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The Yoga Buzz philosophy is quite simple, feel good and you’re already there!

 

What truly feels good in the now, is good for our tomorrow, is good for those around us, and our environment. 

 

We usually start with ourselves, and making our bodies feel good though nourishing food, uplifting exercise and maybe even a little detox and repair work. These become daily habits and we add mindfulness and meditation to make friends with our mind, even better, our desires, our emotions and our thoughts work together as a team.

 

When we’re feeling good, we feel even better when we help those around us. Our relationships improve, our habits change, we spend our money consciously, we begin to shape the world with our actions in a positive way. Finally, our cup is so full it overflows to water the people around us and our precious Earth. 

 

 

First of all, here is some information about me and how I came to feel like I can support you.

 

I, Aleksandra has spent years trying to figure all of this out, on my own journey of health and happiness. Fascinated by why people and society are they way they are, I completed a Master’s degree in Psychology in 2012. With a few medical science, nutrition, statistics papers to boot. After that, I spent several years working as a researcher mental health and social services. At one point I tried to fit into the corporate world and see what that was about. 

 

I’ve been practicing yoga since I was a teenager, I did my first yoga teacher training in 2012 and since then have gone on to complete several more with amazing teachers and gain a wide range of teaching experience. I’ve studied several types of meditation and mindfulness, in 2016 I spent a few months at Esalen Institute in California, studying and working at the birthplace of the Human Potential Movement. 

 

If you want all the details, here is a link to my CV. 

 

I've linked my favourite books, quotes, articles and resources to further explain some of my points, it's a lot of information which I will be happy to explain to you in person, if you like, book a consultation here.

 

On food and nutrition:

 

We get fed so much information on health and nutrition, each with competing agendas and it can be hard to know what information to trust!

 

 

  • Evolution gave us an agenda, look sexy and don’t starve. Nature wants us to glow, to have bursts of energy to take care of ourselves and lay back the rest of the time, enjoying life. See David Wolfe, Eating for Beauty.

 

  • Our bodies evolved with whole foods, foods our system can recognise are low intervention, fresh and mostly (percentage per meal) raw. Everything else, causes inflammation which overtime damages our tissues.

  • We are what we eat is only half true. We are what we absorb and we are what we don’t poop out. Therefore a healthy digestion and a detox process are very necessary, especially for modern living. This includes intermittent fasting and a good microbiome that is supplemented with fermented foods. 

 

  • Eating seasonal and close to source seems to be the best bet for all of us, and seems to be the most sustainable for the planet. 

 

  • Weight loss occurs by two mechanisms, ketogenesis and calorie restriction. Neither are good or bad, and both can be healthy and sustainable depending on the circumstances. 

 

  • The ketogenic diet (using fat as a fuel source, therefore reducing sugar and carbohydrates in the diet) is gaining popularity due to health benefits. This kind of diet can be incorporated in a sustainable way. 

 

  • If we find a way of eating that works for us, i.e we look and feel sexy and vibrant, we must consider the sustainability of the way of eating, both for ourselves and the environment. Eating seasonal, local and reducing animal products or being much more conscious of the way we consume animal products goes a long way. 

 

  • Choosing organic when possible, or staying away from fruit and vegetables prone to pesticides, reduces the need to detox these out of our system. And we also vote with our dollar for better growing practices.

 

  • A small garden for greens and herbs is absolute perfection, as it ensures that the most nutritionally dense food (that is prone to pesticide use) is free, organic and as fresh as can be. 

 

 

 

On physical exercise:

 

  • Evolution gave us an agenda, it wanted us to be strong and at the ready to fight, flight, freeze and fuck (FFFF) in order to maintain our survival. The rest of the time, we were supposed to rest, digest and forge connections with others, this is as essential to survival. 

 

  • The things that might cause us to into FFFF mode are intense! Sometimes the nervous system would switch off our feelings just to get through the situation. Afterwards, we might tell a story around the fire with a dance and let it process through our bodies.

 

  • Modern life can switch on FFFF so often, it never switches back off. And we can live in a perpetual state of stress, numbness and disconnection from self.

 

 

  • This stored trauma or stored feelings have many mechanisms to disrupt our health and wellbeing. They want to be felt and released. Often, the only way to feel them is to create an event in our life which re-traumatises us in the same way… how exquisitely frightening…

 

  • Exercise can be our way to make our way back to sensitivity, as it can release trauma with its intensity and feel good hormones. 

 

  • Usually, very intense exercise can be a way to feel again, to overcome the numbness (unless injury or illness first). 

 

  • Overtime we learn to reduce and vary the intensity of exercise. The body loves hard, fast blasts ONLY if it is able to switch off after and recover. 

 

  • Some group fitness classes can provide this intensity along with some fun and community. They are excellent balanced with yoga, meditation and breath work. 

 

  • Movement is incredibly important all throughout the day from a morning walk, to vacuuming, to taking the stairs at work, it all adds up to a healthy metabolism. 

 

  • The key is FUNCTIONAL, our body needs to work for us and we need to work for our body. 

 

 

 

On spirituality and the mind:

 

  • The psychologist Abraham Maslow supposed that we have a hierarchy of needs, much like a pyramid, once we obtain our basic needs of safety and security, we strive for relational safety and connection. Once that is achieved we strive for self-esteem and finally self-actualisation, understanding who we are and becoming the best version of ourselves, in relation to our surroundings. 

 

  • I believe we can use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to understand what we sometimes refer to as ‘waking up’ or ‘kundalini rising' in the yoga world.

 

  • If we summarise the pyramid as body (physical needs), emotions (relational needs), thoughts (spiritual or conceptual needs) we can see that once we make the body safe we move onto emotions, once we make emotions safe we move onto the mind. 

 

  • We cycle though these, levelling up each time, spiralling upwards. 

 

  • We ‘awaken’ to more feeling, understanding and a greater sense of being alive each time we achieve a need. It is literally like waking up to see more colours, to feel a wider ranger of sensations and many ‘aha’ moments of clarity.

 

  • Usually by way of a crisis situation or intense or painful life event (remember trauma, releasing it by becoming re-traumatised and feeling it this time unlike numbing it previously).

 

  • The crisis situation alerts us to where we can make some improvement, body, emotions, mind. 

 

  • We have two options, numb it, suppress it, squish it in the cells for it to reemerge later (through illness for example)

 

  • Or we can make the improvement by way of taking on a new healthy habit and incorporating it into our life, moving on to the next component, and continuing this work towards self-actualisation.

 

  • Mindfulness, mediation, body based emotional processing are amazing tools into helping us move safety from the body from diet and exercise into our emotions.

 

  • Learning to express vulnerability and get our needs met in relationships is now possible, providing greater connection to those around us. We cultivate empathy and compassion.

 

  • With empathy and compassion, the boarders of self begin to dissolve and we uncover a greater connection to the essence that connects us all, to each other and the planet. 

 

  • We now need ways to conceptualise and work with this essence in our mind. How does it work? What does it mean? What is my purpose here? What is needed? How can I contribute?

 

  • Many theories and tools are available to help with this conceptual understanding, some of them exist in systems we call religion. 

 

  • I believe that the essence of spirituality is like the most exquisite work of art, emotional, colourful, intricate and detailed. And religion is like a kid trying to replicate that art with a box of crayons, they’re just not comparable.

 

  • With so much information at our disposal, thought leaders such as Deepak Chopra and The Dalai Llama, we can feed our mind and this higher understanding, in a useful way. 

 

  • We may end up needing these perspectives, like the belief that everything is already perfect as we slowly wake up to both the beauty and horror in the world. We are often called to serve, to share our gifts, to help others in exchange for our fulfilment, our sense of purpose. 

 

  • In my personal example, I am grateful for living in a time where I have ancient wisdom at my finger tips in books and teaching, where I have access of the podcasts of my peers navigating conscious business, where I have had the freedom to learn astrology, the courage to use past life regression therapy when nothing else helped and to dedicate years to my emotional education. 

 

  • Adopting an open mind can help us make use of the many spiritual traditions, alternative energy sciences, rituals and practices that might seem a little strange at first and then become nothing short of magic.