Your First Yoga Class

People often ask me if my Yoga Classes are hard? Let me set you at ease, they are not.  

My classes are as challenging as you need them to be on any given day.  After you have been practicing for a while  you see that your body will often react differently from one class to the next, even throughout a single class from one side to the other.  When you look close enough, no two poses you do will ever be alike. It is my job to guide you into practicing poses safely and within your limits, it is your job not to let your ego push you past those limits. I design my yoga classes to meet you where you are and you must always remain where your breath is. ( we will discuss this more in class 😉)

Arrival: please try to arrive five-ten minutes before class starts, I will need some information from you before we start and we can talk about your expectations and any concerns that you may have. 


What to wear: leggings or loose comfy pants on the bottom.  Please be comfortable, which you won’t be if you are fidgeting around trying to keep your arse covered.  Yoga is not an Instagram fashion parade, it is one place where you must dress for comfort over style.  You may like to bring socks for our meditation at the end of class but we will practice in bare feet for safety. If you are prone to cold feet and are uncomfortable you can buy Yoga Socks with special grips on the soles. 

On the top, layers are good to peel off during class if you get too warm and you can reapply for meditation. Best not to wear anything that falls over your head during forward bends.

Please refrain from wearing perfume during class, a clean body and a roll of deodorant is all you need.  Chemical smells are distracting when we practice and may cause headaches and sneezes in your fellow students.

Eating before Class? It is better not to eat within a couple of hours before class, but if you must, enjoy something light such as a piece of fruit and a herbal tea.

What to bring: a mat, a drink bottle, a blanket and a small cushion for your head. If you do not have a mat let me know I always carry a few spares and you are welcome to use one while you are deciding whether or not yoga is right for you.  

Savasana Meditation: Don’t leave class during Savasana, our final pose. It is your time to relax, time for your body to reset and adjust to any changes our practice has brought.  I  will often  use a singing bowl and Reiki to set an atmosphere of serenity as I guide you through a meditation while you simply focus on your breath. Leaving at this time is disruptive, if you must go early please ensure it is during our Savasana preparation time. 

Okay so with the basics out of the way, trying new things can be scary.  Coming along with a friend helps but that is not always possible and even with a friend your negative internal dialogue can still kick in.   Let me try to put your mind at ease.. no one is looking at you.  Not one person is class is bothered about your size, your tummy, your butt, lack of flexibility, lack of physical stability, if you wobble, shake or even fart!  Yoga is an internal practice.  Throughout class, I encourage you to turn within, to focus on your breath and to draw your attention to what is happening on your mat.  Yoga class is your sacred space, to let go of stresses and worldly worries, Yoga time is all about YOU.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Namaste 🙏 

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It is taking a long time..

So last night someone comments that is “taking me a long time to get over the accident” Two months to the day.  I was taken back.  Yes is it taking me a long time.  I am not bouncing back.  I am, I hope taking all the necessary steps required for a full recovery.


My injuries are not catastrophic. I have only whiplash and a bruised sternum remaining now the bruises and grazes have healed. I have daily headaches, pins and needles,  sporadic neck and jaw pain and my chest feels like it has taken one of the best during kumite. Add to this I gained 11 kilos since the crash as  I fell off the No-Carb wagon with a thud and I am prone to feeling engulfed by feelings of feeling utterly let down, ungrateful, grateful, pissed off and okay. I try to stretch the moments I am okay.

I am back driving, the truck driver that hit and ran my car is still out there and weaving through insurance issues is painful, plus  I am two months behind on everything! I missed out on my two week at home yoga study retreat, I missed out on teaching this term, on training towards my second kyu grading, on losing more weight, late with taxes and quarterlies, managing the karate club, the carpentry business, my healing work and oh ‘have you written anything lately?’ Later.

A temporary hiccup, I have lost two months, big deal, I know!  But the reason it hurts so much is because of how hard I fought to get that life. I was finally beginning to find a balance.

Regaining that balance is harder than expected, doctor, psychologist and physio are working together to get me back in shape and I have waved goodbye to creamy afternoon teas and tim tams.

Three weeks from now I will be teaching my first yoga class since the accident.  I am excited and the process of getting prepared is itself healing.  It is a relief to be stepping back on my mat.

Namaste 🙏

Kata-Yoga

What is Kata-Yoga?

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Kata is a method of leaning karate techniques in a predetermined pattern to simulate the self defense application of karate to an imagined opponent.

During a kata-yoga class we will take selected traditional kata and internalise the actions. We move with our breath and extend our movements to stretch, tone and release any held tension in our bodies, working slowly to achieve the fullest benefits.
The kata in this class is performed differently to what you see in the dojo, here we use kata as a gentle meditative practise.
Following our kata practise we take to our mats for a gentle, hatha yoga session followed by a beautiful semi guided mediation to consolidate the restorative benefits of an hour well spent.

You can find our class time table here: TERM 1 CLASS SCHEDULE 2018

Reiki Workshops on Demand

Reiki Wordshops on Demand.. I will be offering Reiki Workshops on a need basis only. If you are drawn Reiki ito learn the healing art of Reiki then call me and we will discuss a time and place. If you wish you can invite others to join us or simply enjoy a private workshop focused on developing your healing intuition in the presence of Reiki.


I have found that the most comprehensive way to learn Reiki is in a style that is suited to you. If friends have chosen to join you then it is meant to be but perhaps you are meant to embark on this healing journey alone with the guidance of the universe.
Reiki 1 is $150 per person, including a certificate and manual.

What is Reiki?

I have been asked this question many times from both interested seekers and casual observers. Reiki is difficult to define as you will discover on your own Reiki journey. What it is to you and what it is to me may be two different things with the exception that we will both be aware of the fact that Reiki is a manifestation of love.


Reiki is Universal life force energy: What does it mean?
Is it a gift of energy from the universe? Perhaps. I do not discount the common rhetoric defining reiki this way I do however challenge its simplistic aloofness. When you give and receive a Reiki treatment with the true intent of healing the wounds of the soul and body you will feel love.
What is Reiki? It is love with the intention of healing.

Are You Taking Care of You?

Are you kind to you? It is easy to fall out of the habit of looking after ourselves. This may mean that we do not get enough sleep, exercise, food or worse we forget to take a time out. A time out to do what ever it is that makes up feel better, that makes us who we are.


Are you guilty of self-neglect? Sit with me for a while and think about the last time that you did something just for you. I am not talking about that new pair of shoes, I am talking about the last time your stopped your world and did something for you. It does not have to be extravagant perhaps:
10 minutes of meditation

10 minutes journaling

10 minutes sending a salute to the sun.

10 minutes to prepare a proper lunch.

Today, instead of grabbing a piece of bread with peanut butter smeared on it and calling it lunch I took the time to make an avocado, cream cheese salad sandwich and brewed a cup of earl tea to sip alongside. It occurred to me while making this that I cannot remember the last time I went to such trouble making my lunch. My daughter and husband both start their day with a breakfast I make and they eat while I make their lunches. I routinely breakfast with a piece of toast that I share with our dog after the school run and a walk. DSC_0303

Is it because I work mainly from home that I think that it is okay to grab something easy when I am hungry? My nutrition needs are as important as anyone elses in this household. Just because I work from a home office does not mean that I am less busy than any other worker today, and I have the washing to load and unload to and from toilet trips. I constantly counsel my clients to look after their own health first. I regularly express the bucket theory i.e you cannot give from an empty bucket.. yet here I am trying to do exactly that.

How do we change? Persistence. Think about the holes in your self-care program. Start with the basics:

Eating

Sleeping

Resting

Exercise

Mediation

Healthcare

Pick where you would most like to start and make it happen. Set yourself out a meal plan, set the timer on your phone to go off to remind you to go to bed earlier, find a class or exercise you would enjoy, meditate there are apps and classes that you can explore, book an appointment with a practitioner. Do not put off looking after yourself a moment longer.
Take Care of You
with Metta, Vanessa xx

Why I became a Reiki Healer


There are two answers to this question. The first one that I will share is the public version, this is what I told my friends and family. Reiki was another string to my treatment bow. I had heard and read a little bit about it. I had never had a Reiki treatment. Money was tight. I had just graduated with a Diploma of Massage followed closely by a Dip in AromDSC_0014atherapy. Any money I had went into advertising, buying products and finding clients to build my business. Reiki was to become one more service that I offered. With Reiki I could offer packages, I could advertise in another category of the alternative therapy pages and so on. I found a Reiki course offered on a local barter system that I was enrolled in, so my first Reiki attunement was a gift more ways than one.
Deep down all of us seekers and healers are looking for something that we feel is missing inside of ourselves. For some it is a hole, an emptiness. Others may feel a uselessness, and incompetent at helping, or maybe some are disconnected from something they don’t quite know. It is easy to get caught up in life, money and getting by. Where is a spiritual life? How do we heal ourselves? Know ourselves?

In the quiet of meditation, I know that I was drawn to the healing arts because life hurts, life wounds and life disenchants us. Disconnected from the church of my youth, family and often the everyday people around me I was sad, I was lost and frustratingly seeking something better. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be able to do something more with my everyday than what I was capable of.

Sure on the outside it was always about helping others. It was always about what I could do for you and yes I would appreciate it if you would pay me too. Incidentally my fees were always less than other practitioners charged and I always tried to give more. Not because I could afford to, not because my clients couldn’t afford to but because I did not think the work I did was good enough. (That’s another blog post I am sure- back to my original point)

Healers become healers for a reason. We can spend years finding out that reason. We can float in and out of our healing world and reality. I left for a while to get a ‘real’ job. The result? I am still looking for my answers, or my questions depending on which way you are looking at it.

The short answer is that I study the healing arts because I am human and because I am human I am broken. I am broken because I am often separated from my spirit self. Reiki, love and healing helps to put me back together again.

Soup & Rent Inspections

There are a lot of thing shifting in our household at the moment. Summer is leaving Perth, the night and morning air has a nip in it and the sun has turned into a glorious gift we lift our faces to on our morning walks around the dog park.
I am feeling very domestic this week. We have a rental inspection on Friday which means by my own standards the house has to be cleaned and presented to a show room level. I couldn’t cope with a negative report against our name.
So this week I have put aside my study, my work and my writing and my leisure to focus on domestic bliss. Sorting cupboards, clearing, cleansing, decluttering. The atomiser is on constantly wafting Young Livings Purification oil throughout our tiny house. I feel uplifted with every task complete because I shifted my attitude from resenting rental inspections to welcoming the opportunity to put domestic chores ahead of all other tasks.
My week is full with working six days a week, either the carpentry business, the karate club, my studies, writing or healing work fill my days. This week I put our home first. Cleaning house is something that has been tacked onto the end of my day, when good enough is all I have the energy for. This week I made it my priority and I am reaping the rewards.
Soup of the Day!

My tomatoe and veg soup is on the stove:
 Just chop up any vegetables you have- today I used: parsnips, leek, carrots, zucchini, celery – fry in a large pot with some olive oil adding dried herbs, salt and pepper to taste.

Add two cups of re-hydrated Italian bean and veg mix, 1 can chopped tomoates, 2 tbsp tomatoe paste, and a pint of stock.

Simmer until tender and delicious.

Enjoy!

Now the weather is cooler Don takes a flask of soup to work when there is a pot on the go. He is joining me on my diet (sorry healthy eating plan) I guesse the results speak for themselves. I will be back to my fighting weight in another six months, it should only take him three.
Enjoy the cooler days!