also helps clear out the gunk from the chest and belly.

4) Coconut milk!! - This is a recent discovery for me while healing the flu! I have always thought any milk will actually create more mucus in my system. However, last night I craved a hot spicy soup so I ordered a spicy vege Laksa and oh boy, not only was it a treat but it really helped with my circulation. It in fact is a great thing to use in daily recipes - Coconut milk - it helps improve circulation besides all of its other benefits!

5) Water + Sleep - this is a must and a friendly reminder to myself! worthy of listing here even if obvious! Water (warm water + peppermint & lemon essential oils) and actual sleep not a savasana. Your body has its way of repairing itself and sleep is one of the most effective ways.  

So there you have it - an inventory of things I apply to me, when I am managing a cold or flu.  

Buenna notte for now! 

In Seva

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This week's Practice Focus: Sthira = Stability

This week's practise focus at Seva Yoga is "Sthira" meaning Stability. This is a quality, which the system of yoga demands from the practitioner to cultivate. When cultivating stability, one has to be highly mindful of when their instabilities arise in their practise and where exactly in the body or mind can they inject more of this quality through their mindfulness. 

Here I am not just balancing on my head and forearms, I am co-contracting various muscles alongside aligning my spine to help maintain the quality of stability in my posture. The benefit of cultivating stability is it improves muscle awareness and joint health. Yoga being an experiential process, I make it my job to guide the practitioner to hone their ability to bring their highest quality of attention on the specific muscles they need to know in order to be in a pose so they can better align and strengthen their joints when moving. 

Yoga Sutra II: "Sthira Sukham Asanam"= Yoga is Stability and Comfort in a Posture". 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cultivate a Compassionate Warrior within

This is my Virabhadrasana variations practise this morning, also known as the Warrior pose series. This is a 3 part pose and is quite the iconic yoga posture in the Hatha yoga practise series. This series helps cultivate Upper body length and Lower body strength. Creating length helps us open in the heart and lungs area helping us breathe better and having a greater sense of space within. Growing stronger in the legs and the lower body cultivates a sense of our own presence wherever we stand not to mention support our spine that helps us be someone of use day in and day out. Personally these poses were hard for me to adopt but through consistency they helped yolk out a Compassionate Warrior Mindset in me, which I know will help me maintain my practise lifelong.

Right, off to live my Sunday! see you on the mat Yogi/nis!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to be of Service to the world

So, if we are to be focusing on ourselves all the time, how can we be of greatest service to others?

Let us keep it very simple! The simplest and greatest way you can be of service to your world is by giving it the healthiest version of you.

The word healthy comes with all kinds of definitions but Yoga being an all encompassing study, it points the practitioner to all facets of life, not just the physical health (which by the way is a great bi-product). But its focus is Mental health, which is key to experiencing and sharing a great l
ife. Mental health has a direct influence on how we treat ourselves and others. This is a big truth in life. "We are what we Think"- Gautama Buddha

Anyway - so Yoga being a practical, living science has taught me personally to redefine some of the ways in which I can give back and while keep giving to myself. Be of service to myself and naturally be of service to all else.

You take your car to the mechanics for a service don't you? And the body to the doctor to do a quick check. What about a maintenance system for this living breathing organ that is your body and the ever active recorder of all your experiences called the mind? Wouldn't you like to maintain their health so you feel the smoothness of this service? Wouldn't you feel more at harmony if both your mind and body were in sync? But its not an easy thing to do for all. It is not as easy for us to access this sync for a while and this is why we must cultivate all other qualities like humility, patience and compassion toward ourselves. What great gifts to be giving one's self and of course then as a ripple effect we know when others also need it.

This is compassionate action. Yoga is the practice of uniting mind with the body, starting the communication between the subtle with the gross and it is acquired through regular practice. It feels great, it increases vitality, increases our sense of connection and refills our cup of love and compassion for ourselves and our kind. What a wonderful thing to cultivate for you in your life and share that wonderful quality with your individual environment.

Give the world a healthier you. Being of service is as simple, yet as great as that.

See you on the mat or web or both.

Yoga, Compassion and Seva - Overviews

Yoga is a science. It is a study of the mind at its various states, be it the physical or the spiritual mind. Yoga believes in there being 6 states to the mind, one of which is the physical body. And this brings about questions on how that can be when we know the physical body is body and mind is a thinking thing etc.. It is true that the body and mind are one however it is a paradoxical truth. This study and practice of Yoga (the living science) enables one to break through the psychological state of mind's perceptions of separation and understand the paradox of ourselves being one yet part of the many, and actually realise it holistically. It is this state of union or Oneness, that Yoga calls Samadhi, (being one with the object of query / meditation). Samadhi being the 8th limb of the practice of Yoga then helps the practitioner move toward freedom from the human bonds on their earthly life as a human being. There are several states of awareness past Samadhi and we can discuss those later on other blogs / in person / workshop....

This may still all be a little much to grasp for those new on this journey but the simplest way to understand it is that Yoga helps unite the mind with matter or whatever the mind feels it is separate from. It may be a mental or a physical thing. It goes like the good ol' saying "We are all waves of the same ocean!" Which means if per se our bodies were bottles, the waves being part of the ocean bottled individually, we are all still ocean just contained separately It is a paradox to be the great yet the small. But it is possible to be the greatest to live through this space of knowing our highest self (the ocean) and the magnificence of being so adaptable, through a set of conscious choices and actions. Yoga encourages this type of conscious action from our highest potential space (the ocean) as it then encourages the wave to actualise into its true self, being the ocean.

This brings me to Seva, and this word in Sanskrit or Hindi simply means Service. We all want to serve and be of great service wherever we may be situated. More specifically we want to serve those that we care about and are nearest to us. However as our nature is naturally a giving kind, we end up serving the whole world daily and sometimes lose integrity to a high level quality service containing our full attention. The service quality can become of a wave level rather than the ocean. And this is because we lose touch with who and what we are and we forget to be of service to ourselves. The quality of service that we offer to ourselves is a direct reflection of how we are serving others. This is because we are all one (the ocean) whether we are experiencing it individually or not, our individual actions still impact the many - Can you see where I am going with this?

When I felt my calling to lose myself in this vast field of yoga I realised that in order for me to really learn this living art, I would have to unlearn quite a lot despite being raised in India, knowing much of the Yoga Philosophy, language, living Hinduisms and all the rest. Through my practise I understood how much compassion I actually needed to offer myself to truly get to know my own needs and relate to myself to be of service to me. And this process helped me identify how little I knew about offering my service genuinely to those I cared for most. Furthermore, I also understood that practising compassionate service meant living a high standard quality of life and lifestyle which promoted best health for me so I could be of best service to others. I quickly realised the meaning of Oneness and how responsible I was in helping my extensions and that I was the gateway for my purpose being fulfilled. I see Compassion as my own need for me and I feel that this is how I want to serve and relate to all else.

Service is a verb! It is action and is movement! Being Compassionate is an adjective and it is feeling and the part of having felt! I leave it you to feel it out now, what my Motto Compassionate Action means for you.

My Yoga Idol Sri T. Krishnamacharya was a master, yogi, healer, linguist and a family man. He never imposed a yoga posture or form on his students. His teachings were always focused on functionality and feeling for the body or mind and that to me was pure compassionate action. Spending time in India solo and finding myself consumed by this passion and the guidance of this lineage of yoga, I decided to take the next step. Serve by guiding others to find compassion for themselves. Help people serve others by being their highest quality selves.

Yoga and Compassionate Action go hand in hand in my views. It is a practice and attitude from a conscious and responsible space.

Restorative Yoga on Friday nights are a nice way to slow it down, find out a little more about an ongoing physical or mento-emotional issue - releasing some of the stuck-ness through various yoga, breathing and meditative exercises. Check out the timetable on the website www.sevayoga.com.au

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Breaking the ice here


It feels great to be motivated to write again! I'm glad to report that I'm again in a space, in my personal practise where connecting with the inner flow has switched back on! I call it my Goddess or God force, but there are other terms for the same energy, so I will leave the naming up to you.

Right now, just breaking the ice here to let you know this blog site is ACTIVE. Moving forward you will find bite sized posts here on how you can apply yoga in daily life and since I am writing this, it will have a special focus on the concept of Seva = Compassionate Action ; for the self and hence others. These posts will be closely related to my experience of this journey, living my understanding of Yoga and my Seva (service) from a space of practising what I have learned, already know and am constantly learning.

In short, my reflections this week lead me to a 7 year old memory of when I was at a desk job in Sydney. I was already teaching people to stretch out their necks and shoulders twice a week at 3pm because they said they wanted to be as happy and as calm as me at the office! hahaha! This was a time when I had not even conceived of taking my studies further into books and theory. I was planning on other things like the next adventure overseas, paying my bills, dealing with angry stakeholders, getting that promotion, but all with a laid back attitude, so making my colleagues wonder what it was that kept me so focused yet excited every day. I had already started living my yoga then I think... but I remember naturally I had also stopped wanting to go to happy hour and instead attended the local yoga class at 6pm. Back then, for me it was just practise, practise and practise on the mat and feeling myself get closer to my own mysteries!!! But now here I am again 7 years later, just a couple of weeks ago I got asked to get clear again as to where I am headed as a teacher of this wonderful & powerful life tool Yoga. Wow! It feels like a long time ago but the question looms again. I have chosen to take the opportunity up and move closer toward the answer through my inspired actions. I could have ignored it, but I can't seem to. Perhaps it is important now more than ever, since there is a sense of depth and attachment to this mystery in me. I don't have a clear answer to the question but I don't work in that method anyway. I am happy to keep taking steps toward the answers, moment by moment. Day by day. Phase by phase.

So here I have decided to share my journey with you in service (Compassionate Action) and make it accessible to you outside my classrooms.

Right now, I am off to teach my Wednesday night Hatha Yoga class in Ropes Crossing. See you either on the mat or back on web.