Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sun Salutations

This tends to be what yoga looks like for me when my kiddies are around. So much fun!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Earth and Art Yoga

I finally got around to starting a page for my yoga on Facebook. Packed with bite size bits of family yoga fun to give everyone a bit of inspiration for taking yoga off the mat and incorporating it into your lives. Give it a Like here.

This is gorgeous India when she was 3/4 years. Everyone can meditate!

Monday, 24 February 2014

365 Handstands- Week 32

Day 218- Handstands beneath a gorgeous old tree with my sleeping babe. 

Day 219

Day 220

Day 221

Day 222

Day 223

Day 224- Morning handstands in Fitzroy Gardens with Mio just doing her own thing.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Link Between the Hips and Jaw

A recent trip to the dentist re-sparked my interest in the relationship between the hips and the jaw. I first explored this link in my yoga teacher training and looked at how un-clenching the jaw and making sounds during labour helps to open up the muscles in the pelvis and aids in a smoother more relaxed delivery. The link exists because of how the embryo develops in utero. The embryo forms two bulges, one goes on to develop into the skull and jaw, while the other develops into the pelvis. The spine grows between, linking these two parts. The hips and the jaw never lose their connection, it's often said that hips hold emotion and I'm sure everyone has felt tension in our jaws as we hold back anger or bite our tongue . If we are holding tension in either of these areas you can be sure that the other will be tight too.
So, back to my trip to the dentist... Needing some work done that I couldn't put off I found a holistic dentist in Melbourne CBD. As I am currently breastfeeding I needed to find a practitioner that understood the need to avoid any of the dangers often associated with dentistry and pregnancy/ breastfeeding and I was lucky enough to find one that took all the precautions to avoid anything entering my bloodstream that shouldn't. When the dentist had finished his work I stood up to discover my hips were aching, at the time I thought nothing of it, assuming it was just from lying in the chair for one-and-a-half hours. It wasn't until I woke up from a nap that afternoon that the realisation of the connection between the pelvis and jaw hit me. It's surprising how much a bit of dental work takes out of you and after the anesthetic wore off I spent the afternoon feeling like I had been hit in the head with a rock and my hips were aching.
Yoga, being my first port of call for everything, was what I knew I needed. I lay down to do some hip work to loosen my pelvis and essentially de-stress my jaw. Feeling like I needed the calm of Yin yoga to release energy I relaxed into happy baby and noticed straight away a sharp pain stemming from inside my right pelvic area and extending from my butt down my thigh. As it had been only 24 hours since last holding this pose I noticed the distinct change instantly and linked the cause to my dental work a few hours earlier. Being a busy mumma I didn't have time to hold poses for extended periods as you generally do in Yin yoga but I did my best and by the time the little ones were asleep and I was able to focus on some hip work again my hips were no longer aching and my jaw was nearly back to normal.
Using this understanding of the connection between the jaw and the hips enables us to work through a range of issues that come up in our lives. We can use yoga for the hips to treat headaches or releasing the jaw along with sound work to open the pelvis in labour or to shift energy from the lower chakras in meditation. We can use yoga for the hips to treat a jaw injury and we can use jaw, neck and shoulder work to aid in treating a pelvis injury. Our bodies function as a unit and paying attention to how it feels can lead us to a greater understanding of how to work through and overcome many short and long term issues.

Happy baby pose.


365 Handstands- Week 31

Day 211

Day 212

Day 213

Day 214

Day 215

Day 216

Day 217

Monday, 10 February 2014

365 Handstands- Week 30

This week hot days make indoor yoga practice inviting.

Day 204

Day 205

Day 206

Day 207

Day 208

Day 209

Day 210

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Immortalising Children's Art

There is nothing quite like seeing your child draw a picture. As my daughter grows I love seeing her style change and skills grow. If your place is anything like ours then you will have a thousand art books and pieces of paper filed away because they art too amazing to throw out. Some of her pictures really grab me and I've taken to turning some of them into relief prints so that we can print her designs onto cards and clothing. Here's a few things we've created...

A tortoise print on a card finished with water colour.

A tortoise print made into a library bag for India

Robot print on a t-shirt

Sleepy Mio sporting an organic cotton singlet with her big sister's fox print.

An organic cotton t-shirt for a friend's little boy.

This is my home studio- the kitchen table. I call this operation t-shirt station.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Photo Journals

With digital media I rarely print out photos these days but I do like having a few hard copies around because there is something special about flicking through a photo album. I've made my photo books from scratch including the paper and covered them in special fabric. Making my own books gives the photos a special place to live and give more meaning to the content.

The top one is covered with fabric my friends sent back from overseas and has pictures of Mio's first 2 weeks. The one on the right is covered with fabric that Dave gave me when he asked me to marry him and has pictures of my pregnancy with India and her birth. And the one on the left has pictures of India's first 2 weeks.

Mio's first 2 weeks

India's birth

India's first 2 weeks

Monday, 3 February 2014

365 Handstands- Week 29

Day 197

Day 198

Day 199

Day 200- Handstand with a little face

Day 201

Day 202

Day 203

Saturday, 1 February 2014

365 Handstands- Week 28

Day 190

Day 191

Day 192

Day 193

Day 194

Day 195- Handstands on the sun baked grass.

Day 196

A Night In

The perfect recipe for a quiet night in...