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From the Creator of HBM...


f ‘sitting’ is the new ‘smoking’, then do we need to put injured and twisted pictures of people’s bodies on the price tags of chairs when we buy them (like the graphic pictures of mouth cancers on packets of cigarettes) with a label, “Warning! Do not use this chair continuously without breaks and stretches”. I must admit, with increasing the amount I am writing and being on the computer, having ways to move and stretch is even more important than ever before. When I say important, I mean there is more of a priority for me to listen to my body and interpret the language of my body. When you make a promise to yourself to be more aware, then there are fewer and fewer places you can hide from

yourself and it becomes more and more difficult to ignore your body. It’s actually easier to listen, tune in to your body and ask questions about what it requires! This month we have a feature on ‘move and be with your body’ which has a variety of perspectives and modalities for you to consider and even try out for yourself and see which ones resonate. We are delighted to have Lauren Vercoe, pioneer of Zenko Yoga featured on our cover this month and a great interview with Nicole Taryn. I really love the part about listening and trusting your body even if it means being in child’s pose for a whole class. Enjoy the read J




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09 Food for the Soul


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Why detox before removing heavy metals?



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Move and Be With Your Body ow can you work up a sweat H whilst sitting still?



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12-13 Lauren Vercoe: Remembering the real you with yoga NICOLE TARYN

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Movement is life, life is movement



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How can you WORK UP A SWEAT whilst sitting still?

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temperature in a far infrared sauna ranges from about 40 to 60 degrees, so the body still perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits of a traditional steam sauna, but avoids the harmful and extreme hot air. Is it similar to a UV solarium? This is a surprisingly common misconception, because a UV solarium and infrared sauna are completely different devices. The infrared heater produces radiant energy which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays. So you definitely won’t be getting a tan or receiving UV exposure during your infrared sauna session! Why is it so good for me? Far infrared saunas are a great detoxification tool to help you cleanse your body of cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals (such as mercury and cadmium), sulfuric acid, ammonia, sodium, and uric acid. Many people report a wide range of benefits from regular infrared therapy sessions, including: relaxation, cellulite

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presence, in a life in which many would be hard-pressed not to outwardly display signs of being overwhelmed. Her simple answer is yoga. On an average day Lauren will take up to 150 yogis through three classes of ‘Power Flow’ before she hands over the reins to one of her yoga teachers to finish off with the evening class. Lauren Vercoe is no stranger to being busy and she is certainly no shrinking violet when it comes to knowing what she wants to achieve in life. At the age of 22, after spending a few years working and travelling internationally, Lauren decided it was time to head home and choose her

career path. She’d been told by people that she would be great at PR. Not really having a full grasp on what PR actually was, she promptly mapped out a tertiary education pathway and opened her boutique PR company in Melbourne, securing media for her first two clients, before she’d even finished her qualifications. Stress and adrenalin soon became the platform from which Lauren ran her life. “Media is not an industry where you can simply close down your laptop at the end of the day. You always have to be on and you are always looking for the next opportunity to sell your client’s content,” says Lauren.

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Having tried yoga haphazardly as a teenager, Lauren followed her fiancé’s suggestion to try yoga in an attempt to reduce the adrenalin, on which she was running her life. She soon realised that there was something greater available to her than simply stretching her body. With the overwhelming stresses of wedding preparations and running a busy PR company, Lauren booked herself into a two-day yoga retreat in an attempt to unwind. Little did she know that it would dramatically change the course of her life. While on retreat, Lauren felt a burning desire to share the benefits of yoga with as many people as she could. Encouraged by the instructors at the retreat, who told her that she had something unique to offer in the world of yoga, she enrolled in yoga teacher training and began winding down her PR company within weeks. Lauren’s capacity to make a decision, take action and get results in a very short amount of time could easily be considered one of her most impressive qualities. While others are still pondering

their ideas and analysing the pros and cons, Lauren has already found the tools, established the foundation and is halfway through building her dreams. She has a unique way of observing her self-doubt, without giving it the power to stand in the way of achieving her goals. Her selfefficacy is superior and she draws on her innate belief that anything is possible to propel herself forward when many would be still negotiating the self-doubt. So, true to her style, before she’d even finished her teacher training qualifications, Lauren opened the first of two successful yoga studios in Melbourne, filling her first class and selling multiple visit passes within the first week. The rest, as they say, is history. Fast forward to now and Zenko Yoga at Buddina on the beautiful Sunshine Coast has become a household name and thriving yoga studio in just two short years. After opening Zenko Yoga in Buddina, Lauren dreamt of opening up another studio in Noosa over the next five years. Interestingly, a series of synchronistic events led to the speedy opening of the Noosa studio which coincided with the Super Moon on 14th November 2016. “It was totally unplanned, yet it all happened so easily,” Lauren says, amazed and grateful for how quickly her dream became a reality. “Yoga enables me to be the very best version of myself. Through yoga I have fallen in love with myself,” explains Lauren. “You have to be comfortable in your own company and for many people that can be quite confronting. If you are willing to be comfortable with yourself, you’ll find that you begin to unveil the limiting belief systems that are stopping you from reaching your full potential,” she says. Lauren describes how Zenko also became her own healing sanctuary as she navigated her way through the ending of her marriage. She openly describes how she would often find herself wiping away tears before invoking a smile as she opened the doors of the studio to welcome clients. She found herself challenged by her beliefs around being a woman alone in the world and through her practice, found faith in her capacity and capability to move on with her life. She credits her strength and tenacity to the time she spent on the yoga mat, not only teaching, but sitting quietly and searching within during her practice, to find her inner self.


Lauren tells us, “I’ve witnessed some amazing transformations in people, sometimes within an hour of a class. People think they are coming to yoga to gain more flexibility in their body. What they don’t realise is that they will also gain more flexibility in their mind.” She goes on to say, “What I’ve found is that the more authentic I am in sharing my own journey, the more my clients relax and ease into their practice. It’s as though my vulnerability gives them permission to not have to strive to be perfect and to feel okay with whom they truly are.” Zenko Yoga is a studio that embraces the practice beyond the physical benefits. Lauren prides herself on providing a space of non-judgement, where clients are encouraged to sit in child’s pose for an entire class if that’s what their body requires. “When someone can be aware of what their body needs on any given day and they honour that, then that is a sign of a true yogi,” reflects Lauren. Zenko is a space for self-exploration, where clients can learn to drop the façade of the ego. There’s no need to push oneself into the most advanced expression of a pose, or compare with others. The practice is unique to the individual and Lauren and her teachers are simply there to guide. Yoga assists us to flow with purpose. Lauren believes you can discover your life’s purpose through yoga, because you get to meet the real YOU. “The more you practise, the stronger you get. Your mind becomes flexible, as well as your body and eventually you find your flow effortlessly and that infiltrates into all aspects of your life. This is when you just know you can’t live without it. And it gives you the tools and techniques to breathe and remain calm through life. That’s the magic of yoga.” laurenvercoe.com Holistic Bliss | MARCH 2017 |

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Do you have an

AQUA CHILD and are they ACTIVE?

WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education

“Jean I don’t know how to work my body. I feel trapped in this body as it makes me feel stuck like in a box. I know I can fly, I know I can walk through walls and go anywhere I want. I feel small and squashed. I don’t have the freedom I used to when I lived in the other world. How can I move my body? How can I work it so I feel free?”


ine-year-old Bianca was brought in by her Mum as she continually stated the words mentioned above. Her mum could not understand this as Bianca was sporty and could move her body in extraordinary ways. In fact, Bianca was very good at sport. If Bianca did not play outside or do sport, her Mum said she would become irritable and disruptive. It was important that Mum understood Bianca was an AQUA child – Millennium Children® and they need body movement and movement energetically. AQUA children (and adults) need to move their body. They are sporty, active and alive in all ways. They feel trapped by their body and limited. These souls have the innate awareness of Lemuria

and free movement per quantum reality and sacred geometry. Lemuria was and is about free flowing energy, no limits and no fear. For AQUA children, fearbased emotions are entrapment and will trigger their feelings of movement in the body. Hence why they must move continually. Fear-based emotions like anger, guilt, annoyance and rejection will create an AQUA to move their body as this is the way they vibrate the fear to love-based emotions. Movements can be throwing, rolling around, running away and in a guided way, playing sport or jumping on a trampoline or riding a bike.

On a metaphysical level, these children feel trapped in their bodies, as in the absolute they know they can access potentiality. For Bianca and her Mum, they were given life strategies for AQUA personalities and it was imperative Bianca always play sport and also had time to imagine which allowed her to feel unlimited. This allowed Bianca freedom in the mind, body and spirit.

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ll of life is movement. Our blood flows and our hearts beat. Our cells are perpetually moving. Our energy moves subtly, constantly. Our chakras are moving. The cosmos moves. When movement stops, stagnation sets in. When we fail to move, we begin to feel old, rigid and stagnant. It doesn’t matter how old we are. Often this stagnation goes unnoticed. It becomes the norm to use our arms to push ourselves up out of our seat and then to move slowly until our body finally loosens up enough to shift gears into a more agile state. The chronic underuse of our bodies in modern culture is bordering on an epidemic. The human body is designed to move. Sitting, now often referred to as the new smoking, is more than merely sedentary. It creates imbalances in muscles, it compromises our digestion, it is not kind to our joints and it blocks many energy channels so Prana or Qi find it hard to flow, to name but a few instant side effects.

All of our muscles, organs and nerves are enveloped in various types of connective tissue called fascia. When we spend hours each day without much movement, two things (and probably more) happen to the fascia. Firstly it thickens or thins to help hold the different parts of the body in their repetitive positions and secondly, the lovely hydrated nature of fascia begins to dry. The result is the muscles find it difficult to glide over each other, thickness builds around the joints and the natural juicy rotation becomes fixed and rigid. The perineurium, connective tissue that surrounds the nerve fascicles, also begins to dehydrate; not unlike the plastic casing around electrical wires when it is left out in the sun. Directly connected to the nervous system, fascia works hard to protect us from pain and instability. Eventually, though, the battle becomes overwhelming and movement becomes inhibited and finally painful. Movement is our freedom of expression. Our busy lifestyles and

our often technologically-based lives are impacting directly on an element of our freedom that we can choose to take back. If our movement stagnates, we stagnate. We begin to feel old and grow old. What can you do about it? Walk, hike, breathe, stretch (you can raise your arms above your head every 15 minutes wherever you are… apart from the car, perhaps). Feel your body. Side bend, rotate, look up, look down, wiggle your toes. Every part of your body is important and every part is connected to every other part. Your head is connected to your feet through your fascia. There are manual therapies that work directly on fascia, hydrating, lengthening, opening, returning posture and balance to the body. These speed up the process of returning to movement, but you can start wherever you are right now. All movement is life. Without movement there is no life. artofmovement.com.au

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When you do this, you invite all possibilities in. You override your ‘ego’ that will do its best to keep you ‘safe’, in blame and a victim. It will try and tell you one choice is better than the other; keep reminding you bad things will happen if you choose what your intuition may be saying, or something different or new. Your emotional body will become more intense and your mind will start to go to extremes with negative stories the further you step out of your comfort zone. Your ego will keep you in what is ‘known’ and what you have done before – regardless of outcome! Different and new choices will create different and new results. 4. PAY ATTENTION TO THE ‘SIGNS’ Not the signs from your emotional body or negative stories. These signs are in your environment – in many places. When you come from a space of “all choices will work out for me�, your body’s consciousness will give you many, many signs throughout your day for a choice that will ‘feel light’. It will


float to the top of all the choices and you will be able to ‘perceive’ it. Pay attention to everything that shows up this day. 5. TRUST YOURSELF AND WHAT YOUR BODY’S CONSCIOUSNESS SHOWED YOU This is the easy part – ‘seeing’ your choice in your environment. We are so supported, only always in all ways. If you are willing, brave and open, you will see it clearly. It’s our wobbly emotional bodies and negative stories that can take over this natural process of feeling and trusting your gut. A knowing will drop in when you see the ‘signs’ that are your direction. This knowing will fuel your momentum to take action. The bigger the conundrum, the more ‘unsafe’ your choice’s outcome may feel. However, unless we choose something different, the same situation will find us again. We may see it differently but it will emotionally feel the same. bodyconsciousness.com.au

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“Get into the groove. Boy you’ve got to prove your love to me, Yeah. Get up on your feet, yeah, step to the beat, boy, what will it be?”


hen you hear this Madonna song, most times you can’t help but get moving and dancing. However sometimes you just do not have the energy, motivation, interest or even the ability to make yourself get moving, let alone tap your toes. This doesn’t always mean you’re unwell. These days with all the awakening processes happening, the earth’s frequency and the human vibrational field in a state of upgrading, we are going through some big transformations internally and externally. And it can be like the full spectrum swing of a pendulum; exhausting, exhilarating, confusing one moment, crystal clear the next, full of ‘gung ho’ let me ‘at em’ for a few days, then the crash of no energy; where you can’t even think. So, what’s happening? Over the last few decades the Global Coherence researchers have been

monitoring the earth’s frequency from equipment placed in various points across the earth. The data collected enables scientists to see the spikes in human consciousness when traumas and big events affect our safety. This includes heart opening occurrences such as a fabulous public figure passing away. These monitors have been steady for a few years recording the earth’s frequency which is called the Schumann Resonance. This research has indicated that the earth frequency aligns with human brainwaves. As the earth’s frequency lifts, our brain goes into a different level of functionality and vice versa. Since the 80s it has steadily registered about 7.8Hz, which is similar to human brainwaves of theta. However, since 2014, the resonance has been spiking, creating a sense of quickening in life, time, and our awakening process. It’s recording measurements of 12-15Hz which is like the brainwaves of an awakened calm state, which means things are shifting. Recently in February, we had measurements up to 30+Hz, which is

quite a leap. When there is deep inner change, transition, or transformation, we must accept we are in an adaptation process. It is exhausting at times, and confusing. I liken it to a new baby adapting to life outside of the womb, or young children going through growth spurts and teenagers transforming into young adults. Sleep or rest is the medicine, the requirement, the healing and transition into the next stage. There are times when we must be still, rest, sleep, to allow the energetic workings to anchor, recalibrate and reset us to the new vibration. Getting moving is great when you have the motivation, energy, clarity, and we all need to do it every day, however when in transition, sometimes we have to be still, and not feel guilty. Acceptance of the inner KNOWING, that something else is occurring and excess movement may be more depleting, becomes a personal call to your own truth and connection to you. raelenebyrne.com



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that allow us to remain upright and functioning. One is to use our muscles instead of our bones as our support, or we can realign our body. When we become a muscular being, we are in effect reducing the amount of electrical and fluid energy to the greatest amount of cells. The action of our muscles is to contract and release and plays a significant role in the circulation of oxygen-rich blood. Muscles that remain contracted or flaccid in a rest position have a reduced amount of circulation and a slower rate of cellular renewal… ageing. A body whose structure is in alignment with gravity moves effortlessly and gracefully with full spatial awareness. The bones are aligned at the joints with the ideal space between them and the weight of the body rests evenly within the pelvic basin and the feet. The muscles are released from the effort of supporting the structure and can again return to their natural functions. A point to make here is that the muscles we use consistently have better circulation. The muscles least used not only get the least amount of circulation but also the motor neurons to these muscles disconnect. The body is conservative and if it’s not being used, it’s no longer connected… if we don’t use it, we lose it… ageing.

With this in mind, if we look at our daily movement patterns, we’ll get an idea of which parts of our body move the most. I’ve noticed most people use the front of their body more than the sides or back, so the muscles at the front of the body have better circulation. This means they contract and release more, but if the body is out of alignment the front muscles become more contracted, curving the spine forward and shortening the front like a curled up caterpillar. The reason we don’t end up looking like a caterpillar is because the joints of the ribs, spine, hips, knees and ankles rearrange themselves so we can remain upright. The ribcage thrusts forward and the lower back or lumbar spine collapses inward. The pelvis rotates, tipping forward, pushing the heads of the femurs forward as the socket tilts backward. The base of the femur at the knee joint is pushed slightly out of alignment, twisting, and the body weight descending from a tilted pelvis lands ungainly onto the outer edges and the front of the feet. Then we stuff our poor feet into shoes that don’t have enough space or flexibility to make the many joints in our feet move, as they are made to create supports that cut out the movement of the intrinsic muscles that power the individual articulation of each one of our

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here’s been an interesting change we’ve noticed when people call to make a booking with us. Previously people used to call to enquire about “weight loss”, whereas now we have more people looking to change their eating patterns, and wanting to take better care of their body. There’s a greater emphasis on health, and weight loss is seen as a product of well-being, not just an end in itself. While research (and commonly our experience) suggests that changing our eating patterns (for example, eating less sugar, less processed foods… simply eating less) will certainly lead to more balanced weight and health, we find that our clients who begin to use their body more will notice that their health improves faster than if they simply focus on food. We’re designed to move so our body remains strong and can work properly. All of our body systems work together to help us achieve and

maintain health. A good example of this perfect system is when we increase our muscle mass, our endocrine system functions more effectively… and when our hormones are balanced, guess what? We better metabolise food, our digestion improves, our blood sugar levels balance out… and we usually find ourselves at a more ideal weight. It’s not about exercise, it’s about moving our body. For most people that means it’s also about “motivation”, and motivation’s twin, “willpower”. When we want to be healthier, we usually have a motive – we usually have a goal, with pretty good reasons for aiming for that goal. But that’s not exactly motivation, it’s more like desire. And sadly, motivation is not some kind of divine energy that magically appears to push us towards that which we desire… So when we realise that having a motive is not enough to get us moving, we have to ask, what will be? We all have knowledge about what

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ratyahara is a yoga word, which means to draw the senses inward in order to still the mind. This fundamental process allows the practitioner to move from the analytical, thinking and logical monkey mind to a place of FEELING. When we move out of our logical mind and into the feeling body we arrive home. Home is a place where we trust, where there is no judgment and we feel unconditional love for our bodies and ourselves. From this safe haven we are able to practise mindfulness and our movements become authentic, less rigid and energy shifts are frequent and discerning. To move our bodies from a place of complete awareness is the path in traditional yoga. Through learning to become a yoga teacher, we listen into how our body feels, where there are blockages and turn our awareness to these points. We understand deeply

that while these blockages may be present in the physical body, they are connected with energetic blocks in either the mental, emotional or spiritual layer of the metaphysical body. It is this profound realisation that often creates the necessary vehicle for change – change in direction, work, relationships etc. What I cherish is sharing my love and passion for yoga with students who have chosen the sacred path of yoga teaching. I often get asked if there needs to be a certain level of practice, a certain body type, a certain degree of flexibility to which the answer is always NO. Every BODY is unique and therefore how that body moves is individual to that person. This simple insight can have profound effects on how students move, practise and teach yoga. For me personally, each practice is different and I am no longer attached to how my practice needs to look, feel

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very day in the clinic, I speak to people with chronic inflammation somewhere in their body. This inflammation can always be traced back to the gut. Inflammation can be evident in the body by presentation of allergies, skin complaints, asthma, and even auto-immune diseases. In order to treat these complaints, often, patients have been to other complementary health practitioners before coming to see me, and they are armed with an array of supplements that have been prescribed to them. These supplements are often well prescribed for the condition, however the continual usage of the supplements is required for ongoing benefit which can be quite unsustainable in the long term. As a homœopath, I believe that all treatment needs to act on the body’s healing abilities to work towards

permanent improvement. Specific homœopathic medicines targeting bowel inflammation is imperative to reduce gut inflammation and subsequent whole body improvement. As well as prescribing homœopathic medicines, a qualified homœopath will help people make real lifestyle change so they do not need to be reliant on supplements for their wellbeing into the future. Lifestyle change generally comes through gradual changes in what we eat, drink, how we breathe and move our body, how we sleep and most importantly what we think. These changes are gradual, as only gradual change becomes lifestyle change. As a homœopath, I believe that real health is a benefit to all and should be available to all. Homœopathic medicines are cheap, yet very powerful. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homœopathy was an advocate of


finding a means of promoting rapid, gentle and permanent cure in the sick. He believed homœopathy was the only medicine that could facilitate this. As a modern day homœopath, I always stay true to his teachings. I feel that if it worked for Hahnemann, it will work for me, and just following his teachings and how he went about using homœopathy, I have witnessed on multiple occurrences, what could be termed as miraculous improvements in patients. We are very blessed to live in these times. We have an array of choices available to help us lead a healthy life. As a homœopath I feel no way is right or wrong. We just need to feel free to make our own decisions on our own health. After all, who knows our bodies and what works for us better than us? organon.net.au


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here is no one quite like you on this planet, nor has there ever been and your body is also unique. A body is an amazing sensory organism and it constantly senses and receives information from people, animals and the planet. Your body is truly amazing! The beautiful thing is your body doesn’t judge you, it simply asks for what it requires. It has its own wisdom and you will start to develop a different possibility with it by communicating with it. What if asking your body for everything that concerns it, opens the door to a connection with it that you never considered a possibility before? For a long time I believed that I was the boss, and my body came along for the ride. Having trained as a naturopath, I thought I knew what was best for my body. I was willing to get advice from doctors, dietitians, fitness gurus and other experts. But my body was the last voice I would listen


to. The idea that my body has its own preferences was a revelation to me. In the past I spent a lot of time trying to get my body “right” but the things I did were mostly based on judgement. Do you constantly judge good and bad food choices and give yourself a tongue lashing if you indulge in a “bad” choice? Do you obsess about what is the best way to exercise and for how long? What if all of this is judgement or other people’s points of view, even the so-called scientific facts. Many ideas about food and supplements that once were popular, have now been disproved. Many socalled right diets have come and gone, and yesterday’s wisdom has become today’s fad. Eventually I realised that there was only one expert who knew everything there was to know about my body, and that is “my body”. I began talking to her and asking her about her tastes and pleasures. What is my body’s preference for food, clothes, jewellery

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and especially other bodies who would be fun to play with? For everything that has to do with my body, I now always ask a question. Are you ready to have your body as your best friend? Are you kinder to your friends than you are to your body? Be kind to your body and do not ignore or abuse it. Allow your body to choose what it chooses rather than impose your fixed points of view onto it. If you decide that something is good or bad, and you have not asked your body, you are imposing a regime that is not kind or nurturing. What would it take to have the presence and awareness of what your body requires in every moment of every day? The willingness to celebrate your difference with your body opens the door to peace and joy with it. margaretbraunack.com

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s parents, as lovers, as husbands and wives, together with our ‘partner’ we build the foundations for our family. We talk about standing ‘united as a team’ in front of our kids not to approve something that the other has just disapproved, but uniting is substantially greater than that. Uniting is so important to feel truly comfortable and safe with the one we treasure most. It’s important that we can unite beyond the illusions that may be faced in a moment. For example, if one may be triggered; if we were to relax and hold space for them we would shift out of being an opposing force and become one whom can console so resolve may be found. I have seen such an attitude shift over the last 10 years when it comes to ‘working on issues’ as a couple and having a solid commitment. In the earlier days people would shun the idea of ‘advancing’ through things with their significant other, the

common phrase being, “You can’t be your partner’s therapist”. What if instead of being apprehensive about ‘being too close’ you were actually open to the continuity of support, the deepening of love, knowing and trusting that you can contribute to each other? That in allowing yourselves to be open and vulnerable with each other; to have each other’s backs, you can help each other to fast track. Healing, manifesting, co-creating… what it is really doing is increasing your ‘wealth’ as you grow together. You become more deeply invested in the love you have for each other and that which you feel. It’s an old school twist on the now… more people will stay in relationships or married because it is worth it, because it is real, because it is right – rather than the millennial disposable relationships that lack in connection – that being intimacy and communication. The number of couples that come

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7 SIMPLE YET PROFOUND STEPS TO BE THE PARENT YOU CHOOSE TO BE Step 2: Acknowledge your feelings and feel them motional intelligence stems from our ability to acknowledge our feelings and feel them. However, so few of us have been taught this simple yet powerful parenting tool. If the feelings are overwhelming and pausing and breathing are not enough to quell the emotional charge, take yourself into another room (or do this later when you have a chance) and acknowledge and feel your feelings, whether anger and frustration, or inadequacy and helplessness. Feel it all and give yourself a big hug in acknowledgement of how tough parenting can be! It takes a conscious act of will to NOT react with that old knee-jerk reaction. However, when you allow yourself to fully feel what’s there, you’ll find freedom from the emotional charge


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ook around and you will see examples everywhere of the extraordinary things people are capable of achieving. We all have unique gifts and are capable of achieving amazing things if we allow ourselves to. Reaching the peaks of our potential takes both recognising for ourselves what we are great at, and allowing other people to see what we offer. It saddens me how often I meet people who are blind to the depth of their own potential or are afraid to be seen. The emotions that hold people back from sharing their talents with the world are many and complex. Among the most common I observe is a fear of being judged or ridiculed. There is no doubt our well-known ‘tall poppy’ syndrome undermines the willingness many people in Australia feel to stand out from the crowd. Four of the most important things you can do to stand in your spotlight: 1. CHOOSE TO THRIVE Deciding to thrive is a critical first

step toward making it happen. Wanting to be the best possible version of yourself and achieve everything you are capable of will help you overcome barriers to your success. Reflect on how much happier and fulfilled your life would be if you had the courage to do the things you really want to, unconstrained by limiting belief or fear. 2. APPRECIATE YOUR TALENTS We all have strengths, our recognition and appreciation of them is an important step toward leveraging our potential. Take the time to reflect on all of the things you are great at. Allow yourself to be completely honest about the ways you are able to contribute, make a difference and influence the world around you. Unless you see and believe in your own talents you unlikely step up and give things a go. 3. RECOGNISE YOUR FEARS Fears about what other people think and how they will react are common reasons people hesitate to stand in their spotlight. Understand how fear holds

you back from pursuing the things that matter most to you. What role are you allowing fear to play in dictating the decisions you make about the career or life directions you choose? Don’t be afraid that people will perceive you as having an inflated opinion of yourself. Have the courage to ignore your critics – look past their unfounded beliefs and inaccurate perceptions. 4. LET GO OF PERFECTIONISM Realise and accept that you are not perfect and few people expect you to be. Choose to ignore the views of people who set unreasonable expectations and dish out harsh criticism. Your best endeavours are all you or any other reasonable person can expect. Give things a go knowing it’s OK to fail, all we need to do is get back up and try again. Melbourne-based author KAREN GATELY is a leadership and people-management specialist and a founder of Ryan Gately, a specialist HR consultancy practice. karengately.com.au

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outh Australia’s premiere ‘feel good’ festival – ‘Enlighten Adelaide’, is celebrating its eighth year in Adelaide presenting a smorgasbord of quality health and wellbeing professionals showing their products and services in an open and welcoming atmosphere. Festival Director Sue Shaw started the festival as a one-day outdoor garden event and has nurtured and grown the festival, with the support of local businesses, sponsors, volunteers and the local community, into a magical weekend of fun, nurturing, learning and experiencing something new. The festival oozes a warmth the moment you walk through the door, much like a feeling of ‘coming home’. Festival-goers can leisurely browse the wide range of exhibits in their own time without being harassed to buy anything and can openly chat with the stallholders. A great range of free workshops forms part of the festival’s aim of educating people, and ‘free come and try’ activities are fun for everyone. The unique Day Spa Room offers

a more intimate and quiet space to experience a wellness treatment, or massage, with dimmed lighting, aromatherapy and soft music to help you relax during the session. Visitors are encouraged to stay for the day and enjoy the delicious healthy lunch available at the Festival Cafe. The live music throughout the weekend adds to the great buzz and energy that the festival generates, thanks to sponsors ‘Sacred Music Adelaide’. “Once people get here, they don’t want to leave and often come back the second day to do it all over again! There’s so much to see and do, it’s a pure indulgence of the senses and a great feeling,” said Sue. Sue’s vision was to provide a platform for businesses to increase awareness of the benefits of alternative, natural and organic ways of living, giving people the choice to take responsibility for their own health. The idea and concept of the festival was birthed (Sue affectionately calls it her baby) after Sue’s personal journey led her to Reiki at a very poignant

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he Energy & Wellbeing Expo events grew from a little Energy Awareness day in 2010 through to what they are today; heart-centred, well run, fun and loving days! Last year we took the event on the road up north and went to Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Both went well for first events and so we have booked the same venues again in April 2017. April 1st will see us at The Brolga Theatre in Maryborough – a terrific venue with amazing staff. The town was very welcoming and we look forward to a bigger presence this year. April 22nd will see us at The Community Centre in Hervey Bay. It is also a good venue and having learnt some ways of doing things from last year – we believe this will be a great day out in The Bay. Our events are always on Saturdays

from 9am until 4pm. There are still stalls available at both events and the cost is $100 for a 2.5m frontage site. Dates for Gympie have not yet been confirmed but enquires are welcomed. We have yummy food and fantastic coffee at all events. There is space for about 45 stalls in each venue. Besides creating these expos, Di Woodstock also runs ‘Magicality’ which was a lovely well-known shop in Mary Street, Gympie for 11 years. The time came for a change and now it is mobile and going on line, focusing on oracle and tarot cards, with some crystals and books as well. She also has an Aura Camera and does readings at various festivals while selling the cards. ‘Discovery’ and ‘Conscious Life Festivals’ at Kawana are always on her list to attend each year. Besides all that, Di is passionate

about family history and learning why we are who we are. She teaches, researches and is very involved with the local ‘Family History Society’. On top of that, her passion is for prepping Aussie dinosaur bones at the ‘Australian Age Of Dinosaurs’ at Winton with two trips there in 2017 planned (including her 3rd week-long dinosaur dig). And just because it is required, she will hold her first ‘Connecting the Community’ event in Gympie with approximately 70 stall holders to encourage people to find movement and mental activity with others in the community. Because we all need beach time, ‘Relaxing Retreats’ at Woodgate is also co-hosted by Di and is for busy women to relax, create and laugh. For further information: magicality.com.au or email: di@magicality.com.au

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here’s something about having “Australian Made” on a product that brings about a particular connotation. Maybe it’s our clean waterways and stunning coastline or our clear air and beautiful rainforests that have created this global mindset? From the high quality, ethically sourced pure ingredients that we are known to use, to the way we manufacture our products, Australia has created a pristine reputation in the organics industry. This is only cemented by the number of Aussie-made ecofriendly brands, which continues to grow at a rapid rate, offering innovative “greener” and “healthier” organic alternatives. Particularly in the organic beauty industry, Australian organic beauty and skincare companies dominate in the global arena. Only last year, the number of Aussie organic brands that took out International Natural Beauty Awards was incredible! Local Gold Coast company, Eco Tan, is an innovative Australian organics company that drives Australia’s

leading position in the organic beauty industry. In 2011, Eco Tan made history by becoming the first and only tanning manufacturer in Australia to be Certified by the Organic Food Chain, the strictest regulations and Bio-dynamic standards under the Australian government. Eco Tan founder, Sonya Driver, is passionate about being an innovator and not an imitator in the organic beauty industry. She says, “my motivation comes from creating ecofriendly, toxic-free and cruelty-free beauty products that provide consumers with a healthier alternative.” In the beginning, it was Sonya’s family who prompted her to create her award-winning range. After her sister was diagnosed with a melanoma at age 30, Sonya became very conscious about looking after her skin. Still wanting a tan without the risk of harmful UV rays, Sonya searched tirelessly for a safe organic, self-tan product. She began to research the ingredients used by many brands and it only took her a few minutes to decide not to use their products anymore.

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to get your body moving



here is no doubt a happy, healthy, vibrant life includes regular movement. People who consistently exercise tend to have more energy, sleep better, have less health issues with more happy hormones running through their body. They emit a radiance that is alluring and easy to be around. Their skin tends to be clear and no matter what their age, size or hair colour they appear more positive. Why is it then so many people struggle to exercise on a regular basis? Perhaps the focus should be less on ‘having’ to exercise and more around appreciation. Being grateful for what the body can do, for the fact it can move. It is not until we are sick, injured or disabled that we realise how precious the ability to move actually is. What if the next time we exercise we do it with intention, we focus on the fact the body is a beautiful temple and we honor the fact we are moving it. It’s another way of saying we are worth

it. It doesn’t have to mean running a marathon or going to a one-hour gym class. Regular movement can be appreciating a gentle walk, a dance class or gardening. Essential oils have wonderful properties that can give us a lift, a pep-up, a touch more energy and can anchor in the positive feeling exercise creates. The next time you feel the urge to move your body and give it the thanks it deserves, try any one of these oils. You can use them in a diffuser or in a spritzer by filling a 50ml bottle with water and adding six drops in total, shake the bottle then spritz it around your head inhaling deeply. Grapefruit is one of the most uplifting and refreshing oils. It helps to ease aching muscles, eliminate toxins and its powerful stimulating properties help to enhance a sense of hope, happiness and clarity. This oil is especially good with lavender and

peppermint for a muscle-ease blend. Peppermint as you can see is a refreshing and uplifting oil. It is wonderful to help reduce mental fatigue and improve concentration. This oil seriously awakens the mind and senses. Adding a drop or two in your shower gel is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system and awaken the mind. Lemon oil is a wonderful pepme-up oil! It is excellent in helping to relieve anxiety, which can stop you from wanting to exercise. It is refreshing, inspiring and clearing. A few drops of this onto a tissue can do wonders for a fatigued mind and stressed-out body. So here’s the goal, within the next 24 hours commit to moving your body, honor the privilege and give yourself a beautiful boost using any of these oils on their own or together. Essential oils will add to a more positive exercise experience long term. twenty8.com

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buki Health have a concept of inspiring ideas using the latest skin rejuvenating technologies that enhance the health of the skin. Exercise is one of the best ways to nourish and re-energise tired cells. Increasing circulation and delivering oxygen to skin, acts as a booster for cell renewal and detoxification. Breaking a sweat isn’t the only way exercise benefits the skin. It also reduces body wide inflammation, helps regulate skin significant hormones and prevents free radical damage. Another way of detoxifying the skin is lymphatic drainage performed by machine or manual massage techniques which are available at Ibuki Health. Exercising the body is just as important as regular skin treatments as they work hand-in-hand by delivering essential nutrients to the skin’s surface that repairs damage from sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients rev up the skin’s collagen production and work more efficiently during exercise. These fibroblasts do slow down as we age and skin treatments are a great way to

get your skin to look and feel younger. Regular facials are important for optimal skin health. It is necessary to regularly work with the natural processes of the skin to maintain hydration, cell renewal and enhance blood flow. Regular facials can also have a benefit on both your physical and mental well-being. The face is the one area of your body that is almost always exposed to the outside elements including: wind, sun, and the cold. In order to keep looking fresh and youthful, you need to take care of your face. A deep cleansing and moisturising facial is one way to do so. Also, a regular facial has the obvious outward benefits of youth and vitality with psychological effects of improved self-esteem. And it’s a lovely way to nurture yourself this autumn and connect with friendly people on our team who just want to pamper you. Ask about our ‘6-week Skin Fit Gym Course’ and complimentary skin pack. ibukihealth.com

A Recipe for the “Perfect Australian Health Retreat” Prepare the base: Choose a pristine location with pure air, pure water, lots of sunshine, and lots of natural vegetation, then throw in some views of the great Australian coastline. Add a layer of exciting outdoor activities to take advantage of the fresh mountain air and sunshine. Could be golf, bowls, and swimming pool – hopefully a mineral pool. The golf could be the latest craze of Disc Golf – played with frisbees, the fastest growing sport on the planet and a great deal of fun for all levels of skill, dexterity and athleticism. Add liberal amounts of pampering in an idyllic on-site day spa that includes massages of various types, facials, manicures, pedicures, saunas and floatation pool sessions – these must be included in any pricing quoted! Now for some magic – lovingly prepared plant-based, mostly organic and local where possible fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, meals – morning noon and night and some delightful house-prepared snacks in between. Sprinkle on top some eye-opening, myth-busting evening nutritional presentations and discussions that will leave a lasting beneficial memory of the retreat that prepares participants for their continued journey towards pristine health! THIS IS ONE WE PREPARED EARLIER:

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Food as medicine for dogs WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK


he Chinese proverb, “you become what you eat” is also true when it comes to feeding our animal friends. Pet foods that are full of harmful pesticides, preservatives, food colouring, and chemicals, have been associated with disease. If you want your fluffy friend to have a shiny healthier coat, with sweeter breath and stools, then make them a wholesome diet. If your pet has particular problems, then there are nutritional treatment guides that you can follow. Below are some suggested recipes. Wherever possible buy organic foods. For overweight dogs substitute brown rice for potatoes and for white rice.

overnight or for 10+ hours. Remove the bones and discard, leaving the gel and soft cartilage into the stew. DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES!


TREATMENT FOR THE SKIN 1 stalk of Chinese broccoli – gai lan 1 carrot 1 cup Shiitake dried mushroom 3 cloves garlic 5 tbsp flax/fish menhaden oil 2 cups chicken broth (no MSG) 1 tbsp seaweed, daikon, spirulina or missing link Slice veggies into pieces, bring chicken broth to a boil, add garlic and

Step 1 – make the broth – into a large pot place: 12 cups of water 2 cups of oxtails 2 cups of pork soft rib bones 1 cup diced celery 1 tsp ginger powder 4 tbsp fresh basil 6 cloves of garlic Bring to the boil and cook on low heat

Step 2 – add the following: ½ cup rice 2 cups carrots 1 cup beets 4 cups greens (chard, beet greens, spinach, broccoli etc) 3 cups of sweet potatoes, diced Enough water to cover 1 cup of liver or heart muscle Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook until the rice is done. Store in the refrigerator. Add five tablespoons of cod liver/flax oil once cooled.


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Walking with awareness WORDS DAVINA O’BRIEN HERBERT


alking and awareness are two things that we rarely think of together. How often are we actually aware of the act of walking and what a miracle it is that our feet can propel us from place to place? Often we take our ability to walk for granted. The message from the fitness industry is that we have to walk a minimum number of steps daily to be healthy. Yet if we focus only on the quantity of steps, we miss the quality of the steps. Do we take the time to stop and enjoy the perfume of the flowers that we pass? Or are we so focused on how long the workout is meant to last that we are ‘blind’ to everything else around us? Are you up for a daily challenge? Would you be willing to challenge yourself to be consciously aware of five things on a daily basis? It might be the same five things every day, or it might be a different five things. You might be aware of the flowers you see daily as they bloom and change. You might be aware of your love for your children, that also blooms and changes. You might be aware of the sun on your skin. You

might be aware of your breathing and how it flows energy through your body. You might be aware of how much you enjoy exercising. Whatever it is, give gratitude to yourself for taking the time to be aware. Also be gentle with yourself on the days that you aren’t so aware. Life happens. I know there are some days I get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to take time to be in the moment. It’s all okay. Would you like some support on your awareness journey? At ‘Walking Tall’ we have a new workshop – ‘Walking Tall Consciously’. It combines walking and horses. You start off the day with a conscious walk. This helps you to get in touch with yourself and your surroundings. I like to think of it as the easy way to meditate. Instead of sitting still on the ground, you can be out enjoying nature. After the conscious walking we spend some time grooming horses and enjoying their company. Horses are very aware beings. Since they are flight animals, they have to be aware of their surroundings at all times. As

human beings, we often discount and ignore our awarenesses. The horses are non-judgemental and gentle teachers. They assist us to reconnect with our awareness in a safe environment. Even the simple act of running a brush down a horse’s side can bring us back to the moment. May you enjoy your walking! thepetenergytherapy.com

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AUTHOR Deborah Stenton Why is it we keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result? “The Good, The Bad, The Relationship” takes an objective look at how we interact with our partner, family, children, friends, and work colleagues. It provides guidelines along with key words that will help you identify issues by posing realistic questions and suggestions. As you learn to navigate through these ten stages of relationships, you’ll start recognising the patterns played out within your life. You may see your relationships being calm, smooth-sailing or rough, not knowing the direction where the next blow’s coming from. As a general rule of thumb, when we hit the first hint of disappointment we must communicate and resolve straight away. If this is not achieved there’s the potential these feelings could be swept under the rug, slowly building up until they explode in a negative way. The book covers information about cellular memory healing, flight and fight reactions and family of origin issues.

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