All posts filed under: Healthy Lifestyle

emotions: help or hindrance on the spiritual path?

Inge Sengelmann is a somatic psychotherapist and certified ParaYoga teacher, initiated in the Himalayan Tantric lineage of Sri Vidya. ParaYoga is a living link to the ancient traditions of yoga, meditation, and tantra.  “Once we engage on a spiritual path, and connect with the lofty ideal of enlightenment, it is easy to interpret our human emotions as representative of our lower mind and animalistic impulses. While, indeed, they are sourced in our desire to survive, reproduce and thrive, simply ignoring or suppressing our emotional nature can lead us to engage in what psychologist John Welwood termed “spiritual bypassing.” This can lead to disturbing, if not dangerous, rearrangements in our psyche that can lead to self-destructive, impulsive/compulsive behaviours, and even to psychosomatic disease and chronic illness. Advertisements

i am perfect with my imperfections

Cynthia Landa is a mum, she practices meditation and yoga. She shares with us the importance of self-love. “What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you being kind to yourself? Did you know that 9 out of 10 women don’t like looking at themselves in the mirror? Advertising, marketing and fashion trends have created an unrealistic definition of “the perfect woman”. This false standard of beauty puts enormous pressure on us to try and conform. Our efforts to be something we are not affects us physically and emotionally, and can lead to nutritional imbalance, depression and anxiety. We judge ourselves harshly and become our own worst critics. Now let’s put these judgements aside. Take a moment to observe nature: a flower, a tree, a lake… Take time to notice all the details.

why’s everyone switching to organic beauty?

Andrea Lee is the creator of the Organic Beauty Lover blog. Born in Los Angeles, Andrea is a California native at heart, but has lived and worked in Switzerland for 6 years, India, Paraguay, and France. She’s passionate about green beauty and spreading awareness about the products we use everyday to anyone who will listen – a typical millennial with a message. Check her tips to help you switch to natural beauty. “Similar to the organic food revolution, organic beauty is now sweeping the world. Jessica Alba is slaying with her Honest Beauty company, Gwyneth Paltrow with goop and you can now find organic beauty brands in Target and Sephora. Many of us are now choosing to lead healthier, more conscious lifestyles from what we eat to the clothes we wear to the beauty products we use. It’s shocking when you think about the thousands of chemicals lurking inside our everyday skincare and makeup products, many of which are linked to cancer, infertility and birth defects. We’re learning that it’s important to nourish our beauty through our skincare …

australian native finger limes

Lexie Stewart is the co-founder of Wood Lane Beverages.  “I wanted to create a drink that was all about enjoying the sipping experience. Something relaxing, yet non-alcoholic; healthy yet a little but luxe. From this desire Wood Lane was born”. Wood Lane craft their Relaxation Botanicals to seamlessly fit in with your lifestyle and wellness routines. They’ve done all the thinking for you so you can relax, enjoy and set yourself on the path to feeling cool, calm, connected. Check your Instagram this coming weekend for our giveaway with them! And here is an article by them about the wonders of Australian Native Finger Limes. “Finger Limes (Citrus australasica) are a native Australian fruit, which are gaining popularity both in Australia and abroad. And for good reason – they are deliciously beautiful! Otherwise known as citrus caviar, the fruit’s flesh consists of tiny, bead like pearls that look similar to caviar. The flavoursome jewel’s pop-in-your-mouth citrusy notes add a twist to more traditional flavours. 

healthy tips & sunrise chia pudding recipe

Aine McAteer is an International personal chef, food educator and cookbook author. She has travelled the world in her work as a personal chef for many leading Hollywood actors and music icons. Her clientele includes Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, Robert Redford, Marisa Tomei and Ringo Starr and she was a featured food and health writer for Oprah Winfrey’s website. Aine is not a believer in a “one diet fits all” approach and tailors her cooking to the nutritional and health needs of her clients. She has studied food and health extensively with leading teachers around the world. “I started my journey as a chef/food educator in my late 20s. At the time I had been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and told by my doctors that I would be dependent on medication for the rest of my life. In my attempts to find a natural solution, I discovered macrobiotics. It was a very empowering time of my life, as I began to discover the powerful impact my food choices had on my general …

5 minutes core kickstart

Cat Woods is the founder of Ballet Sculpt. She’s also a vinyasa yoga, barre and mat Pilates teacher in Melbourne. Cat has been blogging and writing for local and international media on health, fitness, arts and lifestyle for over 8 years. She presents on plant-based eating and fitness for community and corporate groups also. Discover her five minute routine to fire up your core muscles at the start of the day. “Whether I’m teaching a few classes, or whether I’m going to spend hours of my morning at the laptop, I always start my day the same way.

plant love

Many of us live in cities and for all the buzz, hustle and bustle, creativity, excitement, opportunities that come with that, there are some downsides too. Stress, pollution, traffic, constant noise, confined spaces can all wear down our natural immunity and inner resources. It’s a jungle out there! One of the best remedies for creating a calm and nurturing home environment is to bring the jungle inside… a real one. The recent trend of greening indoor spaces has really taken off and there are so many benefits.

coffee and period pain

Jennifer Ward is a leading Naturopath trained in herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and health coaching. She created her own blog ‘She Glows’ to help educate women about the inner workings of their bodies. In this article, she writes about the relation between coffee and period pain. “Having your period is a pretty cool thing (seriously!). It reminds us of our femininity, child bearing abilities and shifts us back a notch to marvel at the wonders of the human body. For some having a period is a dream, however if you are reading this is it likely it’s a less rainbows and lolly pops and more like there is something trying to claw their way out of your uterus. Yes, it can be that bad. With each cycle you may be experiencing cramping, period pain and that can’t-get-out-of-bed-to-face-the-world exhaustion. With an energy dip a natural go to solution is to grab an almond latte or iced long black, right? Because let’s face it, coffee = getting through the day.

move it or lose it

Exercise is important all year round. It helps clear the mind, balance emotions and strengthens and tones our bodies. One reason people often give up an exercise routine is because the weather changes. You get used to exercising at a certain time of day and when the temperature suddenly heats up or cools down, it can throw us off… WINTER – its harder in the winter to wake up early. It’s just so cold! Exercising after work or a busy day is less appealing when it gets dark earlier. SUMMER – excessive heat can make us less motivated to exercise. We have to be careful of sun exposure outside and also battle humidity and fatigue that sap our drive to exercise.