Teatime For Yogis

If there’s two things that I love equally and intensely in my life… it’s yoga and tea.

Both are consumed multiple times daily, both are wonderful for my physical and mental wellbeing, and both rituals bring such delicate and elegant joy to my day ❤

I was chatting with my friends at Your Tea recently about the similarities between TCM meridians, prana flow and the chakras. When it comes to alternative and holistic health practices, everything seems to just… fit.

Over the last week I have focused on a few chakra opening poses to get the prana flowing through any blockages occurring along the astral spine (through which the chakra points are placed within the body).

I’ve paired these all with a cup of tea – let me know what you think!

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Pose One: Navasana variation 

Navasana, or the ‘boat pose’ is a wonderful balancing posture engaging your core. I have made this posture more restorative by supporting myself by wrapping the arms around the back of the thighs.

The benefits of this asana include:

  • Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
  • Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
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Manipura Chakra (Solar plexus/navel)

This chakra is physically associated with digestion, metabolism, digestive fire; and emotionally with feelings of assertiveness, decision making, risk taking and belly laughs!

By activating our core and maintaining the contact of the thighs to the belly, we are massaging and toning the lower abdominal organs (allowing fresh, nutrient rich blood to be delivered to these areas), as well as strengthening the lower back!

My tea selection for this posture is Energy Tea – to help you kickstart your day and give you the strength and determination to assert yourself in the home or office!

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Pose Two: Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

Every yogi’s favourite love/hate relationship: hip openers! The hips and pelvis are home to Svadisthana (the sacral chakra). Here in these tight hip flexors and glute muscles we store so much tension and plenty of emotional baggage! Long, deep holds are necessary to work deeper into these areas in order to achieve a great release. Try warming up with a vinyasa flow before settling in for some Yin style stretching 🙂

Svadisthana Chakra (Sacral chakra)

Svadisthana chakra is a place of vulnerability, creativity, and compassion. Emotional traumas can be stored here, so don’t be alarmed by feelings that pop up that you might have been unprepared for. Be brave and face these feelings, be mindful and observe them without judgment. These is also where we connect sensually with others and foster loving kindness (towards ourselves, and all beings).

My tea recommendation? Well, we ladies go through a lot, and sometimes we need a helping hand. Your Tea’s Fertility Tea can assist with hormonal or reproductive issues, and help you restore balance to your natural cycle.

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Pose three: Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand) 

If you are a brand new yogi, please practice this under the guidance of a yoga teacher!

Supported headstand along with various inversions allows us to calm the mind, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It can be therapeutic for sinus troubles, infertility, headaches and insomnia. When practiced correctly it can be very restorative and relaxing!

Visuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)

Visuddha is our centre of self expression, of speaking up for ourselves and communicating effectively. Opening up the chakra in this asana can assist us in being more open and honest, more creative, and assists us to self-actualise. Balancing visuddha improves thyroid health, neck and jaw issues, and reduces stress.

To assist further in the lymphatic drainage and youth restoring properties of this asana, pair it with a cup of Anti-C Tea to boost your revitalisation for the day!

Don’t forget to finish up with savasana and a lovely cup of Sleep Tea!

I hope you enjoy these combinations, please comment below and let me know what you think, and what your favourite chakra balancing postures are!

Lexie x

As always, please practice safely and under supervision of a yoga teacher where needed. This is not a paid post – I just really love tea!

 

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Core Reformer by Raw Pilates

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Rachel’s boutique Pilates Reformer studio in Graceville.

Beautifully appointed in a freshly renovated space, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private world of Pilates!

We soon got to work on a core routine that has my abs feeling a bit delicate days later! Rachel has a knack for customising your workout to your personal goals and fitness level. You can complete a challenging workout without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.

The space only caters for intimate group classes, so you can expect a consistent level of attention at each and every class.

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Located on aptly named Central Ave, Raw Pilates is walking distance to cafes and coffee shops, making it the perfect Saturday morning routine. Grab a friend, have an all over body shaping workout, then relax with a coffee!

 

 

 

Click here to book your class!

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Leggings: Lululemon
Sports Bra: Kmart

 

Lexie x

Body Appreciation Post Pt I

Everyone has their insecurities… I know I certainly have a few up my sleeve. But intermittently, I am able to rein these in and remember to be grateful to have a healthy, active, and functional body – when it chooses to behave itself, that is!

One body part I have always been okay with, are my hands.

 

 

I’ve often struggled with feeling too tall, or having bigger feet than all my high school girlfriends, or feeling a bit too clumsy with my big hips. But I never minded having long, lanky hands!

These hands have held my friends and family close, have stroked my dog Lacey when we said our final goodbye, they’ve reached the piano and flute keys (yet never mastered the guitar) and they have guided my horse Sarah safely when I would ride in the afternoon sunshine. Nowadays these hands of mine have become essential to my everyday adult life in the workplace and in my home, they support me in my yoga practice, and they carry my groceries so I can cook and nourish my body.

Essentially my hands facilitate the nourishment of my body, my heart, and my mind.

Many of us don’t realise how lucky we are to have our health, it is so important and one day, it could be all that you have.

Day by day I learn to appreciate a little bit more about myself, it’s a hard task to unlearn all that we have been bombarded with by advertisements and television programmes that suggest that there shall forever be room for improvement.

But we must start somewhere!

Please share your body appreciation in the comments below… and don’t forget to love yourself ❤

 

Lexie x

Keep your skin Divine!

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Real Food Revolution event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise.

This was an amazing opportunity to open my mind up to some new health and wellness information; and gosh, there is SO much to learn!

One presentation that really struck a cord with me was Therese Kerr‘s speech on organic beauty products.

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It is hard to imagine that beauty or self-care products could be poisonous, particularly when the label refers to “organic”, “pure” or “safe”. The reality is that unless you read the ingredient label, understand organic certification and consider the packaging you really don’t know what you are putting on your skin and in your body by way of absorption through the skin.

You can absorb MORE toxins from personal, skin and hair care products than you can absorb from your food!

Our skin is said to absorb chemicals up to 10 times faster than by way of ingestion and that is because our skin simply doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to break down the chemicals that our digestive system has available to it. The average woman puts over 200+ chemicals a day on her skin, of which 65-70% is being absorbed by the body… yuckie! The Divine by Therese Kerr range of natural products are certified by Australia’s most stringent certification body, The ACO, and are also Australian made.

Therese recommended using an app called “The Chemical Maze”, so that you can look into what precisely is within your products. Nowadays before I purchase any products I am sure to check the ingredient list and look each chemical up to see if it is naturally derived, and safe to use.

I sampled almost the entire range of Divine products at the Real Food Revolution and loved them! I kept going back for more of the Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Lavender Baby Moisturiser – it was so luxurious and the smell was amazing. Who’s to say I can’t have baby soft skin! 😛

Until Sunday 26th July you can claim a $25 gift voucher with the code “BLESSING”. What a great opportunity to treat yourself to a product that will love you back. I had to share this awesome shopping opportunity with you!

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I really, truly love these products – and I promise to you that I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t!!

Let me know what organic skincare and beauty products you are loving in the comments below – I’d love to find some more beautiful and safe products to try.

Lexie x