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On going nowhere…

As someone who has been crossing continents alone since the age of 19, I’ve always found delight in movement; but since returning to Brisbane following 8 months of intense travel, there’s a sense of contentment in knowing that, at least for a while, I’ll be going nowhere…

On recent travels I have seen some incredible locations throughout the world, met wonderful people and both taught and attended life-changing workshops and retreats; But in rushing from one experience to the next without a pause, the potency of these experiences hasn’t had a chance to sink into my being.

So, these past two weeks, I have been still. I have taken time to reflect and ruminate on these adventures and in sitting still, the experience has acquired meaning and grown deeper. I’ve begun to convert the sights I have seen into lasting insights.

Going nowhere… in other words choosing to sit still long enough to turn inward, is the ultimate adventure that makes sense of everything else.

The idea of being in stillness has been around as long as humans have; the poets of East Asia, the philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome, regularly made stillness the centre of their lives. But has the need for being in one place ever been as vital as it is right now? After a thirty-year study of time diaries, two sociologists found that Americans were actually working fewer hours than they did in the 1960s, but were feeling as if they were working more. I’m sure the feeling is the same throughout much of the western world. There is a sense, too often, of running at top speed and never being able to catch up.

Know the feeling?

I’m offering one last Restorative experience this year to help you slow down and find peace and calm in the stillness…

Restorative Yoga Afternoon Retreat
Sunday 15th December, 2-4pm
SoHo Yoga Ascot
$43 per person
Bookings essential.
Email to reserve your spot
(online booking isn’t yet available as I really have been sitting in stillness, free from technology)

I’d love to see you there!
Kirsty x

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What are YOU saying YES to?

“It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” ~ Brene Brown 

I love how a new year holds so much possibility. It’s a clean slate, a fresh start, a new chapter to be filled with whatever we choose. Yes, there will always be responsibilities and routines in life, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep doing things in the same old way.

In our Rest.Restore.Renew: Yoga & Actualisation workshop last week, participants were offered an opportunity to co-create the script for 2019. We took time to acknowledge what was learnt in 2018 in order to step into the new year with awareness and intention – a powerful combination!

When tuning into how they’d like this fresh new year to feel, these wonderful women shared:

“This year I will nourish myself by spending quality time with each of my family members.”
“I will recharge my batteries by enjoying regular walks in nature.”
“I will release my attachment to being busy!”
“I will say yes to rest.”

How often rest beckons yet we resist! It seems that now, more than ever, we need gentle reminders that we are human beings, not human doings.

This year, I too am making a personal commitment to slowing down and un-filling my life in order to create space for rest, spontaneity and play.

27 days into the new year, this has meant:

  • several visits to Mount Glorious and other beautiful nature parks around Brisbane – sharing precious time with friends and family members.
  • I’ve finally(!) downloaded Spotify and rediscovered the joy of soul-nourishing tunes and spontaneous lounge room dance sessions.
  • an extra-long restorative savasana to end each day.
  • a renewed sense of joy in the every day!

So, tell me

  • how will you nourish yourself?
  • how will you recharge your batteries?
  • what will you say YES to? What will you say NO to?

I’d love to hear your responses over on Instagram.

Scroll down to find my upcoming offerings to nourish and recharge your batteries as we move into February and beyond.

Upcoming Offerings:

  • I’m offering just three more Restorative Yoga Afternoon Retreats in Brisbane before my UK & Europe Tour. These sessions will be held at the brand new SoHo Yoga, Grange studio. Choose your date (or dates) and book online early to avoid disappointment.
    Sunday 3rd February, 2-4pm *FULLY BOOKED – email to join wait list*
    Sunday 3rd March, 2-4pm *filling fast*
    Sunday 31st March, 2-4pm
  • I’m teaming up with Yoga-NRG Founder, Tammy Williams, to offer Mindfulness-based Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Module on the Sunshine Coast, 8th-10th February, 2019. This is an opportunity for those wishing to dive deeper into the practice of restorative yoga or learn the skills and techniques to share it with others. *FULLY BOOKED – email to join wait list*
  • a truly nourishing Yoga + Walking Retreat in the stunning Scottish Highlands.
  • private therapeutic yoga sessions.

I hope you find something here that aligns with what you’re creating for yourself in 2019.

Have a wonderful rest of the month and I look forward to seeing you on (or off) the mat soon.

Kirsty x