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Freedom Seeking Parents

To all those busy ladies out there,

Are you a little like me? Do you find yourself racing to finish everything? (as if ‘everything’ can ever be finished!). Do you naturally tend towards over-ambitious to do lists? (while understanding there is nothing wrong with aiming for goals but sensing acutely how it can squash out the enjoyment of the moment). Are you a bit of a juggler, and do a pretty good job of keeping those balls going round, but then something can happen and they all end up bouncing around your legs?
Read on to learn my personal breakthrough on getting everything done.

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Easy Baked Kale Chips

If you are having a mother’s day gathering these are a healthy hit. They will be demolished by grown ups and kids alike. Kale shines nutritionally: High in fibre, iron, potassium and Vit A and for a vegetable, not bad in protein. This has to be the best way to consume all the goodness that’s in a bunch of kale. (Alas, they seem so absorb humidity so they won’t keep for lunchboxes.)

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No Pain, No Gain?

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a new friend to our studio. She had visited us three times for Pilates and been working at a level 1 in class so that we could take care of some physical conditions. (It’s a little journey to figure out what works and what might not work for our visitors. I feel teaching is a bit like dating – it takes time to figure out if your new friend prefers peas of cauliflower). Anyway, she wondered why the classes weren’t painful and indeed, whether she would get the benefits if she wasn’t feeling pain the next day.

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Valentine’s Day  Chocolate – Dark, Sultry and Light on Sugar

What does a healthy gal do when Valentines Day feels so naturally chocolatey? Well, I tried out this amazing dark and sultry raw chocolate recipe.  Very low in sugar and nearly as much fun to style the photo as to eat! So satisfying a tiny piece satiated me, so it lasted weeks in the fridge

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Clean Green Home

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet. This scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum and stains, and brightening your tiles and toilet.

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TRANSFORM – Time to be Brutally Honest with Yourself.

Dear Friends, As 2018 opens with all it’s potential, I have an important (and maybe confronting) question for you… How was this past year for you … really?  Comparing 2017 to what you wanted for yourself, and being completely honest with yourself, Were you less...

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Starting from the top down

Many of you will have heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The one where first come food, water and shelter. Then safety follows – that sense of home. And as you can see on this image, we then need love and belonging, esteem, and the icing on the cake is to aim for self-actualisation.

Maslow’s pyramid dates from 1943 and it’s now 2018. So may I propose a new way of considering his valuable work. Read on here plus 7 tips to help you live to your hightest potential in 2018.

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Overwhelm for Christmas, Anyone?

Back in October I heard a wonderful thing on the radio. The caller told listeners about how the first two letters of November are N and O – as in ‘NO’ – November was the month to say ‘no’ to everything so you don’t end up feeling too overloaded during December. I loved this idea of self-preservation so you maintain an ounce of dignity and elegancy and you don’t fall in an exhausted heap before the natural Christmas pause.
I have thought of that a lot in the past four weeks. And failed miserably Read more to understand how you don’t find balance, you create it, and for a shift in perspective In the flux of Christmas chaos

Blessings to you and yours for the season,

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Let Them Eat Cake

It’s my mum’s birthday this week. But since she has passed away it sadly marks another year without her. But because of this it feels like the perfect week to be hosting a wonderful event to bring motherless women together in the positive spirit of yoga to enjoy class, cuppa and cake. Just as I aim for each yoga practice I teach to be a celebration for my students of their body, mind and spirit, Transform is proud to host a special Sunday afternoon yoga class for women to connect with each other and to recognise and celebrate their own journeys onward since losing their mothers.

While grief and sadness come in different flavours, and while the textures vary though the years, motherless daughters can ‘get’ each other though this instantly deep connection so we’ll have tea and cake and conversation afterwards.

The cake part feels particularly perfect for me as I remember the fabulous birthday cakes my mum

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