5 Simple Steps Towards Letting Go


I have been experiencing a lot of change in my life recently. My partner and I of six years have decided to go our separate ways. Letting go is never easy, but I have managed to reach a place of acceptance and peace, despite my world being so uncertain right now.

We can never quite be sure why things don’t always work out as ‘planned’. We may have our hunches as to why we lost that ‘one special person’; or missed out on the ‘perfect job opportunity’; or why we didn’t receive the recognition we were hoping for. We may spend days, weeks, months even, dwelling and deliberating over all of life’s perceived ‘failures’ as we convince ourselves: “If only I were ‘slimmer’, ‘smarter’, ‘worthier’ or ‘different’.”

The truth is, we can never fully comprehend the greater plan. Divine timing is at work in each of our lives and we must trust that everything is in Divine order.

So I thought I would share these ‘5 Simple Steps Towards Letting Go’ that have served me. It is my hope that they will help you in some way.

Accept Things As They Are

When we choose acceptance over resistance, we take back our power. That is why acceptance is the first step towards letting go. There is a peaceful awareness that falls over us when we let go of the struggle and accept things as they are.  Acceptance paves the way for peace – peace within ourselves; peace towards others and peace with our current circumstances. It is from this place of peace that healing begins.

However difficult it may be to come to terms with things, try to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What are the benefits of holding on to the person or situation in question? What freedom can be found in letting go and accepting things as they are?

Find The Blessings

With any kind of loss there are usually personal growth lessons involved, especially when experiencing bereavement through the loss of a loved one. When my Dad passed away, as terribly painful as that was for me, there were many blessings that I received. Over time, I began to appreciate life more and the people in it. I learnt how to show more love and to be more courageous in life. I am blessed to still have a relationship with my Dad, it is just a different kind of relationship that exists in the non-physical.

If you are experiencing the loss of a job or a relationship, questions to reflect upon are: Were we compatible? Had the situation turned toxic? Did this environment bring out the best or the worst in me? Was I nurtured or appreciated enough in my career or relationship? Once we recognise what wasn’t working, we can shift our attention to what we wish to receive more of moving forward. Recognition? Respect? Equality? Love? Appreciation? Kindness? There are many hidden blessings that come with loss, one of them being clarity. Bless the past with love for the teachings and lessons it brought.

Forgive

Learning to forgive allows for growth and expansion. It is often in our darkest moments that we discover our light; our inner strength and commitment to oneself. Whether that commitment is to heal; to learn; to accept; or to be kinder to ourselves as well as others, change commands for us to dig deep and seek the light of Truth. To shift our perspective from one of anger, pain and blame, to one of peaceful acceptance and awareness.

In order to forgive we must be willing to look beyond our grievances. People don’t usually set out to intentionally hurt us. When we look passed the character flaws of another and discover the perfect soul within, we become less emotionally attached to the pain that was caused. Our aim is to reach a stage where we can say to one another: ‘The soul in me sees the soul in you.’ – regardless of how much hurt and suffering has been caused. That is how we forgive – that is how we love; ourselves as well as others. Forgive yourself and others and make peace with your past.

Let Your Friends Help You

Whatever difficulties you are facing in your life, be kind to yourself. Be honest with yourself and others. What do you need right now? Quiet space? Welcome distraction? Time to heal? Support and assistance? We sometimes feel that we are alone or don’t wish to burden others with our troubles. But you will be surprised by how many people are willing to help when you reach out.

For a long time I was ashamed of how things were going in my relationship, and I kept my feelings to myself. But when I finally found my voice and shared what was going on, I discovered that I had a much bigger support network than I realised. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to let your friends help you.

Have Faith and Trust in the Process of Life

Even in our darkest of moments we must have faith that everything is working out for our highest good. As painful as it is to let go, when we surrender our past we pave the way for an even brighter future. As one door closes, another one opens. Be present and trust in the process of life.

The quickest way to freedom is to face fear head on; to embrace it and invite it in. Find the courage within you to seek what is waiting for you on the other side. And keep the faith. For ‘we must be willing let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ – Joseph Campbell.

I hope you have found something here that has eased the pain of letting go and helped in some way. What tips do you have to come to terms with loss? I’d love to hear your comments below.

In love & light,

Hayley xx

 


3 Tips To Get Clear About The New Year


With each New Year, opportunities for change and renewal arise; a time when fresh ideas, hopes and wishes are born. It is true that we can ignite change at any moment in our lives – that we needn’t wait until the first of the month, or Monday, or for the elusive ‘perfect moment’ to begin – but there is something wondrous and welcoming about the start of a New Year; a blank canvas for which our dreams and creativity await form and application.

But when faced with a blank canvas, what should we paint? What hues should we select and what if we run out of colour halfway through? Worse still – what if we stare woefully at the blank page before us, a sense of rising dread as we consider our forgotten finesse for creativity?

In answer to these very real and experienced questions, I invite you to cast your mind back to when you were a child. Rarely, as children, did we ever stop to ponder our ability to create when faced with fresh pots of paint and paper. Instead, with little hesitation, we’d dive in, barely stopping to roll up our sleeves as we repeatedly dipped our brushes, in and out. It didn’t matter if the colours became mixed or the paper became saturated and soaked. Nor did we care if our brush strokes were sloppy and without direction. After splashing a myriad of colour in every which way, we’d pause – and then confidently state our masterpiece, even if it looked nothing of the sort: “Look – a house! A sun! A crocodile!”

Children don’t analyse their visions and dreams, they simply create according to their own unique perspective.

So don’t fret if, as you pen down your wish to lose fifteen pounds or more, you are nibbling away at the left over Christmas chocolates, or dousing your front with fallen crumbs of turkey and cranberry sandwiches. Today is for creative dreaming, the doing will surely follow.

3 Tips Get Clear About The New Year

  1. New Years resolutions are a thing of the past, with many choosing to embrace a word or theme for the year ahead, something that embodies all aspects of our lives; Mind, Body and Spirit. For example, my focus this year is CONNECTION. I would like to be more connected to myself and my spiritual practice. I wish to be more connected with my body’s needs and to listen to it’s subtle whispers when it come to my health. And of course, I would like to strengthen the connections I have with friends and family, as well as forming new connections that inspire and uplift. Will you embrace a theme for the year? And if so, what word will you choose?
  2. Journal Activity: Take a notepad. Give one page each to the following categories: Health, Possessions, Leisure, Relationships, Creativity, Career, and Spirituality. Like a child faced with fresh pots of paint and paper, move out of your logic mind and into the creative mind! List ten wishes in each area, and allow yourself to dream a little here!
  3. As well as embracing the new, it is important for us to release the past. We can thank the past for the wisdom and lesson’s it has brought, but with renewed clarity comes the opportunity to let go of anything that has been holding us back. Is there something or someone you would like to release? This could be a trait, a habit, or even a toxic relationship? For example, mine is PROCRASTINATION. I am so over procrastinating, and am willing to let this debilitating trait go moving forward. Other things to consider are: refined sugar, excessive alcohol, your negative friend who only ever calls to moan about her life…! Whatever it is, choose one thing to release moving forward and feel how wonderful it is to LET GO.

I hope you found some of these tips useful! What are your tips for getting clear about the new year? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Hayley xx

 

 

 

 


Rainbow Chili Couscous

It’s a very muggy day here in Melbourne, and the rain is currently pouring after some extreme heat. Here’s hoping the rain will wash away some of the humidity we’ve been experiencing as of late and we can all have a bit of a breather.

When rain and sunshine mix there often appears a rainbow – so I decided to create this Rainbow Chili Couscous dish! It is the perfect quick fix for a hot muggy afternoon like today. I had this dish prepped and served in just 15minutes! Job done. I hope you like it as much as we did.

Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Vegan (optional)

(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients for couscous

2 cups of whole wheat couscous
2 cups boiling water
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1-2 Red Chilies (chopped)
Season to taste (such as a sprinkle of turmeric, cracked pepper, paprika etc)
Selection of colourful vegetables. I used:
1 red bell pepper (finely diced)
1 red onion (finely diced)
2-3 stalks of celery (finely diced)
1/2 cucumber (finely diced)

Dressing
2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
Juice of one lime
6 mint leaves (some finely chopped and some to garnish)
1 pomegranate

Method
Finely chop your chosen vegetables (the more colourful the better!)  Saute in a saucepan with some coconut oil and crushed garlic for 5mins.

Add the couscous and boiling water. Turn the heat off completely and cover with a lid. Allow to sit for 5mins.

To serve, add some finely chopped mint leaves, the juice of one lime, a dollop of sour cream (optional) and some pomegranate.

This dish tastes just as nice serve chilled and will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Top Tips To Get Through The Holiday Blues

In the wake of the Christmas mayhem, we may find ourselves feeling run down and depleted. A combination of rich foods and beverages, seasonal stress and holiday overwhelm can all begin to take their toll on our wellbeing.

I know I’m not alone in feeling this way, so I wanted to share some of my top tips for surviving the post holiday blues.

1. Be Extra Kind to Yourself

Post holiday blues can leave us feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge. To avoid appearing like a complete misery-bags, we dawn a false smile in hope that no-one will notice. After all, it’s Christmas, we’re supposed to feel happy right? But it would be naive of us to think that just because it’s Christmas, all of our worries and frustrations will simply melt away. Granted, there’s no need to take our feelings out on others, but we can be extra kind to ourselves during the holidays. If you need some time out, go for a walk, take a bath, or nestle down with your favourite book. Allow yourself the time to do nothing. The holidays are as much about connecting with yourself as they are about connecting with your loved ones. Your family will much prefer you happy and rested over frantic and crazy! So relax, and go easy on yourself.

2. Stay Nourished

Many of us forget that the shops are only closed for one day over Christmas. We fill our cupboards with enough food to feed a football team for a week, and then end up gorging on left overs in the days that follow. It’s ok to loosen the reigns (and trouser buttons) a little over the holiday period, but as soon as possible, try to get back into a normal eating routine. Rich foods and beverages are devoid of nutrients, and contrary to what many believe, alcohol is a depressant. Too much is likely to prolong our holiday blues and leave us feeling despondent. So remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you really don’t want to waste all of that food, try freezing some. Or consider making up some food parcels to gift to those in need. You’ll feel much lighter in body (and spirit) for doing so!

3. Set Healthy Boundaries

We can often find ourselves overcommitting during the holidays. Before we know it our schedules are jam packed with outings, visits and gatherings galore. This can leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed and cranky. It’s important to set healthy boundaries, especially with your time. If you want a day to do simply nothing, say so. Self-care isn’t selfish, it is essential. You needn’t explain your reasons, nor do you need to make up excuses. Be firm. You can communicate your wishes with love without feeling guilty about it. And you’ll also be reminding others that it’s ok to rest during the holiday too!

4. Spend Some Time In Nature

Nature is therapy. One of the quickest, fastest, surest ways to feel replenished again is to spend some time outdoors. Whether it’s a short stroll around the block, resting on a park bench, breathing in the salty sea air or hiking in the hills – there’s something about Mother Nature’s healing vibes that revive and uplift. Often the holiday blues has us cooped up inside, especially if we live in the Northern Hemisphere. But whatever the weather, spend some time in nature today and feel those holiday blues melting away.

5. Be Thankful

For some of us, the Christmas season can leave us feeling blue, especially if we’re remembering loved ones passed, or attempting to relive our childhood memories of Christmas. But just as surely as the seasons change, so do our experiences of Christmases past and present. We should try to release our expectations of what a good Christmas should be like, and instead focus on the things that we are grateful for. You might even want to write your gratitude list in a journal and read over it whenever you’re feeling wishy washy. Maybe you can  invite others to share one thing they are each grateful for over dinner? Focusing on the things that make us feel joyful and happy is a great way to shift our perspective and feel better about life.

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way. The holiday blues are a normal part of adjusting to the changes in our routine as well as the seasons. So be kind to yourself and others. As much as possible try to count your blessings and look for the small things to be grateful for. If you really can’t shake your blues, be sure to reach out to someone you can trust and let that person know how you feel.

I’d love to hear your tips on how to feel better about the post holiday blues!

In love and light,

Hayley xx

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How To Avoid Affirmation Frustration

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Some people go into panic mode when they realise the power of their emotions. They attempt to tie a noose around their negative thoughts and walk around affirming positive statements that simply aren’t true (yet).

I am not denying that affirmations are a powerful and effective tool for manifestation; because they are and that is why I use them myself and encourage others to do so. However, I am suggesting that we choose our affirmations carefully. If we affirm something that is too far from our current personal reality, this may lead to further frustration.

If there is too great a discord between where we are and where we’d like to be in our affirmative statement, then our good intentions could, in fact, have the opposite effect and lead to blocks.

For example, it’s no use saying ‘I am slender’ on days when we feel like a beached whale. That statement will only remind us of what we are not yet feeling. And it’s a sure fire way to have us running for the spoon and jar of peanut butter! (Or is that just me???) peanut-butter-meme-700x700So on days when our self esteem and joy are somewhat waning, rather than attempt to bridge an impossible gap, it is much more effective to reach for thoughts and feelings that improve our current state of mind.

This is usually something closer within our reach, for example;

  • I feed my body with foods that help it thrive.
  • I love my workouts once I get going.
  • I know that my body is capable of reaching a healthy weight.
  • I am progressing towards a healthy body.
  • My next meal will be healthy and nutritious.
  • There are parts of my body which I love.
  • I am further along than I think.

From here, we are able to build some positive momentum. These statements are achievable now. We can take action.

You see, it is not what we say, but how we feel when we say it.

So if we are affirming that we are sexy hot like Beyonce Knowles, but feeling like we are sexy NOT like Princess Fiona, beyonce-knowles-and-shrekthen the only emotions we are emitting to the ethers are those of lack, inadequacy, frustration, and disappointment. It is much more powerful to reach for something that makes us feel better NOW! (And no – that does not include the Haagan Daaz Cookies and Cream ice-cream!) That’s a temporary feel good. Trust me – I know… 😉 It means reaching for an honest thought or feeling that allows us to feel vibrationally aligned again in this moment.

Once we feel empowered again, then we can embrace the more assertive ‘I Am…’ present moment affirmations – such as:

I Am *insert desire of choice*
eg. toned to the bone/in possession of the job I seek/the shizzle McNizzle!

If we affirm our I Am statements whilst already feeling good, rather than in an attempt to feel good, then guuuuuurl we can be all that and more! (And you fellas!) Heh hem – all this Beyonce talk has got me feeling like Beyonce! Maybe this whole post was wrong after all? And all we gotta do is fake it till we make it?!

Affirm your awesomeness loveables. And remember – you are beautiful – Beyonce bootay or not!

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Blueberry & Oat Biscuits

I love a good biscuit. And in the past, dunking an oaty Hobnob into my milky sugar laden brew was a regular occurrence and an English past-time I never thought I’d give up. But thankfully, I haven’t had to sacrifice my love of tea and oaty biscuits.

These days, I dunk biscuits that are naturally sweetened using Organic honey or maple syrup, like these Blueberry & Oat biscuits that taste like they should be naughty, but are instead, totally free from refined sugars and nasty preservatives. Perfect for dunking into my favourite Pukka herbal blend. Mmmm – heavenly.

So, although I never thought I’d see the day when Hobnobs became a thing of the past, I can well and truly say that these Blueberry & Oat biscuits are very much my present day and future delight. Why? Because they are jaw droppingly good and guilt free. My kind of biscuit.

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I took these baked goodies to our camping trip last weekend to share with friends. Needless to say, they received a resounding Yes! When the only thing that can be heard is the orgasmic Mmmm’s and Ahhhh’s of your loved ones – then you know you’ve produced a winning biscuit.

(Makes 12)

Refined Sugar free

Ingredients 

125g white spelt flour
100g unsweetened desiccated coconut
50g dried blueberries
100g rolled oats
Pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
125g unsalted butter (organic grassfed!)
85g dark honey
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking powder

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Combine the flour, coconut, dried blueberries, oats and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Over a gentle heat, melt the honey and butter and stir until smooth. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with 2 tbsp of boiling water and add to the dry ingredients.

Stir in the melted honey and butter until thoroughly combined.

Using your palms, roll the mixture into balls slightly larger than a walnut and place on the baking tray allowing space between each ball. Slightly flatten using the back of a spoon and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Once removed from the oven, allow the biscuits to cool on a rack and then transfer them to an airtight container.

Feel free to share this recipe with anyone who loves a good bicky! I look forward to hearing your comments below!

Organically yours,

Hayley xx

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My Top Tips for Calmer Kids & How to Encourage Meditation

As a teacher of yoga and mindfulness in schools, I can honestly say that the transformation I witness blows my mind every time. More mindfulness in schools = calmer kids. And more importantly – HAPPIER children.

It’s our responsibility to provide our young ones with the tools they need to build positive and peaceful relationships with themselves and those around them. Teaching children how to be calm also provides them with coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions and stress. Because lets face it – with the demands of the curriculum, homework and the pressure to keep up with their peers, children can become stressed out too!child-meditation-dalai-lama

But what if your local school has yet to establish a mindfulness/meditation practice with their students? You could suggest that they incorporate this into the curriculum. There are a couple of ways this can be done; schools can book in specialised programs that usually spend a term with the school establishing a yoga or meditation practise. If the school’s budget does not allow for this, an inexpensive way could be through the use of meditation apps such as Smiling Minds or My Light Shines Bright.

You may want to begin a meditation practise with your children at home, and the best way is to lead by example.

Here are my top tips for meditating with your children at home:

Create a peaceful space

It is important that children feel safe when meditating. One way to do this is to create a peaceful place for them to meditate and take some time out. However, it is important that this space is not used as punishment for naughty children. meditation-for-childrenThis is a sacred space for your child to feel comfortable and at ease with themselves. This is a peaceful place where they can remove themselves from the stresses of school or the hustle and bustle of communal areas. For that reason, choose a corner of the house free from televisions and other noisy distractions.

Peaceful props

To encourage your children to use their meditation space, decorate it with some peaceful props. Like adults, children are drawn to beautiful ornaments and items that make them feel happy and comfortable. Some suggestions are:

  • colourful cushions and fabrics
  • statues or framed images of fairies, unicorns, mystical dragons or other items of interest, such as a favourite teddy
  • crystals or colourful glass pebbles
  • a portable stereo with a choice of relaxing, calm music
  • a special lamp safe for children’s use, such as a salt lamp or a night light
  • singing bowl or chimes

Encourage, don’t force

Children are naturally intrigued by anything new, therefore, meditation should be encouraged, rather than forced. If your child wants to get up and leave – allow them to, they will return in time. But as a general rule of thumb, experts recommend children meditate for one minute per year of age eg. 5 years old = 5 minutes. However, each child is different and so in the beginning, I suggest taking a ‘mindful minute’ and then slowly increasing the timeframe until you reach an amount they feel comfortable with.

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Children also learn from those around them. So encourage gentle discussion about why meditation is good for us. eg. ‘It helps us to feel calm, peaceful, healthy and happy etc’  ‘Especially when we have difficult emotions such as sadness, anger, frustration, loneliness or when we’re having trouble sleeping etc’ This will allow your child to develop an understanding of why we practise mindfulness. Children love to contribute their ideas, so ask them: ‘When could we practise this? How does it make us feel after we’ve taken a mindful minute? What difficult emotions could this help us with?’ You will be surprised at how quickly children come to know the benefits of meditating.

Simple (yet creative) breathing techniques

Since breathing is such an important aspect of mindfulness and meditation, children will need to be taught the basics of focusing on their breath.  Children are very visual, so here are some fun and simple techniques to encourage calmness of breath:

  • ask your child to place their hands on their tummy and say; ‘Imagine you have a balloon in your tummy! What colour is your balloon? Now imagine that as you breath in, you fill your balloon with air and it gets bigger, and as you breath out, you let the air out and the ballon gets smaller. Breath in, your balloon fills with air, breath out, your balloon empties…’ Encourage this for a few breaths, or one minute.
  • Get creative! Imagine you are in a jungle! Can your child do a lion breath? ‘Breath in and make a proud lion chest – now do a silent roar as you let the air go. Let’s do a Daddy lion, now a Mummy lion, which is softer, now a baby lion which is ever so gentle. Now lets continue breathing like baby lions for one minute…’
  • For older children, the analogy of using their breath like an anchor is helpful. ‘When a boat drifts along the water, the anchor helps it to become still. Sometimes our minds drift off, but we can use our breath like an anchor to help our minds become calm and still. Lets practice focussing on our breathing. Shall we count our breaths silently in our heads? In for One…out for Two…in for Three…’

Make it fun!

Mindfulness can be fun, not a chore! There are many ways to make mindfulness fun for your children. Get creative, choose some calming music to play as you meditate together. I recommend a song called A Breath of Stillness which can be found on Spotify, YouTube or downloaded. For younger children, practise other animal breathing techniques, all of which can be found on YouTube such as ‘bird breath’, ‘bee breath’ or ‘dragon breath’. Once the basics of breathing are established, you may want to practise Sun Salutes together and other simple yoga movements, since yoga is simply meditation in movement. But most of all, make it a happy time for you and your family to share and enjoy together!

I hope these techniques have provided you with some ideas to get started. I’d love to hear your contributions about what has and hasn’t worked! So feel free comment below, or share this post with your friends and family if you feel they may benefit from some of these practices.

Namaste,

Hayley

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Amaranth & Seed Superfood Slice

I love creating tasty sweet treats that avoid harmful ingredients. Many store bought treats are full of nasty refined sugars and preservatives that wreak havoc with your body. However, these Amaranth & Seed Superfood Slices are healthy and they taste amazing. And the best part is, they are really simple to make! So be sure to share this recipe with any friends or family who enjoy a healthy sweet fix. Since these slices are loaded with natural fats and protein, they are a great addition to your family’s lunch box or simply enjoyed as a healthy snack.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

(Serves 15)

Ingredients 

1 1/4 cups puffed amaranth
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup toasted unhulld sesame seeds
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup of organic maple syryp
1/2 cup of natural almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 cup toasted walnut halves
1/2 cup of dried mulberries

Method

Combine the seeds, amaranth and shredded coconut in a mixing bowl.

In a small saucepan, mix the almond butter and maple syrup and stir over a medium heat until it starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in  the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Working quickly, pour this into the seed and amaranth mixture and combine together.

Add the walnuts and the mulberries to the mixture and combine together.

Press the mixture into a 20cm square baking tray, ensuring it is flat and even. Refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours.

Slice and devour!

Organically Yours,

Hayley xx

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Five Reasons To Love Yoga

I wanted to dedicate a post to the wonderful practice of Yoga. I have been venturing in and out of my yoga practice for almost 6 years now – sometimes engaging consistently each morning, at other times using yoga to cool down after an intense workout. However, it is only in the last three months that I have fully come to appreciate and understand the immense benefits of this incredible lifestyle.

Thanks to meeting a very inspiring yoga teacher who trained in India, I now know that yoga isn’t just a range of movements designed to aid with stress, relaxation, breathing and stretching (although yoga certainly does achieve all of these!) – in short, Yoga is a way of life.

Originating in India, the Sanskrit meaning of Yoga is ‘union’. It is through the union of mind, body and soul that we connect to divine consciousness (Brahman). Yogis believe that this connected experience moves us closer to liberation and enlightenment. (If the spiritual concept of yoga overwhelms you at this moment in time, do not feel discouraged!) For regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs, yoga is sure to leave you feeling happier, less stressed, more in tune with your body and your personal needs, as well as the needs of others. Here’s why:

  1. Yoga is a journey to the self. When we connect our mind, body and spirit through our practice (with the aid of the breath), we move closer to our true, authentic nature. By letting go of the demands and stresses of our every day life, we are given the opportunity to regain some clarity and perspective over things. Through this connection to our deeper selves, we begin to see improvements in many areas of our lives, from improved relationships with others, as well as the relationship we have with our self.Yoga-spiritual-journey
  2. Yoga improves our overall sense of happiness and well being. As we learn to disconnect from our busy lives – our moods are lightened, our ability to remain composed under pressure increases and we leave our mats feeling a greater sense of peace and calm. Not to mention the fact that your body will feel stronger, leaner and more balanced. Nothing feels better than the feeling you get from being in complete alignment with your self and your body. Yoga helps us to achieve this.i-really-regret-that-yoga-class-today-said-no-one-ever-811e8
  3. Yoga helps us to remain present. Much of our time is spent fretting over the past or worrying about the future. Yoga reminds us to breathe, to let go of the burdens of the past and the uncertainty of the future so that we can embrace the present moment. When we truly connect with our yoga practice, every thing else just seems to melt away. That feeling of being present can stay with us long after we have left the mat and can remain for hours, even days afterwards.yoga-present-moment
  4. Yoga teaches us about ourselves and the way we respond to life. Much of yoga is about learning how we react and cope with every day circumstances. How do we behave when we can’t hold a pose? Do we become frustrated? Do we shut down and give up? Are we critical of ourselves? Yoga is about becoming aware of our physical and emotional reactions and teaches us to work through them. In short, yoga can be a little bit like therapy. Stuff comes up that we didn’t even know was there – and when we leave our yoga practice, we can come away feeling much lighter having recognised and released some of the habits and blockages that have been holding us back.yoga-touching-toes-learn-way-down3
  5. Yoga is a great way to connect. Whether you prefer to practice on your own at home or to seek out a great class to attend – yoga connects us. Discovering a shared love of yoga with others is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people. Taking your yoga outside is a great way to connect with nature. Even when practicing alone, we are connecting with the divine. Yoga is just that – a union; of body, mind and soul, as well as a connection to the greater collective whole.

Namaste

Hayley xx

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Chickpea and Tapenade Salad

This chickpea and tapenade salad is simple yet filling. It has the perfect balance of flavour and is quick and easy to prepare! Great for work lunches or enjoyed as a simple salad with some substance.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

(Serves 4)

Ingredients for Salad

2 cups chickpeas (soaked over night)
1/2 cucumber, diced
4 large beefsteak tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped

Tapenade Dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic Vinegar
2 teaspoons tapenade
Coriander to taste

Method

Bring chickpeas to the boil in a saucepan of water, then simmer until tender and soft. Drain and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you chop the cucumber, tomatoes and onion.

Mix the chickpeas in a bowl together with the salad ingredients.

For the dressing, whisk together the oil, vinegar and tapenade then drizzle over the salad. Add coriander to taste.

Enjoy!

Organically Yours,

Hayley xx

Chickpea-&-Tapenade-Salad
Chickpea and Tapenade Salad