“Winter is Coming”: Boosting Your Immunity, Naturally

Winter is Coming (please read this in a Game of Thrones voice! Haha!) That’s right friends, cold and flu season is bearing down on us and for some families, this means coughs, colds and snotty noses! With these tips, here’s to breezing through the winter months without so much as a sniffle!

  1. Find yourself a good Naturopath and/or Health Food Store to get assistance in finding the perfect supplements and support for your body. Personally, my Naturopath has recommended that I take a high quality probiotic; Vitamins C & D and a specific immune boosting liquid herbal mixture. Now, each of us is completely different to the next, so it’s important to ensure you receive information based on your specific needs from a trusted practitioner.
  1. Having a regular Chiropractic adjustment is so important for my continued health and well-being. Currently, I’m attending fortnightly and it’s made a huge amount of difference to my overall health. Chiropractic adjustments have a range of benefits including reduced stress, increase of white blood cells (key to fighting off infection & disease); improvement to overall immune system function and communication.
  1. Rest, rest and rest! Winter is traditionally a slower time in our lives and generally involves a lot more time being spent in the home. Don’t be afraid to embrace this slower pace; go inward, rest, meditate, read your favourite books; enjoy a movie with the family.
  1. Our eating habits also change in the cooler months but staying hydrated with at least 2 litres of filtered water each day will help flush out any nasty toxins or funky bugs that are lurking about. It can be harder to keep up the water intake though when it’s cooler, so I try and add in some herbal teas including fresh ginger and lemon. I also love a good chai or chamomile!
  1. Crack out the Slow Cooker! Winter is the perfect time to embrace soups, stews and curries and also means we’re keeping up the balanced diet with the inclusion of lots of nice, hearty veg! Steer clear of foods like dairy, sugars and refined foods as they create mucous.
  1. Treat your temple! That’s right my friends, make sure you keep loving and nurturing your body. I continue my self-love by maintaining my dry body brushing, tongue scrapping and apply my essential oils topically (as well as using them in my diffuser throughout the house). Haven’t heard of tongue scrapping? Stay tuned, we’ll have something up for you soon.
  1. Get your Yogi on my friend! Yoga has some great immune boosting postures and practices to help keep you feeling healthy and keep the coughs and snotty noses away here are some of my personal favourites:
  • Alternate Nostril Breaths – helps to balance the right and left side of the brain; boosts immunity and clears the sinuses.
  • Child’s Pose – helps relieve bronchial congestion and opens and aligns the body through the chest and back.
  • Cobra – opens up the chest; stimulates the immune system and thymus gland and helps to prevent pneumonia.
  • Legs up the Wall – another immune booster but also helps us to calm the body and re-set your nervous system.

Hopefully some of the above tips will help keep you and your family well over this Winter season. Let me know what works for you in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.

Love, Aimee x

Fear and Ego…

Aimee Angelique Fear and Ego Blog Post

Fear and Ego… (My Thoughts and Musings).

Are you letting Fear hold you back?
Is your ego running the show?

I have been thinking and journaling quite a bit about fear and the ego lately. It’s something that I have allowed to control my life for many years.. If I break my life up into chunks I can certainly see a pattern and where I have allowed my ego to run the show…

Something in recent years I have been wanting to create but have continued to allow fear to scare me is I have wanted to  film yoga videos. I have kept having the desire to create and bring to life this project but have continued to let my ego hold me back..

  • Fear of what others might think (other yoga teachers in particular).
  • Fear of what I will think of myself.
  • Fear that it won’t be good enough.
  • Fear that I will do it wrong.
  • Fear that I will do a bad job.
  • Fear of judgment and criticism.

My ego has been totally running the show… she has been holding me back and deliberately trying to keep me “small”..  Last week I completely stepped outside my comfort zone and started to film this new project that has been calling me for some time now..  Ever since I started teaching yoga I have had my students asking me for yoga videos so they can also practice yoga at home… I kept making excuses like “I wasn’t a good enough teacher to film videos” I have also been so fearful putting myself out the for others to judge and criticise me as a teacher, a student, as a person and as a woman…

This voice inside kept saying “you need to loose weight first so you can look like a really fit and toned yoga teacher like all the other yoga teachers on Instagram… You need to wait for your skin to clear up so you look flawless.. You need to wait till you’ve done more teacher training… You need to wait till you find the perfect person to work with”… and the list goes on and on and on…

I want to share this with you because I want you to try and give you an understanding of the “ego”… she is very tricky and she tries to hold you back… and even after doing continuous work on myself for over 12 years (yoga, energy healing, holistic health etc etc) my ego still shows up constantly!

**Spoiler alert** You will always have an ego..those nasty voices in your head… and your ego will always be there to test you! (Unless you are completely “enlightened” which I can assure you I am not there yet! It’s all part of the journey my beautiful friend…) It’s just about learning how to stop buying into her nasty stories and words… it’s about leaning to turn down the volume on her… I use things like positive affirmations and mantras to combat her nasty words… I have learnt how to not buy into the stories and come back to love… and believe me it takes work… and I am not perfect… I need to practice self love and self care daily so I don’t allow my ego to take over and run the show…

In the lead up to filming the videos… things didn’t go according to plan and my ego kept trying to test me and make me fall back into the fearful trap and cancel the day of filming/the whole creative project… I wasn’t feeling great about myself.. I was feeling tried, exhausted and a little overweight… my home yoga practice has been terrible… I sprained my shoulder a couple of weeks ago (and still healing)… I ran out of my make up and the new make up I ordered didn’t arrive in time… I couldn’t find new pants/an new outfit that I wanted to wear that made me feel amazing… my skin broke out (probably because of stress & hormones)… I was feeling bloated… it was raining on the day and my extremely curly hair went frizzy (girls with curls will understand!) and the triggers and fearful thoughts kept coming and coming…  All of these things may sound like “first world problems” and they are but these are the kind of triggers your ego will use to try an get you to live from fear and hold you back… so we need to use our self love and self care tools to try and combat her nasty ways…

Fear and Ego try desperately to keep us in our comfort zone but when we make the decision to bravely step outside our comfort zone this is where the real magic happens… we are more open to learn about ourself, we welcome new experiences and doors start to open.

I would love to now invite you to do a little exercise… I’d love you to start to think, ponder and journal about what fearful thoughts you are currently having and what are you allowing the ego to hold you back from?

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • What is your fear/ego holding you back from?
  • Starting a new job/career?
  • A new partner? (Starting or ending a relationship).
  • Healing yourself?
  • Your health?
  • Self love/self acceptance?

Please remember everyone is different and we all have different triggers but let me tell you beautiful woman it is so powerful to know your personal triggers so you can then find and create ways (and tools) to break pattens or bring awareness to when the patterns are playing out and to then take control and no longer feel trapped by your fear and ego…

As always thank you for being here and sharing this journey with me. It is an honour to share these thoughts with you…

Much love Aimee X

P.S Here is a little sneak peek at my new video series coming soon! “The Breathe Dream Create Love: Home Yoga Practice.”

Eating Better for Less: My top tips to eating Organic on a budget!

Aimee Angelique Eat Organic on a budget

Eating Better for Less: My top tips to eating Organic on a budget!

Eating organic produce is extremely important to me and my family. We find that the quality of our fruit and vegetables is so different to that of what you find in the local supermarket. Our produce tastes fresher and I love knowing that what we are consuming isn’t full of chemicals, pesticides and a whole range of nasties!

That said, eating organic can be expensive. Really expensive. And when you’re on a budget with a family to feed, it can be really difficult to find the extra dollars to justify buying organic produce.

So, with that said, here’s my top tips to help your family to be able to afford the tastes of organic produce, on a budget!

  1. Create a veggie patch & grow your own!

 This has been so much fun for my little girls! Over the last 6 months, Gav and I really committed to creating our own little patch of paradise and growing some vegetables at home. Now when I say Gav and I, what I really mean is Gav (gardening just isn’t really my ‘thing’). Gav and the girls really enjoy this time together each day and I’m happy to help out on the Clean up Crew!

Our veggie patch is a modest little garden – there’s no fancy, expensive raised garden beds here. Just a little patch of dirt dug out by hand, some good quality soils, a barrier to keep the pooch out and a little bit of effort and a lot of love. We all have really loved having home-grown, fresh veggies available to us all year round. Not to mention the tiny dent it’s helped make on the grocery bill! My top tip here is to focus on your leafy greens; lettuce, kale, spinach and herbs. They’re easy to grow but expensive to buy and often, we waste so much as we only need a small amount at a time and by the time we go to go back to them, they’ve spoiled and need to be thrown out.

  1. Reduce food wastage

 Speaking of throwing things out, a big pet hate of ours is food wastage. Apparently, most house-holds waste around 20-30% of food they purchase. Crazy! For so long, we were guilty of buying more than we needed or buying things, changing our dinner plans and letting food go to waste. Nowadays, we try to be more environmentally (and budget!) conscious of what we have available in the pantry, in the fridge and in the freezer before we do our weekly grocery shop. We are also try to meal plan as much as possible to ensure that we know what we’re going to be eating, which saves those last minute runs to the supermarket buying more ingredients and wasting what’s in the bottom of the crisper. We also eat lots of leftovers for lunch and make sure that we’re getting the most we can out of fruit and vege.

  1. Eat Less Meat

For some, this is easy! For other meat-loving-carnivores (particularly the man of the house!), this one can be a bit trickier. Heavy consumption of meat has a significant impact on the environment and when my family does choose to eat meat, we always make sure we allocate a chunk of our food budget to making sure we only buy good quality, grass fed (and grass finished), organic and nitrate free meats. To lower our meat consumption, we often have ‘Meatless Monday’ where we don’t consume any meat at all. We also will often buy cheaper cuts of meat, such as a pork belly or lamb shoulder and pop them in the oven and roast (plus we are investing in a slow cooker very soon!)  – much more cost effective and so delicious!

Now hands-on-the-heart honesty here, until very, very recently, Gav and I were both pretty much vegetarians. I would occasionally eat meat, when my body called for it and particularly when I’ve been pregnant, but for the most part, I maintained a vegetarian lifestyle. Re-introducing meat to our diet is an important change for our family and we are doing so carefully and consciously – keep an eye out on the Blog as soon I will be sharing the reasons behind this decision and how we’re going about making the change.

  1. Join a Food Co-Op

Some people might not be aware, but we have a fabulous local Food Co-Op! (You can check it out HERE.) Through this Co-Op, I’m able to source great organic, fresh produce and ingredients, at a discounted price driven by people power! This is a great way to ensure I’m able to get my hands on all the ingredients and produce I need on a weekly basis, at a great price and we’re even supporting small local businesses at the same time! Winning!

  1. Buy Seasonally

One of the things with modern living, in our big, lit up Major Supermarkets is that you can pretty much source whatever ingredient it is you want, whenever you want. The disadvantages here are that often, these are fruit and veg that aren’t in season here in Australia. This means they’re being imported from overseas and stored for long periods of time. What does this mean for us as a consumer? Well, firstly, the quality is generally pretty poor and expensive to purchase. It also means that this product has a larger environmental footprint in terms of the cost of sourcing and importing this product. So, for this reason, my family shop to the ‘seasons’. Australian Mangos in Summer are a fabulous treat. But in Winter, we choose not to purchase them. Same goes for most of our beautiful fruits. And in Winter time, we choose to follow the Season by buying our winter vege and making up delicious soups and stews!

I hope that these tips will help any of my beautiful Yogis who are looking to embrace a more organic lifestyle. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Newcastle Farmer’s Market soon! Let me know below if you have any more tips to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Love, Aimee x

My Past, present & future.

Aimee Angelique Dollface My Past, present & future

As you’d already know by now, I loooove me some Social Media. I’m on all the channels – Facebook. Insta. Snapchat. And would you believe, yep, Youtube. I even have my own channel!

Now once upon a time, in a far away life, I was a self-started Pop Princess. That’s right ladies and gents, I was singing and dancing and partying up a storm in good old Sydney town. Back in ‘those days’, I was doing fashion photoshoots and promotional work. I was working in crazy clubs in the city. And believe it or not, I also recorded my own music video (seriously!) – it was very sexy. It was very risqué. It was very much filmed in my apartments carspace! In my former life, I’ve created my own Dance Festival and Cabaret shows. I’ve ran my own Event Management Company (or at least that’s what we called it on my Resume). So as you can imagine, all these things are a far cry from the person and life I’m living today.

The inspiration for this blog post came about because I’ve had a few students and acquaintances mention they’re going to ‘google me’ when anything about my past life emerges. And it’s a poignant reminder for me that nothing on the internet is gone forever.

So, lets delve in to the ME you haven’t met.

I grew up as a ‘Defence Kid’ being shipped around the countryside until we finally settled in Medowie when I was 8 years of age (I was even born in Malaysia!). I attended a local Primary School here in Medowie and then went on to attend a Performing Arts High School before finally leaving at the end of year 10, 16 years of age with a bunch of hopes and dreams (and at least 6 suitcases full of baggage relating to self-esteem, body image, self-loathing, depression and anxiety).

At the tender age of 17 and feeling so ready to take on the world, with my parent’s support (but complete and utter fears of letting their little girl go), I moved to Sydney. The BIG SMOKE. I was on a fast track to becoming the next BIG THING! Pop Star! Actress! DJ! IT Girl! I was working extremely hard to make these dreams happen; creating shows and recording my music, working ridiculous hours and ridiculous jobs to support myself and my dreams; I was buying up big. I had the bags, shoes, designer clothes, fancy apartment. The problem was, these ridiculous hours and ridiculous jobs were completely feeding my insecurities. My 6 suitcases full of baggage was growing by the day.  This time I added in stress at trying to maintain my busy lifestyle and threw in some lack of sleep, struggling to keep up with my 5 (!!) jobs.

It got to the point where I knew my lifestyle wasn’t sustainable. I was on a fast track alright, but it wasn’t to fame and stardom; I was coming 100 miles an hour for exhaustion, depression and anxiety. Doctors were suggesting medication with promises of taking away all my problems but I knew intuitively this wasn’t for me. My art and creativity is found in my energy. If my energy was taken, who was I?

I watched friends and colleagues self-medicate their own issues with drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, this was never my thing; I’ve never tried drugs & alcohol dulled my fun. So I became addicted to ‘stuff’. Having a bad day? Surely that designer handbag will make me feel better. Feeling like the world is against you? Buy a new pair of expensive shoes, you’ll feel a million dollars. Feeling fat and ugly? Head off to the exclusive hair salon and spend hundreds of dollars trying to find your self-esteem somewhere in a hair colour. Now, I’m a trained make-up artist. So for me, I didn’t leave the house unless I had a full face. I’m talking the whole works. The kind of makeup you might have had done last time you were your friends bridesmaid – that was me. Every day. Every single day. I didn’t dare leave the sanctity of my home without my ‘face’.

To help me along in my path to stardom, I’d acquired so many ‘friends’! Oh the friends I had! The problem was, these people weren’t my friends. They used me. They took advantage of me both financially and emotionally. I would receive 30 calls a day from my ‘friends’ all in crisis and feeding the drama that had become my world.

On and on it went until I was no longer the girl my family remembered; I was no longer the girl with big dreams but was simply running around in a world of chaos, drama, messiness and emotional upheaval, all created by me and the people I had accumulated around me.

This cycle went on for years and years. Thankfully, little bits of me were changing and seeking new direction.

My first turning point was an anxiety attack that landed me in the back of an ambulance on my way to hospital, requiring sedation. This anxiety attack changed my life. My life and lifestyle had to change. I didn’t want to be this person anymore.

From here, two incredible things happened. At 19, I was introduced to an amazing woman and healer, Lynette from The Soul Factory whom I have done lots of work on my mind, body, energy and spirit. This woman helped heal all that was broken and helped me change my world.

The second incredible thing was a friend taking me to my first yoga class. This friend knew what I needed in that moment. I remember walking in to my first yoga class and absorbing the fresh smell of the room; the low lighting; the healing and calming sound of the Om. I was hooked. This was something that was going to change my life. And it did. It really did.

 In 2011, my amazing partner Gavin came in to my life. Our relationship blossomed from work colleagues, to friends, to lovers & partners. Gav was my first ‘boyfriend’ and together, we have been on such an amazing journey. Gav too was caught up in a very ‘Sydney’ lifestyle and together, we have undertaken so much spiritual healing and growing as individuals and as a couple.

The birth of our beautiful first daughter in 2012 shifted my axis. I saw things differently. I wanted to be different and I wanted different things from my world; from my friends; from my life. So, with my beautiful baby girl on the hip (literally, because our 1 bedroom apartment was too small to put her down anywhere!), I commenced my yoga teacher training. I didn’t know where it would take me, but I hoped it was the start of something big.

Life continued on; little changes being made here and there, all while learning on the go as a first time Mother and the changes that brings to our relationship with our partner, friends and families.

By the end of 2013, I was blessed to be pregnant again. We were so excited to be welcoming another little person to our family. But with our excitement, there was a sense of overwhelm. We were drowning. Financially. Emotionally. Physically overwhelmed by our things. We were renting an apartment that was a bit bigger than my own apartment, so with our rent and mortgage payment, we had to find $700.00 per week. And after that, we found money for food. Bills. We were struggling and quickly going in to the red.

We felt caged in. With our second baby on the way, we had to do something. So, we sold off all our financed assets. We packed up our apartment, our dog, our cat, our baby and my pregnant belly and we came ‘home’. Home to a house that means my baby girls could play with the dog in their own backyard, not a park. A home that meant family dinners with Mum and Dad and not with ‘friends’ who fell by the wayside once the drama cycle stopped; A home that meant opportunities that were real and achievable and not chasing dreams that were never to be. We created a business – Medowie Yoga – which has taken all my training and hopes to new heights and I’ve found my spark again. This time though, I no longer take joy in ‘stuff’. Now I find joy in watching my students grow and change, I find joy in helping a woman find her feet again and setting out her goals; I find joy in connecting with women and families who are genuine and kind and don’t want anything from me other than my time and friendship. I found joy. I found me.

Healing myself and finding yoga changed my world. It helped me walk away from a toxic lifestyle; toxic people. I met and connected with my amazing partner. Together, we are now walking the path of parenthood (another huge life changer – that one deserves it’s own blog post!)

I’ve lived such a full life and am truly grateful for all that I have experienced; I now have strength where before I had weakness; I have self-love where before I had self-loathing. I’m still finding my feet in all things – I’m by no means ‘perfect’ or living the new perfect ‘holisitic’ lifestyle but I am proud of myself for where I am now. For coming ‘home’ to my family and creating a life for my girls and my partner that I can be proud of. At the time of selling of our things, it felt like we had failed. We had lost our way. Little did we know, the universe was bringing us to our biggest blessings, changing our path for the better.

And the best bit? This is just the beginning!

Thank you so much for being here. I am so grateful and honoured I get to share my journey with you here…

Love Aimee x

Here is a little sneaky peek at some of my ‘past life’ photo shoots:

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Bookworm: 2017 the year of the book

Books Aimee Angelique B O O K W O R M: 2017 the year of the book (and audiobook and podcast!)

A personal goal of mine for 2017 is to read more. To find time for myself and take a moment to explore topics that interest me, that challenge me and that encourage me to do and be better.

Now for me, reading hasn’t always come easily. I struggled with dyslexia as a child and still to this day, have to put real effort in to my reading practice. BUT I am determined. Reading expands my horizons; it teaches me and allows me to put in to practice newly acquired skills and knowledge.

So for me, I am aiming for at least 1 physical book and 1 audiobook per month. If you haven’t found audiobooks yet, get on board my friends! They are so great when travelling in the car; it means I get a lot more ‘reading’ in this way. I also love a good podcast! And again, if you haven’t discovered these either, jump on iTunes and check them out. You’ll be surprised by the wide variety of topics and information out there!

So, here’s my wish list for 2017! Let me know below any other recommendations you might have or if you want to celebrate embracing the audiobook!

Spiritual growth:

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle

Rise Sister Rise, by Rebecca Campbell

Medical Medium, by Anthony William

Light is the New Black, by Rebecca Campbell

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

May Cause Miracles, by Gabrielle Bernstein

Awaken Your Indigo Power, by Charles Virtue and Doreen Virtue

Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline M. Myss (I have tried to read this book many times in the past but for some reason kept getting blocked.. hopefully 2017!)

Health & Wellness:

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay (have read this in the past but would like to revisit it)

The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates

Mastering your Mean Girl, by Melissa Ambrossini

The Brain Fog Fix, by Mike Bow

Business and wealth:

Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

Tools of titans, by Tim Ferris

Love:

Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years, by Sil and Eliza Reynolds

The Awakened Family, by Dr Shefali Tsabary

A return to love, by Marianne Williamson

The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman

Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm, by Nicole Daedone

Enlightened Sex, by David Deida

The Heart of Love: How to Go Beyond Fantasy to Find True Relationship Fulfillment, by Dr John F. Demartini

New books that I hear are being released in 2017 that I’m super excited for:

Soulpreneurs, by Yvette Luciano

Amanda Rootsey’s new book

Denise Duffield-Thomas new book

Belinda Davidson new book

 

 

Reflections on 2016 & Intentions for 2017

Aimee AngeliqueHappy 2017 Yogis! Now, I know it’s officially the 2nd of February today, but for me, I feel like its not until my girls are back in to their normal routine with Pre-School and all our extra-curricular activities that my year has really ‘begun’. Everything after Christmas until our routine kicks back in just feels like an extension of the summer break! Is anyone else the same?

So, with the little (and big!) people back to our normal routines, it feels like the right time to take a minute to reflect on all that was 2016 and all that I am manifesting for 2017.

2016 has been a profound year for me on both a professional and personal level. I leave 2016 behind with some important lessons that saw me remember to:
  •  Surrender and trust & let go of control
  • Not believe everything I see/read on social media
  • To stand in my truth
  • That not everyone will like me and that’s ok
  • That I don’t need to be “everything” to everyone and don’t need to  be ‘perfect’
  • That I need more time in nature and less social media time
  • Seek out friendships and relationships that avoid drama and gossip
With the lessons, there also comes joy. Moments and memories that I am completely grateful for:
  • My family for their unconditional love & the lessons my girls continue to teach me
  • Reconnecting with some very special people in my life
  • Having a job that I love and not being forced to go and work for someone else, doing something that doesn’t light me up!
  • Winning the Violet Gray trip to QLD and going on that little  adventure that was a moment, just for me!
  •  Celebrating my 30th birthday in the way that felt perfect for me (and again, sorry Mum for saying no to the big birthday bash I know you wanted for me!)
  • Celebrating my 6 year anniversary with my man friend and still feeling love and being loved
Professionally, I feel proud and a sense of personal achievement when I reflect on all that I accomplished in 2016:

So, what lies ahead for 2017? I am making some big changes in my world, both personally and professionally. Today, I wanted to share with you my hopes and dreams for the year ahead. I’m putting these intentions in to the universe and seeing what comes back for me. I also love to look back over my manifestations at the years end and see what I was able to achieve; what is still to come and reflect on things that might not longer be important to me going forward.

My 2017 Goals and intentions:

Relationship:

  • Continue to deepen my connection and relationship with Gavin
  • Be more present with my girls and have lots of fun adventures together
  • Spend more quality time with my Mum & Dad and Grandparents
  • Connect with more likeminded women

Health and Wellness Goals:

  • Get into nature more
  • More yoga & meditation for me and add in weekly pilates classes
  • Start dancing again
  • More self-care and self love routines
  • Work with an awesome local naturopath on healing my gut
  • Undergo a Juice cleanse
  • Regular kinesiology sessions
  • See my chiropractor for an adjustment monthly

Travel & Adventure:

  • Attend a Wellness Retreat in Byron Bay
  • Conduct my own Wellness Retreat in Kangaroo Valley (details coming soon!)
  • Take more personal holidays with my family
  • Weekend away with Gavin

Attend Live Personal Development Events:

  • Danielle LaPorte in Sydney
  • Eckhart Tolle in Sydney
  • Tony Robbins in Sydney

Personal Goals:

  • Buy a block of land and build our dream home
  • Deepen my connection and trust with the Universe
  • Travel, holiday and adventure more
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Read at least 1 physical book and listen to 1 audiobook per month
  • Listen to more podcasts and absorb as much knowledge and information I can

Professional:

  • Create and release weekly blog posts for my tribe
  • Create and release (successfully) x2 online courses
  • Host and run x2 yoga and lifestyle retreats
  • Continue to run and host awesome events (i.e Women’s Circles, Mother-Daughter Events, Teen girls events, Happy Little Yogis Live shows)
  • Work on my speaking, filming and writing

So my beautiful tribe – what is it that you’re thankful from 2016? What changes, goals, dreams and aspirations are you manifesting for 2017? This is something that we covered in my recent  Intention Setting Workshop and I’m so proud of my beautiful ladies that came along and kicked off 2017 with a bang! BUT I’d love to hear from you below – putting your intentions and lessons out to universe by writing them down is so cleansing, healing and a powerful reminder of where it is you want to head in your life.

Are you struggling to connect with yourself and where you’re heading? Maybe 1:1 coaching might be for you. I am so excited to share I have just opened up 6 new coaching spots if you feel called to seek guidance on working through your roadblocks and creating a path to the truer you come and read about my coaching packages HERE.

Thanks for reading beautiful and I look forward to connecting with you again in 2017.

Much love Aimee x

 

 

 

 

 

My 5 Favourite Yoga Twists to Detox the Body

 With Spring breaking through the Winter dreariness, so many of my Yoga students have told me they are raring to get back in to a more regular and structured routine. My best advice to all my students is that your practice doesn’t stop at class. Continuing your practice at home is so important to maintaining and sustaining your health and well-being.

 So, with that said, here are my 5 favourite yoga twists that help to detoxify the body (and you can check out my previous posts here on how and why detoxifying is so important for you!). These poses can easily be done at home and if you feel you need any advice or assistance on these poses and the sequence in which they are practiced, please don’t hesitate to grab Gav or myself at the next class, we’d love to help you!   IMG_6395

~ Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Seated Spinal Twist)

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. You may like to support your bottom with a booster or a folded blanket.
  • Bend your knees and place both your feet on the floor.
  • Slide your left foot under your right leg, to the outside of your right hip.
  • Lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. Your right knee will point directly up to the sky.
  • Exhale and slowly and gently twist toward the inside of the right thigh. Take your right hand and press it against the floor. This should be just behind the right side of your bottom. Then set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh near the knee. Pull your front torso and inner right thigh together so they are nice and snug.
  • Actively and consciously, press your inner right foot in to the floor, release the right groin, and lengthen the front torso. Lean the upper torso back slightly, against the shoulder blades, and continue to lengthen your tailbone in to the floor.
  • In this pose, you have two options. You can turn your head to either the left OR the right. You should continue twisting your torso by turning to the right, or you might even like to counter the twist by turning your torso to the left and looking over your left shoulder, at your right foot.
  • Each time you inhale, lift a little more through the sternum. You may like to push your fingers against the floor to help. With every exhalation, twist a little further and deeper.

 ** Notes: Breathe through your poses! You should start slowly, but aim to hold the pose for between 30 seconds to 1 minute; release from the pose by exhaling. Return to the start position and repeat on the opposite side. IMG_6394

~ Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog) with revolved twist

  • Commence this pose on your hands and knees, taking care to align your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Ensure that the fold of your wrists is running parallel with the top edge of your yoga mat. Also take care that you are pointing your middle fingers directly to the top edge of your mat.
  • Stretch out your elbows, taking care to release and relax your upper back.
  • Press and distribute your weight firmly through your palms and knuckles, spreading your fingers nice and wide. Take care to ensure that you have an even distribution of your weight across both hands.
  • Now, exhale your breath as you tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor, in one nice fluid movement.
  • Reach your pelvis up toward the sky and then draw your sit bones toward the wall behind you.
  • Gently begin to straighten your legs, but focus on not ‘locking’ your knees.
  • Bring your body into the shape of an “A” (for Aimee! Ha!)
  • Conjure images of your hips and thighs being pulled backwards from the top of your thighs. Now remember that A! We don’t need to walk the hands and feet closer together, we want to keep that nice A shape and see the extension through your whole body. This my yogi friends is Downward-Facing Dog.
  • Inhaling, lift your left hand and reach it beneath your torso and around to your right thigh. Allow your torso and waist to twist open to the right. This move has two variations:
    • Advanced: Work toward placing your left hand on the ground to the outside of your right foot.
    • Beginner: Rest your hand on the outside of your right leg’s shin or upper thigh.
  • Turn your head to look underneath your right arm. Keep your gaze soft.
    • Advanced move: If you have no neck pain, gaze up at the sky.
  • Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths.
  • To release from the pose, inhale your breath as you un-twist and return your left hand to the mat.
  • Come back into Downward-Facing Dog.
  • Repeat the pose on the other side for the same amount of time, before finally returning to Downward-Facing Dog again. 

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~ Revolved Lunge Pose

  • Start in Lunge Pose with your right leg facing forward. Now, bring your palms together and place at your heart center. With your left knee lifted, push your left heel back and reach the crown of your head forwards to lengthen your side body and your spine.
  • Take a nice deep breath and as you begin to exhale, twist towards your right leg. Keeping your palms together, place your left tricep on your right thigh, attempting to get the torso as close to your leg as possible (but remembering to practice within your limits!)
  • To engage your arms, push your palms together and try to twist in deeper, sending your chest in the direction of the sky and shifting your gaze upwards and over your right shoulder.
  • Now, there are choices:
    • Stay here; OR
    • Extend your left fingertips down to the ground on the outside of your right leg, and reach your right fingertips up to the sky.
    • Stay here for up to 60 seconds.
  • To exit, unwind from the pose, placing your hands down on the mat. Step back to Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  • Repeat with the left leg forwards. 

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~ Revolved Chair Pose

  • Commence in Mountain Pose. Stand with your feet together, with your big toes touching. Beginners may like to stand with their feet a hip-distance apart.
  • Inhale and raise your arms above your head, at a 90 degree angle to the floor.
  • As you bend your knees, exhale and bring your thighs as parallel to the floor as you are able. Your knees will project out slightly over your feet and your torso will form a right angle over your thighs. We know this as Chair Pose.
  • Now, lowering your arms and bring your palms together at your heart centre.
  • Slowly exhaling, twist your torso to the right. Bring your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh.
  • Carefully shift your left hip back slightly, squaring off your hips. Bring your knees in to alignment.
  • Press your upper left arm against your thigh, bringing your right shoulder blade into your back to turn your chest to the right.
    • For a more advanced move, extend both of your arms, reaching your right fingertips to the ceiling and your left fingertips to the mat. You can also place your left hand on a block for assistance.
  • Turn your gaze to the ceiling. If you have your arms extended outwards, you may wish to focus your gaze at your top thumb.
  • Bring your hips down even lower. Lengthen your spine even further on your inhalations and twist even deeper on your exhalations. Stack your top shoulder above your bottom shoulder. Draw your thumbs to your heart, and your heart toward your thumbs.
  • Focus on ensuring you have balanced your weight in your heels, keeping your feet pressing firmly together.
  • Hold the pose for up to 60 seconds. Inhale as you return to your center, reaching both arms overhead in Chair Pose.
  • Straighten your legs, lifting through your arms. Exhale to release back to Mountain Pose.
  • Repeat on the other side.

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~ Revolved Abdomen Pose

  • To commence this pose, lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. You can rest your head on a pillow or blanket.
  • Bring your knees to your chest and wrap your arms around them.
  • Extend your arms out along the floor at shoulder-height with your palms facing down. Straighten your legs, reaching your heels up toward the ceiling. Align your heels directly over your hips. Keep your knees soft and slightly bent.
  • Draw your low back down, so it is flat on the floor. On an exhalation, lower your legs to the right, twisting your spine and allowing your left hip to lift all the way off the floor. Allow the force of gravity to drop your legs all the way down. Allow your right foot to rest on the floor.
  • Stack the outer edge of your left ankle on top of your right.
  • Work toward bringing your torso and legs into a 90-degree angle, or slightly less. If your legs are angled up toward your right shoulder, you can clasp your left foot’s toes with your right hand’s fingers.
  • Turn your head to the left, bringing your gaze toward your left hand’s fingertips. Keep your shoulder blades pressing down toward the floor and making a conscious effort to keep those shoulders away from your ears.
  • Hold the pose for 10-25 breaths. On an inhalation, slowly come back to your center. Raise your feet straight up to the ceiling. Bend your knees and hug them to your chest.
  • On an exhalation, reach your heels up to the ceiling again.
  • Repeat the above on the opposite side.
  • When you’re finished with the pose, hug your knees to your chest for a few breaths, slowly exhaling and bringing your knees to your chest. Slowly exhale your breath as you extend your legs flat along the floor.

Making the switch: My top 6 natural basics I recommend swapping today

Aimee Angelique Health Coach

I confess ladies; I used to be a product and make-up junkie. I was a marketing company’s dream – I lived and breathed new products, new lines, new colours and gave absolutely no thought to what I was applying to my skin and using in my wash, each and every day.

As my path changed and I began to approach my life and health in a more holistic way, I was absolutely shocked at the chemicals and toxins that I was applying to my face and body each and every day. From here, I started making small changes and began switching products. For me, the results have been amazing. My skin is clearer and more vibrant and I feel so good knowing that I have removed products from my life and my body that no longer serve me.

Below, I set out my top 6 products that you can make the switch on, today! Best part is, a lot of these products are now being stocked by the big supermarkets, so it’s never been easier to make the switch. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

  1. Deodorant

We all sweat, right?! It’s normal! Completely normal, natural and important; sweat is a major part of the bodies detoxing process. Unfortunately, what isn’t normal is the products that mainstream anti-perspirants, deodorants and body sprays include; parabens, aluminium, propylene glycol, talc and triclosan. These chemicals are absorbed by our body straight in to the underarm, which is directly linked to the body’s lymphatic system. These chemicals also stop the body releasing sweat in the normal manner through our sweat ducts, which in turns slows down and even stops the body releasing the toxins from our system.

For this reason, I use and recommend making the switch to a more natural deodorant product. And yes, they’ve come a long way, beauty! You won’t be smelling like a dirty old gym sock; there are some really great products on the market these days that stop any BO smell, all without the nasties!

My picks:  

 LaVanila Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut

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Fresca in Wild Lavender

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  1. Perfume to Essential Oils

You know how I said I was a marketing company’s dream? Perfumes. Oh my. I loved nothing more than indulging in the perfume counter at Myer. Taking home with me a beautiful new, ‘must have’ scent that was the result of a clever marketing campaign with the hottest celebrity peering at me from the counter displays. Huge amounts of money were handed over and my collection grew. But you know what? Perfume is one overpriced product! Did you know that most perfumes / colognes contains only 15 – 30% essential oils for the fragrance and the rest is pure alcohol? By comparison, making your own perfumes from essential oils means you are applying the fragrance in a more pure form, meaning it will smell nicer on your skin and even last longer! It’s also kinder on the environment and creating a ‘scent’ makes a great personal gift for family and friends.

Check back soon for my blog post on how to make your own Essential Oil based perfumes.

  1. Toothpaste

At least twice a day, 365 days a year we are putting commercial toothpaste in our mouths. Ever read the back of the box? Most commercial toothpastes carry warnings about ingesting the product and also information on how to call a Poison Hotline in case the product is ingested. Scary stuff! Just like a lot of our other ‘everyday’ products, there are a lot of nasties in toothpaste that we would be best to remove from our systems. Yep even those pearly whites can benefit from making the switch!

My pick:

Grants Herbal Toothpaste (you can even buy this from Coles and Woolworths!)

Grants toothpaste Mild Mint

  1. Moisturiser to Coconut oil

If you haven’t already worked it out, Coconut Oil is the bomb, baby! It’s such a versatile product and something I personally use a tonne of. One of my fave uses for my Coconut Oil is using it as a body moisturiser. Yep, put down that expensive moisturiser bottle that promises you the world but rarely delivers and grab a big bottle of a good quality Coconut Oil and plonk it down in the bathroom instead.

The benefits of Coconut Oil are huge but include; helping prevent the skin from moisture loss, rapidly hydrates the skin; helps condition the skin and protect it against UV rays.

Best thing is, it’s become super popular and is now readily available in the big supermarkets, chemists and health food stores.

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  1. Pads, Tampons and Menstrual cups

This one is specially for my ladies. Not much discussion goes in to this sensitive topic. But stop for a minute and think about it. Pads and tampons are used by women so regularly, for such a long period of time. They are used near and inside our most private, sensitive and complex organs. And yet commercial products that we have been brought up knowing, trusting, are made with synthetic products like polyester and rayon. The cotton used in commercial feminine hygiene products is often grown using pesticides. There is also the environmental factor that we should consider; according to Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, the average woman will dispose of approximately 135 kilos worth of tampons in her lifetime. So, for these reasons, I have made the switch and alternate between using a Juju Menstrual Cup and organic Pads and Tampons. I encourage all women to do some research for themselves and also consider making the switch, as soon as possible. Your lady parts will be happier and healthier for it.

 My picks:

Pads and Tampons – (If I am using Pads or Tampons I use TOM Organic. Again, readily available for you at Coles and Woolworths)

TOM Organics

Menstrual Cup – (If I am using a Menstrual Cup I use Juju Menstrual Cup)

Juju Cup

  1. Laundry Liquid   

Laundry detergents and liquids weren’t something I really gave much thought to. I mean, you just buy the one you like the smell of right? Or, if you’re like me, the one that’s on special at the local supermarket; you take it home, wash your 5000 loads of washing that have accumulated in the last few days and life goes on. Trying to keep the dirty clothes basket empty was where most of my thoughts went with regard to laundry! BUT!

It wasn’t until I was looking around my home at products I needed to be more conscious of, that I spotted the bottle of laundry liquid lingering up the back of the laundry (behind the pile of washing, it never ends!) My personal online enquiries and research revealed some interesting information including; disclosure of ingredients is not legally required on any cleaning products in Australia or New Zealand; many commercial washing powders & liquids include chemicals like CAPB, SLS, Parabens and Triclosan and the safety of these chemicals is still to be determined; there are in excess of 80,000 chemicals available for commercial use and each year, around 1000 new chemicals are developed. Unfortunately, legislation doesn’t move quite as fast as the scientists and companies developing these new chemicals and often the health concerns of these chemicals aren’t known or disclosed until after the chemical has been included in numerous products. More and more links are being found between some of the aforementioned chemicals, which are available and used in many of our everyday products, and health concerns including allergies, asthma, disruption to hormone and endocrine systems and in some cases, even cancers.

On this basis, I made the switch to a more eco-friendly laundry liquid.

My pick:

Laundry Liquid – Eco Store eucalyptus laundry liquid (available from Woolworths)

Eco Store Laundry Liquid

Let me know what you decide to switch in your home. It doesn’t have to happen all at once – I recommend just replacing one item at a time and transitioning yourself and the family to products that are better for you, your children, your hip pocket & the environment.

Love Aimee x

My top 10 tips for detoxing this Spring!

Spring Detox

Can you feel that? Slowly but surely, our dreary winter is shifting and making way for beautiful Spring-time.

Its time to pack away our slow cookers, winter flannelette sheets and heavy blankets to make time for lighter meals, lighter clothing. I find Spring to be such a great time of year – gorgeous flowers are starting to bloom, the smell of fresh cut grass and the warmth of the sun on your skin. It’s this time of year that I also like to ‘lighten up’ and undertake a light detox to nourish and nurture my body.

To help you get ready for Spring, I’ve set out my favourite tips for detoxing your body. Let me know how you feel in the next few weeks by leaving your comments below or by contacting me via Facebook or Instagram – I love hearing from my beautiful followers.

  1. Drink lots of water

Now I know we hear this so much – you need to drink at least 2L of water a day – but honestly, this is my number one tip in any detox (and for every day!).

I love my water and drink between 2-3L a day. This means that my skin, hair and nails remain nourished; my organs, particularly my kidneys are flushing out any toxins and waste in my system and my water intake assists with maintaining a healthy weight. Try adding a slice or two of fresh lemon to a glass of water first thing each day! And if you don’t love water, try a few things to improve your intake. It might be drinking water from your favourite wine glass, buying a nice new water bottle or even add fresh fruit to infuse with your water.

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(Photo via Google)

  1. Move your body

Get outside today and take part in a local yoga class; grab the family and the furbabies and go for a lovely afternoon walk; call up your bestie and head along to a local bootcamp.

Get out and about in the sun – run, walk, swim – whatever makes YOU feel amazing and gets your body moving. Your health, family & furbabies will thank you for it. Before you know it, this will become part of your daily routine and your health will reap the benefits.

  1. Schedule in some downtime

Life. It’s darn busy these days. Between our family life, work, school, homework, sports, social life; there’s not a lot of time left for just being you. It’s not always easy but where you can, don’t make life so ‘busy’.

It’s not something I get to do every day, but allocating some downtime for ‘me’ wherever possible is critical to making sure this mamma stays on the straight and narrow.

I try to head to bed at the earliest possible opportunity (which doesn’t always happen); take naps with my girls if I need it (the laundry will still be there tomorrow!); soak in a Epsom salt bath with some Essential oils; enjoy a hot cup of tea. Whenever I can I also practice a quick meditation and some relaxing yoga poses.

  1. Practice your self love

We are all our own biggest critic and unfortunately, us women can be downright cruel and harsh on ourselves. Turning around a negative mindset or poor body image takes time – and love – but it is most definitely possible.

Ask yourself – if you heard your bestie saying the things about herself, her life and her body that you say inside your head, what would your response be?

            ‘I am fat / I am overweight / I am ugly…..’

“You are beautiful. How about I help you make some changes to help you feel better about yourself?”

‘I’d be happier if I was thinner / richer / more successful’

“You’re a great person, friend, mother, partner. You have an amazing life and are surrounded by people who think the world of you. What can I do to help you see how amazing you are to me?”

 Sounds familiar right? If your bestie said these things out aloud to you, you would be worried about her; you’d do your best to re-assure her that she isn’t all those bad and negative things she thinks about herself. So. It’s now time to talk to yourself and love yourself just like you would a friend. Practice some self love each day. If you have a negative thought about your body, life, relationships – stop for a moment and reflect on it. Why am I thinking like this? How am I feeling in this moment? Replace the negative thoughts with some positive ones. Yes, it’s true we all have bad days. But especially on our bad days, I personally feel it is super important to be gentle with ourselves and practice self love. 

  1. Find a local Naturopath

A local Naturopath is a great place to obtain the right tools to ensure your Spring detox sees a lighter and happier you.

Your Naturopath will provide help and guidance with herbs, supplements and probiotics suitable for your specific body type and your detox.

  1. Detox Your House
  • Opening up the windows and allowing the home to breathe
  • Diffuse uplifting essential oils
  • Lighting some fresh beeswax or soy candles
  • Freshen up the bedding and linen
  • Remove harsh chemicals and cleaning products and replace one at a time with a more natural product
  • Plant some fresh herbs in the garden and a few indoor plants – the family will love it and the indoor plants help purify the air
  1. Remove the Clutter & get organised

Clutter is crippling. When our home feels out of control, it manifests in other areas of our life. Kitchen a mess – who wants to cook in that? Can’t find your diary or Day Planner – always running late and forgetting appointments. Kids school bags cluttering up the hallway. Washing piling up? You get the picture and for sure, we’ve all been there.

With those storm clouds clearing, now is a great time to take charge and get things back on track. Start small. Tackle a room at a time. Don’t take on too much and involve the family where you can. I find making a list of what I want to achieve and marking it off helps me feel like I’m conquering the clutter!

Hot tip… one of my favourite books is “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie “KonMari” Kondo. Her techniques may be challenging for some but seriously life changing!!

  1. Digital Detox

Now this one isn’t easy. So much of our life and time is now spent on digital devices. Our mobile phones are now an extension of our everyday. They house our contacts, our day planners, our Facebook connections.

For some, a digital detox might be a complete removal from the social world. For others, just practicing mindfulness of the time spent on their devices is enough.

I have personally found this to be extremely challenging with running a business online but it is something I am currently working on. I recommend popping the phones up on the airplane mode at a certain time during the evening, maybe dinner time and leaving them switched off until morning. Instead of being distracted engage fully with your partner and your family. Maybe do some light yoga or meditation, watch a television show or documentary together, play a board game together, put the kids to bed and have some quality 1:1 time with your partner and re-connect. You will come to value this time so much that it won’t be long and you won’t even notice your phone is missing from you.

  1. Reconnect

Having healthy relationships is a huge part of feeling light, healthy and loved. If there’s a relationship in your life that needs some love and care, think about ways in which you can nurture it and actively take the time to do so. Reconnecting with your partner; children; family or friends (or sometimes, all of the above) returns love and fulfillment to your heart. Make plans with your loved ones – sometimes a family picnic or a catch up over a chai tea or green juice with an old friend can make you feel like a million dollars.

  1. A good old fashioned grocery shop!

Now this one is very much a practical one BUT one of the most important to a successful cleanse. Check the pantry and the fridge and clean out any products that are out of date. If your pantry is anything like mine used to be, there’s at least 3 or 4 cans of food in there that will never be eaten. If yours is like this, donate them to your local homeless charity. Not only will you have cleared some precious pantry space, you will feel great about helping someone in need.

Next, look for some detox recipes and plan out some meals for yourself and your family. I personally recommend anything by Jessica Sepel who is a Nutritionist and best selling health author. Her recipes are super easy and so tasty!

Write the shopping list and hit the supermarket. My family and I love heading to our local Organic grocers; the Farmer’s Markets (if time permits) and also love purchasing through our local food co-op.

Fill a jug with some filtered water to sip on throughout the day; pop the fresh fruit in a bowl on the top shelves where it will be seen much more often and not forgotten about in the dreaded veggie drawer where the kids will never look. Having a fridge and pantry full of fresh and healthy produce will have you feeling good in no time.

I’ll soon have some of my favourite smoothie recipes up on the blog so be sure to check back regularly – these are perfect for anyone undertaking a light detox. All the best with your detox beautiful women – I can’t wait to hear how you’re feeling over the next few weeks.

With love & light,

Aimee x

There’s Nothing Wrong With Propping Yourself Up

Stretch Now

(Photo via Stretch Now Website)

Namaste Yogis,

How’s your time on the mat been treating you so far in 2016?
It can be a little tricky to get your practice back into full form after the holiday period, but here we are in February (already!) and it’s about time to start nourishing our inner yogi again – on the regular!

This week, I wanted to share my ideas with you about the amazing benefits of using yoga props during your mat time.

I have to admit that I never explored the use of yoga props until I had my first daughter, Isabelle. My body had changed so much throughout pregnancy and early motherhood that I was virtually ‘forced’ to start using them.

Talk about humbling, but also incredibly expansive!

It’s only now that I can see that before I was first pregnant, I brought a lot of ego into my yoga practice: ‘I don’t need props, I can do everything perfectly myself… And if I can’t I’ll push towards it!’

Having a dance background, I really believed that I should PUSH myself towards perfect alignment – using props would be cheating.

Once I shifted some major gears – having Isabelle and undertaking my yoga teacher training, I was finally able to embrace the true value of yoga props. They are, in fact, vital for experiencing the true benefits of many, many yoga postures, especially for those with injuries and poor flexibility.

These days, I LOVE props! So, here’s the rundown on the standard yoga props, how you can use them and why they’re so important:

Yoga Mats:

Not really a prop, but more an essential!
The key here is quality – yes, there really is a BIG difference between a department store ‘exercise mat’ and a quality, specialty yoga mat!

The most important aspect of difference is the materials used. Mass produced mats (ie. the really cheap ones) tend to be made from, or at least coated in, toxic plastic materials! Do you really want to be breathing that stuff in while you’re practicing?

The other elements I’ve really noticed is thickness and grip – the cheapies tend to have you sliding around on the floor and are either too thick to gain grounding, or too thin to feel solid!

Quality mats, on the other hand, are non-toxic and grip beautifully to both the floor and your hands and feet! They also last WAY longer and are a wonderful investment for your long-term practice.

Bolsters:

Especially wonderful for the more restorative yoga poses, bolsters provide deep support for some serious wind-down and body-opening.
They are incredible for gently opening the upper back, chest, ribs and belly in some key postures and just let you ‘flop’ in where your otherwise compromised flexibility might hamper you.

Ultimately, bolsters deeply support you in your practice. These days, I’m never without one! And FYI once you have tried Savasana with a bolster under your knees you won’t be able to turn back. They are addictive! 😉

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Blocks:

Some really daunting yoga poses can be made far more easily accessible with yoga blocks, especially for newbies to the mat. Do you have trouble reaching the floor in forward bends or triangle poses, for example? Blocks are your friend!

Blocks can also be great for advancing your practice! Between your knees in a backbends or shoulder stand, for example, can really intensify your experience and create some fantastic new levels of alignment!

Straps:

Support, safety, extension… Wow, I love yoga straps!

They’re a dream for yogis with tight hamstrings and shoulders in so many poses, allowing you to ultimately extend your reach and get into great alignment despite any injury or stiffness.

Eye pillows:

There’s no Savasana like a Savasana with a fantastic eye pillow!

My favourites are nice and heavy, providing sweet sensory darkness and the lovely feel of slight, supportive pressure over the eyes during relaxation.

If they’re scented with Lavender or the like, even better!

Blankets:

Yoga blankets are great for rolling up to sit comfortably on or to support you in poses where you don’t quite need a bolster but still crave some nurturing.

They are also heaven to swathe yourself in during Savasana or many restorative/yin poses, especially during the colder months. Quality yoga blankets are woolen and weighty, and feel like a great big cuddle during your tenderest asana moments!

So, you’ve probably guessed by now… I LOVE yoga props!

So tell me yogis how do you feel about propping yourself up during your practice? Have any props made a real difference for you? What are your favourite yoga props? Let’s start sharing in the comments!

With love until next time,
Aimee XXX

P.S For any of my students are interested in ordering either a high quality yoga mat or any yoga props to support your practice either at home or in class please email me as I am just about to place a bulk order which you maybe able to receive a discount and save on postage. Please email me ASAP at aimee@aimeeangelique.com and let me know what you would like to order.