High Aspirations News
Greetings and welcome to Autumn
As I walked this morning it was perfect autumn weather, clear blue sky, no wind, just a stillness that allowed for a reflective walk in the park whilst observing the wildlife and changing colours of the trees. Nature is so amazing if we can take the time to connect with it. Consequently it was a slow walk with not so much emphasis on aerobic fitness!!
This leads me to share with you some aspects of the energy of Autumn. Autumn is a time to reflect and contemplate on what has been worthwhile and meaningful and to release and resolve that which no longer serves you well. As you see in the beautiful deciduous trees as they let go of the leaves to make way for rejuvenation and renewal, the old leaves being gracefully released back into the earth where they nourish the future growth. Life is the sum of all our choices and there is no right or wrong, there just is. If you can let go of that which hasn’t served you without holiding onto regret then you can open and make space for the new to germinate and blossom when the time is right.
You might like to consider the following to include in your autumn yoga practice:
The Rotated Triangle – this contains both forward and bending movements along with spinal twisting. Forward bends allow you to yield more easily, surrendering and letting go of whatever you no longer need. The twisting movement allows you to view a situation from many different perspectives, revealing new insights and allowing you to learn from the past and leave it behind.
The Earth Sequence is a lovely practice as it gently works all the major muscles of the body and uses the breath to synchronise movement and flow. It also works on strengthening the legs and associated kidney energy helping to boost the immune system for the winter. Focus on really feeling grounded through your feet and legs into the earth below, connect with the stillness within the Earth before you begin this sequence.
What makes Dru different?
I am often asked what makes Dru different so I would like to begin to share with you one aspect that makes it different from other forms of yoga and I will add to this each month.
In a Dru Yoga class you will begin with what we call an activation session where you will be guided through some warm up movements to some lively music. These serves the purpose of:
- systematically activates and oxygenates the whole body
- warms and loosens the whole body
- improves the circulation in each part of the body
- reduces tension and tiredness
- gives a quick energy boost
Some activations may include body preps for some asana work to follow and this all assists in preparing the body whilst minimising injury and strain.
Dru Australia event in Bunbury – update
Not long now till this amazing two day event will be upon us. Bookings are going well and if you are still thinking about whether to come along or not please decide and let me know by phone 0409 955 575 and I will book you in and can take credit card payments over the phone or you can pay me on the morning of the event. Please do let me know as we need to know numbers for catering and logistics of running the event smoothly.
There has been a change in who is coming to run this event as Andrew is unfortunately not able to make it due to sudden unforseen circumstances however, we are blessed to have Trish Brown, senior international teacher and director of Dru Teacher Training in Australia. Trish will be accompanied by Mouli Mackenzie, a very experienced teacher who travels extensively teaching Dru Yoga teachers and running events.
This event is running Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st and if you would like a flyer emailed to you please let me know or give me a call for more details. I will be arriving in Perth Thursday April 28th so if I don’t answer the phone please leave me a message as I may be in transit.
We are very fortunate to have this event being offered in Bunbury and I encourage you to make full use of this opportunity to learn some new skills in how to manage your energy levels, handle stress and get loads of tips and techniques that will bring health and vitality into your life plus have fun! I can’t wait to see you all there and be back in the West! Remember also that some Dru stock has been sent over so there will be books, cd’s and dvd’s available for sale.
Dru Yoga and Meditation Classes
Thank you to all those of you in Victoria that have been asking for yoga and meditation classes. I am intending to start classes as soon as I return from my WA trip. Classes will start in early to mid May as soon as I can secure a suitable venue. Stay tuned as I am checking out another venue next week in Wonga Park and I am also hoping to get the Michael Centre in Warranwood for a night class.
Boost up for winter now
Since being in Melbourne I have become involved with an amazing product that is revolutionary in preventative health, an area that I am passionate about. The product is StemEnhance, it is a product created by nature and backed up by science and you can read more about it on my website on the nutrition page, check it out and follow the link that will take you to the company website which offers much more. www.test.highaspirations.com.au
Last month I also attended two events in Melbourne run by David Wolfe, superfood genius! This man is amazing and if you get the chance to see him you really must take it. He has spent his life researching natural foods as medicine and has the most amazing program for rejuvenation. One very important point he made that I would like to pass on is that we all will benefit immensly by taking a good probiotic as an everyday supplement. The best probiotic I have found is made by Miessence and is called In-Liven, it is packed with other essential super foods and provides a great immune booster. Remember that good health is so much more than the absense of disease and illness. It is not OK to accept that we all gets colds and flu every year. Vibrant health is your birthright and it is within everyones reach, we are what we think and we can change our thinking anytime we like. Start with simple changes that you can sustain and make a way of life.
Bliss Balls – check this recipe out
I have been playing with the Chocolate Nut Ball recipe and offer you the new version of this yummy healthy snack, great alternative to chocolate easter eggs!
1 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pitted fresh dates, 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tablespoon nut butter, 4 teaspoons cacao powder (organic pure raw chocolate powder), 2 teaspoons spirulina plus extra coconut for rolling in.
Process nuts in food processor or Thermomix
Add remaining ingredients, binding with approximately 1 tablespoon water until mixture becomes lumpy.
Roll into small balls and roll in extra coconut – store in fridge
Enjoy these and play around with your own additions, these are great for taking along on outings, walks etc.
That’s all from me for this month. I wish you a very vibrant and happy Easter break, enjoy nature and walk barefoot on the earth, it is so good for you! More on that next month.
Please also excuse any spelling errors as this program does not contain a spell checker!!