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Seven days of nothing other than soup, juice, herbal teas and¬†Monavie and I feel fabulous ūüėģ

I lost¬†1.5 kilograms¬†and Im feeling light and bright! To be honest it really wasn’t hard as I didn’t limit myself with how much I could¬†consume. I especially enjoyed a lot of pumpkin soup and super smoothies! There is something empowering that happens when you set and achieve a small goal. It strengthens your focus, cultivates deeper discipline and boosts your confidence.

I want to also congradulate my friends who joined me on the fast; Libby, Maddy, Randy and Taryn you are awesome xxx

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Come and join us for 108 Sunsalutations to welcome Winter in 2010 Saturday 29th May at 5.30pm. Every new season we partake in the spiritual journey of 108 Sunsalutations and have done for over 5 years. The number 108 has been considered sacred for thousands of years in India. The Hindu prayer necklaces contain 108 beads, each one representing an individual mantra or prayer. Chinese Buddhists and Taoists also use a 108 bead mala.

In yoga, it is believed that our heart center is where the soul resides. From the heart center 108 channels, called Nadis, radiate out to all parts of the subtle body. By chanting a mantra 108 times, the energy of the mantra enters each of those channels so that it reaches all parts of the body. Coming together as a group to welcome each new season and cycling through 108 sun salutations provides the opportunity for a challenging physical workout as well as a focused, meditative experience.

Join us for 5 weekends of learning the ancient art of Thai Massage also known asLazy Mans Yoga!’ The course will be¬† held Saturday and Sundays from 10.30am-4.30pm and will¬†begin with¬†a 1hr¬†Yoga Beginners class. This is an internationally recognised certificate course affiliated with the International That Massage School Chiang Mai. The course cost is $1950 and is 60 hours in total.¬†¬†

Level 1 – Foundation of Thai Massage
This course covers the Front Position (Supine) and back and shoulder massage in the Sitting Position
– Introduces the concept of energy lines (SEN) and Yin/Yang
РTeaches stretches, accupressure points, and proper use of body weight using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet.                          
РEmphasizes deep-focused abdominal (Hara) work      Upon completion students will be able to do an effective 1-1.5 hour Thai Massage 

Level 2 – Intermediate Thai Massage
– Expands on the techniques learned in Level 1 to cover the Side, Back (Prone) and Sitting Positions)
– Advanced yoga like stretching movements
РUpon completion students will have a real foundation of the major positions of Thai Massage and can expect to do a comprehensive 1.5 to 3hr Thai Massage 

 For more information and to secure your place please call Michelle on 55266600 as only space for 10 students .

Enjoy an uplifting and inspiring retreat with both energetic sisters Michelle & Clare Merrifield on the magical island of Bali. The retreat includes; daily yoga, pilates, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy lesson. A day trip to Belayu an ancient village to enjoy reflexology, meditation in the temple and a blessing ceremony with the high priest. Another day trip to the heart and soul of Bali, Ubud to soak up the fresh mountain air, walk through rice fields and take pleasure in the traditional culture that makes this island of the gods so unique.

With return economy class airfares with Singapore Airlines (ex BNE, SYD,MEL), VIP Visa on arrival, return airport transfers (private cars), welcoming and farewell dinner, 6 nights luxury accommodation at Pantai Lima in Villa Waringin & VillaSound of the Sea you can be sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

Total cost $3199 per person (Twin share). To enquire or make a booking, please contact: Ainsley Elliott Travel Associates on 07-55300022 or email ainsley_elliott@travelassociates.com.au 

http://www.villasoundbytheseabali.com/ 

http://www.villawaringinbali.com/

Liquid Fast

I feel amazing and on top of the world after the Bali Spirit Yoga Festival. So to continue this natural high I have decided to do a 7 day liquid fast to feel even lighter and brighter and keep the good vibrations flowing. The fast will include unlimited;
– fresh juice,
– my fabulous morning vegan super smoothie,
– the extraordinary liquid Mona Vie supplement,
– caffeine free herbal teas,
– vegan soup,
– lots and lots of water

I would love you to join me even for just a day and let me know how you are going! It’s always easier to do these things when you have a supportive friend! However if you have a demanding work schedule ahead I highly recommend that you wait till the workload or stress levels are low before starting the detox.

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin is as it’s subtitle states a ‚Äúno-nonsense, tough love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous.‚ÄĚ

Now if your anything like me you won’t even bother reading this review as you hate the title! It has taken me a couple of years to finally read this little book. Why? Because I hate the idea of promoting skinny bitchy girls. Mum always said “Don’t judge a book buy it’s cover, it’s whats on the inside that counts!

If you can get beyond all the swearing and crude comments the girls lace through their book its actually got a really important message – veganism. The message is loud and clear and pretty much exactly inline with my old blog post Ethical eating = weight loss! It has a very strong focus on animal rights and environmental issues and how your diet can make a difference for both these critical issues at hand.

Like they mentioned ‘Book titles are important, they get attention and they make sales!’ Well this title definitely sent a tsunami through the book world earning it a New York Times No. 1 Best Seller status!

Words can’t possibly give justice to the feeling you get here at the Bali Spirit Festival. The four day festival is filled with yoga, dance, music and healing from every corner of the world, all whilst listening to the natural sounds of the environment and soaking up the hot tropical heat!

The setting is unbelievable, absolutely breathtaking I feel like I have just died and gone to Yoga heaven! I have never been in such an uplifting environment in my entire life. This will now be an annual pilgrimage for me to re-inspire, recharge and reinvent not only my yoga practice but my spirit.

Today I practiced with some great teachers I had never heard of such as Patrick Creelman from Hong Kong and Katy Appleton from the UK which was amazing. To top off the 7.5hrs of yoga we finished with Shiva Rea and did an ancient Balinese Monkey Chant Kecak which is older than the religion Hinduism!

Here is a short excerpt from the best documentary on the planet Baraka. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must! I watched it 8 years ago and it definitely was a major influence on who I am today.