Using light to bring inner balance

As many of you know I was recently challenged with the influenza type A virus that wiped me out for a couple of weeks. I took a week off teaching and would like to thank Nicky Smith and Allison Sawyer for stepping in and keeping Wednesday and Friday classes going. It was during that first week of lying and sitting around that I rediscovered the delight and power of candle gazing. I thought this would be nice to share as a tool of transformation that might work for you too. One evening, having had enough of lying around in bed
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Categories: Meditation, Sarah's Insights, and Yoga.

Gratitude from my heart to yours

Gratitude for where I am right now. Wow, wow, wow: I am so very grateful for where I am at this mid-year point. I set myself some very significant goals this year and as well as graduating from the three-year, 650-hour Dru Yoga Therapy Course with my Yoga Therapy Diploma, I have also now achieved Senior Registered Teacher status with Yoga Australia. The process of applying for this level of recognition is to collect evidence to support the following standards: Minimum of 1000 hours specific teacher training Minimum 12 years personal practice 10 years and 1000 hours of professional teaching
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Categories: Life Coaching, Meditation, Sarah's Insights, and Yoga.

Meditation and Mindfulness: what’s the difference?

Since the mindfulness trend, I have noticed many people conflating the terms ‘meditation’ and ‘mindfulness’, but there is, in my opinion, a distinct difference. To put it simply, meditation is a learned process where you withdraw your senses and go within. It is not that you are trying to quieten your mind but more that you go into a place of acceptance. Acceptance that there will be distractions in your external environment both in the room you are in and outside the room in the distance. Acceptance that there will be sensations in your body as the body rebels to
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Categories: Meditation and Sarah's Insights.

Making ‘Connection’ a self-care theme

As I sit in the café at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, I am surrounded by the happy sounds of people enjoying the café: the open space, families enjoying time together, and in some cases the celebration of a birthday with generations of the family together. Happy gatherings of people wait for the next cruise to take them out to see dolphins in their natural environment. As I observe all this it reinforces my focus word for 2019 and that is “Connection”. As many of you know, over the past few years I have taken a word and intention to journey
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Categories: Life Coaching and Sarah's Insights.

Writing from the heart

A couple of weeks ago, I felt the need to escape my planned work day and get into the bush. I had been back from a yoga therapy training module for a few days and was having trouble settling back into the regular routine! When I am away on a training module as a student it is lovely to not have to organise anything other than turning up and participating in the training. I share a house with two very special friends and we have so much fun sharing our stories of life, sharing our experiences as yoga teachers and
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Categories: Sarah's Insights.

Yoga and Writing: Sharing my writing

A different theme for this blog post—thought I would share with you a piece of writing that I completed after one of our Yoga and Writing events. Just so happens I was in Balingup, the venue for our next Yoga and Writing event. This is the effect it had on me! Sitting on the grass under the shade of a white cedar. I’ve been nature bathing this weekend, soaking up the essence of the Earth and collecting delightful treasures: leaves, pine cones, grass tree seeds and acorns! My eyes have taken in the autumn colours from green to yellow, orange
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Categories: Sarah's Insights.

Connection, Compassion and Kindness

I haven’t been a good blogger lately, or maybe ever! I get lots of ideas at different times, have it all in my head but somehow it doesn’t make the journey from my head to this page. So it’s time to share more and this is really important because at the end of last term (term three) I felt, more than ever before, that there was an increased sense of connection in all my classes between the participants. I was reflecting at the end of term during my two week break and recalled how lovely it was to witness the
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Categories: Sarah's Insights and Yoga.

Yoga for balancing your energy system: activating the warrior within

This post is the third in our Yoga for Balancing Your Energy System series. If you missed the first two, check them out here: Mooladhara Chakra (1) and Svadhistana Chakra (2). Chakra three, Manipura, is all about igniting and activating your agni, or inner fire. Manipura is your centre of will, so fostering a strong internal fire here is vital for fulfilling your life purpose. Manipura is where you develop your determination and endurance. Our chakras are not the source of our energy; we need to manage our energy by activating it then channeling it accordingly through our chakra system. A
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Categories: Sarah's Insights and Yoga.

Yoga as a Way of Being (in everyday life)

By Kel Fox Sarah is helping with the Dru Yoga Teacher Training this weekend, so once again I have commandeered the blog 😉 And I have a question for you: What is yoga, when you’re not doing yoga? I think any students of Dru would agree that yoga is not just an hour a week in a class. If you let it, yoga becomes a way of being. If I go for a walk, I let yoga be part of that. Yoga is engaging my core when I stand up and slip on my shoes. Yoga is standing tall, spine
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Categories: Sarah's Insights.

Earth Day Yoga and Writing

Editor’s Note: we apologise if you are receiving this twice! Somehow the first one got deleted. “The universe corresponds to the nature of your song.”  Michael Beckwith Earth Day fell on Sunday 22 April this year so a special event was held at our new studio: our inaugural yoga and writing immersion. We took time out to go within and venture deeper on all levels of our being.  This is what I call “extreme self care”, making time to connect with something so much greater than our small everyday self. Our day opened with a quote that reflects this so
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Categories: Sarah's Insights.