What are Australian Bush Flower Essences (ABFE) and why do you have them at a yoga studio?

Founded by a 5th generation herbalist and Naturopath, Australian Bush Flower Essences (ABFE) is a system of healing derived from the essence of our native Australian bush flowers. Flower remedies have long been used by Indigenous Australians, and many other cultures, for thousands of years and today we use that ancient wisdom to treat modern day issues and bring balance and healing to our lives.

Flower essences are not therapeutic drugs, rather they work on the mind, body and spirit and are obtained by extracting the healing vibrational quality from the most evolved part of the plant – the flowers.  Working on an cognitive and emotional level, once negative memories or patterns have been released the physical issues that come about from our emotions have the freedom to go back into balance.

ABFE are particularly potent given the metaphysical energy of this land and its relatively low level of pollution, and we are finding practitioners all over the world are using ABFE as an integral part of their healing therapies.

There have been no reported side effects and can be used by anyone, even babies. They come as ready-made combinations or can be tailored made to suit individual needs. Drops can be taken orally or topically, and sprays are also used. ABFE has also worked with the creator of Jurlique skin care to deliver the Body Love System, a range of organic ABFE skin care which has gone on to win the International Natural Health Beauty Awards.

ABFE not only help to give clarity to one’s life but also the courage, strength and commitment to follow and pursue one’s goals and dreams. They help to develop a higher level of intuition, self-esteem, spirituality, creativity and fun. The more the Essences are used, the more one is likely to experience greater awareness and happiness in one’s life.

ABFE is used every day in the studio. Before every class we spray space clearing around our practice room to expel any negative energies, I personally use it every day and our beautiful instructors have begun cultivating their range at home.

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Essence in Spotlight – Electro Essence

This essence is a combination essence and helps to relieve fear and distress associated with electrical and electromagnetic radiation. When I have long days at my computer I have a bottle handy to take as drops, and every now and then I put a bit on my mobile phones.

Essences have a part to play in the medical and healing fields. After the catastrophic nuclear accident, the Chernobyl Disaster, in 1986 a Swiss medical charity (Green Cross) began administering Electro Essence to reduce radiation levels in children from Belarus who were affected by the Chernobyl Disaster.

 

Essences used: Bush Fuchsia, Crowea, Fringed Violet, Mulla Mulla, Paw Paw and Waratah.

How to keep your New Year’s resolution

I love making new year’s resolutions, I make them every year. This year my resolution was to have a quiet year. I ended up extending my house, sold that house, bought another house, renovated that house, bought a yoga studio, became an early childhood teacher, started a second lot of study, and played mum and wife with my daughter at home with me most of the time. I also continued working part-time for a large portion of the year and become a bush flower essence practitioner.

It’s safe to say my resolution did not stick.

In 2018 my resolution is to create a happier, healthier me. But this time I will approach it differently in order to make it stick, here’s how:

Break it down

Whatever your resolution is break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. This helps you to identify what your goals really are and how you are going to get there. You are destined to fail if you think you can make a huge change overnight.

A small goal for my overall resolution is to cut back on naughty things, like cheese. I have a problem with cheese and consume way too much of it. Its not the healthiest option for me and I need to cut back, so one month of 2018 is dedicated to that. I think I may need a month to tackle each type of cheese I like eating, but we will see how I go when I get there.

Make the time

You make the time for other commitments in your life, why not this? Things don’t just happen if you don’t make it happen, so if your resolution is something that you actually want to achieve then it needs time dedicated to it.

I really want to attend more yoga classes, but I find sometimes finding the time is hard. Next year in order to achieve this small goal, and my overall resolution, I need to plan my time better. I need to start asking for help more and I need to start re-evaluating my priorities. Work out what is most important to YOU.

Support and encouragement

Share your resolutions with your family and friends, and ask them to hold you accountable. I also find positive thinking affirmations really helpful. I have a Louise Hay calendar at home and if an affirmation really pops out at me I stick it on my bathroom mirror.

Don’t stress over slip ups

We are human, don’t worry if you slip up. Just brush it off and start again.

Something is better than nothing

This is something that I struggle with daily. I feel like I need to be superwoman and commit myself fully to all of my commitments and goals, and I beat myself up when I can’t. It’s only when people remind me of all that I do that I realise that hey, I’ve been doing ok and I’ve done what I can. I may want to go to class every day, but sometimes just once a week is all I can do, and that’s ok.

Celebrate success

Making changes is hard. Celebrate milestones. Just make sure that your celebrations support your overall goals (i.e. I shouldn’t eat a cheese platter in celebration).

 

Try it out for free

I meet so many people who think they may be interested in yoga, but not really sure, and they don’t really want to outlay any money for something they are unsure about. So why not try it for free? From Monday 4th December – Sunday 17th December new clients, or those who have visited in 12 months or more, can attend any afternoon, evening or weekend class for free! Not for you? Not a problem at least you tried!

Bookings are essential. Head to http://bit.ly/2AqklZn to register and book (simply book without payment).

Limit of one class per client.

What I learnt from a 4 year old

I thought the parents were meant to teach the kids, not the other way around? Yesterday husband and I learnt a very valuable lesson from our 4-year-old daughter.

Things have not been going so great lately. We were having a new driveway put in when the concretor left mid-way though job, taking our 50% deposit but leaving us with huge piles of dirt for a driveway. One month later we are still trying to get this job completed. Things have been really hectic at work and basically a lot of stuff has been going on in our lives. We are tired and incredibly cranky.

Yesterday in the midst of cooking dinner, cleaning up, feeding pets, helping with homework and dreaming about wine and Netflix, my daughter approaches us and says that we need some quiet yoga time. She lays down, breathes deeply and said “Savasana with me! It makes you feel better.”

Wow! My beautiful little 4-year-old reminded me how important it is to take that time for yourself. My husband and I had not been valuing ourselves and respecting what our bodies and minds needed to stay balanced. We had been taking out our frustrations on those that we hold nearest and dearest.

Controlled yogic breathing has an immediate effect in not only regulating our emotional responses but also our physical response to those emotions, such as blood pressure and heart rate. Think of how many times someone has told you to take a breath when you are upset, and in labour a pregnant woman is told to breathe (pregnancy yoga is especially beneficial for learning those breathing techniques).

During your next class pay particular attention to the breathing techniques that are being taught during Savasana. A take home one though is alternate nostril breathing. Place the middle and index finger of your right hand in the middle of your eyebrows. Place your thumb on the right nostril, and your remaining two fingers (pinky and ring fingers) on the left nostril. Taking a deep breathe in, close the right nostril with your thumb and breathe out though your left nostril. Then take a deep breathe in through the left nostril, close it with your pinky and ring finger, then release the thumb from the right nostril and breathe out. Alternate and repeat with your eyes closed for 5 minutes.

How I learnt to deal with my anxiety

In light of this week bring Mental Health, I’m going to bare my soul and talk about my battles with anxiety and the tactics I use to deal with it.

For as long as I could remember I never felt at ease in social situations. I would worry about what people were thinking of me, worry about what I was going to say next, worry about what people would say about me when I left the room. When I would study I would worry that I was doing to wrong thing, worry that the teachers would think I was stupid, worry that they were laughing at me. I’d worry so much that I just couldn’t do it. I’d walk into the middle of my bedroom, lay down and awkwardly swing my legs up in the air. I’d support my back with my hands and just stay like that for 5 minutes. At the time I didn’t know that I was activating my parasympathetic nervous system, making my heart relax, beat slower and reduce my blood pressure. Heck I didn’t know what a parasympathetic nervous system was.

Sometimes I would drape myself backwards over my gym ball, with both feet and both hands on the ground. Not quite wheel pose, but I was opening my chest and strengthening my lungs. I started practicing plow pose and legs up the wall, enjoying the way I felt after (it should be noted that poses that place pressure on the neck should be avoided in the absence of proper guidance from a trained instructor. Don’t be like me).

I didn’t know that I was doing yoga, it was just a natural thing for me to do personally. But when I realised these were yoga poses I started researching and discovered that the poses I were doing were proven to be beneficial for treating anxiety and depression. Others came up which I had not tried, including child’s pose, forward fold, tree pose and headstands (again, don’t try the latter without instruction and guidance!).

Research is finding many links to yoga and its ability to treat mental and physical health conditions. It is even being offered to current and ex-service officers to help them cope with the stress and trauma of their professions. Benefits of yoga include:

  • Lowering stress and blood pressure, and increasing confidence: Mediation and breathing techniques boost oxygen to the brain, quiets self-chatter and releases tension from the mind. Breathing techniques also learnt during yoga increases our lung capacity and when practiced during stressful situations can reduce your stress levels.
  • Decreased risk of injury: Yoga is low impact exercise with low risk of injury.
  • Improved posture: Yoga strengthens your abdominal and back muscles and people generally find that they can stand taller and straighter.
  • Increases flexibility, improves muscle tone, and just all-round good for you: People always tell me they are not flexible enough to do yoga. That’s rubbish. We stretch to become flexible, and this improves our muscle strength and tone at the same time. Yoga also positively affects our ligaments and tendons which increases our range of motion. People also generally find that with regular physical activity they are more inclined to lead a healthier lifestyle generally.

Yoga, clean(er) eating, and in more recent times avoiding meat has personally done wonders for me. The benefits that yoga has brought to my life was a driving force in my decision to purchase Voodoo Yoga this year.

But whatever form of exercise you choose to take, DO IT. You will be feel better if you attend that class, go for that walk, do star jumps in your living room even. Move the body that you were given and you will find that you will start to shift towards a happier, healthier life.