May 2017

I thought I might add a few extras on the website Newsletter.

I read a quote yesterday. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" Anais Nin

I wanted to share it with you as I realise that my life has been and is so much more rewarding because I have the courage to follow my dreams. I have an idea or dream and I jump in and just do it! Every time these experiences have enriched my life. I have taught English in Crete, drove an old Combi around Australia, bought a Houseboat, I own a horse (which was my childhood dream. Banjo is 27 now) and my husband and I have worn Akubras and Drysabones and explored the Central Coast with local bush and horsemen/women. I have given up a well paid job as a radiographer aand am now teaching yoga and running retreats. My house, garden, teenagers, dogs and chickens are given lots of time and love and I have created with the help of Dave my husband a beautiful environment to live. Painting, planting, tiling and keeping spending to a minimum-- I don't want to have to go back to full time work! 

April was such a wonderful month. The weather was perfect and I had some time in the Blue Mountains mushroom picking and walking and also we finally spent some money to get our lovely old Houseboat cleaned and running again. We have had a trip to Hardys Bay and a couple of weekends enjoying sunsets and sunrises on the mooring at Bensville. We have owned it for 11 years now and it has enriched our lives. We have some wonderful memories of holidays with family and friends. Before I buy anything over $100. I think, is this going to change my life for the better....or enrich my life or do I really need this. A new car will not, the newest phone but I can still buy that lovely dress! 

I am sure you all had a wonderful Easter. The weather was perfect and after all the rain I am sure everyone soaked up the warmth and sunshine. Back to Yoga

YOGA MUDRAS  

In the practice of Yoga, you are encouraged to use your body in many ways, but ultimately with the intention of drawing yourself inward. Mudras are powerful tools for accomplishing this. The term mudra applies to the use of hand gestures during meditation that carry specific goals of channeling your body’s energy flow. There are more than 100 known  mudras that have been developed over the centuries.

Gyan Mudra This is probably the most familiar mudra in mainstream society. Meditators are often seen pairing this mudra with their practice. The intention of the Gyan mudra is to improve your concentration and sharpen your memory. This is a great mudra to use when seeking to gain knowledge. Try holding this mudra while meditating for insight into your life or a specific issue. Method: This mudra is performed by touching your index fingertip to the tip of your thumb, while holding your other three fingers straight. 

The Elemental Structure of the Hand/Ayurveda

The ancient sages could intuit the presence of the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) in the human body. Our hands are thought to hold energetic points for these elements and thus the use of mudras is a way of manipulating these elements. Within the hand gestures, there not only connecting principles at play but also freeing actions taking place depending on the mudra.

  • Thumb: Space
  • Index Finger: Air
  • Middle Finger: Fire
  • Ring Finger: Water
  • Pinky Finger: Earth

I will be teaching a new Mudra every month. Not mentioned in the article is Gyan Mudra is a wonderfull way to induce a calm mind reducing tension and stress. For more information on Mudras www.chopra.com

Food Therapy - Throw out your rubbish

As part of my Herbal Medicine Diploma we had to also study and receive a Diploma in Food Therapy. I thank Denis Stewart for teaching this wonderful course as part of our training. I had already given up meat and considered myself a healthy eater not counting chocolate and cakes !  The most important thing he taught us was not to look at nutritional value but look at the ingredients labels on food and I was shocked at how much I thought was natural but was actually full of additives. Every now and then I still get caught out buying something I think is healthy and realise is rubbish. Can food be rubbish? Real food can not but most of our packet food is and that includes many organic products too!

Most are full of hidden sugar, preservatives and chemicals. Go through your cupboards and put them where they should be... in your bin!

Eat real foods such as oats or porridge for breakfast. If you want muesli make it yourself. I used to think Weetabix was healthy but it has been processed to pure calories. Adding manufactured vitamins and minerals is not the same as eating food rich in real vitamins and minerals. The ingredients on my oats packet says - rolled oats. I buy Organic in 5 kilo packs. Yoghurt is Natural Greek Yoghurt with acidophilus the probiotic that creates it and is soooo good for our digestion. The other stuff with fruit is full of sugar - cut up your own fruit, add berries. We have less time and companies have used this to there advantage but don’t try to save time on what is important.

Don’t forget to have a look at toothpaste our mouths absorb chemicals so quickly as does our skin. Shampoos, body lotions all contain nasty chemicals.

I spend so much less on cleaning products because I keep it simple. I use bicarb on areas that need a scrub, mentholated spirits shines and kills bacteria on my floors and windows. I have a lot of lovely essential oils and these get added to my cleaning cloths. I vary them but my favourites are peppermint, orange and eucalyptus. They are anti - bacterial, anti - viral and can even influence how you feel. Maybe I'm imaging it but I enjoy cleaning more with a lovely smelling cloth..

“In a gentle way you can shake the world” Mahatma Gandi       

Namaste   Julie