Our director Ananda was recently featured in The Daily Telegraph. We absolutely love this shot!
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I would like to share a tip that has helped me in my own life. Recently, I found myself moving in a downward spiral, as I became flooded with negative thoughts about many situations, which lead to a depression. The content of my inner dialogue was consistently one of negativity. My attention was being pulled to everything that was wrong or “not good enough”. As a teacher of yoga, I was aware that where I placed the attention is where our power lies. In this moment, I was not the mover but the moved, and I realized I was not in control.
This simple reflection, or re-cognition, brought me back to myself. I was the able to turn my attention to another type of positive thinking within my experience, to supplement the automatic thoughts. I recognized my true desire, and used mantra to help me turn a radical corner. From my experiences, I invite you to develop a phrase that is personally inspiring and helps shift your perspective. The mantra that I am currently using is: my life is a work in progress, I am happy and I am free.
I invite you to reflect on your current styles of thinking, to see if you think you could benefit from a change in perspective when approaching certain situations. I use mantra to continually turn my attention to the thoughts that shape my life. When I find them moving in a trajectory that isn’t helpful, or I find myself overwhelmed, through this awareness I can pull myself out for a moment. When saying a few important words to myself in such a moment, another option emerges.
Some mantras that may be of service, and help switch the content on your thoughts include:
I am my own authority.
My life is a work in progress.
Things are as they’re meant to be.
I am what I have been seeking.
Life is my practice; Practice is my life.
I am committed to living my life fully.
Choose a mantra that resonates with your life and recite this positive message as part of your practice. You are enough within yourself. You can pull yourself out of problematic situation with the attitude you use to approach it. By reciting the right words, you can move your thoughts in the direction you desire.
* man·tra /ˈmantrə/
Ananda chats to Popsugar Fitness about Spring-cleansing and toning those gorgeous legs of yours!
We stumbled across a great and healthy recipe for Crème Brulee on Your Zen Life. Ananda is excited to contributing to Your Zen Life so watch this space!
2 cups of raw cashew
4 tbs maple syrup or agave nectar
2 cups of water
6 tbs vanilla custard powder (gluten free variety)
½ tsp sea salt
Put all the ingredients minus the sugar in a blender, and blend until smooth.
Transfer to a saucepan and over low heat, whisk while the mix thickens.
Put the custard mixture back in the blender and blend very well.
Place ramekins in a baking tray.
Fill up the ramekins with the custard to ¾ full.
Sprinkle the sugar over evenly.
Place under a hot grill for 5-7 minutes or until browned a little (ie brulee, to burn).
450 g frozen mixed berries
In a saucepan bring the frozen berries to the boil with enough water to cover. Allow the berries to bubble and liquid to evaporate, stirring occasionally. The berries are 65 calories per serve (hello – easy weight loss) and keeps in the fridge for a good week. Continue to use the rest with yoghurt, Bircher muesli, or porridge. It helps with organization if you prepare food in bulk, that way there is always something to nibble that is diet plan friendly. Serve the Crème Brulee with the berries on top or to the side.
For her second contribution with Breakfast With Audrey, AnandaI pulls from some of the ancient texts of yoga. Ananda’s next few contributions will be based around the texts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
In today’s fast moving world, where the majority of our attention is moved by the latest and greatest quick fixes, trends, events, and devices- the yoga practice continues, and these ancient texts offer relevant advice on how to live a life of fulfilment today.
The Yoga Sutras were written in approximately 200 BC. The author of these texts, Patanjali, is thought to have been a physician, sanskrit scholar and yogi. Each scripture is an aphorism coming from an oral tradition, perfect for memorizing and repeating the teachings, so you can access them anywhere, embedded ‘in the cloud’ within. These phrases and sutras are guidelines and disciplines that welcome the benefits of health and self-awareness that come from the practice of yoga. In the second chapter, he provides the ethical guidelines of practicing yoga- the Yamas. Very roughly translated, this means the practice of restraint. This practice gives us the fundamental skill in leading a fulfilling life.
There are 8 limbs of Yoga, and the first is the Yamas. Yama comes to mean how we interact relate with the external world, this may surprise some, as many of us think of yoga as the physical practice. This highlights that yoga is about the whole experience of our living. I think it is important to say that the teachings of the sutras are in not intended to simply control our behavior. Instead, they suggest that through the choices we make within our efforts, we are rewarded with the fruits of those actions and behaviors. It is a principle of universal morality.
Beginning with the first limb, Yama, we will talk about Ahimsa. Ahimsa is translated as ‘non-violence’.
Many of you will be familiar with this idea from the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and in those examples you can clearly see what a powerful theory this is, when put into practice. The theory and practice are intricately bound.
Ahimsa is a very practical way of bringing our attention to our thoughts, words, and actions. These three levels of being are a manifestation of the world we live in and create, every time we awake and go about our day. When we bring our attention to our thoughts, look to see if any are negative or harmful. These thoughts lead to how we feel; those feelings predispose us to communicate and receive words in a certain way, which effect how we make sense of our life. In turn, we live out our lives and make decisions according to the way in which we make sense of our relationships.
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We were honoured to be a part of a new segment for My Health My Happiness entitled ‘Monday Motivators’. With this segment, Kasey hopes to offer you information which can further your personal health journey and help you gain emotional contentment, achieve physical acceptance, reach your maximum fitness potential and welcome feelings of relaxation and positive energy flow.
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I completely adore and resonate with what Ananda Trettin is offering.
After being faced with her own health challenges, Ananda found a path of mental, physical and spiritual healing through regular yoga practise. By personally experiencing the incredible power yoga had to offer, she worked towards and accomplished her goal of owning and running Preshana Yoga, based in Sydney.
Through Preshana Yoga, Ananda aims to connect others to this practice so that they may have the same opportunity to see that they are in fact enough, in themselves. The space houses a nourishing practice and supportive community, free of dogmatic approached and rigid systems.
Having worked as an international model from the age of sixteen through to twenty-four, I faced some very challenging times. Despite experiencing great success with this career, I lost complete faith in myself and turned to substances. It was not until I felt an urge from deep within myself- calling me back to the yoga mat that I was able to regain a sense of commitment to my growth and development.
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Our director Ananda had a chat with Lyn from health and wellbeing website, Stilettos and Green Juice. Lyn is passionate about teaching women new strategies to cope with their stress and emotions that doesn’t involve binge eating and partying. We love her passion so check out her interview with Ananda!
Ananda: Initially, my mother introduced me to the practice of yoga. Later in life I was drawn to yoga because I was seeking something deeper. I wasn’t interested in going into a space and sweating. At this time, I had many issues with my body and felt that if was going to a gym class and sweating, it instilled something in my mind that made me feel as though I needed to eat more. At the beginning, I was struggling with eating disorders and found the practice was one of nourishment and nurturing for this body that had become such a battleground for me. Through yoga I began to nourish my body, feel safe and re-establish a relationship with myself.
It is true that a lot of yoga teachers say that this practice can generate something that you can pull from into your daily life. On the matt, if you breathe through the exercises, you’ll be able to breathe through other situations in your life. On a very real level, I believe this whole-heartedly.
What the practice has instilled in my life is more of a storage bank. Through a long period of time, showing up time and time again no matter what state of mind I am in- that dedication and discipline has built within me a bank of strength to turn to during life’s challenges. It has given me the space to observe myself and how I am participating in the world. It has given me time and space to breathe and listen.
For me, it is not so much what I get from the practice anymore on a day to day basis, but rather the experiences that have happened from day to day over time. I have had the opportunity to discover who I am and wish to be in the world.
This is an interesting question. One of my practices as being a teacher is to not come across as a guru, Zen or someone higher. I am just sharing my experiences of dedicated practice and a commitment to a something that has shifted my experience in the world and given me tools to find freedom, connection and happiness. This is not to say that I no longer get stressed or find life challenging on a daily basis. When I am in a confronting situation, the build up of practice gives me strength and is a solid foundation to which I can turn.