María José is the founder of Mujer Holística, an inspiring and spirituality website for women. She is Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, yoga and meditation teacher, lecturer, and digital entrepreneur. Through the platform Mujer Holística, MJ inspires women to live their life with passion, love and to attract abundance. In this article she shares a comprehensive overview about chakras. “Our body is surrounded by an energy field that extends all along our anatomy and can even expand several meters around you. This energy field is like an information center that helps us communicate and interact with our environment. We are constantly transmitting and receiving energy that helps us process information about the world in which we live in and thus, understand it better.
It was when she discovered the teachings of Grand Master Choa Kok Sui’s Pranic Healing in 2009, a non-touch energy healing modality, that Kassandra Scardino began her journey to self healing and self discovery. Since then, she dedicated her life to developing her skills as a healer and teacher. She shares with us a daily ritual that she created to develop mindfulness. “It is so important to connect with yourself daily through mindfulness meditation. It can be the difference between survival and thriving in our busy modern lives. The act of mindfulness is about being aware of what is happening to you in the present moment, and not living in the past or future. Too often we dwell on the past, where we ate that doughnut for breakfast and beat ourselves up for breaking our diet. Or we could be anxious about that deadline that is awaiting at the end of the week. Either way if it is somehow linked to a negative, that could be creating stress in our body and mind.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Marteen Zárate is a well-known yoga teacher from Mexico. He shares with us the many benefits in practising yoga for men. Even if the largest part of the yoga community is feminine (70%), the number of men practising yoga has been multiplying, going from 4 million in 2012 to 10 million in 2016. This is interesting when traditionally the practice of yoga was only for men! These days, I dedicate all my time to practicing yoga and teaching and training teachers to the ancient techniques of yoga, thus sharing my 14 years of practice. When I started yoga, I still had my managerial job in technologies & human resources. Stress, speed and competitiveness were part of each day. Yoga came and changed my life for real – in a positive way! For this reason, I want to share with you the first 5 benefits I noted in my first months of yoga.
“Our outer world is a direct reflection of our inner world. Simultaneously, our inner world is constantly affected by our outer world.” Sigrid is a Yoga & Meditation teacher from Barcelona that moved to Sydney in 2015. Passionate yogi, Sigrid is a sustainable, ethical and healthy lifestyle advocate who aims to inspire others to find tools to connect with themselves, and with this global love-consciousness. “Through my life I have had to deal with things like chronic gut pain, anxiety, back problems and quite recently, also skin conditions.
Lorien Waldron is a blogger, founder of ‘Wholesome Loving Goodness’. Read about her 5 Simple Ayurvedic self-care Rituals to cultivate more Self-love in daily life. “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar To have love to share, we first must cultivate a juicy bank account of love inside of ourselves. Sometimes this is easier said than done as when there are a million things to be done, children to feed, emails to respond to, appointments to fit in and a plethora of other activities surrounding your day-to-day routine, it can sometimes feel impossible to make time for self not to mention the practice of some juicy daily self-love & care.