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We are in mid winter, beautiful cloudless sunny days and crisp nights. Now is the season for deep reflection. Autumn is the shedding and winter we get to sit with and identify what is lies dormant within. We get to think and contemplate and review. Ourselves, our place in the world...

I was touched by this simple and yet profound Native American wisdom.

 
Lakota Prayer
Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery,
teach me how to trust
my heart,
my mind,
my intuition,
my inner knowing,
the senses of my body,
the blessings of my spirit.
Teach me to trust these things
so that I may enter my Sacred Space
and love beyond my fear,
and thus Walk in Balance
with the passing of each glorious Sun. 

According to the Native People, the Sacred Space
is the space between exhalation and inhalation.
To Walk in Balance is to have Heaven (spirituality)
and Earth (physicality) in Harmony. 
 
Term 3 2018 Classes Start Monday July 16th - 20th September
 
Moggill classes Start Monday 16th July

Free Stretch-Tone-Bend & Balance  - Moggill
Wednesday 9.30-10.30am 18th July - 12th September Booker Place park
No class on 15th August

Free Weekend Wake up Yoga classes - West End
Saturday 9.30-10.30am 21st July -  8th September Orleigh park
 
Moggill
Moggill Anglican Church 3407 Moggill rd
 
General Class
Mon 9.30 - 11am

Beginners Class                           
Tues  5:45 - 6:45pm

General Class
Tues 7-8.30pm 
 
Beginners/General Class
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:15pm

Mature Class
Fridays 9-10am
 
FREE CLASSES

Stretch - Tone - Bend & Balance
Active Parks Program
9.30am - 10.30am Wednesdays
Booker Place Park, Bellbowrie from 18th July - 12th September 
Meet near play equipment, bring an exercise mat, sun protection & water. 

West End Weekend Wake up Yoga
Active Parks Program
9.30am-10.30am Saturdays
Orleigh Park West End, End of Montague rd, 100 metres left onto Orleigh st, under fig trees in the park. From 21st July -  8th September 



Inspirit Health & Yoga
Contact Haydie
0415 834 659

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Up and coming 


Stradbroke Island Yoga, Nourishment & Wellbeing Retreat 
19th-22nd October 2018
 

4 Days of Rest, Recuperation and Nourishment on beautiful Stradbroke Island. Enjoy time for your self, experiencing the beauty of the surrounds, whilst reconnecting to a more balanced and peaceful you.
The Retreat includes daily/twice daily yoga, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, walks, swimming, pilates, all meals, accommodation and more…
A nurturing journey of connecting inwards and taking time out from everyday life.  
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"Thank you Haydie, this was such a wonderful experience - restful, energising and inspiring all at the same time, if that's possible! The food was amazing, the yoga was fantastic, the location was beautiful and I can't wait to come back next year!" - Jane



Inspirit Wellness Day Retreats 2018
Next one Sunday 24th June 9am-3pm

Sept 16th
Nov 4th

Pamper yourself with this nourishing and relaxing 6 hour retreat.
The day includes 2 hours of a Restorative Yoga session, Pranayama and Meditation, 1 hour of Treatments and a sumptuous lunch. Held in a lovely heritage cottage in rural Moggill. Cost for the day $250, existing students or bringing a friend $235.
More information


The Gaia Sister Circle

A monthly women's circle cultivating connecting with self and other women. A space to share openly, safely and authentically. This is a free event  open to all women.
Mondays 7.30-9.30pm held 16th July, 13th August, 10th September. Other dates available on the link below.
More information


Dates for 2019 Bali Spirit & Yoga Retreat 19th -25th May
More information

Enquiries & Bookings



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Yoga 


In the colder weather and darkness coming earlier, it is a little more challenging to turn up to class. The season of winter is an an important time to keep up your yoga practice. Yoga is beneficial for stimulating the immune system and keeping the joints limbered and supple.

In this sequence adjust the timing to suit and look up unfamiliar poses in either 'Light on Yoga' B.K.S Iyengar or 'How to use Yoga' Mira Mehta

Immunity Booster Sequence from B.K.S. Iyengar

MORNING PRACTICE:

  • Uttanasana (support head) 5min 
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (support head) 5min 
  • Prasarita Padottanasana (support head if not on floor) 3min 
  • Sirsasana (Headstand) 5min
  • Sirsasana cycle (see Light on Yoga plates #202-218 for full cylce) 5min 
  • Viparita Dandasana (support head) 5min
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)10min 
  • Halasana 5 min 
  • Sarvangasana Cycle 5min (see Light on Yoga plates #234-271 for full cylce)
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (supported) 5min 
  • Viparita Karani (at wall) 5min 
  • Savasana (w/ujjayi or viloma pranayama) 10min 

EVENING PRACTICE:

Sirsasana 10min 
Sarvangasana 10min 
Halasana 5min
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (supported) 10min 
Savasana (w/ujjayi or viloma pranayama) 10min 

 

 

Health Matters

 

Sleep

Lack of sleep is something a lot of people suffer from and its becoming more prevalent. Some research states lack of sleep is an epidemic. It may manifest as insomnia or it could be quite unnoticed an leave you feeling unrested, a lack of energy and tired on waking.

What we need is good quality sleep. We need to make sure that when we are sleeping its a proper rest when we can relax the nervous system, and recoup from the days activities. Rubin Naiman author of The Sleep Secret says "we need to fall in love with sleep again". He says that Insomnia is a sign that we are excessively energised at night and we can't let go. We are overstimulated by technology and action in daily life, we are operating much more rapidly than 1-2 generations ago and we no longer really have any days of rest. Often its recreation that we equate with rest.

Being able to dream is important to be able to emotionally process the day, release and make sense of our relationship to our feelings and emotions. We need deep sleep to be able to dream. some research has shown that lack of dreaming leads to memory deficit i.e. alzheimer's.  Naiman says Insomnia is a precursor to depression.


How do we improve our sleep and ensure adequate rest
 

  • Avoid stimulants before bed i.e. alcohol (even though you might feel sleepy, alcohol will often cause waking in the night and not a restful sleep).
  • Be aware of using caffeine to stimulate energy during the day. Over use of caffeine will make it hard to wind down at night.
  • Decrease the use of screen time before bed or at least install the App that gets rid of the blue light. This light that is emitted by screens affects the production of the neurotransmitter melatonin.
  • Watch what you eat, even keeping a diary so you can map how certain foods affect your sleeping patterns.
  • Make sure your bedroom is amply darkened so melatonin can be produced.
  • Give your self space and time to unwind at the end of the day, watching T.V is not sufficient. Read or at least have some time before sleep without screens. Social interaction and communicating has shown to help sleep. Maybe its the offloading and processing of the days information that is helpful.
  • Yoga Nidra or Meditation before sleep is very helpful
     
 

For more information or to book a Lifestyle & Wellbeing consultation

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Vegan Lentil Soup

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh collard greens or kale, tough ribs removed
  • Juice of ½ to 1 medium lemon, to taste
  • Instructions

  1. Warm the olive oil in a large  pot over medium heat. One-fourth cup olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup.
  2.  Add the chopped onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder and thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Pour in the drained diced tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often, in order to enhance their flavor.
  3. Pour in the lentils, broth and the water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape.
  4. Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a blender. Protect your hand from steam with a tea towel placed over the lid and purée the soup until smooth. Pour the puréed soup back into the pot and add the chopped greens. Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the greens have softened to your liking.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the juice of half of a lemon. Taste and season with more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice until the flavors really sing. Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep well for about 4 days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for several months (just defrost before serving).
Thanks to Cookie and Kate
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