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Christmas ChaosThis month Bliss Baby Yoga senior course facilitator, and busy mum-of-2, Mari Notaras, shares her tips on staying grounded through the busy festive season.

Whoa! Crazy time of year is upon us! Knowing that I was planning to write this article, I have been watching those around me (and myself) with a bemused curiosity, and observing the impact that this time of year has on us all
(Disclaimer – I DO live in Sydney!)

I am sure you can relate to this; this incessant need to get everything done before the end of the year! It makes everyone go at full speed, head first, towards Christmas.

Why does this happen? I have to admit, I am one of those people right now... My bathroom is currently getting renovated (included with a singing wanna-be 'Ed Sheeran' tiler); my daughter is leaving Year 6 and is wanting to attend all the “I’ll never be in primary school again” events possible; every conceivable Christmas party known to man is happening for both myself and my husband; the “we must catch up before the end of the year” conversation takes place daily; my house is a bomb; I still haven’t done my Christmas shopping – and -  what about the actual day…..!

Can you relate to this?

Deep breath in, long calm breath out… I am so grateful for having the gift of yoga in my life.

Wrapped up in the busyness of Christmas, it is more important than ever to find time for ourselves. Christmas Day is a time to fully embrace our family and friends, to be present in each other’s company and to treasure all the moments that we have together. Often, people bring this snowball effect of stress, tiredness, and general ‘over-doing it all’ to the Christmas ‘rest’ period and are completely wiped out.

From a yogic point of view, we can use this time of year to deeply reflect and re-assess how we are living our lives. What can you do to ‘amp’ up your self care practices during this overloaded period? How can you avoid burnout and exhaustion?

These are questions that I ask myself on a daily basis, and I have come up with six reminders that may help you take care of yourself a little better during this crazy busy time:

1. The Power of Pausing

Stop and be in the moment; recharge. Pausing allows us to make wiser choices in our lives.  Simply take a deep breath and observe your body. Is there tension that you can consciously release? Dropping deeper into our own being and creating the space to listen to what our inner voice is telling us, helps us to make better choices for those around as well as ourselves. Fundamentally, pausing also permits us to see the beauty in life. As a mother, reminding myself to pause (and not react) can allow me to really see and hear my children. Last night I paused and heard the most wonderful story through the eyes of my ten year old daughter; her joy, her expression, her understanding of the world around her – all of which made me smile.  These are moments that I treasure.

Yoga Nature2. Find somewhere special in nature

As simple as this sounds, connecting with nature can help you feel more balanced and in harmony.  Go for a walk and feel the breeze and the sun against your skin. Sit under a tree and feel the grass under your toes, hear the birds and the sounds of nature. Take a moment to recalibrate. Being a great lover of the ocean I find that a daily dose of seawater helps me feel alive, refreshed, grounded and in the moment. Spending time in nature is essential to our wellbeing.

3. The Art of Giving and Receiving

What does it even mean, to give, or to receive? At one level, it is an exchange of ‘things’.  For giving and receiving to mean something more, it is important to relate to this concept at a heart level. Giving and receiving is about the opportunity we have for a deep exchange with other people. These gifts aren’t a physical gift at all. It can be the gift of love for someone you love, or even a favor someone does for you for no apparent reason.  Simplicity.

4. The Season of Santosha

Santosha or ‘contentment’ is the second of the Niyamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. Santosha simply means accepting and appreciating what we have, what we are already, and moving forwards from there.  Mindfully choosing contentment can be very powerful at this time of year.

Examples of choosing contentment are when you are contemplating purchasing another Christmas stocking filler; take a very deep breath, and pause – ‘is this really needed?’ This serves as a good reminder not only to ourselves, but to our children in these days of over consumption and consumerism.

Cultivating gratitude for what you already have and contemplating what you actually do need can be applied to the traditional Christmas Day ‘over consumption mentality’ that many of us are guilty of.  Before eating, a simple acknowledgement of thanks and gratitude can change our mindset and help to avoid overeating and indulging on Christmas Day.  As often as you can, choose contentment especially when dealing with family members on Christmas day!

5. Drink Water

How you feel is strongly influenced by your hydration levels. This time of year can often involve the odd glass of champers or three, as we celebrate Christmas cheer with friends.   A good habit to get into is to drink one glass of alcohol and then one glass of water to help with the hydration levels the day after.  I find if I don't drink adequate amounts of water during the day I often feel more sluggish, irritable and lethargic in the afternoons. Drinking water on a daily basis is essential for our health, vitality, concentration and focus.

Restorative Yoga Bliss Baby Dec News6. Practice Restorative Yoga


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This month, Senior Bliss Baby Yoga course facilitator, Mari Notaras, shares the benefits of "Mummy-Only" Postnatal Restorative Yoga classes to nurture new mamas.


Jennifer AllenThese days, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga are bandied about as synonymous.  Senior Bliss Baby Yoga teacher, Jennifer Allen teaches both styles and helps clear up the confusion – they are in many ways two very different approaches to yoga.  Read on to understand how. 

As yoga continues to grow in popularity on a global level, it’s becoming clear that to enjoy a successful career as a yoga teacher amidst the diverse ‘shopping-mart’ of yoga styles now on offer, we need to be well-versed in not just one but at least several different styles of practice.  For me, it is reminiscent of my days as a professional dancer, when work opportunities would be limited unless you learnt to trade in your point shoes for tap shoes at any given moment!  Now, as a full-time yoga teacher, I have found that I encounter the very same scenario – I have needed to diversify my skills.  It’s not unusual for me to have to flow seamlessly from a 6pm dynamic, Vinyasa Flow class followed by a 7.30pm gentle, Restorative Yoga class.  As a result, when asked that ubiquitous question - “what style of yoga do you teach?” - my answer has quickly become “it depends on the day!”


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This month we’d like to introduce you to a new Teacher Trainer at Bliss Baby Yoga – Kate Moody.

Based in Melbourne, Kate is a yoga teacher and women's wellbeing coach and founder of 'Radiant Wellbeing’ which specializes in women’s health and vitality.  Due to her own healing journey with chronic fatigue syndrome, Kate is passionate about providing women with the experience of sacred “restoration and rest”, that brings every woman home to her own wisdom and true nature.  


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This month Bliss Baby Yoga Director and Founder Ana Davis shares the benefits of Restorative Yoga.

Have you noticed that your yoga practice is becoming yet another task on your daily ‘to do’ list? If the answer is yes then yoga may, paradoxically, be adding to your stress levels!   


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Add a chair to your prenatal yoga! 

As your belly grows bigger during your pregnancy you may find the number of postures you can do with ease are limited. That's where props can be a big help allowing you to comfortably continue to practice many active and passive postures right up until the day you give birth. 



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