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August is an exciting time! It’s the beginning of a new month, we’re on the final stretch of winter and the fun and festivities of footy season, Spring Racing Carnival and the festive season are just around the corner.

So why do so many of us have low energy levels? It’s been a cold and long winter so far with many very wet and miserable days. Many of us have overindulged with the comfort of the tracky dacks to cover up the full extent of our nurturing…and many of us have avoided venturing outside to exercise and practice yoga. Does this sound like you? Have you been like me and perhaps consumed one too many blocks of chocolate or brownies?!?!

Winter rituals

This winter I’ve also gone deep within spending more time focusing on my own yoga and meditation practices, reading lots of books I’ve been sitting on for a while. This has helped expand my knowledge on a variety of topics, techniques and practices to raise my energy levels and my meditation practice.

Reiki Master

Part of my journey also involved immersing myself in studying reiki and learning more about this amazing spiritual and energetic practice. Having been immersed in energetic modalities from a young age, it was a natural progression to study this amazing practice and I’m excited to now be a Reiki Master!

So…how will this change my teachings you ask? Well, it’s transformed how I manage my own energy and how I respond to the energy of others around me and my surroundings…and it adds a whole new dimension to my workshops and especially my upcoming Spring Meditation & Yoga Retreat.

Having spent time travelling overseas in recent years to explore more about energy, yoga and meditation, I’m on a mission to lift the energy vibrations and reduce the stress levels of Melbourne yogis. So are you with me?


In August I’m offering a couple of workshops focused on increasing energy levels and healing from within for those experiencing Anxiety.

Checkout my workshops page for more info on these offerings in Seddon and Camberwell.

Meditation & Yoga Retreat

My upcoming Spring Meditation & Yoga Retreat is going to be a special one as it’s the culmination of all the practices and teachings I’ve immersed myself in the past few years. I’ll be integrating reiki, yin yoga, yoga therapy, sound healing meditations (Yoga Nidra and others) and a couple other special surprises into this special weekend. Taking place during the seasonal change of Spring, when we switch from the cold of Winter to the heat of Summer, it’s a special energetic time to immerse in these teachings

Full Moon Sound Healing

The September Full Moon is on Saturday 14 September so the practices we’ll embark on during the day exploring our innerselves will be deeply introspective. The evening you’ll experience a long immersive Sound Healing to help heal, re-balance and help energise you for the coming months of increased social activities and warmer weather.

I’d love for you to join me so please send me an email if you’re interested in raising your energy vibrations and delving deep within.

To find out more, visit https://www.mayyoga.com.au/retreat/

It’s a new day. A new month. A new year. Hello 2019!

For many of us it’s the time of year when we set our goals for the year ahead…start a fitness regime, take up yoga, go on a diet, learn to meditate…the list goes on.

But here’s a not so surprising statistic: only 8% of people who set a New Year’s resolution successfully achieve them. It’s not always easy to make changes in our lives, but an effective way of doing this is through setting an intention and integrating it with a regular practice of the mindful Yoga Nidra meditation (sleep based meditation).

What is an intention?

An intention helps us become the best version of ourselves by withdrawing our attention from where we don’t want to go to a place we do want it to go.

How is a goal different to an intention?

A goal has a specific endpoint in mind, whereas an intention is the direction we are seeking to take. An intention is more realistic and adaptable, especially if we consciously or subconsciously take another route along the way. If we consider a goal, this would be considered a failure and we’re likely to abandon that goal as we beat ourselves up about the speed bump we are likely to encounter.

Qualities of an intention

Intentions have several characteristics that differentiate them from goals:

  • define in the present tense
  • timeless
  • direction not a destination
  • no attachment to the outcome
  • concise and powerful
  • no predictable end results

Why should you set an intention?

You can set an intention at anytime…not just at the new year. Intentions are widely recognised for giving us purpose and connecting us to a higher power with ourselves in a direction we’re seeking to journey. They are also set in the present tense so they help us to always be present and set a guiding principle within our psyche.

How to set an intention

  1. Find a place within your house or out in nature (the bush, the beach, the forest) where you can sit, be still and contemplate
  2. Sit in a comfortable seated position and connect with your breath to help you become present
    • cultivate slow and steady inhalations and exhalations through your nose
    • once you are feeling present and connected, observe where you’re tense in your body and take a deep belly breath in and mindfully exhale out through your mouth. Repeat this a couple of times if you have a lot of tension to release – let your body be your guide
  3. Contemplate the following questions:
    • What brings you the greatest joy in your life?
    • What fuels your fire?
    • What gives you a deep sense of purpose?
  4. Listen to your inner voice and ask yourself what are your motivations and aspirations for 2019?
    • Observe the responses that arise – sitting with each one and allowing them to wash over you
    • Be clear about what you invite into your life
  5. Create a short mantra (statement) that captures your intention and start to incorporate it in your daily yoga, meditation or mindfulness practice.

Some intention examples:

  • I allow myself to …
  • I am…
  • I am here because…
  • I am a … presence

Integrating your intention into a Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra allows you to let go and be free and can have a profound impact on your body and mind. An ancient 6000 year old Indian practice, Yoga Nidra is sleep based meditation that allows you to deeply relax and be at one with yourself…and to be still whilst still aware and alert. It is a meditation practice accessible to everyone; shifting you from the yang of thinking and doing (masculine) to the feeling and doing yin (feminine) which can help lead your body to restoration and the release of excess tension in your body and mind.

As a mindful and deeply relaxing and contemplative silent practice, Yoga Nidra can help direct your mind to fulfil the seed of an intention you set for yourself.

Want to delve deeper and learn more?

Join me on Saturday 2 February 3-5:30pm at Westside Yoga School in Seddon for my New Year, New You Healing Immersion and delve deep within to release long held emotions and past experiences, anxiety and stress.

In this 2.5 hour immersion I’ll be integration a combination of into the practices body psychology and yoga therapy techniques, sound healing and yoga nidra meditation. You’ll journey deep within the body-mind complex to discover how to release long held tensions, attachments and constrictions, which can manifest as anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD and stress.

To find out more about intention setting, please email me at hello@mayyoga.com.au. If you would like to attend my workshop, please register via the Westside Yoga website. Spots are limited, bookings are essential.

Bye bye 2018, hello 2019

December 31, 2018

Happy New Mindful Year

For many of us 2018 has been a very LONG one…but at the same time has flown by.

When I look back and reflect on the year, a lot has changed for me in so many ways – I know I’ll look back on 2018 as a year of transformation and awakening. I dodged a bullet in the relationship stakes (phew!); developed new fitness interests; ventured to the USA to study more yoga, yoga therapy and meditation focused on healing those with yoga for anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder); studied reiki to connect more with my own energy and deepen my personal meditation practice; became a corporate escapee and went from being a part-time yoga teacher to a dedicated full time yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher and advocate. But most importantly, crossed paths with old friends and made new friends from all over the world and shared many laughs, tears and memories and for this I am truly grateful.

So when you reflect on 2018, what are three things you’re truly grateful?

Mine are:
1. Loving network of beautiful souls: my parents, extended family, cat Muffin and network of friends all over the world
2. Transitioning to a life of purpose teaching and sharing my love of yoga, meditation and mindfulness
3. To be alive and enjoy Mother Nature, especially the ocean – where I can be free and enjoy meditation in motion on my standup paddle board

In 2018, I cultivated the daily practice of gratitude thanks to my dear friend Helen. Everyday, I will exchange the 3 things/people/experiences I’m truly grateful for…and I plan to continue this in 2019.

So what are you truly grateful for?

If you live in Melbourne, I’m teaching a special public class at Westside Yoga in Seddon (cost of normal class or included in membership) on New Years Day at 6:30pm. We’ll be kick starting 2019 with a mindful yoga and meditation practice and setting an intention for the year ahead. Stay around after class and mingle with your fellow yogis as I’ll also be serving some delicious fruit and homemade bliss balls

See you on the mat yogis! Would love to hear the 3 things you’re grateful for! Comment below!

Happy New Year!

Anxiety stats and yoga

October 16, 2018

Anxiety can effect everyone, at any age and at any time. Here’s some key stats from Beyond Blue as they launch a new campaign supporting anxiety awareness across Australia:

– Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia

– Over 85% of people in Australia believe anxiety is not a sign of person weakness, is not something you can just ‘snap out of’, and is a real medical condition

– Everyone feels anxious at times, but when symptoms are intense, persistent, and interfere with life, it becomes an anxiety condition. The good news – there is hope and treatments that work

The Beyond Blue website is packed with resources to learn more about anxiety, complete the Anxiety Checklist, and discover how to get support today for yourself or someone you know

Yoga can help!

Yoga is a beautiful and amazing way to help calm the mind and body, supporting the nervous system. Yoga helps to connect with your body and to bring awareness to your breath, mind and body.

The practice of body psychology or yoga therapy supported with yogic sleep (Yoga Nidra meditation) are a powerful combination to manage the symptoms of mental health including anxiety, depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and insomnia (lack of sleep).

So if you experience any of these and want to experience and learn more about how you could live a life free of these, I’m hosting a 2.5 hour immersion at Westside Yoga next Saturday 27 August. Limited spaces available with only a few spots left so register today! For any questions, please feel free to email me to find out more!

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