I’m sitting here reading Eat Pray Love, By Elizabeth Gilbert- one of my favs- and I am reflecting back on my first encounter with this inspiring piece of work. I was still living at home, still working in an unfulfilling job, that was really only a job to get me by with loan and insurance repayments. On the plus side i had just finished my yoga teacher training and could see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel into doing something with my life I could be happy and proud of as well as somewhat fulfilled and still pay the bills.. It was at one of the compulsory yoga classes through my teacher training that my wonderful teacher had quoted the book. I am referencing EPL as i remember it being the time where a lot of change was taking place. After the class I remember calling my friend and saying that’s it, yep… We are off to India we just have to go its time! I just look how far I have come and how many things have changed since those days, i did travel to India, I have moved cities, I have married I have mortgaged and most of all feel very blessed. So much has shifted since my first EPL encounter it has been a turmultuous ride at times that has juggled me about, made me feel more love than I could imagine, has torn open and away the view of myself and the world and placed me back together in a new and different way but somehow still the same. I have challenged myself, questioned myself and felt joy and so much happiness in myself along the way. The times are changing yet again. As I embark on another adventure in my new role as a full time yoga teacher and mentor. I can teach, learn, laugh and sing all together and actually contribute to my family (or family to be someday.) Most of all I have more time to take on other adventures that make me happy and isn’t that the point of this whole crazy ride of life?…I think it is!
Hi lovely people,
Its been a little while since my last post and I hope all is well out there in your worlds of wonder. There has been some exciting changes and new classes added to THE JOYFUL JIVA in the last couple of weeks which is very exciting I wanted to take the opportunity to jump back online and chat about The Spare Change class I teach which runs every Friday from 12-1pm @ YOUNGA YOGA STUDIO
Yoga has changed, uplifted and inspired my life in so many ways and I truly believe it should be available to anyone and everyone. What I hope to create through this class is the idea of KARMA YOGA, literally meaning UNION THROUGH ACTION. I would love to invite in the motion and flow effect of giving and receiving and through this spread the love through the community and out into the world we love. The new Community Yoga class AKA the ‘SPARE CHANGE CLASS’ is a way for me to give back to you guys and gals and my community and I hope you will join me.
Have you ever gone to do the laundry and checking the pockets of your pants you find some ‘spare change’ 50 cents, a couple of dollars or even on a extremely fortunate day a note ?? awesome right!!
Well this ‘spare change’ is literally all I ask for to come to this class, if you would like to donate more than that’s great but don’t feel obliged to. I am conscious of those wonderful beings out there who have families, are students or pensioners and are living day to day with their expenses…this is my shout out to you!!
Come on over get your yoga on and help with whatever donation you feel is right at the time, feel free to leave the awkwardness or icky sensation regarding your donation at the door because whatever you give will help to spread the love in many many ways.
The greatest thing about this class is we will be donating all proceeds to a different charity/ project or cause every month!!
For the month of April we will be donating all proceeds to SCARF in the Illawarra who do wonderful work with healing and helping refugees read more about them here.
This month, in the Joyful Jiva classes we will be focusing and reconnecting with the breath. I always feel that the beginning of the year is a great time to reflect and give thanks to the life force that keeps us going, and it’s a lovely way to close and practice a bit of a detox from the previous year, calling in the feeling of centeredness and focus for the year ahead.
Our breath is what sets the practices of yoga apart from the rest of other forms of physical activity, with every movement there will be an inhale or exhale connected to it, our breath has an intimate connection to our thoughts and our physical body. Internationally acclaimed Yin yoga teacher Sarah Powers suggests,
“Breathing is our most intimate ally. It is with us when we feel agitated or at ease, when we are happy, when we are devastated. Yoga and meditation suggest that we focus on the breath as an anchor, because it is happening now- we can not breathe for yesterday and we cannot anticipate how we will breathe in an hour from now. We can only be with the breath that we have now, an intimate connection with the moment that is now.”
Your yoga practice can be a nurturing and safe space to let go with the help of your breath. You can learn to let go of muscle tension- inhaling relaxation and ease…….exhaling tension and tightness,
you can learn to let go of emotional stress- inhaling joy, light and playfulness……exhaling fear, self doubt and judgement.
Or perhaps small day to day stuff you might be carrying around ………….exhaling and letting go of frustration at the slow driver in front of you making you late for work this morning.
Or something you may have be carrying around for the last ten years……………..exhaling I forgive you.
My puggle Lottie is such a playful thing she’s always go, go, go and sometimes she gets so excited she might bump into a wall or trip up a stair whilst playing and exploring but instead of carrying that emotional or sometimes physical baggage around with her she will just breath it out and shake it off and keep on playing, I think this is an awesome metaphor for us humans to follow.
When focusing on the breath we can acknowledge what baggage we are carrying around and decide whether it’s time to breath it out and shake it off or hold onto it because it is serving us in a wonderful way.
The breath is the seat , the foundation for yoga practices like asana (postures) and meditation. A steady, unhindered breath seats both the mind and the body in an unwavering state. ~ Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti Yoga.
Please check out the new timetable in the yoga menu above and hope to see you on the mat soon!
Staring out my window.
An old wise owl flew onto the branch of a summer tree, leaves below gently rustling in the wind .
Lonely was the owl as she jumped from branch to branch or so I thought..
I wondered …what brings you joy dearest owl?
and she replied ….I am never lonely, with the spirit of sister wind ….with the warmth of brother sun and with the comforting arms of Mother Earth in my heart.
I am never searching, grasping or wanting for joy, for I am joy.
But wise owl my path is hidden from me please help me to understand and see what lies ahead.
Go sit in the grass dear child.
Just feel it on your skin, lay down and let Mother Earth support you the way she always does and listen…listen ..then you will know…..
You will know you are oh so strong.
You will know you are beautiful.
You will know you are free to be you.
And you will know that whatever happens you will have a dear, dear friend always nearby to wrap you tightly in warmth and make everything better when things get cold and confusing.
What else will I know dear owl?
You will know you are loved and never alone…..this is all for you.
Lets fly together now!
There has been a collective consciousness that I have been noticing lately, in how this time of the year seems create ‘busyness.’Traditionally, here in Australia it is a time where the sun stays out longer – being daylight savings, the animals are up early and to bed late- particularly the cicardars…….who needs an alarm clock when you have your own personal bunch of bugs waking you at the crack of dawn…. They are LOUD!!!! but it reminds me of the summers as a kid growing up, free and void of responsibilities ahhhh! so I don’t mind them that much! But as a whole, energys are high at this time of year, we stay out longer, work becomes more hectic as we try to wrap things up before the new year, there are numerous parties to go to, more money needed to be spent and we do find ourselves trying to fit more into each day. But in return our minds become busier our bodies are usually running on adrenaline and sometimes we forget our spirits needs ,no wonder that when we stop for the christmas/ new years break sickness may begin to set in … “Your body is saying geeeeezzzz give me a freakin break! Really! You honestly can’t expect to run me into the ground physically, emotionally and mentally with out giving me anything in return I am important……bloody listen to me!!!
I protect you….I help you to feel life and love and joy……please treat me with compassion and honour me as you would a dear dear friend.”It’s very hard to hear this when your busy being busy! I heard this baseball analogy – I don’t really follow or play baseball but this notion is pretty cool and I have been implementing it these past couple of month whilst getting this adventure/ business/ journey off the ground and it goes like this … .
Every week I have a ” look away day”if you notice, pitchers in baseball before they throw the ball to the catcher they look away… They focus, focus, focus on their aim then for a brief second they look away then re focus and throw. The ball usually flies throughout the air and hits it’s target. This is great metaphor for life! On my look away days’my favourite things to do might be visiting my family, doing girly things painting nails and stuff, lounging around watching my favourite shows and just really indulging in the sweetness if life with no judgment, no little voice saying ‘ Jess what are you doing?! You need to be doing something else, lounging around is not going to bring you abundance or success!” Nope none of that because, on my look away days I have given myself permission to let my heart guide me and do what truly allows me to relax and feel at ease in that moment. The best part about my look away days and for those beautiful souls who thrive on being busy you will love this… Some of my best thoughts and ideas spring from them, for ease and courage can flow more steadily when you are not overwhelmed! I then continue with my week feeling balanced and more relaxed and excited about my endeavours to come. It is an exciting time of the year and I hope you get to enjoy it with ease and joy but if your feeling a little stretched already I hope this COMPLIMENTARY HEART OPENING MEDITATION will help keep you peaceful and present and open to gratitude as you move forward. Remember where focus grows, energy flows- it helps to look away once in a while and focus in on the things that are easy and bring pure joy. Having these days may also guide you when you find yourself stuck in those busy times …the best gift you can give to this world is your best amazing self! I wish you a blessed and fun Chrissy and a safe and happy holiday In light and soooooo much laughter Jessie X
30th November 2013
In starting off this journey of mine, one aspect I knew I needed guidance with was the business side of running my own company. Ive always found these areas really challenging and struggled to find a purposeful connection with marketing and numbers and spreadsheets. But through a friend I was referred to this fantastic, lady named Leonie Dawson her soul centred approach to creating an amazing life and business has opened my eyes and made me so excited to venture along this path.
One of her e-books I have been working with is called “The Cowgirls guide to riding wild donkeys” and its all about GETTING THINGS DONE!
I spent a lot of time procrastinating and not feeling good, smart or talented enough to start this blog or even start this website and venture out on my own, teaching and practicing. My thoughts went something like this it’s pretty daunting writing a blog your hearts right out there for everyone to see, will any one read it, …will I have anything to say? what if nobody likes me? will others like it? The answer was yes, definitely, maybe, possibly, hmmm probably not, no! dam it I suck, I hate blogs, screw it I’m not doing it!.…that was the process of my thought patterns before I started this because I feared I just wasn’t enough. The definition of procrastination is to delay or put things off. But, I think the true definition of procrastination should be FEAR of not being good ENOUGH because deep down I think this is the reason why we all put things off.
What Leonie Dawson’s guide to riding wild donkeys is teaching me though, is that ART and CREATION does NOT have to be pretty, it doesn’t have to have all the boxes ticked and doesn’t necessarily have to have everyone like it, for there will always be someone who just doesn’t get it or it doesn’t ring true for them- and that’s cool!
But what it does call for is a true representation of a soul effort where fun and freedom is PLACED and then is SET FREE. All the best creations are those which have flowed freely from the artists heart without the monkey mind judging and manipulating every thought. This notion really made me think …what have I put off in fear of not being perfect? I’ve found that fear is very multi layered, it is definitely in our make up as human beings for a reason, that fight or flight response that is ingrained in us is important in some instances, let’s say your being chased by an over bearing magpie whilst walking through the park in the middle of spring I say run for your life let that fear and adrenaline sink in and get the hell outta there!!!
The type of fear I am talking about is the one that stops us from our passions, our souls purposes in life, our dharma, our reason for being here. In our life on this earth there will always be something you may fear, fear of heights fear of abandonment, fear of being happy, or fear of failure. But then if fear is just part of the mind then why can’t we just stop thinking about it? Why does it take over our actions, our self esteem and our moving forward in life ? Learning to detach your self from it seems to be the biggest obstacle as fear itself seems to be a breeding ground for more fear. It’s kinda like the being stuck between a rock and a hard place type situation, trying to move either one just doesn’t work.
What I have been working with to remedy this, is learning to coexist with fear, acknowledge that it’s apart of life but move forward with love and kindness and let your experience flow from here. This way CREATION can come from a place of honesty and freedom and fear can just ride along side of you, but some how now feels much much smaller and less intimidating. There just comes that time when you have to let go of control in order to let that light and joy in, let the creation have a voice and be uninhibited! Peoples expectations do not matter, and its none of your business what others think- you can not change there minds. I think creating anything falters when the focus is not on the freedom it brings but when it is directed to the cages we put up, the art then becomes something we dread. For example how daunting would it be painting, taking a yoga class, performing in a play, or even just standing in a line at the grocery store if you believe people are going to judge the way you perform or create these activities and more then likely with fear in control what your really thinking is they are judging you.
To help with this I think the idea here is to allow the art to be what it is —A TRUE EXPRESSION OF YOUR HEART AND SOUL and nothing more. As soon as your fingers leave that paintbrush, as soon as you step onto your yoga mat, as soon as you give those words a life of there own in that play or any other type of creative process what is created has a SOUL OF ITS OWN and you have done your beautiful work as its creator, nothing more can be asked of you
BELIEVE in the joy and freedom creating brings to you and those around you and most importantly it’s perfectly, amazingly courageously fine to be you, in all your quirky, unique, rockin’ rollin’, wild, quiet, strong self. Your heart speaks the loudest, trust it feel safe with it and keep creating from it and have fun riding those wild donkeys!!
Yes, I will console any creature before me that is not laughing or full of passion for their art or life; for laughing and passion – beauty and joy – is our hearts truth, all else is labor and foreign to the soul.
~ Saint Francis of Assisi~