October News

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Firstly a reminder that our 6 week Beginners Yoga Course with Sarah Dunning is starting this month on Wednesday 18 October 6.00 – 7.00pm.  Sarah will guide you step by step through the yoga basics.  The course includes:  basic poses, flow, restorative and breath guidance.  There are still some spaces available if you haven’t booked yet – please email: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com to book your space.  Cost: $120.00.

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We have 5 Aerial Yoga classes running a week now at Whispered Secrets.  A session that can be challenging, restorative, supportive and fun! As the classes are limited to just 3 people this is like a personal training session for just $25.  Let me know if you are keen to try the anti-gravity experience.

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Crystal Workshop

Sunday 5 Nov

10.00 – 4.00pm

$75.00

Yay -A Crystal Workshop 💖💖💖 Join me in a day of crystal connection, play and healing. In this hands-on workshop learn the powerful healing energy of crystals. This is an interactive workshop. The best way to understand crystal speak is to work with them and experience their energies:

  • Crystal Shapes: spheres, pyramids and points
  • Types of crystals: Isis, time link, manifestation crystals
  • Grids & body layouts
  • Wand techniques
  • Pendulums
  • Thirteen chakra system.

We will look at ways we can empower, heal and restore balance through simple crystal techniques and you will be able to create your own Crystal Healing Kit. Spaces are limited – please book your spot early: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

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Whisperweaves is my online Etsy shop 🙂 and am slowly adding items to it so that I can now sell to a wider audience and offer easy home shopping.  Lots of new designs are in progress so do check it out or visit us at the studio shop.

If you are keen to try your hand at beading/macrame – I am taking bookings for another Beading Day.  Spaces are limited to just 5 people per session.  Date TBA.

 

New Additions to the timetable

We now include Crystal Grids and Layouts as part of the Thursday 6pm Stretch & Release class. A lovely way to familiarise yourself with different types of crystals and to experience their healing properties.

We are also including them in the Friday 9.30am Aroma Yoga Class in a wonderful blend of Crystal and DoTerra Essential Oil Healing. Both classes are a perfect way to unwind for the weekend. Try them 🙂

Here’s to summer warmth arriving soon.

Oms n Light. Annie

September Snippets

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Namaste

Spring is here – yippee and we are kicking it off with a wonderful healing, restorative class with Sarah Dunning this coming Sunday 10 September 10.00 – 11.30am. Let your mind and body switch off with some beautifully supported asanas to release those winter knots and stiffness.  Followed with mugs of warming homemade chai for some extra nurturing.

If you haven’t done a class with Sarah yet I encourage you to take this opportunity – she’s awesome. We do need to know numbers in advance so please book your space: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com. The cost: $30.

Bead & Create Workshop

Sunday 24 September

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10.00 – 4.00pm

I have a great selection of crystal points, pendants, findings and beads to start you on your creative journey.  Bead, Weave or Knot and create your own design bracelet, Mala, pendant or necklace.

I keep the number of people to a maximum of 5 people so do book early if you are interested. Email: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

Cost is $50 per person plus the cost of beads or findings you choose on the day.

 

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Students are re-booking for Sarah Dunnings’ 6 week Beginners Yoga Course so the dates are coming out nice and early.

Starting Wednesday 18 October 6.00 – 7.00pm.

The perfect starting point for anyone interested in taking the Yoga Journey.  Sarah will cover the yoga essentials: breath, standing poses, twists, restorative and yin yoga and of course- relaxation.

$120 for the 6 week series.  Please book your space: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

Spring and Clean Living – Chemical Free with 100% Pure Essential Oils

Looking after the environment and your home with safe, natural cleaners.

In case you haven’t done so already here are some great solutions to clearing out the multiple cleaning products from your cupboards and replacing them with one super efficient, versatile, naturally based all-purpose cleaner:

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These products are fantastic.  I started with the On Guard toothpaste ($14 tube) first and my last visit to the hygienist was a breeze – in and out in half an hour and lots of compliments! Phew!  Now I’ve added the DoTerra On Guard Cleaner Concentrate ($24 bottle) and love it for floors, bench top, shower, mirrors and glass.  Plus it smells good and the bottle lasts for ages.  I add it to a spray bottle with  1/4 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cap On Guard concentrate, a dash of washing up liquid and top up with water. Next on my list is the Laundry Detergent – 1 Tablespoon for One Wash Load and the Foaming Hand Wash.

So… What’s in On Guard?

It is a blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils: Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

Wild Orange: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-depressant and antiseptic. A powerful disinfectant.

Clove Bud: antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, strong antiseptic, anti-viral and immune stimulant.

Cinnamon Bark: powerful purifier, powerful oxygenator, enhances the action and activity of other oils. It may have a stimulating and toning effect on the whole body especially the circulatory system.  Also anti-bacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, astringent, immune stimulat, sexual stimulant and warming.

Eucalyptus Radiata: anti-viral, antibacterial, anticatarrhal and antiseptic.

Rosemary: may help heart function, energise the solar plexus and reduce mental fatigue. May improve circulation and help stimulate the nerves. Antiseptic and anti-infectious.

The toothpaste also contains Myrrh and Peppermint. It is flouride free with a cinnamon-mint mixed with xylitol for fresh and clean breath and toothbrush.

Myrrh: has antiseptic properties and is used to support healthy gums and mouth tissues.

Peppermint: contains high levels of menthol which is known for its ability to inhibit bacteria known to cause dental cavities.

Check out the products at the studio.  I have some in stock and can always place orders.

Oms n Light

Annie

 

 

 

 

 

Warming up your Winter

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We have some great things lined up to warm up your winter and I am including a few essential oil recipes to stave off the winter bugs and boost the immune system plus a whipped body butter recipe.  Also as we can never have enough!  – my current favourite bliss ball recipe.

First up though is an awesome class with Sarah Dunning:

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A Sunday restorative with homemade chai (and recipes shared). Winter is a time to restore and renew the body. A carefully curated restorative sequence will set your muscles and joints at ease, and after savasana we’ll share warming mugs of homemade chai.

Please book – spaces are limited 🙏

 

We had fun making Whipped Body Butter at our Essential Oil Workshop.  So easy to make and economical – try it!  This recipe is from: http://helloglow.co/

 I decided to add Rosehip Oil which gave it a nice warm colour.

Whipped Naked Body Butter

3/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Mango Butter

30 drops Rosehip Oil (optional)

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Have the temperature of the butter and oil at a nice soft consistency – not melted.  Add them to a bowl and mix with a hand mixer for about 3-5 minutes until it whips up to nice soft fluffy peaks.  Add your essential oils of choice at this point and whip them in.

Scoop your light, whipped and fluffy body butter into an airtight container. Keep in a cool place (not the fridge!) and it should last for up to 9 months.

Essential Oil Solutions for Winter Bugs

 Essential Oils provide a safe and effective way to support our immune system, relieve allergies, muscle aches and pains, lift our mood and energy levels, help with sleep, stress, digestion, skin, breathing plus provide a chemical free, non-toxic way to clean and disinfect.

Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs because they are highly concentrated.  For example; one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. And of course they smell divine.

Essential oils can destroy harmful bacteria and viruses whilst providing immune support at the same time. Diffusing oils into the air is a great way to receive their health benefits whilst cleansing and purifying your environment from airborne bacteria. Lemon essential oil has be shown to neutralise typhoid, diphtheria and pneumonia bacteria in less than 3 hours! (Ref: Chrissie Wildwood – The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy).

Flu Shot Blend

This recipe is a potent combo to help knock those flu symptoms on the head. So easy with a roll on bottle: massage the oil into the soles of the feet and rub on the chest at the first signs of symptoms.

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  • Lemon is a powerful detoxifier, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
  • Tea Tree for immune support, anti-septic, antibiotic, antiviral
  • On Guard is a protective blend to support the immune system contains clove which is a powerful antioxidant
  • Oregano a powerful antibiotic, antiviral and immune stimulant

 

Sinus Booster

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This is quick and easy way to help clear sinus congestion. Take a cup of hot, steaming water (not boiling water though).  Add one drop each of:

  • Lemon – helps decongestion/mucous in sinus cavities
  • Tea Tree – boosts the immune system
  • Peppermint – respiratory system, clears the airways
  • Oregano – immune booster

Hold under nose, or use a towel to tent yourself in, and inhale the vapors.

Scientific research has shown that cold/flu viruses are very susceptible to steam inhalation.

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Aroma Yoga Class

Join us on a Friday morning where we work with 5-7 different oils during the yoga session. This nurturing, mellow class finishes with either a head or foot massage during savasana to float you into your weekend.

Make & Take Essential Oil Workshop

Saturday 22 July

2.00 – 4.00pm

Essential Oil Know How and D.I.Y Deodorants.

These on-going workshops are to support and empower you to take care of your own health needs with simple and effective Essential Oil Solutions and they are FREE.  Just the cost of anything you decide to take home.

Please book your space: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

 

Bliss Ball Energy Bites

from: https://minimalistbaker.com/

 

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  • 1 cup dates – pitted and soaked in warm water if dry.  Medjool dates are my favourite!
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter.  I have used the 3 seed blend butter (pumpkin, sunflower & sesame seeds) – good if you want to avoid nuts
  • 1/4 cup dairy free dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (or flax or hemp)
  • 2/3 cup gluten free rolled oats

Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until they are in small pieces, or form a ball.

Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined with nice small pieces still in the mix.

Roll into 1 inch balls and pop into the fridge or freezer to set.  They will keep for up to a week.  I like to keep mine in the freezer.

Classic Glo Bar

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These are from The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. They are gluten-free, oil free, raw/no bake, soy free, refined sugar free, nut free option.  You could bake them though if you wish.

  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut or almond butter.  Or substitute sunflower seed butter for nut free option
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini non dairy chocolate chips

Line a 9 inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper – one going each way.

In a large bowl combine oats, rice crisp cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds,cinnamon, sea salt and mix.

In a small saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup and peanut butter until well combined. Cook  over a medium heat until mixture softens an bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture using a spatula. Stir well with a large metal spoon until all the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture. The mixture will be thick and difficult to stir.  Allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding the chocolate chips.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer.  Lightly wet your hands and press down firmly on the mixture to even it out to make it compact and hold together.

Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes or until firm.

Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles and place on a cutting board.  Cut into bars – makes 12 bars.

Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or foil and store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or store in the freezer for up to one month.

Enjoy!

Oms n Light

Annie

 

 

 

 

 

May Newletter

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Namaste

Oops we seemed to have slipped into May already! I trust some of what we have lined up at the studio this month will bring some space for inspiration and reflection.

  • Shakti Mat class
  • Reiki Share Group
  • 6 week Beginners Course
  • DIY Essential Oil Roll-Ons
  • Free AromaTouch treatments

Firstly, as some of you have experienced,  the Yoga Silks are a wonderful way to decompress the spine and to explore the freedom and support the hammock brings to our yoga practice. Here’s Michele demonstrating an inversion:

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The silks also provide wonderful support for yin and restorative yoga, great core work…… and cocooned savasana – awesome!

Private sessions (midday or early afternoon) are available for groups of 2 or 3 people at a cost of $25/person,  or use your concession card plus $5. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll co-ordinate people and times.

Join us in a

Shakti Mat Class

Saturday 13 May

4.00 – 5.00pm

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This session is to unwind the knots, release tension and restore balance in a restorative yin practice on a Shakti Mat – an acupressure mat designed to relax the body and calm the mind.  Add some beautiful DoTerra Essential Oils and drift away.

You will need to have your own Shakti mat and to book: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

Mats are available for purchase at $69 each.

Concession cards are valid, or $25/casual class

Reiki Share Group

Saturday 20 May

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11.00 – 1.00pm

Cost: $25

Come and experience receiving and giving Energy Healing and tune in to the innate healing potential that lies within us all.

This session is perfect for those wanting to practice their Reiki/Healing skills and for those that are interested in knowing more but not sure where to begin.

Please book your space: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

Please book your space for the Beginners Course

$120 for the 6 week block  and a great opportunity to start where you are at, breathe and enjoy a slow paced journey through the yoga postures.

The Art Of Essential Oil Blending

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It’s fun to create your own essential oil perfume which smells good and supports your emotional and physical needs.

Here are a few guidelines to follow. I like to keep the number of oils I use to three maybe four. This allows for each essential oils’ healing properties to come through.

Essential Oils entice us with their aromas and these are characterised as notes.

Base Notes

These are the underlying scents that will come through after a few minutes of applying the blend and will linger longer than the lighter scents.

They are your rich, warming earthy oils such as Frankincense, Vetiver, Vanilla.

Middle Notes

These are also called the heart notes and constitute the main body of the blend. They harmonise and balance out the combination of oils.

In this range we find Lavender, Geranium, Fir, Cypress, Peppermint, Thyme.

Some oils such as Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage are middle to base notes.

Top Notes

These are the scents that we notice first and will diffuse quickly. They are light, uplifting and add harmony to the blend.

In the top note range we have the citrus oils such as Wild Orange, Bergamot, Lemon.

Putting them all together using a 10ml roll on bottle.

Dilution guidelines

For a therapeutic blend a 10% dilution would be appropriate. 30 drops plus carrier oil in a 10ml bottle.

A 5% dilution of 15 drops plus carrier oil in a 10ml bottle is perfect to enjoy your essential oils daily.

For children, sensitive people, or the elderly a 1% dilution of 3 drops plus carrier oil in a 10ml bottle would be sufficient.

Add the essential oils to your bottle first. Let’s work with 15 drops (5% dilution) with one of my favourite blends I call Liquid Gold with Vetiver, Lavender and Wild Orange. I also call this my discombobulated blend for when you feel you are being pulled in too many directions and you just need to stop and reconnect.

Starting with the base the underlying scent which is Vetiver: 5 drops.

Lavender is my middle note: 5 drops soft and harmonising.

Wild Orange is my top note: 5 drops to lift and balance out the rich, heavy Vetiver.

Top up the bottle with a carrier oil such as almond oil, jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. A carrier oil helps to spread the oil into the skin.

I’ve opted to go equal amounts of each oil with Liquid Gold. The rule of thumb is:

Base note EO equals up to 20%
Middle note EO equals up to 80%
Top note EO equals up to 20%

I have roll on bottles and fractionated coconut oil in stock.  Blends can be made to order @ $20 each.

Ordering your Essential Oil @ Home Remedy Kit

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I am regularly placing orders and am happy to add in your requests.  If you are wanting to have a good basic range of Therapeutic Blend Essential Oils at hand then opting for one of the DoTerra Essentials Kit is a great saving as it supplies you with 10 Essential Oils including Frankincense (normally about $100/bottle!). With your own account you get wholesale pricing – ability to order as and when you wish.

Plus I have recently completed the AromaTouch training and am offering a free AromaTouch session for anyone purchasing one of the Essential Oil Kits this month.

The 10 Essential Oils are:

Lavender – Calming * Skin * Mood

Lemon – Cleansing * Clean * Detox

Peppermint – Cooling * Tummy * Tension * Invigorating

Tea Tree – Resolving * Immune Support * Ears * Skin * Nails

Oregano – Supporting * Immune System

Frankincense – Restoring * Skin * Immune System * Mood

Digestzen Blend – Soothing * Digestive * Support

On Guard Blend – Empowering * Immune Support

Breathe Blend – Freeing * Respiratory Support

Deep Blue Blend – Soothing * Muscle & Joints * Anti – Inflammatory

Choose the Essential Collection of 10 Essential Oils in 5ml bottles which comes with the 15ml Smart & Sassy Blend for $174.00AUD

Choose the Home Essentials Collection of 10 Essential Oils which comes with a Petal Diffuser for $330.00AUD

Receive a FREE AromaTouch Treatment (treatment normally $65.00) which utilises 8 individual Essential Oils to reduce stress, enhance immune function, decrease inflammation and balance the autonomic nervous system.  A gentle massage to nurture, restore and renew – Divine !!

And of course if you just want to bliss out in AromaTouch – Yay !:)!  – just book in an appointment.

Oms N Light

Annie xx

 

 

 

Yoga through March

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Namaste

The year is moving forward and it’s great to see you all in class 🙂 smiling, moving, breathing and some even flying!  We have moved the start date for the Wednesday 6 week Beginners Yoga Course to Wednesday 15 March.

Join Sarah Dunning from 6.00 – 7.00pm for

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“Start where you are”

The perfect class to discover Yoga for you – bendy or not!

6 week course is $120.00.

Starts Wednesday 15 March 6.00 – 7.00pm

Please book your space: happydunning@gmail.com

Shakti Mat Restorative Class

Saturday 4 March

4.00 – 5.00pm

The ultimate Shakti mat experience is here. Join Annie and delight in those wonderful little acupressure discs – a class for undoing.

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Release tension from tight muscles

Improve circulation

De-stress

Stimulate endorphins

Enjoy the benefits of Essential Oils

Relax and Unwind

This is a one-off session and you can use your concession cards. You will need to have your own Shakti mat which we have in stock @ $69 each.

Please book your space.

Plant Medicine

Essential Oil Therapy

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Essential Oils are definitely trending at the moment.  Think Plant Medicine – herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant, pain relief and much more.  So simple and so effective yet they have been pushed aside in preference for synthetic drugs despite the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

This move back to ancient wisdom provides us with a way to work along side modern day medicine in a natural and holistic way.  However, it is important to know that to use essential oils as a path to wellness that they must be pure, unadulterated and Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils ensures that the oils are SAFE, POTENT, PURE with no added chemicals or synthetics and are produced through proper extraction and distillation of plants grown and harvested in the optimal native environment.

For these reasons I choose to work with the DoTerra range of essential oils. DoTerra essential oils undergo third party testing to ensure each oil has the correct constituents for its’ expected medicinal properties.   Not all essential oils are equal and even ones labeled pure may have been overly processed and therefore lose their beneficial properties.  Having worked with essential oils for years the difference with DoTerra oils is amazing – they smell divine, are light, pure and quickly absorbed. The oils can be used topically, aromatically and some even internally.

There are so many oils and so many ways we can use them that it can be quite overwhelming to begin with.  Start simply and get familiar with the ones you are drawn to.  The following four essential oils make up a great First Aid Kit. Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree between them sort out cuts and scrapes, burns, insomnia, muscle aches and pains, sore joints, stress, cleanse the air, cleanse the body, lift the mood, relieve headaches, clear the airways, create an uplifting atmosphere and provide solutions at your fingertips for many common ailments.  You can even add a drop of Lemon essential oil to a glass of water and drink for healthy liver and kidney function. Or try a drop Peppermint for a pick-me up and to help with digestion and sinus conditions.

Essential Oils are extremely concentrated and potent – a little goes a long way. Diluting them in a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil helps the body to absorb them.

I will be putting together some interactive, hands on Essential Oil workshops to help you understand how you can incorporate Essential Oils into your daily life, enhance your health,  create natural remedies:- ointments, creams, diffuser blends and chemical free cleaning products. You can also book One on One Consultations.

I place a monthly order so if there are any oils you would like – let me know and I can add them to my order.  You can also go to my DoTerra page:

http://mydoterra.com/annievandenbergh

Follow the instructions and it will link you straight to the DoTerra site where you can check out the oils, recipes and articles, shop and place your own order if you wish.

For now here is a DoTerra recipe for Bliss Balls –  nice and easy to make.  I substitute the Wild Orange Essential Oil with Lemon E.O. – equally delicious and as I didn’t have cranberries the first time I made them I used sliced almonds which makes them crunchy which I like – so cranberries still haven’t made it into the recipe!  I keep my bliss balls in the freezer – yummmmm.

Wild Orange Bliss Balls

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1 cup finely shredded coconut

1 cup of almond butter

1 cup of dried cranberries (I use sliced almonds)

2 tbspoons chia seeds

1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1/2 cup raw honey (I use coconut nectar or rice malt syrup)

3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Keep aside 1/2 of the coconut.  Place all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  Roll into balls and then roll into the leftover coconut.  Cool in the fridge or freezer and ENJOY !

Oms n Light

Annie

Yoga 2017 @ Whispered Secrets

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Welcome back 🙂 and Thank You for the awesome bag of Xmas gifts.  I hope you have all had a good holiday and feel rejuvenated and ready for the year ahead.  I have lots of exciting ideas to share with you already.  Follow the blog: whisperedsecretsyoga.com – or the Whispered Secrets Facebook page to keep yourself updated with news and events.

The January timetable is up and running – great to be back on the mat with you all.  For those intrigued with taking flight with your yoga – I have ordered 2 more Aerial Yoga Silks. There are so many wonderful benefits and ways to use the aerial silks to enhance your yoga practice such as:

  • gentle and supported stretching
  • decompression of the spine
  • hip and upper body mobilisation
  • easy and achievable inversions
  • support the body weight with the soft fabric taking the strain and weight out of a pose
  • use the silks to lengthen, strengthen, tone, heal, rejuvenate and energise
  • strengthen the core
  • soothe the nervous system with a floating savasana

So we will have 3 silks to use as options in the smaller classes and of course one-on-one sessions for those that are as excited as I am with Aerial Yoga.

Beginners 6 week course – Yoga: Start where you are

Sarah Dunning will be guiding students through this series – a perfect place to start your yoga journey.  Does it matter that you can’t touch your toes or have no yoga experience?  Absolutely not!  Connect with your body, breath and inner smile.

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Simply email Sarah at: happydunning@gmail.com to book your space.  Or spread the word if you know of someone who would be benefit from this series. Bookings are essential. The course starts:

Wednesday 15 February

6.00 – 7.00pm

Cost: $120.00

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Breathe & Surrender

a new monthly class with Annie

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It was a Shakti Mat December and I have decided that these delightful prickly mats provide the perfect foundation for an hour Shakti Acupressure Mat session aimed at releasing muscle tension and tightness allowing muscle relaxation and pain relief, improving circulation, connecting with the breath and surrendering into stillness.

The class will also incorporate breath work, mudras and essential oils.

The Shakti Mats come in 3 levels of intensity.

Light (pictured above) Purple or Yellow

Original – Orange or Green perfect for most people

Advanced – Blue

The Shakti Acupressure mats provide a therapeutic treatment stimulating acupressure points to encourage healing in the body and providing relief from stress, insomnia, muscle tightness, back pain and headaches. As the circulation is stimulated through lying on the Shakti mat warmth and heat flows into the muscles helping to flush out toxins.  The body responds by releasing endorphins (they make you feel good) which relax the muscles and create a sense of calm.

People who would benefit from this class would be anyone nursing injuries which restrict their movement, those that need to rest and restore rather than ‘do’  and to be honest – pretty much everyone would benefit.

Join me the first Saturday of each month starting:

Saturday 4 March     4.00 – 5.00pm

You will need to bring your own Shakti mat – you can place an order with me. They cost $69.00 each.

Whispered Secrets Essential Oil Workshops

Beginning soon with lots of exciting topics and methods to explore using these divine scentual ways to health and wellbeing.  Shadow has chosen Frankincense for his healing!  Yes – there are ways we can safely use essential oils with our pets 🙂

Our full schedule of classes start back on Tuesday 7 February.  Please note that there will be no yoga classes on Monday 6 February.

Love to hear your requests and feedback.

Oms n Light

Annie

Christmas Holiday Classes & Discounts :)

 

Wishing you all a Wonderful Festive Season

and Thank You for your support xx

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To inspire yourself, or friends and family, for YOGA 2017

a 10% discount on all concession cards purchased before December 31st.

Give the Gift of Yoga this Christmas

5 session card now $90 instead of $100 (Students/Seniors $72)

10 session card now $153 instead of $170 (Students/Seniors $126)

20 session card now $270 instead of $300

If you’d like to purchase online please email me: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com and I’ll email back bank details.  Please note this offer finishes on December 31st.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available for classes or Reiki & Crystal Healing Sessions

We already have events lined up for 2017 – yippee!!

Shailendra Singh Negi – Yoga master from Rishikesh is back

and offering a evening of

Mantra, Kriya and Discussion

Wednesday 25 January 2017

6.00 – 8.00pm

Cost: $40

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Shailendra does not practice or teach one specific style of yoga; rather, he focuses on the traditional practice of Vedic yoga which encompasses a wholistic approach, combining the many different aspects of yoga, all of which aim to help students achieve the capacity to attain stillness and peace. His main focus in his teaching is the methodology of making us aware of our inner spiritual roots and how to reach them. Shailendra infuses deep meaning into each of his practices:

Asana (movements and postures)
Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Kriya (yoga practice through movement to gain awareness of the inner life force)
Meditation
Ayurvedic therapy and
Chanting (mantra).

We had a wonderful session with Shailendra a few years ago. This workshop will be a great opportunity to delve into yoga beyond the poses and to learn effective meditational techniques.

Please book your space: whisperedsecretsyoga@gmail.com

Beginners 6 week course with Sarah Dunning

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You’ll love your sessions with Sarah – a wonderful teacher to start you on your Yoga Journey.  Spaces are limited so do book yourself in early.

Email:happy dunning@gmail.com  And why not find a Yoga Buddy to  share the experience?

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Enjoy your holidays and we’ll see you back on the mat Monday 9 January with the Summer Timetable

9.30am Monday, Wednesday & Friday

9.00am Yin Saturday

6.00pm Tuesday & Thursday

xoxxoxoxx

December Newsletter

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A warm welcome to December and the beginning of the festive season.  Our Christmas lunch is booked for Friday 9 December 11.30am @ the Black Cottage, Coatesville – please book your spot if you haven’t done so already.

I have more crystals and gifts in the shop to help you sort out your Christmas presents.  Loving the new Fire Bowl salt lamps – limited stock but can easily order more in if needed.

Bead Love & Intent

Sat 3 December

1.00 – 4.00pm

This will be the easiest beading day ever!!  All my beads, findings and pendants will be at the studio giving you plenty of choice to create your own personalized bracelets.  I can help you with crystal combinations and their healing properties.

Then I’ll show you how to simply and quickly thread them onto strong elastic cord to wrap, stack or layer as you wish.

Pay for what you Make and Take.

D0TERRA Essential Oils

New to the studio is this awesome range of essential oils – with a quality far superior to any essential oils I have used in the past.

As with yoga and working with crystals – essential oils work on many levels.  The mind, body and emotions are all linked and through the use of crystals, essential oils and the practice of yoga we can start to bring ourselves into balance and harmony – not only on a physical level but mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

You will find  yourself attracted to the oil that is most suited to your needs just as a crystal will twinkle at you, or you are drawn to wear a certain colour of clothing.

Essential oils are concentrated, potent (a single drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea) and highly effective tools to use daily and with such beautiful scents – a divine way to health and wellness.

DoTerra Oils are so pure that they are one of the few companies with oils that are safe to take internally and directly onto the skin.  Here’s a few EO Tips:

Allergy “Shot”

Add 2 drops each of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oil to 1/2oz warm water. Gargle and then swallow.

Swollen Joints

Add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil into the palm and massage on swelling joints to encourage lymphatic flow.

Immune Function

Apply drops of the On Guard Blend to the soles of the feet daily to support immune function and to protect against flu and other illnesses.  Disperse the oil into the air with diffuser.  As I write this I have On Guard going in the diffuser to keep away the flies and bugs.

The Friday 9.30am class is now an Aroma Yoga class where we bring in different oils through the session and finishes with either a neck/head, or foot, massage to take you deeply into relaxation.  A great way to experience the oils’ therapeutic qualities and to discover the ones that resonate with you.

You can order DoTerra oils through me and I can also make up Roll On essential oil blends for you.

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We also have Essential Oil Kits in stock.

Introduction Kits with 3 essential oils: Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint

Family Physican Kit with 10 x 5ml bottles: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Easy Air, Digestzen and On Guard.

This is your top 10 of essential oils that will be your Go To – First Aid Kit for cuts n scrapes, immune boost against flus & colds, mood enhancing, aches and pains and much more.  This kit comes with a free Smart & Sassy Blend and gives you access to the DoTerra website so that you can order for yourself as and when you please.

Smokey Quartz Points with Citrine Double Terminated Point

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Beautiful Smoky Quartz grounds, protects, use to destress and relieve pain and…..Smoky makes a wonderful gatekeeper.  Place a Smoky point in your home at front door entrance to protect the energy of your home and keep negative energy out of the house.  Guests and visitors will leave their baggage outside.  We have our own Smoky Quartz door keeper at the studio and he does a beautiful job 🙂

These 2 crystals are in the shop along with the Citrine (abundance, prosperity, happiness and awareness) point  $43.00 each.

Last Yoga Class for the year is Friday 23 Dec 9.30am Aroma Yoga Class.

Classes start back on Monday 9 January 2017 with the Summer Timetable:

9.30am: Classes Monday, Wednesday & Friday plus 9.00am Saturday Yin

6.00pm: Classes Tuesday & Thursday

Thank you all for sharing your yoga, light & friendship @ Whispered Secrets

Oms n Blessings

Annie

November – Creative & Fun!

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Namaste

Here we are in November and Christmas looming – so our WS events are geared to getting creative, having fun, going home with gifts and great ideas for friends and family this festive season.

First up just a reminder for those booked in with me:

Tarot Course

Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 November

11.00 – 5.00pm

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Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Cost $150

Please bring pen and journal, Tarot deck if you have one and a plate for a shared lunch.

Essential Oil Holiday Extravaganza

Sunday 13 November

2.00 – 4.00pm

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Join Missy Garcia and Annie

Discover how to enhance your health and well being with Essential Oils with easy and practical ways to bring these beautiful scents into your daily lives.

Plus you will be making handmade essential oil gifts which you will be able to take home. Learn, have fun and Christmas shop at the same time.  So easy 🙂

Please book your space and please bring cash for your gifts.

Say it with Crystals

Bead Love & Intent

Saturday 3 December

1.00 – 4.00pm

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Design and make bracelets to stack, wrap and layer with beautiful semi-precious beads  and charms.

I’ll show you how to string them easily and simply onto strong elastic cord and guide you through the healing properties of the different crystals.

Easy to make – Easy to wear

There will also be new stock in the shop to choose from: Goddess prayer beads, malas, bracelets, necklaces, crystal pendants and crystal pieces.

A gift from the heart.

 Cost: beads and findings are all individually priced. You choose.  Let me know if you are wanting specific beads and I will do my best to source them.

Eftpos available. Please book your space x.

Christmas Holiday Dates and New Year timetable will be making its way to you soon 🙂

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend and if you are in town – join me

 Monday 9.30am for Yoga.

Oms n Light

Annie

Tarot, Asana, Mudra, Crystals – let’s Journey…..

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5 of Pentacles – Legend of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

 

 

I am throwing it all into the mix with this post – a tarot card with some practical options to guide you forward?   Let’s take that journey with some yoga as there is nothing like asana to distract and clear mind and body. Add a mudra – hand gesture which you can do anywhere and of course….crystal lover that I am…..the crystal energies that assist. To carry with you during the day, or sit and meditate with.

And so we have a little …….. Mind, Body, Spirit.

The card that came forward for today’s post is the 5 of Pentacles – I know – it’s not the most exciting card in the deck but the Tarot is referred to as The Souls’ (Fools’) Journey and we are that Soul.  It is all about us taking an honest look at ourselves and our situations and that’s not always pretty!

5 of Pentacles

The number five is always going to bring up conflict and challenges- putting us in a place of transition.  The picture says it all – a feeling of destitution, lack, poverty and sorrow. However, look at the light behind her – all is not lost – there is guidance to be found whether that be tapping into our own higher self, connecting with our Spirit Guides, or seeking help from other sources.  The card is saying this is a temporary state of affairs but we are being challenged and will have to dig deep to see ourselves through it.  Through this we can come to a place of empowerment as we awaken to our inner potential.

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Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

In this card the butterfly represents the figures’ Soul – it is trying to catch her attention but she is too caught up in her misery and solitude.

So…there is a reality check here because the card is asking us to look at why we are in this position.  Have we been extravagant with money, hit with redundancy or changes in economic circumstances, been over generous and now are the ones needing a handout, or are we compromised physically/ health wise ?  We need to address the reasons we are in this position, learn from them and maybe think outside the box to move forward.

Question:  Are we a victim of our own circumstances and not others? Are we not seeing advantages/gifts that we do have?  What strengths/resources do we have that can ameliorate our circumstances?

To the Mat – Asana

In the Druid tradition the Oak tree is sacred and a symbol of balance. It is a reminder to stay connected to the wisdom of the earth with its’ roots as deep into the ground as it is tall and to stay connected to Spirit through the branches reaching into the heavens.  The Oak is considered protective and bought good luck possibly due to the fact that it is said to attract lightening and able to withstand the blast.

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The balance Vriksasana  – Tree Pose teaches us to connect down into the earth so that we may stand tall and still on one leg.  Our arms radiate up to the sky like branches and we become a channel of energy as we draw energy up from the earth through our roots and radiate it out through our head, hands and fingers.  Simultaneously, we draw energy in from the Universe and channel it in through the hands and crown down the spine and legs – feeding it into the earth.

That flow of energy is liberating and strengthening – just like the mighty Oak we can hold steadfast against all odds. We may sway but each movement teaches us to re-focus and reconnect into the earth, to secure our foundation and create stability. In our new found stability we find stillness of mind. With deep slow breaths we channel in both Earth and Divine wisdom finding clarity and support.

Hakini Mudra

Think of mudras as doing yoga with your hands.  Hakini Mudra aids memory and helps us to focus. It helps us to keep on track and to the point. It is interesting to note how often someone being interviewed, or giving a presentation, bring their hands into this position.

Gertrud Hirshi (Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit) states Hakini Mudra synchronises the two halves of the brain and that every circumstance even the unpleasant ones contain within them an opportunity, a chance.  The trick is to find and use it.

Hakini Mudra

Hakini Mudra – joycehuntingdonart.com

Each finger represents a chakra which opens to the back and front of the body:

Thumb – Solar Plexus Chakra   Colour – Yellow

Index Finger – Heart Chakra   Colour- Green

Middle Finger – Throat Chakra   Colour – Blue

Ring Finger – Base Chakra  Colour – Red

Little Finger – Sacral Chakra  Colour – Orange

By bringing the finger tips together it is like plugging our chakras in to the energy that  we are channeling in through the spine.  And we want all our chakras to be running at optimal frequency to clear the 5 of Pentacles energy.

You can do this mudra whilst in Tree Pose – establish the pose and connect Above and Below.  Then bring your hands down to the heart centre and form Hakini Mudra – now breathe and observe.  Be aware of subtle sensations or impressions.  Hold for at least 7 breaths on each side.

Alternatively sit in a comfortable position on the floor, or on a chair.  If using a chair make sure that you can place you feet flat to the floor.  Close the eyes and watch the breath slow down.  Make the connection of your energy flowing into the earth like you are creating roots and feel the subsequent rise of energy up through your spine.  Follow it out through the crown of your head – visual your branches reaching out into the heavens and allow Universal energy to pour in through the crown of the head and down through your spine into your roots, into the earth and give Gaia some love.

Bring your hands into Hakini Mudra at the heart centre – focus on slow, deep breaths and observe: breath …..sensation, breath……sensation, breath….sensation.  Have no expectations – sink deeply inwards to your heart centre – watch, sense, feel……

Then bring your attention to the fingers: starting with the thumbs and working your way through the fingers – visualize the breath flowing in and out in the colour of each chakra point that the finger relates to.  Complete 7 breaths for each of the chakras.

When you have complete you colour visualisation and 7 breaths at the little finger/sacral chakra – bring the awareness back to the heart centre and complete 3 conscious breaths. Absorb the energy and when ready bring the awareness back to the physical body and open the eyes.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh.

Crystal Support – Crystal Allies

Now we take a look at some crystals that can support our transition through the 5 of Pentacles.  You can choose one, or all, to carry with you during your day, place under your pillow at night or meditate with.

Because this card can make us feel stuck or alone my first thought is Snowflake Obsidian.

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This black stone is speckled with white spots and reminds us that no matter how dark things may appear there is always light – a bit like the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.  It protects and nurtures whilst giving us that sense of hope.

Smoky Quartz comes to mind because it is the perfect stone have with us when we feel stressed and ungrounded.

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Smoky  is protective and transmutes negative energy into positive energy – it will help us stay the course.

Flourite is my third option for our crystal combination.  Flourite brings structure and order when there is chaos and with the 5 of Pentacles we need to regroup, restructure and think outside the box.

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Flourite will help to inspire new possibilities and its’ beautiful colours are reassuring that things will get better.  The promise of all being well – just like seeing a rainbow after a heavy storm.  It also acts as a ‘psychic vaccum’ so will help clear the aura.

Enjoy your Journey – I’d love hear your insights x

Oms n Blessings

Annie