and then I took circus classes

My teacher Gopala Amir Yaffe from Rainbow Kids Yoga, who I did my kids and family yoga training mentioned that he and his wife Angel had been doing some circus training. They were seeking inspiration for aerial yoga poses for their kids yoga classes.

I thought “oh, that sounds cool but it is not for me.” I can juggle three balls but I thought the circus was a bit out there. I think I was afraid.

Then a few months later I was walking along one evening and happened to pass a women’s circus and there were brochures outside the door. I grabbed one and then forgot about it. But I kept coming back to the idea.

My favourite podcast is called “The Unmistakable Creative” hosted by a guy called Srini Rao. This podcast is very inspiring to me because all of Srini’s guests have been busy doing what creatively calls to them.

Dance and inspiring others to move more is my creative outlet (and I neglected it completely for a big stretch of my adult life). And now I feel like I am heading in the right direction again. And I want to inspire others to take some time to recall what they loved when they were a kid and to start doing a version of it that fits in with their life now.

So this week I’m enrolled in an intro to circus class with the Vulcana Women’s Circus in Brisbane. And I found out from my trainer Chae Lindeman that Brisbane is a bit of a circus hub (yay! for Brisbane).

Not so I can perform my new trapeze tricks to an audience (although you never know!) but so I can bring some circus to my family yoga classes and entertain my friends and family and help them to have fun and play together.

family yoga love,

Sally

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A dedication

Almost three years ago was  a turning point for me.

At the time, I was pretty much an empty cup. I had three beautiful children and a hardworking husband.

I was a breastfeeding counsellor to help other Mums as they became Mums.

I was grateful for all the blessings in my life but I can see now how depleted I was.

My youngest child was twelve months old and I finally felt I had some time for myself and I think deep down, I knew I had to do something. So I did what my friends  suggested. I joined the local gym. It was a nice gym. I joined and started doing the yoga and Body Balance classes. I thought the exercise would be good. It was. It is.

But it is so much more than the exercise.

Moving my body to music in a group of people is what I am meant to do! I love it.

The nice surrounds, the air con, the break from being a parent are all wonderful

BUT

the reason why I loved it so much is because I love to move my body to music with other people. It lights me up.

My yoga teacher at that gym, Lainie Jenkins was there every Saturday morning and this woman vibrates at a very positive level! Just the level that I needed.

Lainie now has a yoga studio far from my house but I still drive to practise with her.

These are the things I get from practising yoga with my teacher:

  • a deep sense that I can get past the awkward moments in my life
  • regular reminders to pause, recognise my thoughts and take another breath (even when I think I can’t)
  • determination
  • reminders to practise gratitude
  • courage to try things that seem hard
  • remembering to put one foot in front of the other.

About a year ago Lainie asked me if I could work on her website. I wrote some blog posts for Lainie’s site and even though I had no experience working on WordPress websites I also helped her to edit her site. I wanted to help and also see if I could do it. And it got me back onto the computer, challenging myself. I even made a youtube video when we all went on retreat together. This gave me a great boost of confidence.

My yoga practice has helped me to ask for what I need in my relationship. It has helped me to give away all my baby clothes that I was hording in the shed. This cleared the space in my life for me to start my own business Studio China.

And now I am moving on again to more unchartered waters to teach family yoga in my local community. I love this.

I want to say a big Thank You to my yoga teacher, Lainie.

This flower is for you!

love

Sally

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