Happiness ~ Yoga Training ~ Reflection

Emotions, purging, captured voices, warmth, energy, its going to be an epic journey!

Moments of highs and Moments of Low in a blink of the eye! Life is a mystery all wrapped up and thrown at us when we least expect it.

My deepest appreciation & gratitude ; I honour my parents who in death I chose to use their gift of inheritance to become a yoga teacher.

Honour
Love Family
On Mother’s Day this year in closing my class I had an overwhelming experience – an immense feeling of love & sadness all at once – my voice choked … my hands in prayer as I move to the third eye … wet with tears … I miss you mum!

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LISTEN 👂  … your body talks to YOU … It has my attention!

Can you be so in tuned with your body – you hear what it craves to repair?

I wrote this blog some weeks ago … further research confirms most all of what I love to eat & drink are a problem for me currently … I do not have asthma say the Doctors after numerous test …. but only a few nights ago I woke gasping for breath again …. what changed? “Red Wine” with a friend for her birthday! After further research I have discovered … Fermented food and Red Wine is off limits for me, as I am becoming quite aware of Histamine Intolerance as the root of my problem.

Your body craves attention & when it comes to food – it definitely tells me what I need!  “Usually Vegetables” 🥒 something green.

But unfortunately,  #extract Extract Mind Body Green, all those “healthy” foods that are supposed to be great for you can actually make you feel worse. It’s an underlying cause of inflammation and chronic symptoms with Histamine Intolerance

The luxury before allergies I ate most everything, but now I need to think before I eat! Sometimes I forget!

Flu season has heightened my allergic reactions, suffering from Bronchitis & breathing issues unlike asthma ..Alarm bells are ringing … I need to take a good look at my food intake & re-assess.

A few weeks or so ago, I woke feeling fantastic after a month of coughing, wheezing, choking…..I thought I’d turned a corner, early morning I woke, feeling back to square one after a restless night of coughing fits.

What changed I question myself?

I cooled off in the water,  nothing too strenuous, but it was a little fresh when breeze picked up & its Sunday! (The breeze takes my breath away)  My body seems to always crave or has formed bad Sunday eating habit’s / or my one day to relax & eat what I want … rather than make something fresh.

1. Breakfast : Green Tea, Greek Yoghurt mixed berries, chia seeds, green powder, honey 🍯 coffee  (same previous day)

2. Snack : Noodles 🍝 preservatives mmm in spice? ( nothing previous day)
3. Lunch : Large vegetable Spring Roll … soy & sweet chilli  sauce 🌶 mmm soy sauce maybe a problem (previous day cheese quesadilla & cup of beef soup)

4. Snack : Corn Chips – not my usual gluten free! ( previous day gluten free corn chips)

5: Dinner : Spaghetti 🍝 Bolognaise (gluten in pasta mmm ) (previous day chilli con carne, advocado, sour cream burrito)

6: Snack : 1 square coconut milk chocolate 🍫  … I never eat milk chocolate … always dark chocolate…this may have been the culprit!  (Previous day 2 Allens snakes & green tea with mint)

Drinks : Water & Soda water & Lime (acidic mmm)

(Previous day water & apple & carrot juice & green tea /mint)

I was on Antibiotics, Zyrtec Antihistamine, codeine cough medicine, inhaler!

No alcohol!

What my body craves & doesn’t!

Cheese 🧀 (some on occasion my body craves cheese quesadillas & I sometimes enjoy blue cheese & crackers)

Sweets 🍭 ( Dark Chocolate my favourite after dinner )

Red Meat 🍖 (My diet over the past year has introduced a little more as I suffered from fish poisoning / ciguatera last year – limiting my intake to prevent a reaction)

Green apples – my favourite!

My allergic reactions are peanuts, wine, mangoes , chic peas ( as hummus was the cause of my last reaction )

These particular articles rang true for me as the food & accompaniments are what I ate yesterday … but don’t always eat … when traveling on a boat often away from mainland your usual food consumption changes to suit hunger & limiting supplies.

From my research, Milk products, Chocolate, Soy, Gluten are an issue with allergic reactions/asthma & I consumed all of them yesterday hence my coughing /breathing fits that night were seriously increased.

Learning to understand my triggers, choosing food & beverages to suit my body is a recipe for Life! I am paying a lot of attention lately….from my research so far, it appears  choosing to eliminate these fermented foods and drinks for a while and then slowly introducing them one by one … I will learn to assess which are the problem ones.

Hope these links help if you are suffering from Allergies or Histamine Intolerance ! Link to Yoga Poses for Allergies also.

You will find me teaching in Fiji at Musket Cove Resort Tuesday & Thursday 8am sharing the yoga love.

Namaste!
Health Asthma 13 Best & Worst Foods for your Lungs

Water for Health
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and prevents asthma & beats hiccups!

Soy Allergy

What Are the Health Benefits of Green Tea With Mint?
Gluten Intolerance & Asthma is there a Connection?

https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/yoga-poses-to-fight-seasonal-allergies

 

Hiccup! An involuntary spasm of the diaphragm and respiratory organs, with a sudden closure of the glottis and a characteristic gulping sound.

Have you ever gasped to breathe & your body says “No” not today!
Scary shit .. A big HiCCUP!

I have been struggling with a dry cough, unlike whooping cough which became bronchial & now asthma attack !  I am on all sorts of medication, which I detest … but not breathing sort of shakes you up a bit & right now whatever it takes to rid me of this crazy flu I’m all for it!

Breathing involuntarily I will not take that for granted again!

A little voice in my head keeps saying “A yoga teacher who struggles to breathe – what!”
Stop beating myself up right … yes I’m in my favourite teaching ground Fiji but I will be here for a few months – so a couple of weeks for me is not a worry …  forced me time!

Enjoy Life
Relaxing on the bow … Vitamin D time!

As A yoga teacher the first thing I do is search for a yoga cure,  I found lots of great info ; Yoga Journal had some great  articles for bronchitis & asthma, this particular introduction was all too familiar, interesting read;

by BARBARA BENAGHAUG

Title : Learning to Breath Again: An Asthmatics Guide To Retraining Breathing Patterns

Extract : It’s the middle of the night. Suddenly you’re wide awake, suffocating, gasping for air but unable to catch your breath. The whole world seems to be closing in around your throat and chest. The urgency to breathe that woke you in the first place is rapidly giving way to panic. You’re having an asthma attack.

https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/asthma-answers

Unlike this description I was in a picture perfect lagoon, eating lunch & an allergic reaction exasperated a coughing fit … closing my airways within a blink of an eye … gasping for breath … trying to calm myself….not working …. fight or flight mode kicked in … ran to the bow of the boat ….. (I took my cup of tea, be cool) … managed to say can’t breathe…..my husband try’s to  calm me tells me to breathe through my nose … can’t get air …. panic attack …. for a moment everything went still … what a beautiful day, a magic location … Is this it? …snap … I don’t think so! ….gasp … burp choke … small breaths through the nose…I’m breathing but seriously shaken!

Open your throat and chest with these yoga poses for asthma to ease breathing.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/yoga-by-benefit/asthma

Yoga poses: Contraindicated for asthma. “Contraindication” is a medical term often used in yoga to describe a physical condition that makes a particular pose inadvisable for the practitioner. If you have asthma, honor your body by avoiding or modifying these yoga poses.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/contraindications-modifications/asthma-contraindications-modifications

So Yoga4yachties followers I am chilling on the Bow of our catamaran Songlines, getting my Vitamin D on & learning to breathe again! If you suffer from Bronchitis or Asthma … let’s learn to breathe together ….. maybe this article will help you in some way!

Learning from my experiences in life adapting into my classes!

Much love

Namaste!

P.s I have allergic reactions to nuts & mangoes …. this allergic reaction was from Hommus – containing chic peas … did you know ? Extract 

http://www.yorktest.com/blog/chickpea-intolerance-or-allergy-symptoms-and-signs/

30th September 2014

Chickpea Intolerance or Allergy? Symptoms and Signs

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, are a pulse with a long history of consumption. Traces date back over 7,000 years leading to them being known as one of the world’s earliest cultivated foods. They are a common ingredients in a great variety of cuisines, especially common in south and east European, Northern African, Middle-Eastern and Asian food. In the UK they are best known as core ingredients in Hummus and Falafel. With a high level of protein and fibre, and low fat content they are a staple in a healthy diet.
However, there are some problems associated with chickpeas. Some people may find themselves allergic or intolerant to these legumes.
Chickpeas contain proteins, similar forms of which are found in soy beans, which may trigger an immune response from the body. For those with allergies, visible and common reactions include:
Skin reactions such as eczema and hives

Nasal congestion and Asthma which may be visible through shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and a feeling of tightness in the chest

Anaphylaxis -in the most extreme cases anaphylaxis – made visible by a drop in blood pressure, facial swelling, increased heart rate and dizziness – may occur

Extract Title hiccup by #wikipedia

Introducing Yoga …

I have been introducing yoga to Sailors cruising the globe for 4 years now & I love it!

You not only grow as a student but as a teacher, my realisation “light bulb” has switched on!  

“I love to teach beginners!”

 It lights me up seeing the look on their faces & conversations after class, how much they enjoyed it, but most of all, I love their comments. Some common remarks; “I thought I could never do yoga,” “I feel so light,” “My mood after yoga gets me through the day,” “My back is improving,”  “I feel better after just 3 classes.” 

My self practice, keeps me focused as I continue my travelling yoga journey, I find room to grow along the way. 

Sometimes I have struggled as a teacher … I find more often, not to introduce advanced asanas with my teachings as I am often not in one place too long & it just isn’t appropriate for my students when they are often new to yoga. I Keep it simple with glimpses of advanced progress from me as a teacher.

I find Teaching preparations a mindful experience, involving quiet time to decide the flow of asanas/postures, music, words to inspire, but the more I teach the more I have learned my preparations are often almost void … as who will be at my new location & join my classes, often 1 Student will change my whole routine planned, but I love that … it challenges me as a teacher & growth happens, after all this is not my practice but theirs.

I had numerous students this past season in Australia who had prior spinal surgery & yoga was helping their rehabilitation & or combining with their physiotherapy exercises, helping regain spinal health. 

I’m so proud of all my past students & how each of them embrace the practice & want to continue practicing onboard their boats, when classes are not available. 

Many students this season were either re-introducing yoga into their lives, for flexibility, ease of movement sailing, practical exercise for boating, mindful relaxation, releasing tight muscles, helping old injuries…common reasons regardless of age. 

Ilot Casey New Caledonia Blissology Slow Flow
 

Love what you do …. because it shines from you! 

Join Leanne Yoga4Yachties in Fiji this season … Like & Follow my Facebook page to see where I’m teaching … July – September. 

Namaste!

Sea. Peace, one with self, nature at its rawest!

Leaving behind New Caledonia 21 June shortest day of the year, where festivals of music 🎶 💃 are entertaining thousands of locals & tourists.

The dawn awakened beautifully, our anchorage surrounded by rich green vegetation spilling with red soil to salty basin below.

Safety procedures complete, we  exited the Havannah pass … steep swells .. troughs open … waves spraying the boat with salty foam. Calmer waters on the other side of pass had us Sailing, Main & Headsail trimmed, we began our voyage slotting into passage mode. Our watches arranged , mine 12 -3….I soak up the sun on the bow before watch.

The day was glorious, great sailing passing Île des Pins (Island of Pines) on our starboard to gain the angle to turn & head for Fiji.

Life onboard began with 2 new crew, an uncertainty of what lies ahead for all us, personalities need to gel & a weather prediction is just that, realistically we are now in the hands of the Weather Gods & Murphy.

Fish on at sunset, sushimi, crumbed fish, crew ideas called out … taste buds tantalised…Skipper took a moment to slow the boat as it was a struggle to reel fish in, pop, lost it! Oh well meat potatoes, beans & jus it is.

Sleep is a must, as midnight sees me back on deck…the auto pilot whirs & disturbs, my belly flips…my subconscious says please don’t be sick … the conditions are great … what’s going on body…many years travelling without feeling the slightest bit ill, but lately it appears more often.

I finally dose listening to soft meditation music, but all too soon I wake again tossing & turning, the alarm bell sounds, time to relieve crew.

The wind has died, the main sail only remains & the port engine is started to continue speed at 5-5.5 kts. Dark clouds surrounded, they look more ominous then they are … they pass with no rain or increase in wind, no necessary adjustments to sails.

I start to take in my 360 deg view!

Green tea & lemon 🍋 to soothe my throat & warm me.

The stars are magic at sea they always send me back to my childhood when I lay on the grass looking up at the twinkling city….It’s a moonless night the dark skies highlights the sparkle of the stars & the brilliance of the Milky Way splayed.

Unlike a fire staring into the flames 🔥 I am mesmerised for hours gazing ..the wind abates more …

Planets & Satelites are often a source of frustration in the tired hours on watches … is it a boat ? You almost convince yourself it is, even though your thought process eliminates all reasoning it’s too high … too bright … you start to think of altering course or calling this imaginary vessel 🚢 & just like that it disappears!  Planet Venus is the culprit this time!

My watch is over sleep beckons again … I lay in the saloon bed … only doze as  I am on call for new crew on watch.

The voyage is ending I spent 4 1/2 days at Sea … no vessels or radio communication the entire passage … only the stars ✨ ocean … a few birds, rainbow 🌈 sunsets to keep me company along with 3 others onboard & it always makes me a little sad … how lucky am I to experience nothingness your totally in a world of your own.

Totally In the hands of nature, sometimes it tests you, but I am always in awe & humbled I am travelling in my home on a vast ocean …. & I’m not scared! I love it!

A yoga experience at Sea. Peace, one with self, nature at its rawest!

(photo credit Endles Smiles )

Breath

“Learn how to exhale and the inhale will take care of itself” by Carla Melucci Ardito

Sandy at Grotty Yachty hope you don’t mind me sharing this!

I always cue students to remember to breathe in a yoga class. Sandy attended one of my Down Under Rally Bundaberg classes last year. Half way through class, this voice yells from the back a bit exasperated “How can you not!” a few giggles from the class. My reply, “Some people hold their breath,” “Oh” she says.

Cueing breath helps students relax muscles in the body and they receive more benefits, more flow of oxygen throughout the body, and more release of carbon dioxide, ultimately more benefits from the poses.

Our inhalations bring oxygen into the lungs, which gets absorbed into the blood and carried throughout the body. The oxygen is used or made into the energy we need to break down food, maintain bodily functions and do all physical activity.

It is a given, we breathe without thinking about it, but when we are exercising or concentrating, or in a stressful situation, for instance, your sailing & the weather changes dramatically, your caught off guard, the body tenses & goes on high alert, the breath changes depending on how you manage the situation, when you are taught to control your breath in Yoga it shows up in these types of situations, allowing you to be calmer and more controlled.

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Calm before the Storm

 

Breath…Mind… Body… Control.

It is important however to remember that our inhalations of oxygen are only as good as our exhalations of carbon dioxide.

 

Find a space , roll out your mat … Namaste!

 

 

 

extract's from http://www.scq.ubc.ca/ by Aizita Magaña

 

 

Voice

Fiji is special to me, and has been my spiritual playground for sharing my love of Blissology Inspired Yoga.

My love of yoga has transpired into a passion and a beautiful gift to compliment my life, enrich my soul and share with others.

My voice in life has often been muted with fear, unlike stage fright, sharing what I have inside, only to my closest friends and family. To voice in a public forum or group of people staring at me, was something I would never choose.

“Do one thing every day that Scares You!” Eleanor Rosevelt

This statement always baffled me, but I can now relate to it, and acknowledge to truly grow you need to step outside of your fears, or they will consume you & stifle your time on this Earth.

Yoga has given me my voice, my confidence, my love of self, and strength in body and mind is forever growing with practice.

Family and friends offer strength, unconditional love and acceptance, but your deepest fears and passions have to come from you, belief in yourself. No self doubt. Often outside forces or associations can stifle this, or your perceptions, digging deep to find my voice was the most difficult journey in my life.

I have just spent nine full days, introducing yoga to Nanuya Staff, a familiar playground for which I have shared my yoga love before, but of course, my self doubt crept in a little when offered this opportunity. Do I have enough knowledge and the voice skills to share what I know to commence the staff on their yoga journey?

Having just spent thirty days in Bali assisting my teacher Eoin Finn Blissology, was a huge help in giving me the confidence to accept this retreat. “Nothing to Prove, Everything to Share” a Blissology Mantra. Whilst in Bali I shared with students and journeyed into self yet again, I relived my training in 2013 and walked away feeling confident my knowledge is now cemented deeply, accepting I have the passion and tools to share helped my decision to accept the retreat offer.

I have spent four season in Fiji, and often say its my second home, it just feels so right when we are here. (Sailing now back and forth each season)

My association with most Fijians, they are extremely shy, reserved and private, they have the biggest hearts, magical smiles and their laughter is constant & genuine. They make me giggle like a little child each time I watch and listen to them banter with each other.

I have that personality if someone cries, I cry ~ if someone laughs, I laugh like a child being tickled. Human emotions, something I am very in tune with, I think because I was so quiet for so long, I strengthened my intuition, hearing and observation skills.

My retreat was rewarding, satisfying & life changing.  My students were a joy, who gradually warmed to me, opened their hearts, shared private thoughts, showered me with love and acceptance.

They embraced yoga and found their voices day by day, speaking louder, walking taller, outwardly more confident.

I held nothing back as a teacher, I taught from the heart, shared what my teacher had given me, I was forever available to them to ask anything of me, sharing my private struggles also helped them grow.

I have no reservations they will continue to grow and learn more, and hopefully go onto train to become yoga teachers.

Yoga is such a gift ~ spreading the love and watching it peel back the layers of a person, heart wide open, walk with a purpose, is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!

I have heard my teacher say this and it is so true ~ “Yoga is more about touching your heart then touching your Toes!”

Vinaka Vaka Levu my new friends, I have a special place in my heart for you always! Sotatale! (A very big thank you ~ until next time)

 

 

 

(Chinese Proverb – Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself)

 

 

Lesson over Class Dismissed!

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A journey never unfolds as you plan, that is why coming to Bali with limited expectations unfolds into a journey of new beginnings, amazing friendships, and so many memories.

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Growth, however old you are, creates space in your life, it shift’s old, blocked, stubborn memories, thoughts or emotions out & makes space for new growth, new memories, new life! Peace within.

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Why do you need to be broken to be fixed? As we learn in Yoga Teacher Training, we hold many emotions in the body, this creates a forum to release. A group of liked minded people who share a special bond of trust, a bit like a passage at sea for many days, you learn to survive the elements together, you only have each other & every emotion is shared as one. A friendship that lasts forever.

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I say my goodbyes but I share this  : “I am not sad it’s over, I am glad it happened” much love my fellow yoga teachers.  I look forward to your continued journey in life!

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Nature Appreciation, Quiet Time!

Imagine being surrounded by lush vegetation.

Sitting in meditative state upon a mossy rock.

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Water flows beneath curling over rocks, winding along its journey.

Water cascading above me falling seeping into the earth.

Bamboo plants strong roots, leaves so green, willow like shade.

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The air cool dense rests upon your skin.

Soft gaze, just listen, water rushes, senses become in tune with nature.

Soft haze, colour, third eye, peace, release, calm!

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Journey Unfolds

Moments of highs and Moments of Low in a blink of the eye! Life is a mystery all wrapped up and thrown at us when we least expect it.

It’s going to be an epic journey, Day 4 done and dusted and we are connected, comfortable and bonded beautiful group.

We have shared some special moments … hugs, laughter, tears.

 

 

Day 3 begins at Old Man’s surf break Echo Beach, we huddle close, soften into our space,  meditating facing the ocean …. waves crash but silence surrounds, energy flows!

The joy on the faces of everyone swimming in the ocean, indescrible, makes me appreciate what a blessed life I have … the ocean beneath me at all time.

Time …. connection ….

(Thank you Carin Smolinski photography)