All posts filed under: Healthy Lifestyle

night-time rituals for beauty sleep

Barre Body defines themselves as Australia’s best boutique barre & fitness. With studios across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, they are the home of barre, yoga, pilates, and more… They also share their tips for healthy lifestyle, fitness, wellness & more on their blog. The team at Barre Body recently met with Sally Flowers of Home Sanctuary, to discuss the way we can get a better sleep: “We all know sleep is good for us. But while most of us could happily slumber right through alarm time, actually getting to sleep can be a little more elusive. Blame the auto-play feature on Netflix, the addictive nature of scrolling, or the 3 coffees you chugged to wake you up today (ironic) – getting sleepy can be exhausting! If you have an inkling that your insomnia may be self-inflicted, join the club. We chatted to Home Sanctuary’s Sally Flower about how to create a night-time ritual. Here’s what our dreamy expert had to say: If you have trouble reaching the utopia of quality sleep, you are not alone. According to the Sleep Health …

light thoughts

Light is an essential part of our world. It warms us, makes plants grow, helps us see in the dark. It is heralded as holy in religions, ceremonies, light begins every new day. We use the word in our speech often without even realising it – lighten your load; lighten up; I felt lighter. Light can also be used to describe the quality of our thoughts. How we think & feel about ourselves and others. There’s a lot of talk these days about positive thoughts vs negative thoughts. And sometimes, it seems unrealistic. If we are feeling really negative about something, making a positive or happy statement about it just feels false! You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes we can’t fake how we feel, we just have to feel it. I’d like to share something a meditation teacher once told me. Rather than reaching for a ‘positive’ thought, try to find one that is a step lighter. In practical terms, what does this mean?

vegan pout

Life is full-on in 2019. We see it every day in the news, there’s poverty, wars, inequality, climate change, deforestation, plastic in our oceans. If I see one more picture of a turtle swimming in plastic bags… we are all suffering from compassion overload! There are so many things wrong with society that we wish we could change, that sometimes it feels easier to just switch off and forget. While things can feel overwhelming, there is also so much hope. We can’t fight every battle single-handedly, but as humans and consumers – we have more power than we know. All around us, our world is changing for the better. Every day people have made new systems, creations, businesses and laws that mean we are treating each other, our planet and animals BETTER. There are so many ways to put our money to good causes, ethical brands, and solutions that HELP.

feminine energy

Monica Yates is an ICF certified Life Coach and Period Coach. She is your go-to girl when it comes to anything period related. She shares with us the importance of honouring our feminine part and how to do so. “The modern world is predominantly masculine dominated and as a result, women have become much more masculine in the workplace, bedroom and at home. Now I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but if a man is trying to be masculine and a woman is also always in her masculine, there isn’t the opportunity for polarity which is vital in a sexual relationship. I did an Instagram story about this last week and got a few messages of hate saying that I was alluding that women couldn’t be CEO’s and had to be sheep. Ummmmm….that was NOT what I was saying at all. In fact the opposite. I want my business to take off into a massive corporation and to be running the show! What I was instead saying, is that imagine if in the workplace, …

from mum to daughter

I remember when I was a little girl and I used to watch my mum doing her makeup. I was amazed. I loved the colours, the powders and the sparkles. I can say that the person who started me on makeup was my mum. And I’m very thankful that the person I love the most is a connection to my passion When we are young, the moment we start using makeup is as important as the day we buy our first bra or our first pair of heels. We all remember the first time we applied liner and the fear we had of poking our eye. So what´s better than taking this step that connects us more as mother and daughter in a fun and relaxed way. That´s why I’m going to give you some tips to guide your daughter to a clean, conscious & curious beauty lifestyle. First of all, it is important to leave prohibitions aside. Since I was young, makeup has been a way of expression and I´m thankful that my mum …

youth in business, meet Ned

Young entrepreneur Ned Heaton is only 11 years old and is already half way through a year-long youth entrepreneur business program. With the company he created, “The Turtle Tribe”, he has just been announced as a 2019 finalist in the International BE THE CHANGE Awards. Why did you go into business in the first place? My parents advised me that being able to run my own business would give me more opportunities to have a positive impact in the world and be in control of my own destiny.

coconut banana bread

Lee Holmes is a Sydney-based Holistic Food and Nutrition Coach, a certified health and wellness coach and a wholefoods chef. She created “Supercharged food” to help you feel amazing and improve your health through diet and nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips. Check here her recipe for Coconut Banana Bread. Ingredients: Makes 8 slices – 119 calories per slice (498kJs) 3 ripe small bananas 3 medium eggs, lightly whisked 90 g (31/4oz/ 1/4cup) rice malt (brown rice) syrup a few drops alcohol-free vanilla extract 30 g (1 oz/1/4cup) coconut flour ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) ½teaspoon salt fruit, to serve (optional)

natural perfumes & your mood

Tonia Walker is a creator of natural fragrances at IME Natural Perfume. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness and as she says, the magic is in the mist! In this article, Tonia explains why perfume has an impact on our mood, and how to choose wisely. “How does your perfume affect your mood? Have you ever walked into a spa and instantly relaxed from the scent of their carefully chosen candle flickering in the corner? This is because the sense of smell is the only sense that has a direct link to the brain, it does not run through any other pathways, therefore, the effect of your sense of smell is instant. And because our memories & emotions are stored in this same part of the brain, the limbic system, you are likely to always attach a memory or emotion to what you smell, which ultimately has the ability to alter your mood.

healthy from the inside out

Nancy Buenrostro is a certified health coach from Monterrey, Mexico. She created “Health Cycle”, a platform to help people achieve their health and wellness goals, in a fast but permanent manner. Read here her 3 tips on how to reach your fullness from the inside-out. “In order to achieve external changes, it is paramount to change authentically from our inner self. This will give these new changes a clearer path to move along. For example, it is harder to achieve weight loss if you have an unhealthy relationship with food, or harder to have a positive mindset towards a challenge you’re facing if you don’t feel confident. Here, I will give you 3 tips to reach your fullness from the inside out and thus, achieve your goals once and for all. Remember, health comes from within.

movement and meditation

Ryan Henson is an internationally certified movement therapist and movement educator, he has worked with people of all ages and demographics to facilitate the journey of ’embodiment’. This process ultimately allows individuals to feel truly comfortable within their own skin and enlivens the human experience.  “I am beyond fascinated by the human body, I am utterly obsessed. Even when I sit in meditation, with my body still, with my mind quiet – I can still feel my lungs breathing me, my heart beating me, my blood flowing and providing nourishment for each and every cell in my body. It is in these moments that I intuitively know that movement is life, and that life cannot exist without movement. How cool is that! My own personal practice consists of finding the places within myself that are lacking this inherent movement and helping to integrate those parts back into the whole of me.  How I do this differs from day to day, most days I have a solid meditation/ yoga practice, some days I just let loose and …