Archive: Lifestyle

Five Easy Ways We Can Live More Sustainably

Posted in Lifestyle on September 07, 2018

Eat a plant-based diet. If we are one of the lucky ones, we eat three times a day, every day. With seven billion of us doing this, what we eat as a community adds up and has a real effect on the sustainability of our planet. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. It is also the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction – including rainforest destruction.The amount of fresh water […]

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My Favourite Sydney Spots with AMAZING Plant-based meals

Posted in Lifestyle on July 12, 2018

My husband and I love good food and as we have gotten older, and have eaten our way through Sydney, we have our favourites we go to again and again… As a plant-based family we always need some good options but the ones I recommend here are not all “vegan” eats, but they all have great options. These are the places we eat at constantly, they are good quality and also lend themselves to a beautiful day because with children it can’t all be about the food, it also has […]

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The Importance of Connecting To Spirit In Our Lives

Posted in Lifestyle on February 13, 2018

Connecting to spirit looks different for each and every one of us, but in my humble opinion, it is as important to carve time out in our lives to do so, as it is to eat and sleep. What even is spirit? Spirit is above and beyond religion and is the greater “energy” that exists beyond what we can see and touch. That connects us all, that runs through all. Religion can be the way some of us do connect to spirit, but is in no way, the only way. […]

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Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb Of Yoga On and Off Our Mats

Posted in Lifestyle on November 21, 2017

While we often think the postures in yoga is the whole picture, Patanjali says that all eight yogic limbs need to be practised for the true purpose of yoga – the asanas are just one part of the whole system.  Pratyahara is one of the 8 limbs spoken by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras and translated from Sanskrit means, sense withdrawal.  On the mat, while we go through our postures, we can practise Pratyahara by bringing our focus to our breath and by stilling our gaze point- our dristi –  so that […]

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War On Waste, What We Can Do

Posted in Lifestyle on July 14, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but today was a big day in Australia because both it’s two giant supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths, committed to removing single-use plastic bags in the next year. Here, down under, we use 5 billion of them a year. That’s 10 million every single day with only 25 million people. In the States, that number is higher than 100 billion every year. To make them fossil fuels are used and there is the problem that then they don’t break down. We already know, plastic […]

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Creating a Self Practice.

Posted in Lifestyle on May 03, 2017

After practising yoga for 15 years I can see clearly how different stages of life require us to bend and be flexible, like in our practice, if we are going to even get to our mat! Where once as a student at university it was easy for me to go to the shala every morning then head to school,  suddenly when the babies came along walking out the door took a whole lot more planning. It could have been easy to put my hands in the air and say “too […]

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How Death Got Me To Disconnect To Reconnect

Posted in Lifestyle on February 06, 2017

My screen has been switched off for three months, after death came into my life last year and forced me to disconnect, to reconnect. Within two months, three people in my circle passed away – and I do not claim in any way to feel the same shock or grief as their spouses or children, but with their passing, I was still managed to be knocked off my projectory. And with the force that this universe has, if there was any doubt I was being called elsewhere, ( right back […]

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What Small Changes You Can Make To Start Big Shifts

Posted in Lifestyle on November 09, 2016

Just because we don’t want to know about it, or because we close our eyes to it, does that mean we are not supporting acts of cruelty that don’t match up with our value system? What could we do instead? I am certainly not perfect, and in the book I am almost finished, I speak about the challenges that I have faced with living a “cruelty-free” life and continue to learn about. It really is a journey of evolving and since life is messy not linear, we can do our […]

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Yin Yoga Teacher, Melanie McLaughlin On Creating Balance In Our Practice and Our Lives

Posted in Health / Lifestyle / People on October 27, 2016

I recently did my yin yoga teacher training with one of the most wonderful woman and teacher I have been lucky to cross paths with. Mel holds space in her yin classes with such feminine serenity, that still manages to be mixed with strength as she subtly guides you through the deeply moving class with her stunning voice. Not only do I love her classes and loved her inspirational and knowledgable training – I love what she is about and I am not the only one… She is the real […]

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It’s All In The Attitude; Abundance Over Scarcity

Posted in Lifestyle on September 16, 2016

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? Or the thoughts that swim around your mind before you fall asleep? What are the automatic reactions that you have throughout your day, as you incur setbacks or hiccups – as we all do as we travel through life. These moments can be what paints the background of our art piece, that give our life the tone of the overall picture. Often we are not even aware what pallet we are choosing because it is […]

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