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Winter Solstice is the equivalent of the solar New Year. It is a fertile time to set new intentions. The longest night of the year has been celebrated by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. In the past, it’s been a night to gather around the fire, practice spiritual ceremonies to call back the Sun.

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During the winter solstice the sun hugs closer to the horizon than at any other time during the year, giving way to the least amount of daylight annually. On the bright side, the day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days leading up to the summer solstice. The winter solstice is a poignant time to stop and listen, to harmonise our energy and reassess our connection to our spirit and life’s purpose. It is a powerful time of re-birth and transformation – to acknowledge our shadow, heal our wounds, release old thought patterns and align with our light to illuminate our highest destiny.

In the tradition of Kundalini Yoga solstices, equinoxes, full and new moons are respected and celebrated as energetic portals that can be accessed for spiritual transformation. In 2016 the Winter Solstice which is naturally a time of endings and new beginnings. You can use this energy to manifest your goals in 5 easy ways;

  • FOCUS: Take more notice of your thoughts and become present. Become aware of your thoughts, especially the ones you repeat to yourself daily that make you feel bad. Regularly doing certain types of yoga and meditation help you to become more aware. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation or any type of meditation that you like at Winter Solstice is a great way to focus your powerful meditative mind and in that space of your ‘yoga’ you can clarify and plant the seeds of your new intentions so they can grow in the new Solar Year. Meditating in a group situation helps you go deeper into your mediative mind as you will have access to the highest vibration of the other members of the group.

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  • AFFIRMATIONS: Affirmations are a powerful tool for manifesting your goals – however they only work if the statement holds a sense of truth and triggers a positive emotional response. Play with different statements until you find one that you cannot only believe but also uplifts you when you practice thinking or speaking it. Practicing them often enough to genuinely believe the affirmation and tune into the ‘feeling’ of it being true.

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  • RITUALS: Practicing rituals, which can be as simple as using a breath technique you use at the same time everyday, setting an intention for your day or even creating a peaceful space in your home and lighting a candle as symbol of your new solar year intentions.

 

  • SURRENDER: Understanding the root of your desire/s, where they come from and why, and surrendering to your desire/s, accepting that you are worthy to hold the desire and also accepting exactly where you are right now with complete trust and faith that ‘All is Well and everything you desire is coming to you perfectly’. Also recognising when you need to rest. Surrendering to your body’s need to be nourished is very important.

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  • NATURE: Connecting with nature is an important one, which not only keeps us grounded but our small worries in perspective. Walking on the earth or sand with bare feet, swimming in the ocean (for the courageous during the winter months) or simply sitting in wonder and appreciating the perfection of the Universe will naturally raise your vibration into harmony with the vibration of your true desires and the longer you can stay in this harmony the quicker your desires will manifest.

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Winter Solstice is an opportunity to come together with your community in celebration of hope, peace and the rebirth of light. At 7pm on Tuesday 21st June, join us at Soul Flow Yoga to celebrate Winter Solstice with a Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshop. The energetic power of the solstice will help us to access our emotions and recognise underlying patterns that are not aligned with the love and truth of our soul. We will use the power of ritual to access this new awareness so we can drop our limiting behaviours and set new empowering intentions that will manifest and flourish with the power of the Sun, as it is reborn in the new solar year.

Written by Enza and Vanessa Deluca

Breath is Life

May 10, 2017
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Why is your breath so important?

Your breath is vital…that may seem obvious. It is our very connection to life. Both at the time of your birth and just before you pass on you take a big deep breath. This is symbolically known as the beginning and the end. The breath than governs everything between those two points. For this reason, it is VITAL that we learn to breathe correctly.

The quality of your breath most certainly can enhance the quality of your health, well-being and life. The proper use of your breath will raise the vibrational quality of your physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies, increasing the quality of the output from these bodies/spaces.

While most of us are conscious of breathing, we rely quite heavily on its automatic nature. We are not educated at any age on how to direct the attention of this process and its importance.

Through proper breathing you will:

  • Eliminate and prevent overall tension build up
  • Increase your energy and vitality
  • Learn to command and direct the mind with more purpose and positivity
  • Calm and hear the inner emotional dialogue
  • Increase the vitality of your blood chemistry
  • Be more responsive versus reactive

When we change the way we breathe we change the way we think, feel, speak and act. Thus our habits, choices, health and lives slowly but surely begin to transform into a radiant expression.

At a very basic level: when you increase the amount of breath your draw in and release you are increasing the oxygen supply to the body and its various organs and supporting your ability to eliminate waste and toxins from your body. Oxygen is one of the most significant nutrients for our bodies. It is essential for the integrity of the brain, nerves, glands and internal organs.

The limitless benefits that proper breathing can offer are simply that, limitless. The following are some of the more practical and immediate things to remember and with attention will serve you endlessly in your daily life.

THE MIND:

The rate of our breath directly affects the vibrational rate and attitude of our mind and like a pebble dropped in a pool of water ripples out into our every other cell and action. Our mind’s job is to control and direct all other faculties; the mind is referred to as the command center.

The quickest and most effective way to strengthen the ability and direction of your mind is through the rate and rhythm of your breathing. As you deepen and slow down the flow of your breath you will ground the focus of your mind into a calmer state.  The mind follows the depth and rate of your breathing.  As the mind is the command center we definitely want it to be sending out its messages and signals with a clear and confident frequency.

Due to the quickness or demands of our modern lives our breath has become shallow and insufficient. Thus we are not taking in sufficient oxygen and we are not eliminating sufficient carbon dioxide, in turn our bodies are oxygen starved, and a toxic build-up occurs. Leading to short attention, tiredness, heaviness, lack of inspired thought and reactiveness, to name a few.

THE BODY:

Proper breathing cleans the blood, relieves muscular tension and supports the natural restoration function of our entire physical space. Most of us, most of the time, are only breathing into the upper portion of our lungs, and over time this does not serve us, but depletes us. Life is dependent on the element air, so we must consider its value.

The oxygen from proper breathing balances the ratio of carbon dioxide in the blood, when the blood increase vibrational quality it can most easily rejuvenate any imbalance or stagnant build up we are unaware of in the body.  As the blood is purified the metabolism and circulations are strengthened.

Proper breathing is also like food for the nervous system. So that in times of stress when you default breath habit is longer and deeper, you will move towards solution with more grace and ease.

THE EMOTIONS:

Human beings are a large percentage emotion. Every experience in life has an emotional response and quality. How we breathe throughout our experiences will give us the capacity to either process or resist our emotional responses.

Our emotional responses have the ability to make every situation we are in rewarding or troubling. Even the most challenging experiences can be rewarding when one learns how to apply proper breathing.Our ability to breathe through our experiences rather than resist them is what allows us to: process the difficult and challenging emotional responses with more grace, and deepen the way we receive the positive and more joyous moments. The gifts of life truly start too open up when we are able to equally embrace both the challenging and wonderful moments with the same amount of love and sincerity. Learning to breathe with more fluidity will most certainly help you increase your capacity to do this.

 Within us all is an inner voice and this is directly connected to our emotional space. Proper breathing as a habit will strengthen your connection to this inner voice, or as some say, your connection to yourself.

THE ENERGETICS:

Breath rhythm and rate can be viewed as energy management. The quality of your breath has the capacity to strengthen or weaken your energetic field. The energetic field also known as the auric or electro-magnetic field is a protective and psychic field of energy that surrounds the body. Its task is to attract positivity and repel negativity. It is a container for your life force as well as a protector/shield for the physical, mental and emotional bodies.

Proper breathing supports the energetic field to be strong and do its job effectively, so that we are not so impacted by day-to-day stresses, negativity and challenging environmental surrounds and experiences that are simply a part of life.

Breathing with more attention & intention gives you:

  • Increased vitality and overall health and well-being
  • More proficiency in your chosen physical activities – running, yoga, gym activities etc.
  • Increased periods of mental clarity and concentration
  • A more calm responsiveness
  • A stronger and louder inner voice
  • A deeper connection to your overall experience of yourself, others and life

THE EVERYDAY ACTION:

It is no mistake that our lungs are the biggest organ in our body and that the quality of our breath is key to success in every area of our life.

Becoming more aware of how you are breathing in the very simple moments of life. From resting state or while you are walking, waiting in a queue to washing your dishes. Where is your breath? How does it feel: shallow, deep, relaxed, tense, generous or constricted?

Proper breathing or diaphragmatic breathing is akin to filling up a glass with water, it fills into the bottom first. On your inhale the abdomen expands with a majority of your breath, then the chest gently expands and finally the breath reaches into the clavicle area/collar bones. On the exhale your reverse this process: with the clavicle and chest area softly releasing and the abdomen pulling in towards the spine and up towards the rib cage to help squeeze all the breath out. This does not need to be forced, over time the capacity for a deeper and longer inhalation and exhalation will organically open up. This breath can be applied at any point in time. After 3 breaths like this you will automatically start a shift in every area of yourself.

You may breathe with this rhythm for any lengthen of time. When practiced regularly in your everyday moments this will becomes your default habit and your entire being will thank you.

While the quality of the oxygen you are breathing in is not always known nor changeable, it is worth making a regular effort to get into nature, large parks or by the ocean, to breathe in deeply, the obviously better quality air.

Quality of Breath = Quality of Life

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So please give yourself the biggest and most valuable and priceless gift ever! The gift of quality breathing in every moment. As a result you will radiate a serenity and harmony and live with a connection and confidence that has its roots in the force that gives us life, BREATH.

 

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Tantric Numerology questions answered by Enza Deluca

What is tantric numerology?

Tantric Numerology is a style of Numerology brought to the west by the master of Kundalini Yoga and the Mahan Tantric -Yogi Bhajan, who taught Tantric Numerology as a tool to align with your higher self.  The teachings are based on ancient yogic and tantric teachings. The Tantric Numerology system is simple and accurate. Yogic Numerology is interpreted using the numbers 1 – 11, the numbers 1-10 correspond to one of our 10 etheric bodies and 11 is the embodiment of all 10 etheric bodies or the place of mastery. The numbers 1 – 8 also correspond with our chakra system, in Kundalini Yoga the aura is known as the 8th chakra. Each number holds an energy vibration or archetypal quality so by understanding the qualities of each number you gain understanding of the world around you.

How does it work?

The first basic calculation in Tantric Numerology is to work out your personal numbersfrom your date of birth, however there are many more calculations based on the year we are in and how it relates to your own life cycles. These 5 basic numbers give you a map describing your relationship with self, others, and destiny. They are;

  1. The Soul number is the core of your identity.
  2. The Karma number which explains the challenge your Soul came to experience in this lifetime.
  3. The Gift number describes the talent you were born with.
  4. The Destiny number indicates the traits you have worked on for many lifetimes and mastered. This is a description of how other people see you.
  5. The Path number gives you guidance on how to live a fulfilled life by understanding who you are and why you are here on this planet at this time.

By knowing your numbers you can assess if you are living to your full potential and by working with the chakra and etheric body and what your numbers represent, you can better utilise your unique qualities.

What will I get out of knowing what my numbers mean?

The system is used as a guide to help you understand your own true nature, the people you’re close to and the world around you and it’s natural cycles. By developing an understanding of the qualities of each number you a relationship with yourself through your personal numbers and by practicing yoga and meditation chosen to balance your 10 etheric bodies and 8 chakras you will learn what your strengths and weaknesses are and with this knowledge you’ll be able to cope better with life’s challenges.

How do I intemperate them?

Firstly learn what your Soul number and if you feel you aren’t living up to the full potential of this number you can choose to do yoga to strengthen that chakra or etheric body or you can choose to work into your Karma Number. Usually if you don’t feel connected to your Soul number, it’s the chakra or etheric body related to your Karma Number that needs fine tuning. Your Path Number is your tool for transformation so working into this chakra or etheric body will also help your feel stronger. By studying your Gift Number you’ll understand if you are utilising your natural talent to it’s full potential. And finally by knowing your Destiny Number you receive insight into how others see you, which can be a real surprise.

How does it differ from astrology and zodiac signs?

I think that Tantric Numerology is similar and complementary to astrology, both systems help you to understand yourself, others and the greater environment by using archetypes. Archetypes are simply typical examples of a certain person or thing that we use as a point of reference, you could say that each archetype vibrates with a unique energetic signature. In this way Tantric Numerology believes that each number has certain qualities of energetic vibration.

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Words by Anastasia Williams: http://www.anastasia-williams.com/

AWARENESS precedes CHOICE.

 Ever wonder why you keep repeating the same habits that you don’t like? 

Or saying YES to things you want to say NO to, or NO to the things you want to say YES to?

AWARENESS…. 

What is AWARENESS…it is the state of being aware…

So, what is being aware… it is being informed, knowledgeable or conscious.

If we are wanting to make a choice without awareness (have no information, knowledge or consciousness around the subject of our choice) with no experience, knowledge or skill towards what the choice contains, it becomes very difficult. Another way to say it is, “You cannot change what you cannot see,” meaning until you are aware of something you cannot start to change it.

Most often, we choose what we know or what is familiar. Each of us will also have individualised areas where we choose bravely, and this practice of bravery can mask the areas where we tend to not make choices for our highest learning, growth and the change that we are seeking.

All our current habits have been trained into our memory: mental, physical, emotional and energetically over long periods of time. Coming from sources such as surroundings and standards of our upbringing, education, the way people talked and interacted with us, societal standards, survival, pleasure, lack, limit, accidents, goals and more. 

Quite often we are even not aware of a lot of our habits. Until we decide we are wanting something more from ourselves or our lives: then we start to take a self-reflective look. This reflective look can be confronting and uncomfortable. We see, feel and experience sides of ourselves that may have deep rooted insecurity, shame and guilt. That have the underlying foundation beliefs of “not being good enough or deserving of”. Many times, we find it easier to switch off and leave it for another day as we have not been shown the way to move lovingly through our hurt, suffering and challenges. It is so ingrained through our world that discomfort must mean something bad. We all make poor choices, sometimes daily ☺ It’s not a mistake it’s a learning. Had you had AWARENESS  – the knowledge, understanding or skills –  it would have been an opportunity to make a different choice.

There is no GOOD & BAD, RIGHT & WRONG there is…. EFFECTIVE and INEFFECTIVE. What may be effective today could be ineffective tomorrow. In modern psychological studies, it is being discovered that 70% of our programming/beliefs/habits that were built through our childhood lean towards negativity, disempowerment, limiting beliefs and self-sabotage. These habits in turn undermine our power for change. 

To align with making true effective CHOICES for ourselves and our lives we must turn up the volume and importance of our awareness. We must be willing to look at ourselves without the need to justify: but to accept and embrace. 

To sit with ourselves in the uncomfortable moments mentally, physically, emotionally and energetically. Be receptive to the discomfort. To realise there is no perfect. Your imperfections are unique to you and are key to you becoming the greatest version of you. Our worst choices have the capacity to unfold our deepest learnings and evolution.

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Let’s take the pressure off ourselves and step into living through AWARENESS, not right, wrong, good or bad.

TURN UP THE AWARENESS VOLUME: 

  1. The first step to increasing our awareness is in how we breathe. When you can be present in your body through your breath. A soft receptive, longer than normal breath. In and out through the nose. Especially when things get difficult, or making choices or when being self-reflective. Slow yourself down and make friends with how you breathe. Don’t choose anything until your breath settles and you feel the presence of your body.

  2. Feel your feelings, while breathing and learn to not jump ship when it feels hard, uncomfortable or unknown. Observe and don’t judge until what is happening changes and calm/clarity starts to arrive.

  3. Now ask yourself what is the highest choice for you and your circumstances right NOW. There is magic in honesty and bravery. 

  4. REPEAT…. like everything its muscle..take time to strengthen the awareness muscle so its there and working for you.

  5. Keep loving on yourself…every step of the way. 

 At times, we need to learn new skills, do some reading, take a class in the area that we lack awareness: knowledge and understanding. Increase your skills. Put all learned things then in practice, as action allows you to embody the new habit. Practice over time re-enforces the new habits, and always practice from your open heart.

Once you start increasing the presence of your awareness there is no limit. You can change your belief systems, increase your intuition and step by step let go of all that is holding you back from being the greatest expression of yourself in all areas of your life.

Now I would really love to hear from you: What is the change you are looking for? What habit do you want to let go of most? 

Share with me in the comments below. I love hearing from you. And remember, your comment might be the one thing someone else needs to hear today. 

Lastly, if you would like me to chat on a specific topic, please leave me a request in the comments below. Share the love and post this to your social media sites and let us create a community with Love.

Sending you all LOVE and LIGHT

Anastasia 

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We’re so excited to announce that Maya Stange is returning to Soul Flow on Sundays to teach 4pm Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.

We wanted to welcome her back by sharing her Kundalini journey with our community. Below is our Q&A.

When did you discover KY?

It was 2004. I was living in LA to pursue my acting career, and people kept telling me about this strange and amazing yoga I had never heard of, and how much I would love it. I heard stories about these classes where people would do 108 squats, and crazy stuff like that. It was weird how many people kept telling me I should check it out. So, of course, I ignored the suggestions, and kept going to my regular Hatha class at the gym! Looking back, I think I could sense it was a big deal, so I was kind of putting it off…. Then one day my Hatha teacher led us through some really powerful exercises, with strong breath, and I had the most incredible experience of energy and aliveness. I went up to him after the class, my eyes wide, and he just looked at me and said, “So you practice Kundalini, right?”. It turns out that’s what we had just done, and I felt like a fish who had just discovered water for the first time. He took me to his teacher, Gurumukh, at Golden Bridge. And that was it.   

What do you love about it, and what does it do for you?

For me, Kundalini Yoga is a complete science. It’s so much more than a physical work out. You are balancing your brain chemistry, cleansing the blood, balancing the glandular system, building the nervous system, as well as strengthening and toning the muscles and increasing your fitness. The first thing I noticed when I started a regular practice is that I wasn’t nervous in auditions anymore. I felt I was more comfortable in social situations, and was able to stand up for myself more in relationships. I had more energy, I slept better, and I started to connect with that deep peace within myself, which was such a relief.

How did you come to make the decision to become a KY teacher?

I didn’t, really! I was pretty attached to my identity as an actor, and I didn’t see myself as a yoga teacher at all. But the problem was, I loved it so much, I was going to class every day, and it was transforming every aspect of my life. I signed up for teacher training, just because I wanted to go deeper into the teachings and learn more. Even through teacher training, I kept insisting that I wasn’t going to be a teacher. But then friends were curious about it and kept asking me to teach them, and I ended up teaching in a small studio in LA! And haven’t stopped since. 

When did you embark on your training and where did you decide to do it?

I did my training in 2005 at Golden Bridge with Gurumukh, Harijiwan and Tej, who were the teachers I started with. I pretty much lived at Golden Bridge for those years… My main teachers Harijiwan and Tej now offer trainings internationally, and through Ra Ma Institute in LA. Those guys are amazing.

How can KY enrich the lives of people living in modern/ urban society?

The great thing about Kundalini is it was always designed to be a house holders yoga. It is not meant for renunciate yogis living in caves, as the Hatha practices are. Kundalini is for people with families, with jobs and busy lives. It works fast. We have exercises you can do for 3 minutes a day that will totally change your life. 

Where do you hope your KY journey will lead you next?

I am always curious to see what will happen next! I am teaching a retreat in the Blue Mountains 2-4 June, and another one in Sri Lanka later this year, and looking forward to traveling more, doing more retreats, workshops in Australia and around the world. I am especially excited to dive deeper into the One on One work I do with private clients. It is so rewarding to go on a journey with someone over time and see them transform, heal and open! It really is the best job. 

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Modern life has many of us living lives completely disconnected from nature, which is a large part of why many of us feel lost, sad and isolated from others. When you replace nature; fresh air, sunshine, walking on the bare earth, enjoying a cool breeze or a dip in the ocean and eating clean food and water with technology; air conditioning, artificial lighting, gazing at phones, tv or computer screens and eating junk food – the result is ‘dis-ease’ or loss of harmony with our natural state of health and vitality. We’ve become detached from the seasons, cycles and elements, and this has a much greater negative effect on us than we realise. 

Yoga means union or oneness of body, mind and spirit and true yoga is Oneness with the entire cosmos including the Earth we inhabit. It’s not difficult to get back in touch with the earth and our own natural cycles, it starts with a decision and then a little bit of conscious focus. Tuning into the phases of the moon is one way of reconnecting with the natural flow of the Universe and feeling at peace with ourselves. 

Yogi Bhajan taught that our biofeedback moves from New Moon to Full Moon, and then from Full Moon to New Moon in a cycle. Using the Moon to guide you is simple and instinctual. You can see the moon in the sky most nights and with just a little knowledge you can gain a greater clarity about yourself and others. The cycles of the moon have a special relationship with our higher consciousness. During the phase of full or new moon it’s easier to access and eliminate deep emotional blocks.

For example, the New Moon is day one of the moon cycle on this day the lunar energy is at its weakest and our glands are at a low ebb, as is our energy. It’s a good day to do Meditations which focus on positivity so you can charge up your new intentions with power. Yogi Bhajan taught that on the New Moon it’s beneficial to fast on lemon and water as the New Moon energy will help you to detox. This is a time for new beginnings and a fertile time for planting seeds of intention for your life. 

The influence of a new moon lasts for two weeks up to the next Full moon which is the time to harvest those intentions. After the New Moon the moon is ‘waxing’ or growing until the Full Moon. During this time the energy of the body moves into your higher centres (chakras). This is the time to bring new things, new people or new relationships into your life or to accelerate the progress of your special projects. The lunar energy of this period is very healing and can be channeled on all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual. 

The New Moon is a great time to start anything new but especially a meditation that you’d like to do for 40 days. Its somehow easier to keep up the commitment by beginning on the New Moon or anytime between the New Moon and the Full Moon. Use the lunar energy of the New Moon especially if you are having a hard time sticking with a meditation practice for a continuous 40 days.

Our New Moon Sound Healing Workshop is a gentle practice of Kundalini Yoga followed by a long relaxation to the healing sounds of our symphonic gong and tibetan singing bowls. 

Sound healing uses high vibration sounds to reach the body on a cellular level, encouraging integrated healing of body, mind, and spirit, and the more gong sessions a student attends, the better the results.

Some of the benefits of sound healing are:

  • Relieves neck pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle pain, and improves joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Creates deep relaxation and clears the mind
  • Immediate reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates the glandular system and improves function
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Organizes emotional energy
  • Aids in breaking addictive behavior
  • Regenerates neurons and their interconnections
  • Regenerates the nervous system
  • Clears the aura
  • Opens and aligns the chakras
  • Clears the sub conscious mind from negative thought patterns
  • Strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Helps repair damage to the nervous system caused by stimulants (i.e. coffee) and stress.

At Soul Flow Yoga we have a New Moon, Sound Healing practice held each new moon cycle. See below for the date of the next workshop.

The Wise Woman Pt 1

February 28, 2017
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The Wise Woman is You.

The Wise Woman is anything and everything you want her to be.

There is so much to say about the WISE WOMAN (this is an invitation and beginning, a sweeping overview of some aspects to consider in being a wise woman).

1. There is the wisdom that grows out of extensive knowledge and experiences.

2. There is the wisdom that is innate. A natural wisdom that lives through you: physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. A natural wisdom that moves through all women that is different to the wisdom of a man. Not better, just different. This is not about defining ourselves against men.

While the first wisdom is, wonderful and is a life’s journey. It is vital to get the 2nd reference to wisdom switched on and the volume turned up. Otherwise one can be susceptible to never feeling quite themselves or enough. A WISE WOMAN knows there is no competition, and as a result attracts all manner of positive possibilities.

The WISE WOMAN knows that everything is process. It is this process that is a source of healing, inspiration and happiness, not the end result.

The WISE WOMAN is learning to know, accept and love every aspect of herself. The WISE WOMAN listens to her soul, being touched by life and it interactions with people, experiences, places and nature.

The WISE WOMAN has her heart wide open, diving deep into life and everything she does.

The WISE WOMAN is courageous, bold and at times irreverent, though this comes from a very sincere and compassionate space.

The WISE WOMAN feels her fears and doubts, insecurities and concerns though commits wholeheartedly in every moment as she knows deep in her core there is nothing to lose.

The WISE WOMAN sees herself in all women and all women in herself, creating unity and strength.

The WISE WOMAN has many roles in her life. The most important is the nurturing of her highest potential and the uplifting of her consciousness. The Wise Woman is both the key and the door.

What is a WISE WOMAN to you? What qualities of your wise woman do you want to strengthen?

Join The Wise Woman monthly class, here at Soul Flow Yoga with Anastasia Williams. First class this Sunday, March 5th. See more details below:

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The goal gurus at Soul Flow want to help you achieve your goals with their 6 steps towards success!

2016 was a huge year for Soul Flow and also for a lot of our friends, family and community. The challenges were intense and we are eager to keep it going into 2017.

RESOLUTIONS: How many of us set loose resolutions in the new year? We say this year I will ‘get a little fitter’, ‘eat a little healthier’, ‘make a smart financial investment’, ‘save more money’, ‘make more time for self-care’. We might take a few steps to achieving these goals and sometimes we actually do create lasting positive habits that create the goal, but too often we let them fall by the wayside and never achieve what we were initially seeking out.

Step 1. Identifying your goal: 

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What is important to me?
  • What do I really want / desire / crave?
  • What makes me happy?
  • Where do I see myself in 1 year?, 5 years?, 10 years?
  • What human qualities do I respect and seek to embody?

Try to get to the core desire beneath all your wishes, dreams and wanting. Ask yourself ‘Why do I want that?’ after you answer every question. You may find yourself surprised by what your core desire actually is. Once you’ve identified it write it down using the most powerful two words we have as human creators of our own lives; ’I am’. e.g. ‘I am in a happy relationship’

It might not feel easy to get started but keep at it! Try including a friend or loved one to get the ball rolling

Step 2. Feeling worthy of your goal:

This is the most important step and where most of us go wrong. You need to convince yourself of the truth of your ‘I am’ statement. You have to believe that your goal is good. You have to agree with it. You have to believe in it and in your worthiness to have it. You have to literally feel like your goal is already true and feel satisfied. Seems tough, right? Here are some tips from our Soul Flow goal gurus:

  • Use your ‘I am’ statement as an affirmation, constantly repeating it in your head, until you believe it. This is a form of self-hypnosis, but you need to do it with feeling, you need to to ‘feel’ what you are saying is true.
  • Write a list of all the reasons you think you deserve your goal; keep adding to it and re-reading it.
  • Praise yourself out loud or in the privacy of your mind every time you do something good for yourself or others to foster feelings of worthiness.
  • Be grateful to yourself for every positive action you take and also for every blessing that comes to you.
  • Notice your negative internal or external self-talk. Question it! Do you really believe it? Give yourself a break and accept and forgive your mistakes.
  • Practice the feeling of satisfaction and contentment, for every small achievement you make.

Step 3. Deadlines and timelines:

For some, a deadline can elicit inspiration and be an awesome motivator, for others, it can create anxiety, especially if we feel we’re not going to not make it. All the experts agree, creating a timeline and reminding yourself to have the intention of taking steps towards your goal, is the sure-fire way to get you there. Figure out how you work under a deadline and set yourself a logical timeline.

Remember to go at your own pace. Achieving a goal in quick succession serves your ego. Giving your ego less power will feel more relaxed along the journey and when the ultimate goal is feeling good then the more relaxed you are, the better!

Step 4. Be optimistic:

Optimism is your fuel for motivation. Even when the finish line is so far beyond the horizon, allow yourself to enjoy your successes and believe in your achievements. You will quickly find your goals will be more in your reach. Try these tips:

  • Looking back and ticking off the done steps off your to-do list.
  • Give yourself praise for coming to the point you are at.
  • Focus on what is working.
  • Focus on the things that are going well.
  • Write down some positive statements on post-it notes and put them in visible places around the house, work or car!

Step 5. Allow your goal to come toward you:

Letting go of control is an important step. When you try to control everything you can sometime resist possibilities! You can get in your own way. When you’re giving attention to your goal and it causes you to feel rigid or tense, STOP, breathe deeply and remember there is no rush. Feeling good is more important than achieving “success”. Take a break and do something for you. Something relaxing or fun!

Step 6. Routine:

Incorporation positive habits routinely in your life keeps you on track and builds momentum towards your goals. Our favourite, most practical things to enter into our routine are:

  • Drinking 2 to 3 litres of water daily
  • A daily 5 – 20 minute meditation or pranayama (breath technique e.g. long deep breathing)
  • Planning weekly meals and buying groceries the same time each week
  • Journaling
  • Regular Yoga practice or any exercise
  • Minimum 1 time per week self care session. e.g. massage, physio, connecting with nature, etc.

If you’d like to kick start your year and create a solid foundation to achieving your goals our 40 day yoga challenge 40 Days to Bliss starts Saturday the 4th of February. Read on for more:

This February Soul Flow is beginning its first 40 Days to Bliss program.

This challenge will not only explore yoga and meditation, you will also learn about the yogic life principles designed to help us live a life of bliss and achieve our goals!

It will be a journey where we connect with ourselves, our environment as well as the people and world that surrounds us.

The practice of yoga is about removing obstacles that block our awareness of our true nature. The 40 Days to Bliss will be a journey where we connect with ourselves, our environment as well as the people and world that surrounds us.

We will be theming the 6 weeks around the 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas, which are the ethical and moral codes of yogic philosophy. They are the 1st and 2nd of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga in the Yoga Sutra. Traditionally, these limbs were practiced with no leniency as preparation for the other 8 limbs including asana (postures), pranayama (breath techniques) and meditation. At Soul Flow, we will be adapting this practice for the modern yogi, to integrate with our lifestyle.

The Yamas are our moral disciplines. A guide to approaching ourselves, others and the world around us with integrity. Our wise characteristics.

The Niyamas are our positive duties or observances to be thought of as lifestyle habits and attitudes which create, health, wellbeing and happiness. Our codes for soulful and mindful living.

Whether you consider yourself ‘spiritual’ or not, and whether you continue to practice Yoga or not, there are ways in which we can help ourselves and the world around us to be a better place.

During the 40 days to bliss you receive:

  • Unlimited yoga for 40 days
  • 5 free workshops
  • Free book Blissful Mind, Blissful Mind by Enza Deluca
  • Free journal to record your progress
  • After party to share your experience 
  • Gift for finishing

For non members it is a $299 investment or $99 if you have a membership at Soul Flow Yoga (not applicable to mini memberships)

To LEARN MORE, CLICK HERE

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The influence of a new moon lasts for two weeks up to the next Full moon which is the time to harvest those intentions. After the New Moon the moon is ‘waxing’ or growing until the Full Moon. During this time the energy of the body moves into your higher centres (chakras). This is the time to bring new things, new people or new relationships into your life or to accelerate the progress of your special projects. The lunar energy of this period is very healing and can be channeled on all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Modern life has many of us living lives completely disconnected from nature, which could be one of the major reasons people feel lost, sad and isolated from others. When you replace nature; fresh air, sunshine, walking on the bare earth, enjoying a cool breeze or a dip in the ocean and eating clean food and water with technology; air conditioning, artificial lighting, gazing at phones, tv or computer screens and eating junk food – the result is ‘dis ease’ or loss of harmony with our natural state of health and vitality. We’ve become detached from the seasons, cycles and elements, and I believe this has a much greater negative effect on us than we realise.

Yoga means union or oneness of body, mind and spirit and true yoga is Oneness with the entire cosmos this includes the Earth we inhabit. It’s not difficult to get back in touch with the earth and our own natural cycles, it starts with a decision and then a little bit of conscious focus. Tuning into the phases of the moon is one way of reconnecting with the natural flow of the Universe and feeling at peace with ourselves.

Yogi Bhajan taught that our biofeedback moves from New Moon to Full Moon, and then from Full Moon to New Moon in a cycle. Using the Moon to guide you is simple. You can see it in the sky most nights and with just a little knowledge you can gain a lot of clarity about yourself and others. The cycles of the moon have a special relationship with our higher consciousness. During the phase of full or new moon it’s easier to access and eliminate deep emotional blocks.

For example, the New Moon is day one of the moon cycle on this day the lunar energy is at its weakest and our glands are at a low ebb, as is our energy. It’s a good day to do Meditations which focus on positivity so you can charge up your new intentions with power. Yogi Bhajan taught that on the New Moon it’s beneficial to fast on lemon and water as the New Moon energy will help you to detox. This is a time for new beginnings and a fertile time for planting seeds of intention for your life.

The New Moon is a great time to start anything new but especially a meditation that you’d like to do for 40 days. Its somehow easier to keep up the commitment by beginning on the New Moon or anytime between the New Moon and the Full Moon. Use the lunar energy of the New Moon especially if you are having a hard time sticking with a meditation practice for a continuous 40 days.

Written by Enza Deluca (Hartej)

The Wisdom of YOUR Heart

January 8, 2017
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There is space within us that is timeless. It is an inner compass that has a voice, a sensory system and an intelligence.

A space that clarifies all confusion. That rejuvenates all exhaustion. That guides you when you are lost.

A space that is the source of inspiration. A space that has no end to its depth for expansion, compassion and understanding.

THE HEART CENTER.

The heart centre is located in the middle of the chest, and is a vital bridge between the lower and higher self. It is the source of manifesting, the provider of life to the physical body and the avenue between you and greater understanding.

We are born all HEART. Through the various processes of life, conditioning, challenges, grief, stresses and trauma the heart centre is becomes effected, depleted and becomes quite unlike itself. Heavy, tight and closed simple daily life can become more taxing. Emotions such as frustration, anger, judgement and criticism arise easily and untimely.

We are all susceptible to different degrees of stress, challenge and conditioning. AS we are all susceptible to different degrees of strain on our heart centre. As a part of life we all will go through massive, life altering, heartbreaking and defining experiences. No one is to blame, the fact is things happen to us all for various personal and unpersonal reasons. The question we must ask ourselves in the midst and in hindsight is “How can this circumstance/experience I am in now, foster my greatness.”

Left unattended: the grief, stress, trauma, challenge will further manifest into health, circumstantial, relationship, career and all around life complications.

Our main electro-magnetic field is directly connected to the heart centre and these heavy, vibrations will reside in this field and act like magnetic energy and draw towards us more challenging experiences. This magnetic component is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers.               hearts-wisdom

We regularly update the software of our smartphones and our computers, though when do we take the time to update our inner software. We largely expect it to update itself, then to keep operating at 500% each and every day. Each day is filled with experiences of profound context. Unless you have placed a ritual or practice in your day where you take time to process these experiences, (and even then) you are likely building up a storehouse of unresolved, potentially even unfelt emotions and experiences. You are literally short changing yourself a depth to yourself and life.

YOU, ME and WE are valuable, beautiful and sacred beings. Our inner workings are meaningful. As human beings, we are emotional beings. Though from childhood there is an undercurrent of over controlling and stopping the flow of emotions. Viewing emotions as problematic rather than a guidance system to be heard and felt. When heard and felt the emotional body and the heart reset themselves

Neurocardiology (study of nervous and cardiovascular systems) demonstrates that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated center for receiving and processing information. There is a nervous system within the heart (or “heart brain”) that enables it to learn, remember, and make decisions independent of the brain. Many experiments have demonstrated that the signals the heart sends to the brain influence the higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing.

So your HEART CENTRE needs you as much as you need it.

6 ways to begin to regenerate the heart center:

  1. REST: Getting at least 8 hours of sleep for an extended period of time. Don’t worry if you need more sleep. Listen and be guided. Do your best to be resting by 11pm before the body and brain move into late night overdrive. Surrendering is valuable.
  1. BREATH: I see so many people, myself included at times that are not breathing properly, thus the prana/life force does not circulate properly and our heart center is directly drained. Learn to breath slowly and smoothly and lovingly in and out through your nose.
  1. JOURNAL: Through the process of everyday, especially more challenging times, a buildup of experiences can occur. Free journaling: which means you don’t think about what you are putting on the paper, but simply write the stream of your consciousness out. This process loosens up the ego, judgments and resistances and brings you back to the truth in your heart. It helps shift your perception toward more compassion.
  1. GRATITUDE… When you rewire your circuitry to be pumping gratitude in the face of stress, grief and challenge you will most certainly process these experiences with a vastly different understanding. Each day before you go to sleep take a beautiful journal (separate to the stream of consciousness journal J) and write “I AM GRATEFUL FOR” and list everything that day you are grateful for. Be sure to list the things you resist and are painful. Shift your perception. Do not be the victim of your circumstance. Be the receiver and processor of your experiences.
  1. MOVE: Move your body to feel good. Pilates, yoga, running, dancing, swimming: so the pressure your heart center feels in difficult moments of life is supported on the altar of strength and vitality.
  1. MEDITATE: Everyone can meditate. Meditation will give you the presence and resilience to open your heart no matter what is happening. To move beyond your comfort zone. Daily practice is essential to cultivate a connection and strengthening of your inner intelligence. Meditation is a sure way to strengthen your relationship and manifestation of your greatness.love-your-story

Please summon all your strength when you feel you have none. We must participate in all of life. Living automatically: avoiding challenge, not embracing your worthiness today, not feeling your feelings. You deserve more than this. Though you cannot dodge the difficulties in life you can certainly enter the depths of your heart and trust in a divine order. Smile and laugh at the intense absurdity or be still and let the tears flow for the sincere hurt. You are not alone ever. I am fairly certain there isn’t a person you wouldn’t empathize with and move to love if you would read their story. So please have no shame in yours.

Open yourself to your heart’s wisdom. There is no end to the depth and value it will bring into your life. This life’s journey is built on ups and downs, twists and turn. The more vast you allow your heart to become, the more magical and beautiful your journey will be every single day.

Words by Anastasia Williams.

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